When I think camping, I tend to think woods. But there are lots of fantastic beach campsites, and you’ll find many in California. For camping enthusiasts, scoring one of the coveted two spots available at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
is no easy feat—it’s typically booked six months in advance. It’s quite rustic, and campers must hike in with all their gear as there’s no adjacent parking or running water. But who cares if you haven’t showered in a few days—no one will be looking at you, they’ll be checking out the incredible views. Roll the dice and try to make your reservation by calling 1-800-444-7275 or visiting Reserve California.
Prefer the glamping life? Make a reservation at Tree Bones Resort, home to some of the most beautiful yurts, autonomous tents and even twig huts and human nests (!). It’s far from a traditional camping experience, but a great option for newbies, people who like hot showers or simply those of us who don’t like to travel with all our camping gear.
Those traveling with an RV should check out Fernwood Resort
in Big Sur. Nestled in the red woods along the Big Sur River, it’s near the parks but feels tucked away from everything. The campgrounds offer bathrooms, showers, a tavern, laundry and more. There’s even a general store onsite. Cabins, motel rooms, permanent tents and tent sites are also available.