GoCampingAmerica.com | Posted December
5th, 2014


California Camping Guides: Central
Coast Region


Happy Camper Blog



Spanning from
Point Mugu to Monterey Bay, the Central Coast of California is one of the
most scenic regions in the country. Areas such as Big Sur, the Los Padres
National Forest, and Santa Cruz provide some of the best camping in
California. This part of the state is very unique and well worth a visit.

Big Sur (Big Sur, https://www.flickr.com/photos/usoceangov/)


Riverside Campground is one of the
best camping sites in the Big Sur area. The campground has both tent and RV
sites, and provides some great amenities.


This campground is
located right along the beautiful Big Sur River, about 22 miles south of
Carmel. Numerous hiking trails and the beach are only 10 minutes away.
Campers here may get the chance to see California Grey Whales, which migrate
along the coast two times a year. Photography lovers should stop by McWay
Falls, one of the most scenic areas in Big Sur. Drive along the Old Coast
Road for more incredible views of the surrounding landscape.


Riverside Campground
provides everything needed for a great trip.

  • BBQ
    Grills: Enjoy cooking your own food with the grills
  • Pet-Friendly: This campground allows you to
    bring your pets for a small fee.
  • Laundry Facilities:
    Enjoy cleaning your own laundry with these facilities
  • Firewood: Don’t worry about searching for
    firewood, it’s provided on sight.


accommodates both tent and RV campers.

  • Tent
    Sites: This campground has 28 available tent sites along the Big Sur River.
    Picnic tables, fire pits, laundry facilities, and showers are all provided
    here. Sites start at $50 a night along the river, $45 off
  • RV Camping: There are 14 RV sites available, all
    with 20 amp electricity and water hookups, fire pits, and picnic tables.
    Rates start at $55 on the river, and $50 off

Visit http://www.riversidecampground.com/index.htm
for more information.

Sunset Drama (Montana De Oro State Park, https://www.flickr.com/photos/puliarfanita/)

Santa Margarita

This campground has generated many positive
reviews thanks to the wide range of accommodation options, friendly staff,
fun amenities, and great location.


Santa Margarita KOA
Campground is found just minutes outside Santa Margarita Lake, and not far from
sights such as the Hearst Castle, Madonna Inn, Pismo Beach, and Local Hot


This campsite is known
for having some great amenities. It’s highly unlikely you’ll find yourself
getting bored during your stay here.

  • Free WiFi:
    The campground provides complimentary WiFi to each
  • Swimming Pool: Enjoy getting some exercise or just
    relax inside this well-maintained pool. Available from May through
  • Disc-Golf 9 Hole Course: Head to the disc-golf
    course for some friendly competition. Installed by professional disc-golfers
    with families in mind, this course offers a gentle terrain and fun
  • Camping Store: Grab any last minute supplies
    you need here.
  • Fishing Gear: Rent some poles and head to
    nearby Santa Margarita Lake for some of the best fishing in the Central


are many options when it comes to accommodation, so plan ahead and choose
what works best for you.

  • Tent Sites: There are
    four separate tent sites to choose from, each one unique. They can
    accommodate up to 8 people, and are the least expensive camping
  • RV Sites: Choose from one of the nine different
    site options. Both back in and pull through sites are
  • Cabin Sites: Those wishing to sleep in
    something a little more luxurious can stay in one of the nine cabins
    available. All of the cabins provide everything needed to feel right at home,
    including beds and bathrooms. Some cabins provide a full kitchen and multiple
  • Yurt Sites: There are 3 yurts available, each
    one differing in size and location. These are a fun way to combine a tent and
    cabin experience.

Visit http://koa.com/campgrounds/santa-margarita/
for more information.