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Camping at the Beach—5 RV-Friendly Locations on the West Coast

From Alaska to California, the west coast of the United States has plenty of locations where you can park your RV and enjoy the sight and sounds of the Pacific Ocean. In this post, we highlight five of these locations. For more spots, check out RV Share’s 10 Best Waterfront RV Campgrounds and Do It Yourself RV’s 10 Highly Rated Northern California RV Parks.

Alaska

Homer Spit Campground — 4535 Homer Spit Road, Homer, AK 99603, 907-235-8206, homerspitcampground@gci.net 

Family-owned since 1973 when John and Peggy Chapple first took ownership of the campground, Homer Spit Campground offers dry beach-side sites or spots with a variety of hookups. Sites are available that can accommodate motorhomes up to 40 feet, with a site map and link to reservation available here. Campers have access to hot showers, restrooms, laundry facilities and a gift shop on-site as well as restaurants, galleries, and gift shops within walking distance from the campground. While the season runs just from May to September, there are numerous activities during that time, from annual events to sites and attractions. Or just relax and enjoy the natural beauty of Kachemak Bay on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula.

Washington

Kalaloch Campgrounds — HWY 101, Mile Post Marker 157683, WA 98331-9354, 360-565-3130

Part of Olympic National Park, Kalaloch Campgrounds is ideal for boondockers and anyone who enjoys exploring the area’s natural resources. Located on a high bluff adjacent to the Pacific Ocean with beach access within the facility, the campground has 168 campsites, including one group site and four accessible sites. While the campground offers no hookups, there is a dump station is available for an additional $10 fee. It’s important to note that most campsites at Kalaloch cannot accommodate large RVs or trailers, and RV-ers should read campsite details and warnings carefully before reserving a site. Season dates run from May to September, with individual sites released on a six-month rolling basis. Visit the website for a list of amenities and fee information.

Oregon

Sea & Sand RV Park — 4985 N Highway 101, Depoe Bay, OR 97341-9740, 877-821-2231

Located on the central Oregon coastline, Sea & Sand RV Park offers Mother Nature at her best, with a seven-mile sandy beach perfect for shell collectors and an ocean view that includes sightings of migrating gray whales. Choose from deep-sea fishing, crabbing and fresh-water fishing in the local rivers and streams to golfing, casino gaming and shopping at nearby locations. Rates and regulations are available here, and all 114 RV spaces have electric, cable, water, sewer, and free Wi-Fi. (Click here for a site map.) Reservations will be accepted up to 12 months in advance and are subject to a base rate deposit, and can be made by phone (1-877-821-2231) or online.

California

Olema Campground — 10155 Highway 1, PO box 145, Olema, CA 94950, (800) 655-2267, info@olemacampground.com 

Since 1969, Olema Campground has been offering visitors to this northern California location a chance to enjoy the beauty of Point Reyes National Seashore and 65,000 acres of unspoiled parkland and wilderness. From wildlife and bird watching to fishing, the area offers nature lovers numerous options. And with San Francisco in close proximity, and Napa and Sonoma just a short drive away, there’s no shortage of things to do and places to go. The campground has 187 total campsites, which includes 80 RV campsites (26 full hook-up and 54 water/electric) along with amenities such as bathrooms, hot showers, a playground, and a washer/dryer facility. A site map and complete list of accommodations are available here, and camping rates and policies are available here. Reservations can be made online here

Crystal Cove State Park — 8471 North Coast Highway, Laguna Beach CA 92651, (949) 494-3539

Moro Campground in Crystal Cove State Park, just off the picturesque Pacific Coast Highway between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach, is part of the 40,000-acre Irvine Ranch National and California Natural Landmarks. One of Orange County’s largest remaining examples of open space and natural seashore, Crystal Cove has more than three miles of beach, 2,400 acres of backcountry wilderness and an offshore underwater area. Moro Campground has 58 family campsites, with 28 designated as RV and trailer sites, and 30 designated “low impact” for soft-sided trailers, van conversions, and tents. Campsites can be reserved six months in advance at ReserveCalifornia™. Download the campground map for more details, regulations and fee information.

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