Thursday, August 06, 2009

Central California Beach Camping

Central California Beach and Coastal Campgrounds are a great way to explore California on a budget. With hotels rooms costing 100 dollars a night or more it can get very expensive driving the central coast. Campgrounds average about 25 dollars a night or 200 for the whole week. If your not lucky enough to own an RV there are several companys that rent Recreational Vehicles for a few days or the enitire summer. Tent camping is another option, letting you use the family car for camping without having the stress of operating a big RV. California Central Coast stretches from Oxnard to San Francisco

Big Basin Redwoods State Park - Big Basin Redwoods State Park is the oldest State Park in California. It was acquired in 1902. The park has miles of trails, which serves hikers and equestrians, links Big Basin to Castle Rock State Park and the eastern reach of the Santa Cruz range.
Butano State Park - Butano State Park is a 3,200-acre redwood park in the Santa Cruz Mountains, featuring excellent hiking through the redwood groves. Only three miles from the coast, the park's trails offer views of the ocean.
Fremont Peak State Park - This park features expansive views of Monterey Bay, from its hiking trails in the grasslands of the higher peaks of the Gavilan Range. The park also features an astronomical observatory with a 30-inch telescope, which is open for public programs on selected evenings.
Hearst Castle Enjoy the scenic beauty of the Pacific Ocean while camping at San Simeon Creek Campground.The campground is NOT on reservations from October 1st through March 14th and open on a 1st come / 1st served system using the Self-Pay envelope system
Montana de Oro State Park - Features over 8,000 acres of rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons, and hills - with 1,347-foot Valencia Peak. Naturalists and backpackers enjoy the solitude and freedom found along the park trails.
Morro Bay State Park - Morro Bay State Park features lagoon and natural bay habitat. The bay's most prominent landmark is Morro Rock. The park has opportunities for sailing fishing, hiking, and bird watching.
Pismo Beach State Beach - Offers all kinds of attractions: hiking, swimming and surf fishing (and digging for the famous Pismo clam); the annual winter migration of millions of monarch butterflies
Sunset State Beach - Sunset State Beach features pine trees, mountainous sand dunes, and ocean side picnic spots. Bordered by large agricultural fields between the cities of Santa Cruz and Monterey, the beach is a year-round destination for thousands of visitors.
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