on the California Central Coast
Camping right on the sand is possible in California, you just need to drive far enough to find it. Campground reservations are common (year round) on this stretch of coastline, since PISMO is a premier vacation spot for most of Central California.
blue links lead to camp reservation services
This camping page features all beach front camping options along the Central Coast, from Santa Barbara to Big Sur. State Parks, State Beaches, bay side marinas and rugged rural coast camps. We even list private campgrounds and RV parks, just so you have more choices.
Flying Flags RV Resort, Buellton, CA
River Park RV Campground, Lompoc CA
Santa Maria Pines Campground (CLOSED)
San Luis Obispo Camping, Off Road & RV Parks
Pismo Beach Campgrounds
Oceano Dunes State Park (SVRA) – Pismo Dunes Off Road Area
Pismo State Beach
county park camping Pismo
RV camping near Pismo, CA
Pismo Coast Village RV Resort
Pacific Dunes Ranch & RV Resort
Pismo Sands RV Park
Le Sage Riviera RV Park, Grover Beach, CA
San Luis Bay & Point Conception
Avila Beach, Morro Bay Camping
Avila Beach RV Camping Sites
Avila Beach Hot Springs Camping
Montana de Oro State Park
El Chorro Regional Park Campground
Morro Bay State Park Campground
Morro Strand State Beach
Morro Strand RV Park
Morro Dunes RV Park
San Simeon & Big Sur Campgrounds
San Simeon State Park Campgrounds
- San Simeon Creek Campground
- Washburn Primitive Campground
USDA National Forests lies inland along the Central Coast of California, all the way from Ventura to Monterey. Numerous recreational lakes and back roads that lead to secluded small campgrounds. Primitive dispersed camping is allowed, but campfires are limited to local fire restrictions. The later part of the year means drier conditions and sometimes campfires are not allowed during wildfire season. Obtain a free campfire permit & check current conditions from the local ranger before venturing into the backcountry.
Central Coast Inland Lakes Camping
Kelseyville Pear Festival
Pear Fest Lake County
Main Street in Kelseyville comes alive,w/ this family-focused event to showcase the areas history, agritourism, local businesses, craftsmen and community services. This is a fun filled day that starts off with a home town parade. Festivities include three stages with musicians, dancers and cloggers; horse demonstrations; antique car, engine and tractor shows; quilt shows; art shows and an entire pavilion devoted to all things ‘pear.’ Food vendors offer an array of scrumptious selections. Wine and beer tasting along with pear margaritas round out the choices. Pear pies and desserts always sell out.
Annual event; September
(one day only)
Farm to Fork Festival
Designed to demonstrate where our food and drinks come from, the Farm-to-Fork Festival has proven to be one of the Sacramento region’s most popular events. The free event, hosted on the city’s iconic Capitol Mall boasts an exciting selection of farm-to-fork offerings that are produced and available in the Sacramento region. Attendees will find food, wine and beer from regional eateries and purveyors, as well as farmers markets, live music, cooking demonstrations, local grocers, farms and ranches, vendor booths and much more.
Annual event: September
Harvest Wine Weekend
Harvest Wine Tours
in the Central Coast Winery region of Paso Robles CA
Warmth is in the air and the earth is abundant for harvest. The colors have turned and it is time to celebrate a year of hard work by harvesting the new vintage. This colorful, three-day celebration is a combination of individual events held at over 100 wineries throughout Paso Robles Wine Country. Wineries from the region open their doors for an array of activities, including culinary arts and wine pairings, traditional grape stomping and barrel tastings, to name a few. There is no other time like the harvest in Paso Robles, come enjoy your wine country experience at the Harvest Wine!
Over 10 years running!
Annual event; October
Paso Robles, California
Lodi Street Fair, Central Valley California
This event is held twice a year & sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce. Held in Downtown Lodi, this is a one-day event focusing on food and vendors. The Street Faire takes up a 14-square block area of Lodi. Over 500 vendors participate in this biannual event, selling antiques, arts & crafts and commercial items. While shopping, visitors can satisfy their appetite with their choice from 25 food vendors offering everything from hamburgers, to hot dogs, sausages, to pizza. Mexican, Chinese and Filipino dishes are also available for those craving a more international fare. And, no faire is complete without sweet treats and cold drinks.
Bi-annual event; May & October