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Old 04-24-2016, 10:38 PM   #1
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California Coast over Memorial Day?!?!

My husband and I along with our two children, 5 & 3 will be heading to Disneyland in our Airstream the week before Memorial Day (22nd-25th). We are trying to get a last minute vacation in before my husband deploys. I'm having a hard time, for when we're done with Disney, finding a campsite along the coast that isn't already booked for Memorial Day weekend. We'd be more than willing to boondock as long as its pretty and relaxing and within 3-4 hours north or south of LA. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 04-24-2016, 10:46 PM   #2
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Memorial Day weekend can be rough, but last year I actually found a couple of places along the coast. One in Oxnard and one in Santa Barbara.

There was actually a recent thread by someone who was looking for recommendations around Santa Barbara.

A few options you can try: www.reserveamerica.com (use Ventura,CA as the search location and then you'll get locations as they radiate outwards from there.

Ocean Mesa at El Capitan is a great campground (private)
Flying Flags in Buellton
Santa Barbara Sunrise RV

The last one seems to have availability. I stayed there last year and it wasn't glamorous, but clean and functional. It also gets you in the location you'd like to be
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Old 04-24-2016, 11:24 PM   #3
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Thank you! We're not very familiar with coastal California but love to camp and welcome any advice.
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Old 04-25-2016, 07:44 AM   #4
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Since you used the term "deploys," I assume your husband is military? I wonder if Camp Pendleton has any accommodations for active duty military you could take advantage of?


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Thank you for the helpful information. A cool ocean breeze is mighty appealing when dealing with the Arizona summer heat!!
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Old 04-25-2016, 12:06 PM   #6
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Great advice about Camp Pendleton & that should be your 1st priority if available.
You could also try San Onofre State Beach but that looks to be booked as well. Camping in Southern California without early reservations can be challenging at best (most of the State Parks get reserved 6 months in advance). You may try some of the RV Parks in Mission Bay.
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Old 04-25-2016, 12:43 PM   #7
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There's also Seabreeze at Seal Beach, which is a military-only campground: http://www.militarycampgrounds.us/ca...-at-seal-beach
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Kirk Creek has 2-3 walk in sites and the scenery is spectacular. No hookups, but simply one of the best scenery along Highway 1. Mid week might be your best chance though. You can also try some campground in Big Sur they usually post "full" signs but it does not hurt to pull in and to ask.

Standards at CA state parks are low as facilities deteriorate - quite unfortunate.
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Close to Disneyland and Long Beach use Naval Weapons Center in Seal Beach which is home to Sea Breeze RV Park, a superb full hookup RV park for current and past military only. Call the Park directly because central reservations will show non - availability. Outstanding facilities and central location to So Cal attractions. Good luck!
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On the Central Coast, take a look at San Simeon State Park, south of Kirk Creek mentioned above and the trecherous curves of Hiway 1. Dry camping but water and dump station avaiable. Easy access to Hearst Catle, the elephant seals, Morro Bay, Pismo Beach, and the Paso Robles wine country. Space is almost always available. Have fun!
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Beach camping in So Cal requires lots of planning 6 months in advance. Most sites are gone within a few minutes on the first available date / time. Note, if your plans do change, I have a site at beautiful Doheny SB on May 26 - 28 that I am not going to use...we are staying at San Onofre during that time. If interested, contact me. Buchanan1993@verizon.net
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The busy nature of parks along the whole west coast is not to be under appreciated.
I do hope that Holmezat is able to find something that works for their visit.

In traveling along the coast for most of last summer this I found that most parks were indeed booked well in advance. In looking more closely at the situation it turns out that some folks will book multiple places to keep their options open till they deside where they do want to stay.
Unfortunately the spot that they have booked but chose not to use will sit empty because it's booked and the reservation system is not well set up to deal with this apparently common situation. Nor can the park staff reassign those spots cause they are booked.

Perhaps I took this selfish behavior personally cause I hadn't done this sort of preplaning and kept looking into parks that had spaces open but were booked full. What is it in people that will book multiple spots at busy times then leave some empty when they know how many other campers would like to have a spot to camp at..

I guess You can tell that I am still muttering under my breath over this.
Thanks for letting me vent.

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I sent you an email and wanted to make sure you received it and it didn't go to spam folder.
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