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Orange County California Best Campsites

Updated on January 28, 2011

Best Campsites In Orange County, California

Here are three of the best campsites in Orange County, California. Doheny State Beach, San Clemente State Beach, and Crystal Cove State Park offer some of the best camping that Orange County has to offer. The Beautiful scenery, hiking trails, and the Pacific Ocean are all part of the camping experience at these parks.

Doheny State Beach Campsite


25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point

Web Site:


Make reservations early because they sell out 7 months before summer begins.


Over 1.5 people visit annually.

About Doheny State Beach Campsite:

1. 62 acres with over a mile of beachfront property.

2. Two parks in one with the north one reserved for day use and surfing, the south one for camping.

3. Offers camping just a few steps from the ocean.

4. 122 campstes, including 33 at the beachfront.

5. Has fire rings, picnic tables, and showers.

6. Wireless internet at the snack bar.

7. Interpretive programs that teach about everything from nocturnal animals to sharks.

Doheny Campsite

Doheny Campsite
Doheny Campsite

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San Clemente State Beach Campsite


3030 Avenida Del Presidente, San Clemente

Web Site:


Between 1934-1937

About San Clemente State Beach Campsite:

1. One mile long.

2. Located a coastal bluff top overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

3. 160 sides with fire ring, picnic table and shade cover.

4. RV area that can accommodate 72 recreational vehicles.

5. Group campsite that can accommodate 50 people and 20 vehicles.

6. Has short trails. The Butterfly Trail is a half-mile long trail that leads you down a hill to the beach.

7. Provides a natural setting without the feeling of camping in the woods.

8. Junior Ranger programs are offered during the summer.

San Clemente Campsite - The Trail Leading Down To The Beach

San Clemente Campsite - The Trail Leading Down To The Beach
San Clemente Campsite - The Trail Leading Down To The Beach
Suisse Sport Wyoming 3 Room Family Dome Tent 18 x 10
Suisse Sport Wyoming 3 Room Family Dome Tent 18 x 10

Accommodate the entire family when camping with the three-room Suisse Sport Wyoming tent. The Wyoming sleeps up to eight people, with a pair of dividers that separate the tent into three distinct rooms. You can use each room as a bedroom, or you can create two bedrooms and a shared living area. Ventilation isn't a problem thanks to the trio of mesh screen windows and the mesh ceiling, which provide a nice cross breeze as you sleep. And to keep you dry and comfortable throughout your trip, the Wyoming includes a heavy-duty, weather-resistant polyester floor. Other features include shock-corded fiberglass poles for easy setup; a three-quarter rain fly; a polyester body fabric with coated and taped seams; and an 18-by-6-by-10-foot (W x H x D) footprint.


Crystal Cove State Park Campsite


8471 North Coast Highway, Laguna Beach

Phone Number:


Web Site:

Educational Programs:

School visits, docent tours, and a wildlife gallery

About Crystal Cove State Park Campsite:

1. Part woodland, part ocean.

2. Various educational programs.

3. This is not beach camping. Reaching the campgrouds takes a three-mile hike from the El Moro lot. Everything must be packed in. It could take 2-6 hours to reach the campsite one way.

4. Three different campgrounds to choose from: the Lower Moro, Upper Moro and Deer Canyon.

5. 32 campsites with space for 4 campers per site.

6. Each campsite has a picnic table.

7. Shared outhouses between the campground.

8. 17 miles of trails and over 3 miles of beach.

9, Offers biking and hiking in canyons and hills, as well as surfing and diving along the water.

View From Above

View From Above
View From Above

Your Favorite Campsite - Where is your favorite place to camp?

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      Favorite campsite in Orange County is all of them.

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