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  • KimberlyAnn profile photo KimberlyAnn
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North Beach Campground: My Favorite Campground

North Beach is the second of two campgrounds located in Pismo State Beach. We had made a week’s reservations in the Oceano Campground, but when that week was up we moved to North Beach, which became our favorite campground on our winter trip that year. This campground has no hook-ups, but there is a dump, as well as coin operated showers, and restrooms. There are 103 sites for RVs up to 31 foot, tents, plus one walk or bike in site. Some are grassy and open, others have a few trees or bushes, the sites are quite well spaced, so that you have a more private feeling than a lot of other campgrounds. Reservations may be made from around the end of May to early September. The rest of the year this campground is first come, first serve. During the season that reservations may be made, you may do this by calling 1-800-444-7275 or on line at reserveamerica.

This campground is located in the area of the state beach where vehicles are not allowed, as well as near an area where thousands of Monarch Butterflies winter. There is a nice dune walk in the area, and a golf course nearby. There are a number of birds in the area, including mocking birds, humming birds, and ducks. I had a container of water on the ground, and a mated pair of mallard ducks came along. They spied the dish, and the female stepped right in and began to take a mini bath by running beak fulls of water through her feathers as she preened. The male stood by as she bathe, occasionally taking a drink from her bathtub. After that they came a number of times each day we were there, and the female always used it for bathing. See photo three, and my video, A Very Small Bathtub.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Road Trip, Hiking and Walking, National/State Park
  • Written April 29, 2007
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Our Site in the North Campground of the Park

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Pismo State Beach Oceano Campground: If You Need Electricity

Oceano Campground has 42 sites with water and electric hook-up for trailers and RVs up to 36 foot, as well as 40 additional sites without electricity for those up to 31 foot. There is also one primitive hike or bike in site. Picnic tables and fire rings, as well as coin-operated hot showers and restrooms are provided. Oceano also has a wheel chair accessible campsite in the hookup area. The odd thing about this campground is that the sites do not have sewer, and there is no dump station in this section of the park. You have to drive north to the other State Beach Campground to use a dump. When I walked to the beach from this campground, I was startled to see cars driving along the water’s edge. So be aware, if you stay here, you will have to share the beach with vehicles. If you don’t want to do that, choose the other campground in the park. In Oceano, you may make reservations for sites year round by calling 1-800-444-7275 or on line at reserveamerica

If you intend to drive your vehicle or an ATV or dune buggy on the beach, this campground is located in the vehicle allowed section of the beach, and is very close to the access point. There is a pleasant lagoon bordering the campground, and a nice, short hiking trail that circles lagoon.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Camping, National/State Park, Road Trip
  • Written April 29, 2007
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Pismo State Beach Oceano Campground


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