If you are new to the camping world, a good place to start would be: 1. Asking a close friend where their favorite spots are or where would be a good place for a novice camper. Keep in mind when asking/searching, whether you want to experience:
2. Meetup Camping Groups, is where I started my camping journey. Organizers have already did the research of the campsite, list and invite people to join a group who will be venturing there together.
3. Facebook Camping Groups can also be a very useful tool by connecting with existing camping groups, viewing some photos and asking questions.
Whether new or a regular camper, at some point, you will get the itch to start searching for spots on your own. At which point, the real hunt is on. Some places to start your personal search are: 1.Recreation.gov - "Get out there, experience the USA, and bring home a story!"
2.Reservecalifornia.com -"Create your next adventure. Let's reserve your next travel experience."
3.Google - Enter one of these search phrases: National Campgrounds / State Campgrounds / Private Campgrounds
You could also check out a few campsite websites to either book and/or gather more information: 1. KOA.com - "We help people get outside because we know it changes them on the inside."
2. HipCamp.com - "Find yourself outside. Discover and book tent camping, RV parks, cabins, treehouses, and glamping."
3. Campspot.com - "Find your campspot. Discover and book tent camping, RV parks, cabins, treehouses, and glamping."
4. Parks.ca.gov - Environmental, Accessible, Family or Alternative Camping, like rustic cabins, cottages, lodging, tent cabins, floating campsites, and yurts.
Please be mindful that the above is not an exhaustive list and does not include BLM-style campsites that are free to use with little to no amenities.
Finally, if you are or become an avid camper, it will be well worth your purchasing a National or State Parks Pass. Here are two locations below: (I visit national parks more and therefore buy the "America the Beautiful" Pass.) 1. NPS,gov (National Park Services)
25 POPULAR SOCAL CAMPSITES *Alafia by Remi™ is in no way affiliated with any of the campsites, websites or companies listed below.
- El Capitan State Beach Campground
- Cachuma Lake Campgrounds
- Emma Wood State Beach Campground
- Point Mugu State Park Campgrounds
- McGill Campground
- Paradise Cove Campground
- Hungry/French/Boulder Gulch Campgrounds
- Red Rock Canyon State Park
- Buttercup (Group) Campground
- Serrano Campground
- Pineknot Campground
- Lake Perris Campground
- Caspers Wilderness Park Campground
- Joshua Tree National Park
- Paso Picacho Campground
- South Carlsbad Beach Campground
- Observatory Campground
- Idyllwild Campground
- Hurkey Creek County Park Campground
- Bolsa Chica Beach Campground
- San Clemente Beach Campground
- San Onofre Beach Campground
- Leo Carrillo State Park Campground
- Mojave Narrows Regional Park Campground
- Olive Grove Campground