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Morro Bay, California

Morro Strand State Beach

Morro Bay, California


Highway 1 & Yerba Buena St
Morro Bay, California 93442
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 76
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 35.40375149317
Longitude: -120.86845659126
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers no
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon, Sprint Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon,Sprint
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • yes-ocean Waterfront Waterfront yes-ocean
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean yes
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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17 Reviews

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Review Count: 56
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $58.00
Overall Rating:      

Full hook ups on a California beach! $58 isn't so bad. The sites are VERY close. But that's what you get. You have to reserve many months in advance for a prime season like summer. But Morro Bay beach is worth it - beautiful and not too crowded. The concrete pads in the new full hook up section are very level. The utilities are, of course, top notch. The bathrooms are a bit sandy, but generally clean. The park staff were pleasant but not much involved. All full hook up sites are back in at an angle. It was no problem getting in. But I felt like I should say "excuse me" every time I walked past my neighbor's unit. You must unhitch and park your TV next to your RV. I was within inches of the windows in their slide. Cell service was very good and there are no trees if you use satellite TV. The non-utility sites are parallel parking and very exposed to everyone that walks by. I would happily stay at Morro Bay Strand again. We camped at Morro Strand State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
64
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Hearst Castle is about 20 min north and is well worth the time it takes to get there and explore with a tour.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

This was an excellent beach side campground. Easy in and easy out. Our RV is 37' with 4 slides and fits perfectly into the space. Steps away from the beach and far enough off the highway so no road noise at all. There is a local city trolley that comes by several times a day that will take you into town and bring you back. Sites a somewhat close but at an angle so it was fine. We camped at Morro Strand State Beach in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
53
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There is a space next to your site for the tow vehicle. No shade at all - so use your awnings or bring one. You can rent a fire ring -

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Review Count: 163
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 32

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $49.00
Overall Rating:      

An expensive but very nice state park - one of our favorites for the year! It used to be a parking lot so it's not fancy by any means; however, the park is right on the beach. We could see the ocean from our windows, some days better than others depending on if another RV was blocking the view. The site we were in was a back-in with full hookups. The full hookup sites are staggered which is a bonus for helping maintaining views of the ocean. These sites, however, are close together so there is no privacy. It was surprisingly very quiet. There is a small hillock behind the full hookups which helped buffer any road noise. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets! The park was not crowded in December although it filled up more on the weekends. Be prepared for wind - it was windy just about every day. And I don't mean a light breeze. The WII FI was really slow to the point of being useless. Great Verizon with 4g 4 bars. Directv satellite coverage was also perfect. There are two camp hosts that alternate time and all of them were very friendly and helpful. We loved it here! We camped at Morro Strand State Beach in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
52
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There are several seafood markets downtown plus an avocado farm (yum!). Spencers is a local grocer that carries a surprisingly varied amount of products. There are also farmer's markets every week.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

First time staying here, the park has in the last two years added full hook-ups to some spaces. The spaces are very close together and the cost has gone up significantly with the upgrades. We camped at Morro Strand State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The park is right next to the beach, just on the outskirts of Morro bay but in a residental area. Campground host and ranger were very nice. Paved paths allows for bicycling and walking. Your tow vehicle is parked side by side to your trailer so spaces between sites are very close. Enjoyed some excellant beach walking while staying here and had great views of Morro Rock.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

As with most beachside campgrounds, the attraction is not the campground it self but the proximity to the ocean and attractions. With Morro Strand, this is no different. We have camped here 5 Labor Day weekends in a row with a group of 5-6 other families. Prior to last year, when they upgraded the campground to have full hook-up sites, you were assigned your site upon arrival so it was a lot easier to bunch everyone together. Now we need to make all of our reservations at once to ensure that we can camp within the same part of the park. The plus to the facility change is that generators have been banned (and they DO enforce it), so the campground is a lot quieter than it used to be. Also, now that we have a trailer, we will be very happy to take advantage of the hook-up sites! The BIGGEST negative about this campground are the bathrooms, which are always filthy, even at the start of a 3-day holiday weekend. Won't be a big deal for us anymore (hooray for trailers!) but it was definitely a drag to have to use those nasty bathrooms several times a day. Tent campers beware. There are no showers here but you can use the coin operated ones at the Morro Bay State Park campground, just 5 miles away. We have stayed at both campgrounds and prefer Morro Strand as the access to the ocean, Morro Bay, and the San Simeon coast are so good. All hook-up sites are on the East side of the strand, but the best sites overall are the ones on the West side that have their own walk way to the beach. Note that this beach is NOT dog friendly, but there is one 2 miles up the road that is. We camped at Morro Strand State Beach in a Tent.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 375
States Visited: 50
Helpful Reviews: 42

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

About a year ago the state added many new full hook up concrete RV sites. The campground flier indicates that the full hook up sites are limited to 40' or less in length. I do think that you could fit a 40'+ rig though, as there is 8-10' of space in back of the rig after the concrete pad stops. They are back in and are wide enough for the rig and a tow vehicle. The back portion of the parking area is dirt and is where the picnic table sits. The sites have 50 amp, and the water pressure is remarkable, especially for a beach location (my on board regulator was easily pegged at 60 psi). The full hook up sites are $50 a night. There are many dry camp spots available as well at $35 a night that have a 24' max length. The beach is a short walk down a path through some areas that are being regrown with native plants. Unfortunately dogs are not allowed on any of the beach areas in this State Park, so Fido needs to stay in the campground. Our Verizon air card worked really well here, but no park WiFi is available. One really surprising point being that this is a state park is the absence of any handicapped facilities. The campsites themselves are easily negotiable with flat smooth surfaces and small rolled curbs, but that is about it. There are two bathroom facilities, one at each end of the park, but neither is handicapped accessible. In spite of a crude asphalt ramp, the doors into restrooms, and on the stalls themselves are not ADA compliant. There are also no shower facilities here. The campground flier states that fact, but indicates that by showing your receipt for this campground, you can drive 6 miles south to Morro Bay state park and use the showers there. Not very convenient. But if you don't need showers, or Handicapped facilities, I can highly recommend this campground. We camped at Morro Strand State Beach in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
54
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 74
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

We were staying at a very nice private park nearby, drove by to check out this beachfront primitive camping we had used decades before. FHU's as of 4/1/2015 I'm told. Immediately we checked ReserveAmerica for availability. Weekends, even in February, even Super Bowl weekend, were pretty tight, but we managed to get a full week (which we subsequently extended). This is the first Cal State Campground we have used since we moved to multi-slide rigs pulling a dinghy 15 years ago. We want FHU's (50 amp) with satellite TV clearance with campground etiquette rules enforced. About time California started putting some of my tax money into its parks! This place is gorgeous with back-in sites providing a panoramic view of the Pacific out of the front windshield of your motorhome. It is not sheltered from the heavy winds that do occur in the area. Perfect? Until the group showed up Sunday afternoon in the tent area blasting music as we left for dinner. Unbeknownst to me at the time was that the campground hosts & park rangers were on them immediately. Kudos to the state for this awesome upgrade & the park personnel for enforcing the identified rules. We camped at Morro Strand State Beach in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 59
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is in a stunning setting, behind shallow dunes right on the beach! The campground is kind of basic, But the state is currently upgrading the campground and installing 55 sites with full hookups. Grading work has already begun and hopefully the state will do a good job. This place could be dynamite! We camped at Morro Strand State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 39
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Great location, just over a dune from the beach, but this is essentially a parking lot where you park along the curb. There is a sandy area just over the curb, on which you can set up chairs, etc.

There are no hookups, no showers or dump (both available at Morro Bay State Park, a few miles away). Staff very friendly and helpful, but not a very pleasant experience (esp. at $35/night plus a $7.50 reservation charge). Location is the only thing going for this location, as currently configured. We camped at Morro Strand State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

I have camped at this campground since the 1980s. The setting is beautiful. There used to be outdoor showers, but those were taken out a few years ago. We still love the park for the setting. A trolley takes you into town on the weekends during the summer. Kids love to walk to the tidepools. We camped at Morro Strand State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2009 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

My family and I camped at Morro Strand State Beach a few months ago. Overall, the location of the campground can’t be beat. You are within a short walk of the shore and the sunsets are incredible, (if you’re lucky enough to not have had the fog roll in). The view of Morro Rock in the distance adds to the ambiance of the campground. There are also some incredible tide pools just north of the campground. The sites themselves are fairly spartan. A table and a fire-ring are provided. Water is readily available in each area and the bathrooms were maintained and clean. (No showers. Not even cold ones to rinse off sand.) The only problem with the campground is that you are packed in like sardines. When they say that the minimum trailer length here is 24 feet, they aren’t kidding. This wasn’t a problem when the site next to us was unoccupied, but as soon as a family moved in next door, it made for a very cramped site. We had a site along the beach side, and for the first three nights we were there, no one occupied the site next to ours. We had neighbors two sites away, but it made for a pleasant time. When the weekend arrived, however, we had a group of about eight people set up next to us. They set up one of their tents approximately four feet from our fire-ring, and we were constantly saying “excuse me” as we walked from the front of our rig to where our tow vehicle was parked. Literally, the “site” was the area directly in front of our trailer. When turning this from a parking lot to a campground, they should have made each site 36 feet each, not 24. It would have made the whole experience there that much more enjoyable. We camped at Morro Strand State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2009 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

This park has a good location, but has not been kept up. No showers, old bathrooms are standard now in California parks. Campground is a parking lot and the sand has many burrs and stickers. A recent walk on the beach had us scrambling for lighter fluid to remove the tar from our feet! A rowdy crowd kept us up at night and there is no night supervision to speak of. Nice to be near town and the beach, but having to pay double for my rig did not endear the place to me. Will probably head elsewhere on our next trip. Lots to do in town, though! We camped at Morro Strand State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2008 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Great place to spend a couple days on the beach. It would have gotten a 10 if it had any amenities besides the location. We had to take two spots (30ft trailer) but it was worth the extra money. The boardwalk in Morro Bay is nice and the food at the restaurant on the north end where the road curves sharply to the right had good food. Morro Rock was also nice and you can drive right up to it if you want. I would imagine that the park is packed all summer. The park this time of year was practically empty, no reservations required. I'd go back there for sure. We camped at Morro Strand State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2008 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

Max 27 foot unless you buy 2 spaces. Converted day use parking lot. Fire rings and picnic tables at each site. right on the edge of the beach. Wonderful location. No showers We camped at Morro Strand State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2008 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Our favorite place to stay. Its not primitive, but there are no RV services. Used a generator for electric, filled our water tanks for showers and dishes, propane for heating/fridge. Generators have to be off by 8pm, not like other camp sites of 10pm. The host will come by and make sure yours is off if its on and past 8pm. Nice listening to the ocean at night, beach is just a short walk down. We camp with our dog and its a pet friendly park, but use your leash. We have a 28 ft 5th wheel and just barely made it into our site. I would not recommend anything larger as the sites are very small and close quarters. Open fire pits are awesome for making smores. Picnic tables at each site. Some have trees and some not. Enjoyed our stay there and will continue to stay there often. Surf is ok for the area. Great place to build sand castles. Plenty of beach to run down and get a good morning jog in. Enjoy your stay here as its one of our all time favorites! We camped at Morro Strand State Beach in a Fifth Wheel.

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