Camping in Big Sur

Camping options in Big Sur are as varied as they are plentiful, ranging from high-end glamping to rustic State Parks. Still, Big Sur books up early, particularly in the summer months, so you’ll want to plan ahead. Want to let us take care of the planning for you? Click HERE to inquire about our preset and custom itineraries.


This is a higher-end camping facility that offers luxury campsites with an included pile of wood, s’mores kit and hot water bottles! Located in a beautiful redwood canyon on the coast, Ventana also provides optional activities like tai chi, meditation and flora and fauna hikes. Even better? Camping guests also get full access to the Ventana spa, which includes two outdoor heated swimming pools, Japanese hot baths, gourmet restaurant ‘The Big Sur’ and an infinity edge hot tub. Cost per night: $100 book through their website.


This is one of the best-located state campgrounds in the park, just walking distance from Sand Dollar Beach. It is a popular campground, so if it is booked out, Kirk Creek is a great back up. Plaskett Creek is walking distance from Sand Dollar Beach, which is a fun place to spend the day and/or sunrise/sunset, but the trade-off is that the actual campground is on the uphill side of the highway. Kirk Creek Campground is right on the coast but lacks the awesome beach access. Trust us, you can’t go wrong either way. Both of these campsites are $35 and can be booked at 


If you’re feeling adventurous and the weather is good, then you can head up South Coast Ridge Road to take advantage of the van by going the “dispersed camping” route. Lots of vanlifers look for spots at Prewitt Ridge, but recently its popularity has spurred overuse. We recommend heading up South Ridge a few hours before sundown, giving you time to find the perfect secluded spot.


Want more camping recommendations? Check out this blog for a more extensive list!