Camping in Big Sur

The camping options in Big Sur are as varied as they are plentiful, ranging from high-end glamping experiences to rustic State Parks. Big Sur is known for booking up early however, particularly in the summer months, so the earlier you can start planning, the better. 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, smores 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 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 tradeoff 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. Prewitt Ridge is another popular dispersed campground, but its popularity has spurred overuse recently. Our recommendation would be head up South Ridge a few hours before sundown, to give you time to drive around and find the perfect secluded spot.


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