Locals and residents alike will find that Orange County, with its warm weather and waterfronts, is an ideal destination for camping. Whether you’re looking for a simple campground to bring a tent or an RV resort to set up camp, you’ll find the perfect spot. Here are some of the best camping places in Orange County, California.

Bolsa Chica State Beach

This popular state beach offers plenty of activities for its guests. Bolsa Chica is an excellent choice for surfing, volleyball, water sports, sunbathing, and family outings. If you have a permit, you can go hand fishing on the surf. The site has 50 campsites that include water hookups and electric hookups. Campsites include outdoor showers, bathrooms, and picnic areas. Fire rings are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tents are not allowed, but you’re welcome to bring self-contained RVs to camp in.

Crystal Cove State Park

This scenic park is positioned north of Laguna beach. The land offers open space and a natural seashore. Crystal Cove State Park is home to approximately 2,400 acres of wilderness making it an ideal spot for outdoor enthusiasts, equestrians, and hikers. Enjoy exploring sandy coves, rocky reefs, and tide pools during your stay. The staff offer guided hikes, geology talks, and tide poolwalks. The campgrounds are inland and primitive. It’s the perfect place to get away from the bustle of the city.

Orange County Fair & Event Center

The Orange County Fair & Event Center is well known for its entertainment, shopping, animals, and of course, deep-fried fair food. It’s home to the Pacific Amphitheatre, the Heroes Hall veterans museum, and a three-acre working farm called Centennial Farm. The location hosts around 150 events during the year. You may not know that in addition to its exhibitions and concerts, the OC Fair & Event Center also offers on-site camping. Visitors are welcome to bring their pets along with their campers and RVs. The site does not take reservations. Campground sites are rented on a first-come, first-served basis.

San Clemente State Beach

The San Clemente State Beach is a well-known destination for surfers. The scenic beach is known for its great surf and pleasant climate. The park amenities go beyond just surfing. You’ll find hiking and biking trails, nature trails, picnic areas, horseback riding trails, and swimming areas. Group campsites, family campsites, and RV hookups are available. The mile-long beach is the perfect escape from the busy life in the city.

Anaheim Resort RV Park

This resort RV park is the best spot for a vacation destination. It makes an excellent home base for exploring the major attractions of Anaheim, including Disneyland! Just a mile away from the Disneyland Resort, the Anaheim Resort RV Park offers shuttles to Disneyland Resort every 20 – 30 minutes throughout the day. You can purchase tickets to the Disneyland Resort and other Orange County attractions at the front counter of the RV park. In addition to catering to attraction seekers, the RV resort offers a cafe, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a hot water spa, and swimming pool to enjoy your time while camping. The resort includes handicap accessible restrooms, full hookups, premium pull-thrus, laundry facilities, and more. Pets are welcome and have their own dog walk areas!

By: Chris Purcell

Attorney Chris Purcell is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara College of Law. He exclusively represents the victims of personal injury and wrongful death. Chris was part of the team that won California’s largest-ever wrongful death judgment – a $150 million verdict for a family devastated by a tragic trucking accident. In 2011, he received the Top Gun Award given by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association.