4668 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ventura, CA 93001
Date Visited: January 2020
Site #126: Pull-Through, No Hookups
We paid: $32 Per Night
Review: We had always wanted to stay here because you can’t beat the view. You are literally facing the ocean with nothing between you and the water but some rocks and a sandy beach. It used to be first come-first served, but now they take reservations.
Sites are in a line paralleling the old highway (not too busy), so it can be tricky to fit your tow vehicle in the space, especially if you have a very long rig. They have port-a-potties spaced periodically, but plan to use these campsites only if you’re equipped for dry camping. There are two county campgrounds nearby that have bathrooms, but they do not want you using them if you’re not staying in those campgrounds (Faria or Hobson).
We had beautiful views of sunsets over the Channel Islands (specifically Anacapa and Santa Cruz), brisk walks on the beach, and a moderately-challenging bike ride into Ventura. The only downside of this campground (using the term loosely) is the noise when cars and trucks go by on PCH. You are literally right next to the road, so there’s no escaping that noise. Fortunately, it’s the old road, and it’s not very busy. Highway 101 is further away and we didn’t hear noise from there at all.
We would definitely stay here again, especially in winter when the sun is shining. It could be a bit rough if it’s very rainy or windy because you have no protection from the elements.