Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area is a spectacular park offering access to a large range of coastal sand dunes for off-road recreation. Additionally, Oceano Dunes provides access to numerous other outdoor activities such as surfing, swimming, camping, and hiking.  Camping is allowed south of Post 2 within the recreation area and is dispersed camping without marked spots on the beach and in the open dune area. Vault toilets and chemical toilets are located through out the recreation area, but are not numerous, as such bathroom trips can be a trek. Service trucks drive the beach selling firewood, ice, water, and RV holding-tank  pump-out services.

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Oceano Dunes SVRA Bottom Line

Oceano Dunes is a great camping experience, provided you are not looking for trees, solitude, or peace and quiet. Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area is not intended for peace and quiet, it is intended for people that want to enjoy the sun, and have fun in their off-road vehicles. This is also a great place for group camping with the wide-open spaces, which allow vehicles or RVs to spread out and create a circle to shield from the wind. However, Oceano Dunes is not friendly to cars, your vehicle should have good ground clearance and tires with some tread that can battle the thick sand on the beach.

When you arrive you will need to be prepared to drive 1-2 miles on the beach, in the sand to get to the actual recreation area and campsites. California State Parks places a rope or “police line” along the beach, you need to camp on the east side of this line, as the tide will come right up to the line. There is nothing like being woken up to your tent floating in water, trust us, we have been there.

Oceano Dunes SVRA Campground Features

Campground Type: Dispersed
Number of Campsites: Virtually Unlimited
Cost: $10/Night
Use Level: Medium – High
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: No – Bring a shovel
Drinking Water: No
Toilets: Yes – But there are few and they are far
Showers: No
Trash/Dumpsters: No
Hiking Access: No
Beach/Lake Access: Yes
RV/Trailer Length: Virtually Unlimited
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: All Major Carriers
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground open year round
Other:  Supplies sold by beach vendors

Getting There

Address North Park Entrance – End of Grand Avenue, Grover Beach CASouth Park Entrance – End of Pier Avenue, Oceano CA
Geo Coordinates: 35.097352, -120.628853
Nearest City/Town: Pismo Beach, California
Elevation: 12 Feet
Location: San Luis Obispo County, California
Paved Road Access: No
Proximity to Stores: 2 miles to Pismo Beach
Directions: The recreation area is located in Oceano, three miles south of Pismo Beach off Highway 1. There are two entrances to the recreation area:

  • North Park Entrance – End of Grand Avenue – Grover Beach CA
  • South Park Entrance – End of Pier Avenue – Oceano CA

Maps & Brochures

Oceano Dunes Map


Phone: 805.773.7170 Facebook:
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When To Go

Late Fall – Winter –  Other times of the year, Oceano Dunes is usually packed.

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Summer temperatures – Highs: 60’s and 70’s; Lows: 50’s; Dense morning fog. Winter temperatures – Highs: 50’s and 60’s; Lows: 40’s; high winds in Spring.

What To Do

Oceano Dunes SVRA is all about off-roading, ATB riding, dirt bikes, and four-wheeling, and these activities are abundant.

Fun Facts

Oceano Dunes SVRA is the only state park in California where vehicles can be driven on the beach.

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