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           You've camped at the beach, in the mountains, and near a lake.  If you think you've done it all, take a look at the Monterey Peninsula on the Pacific Ocean, about 115 miles south of San Francisco.  This beautiful area includes the cities of Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Carmel-by-the-Sea, as well as the famous Pebble Beach golf course.  It is the setting of novels-think Cannery Row by John Steinbeck-and the home of celebrities like Clint Eastwood.  While there are several day use state parks here, none allow overnight camping, but we found several other options for Monterey camping.

Veteran's Memorial Park

            Sites are on a first-come, first-served basis at this Monterey camping spot.  Located within the city limits, Veteran's Memorial Park includes a 40-site campground.  Thirty of the sites can accommodate trailers up to 21 feet; the other 10 are tent only.  The campground has water, restrooms and showers, and all sites include a fire ring and table.  This park is a great base for exploring Monterey as it is only one mile from downtown, 1.5 miles from the Monterey Bay Aquarium on Cannery Row, and two miles from the beach. 

Laguna Seca Recreation Area

            If you prefer a more rural setting for your Monterey camping trip, the Laguna Seca Recreation Area is just a few miles inland.  Still an easy drive to Monterey's attractions, Laguna Seca offers plenty of options itself.  In particular the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca holds a variety of races every year and is the home of the Skip Barber Racing School.  There's also a shooting range in the park.  There are three campgrounds, two of which offer hookups for RVs; all include water, restrooms, and showers.


            South of Monterey is Carmel with its mission, shops, and art galleries; it's easily accessible from Monterey camping sites.  However, two RV campgrounds situated in Carmel Valley are also close to all the action.  The Carmel-By-the-River RV Park is for RVs only but the Saddle Mountain RV Park and Campground allows tent camping as well.  Both offer views of the valley and are friendly to pets.