Hobson Beach, Ventura, California

This small campground of about 30 sites is run by the county of Ventura. Located along the stunning coastline between Ventura and Santa Barbara, this small campground offers easy ocean access. The best sites are those that back up to the ocean. They are hookup-free, but offer beautiful views, IF you are willing to sit on the rock barrier or stand at camp. Our biggest frustration was sitting at our site on a beautiful afternoon and hearing the ocean, smelling the ocean, knowing the ocean was RIGHT THERE, but not being able to see it without standing or climbing on rocks. The upside is that the rock barrier keeps high tide out of the camp and keeps onshore winds from preventing a nice campfire. Sites here are tight amd we heard the ranger is a stickler for keeping between your campsite. Each site is covered in pea gravel, is level, and offers a campfire ring and table. Inland sites have full hookups. Sites are very close together and require confidence in your backing in skills. When the tide is low, a sandy beach appears, but when it's high, there is no beach access. A common staircase leads to the beach, which is adjacent to site 18. It is a beautiful spot for watching the sunset and local surfers take the waves. A small beach but dove offers a delcious breakfast, lunch, or dinner. We indulged in a yummy breakfast burrito and we were not disappointed. Hobson is one of several county and state beach campgrounds along this stretch including Faria, Rincon, and Emma Wood. There is no hiking or walking trails here. It is best to approach the campground from the southern 101 exit marled for the county campgrounds, unless you enjoy hairpin turns adjacent to the ocean. 

Best Sites:

Poor Sites: Inland and 28

Hookups: Sites 1-7, 29-31

Potable Water: No

Dump Within Facility: No