Plaskett Creek is a campers, surfers, spearfishers, and super-relaxers paradise. It's just across Highway 1 from the largest sandy beach in the Big Sur area, Sand Dollar Beach.

When we say just across, we mean a totally walkable 5-minute trek with a board or two. (Just in case you want to switch up your whip mid-sesh.) You'd think you were in the tropics with water so clear—but that's just the beauty of Big Sur.

Back at camp, string up a hammock or kick back in your camp chair. If you were lucky to score a rockfish with your own two hands, cook it up to share. All sites are grassy, and all are encouraged to check out why this is one of Big Sur's most coveted camping areas. It's booking a spot that's the tricky part, so plan in advance. Way in advance.

Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
40 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


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Horseback riding

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Wildlife watching

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Natural features you'll find at Plaskett Creek Campground.

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Hipcamper Eleazar
Eleazar S.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 26th, 2022

It’s a Beautiful campground and close to the beach; however, there was an extremely rude employee (DANA) that worked at campsite that was overcharging people that reservations and for parking claiming that original reservations were lost. At one point she started screaming at a camper that asked for a refund money back that she had overcharged. So, if you visit, please make sure you confirm all your information and have a printout of it.

Hipcamper Erin
Erin O.
recommends this listing.
May 15th, 2019

Absolutely gorgeous and great location!

Hipcamper Vincent
Vincent S.
recommends this listing.
November 9th, 2018

Fills up quick in the summer months.

Hipcamper renee
Renee W.
recommends this listing.
June 2nd, 2017

Plaksett campground is awesome because it's right across from a huge beautiful beach! Which is some of the only beach access on the big sur coast. Although this campground can be crowded, it has good vibes and I've been many times.

Hipcamper Kenny
Kenny G.
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 15th, 2017

We love Plaskett Creek. its way easier to get a camp spot mid week compared to Kirk Creek. No showers, it can get noisy like a lot of campgrounds. I always carry earplugs and Tequila for that. If you go up the dirt road just south of the campground you will find some dispersed spots.

Hipcamper Kayla
Kayla E.
didn't provide a recommendation.
November 18th, 2016

This campground is incredible! Enjoy a short sunrise hike to the beach each morning and fall asleep to the soothing sounds of the Pacific each night. We were there in late October so the campground was pretty quiet and secluded. It is also a perfect home base for exploring the Big Sur area, so close to numerous state parks, beautiful trails, and miles of ocean views. Highly recommend!!

Hipcamper Aya
Aya S.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 9th, 2016

This place is heaven on earth for me. Sand Dollar Beach is insanely beautiful, not crowded, and great for surfing and beach picnics. My favorite thing to do when camping at Plaskett Creek is to enjoy my morning coffee and evening beers at the edge of the cliff overlooking the beach. There's a spot where people gather (and an adorable wooden seat), but it's quiet and peaceful and showcases the sunset. It's family and dog-friendly. I've camped there with 15 friends and I've also camped there solo. Definitely book well in advance, as this is a popular spot in Big Sur.

Hipcamper Toni
Toni S.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 31st, 2016

Have been camping there for 40yrs. t is a slice of heaven....word of warning though... unless you're an experienced surfer do not attempt surfing off Sand Dollar Beach,.also swimming beware and take care of the riptides ....they can be deadly and have been ......

Hipcamper Shirtless host Steve
Shirtless Host Steve J.
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 24th, 2016

Report from your shirtless host about our northern friends @ San Simeon
Our northern friends are here & helping our economy, by spending there vac. here. Thank You.
This is about 2 family.
Witvoet ( wit-Foot ) Mike & Diana
Weatherman. Harold & Diane
Some of the Nice's people I have meet. They are from Bowmanville, Ontario.
1st. They rent a R.V. then start there Vac. Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, San Francisco, Bebble Beach, Monterey, Carmel then SS. S.P. I met them @ Refugio S.B.
They stayed SS. S.P. I hope if you seen them you!! You said HI! But they say that the honey huts didn't smell like honey.
Thank you Canada for letting a few of your best to come down.
Shirtless host Steve

Los Padres National Forest
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35.917° N, 121.465° W
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