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Van Damme State Park Campground: "camping cousins" Top 5 Page for this destination Mendocino Hotel Tip by richiecdisc

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  D on beach at Van Damme
by richiecdisc

Van Damme State Park is one of California's gems, little known to those outside the area. With so many great state parks along the Big Sur highway and National Parks east of the coastal areas, it's easy to see how it gets missed. We certainly would have done just that if my cousin from nearby Sacramento was not camping there over the 4th of July weekend. We did not really get to properly explore this lush coastal park aside from camping for the night and a beach walk in the morning but if ever in the area again, we could certainly try and spend more time there. There are hiking and biking trails along with a nice chunk of beach just across the small road you take to get to the park.

Unique Qualities: Drive-in spots are $35 per night but include shower facilities in modern restrooms. It is pricey but that is California coastal camping in general and the truth is we would not have been able to get a spot as it was fully booked. Luckily, my cousin was camping and his spot was big enough for us to put our tent up for the night and not infringe on their space whatsoever. We had to pay $6 to park the car overnight in the park.

Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: Right off Highway 1 south of Mendocino.
Price: less than US$20
Theme: Campground

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 10, 2009
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