From the bloggers at Roadtreking.
After over a month of working our way up the California coast from Cambria on Highway 1, the Pacific Coast Highway, we’ve hit a stretch where you can honest to goodness boondock – camp right on the side of the highway overlooking the ocean. There were spots here and there north of Santa Cruz where it was technically legal, but they weren’t the combination of day and night spots necessary to put together a nice long stay.
To understand this, you have to look at the tangle of regulations governing boondocking. First and foremost, there’s the California Vehicle Code dealing with how long you can park (not camp, park) alongside highways on the right of way. It’s eight hours. Then there are all the municipal and county exceptions to this statewide rule. Good boondocking spots are defined by what they are not. Don’t try to boondock in state parks or vista points. They are great day spots, but be out of town by sundown. Stay out of small towns, make sure you are outside the city limits of them before you try to spend the night.
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