If you really like camping right close to the Monterey Bay then I would suggest New Brighton State Beach in Capitola, CA. south of Santa Cruz off Highway 1 and the Park Ave. exit. This is a great campground for families and retired folks and it attracts more RV`s than tents. Next to the cliff there is a large day use picnic area and a restroom with showers. This state beach will close next year as it is on the hit list which is sad. Be sure to make reservations way ahead of time as it is a popular destination for those traveling up and down coastal California.
Santa Cruz, CA.