Me and my husband had been camping to Morro Bay State Park(around 200 miles south of bay area on Hwy 1). They have an awesome campground. We stayed close to beach, among Eucalyptus trees(smelled great at nights) near the Morro Rock. What more could we ask for?
While there, we had visited Montana de Oro State Park- this park has some of the best ocean view in the central coast.
Also, Ocean Dunes SVRA--where you could drive in to the beach--4 wd preferable, but 2wd drivable half way.
Walked through the towns of Pismo Beach(their city hall faces the ocean!!) & San Louis Obispo. Coool...
The state park also features a cool Museum & for $2 you could see and learn so much.
We also visited the Rock close-up and drove back home all way long on Hwy 1. It was cloudy and was raining a bit. But could not have asked for a better weather...
Love to be in CA :-)