I've spent the last two nights at Bastendorff Beach. While the nearby county park offers a nice setting for camping, parking in what is essentially a big (and kinda muddy) parking lot along the south jetty offers two nice benefits. First, it's FREE! Second, you get a sweet view out the front window!
This morning's view out the front window
it also provides easy access to a few gorgeous spots along the coast, including Shore Acres State Park and the way cool, Cape Arago State Park.
Shore Acres - a beautiful park but dogs are not allowed outside the vehicle. Boo!