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One of the most beautiful bits of coast.

I have been here a few times on surfing trips. While it is a small beach, probably one of the most idyllic looking with the palm trees.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 10, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

I have been here a few times on surfing trips. While it is a small beach, probably one of the most idyllic looking with the palm trees.

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Henderson, Nevada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

We visited friends who were camping here - while on a trip to Solvang. The beach is nothing special - pretty rocky and small. The campground itself seemed really nice - according to our friends, it can be quite difficult to secure a space here, since it's so small. Being by the ocean is always nice, but I can think... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

This is the best camping on the beach. Have been going every year for as long as I can remember. Was so happy beach and campground is open. No sign of the spill anywhere. More rocks on the sand this year but still a GREAT time. Don't worry about the spill all evidence has been removed.

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Simi Valley, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

It is always nice to go someplace different & camp in our RV. The group site is nice as you can get a lot of RV's into the Mesa campspot area. BUT...trying to get this spot on the weekend is nearly impossible. When we do get to go with our friends we have a great time....we can walk on the... More 

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Danbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We loved the long walks along this coastline. Great place to walk near sunset. The Sunsets were amazing here. If you can find a day with a few clouds you will love the results as the sunsets. Lots of great places to walk along the beach or up on the cliff above them.

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Gilroy, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We were surprised to find out that we had to pay to get in here...just to park and walk down to the beach. Not worth it in my opinion. We were told by some that most days the park ranger at the window is not even there so many can park for free.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

We didn't camp but visited the picnic area. A great place to bring friends for a day of grilling out on the beach, kayaking and walking along the picturesque rocks! Nice restrooms on property big shade trees and it wasn't too busy. Most definitely would return.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We were in site 28 at the campground…….nothing like the ambience of a freight train running through your campsite (including one at 2am on Friday night!). Yikes! The sites are relatively close together -- but you are at the beach. I think we'll try another location next time. We saw a lot of families and kids and had a nice... More 

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yucaipa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

spent $55.00 4 "prime spot" could see the ocean but dead grass and some shade. primitive sites. no hook ups or water at sites. pay showers really? friendly people quiet campground. 2 expensive 4 what they offer

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Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I didn't like the rocks you have to walk and stumble through to get to the beach...after walking my dog on the beach, I saw a sign that said no dogs.. I personally think dogs, kids, and beaches go together, but I guess not everyone agrees with me. There is an informative shelter that tells the story of the Spaniard... More 

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