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suzi829
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Just got back from a relaxing three nights camping at Pt. Mugu State Park. The beach is right on PCH, just past the LA County line in Ventura. While the actual campground (Sycamore Canyon) is situated on the other side of PCH, there is a tunnel that links the campground to the beach so access is not a problem, although you do have to climb over some large rocks to get to the sand. (You can also just walk over by crossing PCH, or drive over and use the lot.)

The actual campground is 58 spaces, so not too big. Although "sold out" it was not full and never felt crowded. While not all spaces are created equal, most are spacious and almost all offer some shade. Some sites are even hidden behind trees and bushes, so you really feel secluded and cannot see your fellow campers. (We lucked out with one of those sites.)

The campground in nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, and as far as State campgrounds go, it is beautifully scenic! There is access from the campground to hiking and biking trails, and we took advantage of both. (We even spotted a pair of deer on our bike ride.)

The beach across from the campgrounds was lovely and clean. Our only complaint was that the waves broke so close to shore that swimming/boogie boarding was difficult. In fact, we saw a rip tide rescue. Perhaps it was just the time of year (late August), but if boogie boarding or surfing is on your to-do list, you might want to head a few miles south. We went to a beach across from Neptune's Net (a local restaurant on PCH) and there was decent surfing there.

The only negative was the bathrooms. Although they were regularly cleaned, not all pay showers were working, so there was a wait. (Don't forget to bring your quarters.)
Written August 23, 2007
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LATraveller_12
Los Angeles, CA1,076 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Family
This review is about the Sycamore Cove part of the Point Mugu State park. This is just the day use area of Point Mugu and not the campground.
Ever since we first time visited Sycamore Cove we were surprised by the friendly atmosphere here. Yes, in summertime, it may be crowded and difficult to find a parking spot. That is because this place offers you everything that you wish at the beach. Nice natural setting, with many trees that offers good shade in summer, large beach area, picnic tables, barbeques, fire pits, everything is great!
The most enjoyable thing is that this park allows you to bring alcolholic drinks as long as you do not take glass bottles on the beach. This is a huge difference compared to Malibu or Santa Monica where you are constantly haunted by the rangers that come and inspect your coolers.
They also allow pets as long as they are on leash.
Talking about the rangers here, I only have good words about them. Very friendly and always looking to help you, to make your visit enjoyable. You won't belive this but once they even moved the big trash bins to create extra parking spaces for us.
The only drawback is that the water here is very rough, and the bottom is covered with pebbles instead of fine sand. But that does not prevent you from cooling off in the hot summer days.
We always return here with pleasure, and we can only pray that this place will remain unchanged!
Written August 16, 2012
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Nichole1025
Los Angeles, CA20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014
We stay at the Thornehill broome campsite every year. It's great, campsites are large and open. You have a full view of the ocean and all its wildlife. This trip we have seen humpback whales, dolphins, sea lions and pelicans. Great place to stay for the money. Arrive early for a good spot.
Written May 3, 2014
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Beverly C
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
My family and I traveled here all the way from Sacramento with our camper. We were planning to stay for a week but only made it 2 days. The mosquitoes are BRUTAL. These were the exact words of our camping neighbor leaving the same day we were coming in. How bad could they be? So so terrible. We were all covered in mosquitoes bites the first day we were there and by the time we left we thought we were slowly dying. We bought all the arsenal available but nothing can even dent the amount of mosquitos that attack you. Will never go back unless something wiped them out. Consider yourself warned!!!
Written September 15, 2023
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Cheryl M
Montrose, California, United States1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Family
We took our dog here for a nice day in the sun. Well 15 min. after setting up our area we found a tick walking on our towel. Thought it was just one , but a little while later my daughter found one on her leg. While freaking out we look down and there are 3 more on our pop up. I will NEVER go back to this beach!!! YUCK!!!!
Written August 6, 2012
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NatureLover99_11
Gunnison, CO586 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Couples
Thornhill Broome Beach camping allows you to camp on the beach. Trailers & Rvs are can park along the roadside next to the sand with your windows facing the ocean. Tent campers set up on the sand. This campsite is part of Point Mugu State Park. No one blocks your view of the sea & we saw dolphins & seals swimming not far from the water's edge. With a fire pit ring & table, we enjoyed our meals out on the beach. At night, it was wonderful to look down the coast & see all the campfires light up along the beach. We flew kites during the day. The way to the water was rocky, but in March, it was too cold to swim. An enjoyable camping spot with no hassle parking & a beautiful view of the ocean. We loved it!
Written August 25, 2012
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TRAVELADIX
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA80 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Friends
Located a few miles north of Malibu. We looked at Sycamore and at Thornhill Broom sites. Thornhill is only good if you have an RV. Thornhill is so close to the water, I was worried that crashing waves would be too loud for sleeping in our tents. Also no trees or shade at Thornhill, and Thornhill beach is too rocky to walk on.
We stayed at Sycamore site. Clean sites with lots of trees & shade. There is a hiking and mountain bike trail or walk about 4 or 5 minutes to a sandy beach. Dogs allowed on-leash at the beach. The Rangers were nice. Our site had a fire pit with a grill (nice detail because-we forgot our bbq!). We had 5 tents on our site & 3 trucks with plenty of room. Sycamore is a similar layout to Leo Carrillo, but no general store. 1 car included in fees, 12 dollars per car for each additional.
Written May 3, 2012
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TTITL
Los Angeles63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012
We like tenting it with our kids and friends and family. We have been to many camping sites in LA, and this has been the best beach camping we have experienced. We got a great spot to tent. It was large enough for our kids to run around, and we were lucky to have great neighbors (2 different ones). The restrooms were kept clean, the hosts were a wonderful, sweet couple. Tons of trails to walk or run. I did both. The main trail is big enough for your jogging stroller. The beach is a short walk away or you can drive the car across PCH. The kids loved just being under the tunnel on the beach collecting rocks and getting their feet and bottoms wet. The water was freezing, but we got wonderful 70 degree weather. We are already looking for the next available spot at Pt. Mugu.
Written April 2, 2012
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ZFamily4
Los Angeles14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I absolutely LOVE this campground. It' secluded, quiet, and has a gorgeous beach. Fell asleep to crickets and frogs. It's very cold even in the summer months, especially at night. The waves are rather big and strong. Bathrooms are nice. Separate toilets rather than stalls are nice for privacy. Showers can be difficult to get a warm shower...forget about a hot shower. The upper numbered sites are a bit more secluded and along the creek. We stayed in #35 and were very happy. Kids didn't want to leave even though we were freezing.
Written July 30, 2010
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petmadness
Cheltenham, UK243 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Family
This is the type of campground we like and ,even though we RV rather than tent, prefer the secluded parks such as this one. We had a space(11) in sycamore and it had plenty of room for us to spread out, play football and sit round the camp fire. The campgrounds in sycamore have more feeling of space and are closer to the trails if you like to walk, although the trek to the beach (5mins maximum) is then further. There is a perfect 1.7 mile trail to the overlook which starts at the back of sycamore and goes up to a coastal lookout where you can see for quite a distance back up the coast and is perfect for sunset viewing. The fire road trails are less interesting to walk although watching the mad cyclist trying to navigate down the steep bumpy track did provide some entertainment! Campground host was very chatty and has good bundles of firewood for sale and toilets on the state park were clean and run on tokens which you get at the block by the host.

If you come here for the beach then there are better , but for relaxing time with the family in beautiful undisturbed surroundings this is a perfect retreat.
Written January 23, 2013
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