This is a beautiful location & lovely beach but someone came & stole all our camping equipment while we were out surfing. It was a huge bummer & I hope the campground can improve security in the future.
I took my kids on a weekday, so getting reservations was a breeze. Most campsites are very big so I would recommend getting a spot near a bathroom. The toilets flush so it's not smelly at all. I also wish I had a campsite closer to the PCH, where you can access the tunnel to the beach easily. Even spots close to the road are quiet and big. The beach is very rocky, but there were still lots of surfers there. It was perfect for tide pools. My kids were in heaven! Zuma Beach is a quick drive away if you want to avoid rocks.
Yes, the beach is awesome with the tide pools, rocks to climbs, caves to explore, and things to do. Yes, the campground is beautifully set amongst the trees, a semi fast 10 min walk to the beach under the highway, semi working bathrooms that are stinky and sometimes have water, and has a beautiful trendy campground store with VERY high prices but is convenient BUT It is near to impossible to get a camping spot at unless u book 7 months in advance and have VERY fast wifi, is JAMMED packed with loud tail gating drunk loud screaming stay-up-all-night and play your music loud type people, rules are NEVER monitored and the max of 8 per site is more like 28 per site, you will wait for 2hrs to get a shower that is cold and you have to use their special tokens, AND in summer months you will be attacked by ants in every area of your tent/camper. So with all that said .... this campground is AWESOME on week days and when it's empty but HORRIBLE on weekends and if your trying to connect with nature and find a space to take you away from a week of work. You will NOT find solitude here but instead a giant party all night long. And this isnt a one time visit review ... we have been there Off season and in peak season times and it never changes. We keep hoping it will or that for once we will get a quiet environment. It's really a shame because the campground is seriously beautiful with the big trees, dry creek bed and mountains. If ONLY the camp host and park rangers would enforce their rules this might actually be the perfect LA get away ....shame :-(…
Peaceful spot. Dogs are allowed on leash. There are some big rocks and small caves off to one side which are unique. There are a lot of rocks down by the water but the beach is clean and the waves are huge.
There are 2 entrances/trailheads. One off of PCH at the beach and one off route 23 East at Decker School Road. Some parking is available at both locations. You can hike for about 12-14 miles or just take a short trip. The views of the ocean and mountains all around you are spectactular. Trails are in good shape and well taken care of. The Ranger is always at the beach entrance so if you have not been to this trail I suggest starting there. Good maps and directions too. Take water, binoculars, a snack and wear suntan lotion. Enjoy!