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“Kids loved it, too crowded for my pleasure”

Leo Carrillo State Park and Beach
Ranked #10 of 52 things to do in Malibu
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St. George
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25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Kids loved it, too crowded for my pleasure”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2010

The kids all agreed that this was their favorite place of our trip. They loved climbing on the rocks and they loved the little cave. The tide was in so not too much to say about the tide pools. Very crowded and it costs $12. I thought Ventura had better beaches, IMHO.

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Santa Clarita, California
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“Parents & Kids agree: this is a great place to camp!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2009

We have been camping at Leo Carrillo for years. It is convienently close to everything while feeling tucked away. A couple good hiking trails, great fishing & extrodinary beach. Love the little camp store where kids can get treats but check to see if it is open, sometimes closed "off season".
Due to state budget cuts, not sure if they are having ranger run campfire talks anymore, many campgrounds have to cut this great program.
Make sure to take a trip to Neptunes Net for killer clam chowder, fresh seafood (hamburgers too) drinks & a view of the surfers in action. This place is a big biker shack so parking can be tough. Great food!

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Escondido,CA
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“Great Place to take the Family!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2009

Our trip to Leo Carrillo took place July 19th-23rd. It was our first time staying at that campground. We loved it! We met people that have been coming with their families for years. It's definitely someplace I'd like to continue to bring my kids. There was so much for them to do. We brought their bikes and they rode all over the campground and state beach. We had the most perfect weather too! It was sunny and warm every day. Every night we saw 3 or 4 resident deer that would come down off the mountain right about dusk, everyone in the vicinity would stop and watch them. It was great! The campgrounds are very clean and in the evening it is very quiet. No loud parties at least while we were visiting. It was very peaceful! The campground offers hot showers for a fee, 50 cents for 3.5 minutes. It was warm enough though that a cold shower (for free) was just fine for us. We really had a great time! I've heard some of the state parks are closing due to the budget and I sure hope this is not one of them. It looks pretty profitable to me. All the sites are full! If you want to visit in the summer book 6 months in advance. It's worth planning ahead!

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San Diego, California
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“A winning combination. Just make sure you book in advance - waaaaay in advance”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2009

Our trip to Leo Carrillo State Park and Beach took place in late May. After being tipped off that it is difficult to reserve sites on weekends, we glanced at the reservation website (reserveamerica.com) and confirmed this to be true. Since we were flexible with our dates, we decided to go during the week instead and had no trouble reserving a spot; however, those wishing to visit on weekends are strongly advised to book months in advance - by May the weekend spots were already booked through summer!
The campground was easy to find and located right off PCH. We were pleased to find several open spots despite many campers being there. Most of the sites were nicely spaced apart for privacy and had plenty of space. We were lucky and were able to secure a huge spot at the rear of the campground which was basically isolated from the other spots (no sites to the immediate right or left). Each site had its own picnic table and fire pit. There were also water taps located nearby. The bathrooms and showers were clean and centrally located.
The beach adjoining the campground was about a 5-10 minute walk (depending on where your site is). There is also a parking lot next to the beach if you choose to drive. We hit the beach around 5:30pm or so hoping to catch some evening glass. We were sad to see almost no swell in the water. Also, the shoreline was quite jagged with rocks, both along the beach and protruding up from the water several yards out. We ended up driving up PCH a few miles and surfing a spot with better conditions, but not the legendary peeling points we had heard stories about. Still, the weather was sunny, beaches uncrowded, and there were plenty of places to explore along the coast.
The only noises we heard in the evening were cars passing by on the nearby Mullholland Highway and some chatter from campers in the "group camping" area, both of which subsided by 9:00pm or so, allowing us a peaceful slumber to the sound of crickets.

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Lake Arrowhead
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2 reviews
“Great time”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2008

It is a nice place to camp with the family. They have a nice little store with somewhat overpriced items (Bacon @ $7.00), but if you want it that bad go for it. There are scheduled daily hikes and tide pools. A cool cave you walk through to get to the other side of the beach. The camp host sells firewood for cheap. Overall, the campground is clean and peaceful.

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