Leo Carrillo State Park, Malibu
by Elizabeth S.
my daughter standing in the waves
This place was awesome! We had only signed up for 2 nights and were really regretting not having at least 5 days there. We were in our big tent but there were several types of campers, popups, trailers, 5ths, van conversions in there. All the sites are fairly large, nice flat ground if you are tenting it and super cool trees with low branches. My kids called them the "dragon trees" and spent much time playing on them.
It is located within a 5min walk to the sandy beaches, tidepools, pirate caves and surfing. Peaceful and quiet beach.
The campground itself is easy to maneuver with tons of possible sites to stay in. They had marked off some areas that had poison oak but had surrounded it with those caution tapes to help people.
The little ministore was overpriced as you'd expect but they at least had a little of everything. Grocery stores and starbucks were about 10 minutes down the highway.
It cost us $35 a night, totally steep to us for camping but once you are there it feels totally worth it for the awesome beach!
It was neat and clean, the bathrooms were so-so but then again nearly every site was full when we were there (June 1-2, 2010). Not too many bugs, mostly moths.
Overall we loved it and cannot wait to plan a longer trip there.
A word of warning for those traveling in- do NOT take any of the squiggly roads coming down the mountain, suck it up and take the Pacific Coast Highway. The switchbacks on those little roads surrounding it were pretty cool but we even felt nervous taking our Honda Pilot around them! Not to mention you have to drive soooo slow!