Dockweiler State Beach
First of all, this is possibly the closest camping near LAX and the Los Angeles Escape Depot. It may not be our favorite beach camping spot in California but it’ll do in a pinch and the ocean is right there.
Directions: Where the Imperial Highway (State Route 90) and Playa Del Rey meet Leo Carillo State Beach. We like this campground. With 135 shaded campsites, this is a great place to stop of on Day 1 or 2 as you head north on Highway 1. Book in advance, especially on weekends, as this is a favorite vacation spot for the locals. Make sure you stop by Neptune’s Net just up the street when you stay there and grab some fried seafood and a cold one.
Book online: reserveamerica.com
Address: 12001 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey, CA 90293
Phone: (800) 950-7275 or (310) 322-4951
Pismo State Beach
This well-known campground/hangout is a favorite of the Southern California crowd because it’s the only beach you can actually DRIVE ON in California. Do NOT attempt this in an Escape Campervan but, we gotta admit, it’s pretty cool.
Address: 555 Pier Avenue, Oceano, CA 93445
Phone: (805) 473-7220
Refugio State Beach
Finally, this is a favorite of Escape Campervans. It’s what you have in mind when you think of camping on the beach in California.
Address: 10 Refugio Beach Road, Goleta, CA
Phone: (805) 968-1033