There are very few camping options along the Los Angeles coastline and what is available is geared toward RV campers and the dreaded, amusement parks. Orange County Coastline has the best camping near the Los Angeles region (without needing to smell the oil refineries). Ventura and Santa Barbara, both north of L.A. also have excellent camping beaches.
blue links lead to State Park pages with camp reservations.
Sunny and near perfect temperatures all year long, Southern California seriously pulls in the tourists. L.A. is a major metropolis city right next to the Pacific Ocean. With 22 million people residing in Southern California, and millions of visitors annually, this region is pretty busy all the time – even in winter months. Off season for camping might be November-March, when most of the precipitation falls for the year, but campground reservations are highly recommended all year long.
(located from south to north)
Orange County Beach Camping
Long Beach and LA Campgrounds
Bolsa Chica State Beach, Long Beach CA
Golden Shores RV Park, Long Beach CA
Redondo Beach (no campgrounds)
Hermosa Beach (no campgrounds)
Manhattan Beach (no campgrounds)
Dockweiler State Beach RV Park
Situated near LAX airport, the Chevron refinery and the main sewage treatment plant, this location can be stinky at times. Paved bike path along the beach leads north & south.
Playa del Rey (no campgrounds)
Venice Beach (no campgrounds)
Santa Monica (no campgrounds)
Leo Carillo State Beach Campground
Point Mugu State Park Campgrounds
- Sycamore Beach & Canyon Campground
- Thornhill Broome Campground