Camping at Leo Carillo

    4.5

    Added by Jamie Fleck

    This is definitely family and dog friendly camping at the beach. There are multiple trails to hike either up to the hills or down to the beach, with amazing views, well maintained campgrounds and something for everyone.

    Leo Carrillo State Park has 1.5 miles of two sandy beach areas, tide pools, and numerous coves and sea caves. This year-round paradise offers privacy and ocean access for anglers, divers, surfers, wildlife watchers, beachcombers, and campers. Giant sycamores shade the main campgrounds. The park also features back-country hiking. The 135-site camping area at Leo Carrillo is inland from the beach in a canyon and boasts some of the best hiking trails through the Santa Monica Mountains.

    Even though the campsites are not on the beach, the campground is well within walking distance to it. The beach is mostly sandy but strewn with rocks as well. Each campsite site has a picnic table and a fire ring, and cold showers are always available. If you want a hot (warm) shower you need to buy tokens from the kiosks in front of the bathrooms. The beach area is about a 5-10 minute walk from the campground and is truly amazing. You can choose to lounge on the sandy beach or hike up a little bit to cliffs to catch a birds eye view of the waves crashing down below.

    Hikers have a choice of gentle or more energetic walks. Yellow Hill Fire Trail, suitable for all ages, offers panoramic views of the beach, and on a clear day, you can see Anacapa, Santa Catalina, and Santa Cruz Islands.

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    Camping
    Hiking
    Adult Beverages
    Bathrooms
    Beach
    Easy Parking
    Family Friendly
    Food Nearby
    Picnic Area

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    🥇Top Contributor

    11 days ago

    Fun beach

    Great for beach days. It is a popular spot so if you wanted secluded, probably not the beach for you.

    🥇Top Contributor

    5 months ago

    Fun but crowded

    Fun beach to go surf in Malibu area, but it can get crowded.

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    🥇Top Contributor

    over 2 years ago

    Fantastic Views

    I just went for a day visit to the beach. There are fantastic views and something for everyone.

    Great Camp Spot

    Although I wish this was right on the beach too, it is a short walk. I see people of all ages camping here. Good hiking trails too with awesome ocean views.

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