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Beachfront RV Parks of Southern California




Ah, Southern California, beautiful and sunny pretty much year-round. And where does everyone want to go when they get there? The beach of course! Besides the many State and Municipal Beaches that you will find available for RV camping, there are actually many privately owned RV parks as well. Here are a few to pique your interest.


Campland on Mission Bay – San Diego


This place has everything! From a marina and market to the pool and hot tub, plus everything you would expect from a nearby beach community, everything you could want or need is here, including parks and of course the beach itself. Conveniently close to Sea World and the San Diego Zoo at Balboa Park.


Paradise by the Sea – Oceanside


Right next to Buccaneer Park and Beach, which includes playground equipment, picnic areas, and even a beach cafe. Take a surfing lesson, walk to Oceanside Pier, or fish from the harbor. There is plenty to see and do in this little beachside community.


Malibu Beach – Malibu


Conveniently close to Corral State Beach, Malibu Beach RV Park is a beautiful and secluded park just along world-famous Highway 1. Take in the rustic beauty of this unobstructed oceanside view. Onsite showers, laundry and convenience store give you every amenity you might need outside of your own RV.


Ocean Mesa – Santa Barbara


Just 20 minutes from Downtown Santa Barbara and surrounded by the gorgeous Los Padres National Forest, Ocean Mesa has all of the conveniences of a modern RV park. Heated pool and spa, laundry facilities, and convenience store on site. Ocean Mesa even offers on-site massage and bodywork!


Ventura Beach – Ventura


The lush 14 acres is just off of the 101, offering everything from poolside yurts to playgrounds and game room with billiards. A scenic 15-minute bike ride brings you to the Ventura Beach Pier, or take the complimentary shuttle to downtown Ventura. Don’t miss the complimentary Sunday Pancake Breakfast!


Must-haves for RV Parents

Plastic Noodle Cooker 

The easiest way to make noodles is a plastic noodle cooker. All you have to do is put the noodles along with some water into it, slap it into the microwave and BAM! Huge time saver for Mom’s preparing meals. 

Decibel App

Did you know babies are in big danger of hearing damage if they are in an environment with noise over 100 decibels and even 90 decibels if it’s for an extended period of time. Don’t be stuck at an event, restaurant or anywhere with loud music wondering if you’re hurting your kids health when you can just check the app and know for sure. 

Baby Monitor

Yep this is a must if you ever want to make it out to the campfire after the kids are put down to bed. It’s the perfect way to relax at the end of a day of exploring around the campground. 

Walmart App

Everybody wants a deal and an often stop for many RVers is Walmart. What a lot of people don’t know is that on their app they have a savings checker where it automatically looks at all the things you bought and the cost from their competitors and it price matches it for you automatically. So just by taking this extra step you put money directly into your pocket!

Off road/jogging stroller


Some campgrounds are going to have rough roads, trails and paths. A stroller with big inflated wheels is key when you’re out in many rural campgrounds. A hike in the stroller is also a great way to be able to enjoy time outside with a good chance of the kids falling asleep. 

Small size crib

Every possible way to save space in your RV is a good idea. Did you know they make space saving cribs? They are excellent alternatives for RVers to travel with a baby. 

Another great option is using a pack and play, although that’s more of a short term solution. 

Hiking Backpack


Looking to do a long trek into the wilderness… with your kid? Some areas you have no chance of bringing a stroller and some situations call for a beefy backpack to sling your kid up top. 






Dog to clean up the mess

Kids make massive messes with their food. A good ole 4-legged companion does a great job of doing the initial cleanup phase on the back of an RV Deck.

RV Travel Related Apps




Traveling in an RV? There’s an app for that! Several actually! From Spotify and Pandora for music to GoogleMaps and Waze for navigation, we use them all the time in our cars at home. Here are a few additional apps specific to an RV road trip to check out for yourself.


Roadside America 

Find roadside attractions across the United States with this fun app that will help guide you to the bizarre and delightful.

iOS | (Not yet available for Android)


CoPilot GPS 

A great navigation app that offers offline maps, for when you are boondocking or passing through long stretches with no cell phone service. Trip planning features are also included.

iOS | Android



Find the cheapest stops for fuel while on the road with this great little app.

iOS | Android


History Here 

Fun for the whole family, this app is a location-based guide to historic locations around the country. Simple and interactive, this app will help you build a story about your route and discover hidden gems along the way.

iOS | Android


Camp & RV By Allstays

Not free, but worth the $9.99 to have, many RVers are raving about this app that has information about everything from RV campgrounds to free parking lots and rest stops along your route.

iOS | (Not yet available for Android)


Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder 

National, State, and Regional Parks, Forests, Monuments and Nature Preserves galore in this app that is searchable by activity, from bird watching to fishing to kayaking.

iOS | Android



A guide to over 50,000 trails complete with reviews, photos and maps.

iOS | Android



Identify plants and animals on your next outing in nature with this handy app that has a social component to connect you with a community of over 400,000 scientists and naturalists.

iOS | Android


Star Chart 

Use your phone’s camera to identify stars, constellations, planets and other celestial objects in the night sky.

iOS | Android


Offline Survival Manual 

Essential survival information is at your fingertips with this fully functional offline app. 

(Not yet available for iOS) | Android


5 RV Campgrounds for Adventure

Looking for some bucket list adventure destinations that are guaranteed to produce a good time? We’ve compiled a list of some of the best adventures YOU can enjoy on your next camping trip.

Biking the Redwoods – Klamath Camper Corral

This is one of the craziest bike rides in the USA. It’s not one of the most dangerous, although it does shoot you racing down a mountain on a single track trail… 

The reason it should be on everyone’s bucket list is that the Last Chance Section of the Coastal Trail puts you in a place where you’re able to pedal through the giant redwoods. It’s not just a chance to bike through the tallest trees in the world, but the entire time you’re either listening or looking down the cliff at the Pacific Ocean crashing below. 

There are actually countless adventures that are within a few miles of this campground and you can even walk across the famous 101 freeway to the Drive Thru Tree. 


Shark Fishing in the Keys – Fiesta Key RV Resort

Have you ever dreamed of reeling in a shark? 

The Fiesta Key RV Resort is a place where you can watch Manatee, Shark, Dolphin, and Snorkelers swim past you while you eat at the RV Resort Restaurant. 

The big adventure here is the fishing. They have a marina where campers can safely park their boats for an incredible fishing vacation. Chum is legal to attract the sharks so it’s VERY easy to attract them to your boat. The retails store has everything you need to get out and catch the big one and there’s a bass pro shop just down the road. 

If you don’t have your own boat there are boat rental and guide services at very reasonable rates. 

Surfing on a World Class Beach – Newport Dunes RV Resort

Newport Beach California is full of surfers and models. The Newport Dunes RV Resort is a high end RV Resort that puts you in the heart of Orange County Surf Culture. You’re also in perfect position to take some beautiful day trips up OR down the PCH like Huntington and Laguna Beach. 










Located directly on the Newport Bay, you’re minutes from a variety of famous surf breaks. The pier is a popular local spot where you can take lessons, eat at great bars/restaurants and enjoy some people watching.


2 miles down the peninsula (we recommend taking the bike/walking boardwalk path) is Balboa and at the very end is the world famous The Wedge. It’s not uncommon to see 20+ foot waves crushing the people who brave these powerful heavy waves.




Riding in the Desert – Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area

Looking for a place with unlimited potential to find great riding? 

The Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area is a campground where 4 wheelers and dirt bike riders hang out and head out into the dunes from the campground. 

There’s a few aspects to why this is such a wonderful place for adventure. 

The Riding is top notch AND you’ll often find it to be a group of like minded riders who are camping there. Many of them travel in large groups to increase the fun level even more!

Fishing off the RV Deck – Wilderness Lakes RV Resort

Thousand Trails is a campground membership that is a great solution for Full Timers to enjoy quality RV Resorts at a reasonable rate. One of their campgrounds is the Wilderness Lakes in the Temecula area. 

There are countless wineries nearby but the big adventure is if you have a toy hauler you can back it up on top of the water, where they have stocked canals ready for you to reel in the big one. 

Many RV Resorts stock their private fishing pond/lakes so their guests increase the ability to catch fish along with not having to have a fishing license. Although you can back up to many campgrounds and fish off the deck the amount of waterfront sites here ensures that even during camping season you’ll be able to get a spot on the water with no reservation.