Leo Carrillo State Park campground Malibu California beach camping

Leo Carrillo State Park boasts a large campground just across PCH from the park’s 1.5 miles of beautiful waterfront. A path from the campground goes underneath PCH to allow easy access to the beach. Once there, campers can swim, surf, and walk along the shore, exploring numerous rock formations with sea caves and tide pools.

The campground is made up of 135 sites, each with its own picnic table and fire ring. Some sites have electrical hookups for RVs. Flush toilets and coin-operated showers are provided. A camp store in the middle of the campground can be used to pick up marshmallows and other forgotten camping necessities.

Leo Carrillo State Park Campground
A campsite with an electrical hookup

The campsites around the exterior of the loop offer decent privacy, while campsites in the center offer open space that makes it easy to combine sites for larger parties. If the 8-person sites are too small, a group site at the north end of the campground can hold up to 50 people. This campground definitely gets crowded on summer weekends. Brush between sites add some privacy. Tall sycamores provide lots of shade.

Leo Carrillo State Park Campground
A site at the back of the campground in Leo Carrillo State Park

A large day use parking area near the entrance of the campground erves as overflow parking, and free daytime parking is also available along PCH for those not staying overnight at Leo Carrillo State Park. A walkway from the large parking area can be used to reach the beach. When you reach the beach turn right to head west to a better swimming beach. Below the second lifeguard tower, you’ll find some fun sea caves at low tide.

Expect the campground to be full every weekend from May to October, and less crowded in the winter. Reservations may be made year round at reserveamerica.com or by calling 800.444.7275. Each standard site is $45 per night. Sites with electrical hookups are $60 per night. The group site is $225 per night. The fee to add additional vehicles to a campsite is $12 per night per vehicle (all prices as of August, 2016).

Leo Carrillo State Park Beach
The beach a Leo Carrillo State Park

To get to the campground: Take PCH west through Malibu to the park entrance. From the city of Santa Monica it is 28 miles to Leo Carrillo State Park. If you reach Mulholland Highway, you just passes the entrance to the campground.

Campground address: 35000 West Pacific Coast Highway, Leo Carrillo State Park, Malibu, CA 90265
Campground coordinates: 34.046152, -118.932116 (34° 02′ 46.14″N 118° 55′ 55.61″W)

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These photos were taken in December of 2009 and August of 2016. Click to enlarge.
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2 Comments on Camping in Leo Carrillo State Park

  1. crescent says:

    which campsite @ leo carrillo has the ocean views? thanks!

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