Stayed here in March and had a great time camping on the famous Los Angeles beach between Manhattan Beach and Marina Del Rey. Our space was 20' away from the paved bike trail that goes miles in both directions. One day we peddled all the way up to Santa Monica, 11 miles, enjoying bloody mary's along the way. This being March, Venice Beach wasn't crazy like you see on TV so there weren't any roller blading bikini girls but no crowds either. To the south by bike is Manhattan and Redondo Beaches with all kinds of nightlife and fun food without the summer crowds. The park was less than half full during the week but when we left on Friday it was filling up with families. This is the only place where you can have a fire on the beach too so reserve that early in the afternoon by setting up camp around a fire ring. The showers and restrooms were nice and clean. The downside is there is a RV park here because this is not prime beach real estate. The Los Angeles sewer treatment plant is nearby and you can tell when the breeeze is just right. On the other side is the end-of-runway for LAX. If you're like me and enjoy seeing 747's take off over the ocean nearby it is cool. They taper off at night. There were a few bums around but the area is very well patrolled and we didn't have any problems with anyone. Los Angeles can sound intimidating but we had no trouble with the freeways and the beach area is a string of small towns that happen to bump up against each other. The weather was in the 60s and we needed jackets at night because the tail end of a Pacific Northwest storm came through. A great time of year to go.
Rick n Andi
Stop by newport beach and stay at newport dunes resort. The John Wayne airport doesnt let planes take off until 7 AM (the one percenter's in newport wont stand for it). But man come 7 AM, planes every 45 seconds for the next hour fly right over the resort.
Good report! Ive stayed there and found it to be quite nice also. The noise didnt bother me a bit and the winds must have been blowing in the opposite direction......the park also has a preserved Wetlands across the roadway.
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Our Babies: Mollie, Rubie, Cassie and Maggie, all rescued Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Foster kid, Humphrie, the Mini Schnauzer
Rainbow Bridge: Laddie, Scoutie, Katie, Cooper, Kodie
We stayed there last summer and really enjoyed it, had a pull in spot right on the beach. Snug sites but quite usable. We didn't find the planes that bad, we were however at the far end of the park furthest from the runways.
Ray, Cheryl & of course Miss Molly the four-legged child