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“Great beach, great tidepools”

Leo Carrillo State Park and Beach
Ranked #9 of 53 things to do in Malibu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 January 2012

Great spot for the day. The adjacent camp grounds have several nice hiking trails that go back into the Santa Monica mountains. The beach is wide and pretty. Parking is designed so that you can park and walk about 10 feet to the beach so, if you forget something in the car, it's an easy walk back. The main beach area also allows LEASHED dogs, too. The tidepool area is my favorite, especially during low tide. Wear beach shoes and walk along the rocks to peek into the little pools and see crabs, anemonies, and other sea creatures. We've seen sea cucumbers and octopus on occassion. Pack a picnic, use sunscreen and enjoy the day.

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Reviewed 22 December 2011

It is clean here but there isn't a lot to see or do. The only plus is that it's quiet.

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Reviewed 21 October 2011

We had campsite #8 with my wife and toddler. A deceivingly large site at first, with nobody around. However it's adjacent to the site directly behind it, blending right into ours. Stay away from these type of campsites. Our first night we listened to bongo drums and partying from 2 different nearby campsites till midnight. Our 2nd day we thought we were on an episode of Punked. A huge, loud family with 5 tents and a loose Rottweiler dog descended on our adjacent site. Their fire ring 20 feet from us and our tent. Partying, eating, and belching, over an hour past quiet time, like the pig family from Angry Birds. The camp host in spot #17 came and shut the family up, then we listened to over an hour of snickering after that. Our own backyard is quieter than this place.
The showers and bathrooms were very good for a campground, and their beach was very nice, but there's just nothing you can do about people.
We couldn't get out of there fast enough.

3  Thank Narbonne_Gaucho
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Reviewed 13 October 2011

nice open camp spaces with a woodsey feel bathrooms are clean although they are not unisex convenient grocery store place does get crowded and unfreindly staff that are off no help the best is the beach with plenty of things for the kids to explore and a surfers delight

1  Thank dutch83
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Reviewed 29 September 2011

Camped at Leo Carrillo for 3 nights in Aug. While the trees are nice, this campground is nothing to go wild over. The sites are very close together. The perimeter road is narrow which can make it tricky to park and RV or trailer. (Nothing quite like trying to back up a trailer into a tight spot while trying not to hit the cars parked in the site across the road while traffic backs up..) The sites on the outer loop – especially the south side – looked awful. No shade, tiny spots, up a steep bank, those people looked miserable.

For some reason, fire rings and picnic tables wander at this campground. No picnic table at your site? Drive ¼ mile down the loop and you’ll see a site that has 3.

The bathrooms are all located on the center road. Which means if you’re on the outer loop, you will either have to walk the entire loop to get to the bathroom or cut through someone else’s site. The bathrooms were very dirty. I have never seen so much graffiti at a campground before. Every single toilet seat and door was carved into with tagging.

What’s good about the campground? There is a store at the campground, which is a nice convenience . The campground is a great place to ride bikes.

So the campground is pretty much a bust. How about the beach? Easy walk from the campground to the beach, that’s about the best I can say. The beach is rocky which makes getting out into the water difficult because you have to navigate the rocks. Good for surfing or watching other people surf. Not good if you have kids that want to play in the water.

Sunset Magazine rates this campground one of the best in CA. They’re wrong.

3  Thank sdcamper
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