Campground Review: Malibu Beach RV Park
Why we chose here: After a few weeks on the Orange County coast we were starting to be weary of the very wet winter and the marginal solar conditions. We decided we needed hook-ups for a while. We had visited Malibu in the past and decided it was definitely worth spending some more time. Malibu is interesting because it has the feeling of a small (albeit fabulously wealthy) beach town but within a few minutes you can be right in the middle of LA.
Location: It really would be hard to imagine a better location. This is probably the most valuable real estate of any RV Park in America. Perched on the hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean the views are spectacular. You are also above Pacific Coast Highway which does compete with the waves for noise. 30 minutes either way on PCH you can be in the midst of Santa Monica and LA or you can be in desolate wilderness-like coast.
Sites: They are a mix of quality. Most are large for an RV Park, but there are some that are a little more crammed in. The front row of oceanfront sites are wider but varying lengths, the rest are a mixed bag and can be super narrow. You get a picnic table, but no fire rings, or wood fires allowed here. The big improvement would be asphalt sites. They are pea-gravel and in wet weather that can be challenging when it turns muddy.
Facilities: They have large modern showers, shame they just have curtains and not doors. But they were clean and lovely and warm. There is a well stocked store and laundry on site too.
Groceries: You definitely pay a "Malibu Mark Up" for groceries around here, but there is a Krogers (Ralph's) nearby. Also Pacific Greens is a cool natural foods store.
Reservations: Yes. Discounts by the week and month.
Cell coverage / WiFi: We had excellent coverage with Verizon and Project Fi (T-Mobile & Sprint). We didn't try their WiFi but they were insistent about no steaming so it must be super slow.
Price paid: $59 a night for the week rate for a full hook-up oceanfront site. Note these are winter rates - their prices are considerably more in the summer.
Date of visit: Feb 2017
Would we visit again? Yes, I really like this RV Park. It's hard to argue with the amazing location and the competitive winter rates.