Destination: Malibu, California
Malibu Beach RV Park has got to be one of the prettiest full hook-up RV parks that’s near a major city. It’s definitely one of our favorites, not only for the ocean views but also for it’s location within the exclusive and upscale town of Malibu. It’s also only 30 minutes away from West LA and about an hour from downtown LA, making day trips into LA an easy reality (as long as you can avoid rush hour as much as possible). If you’re looking for some beach time R&R but still want to experience a bit of city life, than this is a must-stay RV park!
From our San Jose garage, Malibu Beach RV Park is about a 5.5 hour drive and thus drivable in one day (though I recommend requesting an early pick-up of noon when making your reservation to ensure you make it to Malibu before sunset). However, if you want to break up the drive, Morro Bay or Pismo Beach are great locations to stop at the first night.
Glamping at Malibu Beach RV Park
This year around RV park has full hook-ups so you are truly glamping in all sense of the word. If you want to save some dollars and don’t mind dumping at the end of your trip at their conveniently located dump station, then you can “rough it” with just a water and electrical hook-up. Or if you want the full “small apartment living” lifestyle then you can pay the premium for a full hook-up with ocean views. Rates range from $90-$220 during peak weekend summer season and less for weekdays or during the off-season. See all rates here. We definitely recommend making reservations well in advance since this is quite a popular destination.
What to do there
Well first thing’s first, you have to go to the beach! It’s Malibu! There’s one that’s within walking distance from the RV park and can be seen by the ocean view RV spots. If you don’t mind driving a bit, there are also other breathtaking state beach parks like Point Dume State Beach Reserve and El Matador State Beach.
But after you tire of the sun, sand and waves there’s still a lot to do in Malibu. We checked out the Malibu pier at sunset and had a great time taking in views, watching the fishermen, looking into the shops and ogling the menu at Malibu Farms. I would also recommend making reservations to visit the Getty Villa to take in some ancient artifacts, art and some gorgeous architecture.
If you prefer hiking there’s Topanga State Park and Malibu Creek State Park.
Like I mentioned earlier, Santa Monica and Venice Beach are about a 30 minute drive south. There are plenty of places to eat and shop there including the 4th Street Promenade in Santa Monica, or the Venice boardwalk or Abbot Kinney in Venice. For our own trip we decided to make a day trip into downtown LA since it’s been awhile since we’ve been there. We stopped by the Broad Museum (free entry!) and ate our way through the Grand Central Market. We also love stopping by K-town and eating some of the best Korean food this country has to offer. And this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to LA!
Where to go next
Malibu RV Beach Park is the best stop for those doing the California Coastal tour. Go further south to San Diego (a 2.5 hour drive) or head north to Santa Barbara (1.5 hours), where we loved staying at Rincon Parkway and Jalama Beach. If you’re done with the beach scene then head east to Joshua Tree (3 hours) for some desert scenes. Or head northeast to Paso Robles (3.5 hours) for some great wine tasting.