Camping has to be one of my favorite parts of summer. Rather than leave my sister and I to our own devices over the summer holidays, my parents strived to take us camping for at least a couple of weeks during the summer, if not more. Since then, I have been a sucker for camping and strive to get out at least once a year for a few days. I love it so much.
During our yearly migration to California for Coachella in 2013, my boyfriend and I attempted to save some money by camping for the majority of our two week tour of the West Coast. Tasked with booking our campsites for those two weeks, I tried my hardest to book us campsites that had a bit more to offer than being just a place to sleep at the end of the day. No, I wanted to camp at some of the more interesting campgrounds along the West Coast.
I got pretty darn lucky with almost all of our campgrounds. They were all awesome in their own way, and certainly all have their own fun (and at some points, terrifying) stories. However, the campsite that sticks out the most for me is our little campsite on the beach by Malibu, California.
When I started looking for a campground near L.A. that was located reasonably close to the major sites and wasn’t in super sketchy territory, I had some major issues. Pro-tip: camping close to downtown L.A. is non-existent. Blech. Now I can’t recall exactly how I stumbled upon the site that I booked, but once I found it, I was hooked.
Just north of Malibu, along Highway 1, you can find Point Mugu State Park. Point Mugu has two campgrounds associated with it: Sycamore Canyon and Thornhill Broome Beach. Sycamore Canyon is located off the highway inland. Thornhill Broome Beach is actually located right on the beach. It took me about 5 minutes of looking through details and photos before booking the site. It was absolutely perfect.
I think it is safe to say that Thornhill Broome was probably my favorite stop during that trip. While the campgrounds itself did not have any shower facilities and is a more primitive campground, it did have decent bathrooms AND a fire pit right on the beach. As we were only staying there for a couple of days, we made due with the lack of shower facilities. Besides, the campground was about a 30 minute drive from Santa Monica, which was exactly where we wanted to spend our few days in L.A. Our quick drive into L.A. took us through Malibu as well, which was too cool.
We only stayed at our cute little campsite for two nights. If I could have, I would have arranged for us to spend a few more days here. The individual campsites were absolutely massive. Our fire pit on the beach was the best ever. Having a bonfire on the beach was a bucket list item of mine, so I was beyond ecstatic to pull that one off. Falling asleep to the sound of the ocean was bliss. Finally, waking up and unzipping my tent to the sight of the ocean was AWESOME.
I loved every last minute of our time at that cute little campsite at the beach and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is in the area.