Dockweiler State Beach RV & Campground Guide


Sunshine, white sand, and sparkling water—Dockweiler State Beach has it all. If you’re searching for the quintessential Southern California experience, this is it. Stroll 3.7 miles of sand, play a game of beach volleyball, and end the day with a campfire as the sun sinks under the horizon. With downtown Los Angeles just 20 miles east of the beach and Santa Monica sitting 9 miles north, you’ll never want for entertainment. Dockweiler State Beach also has a unique claim to fame as one of the best plane-spotting beaches in the United States. With beautiful weather every month of the year, it’s always a great time to visit and watch planes from LAX fly low as they take off over the water.

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Spring 50-70 F
Summer 63-77 F
Fall 60-77 F
Winter 50-70 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Dockweiler State Beach

When you’re camping at Dockweiler State Beach, you’re surrounded by the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. That’s what makes an RV the perfect mode of transportation for a relaxing beach vacation; it provides a private escape from the crowds, and you get to enjoy the sea breezes.

If you don’t have an RV yet, an RV rental makes a convenient alternative. Pick your dream model and give RV living a try.

Dockweiler RV Park

If you’re looking forward to some serious beach time, Dockweiler RV Park is the best choice. This park sits near the southern end of the beach, just a short walk from the main Imperial parking lot. Each of the 118 RV spots offers full hookups, a picnic table, and a grill—and more importantly, they’re all just steps from the sand. If you can, book a spot on the western edge of the park so you can watch the sunset from your RV windows and wake up to views of sparkling seas. Nearby, you’ll find everything you need for a comfortable trip, including hot showers and a laundromat. It’s important to note that because of the proximity of the airport, you can expect plenty of noise at all hours, so this might not be the best option for light sleepers. Sites start at $65 per night and rise as high as $75.

Malibu Creek State Park Campground

One of the closest campgrounds to Dockweiler State Beach is at Malibu Creek State Park, about 40 minutes away. This is a great spot to get away from it all—sites are located among rolling green hills, offering peace, quiet, and spectacular views. In fact, the TV show "M*A*S*H" was filmed here in the 1970s. Each of the 63 sites offers access to the restrooms, hot showers, and dump station. You won’t find hookups here, but the excellent hiking opportunities more than make up for the distance. Sites start at $45 per night.

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What to Do at
Dockweiler State Beach

Inside Dockweiler State Beach

The sand and the sea are the highlights of Dockweiler State Beach; it’s easy to spend a week soaking up the sun and cooling off with a swim. You can join a game at the park’s volleyball courts, and be sure to catch at least one takeoff from nearby LAX. If you’re an angler, rent a surf fishing rig and try your luck casting from the sand. Within the park, there's a long and well-maintained path that's perfect for biking, jogging, and walking. For kids, the Dockweiler Youth Center offers a wide range of family-friendly activities.

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How to Get to
Dockweiler State Beach

Dockweiler State Beach is located on the west side of the Los Angeles metro area. To get there, you’ll need to take Vista Del Mar or South Marine Avenue. In an RV, the most convenient route is to take Interstate 105 west until it turns into Imperial Highway. Drive until you hit Vista Del Mar, and you’ll find the large Dockweiler State Beach parking lot.

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Entering Dockweiler State Beach

The parking lot at Dockweiler State Beach is open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. every day. The park operates a unique system that offers a lower parking fee for the first 300 vehicles that enter the park, so you can save money by getting there early in the day. Keep in mind that rates also vary by season and whether you’re visiting during the week or weekend.

Dockweiler State Beach Per vehicle, winter weekday : $3.0

First 300 vehicles to enter

Dockweiler State Beach Per vehicle, winter weekday : $7.0

Dockweiler State Beach Per vehicle, winter weekend : $5.0

first 300 vehicles to enter

Dockweiler State Beach Per vehicle, winter weekend : $9.0

Dockweiler State Beach Per vehicle, summer weekday : $3.0

first 300 vehicles to enter

Dockweiler State Beach Per vehicle, summer weekday : $9.0

Dockweiler State Beach Per vehicle, summer weekend : $5.0

first 300 vehicles to enter

Dockweiler State Beach Per vehicle, summer weekend : $13.0

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Frequently Asked Questions About Dockweiler State Beach

What is the best time of year to visit Dockweiler State Beach?

Dockweiler State Beach gets crowded during the summer months. If you want a fire pit, you will need to arrive early. When it comes to surfing conditions, winter is the best time to catch some waves.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Dockweiler State Beach?

The beach is home to the western snowy plover, which is a federally protected shorebird. The shoreline attracts a lot of wildlife, including pelicans, sea lions, dolphins, seagulls, and more.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Dockweiler State Beach?

Yes, Dockweiler State Beach has 118 full hook-up spots. Each campsite has a barbecue and a picnic table. The campground has hot showers and a laundromat. Nearby are volleyball courts, and the ocean is just a few steps away.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Dockweiler State Beach and what is the cost?

Yes, reservations are required at Dockweiler State Beach and can be made 90 days in advance. There is a $10 non-refundable reservation fee, and all camping fees are due when you make the reservation.

Are pets allowed at Dockweiler State Beach?

Dogs on leashes are allowed in the RV park, but they are not allowed on the beach. There is a $3 per day pet charge for dogs staying in the campgrounds. Proof of rabies vaccine is required.