Dockweiler State Beach RV & Campground Guide

California

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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Weather
Spring 50-70 F
Summer 63-77 F
Fall 60-77 F
Winter 50-70 F
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Nearby Cities
Santa Monica, CA
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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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Restaurants

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.

Outside Dockweiler State Beach

Whether you’re coming for a quick weekend trip or a weeklong family vacation, you’ll never run out of things to do near Dockweiler State Beach. It’s all in the location—with the Greater Los Angeles area at your doorstep, the opportunities are endless. From world-class restaurants to kid-friendly theme parks, there’s a fun activity for every traveler.

Restaurants

Nick's

Enjoy a leisurely meal at this elegant spot, which is known for its classic American fare and fresh seafood. Be sure to end your meal with the restaurant’s signature butter cake.

Type: American/Seafood

Location: 451 Manhattan Beach Blvd D, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

FISHBAR

If you’re in the mood for seafood, this is the place to be—from lobster Cobb salads to Idaho trout, there's an option for every taste. The restaurant hosts a variety of themed events, including happy hours, Lobster Thursday, and an indulgent weekend brunch.

Type: Seafood

Location: 3801 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Chef Hannes Restaurant

Located less than 2 miles from the beach, this spot offers a large menu of Italian-inspired dishes, many featuring local seafood. For a treat, pre-order the legendary Kaiserschmarren dessert.

Type: Italian

Location: 411 Main St, El Segundo, CA 90245

Playa Provisions

Run by former Top Chef winner Brooke Williamson, Playa Provisions offers four restaurants in one spot. Grab ice cream, pick up lunch to go at King Batch, or grab a cocktail at the Grain whiskey bar. If you’re in the mood for an elegant meal, indulge in seafood at Dockside.

Location: 119 Culver Blvd, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293

Malibu Eatery

Stop in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Malibu Eatery, which serves everything from avocado toast to tacos and burgers. This is a great choice if you’re looking for light, fresh foods.

Type: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Location: 400 N Sepulveda Blvd, El Segundo, CA 90245

Shopping

Manhattan Village

Whether you want to browse the aisles of Pottery Barn or pick up groceries at Ralphs, this shopping center has everything you need.

Location: 3200 N Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Pages

Grab a book to read on the beach at this independent shop in Manhattan Beach.

Location: 904 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Maui and Sons Surf & Skate Shop

Located in Venice Beach, this legendary shop is a great spot to pick up clothing, a skateboard, or surf gear.

Location: 23 Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Momo Gift Shop

Stop in for a souvenir or a locally made craft at this waterfront gift shop.

Location: 13763 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

DICK'S Sporting Goods

Grab everything you need for the beach at this large sporting goods store, which sells everything from clothing to sport-specific gear.

Location: 770 S. CA-1, El Segundo, CA 90245

Sightseeing

Marvin Braude Bicycle Trail

If you’re looking to get active, rent a bike and hop on this trail, which runs along the water. Pedal north, and you’ll pass the legendary Venice Beach and Santa Monica Pier. Go south to check out the Manhattan Beach Pier and Torrance Beach.

Location: Santa Monica, CA

Santa Monica Pier

Just a few miles up the coast, the Santa Monica Pier is a must-visit stop. With its iconic Ferris wheel, this spot is a popular sight in TV shows and movies. On the pier, you’ll find restaurants, an arcade, live music, and an amusement park.

Location: Santa Monica, CA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Spend a few hours here checking out more than 142,000 works of art. Exhibits at the LACMA are many and varied; in fact, the curators are dedicated to showcasing art from a broad range of perspectives, making it a must-visit spot for casual and serious enthusiasts.

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Sand Dune Park

Hike up the 100-foot sand dune at this park to enjoy gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean. The real fun comes on the way down—you can run, jump, or roll to get to the bottom. Entrance is allowed in one-hour slots, so be sure to make a reservation in advance.

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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.

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.

Per vehicle, winter weekday : $3

First 300 vehicles to enter

Per vehicle, winter weekday : $7

Per vehicle, winter weekend : $5

first 300 vehicles to enter

Per vehicle, winter weekend : $9

Per vehicle, summer weekday : $3

first 300 vehicles to enter

Per vehicle, summer weekday : $9

Per vehicle, summer weekend : $5

first 300 vehicles to enter

Per vehicle, summer weekend : $13

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