It’s Time to Come RV Camping at El Capitan State Beach!

Think warm summer months are the only time to go beach camping? Think again! El Capitan State Beach, just seventeen miles west of Santa Barbara, California, is fabulous year-round, with attractive winter temps in the 60s.

That means perfect beach-hiking weather, plus access to a whole range of other outdoor activities. El Capitan’s oak-covered bluffs, rocky beach and on-site RV campground are just three more reasons to come here this winter.

Need a little more incentive? Here’s a suggested itinerary for camping at El Capitan State Beach, adjustable for your family’s level of activity.

  • Reserve your El Capitan SB campsite as far in advance as possible. It’s a popular spot! Most campsites have awesome ocean views and are a short walk from the beach.
  • Pick up your Van Nuys RV rental and head up US-101 two hours (through Oxnard and Ventura) to El Capitan SB. Alternately, you could pick up your El Monte CA RV rental and drive just a bit longer on the same highway. Either location is close to LAX.
  • Once you’ve set up camp, walk the steps down to the beach (if its low tide) and experience the splendor of California’s Gaviota Coast first hand. Watch for sea life in the tide pools formed by rocky outcroppings and keep an eye out to sea—you just might see dolphins and grey whales close to shore!
  • From the seaside RV campground, watch the sunset with your family. The bluffs are magnificent at sundown!
  • Camping with youngsters? Take the short nature trail through giant sycamores and along the beach for even more stunning views of the shoreline.
  • Book a kayak tour from Refugio State Beach (just down the road) to El Capitan SB for on-the-water exploration of sea life and coastal ecology.
  • Here’s another idea—bring your own kayak and go surf fishing for surfperch and other species while exploring the protected shoreline just past the campground.
  • Don’t miss the chance to visit Channel Islands National Park, just off the coast, by taking a boat tour to one of the islands. Click here for more information. Tip—the whale watching tour in winter is awesome!

Need just a little more incentive to come our way? The town of Santa Barbara is a great place for a day trip, an evening out or some well-deserved shopping. Save some time to get to know this lovely spot, famous for its Spanish architecture. There’s a reason so many people spend the winter here!

Winter beach camping at El Capitan State Beach is a fantastic way to unwind, so why not make it a priority this year? The windswept beauty, convenient oceanside campground, proximity to other state and national parks and abundant outdoor activities will bring you, like so many other seasoned RV travelers, back to El Capitan winter after winter.

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RV Camping—Where Will 2015 Take YOU?

Are next year’s RV camping hopes already dancing in your head? The ease and comfort of camping in a motorhome may be lighting up vacation dreams for you and your family. So we’d like to know—where will 2015 take YOU and your family RV camping? saguaro national park, az

Will you go somewhere new this year or continue a camping tradition? Is there somewhere on your ‘bucket list’ that’s calling you to come explore? Please share your plans in the comments section below and, in the meantime, we’ll share some favorite RV camping spots from previous years.

Favorite Lakeside Camping Locations

There’s nothing quite like camping near a sky blue lake to breeze away everyday stresses. Here are some of the top picks among RV travelers for lakeside camping vacations:

Grand Haven State Park (Michigan): Located on a scenic beach between Lake Michigan and the Grand River, this state park’s beachside RV campground gets top marks. Walk the beach at sunset for spectacular views of the lighthouse and Grand Haven Pier.

Island Pond, Vermont: Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, just south of the Canadian border, is home to breathtaking mountain views, charming rural villages and RV camping next to crystal clear ‘ponds’. Island Pond is a favorite for trout fisherman, wildlife photographers and hikers.

Land between the Lakes National Recreation Area-Kentucky/Tennessee: Imagine two huge lakes divided by a one-hundred-seventy-thousand acre peninsula filled with trails, campgrounds and historic sites and you’ve got Land Between the Lakes. Fish, boat and explore both Kentucky Lake and Barkley Lake and then take to the trails and scenic drives for first-rate 2015 RV camping.

Favorite Mountaintop Camping Experiences

Klamath River, California

Klamath River, California

High Sierra CampingCalifornia: Motorhome campers have found the campgrounds near the Oregon border in California’s High Sierras to be among their favorites. As you’re planning your 2015 RV camping itinerary, consider a stay on the banks of the Klamath River at Blue Heron RV Park, where you can kayak, hike, or fish for steelhead released from the nearby hatchery.

Ridgway State Park-Colorado: If you haven’t experienced the magnificent San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado, a trip to this state park near Ouray is in order. A mountain reservoir adds even more recreation possibilities to a stunning setting surrounded by some of the tallest mountains in America.

Favorite National Park RV Camping Spots

RV camping in America’s national parks is one of the best reasons to hit the road next year. Here are three top-ranked national park camping possibilities.

Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida/Mississippi: Taking a motorhome vacation with kids in 2015? The barrier islands near Pensacola hold enough adventure to keep them busy all summer! Historic forts, quiet bayous, perfect, white sand beaches and a wide variety of outdoor recreation makes this a top pick among motorhome campers.

Redwood National and State Parks, California: The North Coast has drawn California RV campers for decades. Visitors will find not only the giant coast redwoods that give these five interconnected parks their name, they’ll also have the chance to experience wild, rocky beaches and meadows filled with wildlife. Likely to become a family favorite!

Gulf Island National Seashore

Gulf Island National Seashore

Hudson Valley National Heritage Area, New York: Hoping to plan an extended RV camping vacation in New York? The unforgettable Hudson River Valley has everything you’re looking for—hiking, biking and paddling trails, excellent fishing, scenic drives, quaint villages and lots of local history. Use this site to find the best motorhome camping in the Hudson Valley National Heritage Area.

Ready to start planning? We’re excited to hear where you’re going camping in 2015, and we’re always ready to help with an RV rental. Get in touch today, and don’t forget to add your ideas in the Comments!


Photo Credits: Klamath River – ((brian)) flickr commons; Gulf Island National Seashore – faungg’s photo flickr commons

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Premier RV Camping Adventures at Pismo Beach

The lure of Pismo Beach, on California’s Central Coast, draws RV campers from around the world. They know they’re going to find beautiful beaches, outstanding outdoor recreation and laid-back seaside villages waiting to be explored. Why not join them on your own RV adventure? 1024px-Pismo_Beach

Centrally located between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Pismo Beach is a premier destination for RV camping fans because there’s just so much to do once you’re there! Here are our suggestions for a Pismo Beach RV camping itinerary.

Day One: Set up Camp at Pismo Beach

The beauty of oceanside camping is made even better by well-managed, friendly RV parks. That’s just what you’ll find in Pismo Beach, with amenities to make even an extended stay comfortable.

Here are just a few suggestions for Pismo Beach RV campgrounds:

Pismo Coast Village RV Resort features four hundred RV sites, a general store, on-site restaurant and mini-golf course. Get in touch for reservations here, and plan to enjoy exciting Central Coast attractions close by.

Another excellent spot to park your RV on a visit to Pismo Beach is at the beach itself! Pismo State Beach in Oceano has RV campsites for motorhomes up to 36 feet in length. Come camp near the dunes and play in the Pacific, it’s the perfect place for outdoor recreation enthusiasts.

One more idea for motorhome camping in Pismo Beach—a stay at Pismo Sands RV Park. With RV sites that accommodate even the largest motorhomes, this park is ideal for campers wanting to stay close to Central Coast action.

Day Two: Start Enjoying the Beaches!

Start your beach tour at Pismo Beach, where the white sand beaches and iconic fishing pier stand ready to welcome you. Make your way south to Oceano Dunes for hiking, OHV riding and wildlife viewing. All along the coast you’ll find outfitters waiting to provide you with sea kayaks, dune tours and bike rentals, just to name a few of the outdoor recreation opportunities.

Day Three: Tour Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle, located one hour north of Pismo Beach on Hwy 1, is the magnificent hillside estate once owned by William Randolph Hearst. Fabulous gardens, priceless collections of art and stories of movie stars, politicians and millionaires are all part of the Hearst Castle tour. Come visit this state-owned historic site for an intimate glimpse into one of America’s most famous families.

Day Four: Visit Central Coast Vineyards

The abundance of vineyards and wineries in California’s Central Coast Wine Country is enough for a vacation in itself. Choose which wine trail you want to follow using this helpful guide and find a new favorite vintage along the way. This could be the beginning of an annual pilgrimage for wine loving RV travelers!

Day Five: Visit Ventura Harbor

Be sure to save time to visit Ventura Harbor Village, an outstanding seaside oasis just two hours south on Hwy 1. Shop, eat, dance and soak up the harbor town ambience. Breathtaking Channel Islands National Park right next door is an underwater wonderland your entire family will enjoy.

These are just five of the ways you can play on an RV camping trip to Pismo Beach, California. Pick up an RV rental at one of our rental locations and plan the vacation of a lifetime on California’s  Central Coast.

Photo courtesy of JT Perreault ( at en.wikipedia) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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RV Adventure to Cumberland Island National Seashore

Georgia’s Atlantic Coast can be your RV camping playground year-round.  One of the best places to experience the wild beauty and unspoiled nature of the area is with a visit to Cumberland Island National Seashore.

Cumberland Island Shoreline

Head out on this inviting boardwalk to the Cumberland Island shoreline!

As Georgia’s largest barrier island, this paradise is just two hours north of the El Monte RV Rental location in Orlando, Florida.  With fifty miles of hiking trails, an amazing collection of wildlife and a wide range of historical sites to discover, isn’t it time you took a trip to Georgia’s island treasure?

We’ve put together a guide for RV travelers planning to visit Cumberland Island, with answers to your most frequent questions.

Where Can We Camp Near Cumberland Island National Seashore?

The National Seashore itself is undeveloped, with no paved roads and access only by the Cumberland ferry system.  Plan to camp nearby and take advantage of the ferry for an authentic wilderness experience.

Here are some suggestions for RV parks near Cumberland Island:

Crooked River State Park, located in St. Mary’s, GA, is just seven miles from the Cumberland Island Ferry landing.  It features campsites with electricity in a beautiful setting worth discovering after your day on the National Seashore.

Fort Clinch State Park in Fernandina Beach, FL, is right across the Cumberland Sound from St. Mary’s GA.  Enjoy their full-service campsites in a scenic setting, with quick access to the Cumberland Ferry.

A Big Wheel RV Park adjacent to Crooked River State Park is a privately run campground that receives rave reviews.  It accommodates any size RV!

Incredible Path on Cumberland Island

Incredible Path on Cumberland Island

How Should We Prepare for our RV Camping Trip?

Glad to hear you’re the kind of RV camping enthusiast who plans ahead!  It’s especially important, when visiting a natural, undeveloped setting, to know what to expect.  Here are some things to consider when making your plans:

    • You can only reach the Island by ferry (passengers only, no vehicles) so be sure to make reservations in advance.
    • Only 300 people are allowed on the island each day.
    • Ferry passengers not on dock at least 30 minutes ahead of departure lose their reservations, so arrive early!
    • Pets are not allowed on the ferry.
    • If you’d like to rent a bike to travel around the island, be sure to tell the ferry concessionaire when you call.
    • There are no services on the Island other than water to refill bottles.  Bring your own food, water and normal hiking necessities like hats, sunscreen and insect repellant.
    • Take along a trash bag, as this wilderness island has a ‘pack in, pack out’ policy for all visitors.
    • If you plan to fish while visiting Cumberland Island, purchase a Georgia fishing license and make sure you have the required Saltwater Informational Program Permit attached.

What Kind of Weather Can We Expect? 

Like any well-prepared RV adventurer, you’ll want to know what kind of weather to expect when you go.  The weather in November at Cumberland Island National Seashore is magnificent, with highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s.  Even in December, expect to enjoy 60 degree weather, with nighttime temps in the high 40s.

Wild Horse on Cumberland Island Coast

Wild Horse on Cumberland Island Coast

What Will We See on Cumberland Island?

History!  The Island was once mostly owned by the Carnegie family, and the ruins of their mansion, Dungeness, are just one part of its historic appeal.  Reserve a seat before you come on one of the Lands and Legacies Van Tours if you’d like to learn about the Native Americans who once inhabited the island, the large slave population who built the First African Baptist Church and, of course, the Carnegies and their opulent island lifestyle.  If you’re up to a lengthy hike or ride through variable terrain, you can also travel to these sites on foot or by bicycle.

Nature! Not only has the Atlantic formed a sixteen-mile stretch of perfect beach for you to explore, you’ll also find lush maritime forests, salt marshes and picturesque dunes here.  Stay on the marked trails to help preserve the wilderness for future generations and be sure to bring your camera!

Wildlife!  From feral horses to armadillos and alligators, this island has plenty to appeal for wildlife lovers.  No domesticated creatures call this island home, so keep that in mind while hiking or biking the area.  Keep a sharp eye out for the island’s famous wild horses, the sea turtles that nest here in early autumn and a surprising variety of shore birds.  Have we convinced you it’s time to visit Georgia’s barrier island paradise?  Here’s a link to more information, courtesy of the National Park Service.  We don’t often find unspoiled beauty that’s open for everyone to explore.  Let us know if we can help with an RV rental.  Please don’t miss the chance to discover Cumberland Island National Seashore and all it has to offer!

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Photo credits: Cumberland Island Path by db rolenrock, Cumberland Island Boardwalk by Jon Dawson, and Wild Horse Along Shoreline by Doug Anderson; all are licensed under Flickr Commons

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Winter RV Camping in Natural North Florida

What if you had the chance to travel by RV in Florida this winter, away from the crowded theme parks and beaches?  Here’s the scoop on Natural North Florida, a perfect winter RV camping getaway.

Orlando. Florida, El Monte RV Location

Orlando. Florida, El Monte RV Rental and Sales Location

Plan to pick up your RV rental at the El Monte RV location in Orlando and drive north to Gainesville on I-75.  Head west toward the Gulf and you’ll find three North Florida counties filled with rivers, trails, and the towns that have offered hospitality since long before South Florida exploded.   When looking for campgrounds to stay at while on the road, you’ll find a good selection from which to choose listed at this link: Campgrounds in Northern Florida.

There’s a winter RV camping activity for absolutely everyone to enjoy in Natural North Florida! Here’s a sampling:

Natural North Florida’s Rivers and Coastline   

Five scenic rivers roll to the Gulf in this wild and natural section of North Central Florida. Whether you plan to paddle a canoe or kayak, you’re going to find a trail to follow. A regional favorite is the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail, 170 miles from White Springs, FL to Suwannee on the Gulf.

Here’s a link to more information about Natural North Florida’s water trails. While you’re exploring this area’s rivers, don’t miss the fishing opportunities! Fish the Steinhatchee, Santa Fe, Withlacoochee and Ichetucknee Rivers for unforgettable scenery and angling adventures.

Florida Gulf Coast Setting Sun

Florida Gulf Coast Setting Sun

Florida RV travelers can also explore dozens of hiking and biking trails along swamps, coastal wetlands and riverside habitats. And did we mention the Gulf Coast? Whether it’s conquering the Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail by kayak or watching for dozens of bird species in spots like Cedar Key, this Coast still boasts uncrowded, peaceful shores to savor.

Natural North Florida’s Laid Back Beauty

Winter visitors to beautiful North Central Florida have learned to love the towns and villages that seem to defy time. Towns like High Springs, Old Town, and Trenton offer RV campers plenty of charm, without the crowds.

Be sure to enjoy the area’s many natural springs as you wander from town to town! Clear, blue water bubbles up to offer winter campers the chance to take a refreshing dip in unspoiled Florida beauty.

And save time to visit the region’s extraordinary wilderness areas. Prime spots to be immersed in natural wonder are Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge on the Gulf, Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge and numerous locations along the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail.

The most difficult part of planning your trip will be deciding what to save for next time! With magnificent Gulf Coast scenery, inland freshwater rivers and delightfully unspoiled rural Florida towns to capture your interest, you’ll wonder why it took so long to try winter RV camping in Natural North Florida.

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Photo credits:  The Florida Gulf Coast sunset is licensed under Wikimedia Commons and the RV photo is an El Monte RV customer photo.

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Short on Time, But Want to Experience Long-Distance RV Adventures?

Taking an RV vacation has many advantages over staying night after night in various hotels.  For instance, you can’t beat the convenient mobility perk of motor homes by taking all your possessions with you, in addition to the privacy and comfort of having your own “home” away from home at any vacation destination you’re visiting.  The convenience that RVing affords families with children and pets is well worth the effort, time, and money spent on experiencing an RV rental vacation!  Some people never consider renting an RV for long-distance vacations, like going to the Grand Canyon from New York, believing they would have to drive the entire distance in the RV.  Fortunately for the vacationers who enjoy convenience and luxury, El Monte RV offers a wonderful solution to make that kind of a trip possible!

El Monte RV motor home at the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

El Monte RV motor home at the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

For this type of traveler, a “Fly and Drive” RV trip might be the perfect solution.  In a nutshell, travelers looking into this manner of vacation will fly to an El Monte  RV rental location near their destination in order to pick up an RV before staring on their adventure.   There is an upward trend building in this “Fly and Drive” travel experience for several good reasons.

Probably the top and most obvious reason at hand is not having enough time to drive the entire distance just to get to your final destination.   Depending on the kind of trip you have in mind, this aspect of the “Fly and Drive” option is a win-win!   While road trips are a lot of fun and enhance the RV trip, it may not fit into your time schedule.  It serves a better purpose for some people to get there quickly so that they can start using their RV the way they want to.  Another reason to fly and drive is that it can be the most economical way to visit a national park or other destination on the other side of the country.  Instead of paying for all of the gas just to get to your destination, a plane ticket may be a cheaper alternative.

If you decide to fly and drive to your destination, there are a few simple steps to follow to make your trip a success!  Early planning is the best policy; it is usually the cheapest way to go, as well as having the increased availability for campsites and RV selections!   After deciding where you want to go,  you’ll need to do a little research first.  You will want to locate the nearest RV campgrounds or other sites that allow overnight RV parking before making your RV reservations.  Especially when considering a stay in a national or state park, you’ll want to know the size of your RV rental first because the RV size can make a difference in whether or not there will be site availability.  Before reserving your camping spot, find the closest El Monte RV location to reserve and book the RV that will be perfect for you, remember to take note of the size of your motor home.  Then make a call to the campground and reserve your RV camping spot!

Next, you’ll need to book your flight tickets!   El Monte RV offers shuttle service at their larger store locations.  You will want to verify upon booking your RV rental whether or not that particular location provides shuttle service.  An alternate choice for a low-cost way to get from the airport to your El Monte RV location is using a car transport service such as Uber.  This modern and popular alternative to taking taxis is usually the cheapest and easiest way to get to your El Monte RV location, and you’ll be able to use it to get back to the airport at the end of your vacation as well.  Make sure to download the app to your smart phone before you leave on vacation, as this will allow you to hail an Uber car as soon as you walk out of the airport!

If you’re thinking about taking an RV vacation this year, don’t hold yourself back from anywhere in the U.S. that you’ve thought about going in an RV.  If the nearest El Monte RV location isn’t within easy driving distance, consider doing a Fly and Drive vacation instead!

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It’s Time for a Gulf Coast Getaway in Texas!

You probably don’t think of the coast when you first think of Texas, and that’s understandable.  The state is better known for its cowboys, cacti, and barbecue than it is for its sand, beaches, and boardwalks.  But when you realize that the state claims over 600 miles of gorgeous coastline ripe for exploration, there’s no reason not to saddle up in an RV rental and set out!

A Beautiful Beach in Galveston, Texas

A Beautiful Beach in Galveston, Texas

If you’re ready for a Lone Star State adventure, start your journey in McKinney to pick up your RV.  After you’ve got your rig, head down Interstate 40 towards the coast.  Before you get there, however, stop off in Ennis for a trip to the Galaxy Drive-In.  The Galaxy is a throwback to the good old days of double features projected on a giant, outdoor screen (after all, everything is bigger in Texas; right?)  With six screens to choose from at one low price, you can choose exactly which movie-going experience is right for your family.  Will it be back-to-back super hero flicks, or are two kids’ movies more your speed?  It’s your call, but make sure to hit the snack bar in between features to re-fill the popcorn.

Once you get through Houston and arrive at the coast, you may want to make Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge your next stop.  This refuge has more than 44,000 acres of tidal flats teeming with wildlife.  On any given day, you might be able to spot beautiful birds such as migrating Canadian geese or delicate Sandhill cranes.  If you’re lucky (and brave), you can even come face-to-face with alligators; however, we don’t recommend getting too close!

After a full day of site-seeing, head to the Sand Piper RV Resort in Galveston.  This RV campground is situated on a slice of barrier island with incredible views of the Gulf.  Not only does it have 36 beachfront spots for your RV, the resort also has a coffee bar, infinity poo,l and a hot tub awaiting you at the end of the day.  You won’t find a better location for Texan relaxation!

You’ve probably walked along a number of beaches, but if you want a completely new way to get some sand in your hair, travel a few miles down to S & G Horseback Riding.  S & G offers rides along the beach or a nearby bay, and you can even try out a sunrise or moonlight beach ride.  There’s really nothing like riding by the gentle waves on a starry night to make an unforgettable RV vacation memory!

Travel further down the coast to Corpus Christi and you’ll be able to make two great day trips, a visit to the USS Lexington and the Texas State Aquarium.  The USS Lexington is a retired aircraft carrier from World War II, but it has been refurbished into a floating museum.  At the aquarium, you can satisfy your curiosity by watching (and even touching!) some of the Gulf Coast’s thousands of native aquatic species.  In one day, you can learn more about the region’s natural wildlife and an important part of its history!

What are you waiting for?  It’s time to get to the Gulf on your next RV vacation adventure!

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Soak Up the Sun in Malibu

Malibu, California is so close to Los Angeles that you could be forgiven for thinking that it was part of the same city.  The truth is that it’s really a world away.  Everyone needs to take a break occasionally, and there’s no better way to do it then to drive out to the warm sand and cool breezes in Malibu.

Pick up an El Monte RV in Van Nuys (a convenient forty minute drive away) and you’ll soon be on your way.  You will want to spend at least a few days by the beach, so pick a spot at Malibu Beach RV Park and settle in.  You won’t ever find an RV park with better views than the vistas at Malibu Beach.  Every night you can watch the sun dip into the sparkling ocean, and every morning you get to wake up to the sight of early morning wave-catchers!

Once you have settled in, make a trip to Cafecito Organico to try a taste of an incredible local coffee blend.  The baristas at this small shop prepare excellent (and organic) old standbys like lattes and cappuccinos, but you can even try their own invention, the lightly cane juice sweetened “cafecito.”  The shop is also connected to a bookstore, so you can find the perfect read for your beach trip.  They even sell “beach ready” used paperbacks for a dollar!

Once you are properly caffeinated and have some reading material, it’s time to head for the sand and waves.  Zuma Beach is a great choice for several reasons.  First of all, you’ll be able to find free parking right near the beach.  More importantly, the beach isn’t very crowded compared to other choices in Southern California, so your whole family can have fun swimming and boogie boarding in the waves.

If you have something more adventurous than just swimming in mind, you’ll want to try out the adventure sport that Malibu is most famous for – surfing!  Malibu Surf Shack will rent you the surfboards and wetsuits you’ll need, and they also provide beginner lessons.  With the help of the expert trainers at the Shack, you’ll be catching your first curlers in no time.

After you’ve had your fill of seawater, take a short drive down the Pacific Coast Highway and arrive at the Getty Villa.  The Getty Villa is a charming museum packed with ancient Greek and Roman art.  You can pore over delicate vases and inspect ancient Greek coins inside, or you can stroll through the gardens and catch your reflection in the recreation of a long, Roman wading pool.  If you love the finer things in life, there really isn’t a more relaxing spot on the coast.

To wrap up your trip, you should treat yourself to the fresh Californian-Mexican food at La Costa Mission.  In addition to the cozy ambiance of the warm fireplace and the friendly staff, the food is out of this world.  Admit it – you want to stop in for some enchiladas with homemade tortillas!

What are you waiting for?  It’s time to take an RV trip to Malibu!

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The Perfect Time for an RV Trip to San Diego

There is an early spring everywhere it seems and San Diego is no exception.  It is the ideal time to head to southern California and the coastal city of San Diego for a little getaway.  The ocean is a brilliant blue, the sky mirrors the depth of color with added highlights of soft white clouds, and the sun is shining overhead spreading its health-invigorating affects all around.  Traveling in an RV to experience this early spring weather is a grand choice as you will have a wonderful place to relax while on the road and in between adventures.

San Diego

San Diego Seaside

When coming to San Diego in an RV, there are many RV campgrounds from which to choose.  You should take your time to pick your favorite before leaving home.  You might like La Pacifica RV Resort or Campland on the Bay.  Perhaps Santa Fe Park RV Resort or Paradise by the Sea RV Resort would be your top choice.  Whichever you pick, you’ll discover great amenities and easy access to all San Diego sights.

Perhaps the first thing you’d like to do is get out into nature and enjoy the great fishing and hiking that this area has to offer.  At Lake Cuyamaca the crappie and sturgeon are biting.  When you visit Lake Morena you can fish between hiking adventures.  Catch some bluegill and native trout at Lake Jennings.

There are always wonderful things to do and see at Balboa Park.   This is where you’ll find San Diego Zoo and the animals that are waiting just for you to stop by.  The lions, giraffes, tigers, and monkeys are such fun to see.  Hike the trails, bring your pets out to play, and tour the gardens in Balboa Park.  This is the best spot to spend an entire weekend.

Sea World in San Diego, California

Sea World in San Diego, California

Of course, you realize that Sea World is nearby!  This is one attraction you simply can’t miss when in San Diego.  Besides the fascinating marine life and fun shows, like Blue Horizon, there are plenty of great rides – different kinds for different members of the family.  Explorer’s Reef is a new exhibit and you’ll want to be one of the first to see it.

Now it’s time to take it easy, get out of the sun, and visit some of the area museums.  The first one to see is the Museum of Contemporary Art.  No matter the age of your family members, everyone can enjoy this museum.  For the younger ones, include a stop at the New Children’s Museum.

With so many museums around San Diego, you can pretty much choose the ones that are a fit for your interests.  There is the San Diego Model Railroad Museum for model railroad lovers, the San Diego Air & Space Museum for air and space lovers and, naturally, the San Diego Museum of Art for art lovers.  Once you have taken in these museums, perhaps, it is time to get outdoors again.  Why not at the beach?

Before you end your visit to San Diego, be sure to get to the beach for some relaxing fun.  One of the favorites is Ocean Beach with options to play volleyball or to take a hike in the area.  Yes, a trip to San Diego in an RV offers all sorts of interesting activities for the whole family.  Don’t miss it this spring!

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Picture credits:  San Diego Seaside by Truyen Nguyen is licensed under the Flickr Creative Commons Attribution license  and Sea World by svabo ( Wikimedia Commons Thank you!

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RV Camping on the Beach

Waking up to the sounds of sea birds and breaking waves is just one of the reasons you should experience RV camping at the beach. Beach campers know the pleasures of oceanfront campsites are different from beach to beach. That’s why we’ve put together this collection of RV beach camping destinations for you to explore this year.

California RV Beach Camping Ideas
The Golden State offers the quintessential beach camping experience. Beautiful weather and plenty of oceanfront RV campsites make California a favorite among beach campers. The State park beaches here are well-equipped to make your RV camping experience memorable. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Point Magu State ParkPoint Mugu State Park: Surrounded by the beauty of the Santa Monica Mountains, Point Mugu State Park is the perfect place to park your RV for a weekend of hiking, swimming and surf fishing. Thornhill Broome Beach Campground is able to accommodate your RV comfortably.
  • San Clemente State Beach: The blufftop RV campground at San Clemente State Beach looks out over one of the nicest beaches in California. Explore nature trails through nearby canyons and take a hike to famous San Clemente Pier.
  • Bolsa Chica State Beach: Like to bike along the beach on your RV camping trips? Bolsa Chica State Beach offers a seven mile bike trail to equally scenic Huntington State Beach.
  • Doheny State Beach: Just three miles from San Juan Capistrano Mission, Doheny State Beach offers classic California RV beach camping. Rent a bike to see the sites and enjoy camping within earshot of the ocean.
  • Pismo State Beach: One reason we suggest RV beach camping at Pismo State Beach is the chance to experience Pismo Coast Village RV Resort, voted RV Park of the Year two years in a row by the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds.

East Coast Beach Camping Ideas
As much as we love the California beach RV campgrounds, there’s also plenty to experience on the East Coast. Here’s our quick list of East Coast RV beach camping destinations.

  • Bodie Island Lighthouse, Cape Hatteras National SeashoreCape Hatteras National Seashore: This collection of barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina is a nature lover’s dream. Cape Hatteras National Seashore has several RV campgrounds just a sand dune away from the shoreline.
  • Grayton Beach State Park: On Florida’s Gulf Coast, Grayton Beach State Park shines as one of the state’s most pristine beaches. Hike, bike, fish or swim and enjoy the comfort of a full-service RV campground.
  • Cape Henlopen State Park: This Delaware beachfront state park gives RV campers the chance to roam six miles of Atlantic shoreline and camp in the dunes when they’re through. Cape Henlopen State Park is located in Lewes, Delaware, on Delaware Bay.
  • Horseneck Beach State Reservation: The Massachusetts Atlantic Coast is fascinating year-round, and motorhome camping at Horseneck Beach State Reservation won’t disappoint.

We could talk all day about the joys of beach camping, but we hope these ideas stir your imagination. See here for more great Beach Camping ideas.

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