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Malibu Creek State Park Campground Professional Review and Guide
"Situated on a big hunk of the most coveted real estate in Southern California and surrounded by the rapidly encroaching megalopolis of the L.A. area, Malibu Creek State Park Campground is a precious gem. It is spectacular! With sections once owned by Bob Hope, Ronald Reagan, and 20th Century Fox, the park now covers more than 7,000 acres. This is a great place to tent camp in fall, winter, and spring.
Protected by a mountain range from the springtime fog blahs that hit the beaches in Southern California, Malibu Creek State Park is situated between two major tourist thoroughfares—CA 1 and US 101. It’s just 40 miles down the hill to Malibu and all the wonderful beaches. You’re also near Santa Barbara on US 101 and Universal City to the east."
--Jane & Hans Huber with Bill Mai, The Best In Tent Camping: Southern California (Menasha Ridge Press).
This was our first visit to this campground and we were very pleasantly surprised. The grounds were in great shape with plenty of space between sites. The facilities were clean and offered showeres for a few quarters. We were in the furthest spot and had a 5 minute hike to our spot, but it was worth it. What really set this site appart was it's beauty around; Including a Beautiful beach with great views, surfing, and even found sand dollars.
The Uplands at Manresa are a great way to camp "at the beach". True, the camp sites are a tad close together and the "lower number" sites do not have tree cover, but MAN, what a GREAT camping experience. First off, with only tents around (and no HIDEOUS RVs, trailer trash, Budweiser sippin' freaks), this place is the ultimate is kick back attitude. Most of the lower number sites have a view (albeit a little ways away) of the ocean, but the quick walk to the water is easy enough. Watch the cold nights and really damp air at night (a killer on electronics left out) and make sure to bring plenty of layers, but regardless, Manresa is truly an amazing place to camp. I recommend Site 13 and now that many camp grounds are site specific in reservations, you can get it reserved. Site 13 has a lot of room and a good view (no tree cover though). Happy Camping!
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