Dockweiler State Beach, located in the coastal town of Playa Del Rey in Southern California, is a magnificent stretch of sand. It’s unbelievably wide so there’s plenty of room for beach lovers of all ages to congregate without being on top of one another. It is also situated along the path of the Marvin Braude Bicycle Trail, a 22-mile bike trail that connects the state beach with nearby attractions like the Santa Monica Pier and Redondo Beach Pier. But the neatest aspect of this beach is Dockweiler RV Park. Touted as Los Angeles County’s only beach RV park, Dockweiler Beach is a great spot for shoreline-loving RVers who like to get away from it all, but still be near all the action.
Dockweiler RV Park is located southwest of Los Angeles and is easy to access from any of the major freeways in Los Angeles County. Visitors to the park will enjoy the wide, full-hookup sites located right on the beach. No matter what site you choose, you’ll get to experience the Pacific Ocean with all of your senses. Each site also has its own picnic table and grill.
Along with the paved bicycle trail, park visitors can join in a game of volleyball at several nearby volleyball courts. And those hearty souls who are immune to frigid water temperatures can jump into the ocean for a swim. Once you’re done, you can light a cozy fire on the beach to warm you back up.
The famous real estate saying works just the same in the RV world—it’s all about location, location, location. Not only do park visitors get to drench themselves fully in the beach atmosphere, but they are centrally located to many area attractions. A quick bike ride north and you’ll be in Playa del Rey; a little farther south and you’ll hit the City of El Segundo. Both of these towns will have all of the amenities you’ll need for your stay. However, if you want to get out and explore, just a few minutes’ drive (or bike) north along Highway 1 and you’re at the famed Venice Beach. After an exciting afternoon of people-watching you can get a bite to eat at one of the many cafés located on hip Abbot Kinney Boulevard. And that is just the beginning. This RV park is located just a hippety hop away from many great places to visit including Marina del Rey, Manhattan Beach, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Culver City, downtown Los Angeles, to name just a few.
Things to Consider
While everything that I’ve listed above would be considered the pros of staying at Dockweiler RV Park, there are a few cons. First of all, the daily rates--starting from $55 to $65 year-round for a group of four--aren’t for those with a budget-conscious boondocker’s mind or wallet. Also, the RV length limit is 37 feet, so those with a bigger rig than that will have to head elsewhere. And last, but certainly not least, the park is located almost directly beneath the flight path of Los Angeles International Airport. This means you get to hear jets flying back and forth to the airport all day--and perhaps much of the night--long. Afternoon nappers might run into a problem catching those zzzzzs. Light nighttime sleepers might need two sets of earplugs. And those with pets might want to consider if loud noises bother their furry friends. Those that can tune out the noise may be happier campers than those that can’t.
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