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One of our favorites Ventura Beach camping spots is Rincon Parkway on Old Pacific Coast Highway. This campground offers beachfront RV camping in Ventura, California with beautiful views of the coastline. For a fee, RVers can claim a parking space as their “beach home” for up to 7 days to 14 days depending on the time of year. While there are no amenities besides onsite portable toilets, the location and relaxing beach vibes make this a worthwhile campground to check out for RVers.
Ventura Beach Camping – Rincon Parkway
The first time we stayed at Rincon Parkway, we were on an RV shakedown trip in our first motorhome. We were getting ready to travel around the U.S. in an RV with two large dogs and wanted to get some experience under our belt, before we officially hit the road full time.
The morning is usually overcast so we stay inside to have breakfast and enjoy the sound of the waves. By mid-day the marine layer will burn off making it a great time to sit outside to enjoy the sunshine. Joe shared a detailed recount of our first time camping at Rincon Parkway in his first book, Take Risks: One Couple’s Journey to Quit Their Jobs and Hit the Open Road.
Since that first trip to Rincon Parkway, we have returned twice. The last time was in a ProMaster camper van and you can check out that experience in this video.
Here’s a highlight of some of the reasons why we love staying at Rincon Parkway.
- incredible views of the Pacific coastline
- being steps from the sand
- sound of soothing waves crashing in the background
- less than 70 miles to Universal Studios and other fun things to do in Los Angeles
Rincon Parkway Campground Details
Rincon Parkway has 127 paved sites. Most sites measure in at 15′ wide x 46′ long. There are some larger sites at the north end of the campground to accommodate larger RVs. Our favorite site at Rincon Parkway is site #60 with easy beach access from the site.
There is a rock wall between the sites and sand making it more difficult to access the beach from certain sites. However, there is public beach access at Hobson Park and Faria Park.
The cost to park overnight at Rincon Parkway has gone up since our first visit. In 2015, the cost was $28 per night, now it’s $36 per night during off season and $39 per night during peak season plus a reservation fee. Each RV site can have up to 6 people which brings the cost down per person if you have a large family or several friends along.
Quiet hours are 9:00 pm to 7:00 am which means no generator use during that time. The train tracks do run next to the parking area, which means you’ll certainly hear them at some point during your stay.
The only “amenities” at this campground are dumpsters and portable bathrooms. Since there is no RV dump facility, a third party “honey wagon” service will come to your site for pumping and water refill. In 2018 the posted price was $60 to pump out the tanks with 50 gallons of water or $40 without water.
For those who work on the road or require good internet access on the road, there is LTE Verizon coverage at this campground.
Rincon Parkway Reservations
Sites used to be available on a first come, first served basis. As of September 2018, you can make an online reservation for Rincon Parkway through the Ventura Parks website. The online booking system provides information for each site including the length and width of the parking space. For example, RV site 1 at Rincon Parkway is 46 feet long and 16 feet wide.
We’ve enjoyed RV camping at Rincon Parkway throughout the years and look forward to staying there in our pop-up truck camper. It will probably have to be sometime in the off season as sites here are hard to come by during the summer months.
Have you stayed at Rincon Parkway Campground in your RV? What are some of your favorite beach camping spots?
14 thoughts on “Rincon Parkway Beachfront RV Camping in Ventura California”
The sign said 5/14 day limit and you have 5/7?
Thanks for catching that Liz. The post has been updated.
Our.first time going to Rincon state beach. Any suggestions where to park. Im concerned I’m not gonna get a good spot since I will be arriving after Friday evening. Specially with a 30foot rented R.V. Also noone answers calls for reservations. So finally I saw bill board with instructions. Thank you for that.
You have to have a reservation now to get a spot and they’re probably booked well in advance. I would say get any spot you can snag https://www.ventura.org/parks-department/beach-front-parks/rincon-parkway/
Kait, i spent the first 12yrs of my life camping every summer at Faria campground in a 25ft Terry trailer! Back in the late 50’s and 60’s the park didn’t have limits of days you could camp. My dad would commute 45 min from Simi Valley on weekends. I have fond memories. I just retired and live in a 24ft winnebago view. I’ve taken a few trips and am getting ready to take off fulltime. I park behind my pastor’s home when in town. You are my inspiration!
That’s great Liz! Happy trails.
We are going to be camping at Rincon for the first time in a week. I see you camped with a dog, was your dog allowed on the beach or were there any additional specific rules about dogs on the beach, not just at the campsite?
I sure appreciate your thoughts, we are so excited!
Mom of 2 kidlets
Hey Erin. The last time we camped at Rincon, dogs were allowed on the beach. Have a fun trip!!
Thank you for your videos!
They are well done and very helpful!
SO glad I came across your blog- we live about 8 hours north of Ventura and have been wanting to bring our trailer down to this exact spot. We are worried we will get there and have driven all that way to not have any open spots. Can you recommend a good time of day or day of the week to get there…..and also, do you know of any other campsites close by that can be our back up plan? Thanks so much!
We are here now, 10 to 15 open spots on Thursday. Now full .. would recomend by Thursday…
Hi, you can make reservations online now for a more secure spot, don’t have to worried about getting there and not finding an open spot. This just started about a year ago. Good luck.
Hi from Florida! I will be starting my adventure next year and find the Hymer Activ a great option. Since I will be living in it full time, I’m wondering how the shower systems works. It doesn’t look like the shower head hangs up to be hands free? Gotta wash the hair (or shave it off ) :-). Kait what do you do if I may ask? Sorry if this is a silly question, but I’m doing research on Class B’s to help in my decision on make and model.
Thanks for all of your insight and sharing your adventures.
Hey Wendy! The Aktiv does have a wet bath, but we use the showers at campgrounds and at the gym we belong to. Hope that helps and good luck with your decision!