Please subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required

 

Well, a few weeks ago I broke down, gave in and it found us beaching it in So Cal! Anyone that knows me Image of setting up our campsite with the Salem at Red Beach on Camp Pendleton.would probably be shocked but it had been so long since we had been camping, that my sweetheart convinced me that I would survive a little sand in my shoes and a little grit in my spit.

Hidden away on massive Camp Pendleton is a beach used by the Marines for military maneuvers and other activities. But when it’s not being used by the Marines on the weekends, it becomes one of the best places to camp in Southern California.

Activities here can include surf fishing, strolling the beach and there were even a couple of guys with some remote control airplanes buzzing over our heads. Swimming doesn’t appear to be allowed but if you’re surf fishing you are allowed to wade out and cast your line out.

Image of Sophie begging Patty for a comfortable place to hunker down.As it is at most of the best camping sites in Southern California, dogs are allowed here at this beach, but are required to be on a leash at all times, which probably isn’t a bad thing at this particular location. There were a bunch of dogs on the weekend that we were camping here and most dogs were on a leash most of the time.

Another consideration for you is the fact that if you want to build a campfire at this camping area, you’ll need something to build it in and keep it totally off and out of the sand. Many of the campers here use an old washing machine drum with legs attached to it that keep the unit off the surface of the sand and create a great containment for a campfire.

Another extremely important thing to consider is the road in to the beach area and the beach area itself. The road in can be pretty rutted and treacherous traversing and if your vehicle(s) have relatively low clearance to the ground, you might want to drive down there without your trailer or RV first to check it out.

Image of an incredible sunset on Red Beach.The last bit of info that you need to know is that annual permits to camp here are all acquired through the Game Warden’s office on base.

For more info on some of the best beach camping in Southern California, please leave me a comment requesting info and I’ll get all the contact information to you.

By R.C. Stude

Save

Save

Save

23 Comments

  1. Stephanie Walker

    Hi,

    We would love to camp here. Can you please help me learn the best way to go about this?

    Kindly,
    Stephanie

    Reply
    • Randy

      Hi there Stephanie,

      Red Beach has been closed to the public for almost two years now as Cal Trans is rebuilding the freeway overcrossing and then the railroad overcrossing. As soon as I hear of it opening, I will send out a message to everyone on our C&FC email list.

      In the meantime I will forward you all the information so you can get ready for it to open again. Thank ya’ for asking about it, my friend! I’ll get the info out to ya’ right now!

      Best wishes,

      Randy

  2. Matthew Schulzki

    Hi Randy,

    Wonderful site you have for SoCal camping. Can you please provide me the proper contact for access to Red Beach? I’m very much looking forward to visiting that area. Thanks!

    Reply
    • Randy

      Hi there Matthew,
      We are camping way up in the eastern Sierras right now and have limited to no signal. Right now Red Beach is closed to campers because of some construction but when I get home later this week I will be sure and send you all the information on Red Beach and let you know what’s going on down there.
      I sure do appreciate ya’,
      Randy

  3. Peter Cho

    Hi Randy,

    Sounds really cool, can you send me more info? Wardens phone #? Greatly appreciated!

    Reply
    • Randy

      Hey there Peter,
      Sure do appreciate ya’ checking out my site. I’ll definitely be sending you some more info in just a few minutes.
      Thank ya’ so much,

      Randy

  4. Dina

    Can I get some info on this campsite pls

    Reply
    • Randy

      Absolutely… I’ll get some info to ya’ shortly!

      Thank ya’!

  5. Noe Sanchez

    Hi Randy,
    Can you send me some info on how or where I can find the Game Warden’s office.
    I would like to see about a permit to be able to camp on this beach. Any other southern
    California beach caping information you can guide me to would also be appreciated.
    Thank You in advance! Great informative site.

    Reply
    • Randy

      You bet Noe,
      I’ll forward you some info in a few minutes, including maps! Hope your week is going great!!!
      Randy

  6. Jack Thompson

    Randy,

    Please send me the info and maps as well. looks awesome!

    Reply
    • Randy

      Absolutely Jack, I’ll get ’em to ya’ right away partner. Thanks for stopping by C&FC!

      Randy

  7. Richard

    Randy,

    this is great!! i live in Carlsbad (just north of Camp Pendleton) can you provide further details on how I can camp with my family at this place?
    thank you!! very much!!!

    Richard

    Reply
    • Randy

      Absolutely Richard! I’ll find some info that I’ve sent out before and then forward it to you including some images that will give ya’ a birdsey view of where to go to get started. Thank ya’ for asking… hope to see ya’ there!

      Randy

  8. Jay Bystrom

    This sounds like a great beach to camp at. Can you please send me the contact info.
    Thanks

    Reply
    • Randy

      Hiya Jay… thanks for asking. I’ll get it to ya’ right away! Thank ya’ for checking us out here!

      Randy

  9. Connie Thatcher

    I would love to camp on the beach. Please send me the information on who to contact.
    Your blog is nice and I love the info and pictures.

    Reply
    • Randy

      Hiya Connie… thank ya’ for the compliment! I’m up in the Sierras camping right now but will get the info to you as soon as I can locate a good internet connection! Thank ya’ again… shouldn’t be too long!

      Randy

  10. Kenny Edgar

    Hello Randy-

    I was wondering if this place was still open to the public like said in the youtube video. If so, can you provide further details on how I can camp with my family at this place? Love the video and the write up.

    Reply
    • Randy

      Hi there Kenny,

      Yes indeed… we were just down there a week ago last Friday. I will send details to your email address shortly. Watch for an email or two from DoubleTap44 and I’ll send ya’ complete info with maps!

      Thanks for checking out my website, Kenny…

      Randy

  11. Randy

    By the way, this is probably about as inexpensive camping as it gets in California other that dry camping somewhere off the beaten path… this place was pretty awesome!!!

    Reply
    • Richard

      Randy,

      can you provide further details on how I can camp with my family at this place?

      thank you VERY much!!!

    • Randy

      You bet partner… working on it as we speak!!!!

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This