Dogs are said to be man’s best friend. But you can’t always take them with you everywhere you go. Sure, their wagging tails, puppy eyes and unconditional love bring great company on a trip, but it still requires some extra planning to make sure where you’re staying will allow them too.
Most campgrounds are dog-friendly these days, but they often have a specific pet policy. Most ask that you use a leash when they’re outside of your vehicle, while other places actually have a designated area where you can let them run free. And of course, you’ve always got to clean up after them. But that’s just part of being a pet owner, right?
California is a wonderful place to make a trip with your dog. There are pet-friendly options galore, not to mention the unparalleled oceanside views and attractions for the whole family – from places for wine lovers to major theme parks for the little ones.
Planning to make a trip through the Golden State soon? Pack your leash, bathing suit, and flip flops – and check out these 20 RV parks with your tail-wagging friends.
1. Dockweiler Beach RV Park – Playa del Rey, CA
Dockweiler Beach is actually the only RV park in L.A. County that’s right on the beach.
Between the morning sunrises and views of Malibu to Catalina Island, it feels like a total paradise here. They have full hook-ups, as well as a pump-out station, hot showers and laundromat for guests, along with a picnic table at each campsite.
They are pet-friendly, but they do have a particular policy:
- They ask owners to keep their pets on a leash (up to six feet long) outside, and to not leave them unattended. The park also requires proof of rabies vaccination, as well as a valid license for each one. Additionally, they ask that you not bring aggressive dogs or allow them to bark continuously, and make sure to pick up all of their waste material. There is a limit of 2 per site, with a small $3/day fee per dog.
Ready to relax by the coast yet? Check out more info on their oceanside park here.
2. Monterey County Fairgrounds RV Camping – Monterey, CA
Conveniently located off Highway 1, this park is in a great location in the heart of Monterey, not far from several restaurants, shops and the beach.
Pet and family-friendly, they offer full hook-ups, showers, coin laundry, WiFi and handicap access. They also honor 10% off nightly rates for senior campers (65 and older) and military.
Don’t forget to bring a leash, as well as a bike to take out on the nearby Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail.
For more info on their rates, take a look at their website here.
3. Pismo Coast Village RV Resort- Pismo Beach, CA
Located midway between LA and San Francisco, this resort is a beautifully landscaped option right on Pismo Beach. They’re within easy walking distance to downtown, where there’s plenty of shopping and restaurants to enjoy, and the famous Pismo Pier.
The park has 400 full hookup sites, each complete with free WiFi and cable. There’s also a general store, seasonal restaurant, heated pool, arcade (that the little ones will love), laundromat, bike rentals, and even mini golf. And of course, you can bring your pet along for the trip too. They do have a specific policy:
- A maximum of 3 pets are allowed per site. They need to be on leashes when they’re outside, kept inside at night, and cannot be left unattended. You’ll also want to bring current pet licenses and/or rabies certificates. And while the park considers themselves to be pet-friendly, their insurance carrier has requested that the following breeds are not allowed: Pitbull, Rottweiler, Doberman, Chow, Malamute, or any wolf mixes. Owners will also need to sign a liability waver, and make sure to clean up after their pets as always (they even provide bags throughout the resort).
Thinking about visiting Pismo Beach soon? Read more about this park online here.
4. Caspar Beach RV Park and Campground – Mendocino, CA
Caspar Beach RV Park (and their sister park, Westport Beach RV Park) are both happy to host travelers and their four-legged friends. You’ll want to keep them on a leash outside, and clean up after them, as usual.
Their two resorts are actually the only locally-owned options that have both ocean front and beach access. For RVs, they have full hook-ups (with power, water, sewer, cable TV and WiFi) – and just partial hook-ups (with power, water and WiFi).
5. Wilderness Lakes RV Resort and Campground- Menifee, CA
Wilderness Lakes RV Resort is a fantastic place for fishermen and families alike. There are canals all throughout the park filled with catfish, and they’re conveniently located near plenty of shopping and top-quality restaurants in the LA area.
They have a total of 523 sites (with water, sewer and electric), as well as rental units and cabins available. The park also features a general store that’s open five days a week. They’re conveniently located right by several golf courses – one of which is only two miles from the park – as well as plenty of gambling and live entertainment over at The Pechanga Resort and Casino.
Bringing the kids too? This place also happens to be only about an hour and a half away from major theme parks like Disneyland, as well as the San Diego Zoo. And the best part? Pets are welcome here, too!
6. Big Bear Shores RV Resort – Big Bear City, CA
Big Bear Shores RV Resort provides a secluded mountain getaway on the shores of Big Bear Lake, not far from San Bernardino. Their lavish resort is gate guarded, with tennis courts, swimming pool and spas. And like a fine country club, they offer fishing, golfing, hiking and boating as well.
They welcome dogs, but there is a small fee and limit of two per site. You’ll also want to keep them on a leash (no longer than six feet) whenever you’re not in your RV.
7. Pacific Dunes Ranch RV Resort – Oceano, CA
Pacific Dunes Ranch offers both long and short-term sites by the coast, in the beautiful dunes of the Oceano Dunes Preserve. They welcome small dogs only, as long as they’re on a leash (no longer than 6 feet) when they’re outside, and they cannot be left unattended.
The RV resort has full hook-up spaces for long term stays, pull-thru sites, 30/50 amp service, a clubhouse, game room and meeting room, horse rentals (which you can ride down to the beach), a huge BBQ area, picnic tables, cable TV and WiFi.
Sounds like your kind of place? Check out more info on their website!
8. Butterfield Ranch Resort RV – Julian, CA
Butterfield Ranch is open year-round in the high desert, not far from San Diego. Their family-friendly resort features three huge pools and spas, as well as a volleyball court and playground.
They offer pull-thru sites with full hook-ups for RVs, and spaces for tent camping. A lounge is on-site as well, with free WiFi, a big screen TV, and places to sit and watch your favorite shows. They also have a clubhouse you can relax in, with a fireplace, large TV, bar and a pool table.
They welcome two small dogs per site (and a $2 fee per pet upon arrival). If you take them outside of your RV, be sure to keep them on a leash and clean up after them as always.
For more information on their rates, head on over to their website here.
9. Paradise by the Sea RV Resort – Oceanside, CA
Paradise By The Sea RV Resort lives up to its name on San Diego’s north shore. Situated between Buccaneer Beach and Highway 101, this park has full hook-ups, free WiFi, and access to miles of gorgeous sandy beaches.
It’s only a short, 250-yard walk out to the ocean, where you can find the longest wooden pier on the whole West Coast, go fishing, or just sit and take in the sun with your headphones in and a fascinating new book in hand.
Pets are more than welcome. They even have a 2-acre grass field where they can run off all of their energy. There is small fee of $3/day per dog in the summer, and $2/day in the wintertime.
They have three designated areas where your pets can do their business, and there’s even waste bags and receptacles conveniently provided. Because of their insurance policy and safety precautions, they do have a few breeds that are not allowed, including: pure or cross-bred Pitbulls, Staffordshire Terriers, Dobermans, German Shepherds, Chows, American Bulldogs, Rottweilers, Sharpeis or any other guard dog-type breeds.
And like usual, don’t forget to bring a leash! (Find more details online here.)
10. Chula Vista RV Resort – Chula Vista, CA
When it comes to pet-friendly options by the coast, Chula Vista has plenty to offer: views along San Diego Bay, a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, pet stops and even a doggie wash.
There’s also a 552-slip marina adjacent to park, general store with a ladies boutique, picnic area with BBQs, sparkly clean laundry facilities and showers, as well as two waterfront restaurants: Galley at the Marina and Dolphins Fish House.
Remember to bring a leash – and a bathing suit! (Check out more details on this park here.)