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.
11. Pechanga RV Resort – Temecula, CA
Tucked away in the hills of Temecula Wine Country, Pechanga RV Resort makes for a great place to park, with a casino, golf, and wine tasting all within a close distance.
Dogs are allowed, but they do need to be kept on a leash when they’re not in your vehicle, and they cannot bark continuously. Three pets are allowed per site (up to 150 lbs total combined weight), with a $5/week fee for each one.
For more info on their facilities and rates, check out their website here.
12. Azalea Glen RV Park Campground – Trinidad, CA
If you’re looking for a quiet, shaded spot by the coast, Azalea Glen is a relaxing option over in Trinidad. They welcome two dogs of any size and breed, but owners are expected to keep them on a leash when they’re outside, clean up after them, and of course, keep them from barking or running loose.
Right across from the resort is Patricks Point State Park. With so much to see and do, it makes for the perfect place to explore during the daytime. You can relax along the sandy beaches, go hiking down trails, or just sit back and take in the soothing views of the ocean.
Ready to head out now? Take a look at their website here to start planning.
13. Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort – Felton, CA
Hidden in the redwood forest of the Santa Cruz Mountains, this resort offers a tranquil place to stay along the San Lorenzo River. Their well-maintained park has full hook-up and pull-thru sites, only minutes from trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.
Most dogs are welcome at the park, with a max of two per site. However, they don’t allow the following breeds: Akita, Chow, Doberman, Malamute, Pit Bull, Rottweiler, or any other mixed breeds of the same, or any that are known to be aggressive.
This remote park has a lot of great features, like: paved roads, level graded sites, a clubhouse overlooking the river, laundromat, big-rig sites, and cable TV.
Read more details on their website here.
14. Ventura Beach RV Resort – Ventura, CA
Only minutes from Old Town Ventura, this resort offers another fantastic place to catch sunrises (and sunsets) over the Pacific Ocean.
They have 144 RV sites (80 pull-thrus and 64 back-ins), with 30/50-amp service, water and sewer hook-ups – and 36 spaces for tent camping. There’s also a picnic table and fire ring at each individual site, as well as fine landscaping with palm trees all throughout the park.
RVers can enjoy free WiFi, spotless showers and laundry facilities, propane and firewood sales, an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, playground, pool table and arcade games, bike rentals and more.
And of course, your adorable pets are welcome to stay here, too. They ask that owners keep them on a leash outside, clean up after them, and for safety reasons, Pitbulls are not permitted.
Planning a trip out to Ventura Beach soon? Check out more details here.
15. East Shore RV Park – San Dimas, CA
On the banks of Puddingstone Lake, East Shore RV Park is the perfect place to stay if you love fishing or swimming. During several times of the year, the lake is filled with trout and bass.
You can also rent a boat here, head out water skiing or jet skiing, or enjoy a short walk over to Bonelli Regional County Park, where you can find horseback riding rentals, an 18-hole golf course, picnic tables, hiking and biking trails and more.
The resort itself is huge, with 518 spacious, paved full hook-up sites (including 15 pull-thrus) with water, sewer, electricity (50/30/20-amp), and cable TV. Dogs are allowed at the park, but they do ask that you keep them on a leash when they’re not in your vehicle.
For more details, take a look at their website here.
16. Flying Flags RV Resort – Buellton, CA
Flying Flags is award-winning for good reason. They’re in a prime location along California’s central coast, nestled in wine country just north of Santa Barbara. Between the hiking, boating, and golfing close-by, there’s a little something for everybody at this place. Their park is complete with grassy pull-thru sites and 50-amp service, along with cable TV, free WiFi, tent sites, pristine restrooms, free transportation down to the Chumash Casino, and more.
But your experience just wouldn’t be the same without Spot! Pets are welcome of any size or breed, but there is an additional fee of $50 per stay, and a refundable $100 deposit.
Heading over this way soon? Check out more info about this park online here.
17. Pismo Sands RV Park – Oceano, CA
Only minutes from Pismo Beach, this resort makes for a great place to stay and enjoy the many activities along California’s Central Coast.
They have 133 paved sites with full hook-ups (50/30/20-amp), pull-thru and back-in sites, all with free WiFi and cable TV. They also have a video arcade, and year-round heated pool and spa to keep you entertained and comfortable. They welcome pets of any size, as long as they are kept on a leash whenever they’re outside.
Whether you’re just spending a weekend or planning to stay for awhile, there’s always plenty to see and do around here. For more info on their rates, be sure to visit their website.
18. Mission Bay RV Resort – San Diego, CA
Mission Bay RV Resort is one of the best places to park in San Diego by the water, and only minutes from Old Town, Sea World, and San Diego Zoo. Big-rig, pet, and family-friendly, this place welcomes everyone and their four-legged friends (however, no Pitbulls, Rottweilers, Dobermans, or any other breeds known to be aggressive).
They have 259 RV sites with full hook-ups and 50-amp service, as well as larger sites up to 80 feet. The park also features a small place to grab snacks, sandy beaches, WiFi, cable TV, a boat launch ramp, fishing and biking opportunities, sparkling clean hot showers and laundry facilities.
You can even take this Virtual Tour for a closer look!
19. Pelican Point RV Park – Half Moon Bay, CA
South of San Francisco, Pelican Point RV Park offers an excellent place to park by Half Moon Bay. They have 75 sites total – 50 with full hook-ups, and 20 and 30-amp electrical service.
Some of their other amenities include: cable TV, BBQs, a laundry room, spotless restrooms with showers, local golfing, a small gift shop and disposal station.
And like at most parks, your four-legged friends will need to stay on a leash here whenever they’re outside.
Head on over to their website here for more details.
20. Bodega Bay RV Park, Bodega Bay, CA
This pet-friendly resort is in a prime location, just north of San Francisco near Bodega Bay. On site, they have squeaky clean restrooms with hot showers, free WiFi, two group clubhouses, a free DVD library and cable TV (entertainment is a must!). Nearby, there’s also horse trails, hiking trails, fishing, beach access and plenty of excellent wineries.
Dogs are welcome as well! They need to be kept on a leash when they’re outside, but there is also a fenced dog run here. And like always, you’ll want to clean up after them, which is made easy by the park with bags conveniently provided in the Pet Areas.
For more information, take a look at their website here.
Do you love traveling with your dogs and/or cats? Where do you like to stay with your pets in the Golden State?