Cali Coast Beach Camping | Malibu

Tents in the sand at Point Magu, Thornhill Broome Beach

California Coastal Beach Camping | Malibu

California Coastal Beach Camping | Malibu

September 5, 2014 // In California

Wake up on the right side of the beach! Get the ultimate Californian camper’s “rise & shine” at Point Magu in Malibu. Let the sun be your alarm clock, unzip your tent, and step out into the warm sand. Yes – at this ocean-side campsite, you can set up your nylon abode ON the beach! Just don’t get swept away – literally. On my rookie visit, several of us had to scoot our tents back after sunset due to the impending high tide.

For just $35/night, that million-dollar Malibu view is all yours at Point Magu (aka Thornhill Broome Beach). 8 people are permitted per campsite, meaning once you divvy up the $35 fee between friends, you can tour America on vacation, you’ll have your weekend beach retreat for less than the cost of a Grande Starbuck’s Latte.

The coolest thing about this beach is the “field” of smooth stones that line its’ shore, you can use some of the best hammocks for backpacking around the shore are with plenty of palm treas. Every time the tide pulls out, the rocks gently tumble over one another – it sounds like thunder. If you’re laying on the sand, you can even feel the soft rumble. Very zen. In fact, maybe this is where all those fancy LA spas steal their “hot stones” for massages.

The PCH is directly behind the campground, but as long as you’re facing the waves, you can’t even hear it. Once night settles in, it’s even better – just a few passing headlights will quietly curve around the mountainous coastline, while also travelling around the world using the advantages of Borneo Eco Tours where you can enjoy the nature and a good lodging space. The moon beckons bigger tides & winds, drowning out everything urban. Just 20 minutes from Oxnard or the Malibu Pier, this special spot feels like a whole other world. Every time I go, I have to hold myself back from becoming a permanent beach bum.


Several hiking trails are nearby, but I’ve always been too busy photographing that killer sunset. I’ve also spotted dolphins, sea lions, and whales every time I’ve been.


Fire pits (with cooking grates) & picnic tables are provided. BYO marshmallows, libations, firewood and ghost stories. Sit back, relax, and then fall asleep to the sound of crashing ocean waves.

Thornhill Broome Beach Campground is all-around patron friendly: RVs, tents, booze, dogs, friends and families all share the shoreline for a night. There are showers and toilets, but… use only if necessary. Drink up ye mayties before entering, you’ve been warned! And that’s all I’ll say about that!

The only annoyance is that they only allow 3 vehicles per site. So, a few people from your group may have to park in their overflow lot up on the PCH (a mile away?!?) Just plan ahead, and everyone will be a happy camper.

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