Rincon Parkway – Oceanfront Camping

On our trip to Quartzsite, AZ  we spent three nights at Rincon Parkway which is one of our favorite oceanfront camping spots.  It’s always challenging to find a spot here so this time we arrived in the middle of the week, just after New Year’s day.  Simply put, Rincon is 127 RV only parking spaces on the shoulder of the Pacific Coast Highway (the PCH) located a few miles north of Ventura, CA.

Rincon Parkway

We arrived Thursday night and picked a spot away from the other RVs. We fell asleep to the sound of the roaring waves crashing 20 feet from our bedroom window.  Friday morning we awoke to the sound of the surf splashing on the side of our RV.

Brian Holle and Gianna Holle at Rincon Parkway Oceanfront Camping

Waves splashing on the RV at Sunrise

There was a high surf advisory which, combined with a +6 foot high tide, caused waves to soak most of the sites.  With the beach gone due to the high tide, we rode our bikes into Ventura in search of adventure.

Brian Holle At Surfer's Point in Ventura

At Surfer’s Point in Ventura

The beautiful bike ride took 40 minutes and we ended up at the BarrelHouse 101 where they had a great selection of beers on tap.  After eating lunch and a few beers, we rode around Ventura then headed back to the RV to relax and spent the night by the fire watching the sunset.

Another Beautiful Sunset

Saturday was another relaxing day hanging out by the ocean. In the late afternoon the tide was way down so we got to enjoy a walk on the beach with Katie (our pup).

Gianna Holle walks on the beach in Ventura at low tide

Walk on the beach at low tide

Hobson Beach Park

Saturday afternoon we rode our bikes one mile north on the PCH to checkout Hobson Beach Park.  This is a small Ventura County park right off of the PCH next to the ocean.  An alternative to Rincon Parkway for oceanfront camping.Hobson Beach Oceanfront Camping

Hobson Beach

Reservations are required during the off-season but it’s first come, first served during the summer.  We saw one open RV full hookup site and about eights open non-hookup RV/tent sites.

Time to Leave

After two wonderful days and three nights, we left Rincon Sunday morning and headed for Joshua Tree National Park.  The next time we stay at Rincon, it will be in the summer time.

Some Additional Details

  • Cell Phone – Verizon 4G 5 bars
  • Location – It’s great being next to the ocean but not so great being next to the PCH
  • Noise – The traffic on the PCH is noisy but the waves muffle most of the sound.
  • Reservations –  No reservations, first come, first serve.  You pay a daily rate for every 24 hours.

Things we learned

  • Summer is a much better time to visit Rincon –  It’s obviously warmer and surprisingly with every space taken, there’s a wall of RVs which reduces the noise from the PCH and the Amtrak trains that pass by 3-4 times a day
The Surfliner

The Surfliner

  • High Theft Area – There are signs posted warning you to lock up your valuables.  We were told that if you leave something of value outside, even if it’s chained up, it probably will get stolen.
  • RV Pumper Truck – One day a truck slowly drove by our offering to pump our tanks and fill our fresh water tank.  This service could come in handy of you don’t want to drive the 3 miles to the dump station at Emma Wood State Beach.
  • The Beach – Look up the tide chart so you can tell when you will have access to the beach.
  • Fires-  There are no fire pits so you should bring your own.  If you build a fire in the rocks, you may be cited.

Dates Stayed

January 7-10, 2016

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