Rincon Parkway

Rincon Parkway RV Camping
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Rincon Parkway is actually a road, not a park. It's a road the runs right beside the Pacific Ocean near Ventura. If you have a self-contained RV, you can camp there and your camper door will be just a literal stone's throw from the ocean.

The campsites at Rincon Parkway are basically parallel-parking spaces set up between the road and the ocean. The ones at the south end are nicest. Near the north end, a cement wall partly obscures the view.

There's narrow, sandy beach just the other side of large boulders lined up along the road. You have to scramble over those big rocks to reach the water. But the views of the ocean, Channel Islands, and setting sun are excellent. You may also see dolphins playing in the surf and human surfers too when the waves are good.

The campground is wedged between the ocean and the railroad track. The railroad is active and you can expect to hear several trains to pass every day. It's also near the highway and you may hear passing traffic as well.

In spite of its negatives which include no shade, the noise and lack of facilities, most people who camp there seem to love Rincon. They especially love the views and the fact that the spots are right next to the water—and they think the sounds of the ocean waves outweigh the annoyance of the manmade noise.

What Facilities Are There at Rincon Parkway?

This camping facility is for fully self-contained RVs only.

 No tents or car camping is allowed. It has 127 RV sites which are 45 feet long.

The only toilets are vault (porta-potty) style and there are no other amenities, including no running water. Campfires are not allowed, but you can bring a portable fire pit to use. If you want electricity, you'll be using your camper's generator.

What You Need to Know Before You Go to Rincon Parkway

All campsites are offered on a first come, first served basis only. They don't accept reservations. If you get there late in the day during a weekend, holiday or in the busy summer season, you will definitely need to have an alternative spot in mind in case it's full.

Bring cash to pay for your spot, which you put into an envelope and drop off at the self-service registration locations.

One car and one RV are allowed per spot—and six people maximum. There's an extra fee if you have more vehicles. There's a  five-day limit on your stay from April through October and a fourteen-day limit from November through March.

Fines for parking in restricted areas are steep. Enforcement is strict. Your budget will be better off if you avoid getting a ticket by parking where you shouldn't.

Dogs are allowed for a small fee per animal.

How to Get to Rincon Parkway Campground

Rincon Parkway campground in on Pacific Coast Hwy, Between Faria and Hobson beaches. It's between the towns of Ventura and Carpinteria (or taking a larger view, between LA and Santa Barbara).

Get more details at their website

To get to Rincon Parkway from Ventura, go north on US Hwy 101 and take exit 78.

From there, drive south on CA Hwy 1.