We recently spent a month at the campground on Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, California. This is a military campground, located about 8 miles south from Long Beach. One thing we really like about Navy bases is that most allow you to make reservations. We were able to make ours six months in advance here. However, you can’t reserve specific sites (or even specific site types) here.
Click here for our Guide to Using Military Campgrounds.
The official name of the campground is Sea Breeze RV Park and as you can see in the video below there definitely was a good breeze almost every day during the month February.
One of the things we liked best about this campground was the large RV wash bay with sprayers on both sides located at the entrance to the park. After more than a week of boondocking in the desert, we made good use of it!
All 85 sites are full hook-ups and another great thing about military campgrounds is that they don’t meter electricity even when you are on the monthly rate.
There was a laundry room with FREE washer and dryers!
What We Didn’t Love
One of the drawbacks of this campground is that the interior roads are fairly narrow. So while the sites are 20 ft. x 50 ft. according to the brochure, it can be pretty tricky to maneuver a large fifth wheel or travel trailer.
We were fortunate enough to get a pull through, but as previously mentioned you can’t reserve them specifically.
Another drawback is that there is no commissary or exchange at this base. They have a very small shopette style NEX that is only open during traditional duty hours Mon-Friday.
National Wildlife Refuge
Part of the base is also a national wildlife refuge and part of it is directly adjacent to the campground. The refuge is home to herons (they were everywhere) and a lot of migratory birds.
There was a nature trail that connected the campground to the gardens at the refuge center. We were there in February and everything was starting to bloom.
We especially enjoyed the coast particularly south of the base. Crystal Cove State Park was one of our favorites. You start up on the bluffs and follow the trails leading down to the beach and small tidal pools.
We also had a lot of fun going to the Huntington Dog Beach with our friends. While the water was a little too cold for us, the dogs had a lot of fun playing in the water.
Long Beach was nice for an afternoon bike ride and drinks.
Be warned: If you want to go north towards LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, or Universal Studios you are going to spend A LOT of time in traffic. Most days it took us well over an hour to go 20 miles.
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