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By cfcinusa
#4518
Greetings van people. I'm in the planning stages, while I wait for my ball and chain (apartment lease) to be unlocked, my first port of call will be Santa Monica CA. I've been there before, but not as a van dweller.

Does anyone have any experience in this area, by the ocean, Walmart parking lots, other ideas. I prefer the idea of sleeping in a lot than on a curbside in an urban area, but any advice would be great.

Thanks
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By Mel Candea
#4519
Hi there. We haven't taken our van to the States, but I have found several pieces of info for you. :)

From 2015: https://www.reddit.com/r/vandwellers/co ... s_angeles/

This is a list of Walmart parking lots: https://www.allstays.com/c/walmart-cali ... ations.htm BUT "...As mentioned, some cities don't allow overnight campers, Santa Monica being extremely strict. As you enter the city, there are signs advising that any vehicle over 7 feet high (or 8 feet, not sure) need special permits to park. Add to that, pretty much all of SM is permit parking only.

You can try state parks. There are several in Malibu, but it's pretty hard to get out of there via public transit, if that's what you are hoping for. http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1029

The only Walmart within the city of LA will not allow it because it's smack in the city and has a parking garage with limited height." They suggest casinos or further out camping/parking: casinos- www.casinocamper.com/rv-parking-locations

goodsamclub.com/travel/campgroundsandrvparks/

woodalls.com/campground/…rv-campgrounds.aspx

Free camping is available in rural areas:

http://freecampsites.net/#!California&query=region

I hope this helps!
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