I read the previous reviews before we went, and was a litte afraid of what I might find. We needed a spot close to Zuma Beach, where our company was holding its annual picnic, and thought camping would be more fun than a hotel. Its a crapshoot as to what site you get, because you cannot reserve in advance. After we arrived, I could see where some of the bad reviews were coming from. There are some small sites, with no cover, up against a fence, and there were some sites that looked like 40 people were camping in them. We were fortunate to get site 19, which was by some of the larger trees, in the back. It was rather small for our popup camper to manuver into the spot, but we finally managed it. The bathrooms were very clean, and had LOTS of toilet paper. (Bring your own soap and a towel) We had a friend coming in to camp there, the following day, and asked if we could get their site next to ours. The ranger was helpful and said that if we didnt like our spot, or needed to move, we could request a different spot the next day. We were able to request the spot next to us, for our friend, the following morning. The other campers there were friendly, and for the most part, quiet. We didnt hike any of the trails, but might do that as a day trip in the future. I 'interviewed' several of the other campers, to get their impressions of the place, and most of them were very happy with it and will be coming back. I personally have been to better (and worse!), and dont see making a special trip just to camp there again.
Pros: Close to the beaches, clean campsites and bathrooms
Cons: Rather plain camping, no privacy because of openness