The campground is in a wooded, mountain valley setting, so rattlesnakes and ticks can be present. Although there was no poison oak around our campsite, there is poison oak in the area, so watch for it.
While at the beach if you see seals and sea lions, stay away from them, as they can bite.
Be aware of ocean conditions and tides. If a lifeguard is present he can advise you about the conditions. If you get caught in a rip current, which can cause you to be carried off shore, do not try to swim against it. Instead swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current, then swim back to the beach.
If you plan to drive to the parking lot for North Beach, the clearance height for the underpass is 8 feet. If your vehicle is taller than this, you will have to park in the parking lot near the entrance gate, and walk to north beach from there. The photo shows a view of the Highway 1 overpass that you will have to drive or walk under to access the beaches. This view was taken from the beach. To see the art that is painted inside this underpass, look at my General Tip.
There was one thing about camping in Leo Carrillo that we didn’t like: ANTS. After being there a few days, I suddenly saw a few ants on our kitchen counter---the next day there were a stream of ants coming and going. We solved the problem by changing our habits. We left no food on the kitchen counter at all. I sprayed the counter down with 409 first thing in the morning, and after each time that food was prepared on the counter, as well as after doing dishes. Within a few days they stopped coming in, as the smell and availability of food of any kind was no longer present