Mondays do not have to suck. Late November may not be the ideal month to go camping in your book but don't let the cold weather scare you off. And although California does get cold it does not have the harsh winters that other states are famous for. However it will get cold especially at night.
Camping during the week is awesome. I previously camped in Gorman and Big Sur in the middle of the week and thoroughly enjoyed it. This time I tried Leo Carrillo. I have been there many times before but this was my first time camping at this location. If you are able to camp during the week it is a nice change of pace. The campground will not be empty but it will be less crowded and more enjoyable if avoiding crowds is your thing. Furthermore you will get to choose the campsite you want vs. taking what is available on Reserve America. Camping in the fall, winter or spring is also beneficial for the same reasons and the weather is perfect. As long as you bring a warm tent (4 season), warm clothes (layering is important), wool blankets, 0 degree sleeping bag, and plenty of firewood you should have no problem staying warm. I also recommend an air mattress and/or sleeping pad for extra comfort.
I used a old sleeping bag as a floor pad in my tent, a sleeping pad, air mattress, wool blankets and a 0 degree sleeping bag. My technique is probably overkill but I was warm and comfortable every night.
Of course your gear will differ for a backpacking trip but for car camping it is important to bring whatever you need to be comfortable.
Leo Carrillo SP is a nice campground only 28 miles north of Santa Monica CA. Campsites are large and many provide ample shade and privacy. Most spots have ample parking for 2-3 vehicles. Check with the park for any size restrictions or extra cost for additional vehicles. However I observed many RV campers so size should not be an issue.
On my recent trip to Leo Carrillo I camped in site #90. It was a large site with plenty of shade. I would avoid campgrounds near the entrance, center loop or near the bathrooms. These sites have less privacy, shade, and one site had power lines running right through the campground. The sites near the bathrooms do not smell or anything but you may have people walking through your site en route to the bathrooms or showers. Certainly not the end of the world but if you can avoid these spots I would.
Other awesome sites include: 82, 61, 58, 55, 25, 20, and 101. I investigated the entire campground and these were my favorites for privacy and shade. There really is not a bad site in this campground but some sites have little shade or privacy.
The nearby beach is just a short walk from the campground and is amazing for wildlife and sea life viewing in the tide pools. Checking the tide schedule ahead of time online is suggested as most tide pools are not visible during high tide. Also be careful as rocks can be slippery and the incoming tide can be dangerous. For tide schedules try these websites:
The area is very beautiful yet very close to Pch so you may hear slight traffic noise at all hours. This is not as bad as it sounds because you are far enough from the city yet still very close to a store if you need to stock up on any forgotten supplies i.e. extra firewood. A gas station and nursery that sells firewood is located about 4 miles south of the campground. Leo Carillo also has a camp store but it was not open when I was there.
Just a short drive from the campground is Neptunes Net or Malibu Seafood. Both serve incredible seafood either steamed or fried and provide excellent views of the Pacific Ocean.
Tent camping is only $35 per night at this campground. Leo Carillo is also a great campground for those that are on the fence about camping. It is beautiful, close to Los Angeles and near local restaurants, shops and gas stations. There are hot showers (operated by tokens) and the bathrooms are not scary. There is also plenty of nearby hiking trails.
Whether you are a pro camper or a first timer Leo Carillo State Park is a nice local campground not to be missed.