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San Elijo State Beach Campground

Del Mar, CA
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

We love coming to San Elijo every year. This year was great. However do to the water drought the water was turned off to the showers you use after you come back for the beach. That was hard for a family to rinse off before going back to camp. The sinks out side of the bathroom was also turned off.... More 

1 Thank pyrofamily
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Nice view from bluff, showers and toilets pretty clean. We were wondering why other RVs had baking soda around wheels and mounting stabilizers. We were invaded by ants and that's how they got inside. It pretty well ruined our trip and took a lot of effort to clean it all up. There was a trail of ants that went up... More 

Thank Randy O
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

This is a great beach campground. The location is ideal. Try to get a spot on the bluff side. Very casual and fun for the whole family. There is a taco stand, camp store and a surf school on the premises. Cardiff is a funky town with good restaurants close by so if you get tired of camp food you... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

If you are a young, friendly family who are not too uptight about privacy, love the beach, dogs, and young kids, this is the place for you! Make reservations six months out though if you want a good site. This is a great place to make family memories!

Thank Outabout2014
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Beautiful state beach campground with nicely spaced sites, awesome view. Sadly our travel trailer was invaded by ants! When we talked to the Rangers we were told that we were not allowed to spay or put down any ant killer. I'm not talking about 50 ants I'm talking about 500 to 1000 ants. The host told us that our spot... More 

1 Thank Tomscat
Riverside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

I'm not going to go into too much detail here because it's hard enough to get a reservation at this place and I'd rather have it all to myself. Awesome location, decent surf with multiple points. Bull taco on site. Great little camp store with everything you need. Word to the wise, if you don't like very, very loud train... More 

3 Thank Scott R
San Clemente, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

San Elijo is more like an extended overnight beach slumber party than actual camping, but what a stellar location for a few days of outdoor enjoyment. If you get the right campsite you'll be on a low cliff over the beach with unbeatable views of the sunset and the coastline stretching South all the way to La Jolla. To the... More 

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Joshua Tree
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36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 via mobile

This is a great campground on the ocean in Cardiff by the Sea. Close to San Diego as well as "beachie" towns such as Encinitas, Solana, Del Mar & Carlsbad. There are 28 sites with hook-ups...the rest are dry camping. This campground is walking distance to Starbucks, a great little market & restaurants. Nothing like camping at the ocean. OH...if... More 

4 Thank ckahla
Chula Vista
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 via mobile

this was our first time camping here. We had heard about the train noise and thought we could handle it. Here's what I will say... We were at site 124, which backs up directly onto PCH. There was also a lot of street traffic noise. The trains were horrible the first night. It was a Monday night and maybe there... More 

3 Thank Christa B
Centennial, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We had a wonderful 5-night stay at San Elijo State Beach Campground and are already planning and plotting our vacation for next September. This campground has a wonderful Southern California surf vibe with most people here with surfboards and boogie boards in tow. I can't even tell you how wonderful it was to wake up just before sunrise, make a... More 

4 Thank KathyM7551950
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