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San Elijo State Beach Campground

Del Mar, CA
San Elijo State Beach Campground
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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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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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 

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Chula Vista
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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 

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Centennial, Colorado
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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 

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Whittier, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This camp ground is great for kids and adults we stayed in site 13 with full hook ups and a beach view. The beach is clean and the waves are small and good for the kids to learn how to surf. The campsite is located on a bluff above the beach so access to the beach is mostly stairs. They... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We lucked out 3x from leveraging off friend's reservations and most recently scoring our own reservations back from Jan/Feb 2014 for staying here in August. Each and every time was great fun for our family. The beach is just down a set of stairs. there is a restaurant and store on site. As it is a state beach, there is... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Camped here many times, but finally got a good spot! The upper campgrounds require a walk thru the campground or down a flight of stairs to reach the beach, and some have RV hookups. The lower sites are closer to the beach. The campground is pretty clean, plenty of restrooms and showers. The beach is pretty shallow, with decent surfing... More 

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Santee, California
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12 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

When my wife tried to talk me into this place I'm like- no hookups? She's like 'it's on the beach', I'm like - so is San Felipe and there are hookups there. So we camped, and I could care less about hookups. There's lots of restrooms, showers, and most of all THE BEACH. It's a clean beach, beautiful with free... More 

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