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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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San Clemente, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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 

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Centennial, Colorado
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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 

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Whittier, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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114 reviews 114 reviews
22 hotel reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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Lake Arrowhead, California
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We wanted hookups with our R.V. Getting hookups at San Elijo State Beach, or any SoCal State Beach is very difficult as you must use Reserve America to make reservations. Type in Reserve America into your favorite browser, and you'll see the problems associated with this company. You must reserve 6 months in advance. Spots with hookups usually are taken... More 

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sussex
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82 reviews 82 reviews
30 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We had booked an oceanside rv spot and were shocked to find ourselves without water or electricity. The initial welcome too was a little perfunctory. In every other respect the site was very good. The store provided nachos at a very reasonable price. The beach was stunning and the crashing waves left us largely oblivious to the train noise.

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