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Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve

9310 Fanita Parkway, Santee, CA 92071
Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Cardiff
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I've lived only 26 miles away near the beach for 16 years and am so glad that friends recently told me about this fabulous, well maintained park as a convenient alternative to most (overpriced) San Diego area campgrounds. It is run by the municipal water district with 7 lakes, bike & hiking trails, lush lawns, picnic areas and shade trees... More 

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Santee, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I have lived within 10 minutes of Santee Lakes for 46 years, but it wasn't until last week that my husband and I decided to give the cabins a try. They are delightful! Amenities include a separate bedroom with a queen bed, living room with a queen sofa bed and dining table, with 2 chairs, TV's in both rooms, kitchen... More 

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Olongapo City, Olongapo, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

These man-made lakes have served the region for a very long time. Picnic spots available or just sit back and enjoy the ducks and nature. It's time well spent. If you live in Santee, the entrance is free. If you live some other place, there is a small entrance fee.

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Columbia, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Our friends are snowbirds and as a result we followed them to Santee Lakes for a winter hiatus. We could not book a cabin on short notice for weekend dates; so we stayed in their RV and complimented this with four nights in Cabin 1 and three nights in Cabin 3. Cabin 2 also floats while the other units are... More 

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Paducah, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We stayed 4 nights in a lakeside cabin. It was nice sitting on the porch watching the sunset over the lake. The cabin and park were clean, quiet and very camper friendly. The paddle boats are included in the cabin fee. There is a store on site. The cabins have heat/air, nice kitchen, a TV, wifi, an outdoor gas grill... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We have always stayed at Chula Vista RV Park and thought we’d give Santee Lakes a try – nice change! It took us as long or less time to get to places we normally visit such as the beaches and Del Mar. We found a better selection of stores and places to eat near Santee Lakes and we appreciated the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

This is a great camping site! There is something for everybody! They have different play areas for different ages. They also have a small play water area (which is extra, but very affordable). They having fishing in the 6 lakes, boat rentals, etc. The place is spotless. After someone pulls out they come right in and make it perfect for... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 via mobile

Everything was excellent. The cabins are very nice, facing the lake. They even had cable tv and wifi in them. Unfortunately the wifi didn't work very well. However if you drive 5 minutes up to where the campground is, the wifi seems to work a little better. The cabins have bathrooms and nice kitchens and living rooms. There are also... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Camped here in our RV in January. We were oscillating between Campland and Santee Lakes and are so glad we chose the latter. Impeccably maintained, friendly staff, respectful neighbors, spacious sites, spotless bathrooms, well behaved dogs. Plus it was a third of the price of Campland. So much to do, we rode bikes, went fishing, rented paddleboats, fed the ducks.... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Only a 25 minute drive to downtown San Diego, this was a very inexpensive choice for 2 couples visiting the area. The waterfront cabin was clean, came with basic supplies, and came with a propane grill and fire pit.

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