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Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve

9310 Fanita Parkway, Santee, CA 92071
Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Olongapo City, Olongapo, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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103 reviews 103 reviews
34 hotel reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
11 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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127 reviews 127 reviews
28 hotel reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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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15 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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26 hotel reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
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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19 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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14 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Are you tired of your typical RV Resort lined up row after row with crappy gravel sites with no trees or greenspace in between the sites, then Santee Lakes offers a great alternative if you get one of their sites that back onto the stream (Site #186). Yes, all/most of their sites are gravel but the stream sites have some... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Overall all a good site and easy to get to San Diego (Light Rail or drive) and La Jolla and beyond. Only issue are the burnt out toilets whichhave not been fixed for a year now ... Insurance issues I believe. Sites are large with space from your neighbours. Very clean and kept well

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