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“Don,t do it” 2 of 5 stars
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2211 Pacific Beach Dr., San Diego, CA 92109-5699 (Mission Bay Park)   |  
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Douglas, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Don,t do it”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

Me and my wife have camped and bag rolled on holidays for many years, last year we slept on the desert floor in a canvas sleeping roll with the stars for company, and my wife and I loved it.

About five years ago we slept in a dovecott in france with spiders dropping onto us all night followed by a few nights in a tent with mice running under the groundsheet at night, this we had little of no worries about.

Therefore when I tell you my wife burst into tears at the thought of the four nights I had booked for us here you will have some idea how bad it is.

We were in an RV and pushed onto a site covered in ants, which unfortunaley were not put off by the litter and discarded nappies that had not been cleaned up by the wardens or the previous occupants.

I read before booking of another British family who thought this was a disgusting site, but I was swayed by the years of holidaying here by more local members.

I can only say that British and American levels of quality may differ.

The beach was a great disapointment, and the only food bar and shop close at 7.00.

We did get to switch sites, but no cleaning was done until we were about to leave.

The facilities were always dirty, apart from the laundry (which was the highlight of the stay)

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Columbus, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

You are going to be given a tiny patch of dirt with no shade on top of your neighbors. You will have to fit both your car and your tent into this spot. Our neighbors were big families of 6-8 people camping in several tents and having a huge truck, so when in the morning I was leaving my tent I was bumping into their tale gate. No privacy WHATSOEVER. Terrible experience. Loved San Diego though.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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Green Valley, Arizona
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35 hotel reviews
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116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

This is a very popular RV park for the young crowd...fueled by beer, this RV park becomes a loud and rowdy place. The park staff encourage this, so if you are camping as a family, and you do not like to party hearty, avoid this place.

The park spaces are not all that great either. They have 50 amps but most are narrow and dirt. Most are too short for a large motor home. Prices are high as well.

Would not recommend this spot any time of year.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Long Beach, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
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Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

This is a urban campground, with lots of activities, were you can set up a tent or rv, on dirt right next to someone else. It is crowded, noise all around, But most of the families that come here know that, and the kids and teens have fun! So if you want solitude, woods, stars, ect, head inland and go to a campground in the woods. But if you want to swim in a pool, dance to a band on a fri or sat. night, drink a cold one, get on your pc, drive over to sea world next door, roast a marsh mellow with a few hundred other people... this is fun!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

We stayed there a week in late July 2012 while in town for a family wedding. It was a great location, but it's a big noisy, crowded parking lot. The bathrooms are fairly clean considering the amount of people. They seriously enforce the 11 pm noise curfew which was good. Unsupervised kids are running, biking, and skateboarding everywhere. The private beach was so crowded we didn't even attempt to use it. Beware if you want to bring a pitbull or rotweiler or even a mixed pit or rottie. It doesn't matter how well behaved your dog is, they don't allow these breeds in their park. However, they do allow poorly behaved dogs of all other breeds. We wouldn't ever return to this park.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Denver, Colorado, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

Ditto the English man's review. Much better for RV people than tenters, but it is the only place in San diego to take tents and it is close to everything. He got a tent site for 50, I paid 75, +10 for an extra person. Hmmm.

Room Tip: Pick loop D by the dog walk for a quieter area tenters. It backs to open space, less campers around...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London
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38 reviews 38 reviews
29 hotel reviews
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

What a terrible place and it is terribly expensive!! We paid $50 just for a 10ft x 20ft patch of dirt (with no shade at all) in which to pitch our tent. It was called the Primitive section and they weren't kidding .........!!! We've been on the road for 2 years and travelled through 33 countries and this has to be one of the worst campsites - well this part of the camp anyway. Beautiful setting and all that but at a high price ..............

It was extremely noisy - you are camped on top of your neighbours and so there is no privacy. The RVs are also on top of one another with hardly any space between them - you would NOT see this in a very popular RV park in Australia or NZ, they just wouldn't put up with this proximity and invasion of privacy!! We were so close to our neighbours on both sides that you could hear them burping and farting. Other campers were talking and partying until midnight, despite requests over the PA system asking for residents to settle down for the night. The staff didn't come and sort it out and so, of course they aren't going to shut up!!! Full of noisy kids, noisy adults, noisy music, dirt ................

The reception staff are overwhelmed and the toilet\shower block is the same - not enough facilities for too many people ................... we couldn't wait to get away in the morning ...........

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2211 Pacific Beach Dr., San Diego, CA 92109-5699
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Location: United States > California > San Diego > Mission Bay Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 53 Specialty Lodging in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 568
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Campland on the Bay is San Diego's premiere campground. Dig your toes in the sand on our private beach. Catch some sun and fun on a sailboat from our marina. Enjoy one of dozens of activities and amenities for kids and adults that make Campland everyone's favorite. You'll find hookups for RVs, spaces for tent camping and luxury amenties. With so much to do and enjoy you may never want to leave. ... more   less 
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