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“Great for party and "resort" camping, but feels like you are camping at an amusement park.” 3 of 5 stars
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2211 Pacific Beach Dr., San Diego, CA 92109-5699 (Mission Bay Park)   |  
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Plain City, Ohio
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“Great for party and "resort" camping, but feels like you are camping at an amusement park.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This is really a resort where you bring your own room, so to speak.

It has some nice landscaping, and everything was impeccably clean, but it felt like I was camping at Disneyland.

Yes, as per the other reviews there are amazing amenities!

There are multiple pools, hot tubs, a beach, sail boats, planned activities, a camp store that is better than many small department stores, they deliver firewood to your site, shuttles to the Zoo etc., It reminded me of a cruise ship, but with camp fires and s'mores.

It's a great place for large, possibly loud, family gatherings. The kids can play at any number of attractions while the parents relax. It is outdoors, and the climate is great.

The other guests were having a great time, and for many this may be the ideal camping experience. It is well maintained, well run, and very clean.

For us, it wasn't quite right. We aren't hard-core back-country campers, but we felt a bit like we were camping at a mall or amusement park.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

We stayed at Campland the last week of July with our six year old boys and had a blast. The park includes both tent and RV camping spots with full hook ups for RV's. Restrooms and showers are available for tent campers. A private beach, boat ramp, and toy rentals including wave runners are available. A store, laundry mat, and ice cream shop are onsite. Some sites are pretty small, some research on the park map for good sites at low cost is well worth it. Security is good, Rangers were always patrolling but not heavy handed. Our kids were free to ride their scooters around the park and we always felt secure that they would be OK with the extra freedom. A great view of the fireworks from Sea World every evening is a plus. Note this isn't the Hilton or plush resort, don't come expecting that. We will be back regularly.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

This is our third year coming to Campland & we are already planning our trip for next year. Excellent RV campground for families with kids of all ages. Love the fact that it is a private beach with fireworks from Seaworld nightly. Beach is clean & water is warm being on the bay.

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Being an annual attender of Campland on the bay for vacations is a real treat. With a beautiful sandy beach, plenty of activities such as: horse shoes, basketball, volleyball, bike trails, swimming pool, spa, planned activities through the park like flag football, concerts, and numerous other activities. Make sure to bring your pets along too!!!

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I've been coming to Campland since I was 10 years old. Every year we get campsites on the bay with friends. Lots of fun for kids. Plenty to do and plenty of things to spend money on at the Marina. The beach area sites get a little loud on summer weekends, but they are good about enforcing quiet time at 11pm. Premium sites are not cheap, but what a view!

Is it for adults? Yes, if you bring your own toys (watercraft).

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This was my second year experiencing Campland on the Bay. Pitched a tent this year instead of renting a trailer. Still a very crowded campground with lots of offerings on-site: beach, boat ramp, aquatic rentals, restaurant, game room, laundry facilities, dog parks, basketball/dodgeball, swimming pool(not very clean), and concerts in the park. Credit to the custodial staff for keeping the bathrooms clean and stocked with TP.
Rangers diligent about quiet hours in the park after 11pm.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

Very big park that is definitely for campers with children. Not an adult park. There were plenty of activities for everyone each day. The sites are very small for motorhomes and the hook ups are not the best. Too long to check in as we waited an hour in line. The beach is great and there is a lot of water toys to rent. We were able to ride our bikes around Mission Bay. We have a 32 foot motorhome with two dogs. The dog park was a long walk for us but it was leash free.

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Address: 2211 Pacific Beach Dr., San Diego, CA 92109-5699
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 #12 of 52 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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Campland On The Bay Hotel San Diego
Campland Bay

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