We recently enjoyed the long Veteran's Day weekend at Silver Strand State Beach. We REALLY enjoyed our time there. The first night there was a rowdy bunch partying down, but the noise cops came by and it got reasonably quiet after that. They lock the gates at 8:00 PM, so be in and be ready to stay in unless you have a bicycle.
The restrooms are located in the campgrounds and they keep them nice and clean and well stocked. The showers are a bit of a hike across Hwy 75 through an underground tunnel. There is also a pretty cool aquatic center on the same side as the showers. Showers take quarter, and like the nice lady at the booth said, it takes about three quarters for a "ladies' shower." I wouldn't know. I'm good with a quarter.
Walking on the beach is nice and if you like sand dollars, I can almost guarantee you will find some if you go out after dark with a flashlight. The live ones still have green cilia on them and we threw those back. Just collect the white ones.
You have your choice of places to eat: Imperial Beach is one direction and Coronado is the other.
The only reason I didn't go with that fifth star is the location of the showers and the fact that there is only one RV dump station. It would really cut down the wait time to clear out if they installed one more at a different place near one of the other restrooms.
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