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Campland on the Bay
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
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1  Thank Briandlinda
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Reviewed August 16, 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
4  Thank Phyllis L
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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.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Mary M
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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
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4  Thank RogDee
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

My husband and I make Campland our family vacation every year. Our 5 kids are now grown (ages 23 to 13) but they still block out plans to join us at Campland. Last year we talked my cousin into bringing his wife and kids and now they are hooked and will be joining us again this year. On the weekends there is a good crowd but we don't mind. We get up early and get a spot on the beach by the volleyball court and enjoy the volleyball games. It doesn't matter if your a kid or an adult there is so much to do from listening to the bands, the talent show, dance party, soccer, tag football, volleyball tornements, karaoke, skate park, and so much more. This year we tried 2 other campgrounds and we did nothing but compare them to Campland. We are going to Campland in July for our annual vacation and we just can't wait!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Claudette1968
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

Let me start by saying "I am no camper". My friends asked our family to join them on a summer camp out. I was hesitant but figured the kids would like it. We rented a camper from Rice RV and they dropped it off and we were good to go. My kids had a blast which in turn means they left me and my husband alone to have a good time as well. We packed our kids razors so they could ride around the campsite and do things like play dodge ball and join in on the scavenger hunts. There are pools to go swimming and there is the bay to go play on the beach. There are a ton of activities for kids and parents to do. We rented a nine passenger bike for all of us and you can rent paddle boards and boats if you wish also. The bathrooms were clean and people cleaned them all the times. We were in the full RV hook ups and about 6 spaces from the bay. Kids were all over the place. Now when we were there in the campsite behind us there were some really loud party people. But that is just luck of the draw. They ask everyone be quiet around 10:30. Each site had a firepit to make s'mores and have a fire. I realize what made the trip great also was being with our friends and our 2 kids had plenty to do. But was definatly a experience that this non camping family would do again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed: June 2012
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Thank brownbis
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

We pulled a crowded Motorhome into Campland, and had the time of our lives. The place has everything, Pools, Beach, Store, Laundry, and the best of all: A great Shuttle Bus with very friendly drivers that took us all right to Seaworld! The place was packed with families... Our Grand Kids made some new friends... We swam in the pools, swam in the ocean and can't wait to return!

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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Tcoleman3
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Additional Information about Campland on the Bay

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 #12 of 66 Specialty Lodging in San Diego
Price Range: $39 - $295 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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 campground. You'll find hookups for RVs, spaces for tent camping and luxury amenities. 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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