Imperial Beach Area Camping

San Diego County

Silver Strand State Beach Camping

Location

5000 Highway 75,
Coronado, CA
(619) 435-5184

Campground Facilities

  • Self-contained RVs or trailers only. No tent camping
  • Water and electrical hook-ups.
  • Restrooms with outdoor showers
  • Dump Station

Accessibility

  • Designated campsites
  • Parking, restrooms, showers
  • Picnic area, fire rings on beach in summer
  • Portion of Crown Cove Trail
  • Beach wheelchair and beach mats available. Check at entry station.

Reservations and Fees

  $65 for Premium Sites - beach front
  $50 for Standard Sites -inland
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia:
Silver Strand State Beach Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM

Regulations (partial list)

  1. Do not deposit waste water or sewage directly upon or into the surface of the ground, pavement, sand, or water.
  2. No dogs allowed on beach or bayside area of the park. They must be on leash and attended in campground.
  3. Beach fires must be in designated concrete fire rings only.
  4. Alcohol and glass containers are not permitted outside campsites.
  5. Campers and their pets may not sleep outside.


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Silver Strand State Beach

Silver Strand State Beach Campground can accommodate trailers or RVs up to 40 feet at many of its campsites, although some sites are designated for 30 or 35-foot vehicles. Per Coastal Commission regulations, campers must be in fully self-contained vehicles. A dump station is located at the south end of the campground near the restroom.

Silver Strand State Beach campground, Coronado, California

Gates to the campground are locked at night. Gates open at 8 AM. Check with the attendant for the closing times as they vary according to the season. The maximum number of people allowed at each site is 8. Campers must check in by noon the day of their scheduled arrival. Otherwise reservations will be cancelled.


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San Clemente Beach Campgrounds

225 Avenida Calafia, San Clemente, CA
(949) 492-3156

Campground Facilities

  • Two campgrounds - one for RVs, one for tents
  • 72 RV sites with full hook-ups
  • 88 Tent sites (aka Family Sites) with shade ramadas over table
  • 2 Group campsites for up to 50 people
  • Picnic tables, fire pits with grills
  • Restrooms, showers
  • Nature trails
  • Visitor Center
  • Lifeguard headquarters, first aid station
  • Amphitheater
  • Dump station

Fees and Reservations

Fees:
RV campsites with hookups:
  $60 Peak Season*
  $45 Non-peak season

Standard sites:
  $35 Peak Season*
  $25 Non-peak season

Group campsites: $200-$280

*Peak season is April - October

Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia:
San Clemente State Beach Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM


South Carlsbad State Beach Camping

Location

7201 Carlsbad Boulevard, Carlsbad, CA
(760) 438-3143

Admission

Day-Use Parking: $10 - $15

Campground Facilities

  • 122 bluff-top campsites for tents, and RVs and trailers 35' or less
  • Restrooms with token-operated showers
  • Picnic tables, fire pits
  • No hook-ups (although some sites will soon have hook-ups)
  • Campfire circle, laundry facilities
  • Dump Station
  • Store (April - October), WiFi near park office

Accessibility

  • Designated campsites
  • Parking, restrooms, showers
  • Campfire circle

Reservations and Fees

  $50 for Premium Sites
  $35 for Standard Sites
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia:
South Carlsbad State Beach Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM

Regulations (partial list)

  1. No dogs allowed on beach, on leash and attended in campground
  2. Do not feed wildlife.
  3. No fires are allowed on the beach.
  4. Alcohol and glass containers are not permitted outside campsites

Other Beach Camping Choices

There is no camping at Imperial Beach, but RV campsites are available a short distance to the north at Silver Strand State Beach. Other opportunities for beach camping are listed below.


San Elijo State Beach Camping

Location

2050 South Coast Hwy. 101, Cardiff, CA
(760) 753-5091

Campground Facilities

  • 156 bluff-top campsites for tents, and RVs and trailers
  • Sites 10-23 and 101-106 are RV or trailer only.
  • Restrooms, showers
  • Picnic tables, fire pits
  • Ocean sites with or without hook-ups
  • Standard sites with or without hook-ups
  • Campfire circle, store
  • Dump Station

Accessibility

  • Designated campsites
  • Parking, restrooms, showers, store
  • Campfire circle

Reservations and Fees

Inland Sites no hook-ups: $35
Inland hook-up sites: $55
Ocean hook-up sites: $65
Ocean no hook-ups: $50
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia:
San Elijo State Beach Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM

Regulations (partial list)

  1. No dogs allowed on beach, permitted in campgrounds on leash and attended
  2. Do not feed wildlife.
  3. No fires are allowed on the beach.
  4. Alcohol and glass containers are not permitted outside campsites
  5. RV hook-up campsites are limited to 2 vehicles and all wheels must stay on pavement.
  6. Standard sites are limited to 3 vehicles and all wheels must stay on pavement.

Reservations at San Elijo State Beach campground fill quickly, partly because it is one of the southern-most state beach campground in California. The bluff-top location offers wonderful views of the ocean coupled with the sounds of the surf. Access to the beach from most campsites is via long stairways.

Among the popular amenities at the campground are token-operated hot showers, a camp store, a fast food restaurant (Bull Taco), campfire programs in the summer, and a good number of sites with hook-ups.

Among the drawbacks of camping at San Elijo are the horn-blowing trains that roll by on the nearby tracks at night. Previous campers suggest avoiding sites (such as #163) that are close to the rinse-off showers for people returning from the beach.


San Onofre State Beach Camping

Location

I-5, 3 miles south of San Clemente, CA
(949) 492-3156

Admission

Day-Use Parking: $15

Campgrounds

Two campgrounds - San Mateo Campground (inland) off Christianitos Road and
San Onofre Bluffs Campground south of main parking area along old Pacific Coast Highway

San Mateo Campground Facilities

  • 157 tent or RV sites with electric and water hook-ups
  • Restrooms with coin-operated, hot showers
  • Picnic tables, fire pits
  • Amphitheater
  • 1½-mile Nature Trail to Trestles Beach
  • Dump Station

San Onofre Bluffs Campground Facilities

  • 3½-mile long campground on bluffs overlooking ocean
  • 157 sites, some designated for tents only, most for RVs
  • Group campsite
  • No hook-ups
  • Restrooms, hot showers
  • Picnic tables, fire pits
  • Trails down to beach
  • Dump Stations

Reservations and Fees

San Mateo Campground
Sites 1-100 open to reservations year-round
Sites 101-157 can be reserved April 1 to September 30 and over major holidays (otherwise these sites are closed)
Bluffs Campground open for reservations May 16 to September 30 (otherwise closed)

Fees:
San Mateo and Bluffs Campgrounds:
  $35 Peak Season*
  $25 Non-peak season

Group sites:
  $200 - $225

*Peak season is April - October

Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia:
San Onofre State Beach Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM


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