San Elijo State Beach

     


Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
Phone: (760) 753-5091

Sites: 171
Recent Rate: $35 4/2015


Latitude: 33.0218158006523
Longitude: -117.284217249952

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • yes-ocean Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview

18 Reviews

These reviews are the opinion of an RVParkReviews’ member and not the views of RVParkReviews.com

National RV Dolphin

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $35.00
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Stayed in site 157, site is secluded with bushes on three sides. Park is very quiet and clean unless your in one of the sites next to the street and railroad. Our site was far enough from both that we didn't notice them. Entrance road is a little tight for long RV's, ours is 35', the longest allowed in the park. If not careful you will hit the curb. Roads in the park are plenty wide enough for long RV's. All site parking pads are fairly level asphalt the remainder dirt. Only a few sites have full hook ups, none that a long RV will fit in. There is a double sided dump station with faucets to fill you drink water tank. We didn't use the restrooms, showers, or laundry the four days we were there. Beach access is mostly by stairs, but at the south end of the park you can walk straight to the beach without stairs. The store is well stocked. We like Bull Tacos inside the park, although a little pricey, tacos are good, especially when they have exotic meats. Their breakfast burrito is excellent. We'll be back in the fall. We camped at San Elijo State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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Vic and Marsha

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $50.00
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The welcome at the entrance was good. At first we were given a flooded site with a fence between us and the road. The charge for this was $35, for dry camping. We asked for a better site (not flooded), and we settled into a site overlooking the water, on a bluff, with a fence. The charge for this was $50, for dry camping. Each morning we had to check to see if we could stay in our site that night. We had to move once in a three night stay, but that was easy with no hook-ups. The sites were not raked or cleaned between tenants. The sites overlooking the ocean were a good size, but the sites by the road were very small. We were never offered a site with hook-ups, and we did not see any. (Admin note: full hookups are available) The campers were a nice mix of surfers and everyone else. We would not return because we did feel that the value for the price was questionable. We camped at San Elijo State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

Chino's Farm Stand in Rancho Santa Fe

Loads of food stores.

Champagne French Bakery in Rancho Santa Fe

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Airstream 25

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $50.00
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Location , location, location . This section of the park was dry camping only as there are ' improvements ' going on supposedly in the sites with services during the off season . An excuse I think to allow the park and staff to rest but , wow , what a waste of state income . Spacious enough sites . Has the commuter train line and Highway 101 running right behind the campground which can be disruptive but not overly so . Watch the sun sink into the Pacific right from your door. Book early for front row . Very popular, especially with the surfing crowd . We would stay here again. We camped at San Elijo State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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User1835

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $56.00
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This is popular campground overlooking the Pacific Ocean and fills up fast. There are restaurants and fast food dining near by. The sharp "S" turn to get into the check-in kiosk is tricky. If you are not paying close attention you can rip the roof off the kiosk with your rig. Bull Taco has some excellent cuisine. The convenience market is well stocked. Showers and restrooms are clean; showers require a token that can be purchased at the ranger office. The laundry facility is located next to Bull Taco. The WiFi wasn’t available during our stay. We camped at San Elijo State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Panamacoach

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $27.00
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We spent a weekend here just to get away. This is an awesome campground. If you can get a site overlooking the bluffs the views are spectacular. There are lots of things to do here. Biking surfing and some great restaurants just up the road. This place is so popular that reservations are backed up usually. If you come early and put your name on a list you might get lucky and get a site if know one shows up but not likely. It is a small campground really so that makes it quaint. Camp here you will love it. We camped at San Elijo State Beach in a Tent.

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SargeW

Review Count: 326
States Visited: 48
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: - $50.00
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This is a decent State Beach with good vistas, but it is a bit pricey for what you get. The sharp "S" turn to get into the check in kiosk is tricky. If you are not paying close attention you can rip the roof off the kiosk with your rig. We went through with a 36' RV and just barely made the turns. It is also dry camping with a dump station so bring water with you. The dump station is a little tight as well, but doable. For the price I would probably stay at a different beach campground next time. We camped at San Elijo State Beach in a Motorhome.

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sdayman

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: - $65.00
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Oceanfront hookup sites are pretty short. Our 29 footer barely fit. No wonder it’s labeled as a 24 foot site. Lots of locals use this place for quick getaways to relax and party. The noise dies down at about 10 PM. Great dog beach at the south end. Bull Taco has excellent food. Good market. This is my wife’s new favorite campground. We camped at San Elijo State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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allen8106

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $50.00
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A fabulous place to spend a week. We thoroughly enjoyed or stay here. This campground was our favorite place to stay on a two week, three stop vacation traveling across seven states. The beach is great, surfers out surfing the waves dawn until dusk, sunset was awesome and just a neat clean park. Keep your food stuff picked up and stowed as there are many little ground squirrels running around more than happy to take food off your picnic table. The campground entrance is a bit of a tight squeeze getting in and the camp site was a bit tight getting into but we managed well enough. There is a busy highway not more than 20 feet from the east edge of the campground and a commuter train on the other side of the highway that runs about every 30-60 minutes day and night. Neither the highway nor the train was bothersome. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at San Elijo State Beach in a Fifth Wheel.

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Ugly SAM

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $65.00
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Great location overlooking the ocean. Easy beach access. The only complaint would be with the ants. They invaded out trailer the first night and stayed the whole time. We would stay there again. We camped at San Elijo State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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BaileyCampingFamily

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $35.00
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Very spacious sites for a State Beach campground. Some sites had up to 3 RV/Trailers on one site! Stayed in site 93, backs to Coast Hwy but very nice. Definitely prefer the South end of the campground with walk out access to Beach rather than the bluffs of the North end of campground. Dogs permitted on beach "on leash only" south of LG Tower 16. Showers were always hot, token operated, which are purchased at campground office. Only upgrade I would like is to have POWER at every site. Some sites have full hookups but are hard to get. Just to have power would be a great upgrade. Get your chairs and umbrellas on the beach early to secure your spot for the day, can get crowded on weekends. Public crosses through campground for beach access, so can get busy. For SoCal State Beach camping this is one of the best experiences for our family. We camped at San Elijo State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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rv4photos

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $65.00
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Sites here are very difficult to book. I was lucky enough to secure a beach facing site #21 and we all have a great time at this camp site. This site is right next to the stairs leading down to the beach (the campsites are located on a bluff overlooking the beach) so it's convenient, but you do lose a bit of privacy and the beach/sea view is slightly obstructed by the stairs. The full hookups at this site was a pleasant change to the primitive sites at a lot of the state beaches. The toilets were reasonably clean, but don't expect too much. Sites were spacious and quite well separated with some level of privacy for most. The beach itself affords a very pleasant walk. We were very excited to see wave after wave of pelicans flying in formation right next to the campsites. It was a sight to behold. My guess is that this is a seasonal phenomenon. We will certainly be back. We camped at San Elijo State Beach in a Motorhome.

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tsparky

Review Count: 61
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: - $35.00
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The park is nice with wide sites. Like all CA state parks, the cost is way up ($50 for a bluff site, $65 for hookups). I did not see the camp hosts at all during our stay (3 day weekend). There was a homeless person hanging around the bathrooms for most of the day. There were also homeless people sleeping just behind the inland row which is right next to a busy road. We had our Honda generator stolen while we were asleep - it was locked with a large lock but their bolt cutters were larger. We didn't feels safe and left early. Sadly, we won't be back. We camped at San Elijo State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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User1132

Review Count: 49
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: - $65.00
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Waterfront sites are on a bluff above the beach accessable by stairs. Absolutely wonderful views. The beach is very long and deep especially at low tide. Dogs are allowed on the beach as long as you are below tower #16. There is a store and a taco shop in the campground and also a surf school for beginners. This is a major surfing beach. We camped at San Elijo State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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traveldude

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $35.00
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Was a very nice setting. Some traffic noise but the ocean view made up for everything. Ocean sites are expensive. We would return. We camped at San Elijo State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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User960

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $35.00
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We love this campground. We were there for the 4th of July- lots and lots of kids! The Rangers organized a patriotic hat contest on the evening of the 4th. Nice dog beach, but be aware they were giving tickets to those not on a leash (over $300) Bluff sites are best, but overall a really nice park. They do have snack bar on site near the camp store with such interesting offering as duck tacos, food there is good but it can take a long time to be prepared. We camped at San Elijo State Beach in a Motorhome.

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