1 Park near Coronado, California
Dec 2015 - $50.00
We camped here because the park is about 1/2 mile away from family living in military housing, otherwise I would not have a reason to camp here as I am not a big beach person. But if it's your thing you are 'right on the sand' especially in the front row and you want a communal party atmosphere.
It is a glorified parking lot with everyone crammed in closely. I was just able to park my F250 parallel to my TT, folding the mirror in to avoid it being in the way of people going by in the other site.
The biggest problem as other people will attest to is the gates-locked-at-7pm madness. This completely prevents you from going into Coronado for dinner and night life unless you want a long bicycle ride there and back. Also makes check-in after 7 impossible.
The reason this is so is because the park is co-located with several large day-use parking lots, and rather than set it up properly so there is night time in and out for the RV park, they just close the whole thing off at night rather than pay for a night guard at the road entrance.
Noise: This is a noisy campground depending on where you are located and when you come there can be heavy road noise, and your neighbors up until quiet time at 10pm. The sodium vapor lamps also flood the lot until 10pm when they are thankfully shut off.
During the winter (just after thanksgiving) they build large sand berms to protect from the waves which blocks your view and also makes the road noise very loud compared to the ocean noise. Also in the winter the back rows of the park are also empty and there is nothing to block the very loud road noise from Silver Strand Blvd all night long. In the summer I suspect you can enjoy the ocean noise a lot more while having the road noise blocked out, but get a space as close to the beach as you can. The front row seems perpetually sold out.
The place is safe and family friendly, lots of kids on bicycles and other conveyances. Portable wood fire pits are popular. - Steam Gypsie
Aug 2015 - $50.00
I'm a local as I live in San Diego. My grand kids came in with their parents and spend 3 days in the water. They all had one of the best vacations and want to come back. I will give you the negative stuff first but let me say I would and will do it again. Everything that was said in the newer (after 2014) reviews is correct except about the spaces being level. I drive a 40 foot RV. If the park had been full I may not have gotten my rig into the space. With slides out I had 1 foot on one side and with the canopy out I had about 1 foot on the other side. I own a Honda Fit and was able to park it just so the RV door would open and I had 1 foot left on that side. It does have water and power now with a dump station available. The gates lock at 9pm and if you are outside you have a 1 1/2 miles to get to your RV walking. Dogs are allowed in the park, but not on the beach. All of the spaces are level enough for trailers or RV if they are around 30 feet. Most space will level a 40 footers. But I saw some regulars that had made 6 inch block to drive their RV's onto so they could be level. I was lucky in that my spot was almost flat but if I had been in 400 to 404 spaces I would not have been able to level it out. almost all of the 100 (on the beach) are level enough for big rigs as are most of the 200 spaces. it is the low 300 - 315 or so (south of the check-in building) and the 400 spaces at either end of the park that are an issue. I'm local and will go over there sometime and make a list of space level enough for 36 and larger RV's. Weekends at the park are full. I recommend making this a non-weekend stop. That is all of the negative stuff. Beach is great good surf for boogie boards and kids lots of seaweed however. Some campfire rings are on the beach but lots of people brought portable campfire rings. - Gilbert & Gail
Oct 2014 - $50.00
The sites are tight, level and clean. This is our first parking lot campground. We usually like a more natural setting and cheaper campgrounds but we were both raised in southern California so we enjoy some beach time once in a while. I’m glad we came. The beach is beautiful here. The location is good for exploring Coronado, Point Loma Lighthouse, Cabrillo Monument and birding at the Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. This is our first California State Beach in our motorhome. I’m very happy with the staff and fellow campers here. Campers brought their own campfire pits so I saw several different campfire pits in the campgrounds. I would come back if we had a site on the ocean or if we came with a group of people. - Seize the Day RV Adventures