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Silver Strand State Beach

Coronado, California


5000 Highway 75
Coronado, California 92118
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Sites: 133
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 32.63735
Longitude: -117.14087

Elevation: 9' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping no
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot no
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers no
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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33 Reviews

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

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $63.00
Overall Rating:

Camp host were rude to us. They put me in a spot with a broken 30 amp, the 50 amp power quit in the night, no reimbursement. 39 ft gooseneck and a f350 dually did not fit. Had to pay $15.00 a night for my tow vehicle. We camped at Silver Strand State Beach in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
421
Site Surface
Asphalt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my 5th wheel
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $65.00
Overall Rating:

Nothing more than a sandy parking lot with partial hookups and a view of the typical CA State beach 15' sand berm blocking the ocean views. No effort is made to clean the lot of sand accumulation, making for slippery and unsafe conditions for bicyclists. This is not camping, people! We camped at Silver Strand State Beach in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Number
00
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $52.00
Overall Rating:

Do not show up before 2:00 p.m. PST sharp or you will not get in. The staff as well as the camp hosts are not friendly or helpful. They do absolutely nothing but they do drive around in their golf carts and nitpik everything you do. They do not clean the sites in between guest reservations and the sites are dirty. Do not bring your dogs, there is no place for them! It is crowded, almost like an RV storage lot. If you like camping in a carnival atmosphere then this is it. If you are looking for a pleasant stay take this park off your list. We camped at Silver Strand State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
320
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $73.00
Overall Rating:

We reserved our spaces 6 months in advance to get an ocean side space. It was not mentioned anywhere that a huge mound of sand had been built up right in front of all ocean spaces so that you cannot see the ocean from any of those sites. That was incredibily disappointing. In order to actually see the ocean you have to climb over this very high mound of sand. I believe it is being taken down soon for the summer - but beware of this. When you check in you definetely get the feeling you are entering a "militarized zone". Very unfriendly at the check in and a LONG list of all the things you cannot do - which you are required to sign off on. This campground is also VERY dog unfriendly - if you have dogs think twice - there is basically nowhere for them to go. The police went through on a regular basis - they were actually much more friendly than the park employees but they had their ticket pads out and looking for any reason to write them. There are zero amenities - not even a bag of ice is available so plan ahead for that. You are getting a parking space - period - super small and nothing there. I think if you walk a good hike in the summer there may be a snack bar at the pubic beach are but I am not sure about ice. It has been mentioned in other reviews but I will mention it again - the gate closure times are ridiculous. It is very inconvienent to leave and get back in if it gets close to 7 p.m. - make sure you plan around that if you go out for any reason. Highly doubt we will be back unless our group really overrules us. We camped at Silver Strand State Beach in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Power Hookups
20 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $65.00
Overall Rating:

I stayed in the campground for a few nights in the winter. First off, there are no lights by the bathrooms, so if you need to go after 5PM bring a flashlight and also get ready to walk. There is only one bathroom area for the campground, so if you are on the other end, it's not close. This is the first State Park Campground where I found no showers but outside with cold water.

I have a small RV and the sites are very close, it's really like a parking lot for RVs. I can imagine that in the summer this gets really crowded and annoying.

And the weirdest thing of all that they close the gates after 7PM to 7AM, so if you want to leave the park you better come back after 7PM, because the gate is a MILE AWAY From the campground. So if you happen to use Uber, and come back after 7PM, get ready walking a mile from the park entrance in the pitch dark. So much fun. I am not even sure, how they can lock people in like this, it's not right. What if something happens, an earthquake and we need to leave fast at night? Nobody can get out unless they walk a mile? The beach is nice though, the sites are all concrete, and now there is a sand dune created between the Ocean and the campground for the winter to protect the campground from the wind. So your view would be only sand, not the water even if you purchase the more expensive water view sites. This place is probably good for a night or two in the summer for locals, if you don't plan to visit the city and stay out after dark. SmallRVlifestyle.com. We camped at Silver Strand State Beach in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
124
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

In the winter, there is no reason to get the water view sites, you won't see the water anyways.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $65.00
Overall Rating:

This is a paved site on the ocean. The numbers starting with '1 are along the ocean front line, there are 3 more rows behind, but all very close to the beach. There is enough room for your motorhome, and one vehicle on each site. You cannot tent camp here. The beach is outstanding, and that is the only attraction. There are no programs, community areas, etc., here. The beach has a few firepits that people lay claim to early in the day. There is a free shuttle van to Coronado every 30 minutes: 9a-9p across the street. The attendants will not let you in 1 minute prior to 2pm, and will not let you line up, so park in the public lot till the time arrives. It is a fairly quiet park, except for the occasional party group. There are no trees, or picnic tables provided: so be prepared. You can only use a self-contained (kitchen, toilet) camper here. The do have power, water and sewer. Sites on the first and last row are back in. The center two rows are pull thru. Pets are ok on a 6 ft leash at all times. We camped at Silver Strand State Beach in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
129
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Gates close about 8p-830pm. So if you have gone into town with you car: mind the time so you are not locked out. You can take a taxi to the gate and walk in- it is about a 15 minute walk from where the taxi can drop you outside the gate.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

As others have stated, the spaces are close together, but we had enough room to put both our slides out. There's a public restroom, but RV park guests aren't supposed to use it (but they do anyway). They're sticklers about check-in time (at least in the summer). The line starts building just before 2:00 and can take over an hour. There are four rows (100-400). The beach is only steps away with the 100 and 200 numbered spaces closest to the water - they're also the hardest to get. We were in the third row #303. We couldn't see the beach, but enjoyed the view of the bay. The last two rows in the park (spaces 300-400) hear cars from the main road that runs along the coast. Overall, this is good for enjoying the beach and mild weather (although it was really windy all 3 days we were there). You have to go into the town of Coronado, approximately 5 miles, to get food or supplies. There are also no fire rings or picnic tables at each site. We camped at Silver Strand State Beach in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
303
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

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. We camped at Silver Strand State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
2nd row
Site Surface
Asphalt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Lots of great restaurants and shops in Coronado, take your vehicle or bicycle along the bike path that runs the length of the strand. Also do walk in and around the historic Hotel Del Coronado.

For longer day trips visit Balboa Park and its many museums and beautiful architecture and programs. For a romantic high end date on the mainland, head to the Gaslamp district downtown SD.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

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. We camped at Silver Strand State Beach in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
405
Site Surface
Pavers

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

It is San Diego. Seaport village, USS Midway, exploring Coronado and the Hotel Del Coronado. The Hotel is ok but not as good as it used to be 10 years ago. Hotel parking lot $30 for two hours or if you spend $50 you get validation for 3 hours. Other places I recommend Point Loma Lighthouse, Cabrillo Monument, for a great view of San Diego and some interesting history. Then there are the Maritime museum, Zoo Balboa Park and lots more. Just check out Tripadviser for the rest.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

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. We camped at Silver Strand State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $65.00
Overall Rating:

I have not camped here in over 4 years however I did stop by to check out the new upgrades. They just reopened the park within the last 2 months. It's not cheap. And there is curfew at night. Gate is closed and locked. No sewer at the site but there is a dump station. We camped at Silver Strand State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $60.00
Overall Rating:

It is basically a large parking lot with sites right on top of one another. The place was packed, but the park rangers are really good about enforcing the quiet hours, which makes it peaceful at night, as you can hear the waves crashing on the beach. Due to the location the rangers lock the gates at (I think it was) 9pm, meaning no one in/out until they open them back up in the morning (which I think was 7 or 8); this seemed odd to me. If you have dogs there is a great dog beach on the island, about a 10 minute drive. Dogs are allowed in the park, buf not on the beach. We camped at Silver Strand State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 49
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Have stayed here many time many times now. For beach front or close to beach it's my favorite. It's just a 4 row asphalt parking lot with no hook-ups. There is one water spigot to fill your tank when you arrive or run out. The ocean beach is wonderful and the bayside beach is just as nice. You can access either one very easily depending on your desired activity. Very close to Coronado or Imperial Beach for anything you may need. We camped at Silver Strand State Beach in a Truck Camper.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

You have to love asphalt and no hookups because this is it. Also they lock the entry gate about 9pm and it remains so until 8 am. This eliminates going out to see the city at night, and it is a long walk from the gate to the RV lot! No Generators from 9 until 10am in the morning - so no microwave foods or coffee. That being said, the surf is usually up and if you can do without all the amenities, it is a fun place - rather pricey however. Ranked down to a 7 because I think the gate and generator issue is unrealistic. Also in summer they will not let you register until 2pm - causing long lines when they do start to register campers. Be aware. If you want to wait in an adjacent parking lot you can -- for $30! No other nearby parking available. We camped at Silver Strand State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: January, 2011 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

We were in a beach front site #123. We were a little disappointed when we arrived as we expected an unimpeded view of the beach and ocean from our site. However, in Winter, a Sand Berm piled high just between the RVs and the beach to protect against any storm surges, blocks your view of the beach and ocean. Bummer. But we still enjoyed the location tremendously. It's still great to be right at the beach front and it's a nice beach. Too bad our dog didn't have a chance to view the ocean since they are not allowed on the beach. Also, there is practically no greenery around for your dog to wander on. The parking lot style no-hookup campsites weren't great, especially when your neighbors may have their generators on the whole day from 10am-8pm - but it's not too bad. I have to say that I found the campground hosts to be exceptionally friendly and helpful. I know that a number of reviewers took exception to their strict enforcement of rules. But we all obeyed the rules and didn't have any problems. We will certainly be back again. We camped at Silver Strand State Beach in a Motorhome.

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