18 Parks near Dana Point, California
Dec 2015 - $97.00
Newport Dunes is a beautiful RV park close to everything in coastal Orange County located right on Newport's Back Bay. There are lots of amenities (heated pool, gym, laundry room, etc.) and activities for kids and adults, and the staff is friendly and helpful. The sites are reasonably level and the wi-fi is strong. We have stayed here the past three years between Christmas and New Year's but are going to look for another option for next year. Their prices have gone way up, and we don't feel we are getting our money's worth here any more. We have a smaller motorhome and use the resort's showers, but they are awful. The water only runs for 10 to 15 seconds at a time, so you have to repeatedly push a button below the shower head to keep the water flowing during your shower. Oh, and they don't heat the bathrooms in the winter, so you're cold the entire time. For almost $100/night I expect at least heated bathrooms. Also, we had to pay an additional $10 per night to reserve a specific site. All of these things make sense during the summer, but not in the winter when it is cold and the crowds are gone. - Herb and Dale
Jun 2015 - $100.00
The resort is very nice if you have a site near the water which, of course, costs more. There are many amenities and activities.
We were here for three weeks and will stay again because it is the nicest park in the area but there are some issues. They have posted rules but do not enforce them. Noise beyond quiet hours, kids racing golf carts and motorized mini bikes ignoring posted stop signs and speed limits. The site we were on had a locust tree that dropped leaves, flowers and sap constantly requiring us to clean twice daily and have the RV washed. The RV is still covered in sap.
Very crowded on weekends and parking on street in front of each site not limited to one vehicle per site (or not enforced).
Overall though, a very nice park with many things to do and very convenient location. - Rambleinthebramble
Mar 2015 - $65.00
While this campground has a great location right on the bay, with plenty of water sports available, I just can't give it a good rating. It is incredibly claustrophobic in spacing. We could not even extend our awning all the way. Most people had their outdoor chairs and fire pits in the street in front of their RV's because there is just no room in the spots to do so. Kids play in the street despite the fact that there is a beach 2 minutes away. It is so crowded that our neighbors had to move their cars and tow-vehicles in order to let us and others maneuver our trailer into the spot. The people are nice, the bay is nice, but it is just to tight of a space to be comfortable. Really cramped! - ezgator
Jul 2016 - $60.00
First time camping here. Parking area is asphalt ours had a slight downward slope rest of sight is dirt. Large picnic table and fire ring. Sites are a little close no shrubs between sites. Most sites have no trees for shade. Our site had a nice view of the ocean in the distance, most sites have no ocean view. It a long walk to the beach, the trail to the beach is paved with asphalt which is nice. Very nice beach once you get down to it. Park is fairly quiet most of the time. The dry camping side of the park as a few site that have very good view of the ocean. If we stay here again that's where we will stay. It looked like they allow people to camp in the day use area. Seen several motorhomes that stayed in the same spot for the three days we were there. Talked to one guy that said he sleeps in his van there. They weren't messy just seemed strange to see them there day after day. - National RV Dolphin
May 2016 - $60.00
Nice campground with level pull-thru full hook-up asphalt sites that easily fit big rigs. Lots of space between sites. Picnic table and fire pit. Very near beach. Near Interstate 5; some road noise, but not bad. Train near, but again, noise not bad. Biggest complaint is that as soon as reservations are open (7 months in advance) people reserve all the sites for Friday & Saturday nights. Therefore, no RV sites are available for a week. But for retirees or people who can stay during the week (or if you can beat the crowd 7 months in advance), it's very nice. Also, cost is high for no amenities (no pool, hot tub, etc.). But it is California on the beach. There are lots of other campsites; this evaluation is only for RV sites. - DrM Traveler
Nov 2014 - $25.00
I happened to choose a lousy site (#4) without shade trees. The shady locations are more toward the other washroom & camp hosts. Other than that, the site was level, the restrooms and showers were clean and well maintained. The hook-ups all worked well. Verizon MiFi has a 4 bar (or 5 bar) reception. - DayTripper2015
Apr 2016 - $60.00
I got an email that one night opened up for my friend's 70th birthday so I snapped it up. Lovely site right by beach with sound of surf 24/7. Sunset over the marina and sunrise in the east--what more do you want?
Bathrooms were clean, all quiet after sunset. We walked with dogs a long way east to see damage caused by recent storms and closure of the day use area due to repairs. - Letsgobezo
Mar 2016 - $60.00
Fantastic! You can park a 42 foot Rv and back in hanging the back end on the beach and still be on the concrete pad with your tires! Right on the beach and beautiful! Generators need to be turned off from 8pm to 10am which is strictly enforced but manageable! If you want to camp on the beach this is the spot! Bring your bikes and enjoy! Clean, quiet and beautiful sunsets with the waves breaking 10 feet away from your RV! Good surfing too! Popular site for local surfers! - Sabrina Smith
Nov 2015 - $35.00
We stayed in site # 11 in a 34 ft Class A with slides. We felt very lucky to get this last site when we booked it months in advance, and we were very happy with the park and its proximity to the beach! Our only concern to pass on is the width of this site and a few others in the park. We had just a few inches to spare on either side, had to lift branches to get the slides out, and no room for a tow vehicle to park. Highly recommend this park, but look on the map for sites that show an extra side parking spot if you have a choice. - Steve and Bob
Apr 2016 - $70.00
Sunset Vista is quite literally a parking lot. The city of Huntington Beach, in order to create some off season revenue have added hookups (water and electric) to an existing parking lot. The up side of this campground is that you are mere steps from the sand and the pacific ocean. The down side is that you are also within steps from a major coastal roadway in back of the camping area, Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1). The campsites are all asphalt, and each one is 6 parking spaces in size. That is that the sites are made up of three car size parking spaces wide, and two spaces deep. In reality, that is a fairly good size RV space, room for your RV, tow car, and plenty of outside sitting room. The electrical pedestal is 50 amp, and water faucets on a raised concrete pad to separate the sites. There is a dump station on site. The sites cost $70 per night, and reservations are made on line on the cities web site. There are plenty of shops and restaurants nearby in walking distance, and a walk/bike trail also right in front of the beach sand. The Huntington Beach pier is about a 5 minute walk down the bike path. Handicapped restroom and shower facilities are nearby, but are also public accessible. WiFi is available if you have a hot spot or air card, but the campground has no WiFi of it's own. There are two rows of sites. The front row is angled parking for rigs 30' and below, the second row is pull through for rigs up to 40', but I did see a few rigs that pushed that limit by a few feet. One big downside for this location is the noise from PCH, and a nearby high rise construction project that is across PCH. Also because this site fronts a public beach, the weekends are extremely busy with lots of people and walkers and bikers packing up the bike path. The cost and crowds didn't discourage the campers though, as the park was near capacity every night. I would hesitate to come back due to the noise and crowds. - SargeW
Nov 2011 - $50.00
Great location next to the pier with breath taking views of the ocean and surf. Only available during the fall, winter, and spring. Reservations are mail in, and first come first served. Plenty of space between sites and pretty level sites. You are camping in a parking lot with water and electric. There is one dump station with easy access. We plan to return in the spring. - 06 Crescendo
Dec 2009 - $60.00
Fantastic beachfront camping which is basically a parking lot with hookups. The pull-through sites are nice and wide (plenty of room for big rigs) which is hard to come by at most state beach campgrounds. The location is perfect and is within easy walking distance of the pier and downtown. The doggy beach is about a 1 mile walk. Good restaurants, bars and shopping in the area. I didn't rate a 10 due to no showers, sewer or Wi-Fi. - socal114
Dec 2015 - $35.00
This is our second stay here, we first visited in May 2015. Looks like they have put in new paving on their driveways. It's an average park with dirt sites, 50 amp service and cable connections. They seem to have a large number of longer stay guests. We had site 217 which gives a nice unobstructed view of the lake and pretty sunrises. The staff provides good service and all seem friendly. You can get PA pricing for one night. - Coopsecondact
Oct 2015 - $30.00
Very short sites, impossible for a 40 footer to stay in your half of sites. Very noisy traffic from every site! Lake is very pretty but few sites have views . Not a good park for dogs as not much grass, only dirt and rocks. I wouldn't stay here again. They do have propane and storage area. - IowaGirl
Aug 2015 - $45.00
We stayed one week. Dirt ground with very little grass I will assume due the drought. Weekend, the place fills up with locals which all behaved. Sites are short. It seems two spaces should be one. Was not a problem as a small trailer occupied behind our 40 footer so they must manage. No way 2 40 footers could get in. Traffic is loud. People rushing off to work starting at 4:30 Am on tha main road. Sirens etc through the night. No fault of the park. Marina is nice and boat ramp. Security during the weekend. Wifi worked great and we used our antenna. We toured so cal each day, so it met our needs. Would stay here again. - rdmike
Jul 2015 - $65.00
This RV Park is nothing but a parking lot. Trying to park and getting out was terrible. You can never find the office staff. Our sewer backed up and the 30 amp. didn't work the first night. Yes the beach is across the street but nothing else for miles. It's really not a good family RV Park, good for adults. - BSBren
Jun 2015 - $60.00
Nice park close to the beach and bike trail that runs about 8 miles. The spaces are mixed with several long term and short term users. The park provides parking for the Toad and offers full hookup including cable. Very secure environment. - Mikeymini
May 2015 - $61.00
Nice park right across the street from the beach and just a few blocks from the main pier at Huntington Beach. It's a pretty basic park on a large concrete slab, but it has a nice pool and hot tub area with a sun deck. There is also an indoor room with a pool table and ping pong table, nice lounge chairs, and free coffee each morning. There are ample laundry facilities. The staff are very friendly and helpful and gave us some nice suggestions of things to do. There are a fair number of permanent residents here and some of their units are very run down, but there is still plenty of room for nomads like us and the people are very friendly. We were invited to a party for drinks the day after we arrived and people are very nice all over the park. - MitchR
San Juan Capistrano, California (map) | (949) 923-2210
Sites: 42 | Latest Rate: $26.00 | 6 Reviews
Jun 2011 - $26.00
Be sure you're aware that no dogs are allowed here! Several campers were turned away at the gate. Only a small number of sites have electric, and that loop does not have restrooms, only a porta-potty. The restrooms are about 10-15 blocks away, in the larger, non-electric loop. Also a bit uncommon is that the electric sites do not have water hookups. Other than that, it was a pleasant park to spend a few days in. - Searching4America
Sep 2010 - $10.00
My husband and I were going to stay here based on this site said "pets OK", but if you go to the website for the campground it specifically says "pets prohibited" except horses! So beware if you travel with a pet, so we could not stay here and never did. I have passed by here several times and it looks beautiful. - joycejack
Aug 2010 - $15.00
For a regional park in Orange County, this is an excellent place for local camping. There are some areas of the Live Oak campground I would be hesitant to drive or tow a large rig though due to the low lying branches of the live oak trees. There are so many hiking trails to choose from. There is another campground, Ortega Flats which is located within this same park which is much more acceptable to large rigs and has electrical hook-ups some with 30 and some with 50 amps for an additional $6.00 per night. It is only a very short drive to San Juan Capistrano and the coast. - User1132
Jun 2016 - $35.00
We stayed in the non-hookup sites. It is a quick bike ride to the beach with a few hills, but to have access to Tressels is great!
Less cost per night than San Clemente, but if you don't tow a car, be prepared to pay $15/night for a car as there is no overflow parking or street parking along the road (only near the highway).
The scenery and view are nice here too. Overall it was a nice place to stay if you can't get near the beach for camping (we prefer San Clemente if we can get it though).
The bathrooms were messy though as there are no garbage cans in the bathrooms and no soap in some and no sink in others.
The campground had a little bit of trash around, although we did see staff picking up, stuff can hide pretty well and a few campers don't care about what they leave behind.
Overall we'd come back again if we can figure out the parking.
We stayed in a motorhome with friends in a tent. - Adams Family
Oct 2015 - $25.00
We stayed at a non-hook-up site, near facilities. Staff was nice and mostly helpful. The showers cost (fifty cents for 2 minutes) and no hand-soap in the restrooms, so bring your own. Short drive to the beaches, and your fee got you free parking at any of the other state parks/beaches. - ems_gpa
Jun 2013 - $60.00
Campground itself is located almost two miles inland from beach! Total bummer if you thought you reserved a spot at "San Onofre State Beach" which is actually located at the beach. Once you explain to the kids the importance of reading everything (even the small print) before buying, you're good to go. Campground is actually very nice. Is on Camp Pendelton Marine Base but open to public. Can see Marines training & working near-by. A shame it's so far inland, but if you can't get in anywhere closer, this is a great alternative. Bad (other than location): No sewer hook-up; water & electric only. No WiFi, and Verizon Data (3G & LTE) is spotty at best. Don't know about other carriers. Good: Somewhat close to beach (quick drive or 45 minute walk). Lots of trails to explore. OTA TV Channel selection better than average. Staff is helpful and nice. Clean. Shopping & Restaurants are within 2 miles. Your reservation allows you to park and use other ON THE BEACH State campgrounds for free (San Clemente & San Onofre). Overall: if you can't get on the beach and you have large grey/black tanks, this is a very good alternative. - TravelSoftballDad
May 2013 - $15.00
Rate reflects senior (60+) discount. Nice assortment of sites, some very large pull through. Threaded water spigots on most but not all sites. Many sites have trees and shade. I picked one which is partially shaded and kept solar panels in the sun. Clean basic restrooms with showers. Good Verizon signal. Was not crowded mid week, but full on weekends. Some traffic noise from nearby road, but quiet at night. Natural setting, very pretty. Summer days can get into the 90s. - tpild
Apr 2013 - $20.00
This campground is a nice little find in the hustle and bustle of the O.C. We had reserved a 40' spot (#10), but when we were supposed to move into it we thought it looked small and measured - 31'. A park ranger and the rest of the crew got it all taken care of and put us in #7 and #8, and life is good. We spent 2 nights in #27 which fit our 41' rig and Jeep Wrangler. There are several HUGE pull-throughs, occupied by small travel trailers while we were here. Trabuco Canyon road has traffic during the day, but we didn't notice any noise at all at night. Well paved roads, and lots of trails for walking. We saw plenty of horses, deer, rabbits, squirrels, some acorn woodpeckers, and other animals - a plus since we're in civilization here. Good voice and data signal on Sprint, Verizon, and TMobile, and full speed 4G on our Verizon aircard. The downsides: You will hear generators from some of the other RVs, and people here have no concept of campsite etiquette and will walk right through your campsite without a second thought. - Roaming Together
Oct 2010 - $21.00
This is a well-run county park. Sites are spacious, especially the ones that back up to Trabuco Creek. We will definitely be returning to this campground. Great biking and hiking trails, too. - lindaofah
Dec 2014 - $31.00
This park has residents packed in like cord wood with extremely little room between each unit. Most units were permanent residents with related items scattered throughout their minuscule piece of land. Our space had no place to park our truck and ended up with having to go find a security guard to deal with the angry permanent resident next door the very first night. The lot was so narrow there was insufficient room to extend our awning without banging into the awning of the unit next to us. We stayed here because it was close to where family live but we will NEVER stay here again. - TeamNewMexico
Jan 2012 - $33.00
Be aware, Glen Ivy RV is no longer a Passport America member. While the site we had was level, the TV cable did not work and the dumping station at the site (#22) had water in it up to within a foot of the cap. I was unwilling to dump there, as it may have overflowed. The park itself seemed nice. One of three men showers in the nearest bathroom had been out of order for what appeared to be a long time, as it had accumulated a lot of refuse. The electric worked fine. There was lots of shade from very nice old trees. - JDRobar
Dec 2011 - $36.00
Nice older park. Helpful friendly staff. No cable TV. Internet available at the store, but not at sites unless close to store. Clean restrooms. Laundry machines were in good condition. - Bubblehead651