20 Parks near San Clemente, California
Jul 2016 - $180.00
We were monthly renters for 6 months. We had a good time having the bay at a short walk. Clean bathrooms, market place has all you need if you run out of something. Pads were all dirt and it is noisy on the weekends. The water park is expensive and most kids last an hour and need an adult to help get them up on to the floats. Most staff is nice some is not. The pool is a zoo in summer with the summer camp that comes in there. Off season it is quiet here. Laundry machines were always broken and most were dirty inside. - Kimmy B
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
Apr 2016 - $50.00
We were there with a group, and the staff was very friendly and accommodating. The park itself is very clean and well maintained. A nice pet area. Spaces are a little tight, but large RVs had no trouble getting in. Absolutely no fires allowed (propane or wood) but they have BBQ grills in the pool area. - mosyn
Mar 2016 - $62.00
We were just passing thru and stayed for 2 nights. Best rate we found for a site with hook-ups. The site was concrete with a picnic table and patio. We have a 37 ft motorthome and we fit, but it is tight. Full hook-up, but the cable is being worked on so we ended up using the dish. For a short stay it works for us because we are traveling thru so we don't need a lot of space. Plan on be gone during the day anyway. Train did not bother us, not much noise and I don't think it runs at night. - belanga
Jul 2015 - $75.00
$82 a night is ridiculous! Good Sam brought the price down to $75 -- but hardly worth the price! When you're desperate for a place to stay, I guess that's what has to be paid. The park is cramped, has small sites, no parking, no walking area for pets (there is a small fenced area covered with sawdust-type bark). Lots of long-term residents (although not sure why that is!). We were required to park on our site which in turn requires us to push through foliage get to the street. Long-termers are allowed to park on the street which is going to make it extremely difficult to get out when we leave. Also, the noisy train was a real pleasure (not!). - retditto
Mar 2016 - $75.00
I am rating the RV Park itself. Sites are extremely small and narrow. We could not open our awning because a small tree was between our site and another site. There was no room behind us and even though we are only 29' long, no room in front. The people in the RV's in front of us (across the street) partied but they were sitting behind their RV and almost on the street. A train goes by and it very loud. They have a pool & hot tub but we decided not to in either. The pool looked clean but the hot tub was milky looking. We decided to sit by the pool while I did the laundry. That is when people started coming into the pool with their small children (like ages 2-5). The kids went mainly into the hot tub. Seeing that age of kids in the hot tub explains why the water in it was not clean. The parents brought the kids into the big pool as well. So no pool for us. They have a man that works there that was rude to us twice. The second time was when I went to do my laundry. The laundry door was open. I went it and put my laundry in the washing machine. I was just getting ready to put the quarters in when he yells at me that I have to get out. He said the laundry was closed between noon and 1 and it was noon. I told him I didn't know that and he said it was posted on the door and pointed to the sign. Since the door was open I didn't look at any signs. He said I had to leave and come back at 1. Sorry, that is rude. He could have done the same thing and be nice about it. So I was not happy with the RV park itself. - RVpartyanimal
Mar 2016 - $70.00
Hosts were friendly and very attentive! Location leads you to believe you are on the beach. Not so! Park is surrounded by a gated fence for security which has a code for access. You must follow the path under the railroad trestle, and yes Amtrack trains go by frequently day and night, through a public park with many homeless in residence and cross the street to a public beach which is dirty and less than desirable for swimming access. Nowhere to walk for restaurant access or shopping to experience local atmosphere. We left after one night and drove up the Pacific Hwy. - Sabrina Smith
Nov 2015 - $90.00
Would give this park and 8 or 9 if they did more for security. The area is definitely not the nicest. A family staying by the road had a bike stolen, lock cut, so the thieves come prepared. Also told by someone that was using their parking for beach access that the code for the door to get on the path for the beach hasn't been changed maybe ever. It is nice short walk to the beach from the campground, but would not recommend taking your kids to the park that is on the way. Also would not recommend taking that path too long after dark. - Rolling Daleys
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
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
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
Jun 2008 - $35.00
Mobile home park that is closing and still about 10 old trailers left. But great location two blocks from a very nice beach with a large city playground and $10-$25 less per night than other area RV parks. - rvbruce
Dec 2007 - $18.00
Having read a review for another Oceanside rv park that mentioned in passing that Catalina was "an armpit" I went there with caution. Maybe not enough. The park is small and hard to maneuver around in. Half the sites are occupied by old mobile homes. Recent rains made some of the sites soft. I got stuck in one and had to get a tow truck to pull me out. After all that I managed to get a site and got hooked up. Utilities were at shared posts. I had to go over a fence to plug in for electricity. There are no restrooms or showers. The laundromat was clean. Most of the neighbors were friendly enough, although the wife heard a lot of screaming from an adjacent condo complex. Only good reason for staying was due to weather and the price. Other RV parks in Oceanside were over $40. Our rate was for Passport America. I would never have paid full rate for this park. If you have a small rig and don't mind the trailer villa atmosphere then give it a try. Just watch out for the wet spots. - Onemoretrail