22 Parks near San Juan Capistrano, California
33401 Ortega Hwy San Juan Capistrano, California 92675 (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
Jan 2017 - $60.00
Sites are very close together, but if you reserve far enough in advance to get beachfront, you won't mind. There's shrubbery and small trees to add a tiny bit of privacy, unlike Bolsa Chica State Beach a few miles north that is just an asphalt parking lot. Also unlike Bolsa Chica, Doheny beachfront sites are truly right on the beach. Walk your folding chairs a few feet atop the sand berm, and you've got a million dollar sunset view. Sites have tables and fire rings, and are asphalt. There are no hookups, but I still think $60 is a good value because of the location. The beach is beautiful and Dana Point has so much to offer. Whale watching and fishing charters are available at the nearby marina. Loads of restaurants nearby, too. We will definitely return. - Libre RV
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
Jan 2017 - $40.00
We booked a week at San Clemente State Beach after reading mostly good reviews online and were disappointed with our stay. We stayed in the dry camping area $40 per night plus the reservation fee ($8). The sites are a decent size but grass is sparse, the firepits are so tall that you can't really enjoy the warmth of the fire unless you're standing up. The restrooms are very outdated, coin-operated like most CA state parks but the water was cold and took an entire coin (2 mins & 50 cents) just to get the water lukewarm. No dish station just a very small handwash sink near the bathrooms. Also our site 155 which was DIRECTLY across from the restrooms. When we asked the rangers if we could switch sites they said because we were there for a week they did not have a site available. "well you picked the site online", however when you choose a site online it doesn't reflect actually how close you are to the bathrooms. Whatever. Lastly there were several less than desirable neighbors. We were handed a note that said there had been thefts in the parks so lockup your generators and bikes. I did not feel particularly safe despite the rangers presence. One night the man living in his tent directly next to us (about 10 feet from our camper) was up all night sporadically yelling and cursing keeping me and my husband awake. All in all we felt that for $40 per night we it was not worth our stay. If you are just passing through and need a place to stay for the night it may be okay. Despite the downfalls of this park it was easy to get to and very close to I-5 and downtown San Clemente as well as the beach. - LindseyR
Dec 2016 - $60.00
I've never been to San Clemente State Beach and I've lived in Southern California for 30 years. I was pleasantly surprised! We stayed in a full hookup, pull-through spot. You won't find many full hookup campgrounds this close to the beach. The site was roomy and fairly level. The spots are close to each other, but it doesn't feel crowded. There's a picnic table and a fire pit. The fire pit had tall walls that made it a little difficult to watch the fire or feel its heat when you're sitting. We wanted to visit the beach, but dogs were not allowed. It looked like it was easy access; maybe a little steep. We had to cut our trip short by 1 day. The rangers were friendly about it. They told us it'll take 6 to 8 weeks to process the refund. Hey, that's fine, I'm surprised they give you a refund for such short notice. All in all, we'll definitely be staying here again. - Arash
Oct 2016 - $1.00
We used our Mil-disabled status. Stayed in the dry camp area, next to the restrooms. Cleaned regularly and well kept. Only problem we had was the ants, and at night you could smell a nearby skunk, but never saw one. Plan on having ant spray B4 you arrive. We use the Home Defense pest spray, works well.
Nice, level, paved, wide space. There was brush and a tree between our site and the next. Park Rangers made regular security passes through the area.
Park is closed at night. They have a spike-guard exit and you need the code to re-enter after 10pm to open the gate. Would stay here again. - Nevada Nick
Oct 2016 - $60.00
This is a California State Park. Take I-5, exit 72, "Cristianitos Rd", east about 1 mile. Watch for unmarked, turn-in lane to park (veer right at the yellow "crash barrel"). If you wait for the CG sign, you'll miss the turn. Cristianitos Road is recently paved asphalt, lined with "bots dots", in excellent condition. Credit cards accepted or use ReserveAmerica.com. Tent camping, no cabins, no yurts. Park roads are wide enough, asphalt, in good condition. Serious parking obstacles - wooden posts line roads and site pads (see pictures). I'm good at backing a 40' fiver but this was very challenging. All sites are back-in. Gentle turns, no overhead obstacles. FHU-20/30. Sites are level, asphalt, no landscaping (desert dirt), with water and electric at rear of site. No sewer - use dump station. No patio, has picnic tables. Low scrub bushes and trees, okay for satellite views. Fires in fire rings permitted. Firewood sales at $7.00 bundle. Good water pressure and taste. No office, no store. Clean and modern restrooms, buy tokens to pay for showers (grade "A"). No propane sales, laundry, or playground. No cable TV or Wi-Fi. Verizon coverage at "1-bar"; Jetpack coverage at "1-bar". Occasional traffic noise from the interstate. Bug Report: black ants (I sprayed my landing pads), large gnats (nuisance), small flies. No recycle bins. - StephenK
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
Jan 2017 - $38.00
Crystal Cove is one of the best CA state parks we have come across. It is a newer campground, the facilities are in good working condition and the staff is extremely friendly. There are three loops, one with hookups and two without. If you are able to get a site in the Dolphin loop on the edge grab it, they have the best ocean view sites! Despite being on the PCH traffic noise isn't too obtrusive. Sites are quite large, fairly level and clean. Restrooms are clean, we saw the rangers clean the restrooms every single morning. Water was hot and facilities were fairly new. The staff was very friendly and this park has free WIFI. It was slow at times but overall it worked for 95% of what we needed. The park is 5 minutes from downtown Laguna Beach, and less than a mile from a plaza with stores including a Trader Joes and Starbucks. There is also several walking and mountain biking trails you can access from your camper as well as a path to the beach. The very best part about Crystal Cove is between January and March or April (?) the are offering 30% off on non-hookup sites for Sun - Thurs which including tax makes the sites less than $40 per night - which is the same as other CA state parks in the area that are not nearly as nice and don't have WIFI. They do have a 7 night max stay but after going to a different state park we decided to return for another 5 night stay. One downside - no firepits, they said fires were not allowed but we did observe some people who brought their own. - LindseyR
Oct 2016 - $77.00
Amazing views! Staying here was an amazing experience; I highly recommend it. The sites have plenty of room between them and every one has a good view of the ocean. The RV sites are a little further away from the water so don't think you're going to fall asleep to the sound of the ocean. You'll occasionally hear it. But, you're also not right next to PCH which could be loud.
No sewer and no cable at the sites. We were able to get some over-the-air TV stations. It took a little while to find the network channels--turns out we were getting San Diego stations. We had some guests visit us. Parking is $15.
We loved it here. Looking forward to going again if I can get the reservations. - Arash
Jan 2016 - $77.00
One of my all-time-favorite parks! Sites are tiered so nearly everyone has a full ocean view (though you have to take a tunnel under the freeway to get to the beach). Level, easy in-and-out. Price includes the (prorated) Reserve America fee. It's steep for water and electric only, but you're getting a million-dollar view (we saw whales and dolphins from our window!). Didn't really notice freeway noise - guess it's drowned out by the surf. Good Verizon and AT&T signals, decent OTA TV (especially if you speak Spanish). Great (but hilly) walking, hiking, biking trails. - TheRollingJones
Apr 2016 - $30.00
The park has suffered damage to due to storms. Surfers Paradise and the Beach spots were closed for camping. We camped on the Bluff and it was wonderful. - cakvj
Dec 2015 - $35.00
As usual we really enjoyed our stay. We camped a few feet from the Ocean/Beach. Lots of Pelicans and other sea birds. Staff friendly and very professional. Spaces adequate for our 4 slide 39 foot fiver. Restrooms clean and well maintained, but with the cooler weather this year a little cold. Sat. dish plenty of clearance. Limited WI FI, only works near the office. Trains run behind the sites and can be a little noisy, but didn't keep us awake. - HR Clark
Nov 2015 - $32.00
The amenities at San Onofre Beach are adequate and well placed allowing all campers to enjoy the beach setting. What was very disappointing is the apparent lack of efficient management, state of repair of laundry/restroom facilities, and overall cleanliness of the campground. Several times prior to arriving I called reservations asking if any full service sites had become available as my reservation was for water and electric only. On all occasions I was told that no full service sites were available. Upon arrival, the assigned site was too small for my RV and I was reassigned a full service site which I remained at throughout my planned stay. I also noted that several full service sites were always available during my stay. Unfortunately the entire campground is littered, unkempt, with several washers/dryers and toilets out of service. It seems that no one is caring for the amenities, landscaping, and it seems that rules are not being enforced. San Onofre Beach could be a real gem conveniently located to many local restaurants, activities, and beaches but considering the noted deficiencies and depressing condition, it rates only two stars at best. - rams-2015
May 2016 - $20.00
Great place, great sites, no electric, but water hookups. Lots of trees and wildlife in a beautiful setting. - coyotetraveler
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 2016 - $98.00
Old, sites need updating. Friendly staff, security looked adequate. Good place for young children. Teens would like it. Nice heated pool and spa. It's about the location. - mywinnie1-
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
Jan 2016 - $25.00
Toilets and showers reserved for events. RV's are expected to use their own toilets and showers.
Entry road is dirt with lots of potholes but no problem if one goes slow.
As mentioned reservations must be made at least a week in advance and only online. This was not a problem for us. - itsmee222
Jul 2014 - $25.00
This was our worst camping experience in two years. Frankly, I am surprised that there are so many positive reviews. My wife and I found this campground to be very dismal. The RV parking on the upper level is dirty and has almost no aesthetic appeal. It's like a big dirt parking lot dug out of the side of the hill. There are no views to speak of, just a big wall of dirt out back and construction out front. The picnic tables for each site appear to have never been cleaned and are covered with stains and debris. There was no Wi-Fi or phone service in the RV area so you had to walk down the hill to the community center for any services of that sort and even there it was spotty. We were scheduled to stay one week but left after 3 nights - as soon as we could locate an alternative park. I certainly would not recommend this location to any RVers. It is a difficult drive in though a poorly maintained road and the park itself is dreary at best. - Sheridan
Mar 2014 - $25.00
Now this is not your usual RV park. But by far the cheapest place offering full hookup sites in Orange County. A Christian event center runs this park which is located on their premise quite a bit outside of any town in the area. It is meant for longer stays, but travelers (and you don't need to be a religious person) are welcome. You have to go through the somewhat unusual reservation process though. Online only through their website and at least one week in advance. It took me a couple of follow up calls to confirm our reservation. Driving there you can use your GPS with the adress stated on the website. The last mile to the gate of the event center is a very bumpy country road. We wondered why the six speed bumps on the way were needed. The gate code was provided with the reservation confirmation. Checking in at the office was a bit different then with other parks. Little room to park the rig. Photo ID and insurance papers needed to be shown and photocopied. Once that was set and the credit card slided we could drive the last half mile up to the RV sites. Very bumpy indeed. Mostly gravel, some enormous potholes and a few low branches skirting the roof. You have to drive to the upper level of the park and I would recommend to take the left way when the road forks at the lower level. There are more sites on the lower level but these are not for public use. The sites are all back in and in #35 we had just about enough room to maneuver with our 34' RV (51' combined length). The sites with lower numbers provide more room and longer rigs would not have problems there. The sites are gravel, provide full hookups in OK shape, even cable. We needed no leveling equipment. The WiFi was OK, not the fastest, but good enough for emails and web browsing. Our Verizon worked on the lower level but not up on our site. Very friendly and considerate neighbors. The place is very safe and very quiet, especially at night. Be prepared for some christian events on and around the lower level from Friday night to Sunday afternoon including early morning music and singing, prayers and more music and singing throughout the day. No noise after 10 pm. Overall, this is an off the beaten path option to park your RV. I would not recommend going there if it is for less than at least three days. The reservation and check in hassle along with the long and bumpy drive in and out is not worth it if it is only for a night. We stayed for six nights, enjoying the remoteness, safety and quietness. We also enjoyed the low rate and did not mind the somewhat long drives to the L.A. and Orange County attractions. We will come back. - TheSchweitzers
Mar 2016 - $35.00
Fee is cash only. No reservations. Use Gate 5 on Arlington. Check in at the Safety and Security office. Must have your ID and proof of insurance for all vehicles & rigs entering the grounds. Must pay each morning, before 10am for each days stay. Very helpful, pleasant people in the office. Be sure and check their website for upcoming events since you will not be able to camp there unless involved with the event. Asphalt, open sites. Very good value for the area and convenient to many attractions. the park is very quiet since it is not located too close to freeways. - Rick & Karen