22 Parks near San Juan Capistrano, California
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
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
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
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
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
Oct 2015 - $76.00
There's a big range of quality from one park employee to another. Some were great; others were total control freak jerks. I guess if you can't get a job as a prison guard, then you apply to work as a park ranger so that you can boss people around. The campground is fairly high on a bluff. Landscaping is natural scrub chaparral, beautiful but no shade really. The campsites are gravel and are absolutely huge. They are mostly level, but bring blocks or have a leveling system. About half of the campground has water and power; the other half does not. There are water views from many of the sites. The beach is nearby, but it's a good half mile down a steep hill, so you might want to drive. Wifi is available, but not guaranteed. It worked fine for us most of the time. - Maxine and Cinder
Feb 2015 - $25.00
They allow generators in the non hook up areas and we had three near us running all day long, very noisy. The traffic noise is unbearable too as is the school that is next door. Campers stay up late (past ten) and play music and talk loud. Tons of Glampers and kids running around. People act as though they are entitled, they don't pay attention to the rules or the signs. Saw a sanitary napkin on the floor of the shower and the toilets were very unclean. Showers were cold and two were out of order. Security is very poor, had homeless people walk past our site daily. We never saw a state patrol person drive by. Make sure you put everything away at night. The view is excellent, but who needs all the other headaches. After all, when we camp we want to relax and get away from it all. - The Camper
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
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
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