San Elijo is a fairly large campground, with 171 sites stretched along the beach. Sites aren’t know for their privacy, but the amazing views and access to the beach more than make up for it. Be sure to double check the availability of hookups when you are reserving your site: not all sites have the same amenities. Sites do fill up very quickly, so be sure to reserve yours several months in advance.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
156 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


While this park isn’t known for its epic mountain biking paths, there is nothing wrong with a lovely shoreline meander. There i...Read more


Motorized boating isn’t really a thing here (there are no launch spots), but you can definitely explore via paddle. Check out t...Read more


Sun on your back, sand under your toes, and the surf up to your knees, which, along with the mist off the breakers, keeps you c...Read more


Surf’s up at this park, which is home to the Pipe, one of the best spots along the coast to catch a great ride. Need proof? Th...Read more


Let’s be real: swimming is the main event here. San Diego is famous for its mild, year-round climate, which makes the beaches d...Read more


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Hipcamper Daniel
Daniel C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
December 18th, 2015

This campground is in an urban area, built on a strip of land between Highway 101 and the Ocean. There is a high amount of noise here from the surf, traffic or the train cruising by. That being said all the amenities of town are right outside the gate. Coffee shops, many eateries and a market are within walking distance. The bus line stops outside the gate and 2 miles away in Solana Beach is a train station for the Coaster Line that provides transportation to and from San Diego.
The campground itself is well laid out and although showing signs of wear is clean and maintained. Beach access is easy and the scene there is always active. You’re on the beach in CA, and that is a good thing.

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Hipcamper LEEANN
Leeann A.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 7th, 2015

Great surf, close to good coffee and groceries. Fills up fast! You can hear the train and highway if you're not on beachfront campsite.

Hipcamper Kristi
Kristi R.
recommends this listing.
March 28th, 2017

overlooks the ocean from a bluff, you need to be able to descend a large flight of stairs to get to the beach. campsites are pretty close together.

Hipcamper Eric
Eric C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 31st, 2017

I've been camping here since I was 10 (now 36 sharing it with my growing family) It's the best!!! kids look forward to it every year and everyone camping is a micro community all there for the same reason. A very family friendly place. plus a couple standout surf spots nearby.

Hipcamper Brie
Brie L.
recommends this listing.
September 6th, 2017

Great beach for longboarding

Hipcamper Natalia
Natalia R.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
March 26th, 2017

Easy access, but not for those that want to get away from it all! Great starter camping spot for kids or folks who need amenities nearby.

Hipcamper Adam
Adam R.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
May 7th, 2017

very crowded, not much privacy between camps, tons of children. good surf.

Hipcamper John
John S.
recommends this listing.
July 29th, 2017

Straight up surf camp along PCH. It's an excuse to roll out of your tent or camper into the water. Not really camping, but worth it to get out of the house and be the first one in the line up.

Hipcamper Rachel
Rachel P.
recommends this listing.
August 31st, 2017

Get a burrito at Bull Taco and watch the sunset from the cliff!

San Elijo State Beach
United States
Phone Number
(760) 753-5091
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33.014° N, 117.28° W
Unknown price
RV / Trailer: 28 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)
Unknown price
Tent / RV / Trailer: 128 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)