Discover Coastal Bliss at San Elijo State Beach Campground

Nestled along the picturesque San Diego County coast, San Elijo State Beach Campground offers a seaside retreat just a few miles north of San Diego. With 156 campsites perched atop a bluff overlooking the ocean, this popular destination attracts surfers, snorkelers, and beachcombers alike. As you plan your beachside camping adventure, follow our tips, strategies, and gear recommendations to make the most of your stay.

Map & Reservations

Top Tips for First-Time Campers:

  • Scenic Overlook: Choose bluff-top campsites for breathtaking views of the ocean, providing a serene backdrop for your camping experience.
  • Pet-Friendly Atmosphere: Keep your furry friends on a leash and always attended, ensuring a pet-friendly environment for all campers.
  • Beachside Convenience: Utilize the stairs leading down to the beach for easy access to the sun, sand, and surf.
  • Nighttime Serenity: Adhere to quiet hours between 10 PM and 6 AM, creating a tranquil atmosphere for all campers.
  • Accessible Options: If accessibility is a priority, consider sites like #4A, 26A, or 164A for added convenience.

Top Strategies and Tactics for Camping Success:

  • Ideal Seasons: Plan your visit between May and October to enjoy the region’s pleasant weather, perfect for beach activities and camping.
  • Early Arrival Advantage: Arrive early in the day to secure your desired campsite, especially during peak seasons, and maximize daylight for setup.
  • Premium Oceanfront Experience: Splurge on premium oceanfront sites for an unparalleled camping experience, even if they don’t offer hook-ups.
  • Optimal Vehicle Length: Ensure your vehicle doesn’t exceed 24 feet for hook-up sites or 35 feet for other sites, preventing any inconveniences.
  • Attraction Exploration: Take advantage of nearby attractions like Cardiff State Beach and Fletcher Cove Beach Park for additional outdoor adventures.

Recommendations on Camping Gear:

  • Beach Essentials: Pack beach chairs, umbrellas, and a beach volleyball for seaside enjoyment.
  • Campsite Comfort: Bring a picnic tablecloth for added comfort during outdoor meals at your campsite.
  • Hygiene Necessities: Optimize your camping hygiene with quick-dry towels and essential toiletries for the campground’s hot showers.
  • Evening Ambiance: Enhance your evenings with firewood for designated concrete fire rings, fostering a cozy atmosphere.
  • Explore Our Gearlist: Check our gearlist account for specific recommendations on camp cooking, sleeping systems, overlanding setups, backpacks, and clothing to optimize your camping experience.

Check out our Gearlist for the gear we use for trips like this

Our Gearlist account lists all of the gear we use. Discover our top picks, where to snag them, and stay informed with our regular updates.

Bask in the beauty of San Elijo State Beach, where the Pacific waves meet golden shores, creating a captivating backdrop for your camping getaway. With our curated tips and recommendations, embark on a journey to unwind, explore, and create lasting memories along the Southern California coast.