San Elijo State Beach

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S Coast Highway 101 Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007 760-753-5091 Official Website

GPS: 33.0216, -117.2843

Last Price Paid: $60
Number of Sites: 171
Pad Type: dirt
Elevation: 66 ft
Max Length: 35 ft

20 people have reviewed this location.

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Fables and Trails
Seattle, WA 2017 Airstream Int'l Signature 27FB 2017 Range Rover Sport Supercharged
40 reviews
Nightly rate: $50
Days stayed: 7
Site Number: 1

Fables and Trails would stay here again

“THE VIEW ... and a lot of other things”

Reviewed Jan 17, 2018

Overall Rating

There's a lot going for San Elijo State Beach. Yes, there's trains that come at all hours of the day and are so loud and sometimes shake the ground so much that it feels like they're coming through the campground. Yes, it's a very busy campground with surfers, trailers, dogs, etc. coming and going most of the day. Yes, it's right ... more

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Journeying Jacksons
Saint Augustine, FL 17' Salem Cruise Lite 171 RB XL 2017 Ford F-150 V8 4x4
46 reviews
Nightly rate: $60
Days stayed: 14
Site Number: 12, 102

Journeying Jacksons would stay here again

“Beautiful location and walkability”

Reviewed Dec 18, 2017

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We originally planned to only stay one week, but luckily snagged a second week last minute as the California fires prevented us from moving on to our next destination. This campground was beautiful. You can’t really beat the proximity to the beach and ocean sunsets. It was a short walk to the grocery store and post office in Cardiff by... more

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4 reviews
Nightly rate: $35
Days stayed: 2
“Great taco shack...noisy...beautiful”

Reviewed Nov 16, 2017

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Love the store and taco shack...love the ocean being so close...but seriously the noise at night is soooooo annoying. Trains galore!!!!! Get a spot by the ocean, not by the road and train track and it should be better.

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David Kingham
SD 22' Northwood Nash 17k 2009 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
28 reviews
Nightly rate: $35
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 90

David Kingham would stay here again

“Seriously noisy but killer location”

Reviewed Mar 31, 2017

Overall Rating

Like everyone else has said, between the trains, the kids, the tourists, it's what I would normally call a nightmare, but there's something about being camped right there next to the beach that sort of makes it okay. We came in on a Sunday during spring break without a reservation, and by some miracle got the one open spot because they... more

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A. Christensen
SD Chevrolet Express 2500
44 reviews
Nightly rate: $50
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 171

A. Christensen would stay here again

“Mostly good”

Reviewed Mar 26, 2017

Overall Rating

I managed to get the last available spot on rather short notice, and it overlooked the beach and ocean. Good for the view, harsh for the wind. They probably could've used more staff to keep the restrooms cleaner and the vegetation trimmed back. The number post for my site was hidden in the weeds. Someone said the sites are close, but m... more

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BoardGamesOnBoard
VA 20' Pleasure-Way Lexor TS
32 reviews
Nightly rate: $58
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 051

BoardGamesOnBoard would stay here again

“Great park right next to the beach”

Reviewed Mar 11, 2017

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We were able to get one of the spots directly overlooking the ocean. There is a chain link fence protecting you from falling over the edge of the dunes. You can walk down the nearby steps and stroll on the beach. My only complaint is that the roads are very narrow, and even our 27 foot RV could not avoid going over a curb when we... more

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wanderingnation
30' Airstream Flying Cloud 30FB Bunkhouse
11 reviews
Nightly rate: $35
Days stayed: 4
Site Number: 125

wanderingnation would stay here again

“Beach but close together”

Reviewed Feb 17, 2016

Overall Rating

As other have stated this is definitely not a peaceful getaway campground. We were searching for the ocean and not solitude so it worked well for us. If you are a surfer you will love this place but even if you aren't it is great to watch them enjoying themselves. Sites are extremely close together and the length limit is 35ft s... more

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Bob And Barb T
Bozeman, MT 28' Airstream International Signature CCD 2013 Ford F150
11 reviews
Nightly rate: $35
Days stayed: 5
Site Number: several

Bob And Barb T would stay here again

“Love it but mixed bag”

Reviewed Apr 21, 2015

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I love this campground but it is probably not for everyone. We arrived about a half hour before check in time and they would not let us enter the campground. They have a very strict policy prohibiting early arrivals even if the site is available. With the busy traffic on the PCH it ended up being a rather stressful event driving around... more

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18 reviews
Nightly rate: $35
Days stayed: 10

Drea would stay here again

“Excellent surf spot”

Reviewed Jan 21, 2015

Overall Rating

We stayed at one of the dry camping spots in the park during the shoulder season between Dec.10-Christmas. We called in our reservations a few days before arriving. Because it was shoulder season, we did get to stay a while--and through the weekend--but had to move spots twice. The place was booked out Christmas Eve through mid-January... more

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Kate at The Sceni...
27' Airstream International FB 2014 Ram 2500
73 reviews
Nightly rate: $65
Days stayed: 2

Kate at The Scenic Route would stay here again

“Beachfront and walk to restaurants”

Reviewed Jan 07, 2015

Overall Rating

This campground is all about the location. Yes the sites are close together, yes it can get noisy here and there are often lots of kids running around. But the views and sunsets are spectacular, and you can wander on the beach or watch the surfers just a few minutes from your site. The charming a SoCal surf town of Encinitas is walkin... more

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Nightly rate: $1
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 5
“Use a pull out. ”

Reviewed Jan 25, 2018

Overall Rating

Not worth the money

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Hookups:
  • 50 Amp
  • 30 Amp
  • 20 Amp
  • water
  • dry camping
  • sewer
  • Full Hookups
Site Amenities:
  • view sites
Facilities:
  • dump station
  • recycle
  • showers
  • water available
Pets:
  • pets

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