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About San Elijo State Beach
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San Elijo State Beach is located in California
33.022 N
-117.284 W
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14 Reviews of San Elijo State Beach
Life is good on the beach!

Spent our first night in our van here. Had to make a reservation. Couldn't get a beach side site. There's a north side and a south side to the campground. The south side is busier. There's an amphitheater at the south end. The sites also seemed closer together on that end. On the beach side, there is plenty of space, but not so much shade. The highway side has more trees, but some sites seem smaller and packed in. You really need to look around for a good site because a lot of gems were mixed with OK sites, but I would start on the north side. Being close to the highway, there will be a lot of traffic noise if you are in a tent. Plenty of access to a stairway leading to the beach. Shower and surf rack at one access. Campground is up on a bluff, overlooking the Pacific ocean. Camp store seemed stocked. Plenty of stores nearby if you need anything not there. Plenty of restaurants, coffee shops and quaint stores up the highway in downtown Encinitas.

Beautiful but noisy Beach Camping

This is one of our favorite beaches & near my families fave surf spot, ‘Pipes’! Bring earplugs & a pillow o er your head. Or better, bring an RV & a portable mouse machine. ALSO YOU NEED TOKENS FOR THE SHOWER!

Parking lot for RVs and tent camping

Showers worked decently. We were close to the street where starting at first light people are walking dogs and chatting. You can hear the train go by too. We are good sleepers so it was fine for us and the price and location can’t be beat!

Great campground in the city

If you are looking for wilderness camping, this isn't it. If you are looking for a chill place to camp, walk to restaurants and surf. This is your spot. Very close to your neighbors with not much privacy, can hear traffic noise and squirrels steal your smores. :) Books up fast so plan ahead!

Noisy Location

Campground is situated next to the highway and train tracks.  No shade. Friendly beach crowd. Taco stand. I arrived on a Thursday and the campground was already filling up for the weekend. I was riding a recumbent trike and paid $10 to camp for the night.  If you just need a place to pitch a tent for the night or park an RV while you hit the beach or explore nearby cities, then this is your spot.

Fun but with limited privacy

This is a great campground for those that want to be along the crowded beach with very minimal privacy. It is fun for families and large groups and there are restaurants right across the street as well as an awesome specialty food market in case you forgot any supplies. The view is gorgeous and the beach is awesome but not if you want to be in a desolate spot. The campground is great for kids to ride their bikes and there are multiple paths to the beach. Watch out for the squirrels though!

Perfect location

Doesn't get better than this. Perfect location. Close to the train tracks is romantic but loud

Beachfront campground, pristine ocean views

I live in the area, but since we love camping, we will sometimes camp down the street because it's fun. This isn't the type of experience where you get away from it all…the campground is on coast highway, there's a taco stand within the grounds and a strip mall across the street. However, if you love the ocean and want to hang at the beach all day, you'll love it here.

Our camp site was on the street side, the beach side is better, but we took what we could get in the summer. There are rings and a table, the bathrooms and showers are nearby and well maintained. Be advised that there is a lot of concrete so you won't be tenting it on the sand. This campground is always full and crowded, but you can't beat being right on the beach.

Glorified parking lot

Don't get me wrong. I had a great time there and will be back. But it is not camping, and it is not getting back to nature. It is a great place to pitch a tent with friends and go surfing all day, then come back clean up, drink beer, and sleep. You are not beach camping, you are not in the sand. Expect a lot of noise and light since you are directly next to a high way. There is also a Starbucks directly across the street.

Cliffside campground with a SOCAL beach vibe and a taco shack!

If you wanna go on a surfside southern california adventure and keep it fun and cheap then this place is great. People do yoga on the beach, buy tacos after surfing all morning and you can walk along the beach for miles and see so much for so little of those treasured SOCAL beach scenes. You are near a little bit of beach town so you can buy anything you crave from a nearby gourmet market and meander along a beautiful garden walk behind the campground across the highway. Bums and beach hobos sneak through the fences a lot so watch yourself after hours by the restrooms or toward the far corners of the place. Bathrooms are minimal, showers need tokens and seemed to be cleaned industrial prison-style by a large butchy crew with a big hose, scrubby instruments at the end of poles and a bottle of bleach. The sites aren't private but at the beach everyone is on display so you get used to it. Bring a cruiser and your dogs and kick back at this great albeit crowded and maybe even a little too loosely run joint-- I mean, campground. The taco shack adds to the paradise resort vibe here, except unlike a resort, the tacos are actually GOOD!