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This was the first campground my family and I visited back in September of 2019 when we started testing out the whole camping thing!
We borrowed a 1985 VW Vanagon from a friend and wanted to pick a spot we knew would be an easy WIN. This campground was exactly that.
We found a campsite online last minute. It was a beach front site for $60 a night, which was more than I wanted to pay but was worth it.
We met great people, took a fun bike ride, and spent lots of time on the beach and in the ocean.
We’d go back for sure.
The San Elijo Campsite, SoCal is an awesome destination for everyone. Especially, camping beginners, family camping with kids, and surfers of all levels.
The campsites are located atop a beachside bluff for some spectacular sunsets, checking the surf and people watching. The rangers are awesome and super friendly. The campsite store is convenient but if you need something you can drive to a Ralph’s grocery store in 5 minutes.
Facilities include: bathrooms, showers, hookups, etc… this place has it all.
Have fun. Go surfing
This is an easy, safe, and fun stop with the family. It’s right on top of Pacific Coast Highway and has a beautiful view of the ocean!
Bummer is that no campfires are ever allowed, unless it’s a propane fire pit, and no dogs on the beach or trails (even if leashed).
We went twice in October and got day of spots each time. Rangers were friendly and helpful.
Met great people and walked the beach a mile down to the Shake Shack. Very fun.
We really enjoyed this campsite. We did go from Sunday through Wednesday and not only was it not crowded but it was nearly empty. Apparently the weekends are quite full.
We stayed in campsite 108 (which had full hookups) and did not feel that the campsites were too close to one another. There were other campers there when we arrived but by Tuesday we had the whole area to ourselves.
Each campsite has a nice picnic table and fire pit with a grill.
We brought our bikes but there was not a whole lot of area to go bike riding. A bit too hilly for us to ride over to the boat launch area but we did drive over there to see the sights.
All of the staff here are incredibly nice and helpful. We spoke to many of them and they seem genuinely happy that people are there. The bathroom facilities were immaculate.
Rangers are eager to answer questions and I learned a bit about the bald eagles in the area from one of them.
T-Mobile cellular signal was fine. No Wi-Fi.
We will definitely go back!￼￼￼
Good backpacking camping spot. There is usually a stream for filtering water. Plenty of sites for camping. Usually quiet when not too many people around. There was a loud group when we were there once since it is a doable hike from Red Box Junction. Trail leading to the camp can also be filled with downed trees. Takes a little climbing and going around obstacles but not too bad. Pit toilets.