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Surfers Dream

San Elijo is located on a bluff overlooking the beach. There are over 100 sites available that range from hookups to dry. The price is from $55 - $75 a night. The bathrooms and showers are clean. The only downside is the proximity to pacific coast highway and the train tracks. Although I didn't hear the train at all at night.

Cell Coverage: Excellent

Glamping with trails

For someone looking for a glaming spot while still being able to tent it, this is the spot. Bathrooms a pool and a game room. Plus there are many trails to walk. Light fishing and a mini mart as well. It is fun

Not pleased

We will not return here. We live in our travel trailer/camper. Good things first: bathrooms are clean. The grounds crew and store personnel are helpful and friendly. Plenty of dumpsters. Reasonably close to the things we wanted to do/see in San Diego. Good number of shaded spots, if you can get into one. Bad things: we were under the impression that the entire campground had full hook ups. Only the south side has full sewer, water, and electric hook ups. To get a spot on the south side, you have to go through a complicated first come first serve/wait for people to leave/list/lottery/nonsense. Our check in was more of a hassle than a breeze. It was not mentioned that not every RV spot on the north side had water and electric. The sites are not well marked. It looked like picnic tables were moved so other campers would not be close. We couldn't tell how far we were on or off our site. Buildings are dilapidated. Camping areas are not maintained. There was a lot of litter that could have been raked up and disposed of. The North side of the campground is neglected. There was no obvious signage that the washers and dryers did not except debit/credit cards. There was only one place in the grounds were you could get a preloaded laundry card, and it was broken. The ladies at the check in station were very clear that a serviceman was called and they were getting a new contract. But that didn't help get the laundry clean. Several of the washers and dryers were out of service. It's a 10 mile drive to Chula Vista for services. It was made clear before our stay that there was little to no cell service. However, Lake Whitney, Texas Thousand Trails provided free wifi for all in their lodge. That is not the case at Pio Pico. This is the third Thousand Trails campground we have stayed at, and we're considering leaving before our full seven days are up.

Peace and quiet.

We arrived in the middle of Dec. It's a beautiful place and its kept immaculate. Staff is kind and professional. The grounds are layed out great. Its located close to alot of attractions. We will be back

A beautiful view of the bay

Military base RV and marina. Nestled between the bay and the Pacific Ocean a small area packed with lots of nearby events. Some of the spots have fire pits and all have full hookups. Great staff.

Peaceful and still close to cool places

The good. 

Pick a spot - $75 gets you on the bluff with hookups $50 gets you on the bluff but no hookups $35 gets you on the other side Trash, recycling, and sewage disposal ($10) nearby. Water quality at the hookup sites smell fresh.

The not as good. 

Although ocean bluff spots cost you the elevation angle of the site lot or vegetation may impede or restrict your view. There’s also a metal fence. Unlike San Elijo State Park to the south most of the ocean sites do have an actual ocean view.

The bathrooms Bring soap. No dispensers near the sinks. Toilets are cleaned but not necessarily clean.

Noise. Far enough away from the train tracks to not have train noise issues but alongside US101 so there may be road noise.

Stuff to know- 

If you’re towing a vehicle it has to be literally towed onto the property. Don’t disconnect and go get groceries prior to entering or you’ll have to pay $15 a night for the vehicle once you enter (Or take your rig back out back out and tow it in)

Recommendations - 

There is a train station not too far away (short drive long walk) Take the “Coaster” south to Encinitas, Solana or all the way down to Old Town in San Diego and enjoy one of the most toured cities in the US. Taking the train north one stop puts you at downtown Carlsbad- also a worthy venture.

Local cuisine- I like Sushi Cuchi (excuse the name) Half off menu on Sunday night.

Got Gas? - Costco is close and about 30 cents per gallon cheaper than any other gas station. Get there early to avoid the mayhem. Pumps open 5:30-6:00am depending upon the day.

Close to pretty much everything

The good. Pick a spot - $75 gets you on the bluff with hookups $50 gets you on the bluff but no hookups $35 gets you on the other side Trash, recycling, and sewage disposal ($10) nearby. Water quality at the hookup sites smell fresh.

The not as good. Although ocean bluff spots cost you the elevation angle of the site lot or vegetation may impede or restrict your view. There’s also a metal fence.

The bathrooms Bring soap. No dispensers near the sinks. Toilets are cleaned but not necessarily clean.

Stuff to know- If you’re towing a vehicle it has to be literally towed onto the property. Don’t disconnect and go get groceries prior to entering or you’ll have to pay $15 a night for the vehicle once you enter (Or take your rig back out back out and tow it in)

Noise and such.

You’re near tracks and you’ll hear trains. Next to US 101 you’ll also hear cars. It’s a busy area so don’t expect to hear just the crickets.

Recommendations There’s an excellent grocery store (Seaside Deli) about 1 mile away. It’s not cheap but the deli uses culinary experts to prepare the cuisine.

Philz Coffee a couple miles north. It’s the best coffee on earth bar none. Get the “Tesora”. Addiction guaranteed.

The Union restaurant a couple miles north also a good spot for Sunday brunch. Wine Wednesday also gets a recommendation.

Also just north in Encinitas- Plumeria Thai has some of the best vegetarian Thai I’ve ever had.

To the south a couple miles in Solana Beach in Cedros is Carruth Cellars winery. It’s dog friendly so bring your good boy/girl! I recommend the “Unicorn”. Tasty red. Drink with one hand while petting a dog with the other…

Family Playground

San Diego KOA is an oasis campground. There's a pool, sauna, basketball court, and jumping sand pit for the families to enjoy. They have a variety of spaces to park your RV or Van. Some spaces are basic back-in while others have their own patio and grill. The restrooms and showers are clean and the staff is friendly. There's also an onsite store and cafe that serves good food.

Cell Service: Good WiFi: Yes

This is an enjoyable campground for anyone seeking a place to stay in SD.

Nice campground

Nice campground try to get a spot on the ocean side. The road side is louder… showers and bathrooms are available. Long walk downstairs to the beach.

Parking lot camping with no bathroom

Surf N Turf is basically parking lot camping across the street from the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The campground is only open from Sept thru May when there's no horse racing at the fairgrounds. The rates are $40-$50 per night depending on the length of your vehicle. There's no bathroom or showers and all sites include a 30 amp electricity connection. There's also no sewer connection. This place is perfect if you need a quick and easy place to stay in San Diego for a night. No tents.