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Best Tent Camping Sites Near Santee, CA (106)

    Camper-submitted photo from South Carlsbad State Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from South Carlsbad State Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from South Carlsbad State Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from South Carlsbad State Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from South Carlsbad State Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from South Carlsbad State Beach Campground

    1.

    South Carlsbad State Beach Campground

    72 Reviews
    162 Photos
    957 Saves
    Carlsbad, California

    For many, once the sun comes out and summer rolls around, it can be hard to resist the urge to get outside and soak up some fun. If you relate, and you just need to unplug for a minute, Carlsbad camping offers some of the state’s best camping sites around. When your work has stacked up and you’re overloaded, it’s time to gather your camping gear, and head to Carlsbad State Beach camping for solitude and relaxation.

    This San Diego beach and campground feature camping, swimming, surfing, skin diving, fishing and picnicking. The campground is especially popular in the summer, thanks to its scenic location which overlooks the picturesque Carlsbad Beach below. Even better, the campground offers direct access to the beach via a set of well-kept stairs. As a result of the popularity, the campground is reservation only, so don’t show up without one or you’ll likely be unable to stay.

    When you’re done with the beach, check out the nearby California geography and some of the trails within the park. If the ocean isn’t your thing, a number of Campfire Programs, Junior Ranger Programs, and Nature Walks may be offered. That said, program availability changes with the season, so be sure to check signs posted on the restrooms and at the entrance station regarding park information during your visit.

    At night, campers are gently caressed to sleep by the nearby ocean tide, lapping upon its secluded shoreline. There is plenty of privacy throughout, thanks to the large selection of flora and fauna throughout the campground. The campsites themselves are also spacious, with roughly half of them featuring electric hookups. Additionally, All restrooms and shower buildings have accessible facilities. Prior to arrival, visitors with disabilities who need assistance should contact the unit Supervising Ranger.

    South Carlsbad State Beach Campground is perfect for campers and individuals who love the ocean and the outdoors. Whether you’re looking surf the rolling waves, or paddle board out and take part in all that the north county coastline has to offer, you’re sure to have fun here.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $650 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Jennings
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Jennings
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Jennings
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Jennings
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Jennings
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Jennings

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    Lake Jennings

    31 Reviews
    52 Photos
    769 Saves
    Lakeside, California

    Lake Jennings is known for being one of the most scenic parks in all of San Diego County. It is a welcoming recreation destination located in Lakeside, California offering fishing, camping, hiking, and picnicking activities. The lake is a drinking water reservoir owned and operated by Helix Water District. The scenic views of the lake and the wooded surroundings make it feel as if you are in the middle of the wilderness, right outside of town.

    Lake Jennings hosts a 97-space campground that is open seven days a week year-round. It’s located on the north side of Lake Jennings, with a variety of spaces available for RVs, Trailers, Campers and Tents. Come on out, take a paddleboat, rowboat or motorboat for the day, and enjoy the beautiful weather! Cozy coves make great picnic spots, so don’t forget your picnic basket.

    Lake Jennings offers a great escape for novice or avid fishermen, and is open for shore fishing from the shoreline below the campground. Boat rentals, private boat launching, and fishing from our floating fishing dock is available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For your convenience, we have an on-site Bait and Tackle Shop open Friday through Sunday, offering a wide selection of bait, tackle, camping supplies, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages.

    Lake Jennings is a great destination for the serious and casual wildlife viewer and photographer. The rolling hills, the endless lake, the coastal sage, and the riparian areas provide a diverse habitat in a small area. Common sightings include deer, fox, and osprey. Bird watchers are equally drawn to Lake Jennings for its rich variety of bird species.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $35 - $140 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Dos Picos County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dos Picos County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dos Picos County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dos Picos County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dos Picos County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dos Picos County Park

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    Dos Picos County Park

    30 Reviews
    90 Photos
    246 Saves
    Poway, California

    Welcome to Dos Picos County Park, a fantastic spot for camping near Ramona, CA. This place is a hit with families and groups, especially on weekends. The park offers a mix of tent sites, RV spots, and even cabins, so there's something for everyone.

    One of the standout features here is the abundance of amenities. You’ll find electric hookups, drinking water, and showers, making it a comfortable stay. Pets are welcome, and there are fire pits and picnic tables at each site, perfect for those evening campfires and outdoor meals. The park also has a sanitary dump station and a recycling area, including a bin for empty propane bottles.

    The campground is well-maintained with paved pads at most sites, though some have gravel pads and curbs that might be tricky for RVs. There’s a creek running through the park, adding a nice touch of nature, though it can flood some sites after heavy rain. The bathhouses are basic but clean, and there’s a handicap-accessible bathroom available.

    For activities, there’s a short nature trail, a horseshoe pit, and a large picnic pavilion. Kids will love the playground and the chance to see local wildlife like squirrels, bunnies, and hawks. The park is also close to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, making it a convenient base for day trips.

    Visitors have praised the quiet, peaceful atmosphere, especially during the week. The park’s dark skies are great for stargazing, and the surrounding oak trees provide plenty of shade. Whether you’re here for a quick overnight stay or a longer getaway, Dos Picos County Park offers a relaxing and enjoyable camping experience.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $24 - $100 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Sweetwater Summit Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sweetwater Summit Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sweetwater Summit Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sweetwater Summit Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sweetwater Summit Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sweetwater Summit Regional Park

    4.

    Sweetwater Summit Regional Park

    29 Reviews
    78 Photos
    306 Saves
    Bonita, California

    Visitors to this 500-acre regional park have quite a palette of activities to choose from. Modern campsites sit at the top of the summit, along with a seasonal splash pad, play areas, a 13-station exercise course, rentable picnic areas, a community room, an outdoor amphitheater and fishing at Sweetwater Reservoir.

    Hikers, cyclists and equestrians will enjoy 15 miles of trails that meander up and down the hill, through open grasslands and along streamside vegetation boasting spectacular views of the reservoir and this unique urban oasis.

    Camper, trailer, and tent camping are all options among 112 sites – many with access to both water and power. Coin-operated showers are available for all campers.

    One of the major attractions at the park is the 60-foot pavilion. This covered structure and its kitchen facilities are especially suited for group campers. You’ll also find four 16-foot picnic pavilions, a Campground Amphitheater, a 2,000-square-foot Community Room, and a 13-Station Exercise Course.

    An adjacent local park features a lawn area, tot lot, splash park and shaded picnic tables with panoramic views of the countryside.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $34 - $38 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from San Diego Metro KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from San Diego Metro KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from San Diego Metro KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from San Diego Metro KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from San Diego Metro KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from San Diego Metro KOA

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    San Diego Metro KOA

    31 Reviews
    43 Photos
    198 Saves
    Bonita, California

    Wake up to the smell of the ocean air and go to bed beneath a clear sky full of bright stars at one of the best campgrounds in San Diego, California. San Diego Metro KOA Resort is the ideal destination if you're looking for a relaxing vacation with ample opportunities for excitement. We operate year-round and want to help you have the time of your life, whether you're visiting us for a couple of days in the summer or staying with us for a month in the winter.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from San Elijo State Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from San Elijo State Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from San Elijo State Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from San Elijo State Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from San Elijo State Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from San Elijo State Beach Campground

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    San Elijo State Beach Campground

    36 Reviews
    74 Photos
    1066 Saves
    Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California

    Located on the San Diego Coast, San Elijo Campground offers camping, swimming, surfing, showers and picnicking. The narrow, bluff-backed stretch of sand has a nearby reef popular with snorkelers and divers.

    A camp store and snack bar located near the campground entrance operates March through December and provides all the amenities a camper may need including some RV supplies, boogie boards, and firewood.

    This San Elijo camping destination requires reservations for its 171 campsites.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $95 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from William Heise County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from William Heise County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from William Heise County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from William Heise County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from William Heise County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from William Heise County Park

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    William Heise County Park

    43 Reviews
    84 Photos
    502 Saves
    Julian, California

    Situated 4,200 feet above sea level in a forest of pines and oaks along the northern extremity of the Laguna Mountain Range, this 929-acre park is one of the few San Diego county parks to get snowfall each year.

    Forests of oak, pine, and cedar surround peaceful mountain meadows and provide an undisturbed setting for nearly 11 miles of scenic hiking and equestrian trails. Mule deer and wild turkey are frequently seen throughout the park, and rare residents include bobcats and mountain lions.

    Though its forest may seem timeless, each season brings dramatic changes: from winter snowfall to spring wildflowers, there is always something new to experience at Heise.

    In addition to trails, you can take advantage of cabins, trailer sites, individual tent sites, and a group-tent camping area, along with several playgrounds, restrooms with coin-operated showers and ample picnic spaces. Rangers-lead activities every weekend, and the park office with a small museum is open during the day or by appointment. This park makes a gorgeous setting for weddings and special events!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $24 - $34 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Kumeyaay Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Kumeyaay Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Kumeyaay Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Kumeyaay Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Kumeyaay Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Kumeyaay Lake Campground

    8.

    Kumeyaay Lake Campground

    20 Reviews
    45 Photos
    360 Saves
    Santee, California

    The Kumeyaay Lake Campground is open for Friday and Saturday night camping. The 46 campsites are available for reservation on a first-come, first-serve basis and the is $22.66 per night. On the reservation website page, go to the "Location" drop-down menu at the top of the page and select Kumeyaay Lake Campground. All cancellations must be made 14 days in advance.

    • Fires
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • Tents
    • Equestrian

    $24 - $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Silver Strand State Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from Silver Strand State Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from Silver Strand State Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from Silver Strand State Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from Silver Strand State Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from Silver Strand State Beach

    9.

    Silver Strand State Beach

    22 Reviews
    44 Photos
    461 Saves
    Coronado, California

    Silver Strand Camping is available for self-contained recreational vehicles, motorhomes, or trailers only, per Coastal Commission regulations. Minimum requirement is a built in sink with an enclosed drain system, and a portable toilet with holding tank. Vehicles not meeting the minimum requirements will be turned away.

    Day Use Lot #3 is now available for campground extra vehicle parking. Have more space in your site! Special Rules and Pricing apply. Rate is $20 per night. Contact the park for detailed information.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $65 - $85 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Campland on the Bay
    Camper-submitted photo from Campland on the Bay
    Camper-submitted photo from Campland on the Bay
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    Campland on the Bay

    19 Reviews
    102 Photos
    342 Saves
    Coronado, California

    Join the fun and come experience Campland on the Bay®, San Diego’s favorite campground. Offering waterfront RV and tent camping for over 50 years, Campland serves up family-friendly fun, a lively camping environment and a wide range of amenities and activities.

    Many of our campers come back year after year, bringing generations together to create memorable experiences. Offering a wide range of amenities, there is something for everyone.

    Located on the shores of Mission Bay, guests love the one-of-a-kind recreational opportunities Campland provides.

    Tents are welcome at Campland on the Bay. We only allow tents in areas with enough ground/dirt areas to stake a tent on. The best area for tent camping is the Limited Section as there are more trees and sites suited for tent camping. J Row is popular for tent campers. There are also a few sites in the O section.

    Tents are not allowed in I and Q sections as well as the K row.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $60 / night

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