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San Elijo State Beach Campground

San Diego Metro Area, California

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  • Campground entrance.- San Elijo State Beach Campground
  • Most of the campers are in RVs.- San Elijo State Beach Campground
  • Some tree coverage is available.- San Elijo State Beach Campground
  • Typical campsite.- San Elijo State Beach Campground
  • Typical campsite.- San Elijo State Beach Campground
  • Stairs lead from the campground to the beach.- San Elijo State Beach Campground
  • Stairs lead from the campground to the beach.- San Elijo State Beach Campground
  • San Elijo State Beach.- San Elijo State Beach Campground
  • Looking north up the beach.- San Elijo State Beach Campground
  • San Elijo State Beach.- San Elijo State Beach Campground
  • San Elijo State Beach.- San Elijo State Beach Campground
  • San Elijo State Beach.- San Elijo State Beach Campground
  • Outdoor showers are available.- San Elijo State Beach Campground
  • Surfing brings many campers to this campground.- San Elijo State Beach Campground
  • Restroom facilities.- San Elijo State Beach Campground
  • Restroom facilities.- San Elijo State Beach Campground
  • Camp store.- San Elijo State Beach Campground
  • Lifeguard stations.- San Elijo State Beach Campground
  • Path leading to the beach on the south end of the campground.- San Elijo State Beach Campground
  • Amphitheater.- San Elijo State Beach Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Easy access to beach.
Cons: 
Not much privacy. Crowded.
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Region:
San Diego Metro Area, CA
Managed by: 
California State Parks
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Campground Description

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What it lacks in privacy, San Elijo State Beach Campground makes up for with great views and easy beach access. The beach offers all variety of water sports: surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, boogie boarding, skim boarding, kayaking, and swimming. When waves are calm, scuba diving or snorkeling is possible and made interesting by a nearby reef system and some kelp patties. In fact, the first industry in Cardiff-by-the-Sea was a kelp works, founded in 1912.

Part of the appeal of this campground is its proximity to charming Cardiff-by-the-Sea. A quick walk brings you downtown where cafes, restaurants, and shops abound. Bull Taco's Mexican street food stand is a camper favorite.

San Elijo State Beach runs for 2 miles up the coast, where it merges with Cardiff State Beach. Although they are technically separate units, the beach is continuous and the beaches can be enjoyed as one.

Aim for sites along the beach for the best views and to avoid the noise of the trains that pass by along Highway 101.

Notes: Pets on a leash are allowed in the campground, but not on the beach, so consider this when deciding whether or not to bring your dog. Also, minors must camp with a parent or legal guardian or provide written consent from parent/guardian.

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