San Elijo State Beach RV & Campground Guide


San Elijo State Beach is a lovely place to visit if you're in the mood for some sun, sand, and surf. Located near San Diego and Tijuana, the beach gives visitors a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean both from the sand and the bluff-based campsite overhead.

Expect warm temperatures all year with the weather rarely making it below 50 degrees Fahrenheit even in the coldest months, usually sticking to a balmy mid-70s throughout spring, summer and fall. Rain is also pretty uncommon, meaning you'll be able to enjoy the great weather in the water as much as possible.

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Spring 52-67 F
Summer 65-76 F
Fall 53-74 F
Winter 48-67 F
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Nearby Cities
San Diego, CA
Chula Vista, CA
Tijuana, Mexico
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RV Resorts & Campsites in San Elijo State Beach

RVing is a great way to vacation at San Elijo State Beach thanks to the added comfort and convenience it offers campers. This is especially true for those taking advantage of an RVshare RV rental, providing all the benefits of an RV with the reduced cost of renting.

San Elijo State Beach Camping

Rather than traveling away from your destination, you can easily camp right at San Elijo State Beach while you're on your trip. Along the bluff overlooking the beach itself is a series of campsites with RV hookups that you can use with a reservation. The area is filled with fun things to do and great amenities beyond the view and the beach activities, some of which include an on-site dump station, restrooms and showers, a picnic area, biking and hiking trails, and tons of events put on by state park staff. About the only downside is just how quickly spots fill up, so remember to make your plans at least six months in advance if you're hoping to stay here.

Fiddler's Cove Marina & RV Park

Fiddler's Cove Marina & RV Park is a military campground located in San Diego right on the coast. One of the park's best features is the discounted rates that make for a better value than most RV campgrounds, but the military exclusivity obviously means it's not going to be right for everyone. From great Wi-Fi and RV hookups to shower and laundry facilities and more, there's a ton of great amenities you can take advantage of during your stay. This is in addition to things like the on-site mechanic, boat rentals, sailing lessons and other amenities that are great to have. The campground is even welcoming to your pets.

La Pacifica RV Park

San Diego's La Pacifica RV Park is a real home away from home right down to the grounds giving off the feeling of being in a regular neighborhood. This RV park has a ton to offer guests. They have access to basics like full electrical, water and sewage hookups as well as a good Wi-Fi connection. With the extra fun like a clubhouse stocked with games and activities and a heated pool and hot tub out back, you won't have time to even think about getting bored when you're staying here. It's also conveniently located along the bus route and trolley stops to make getting around town all the easier. You can bring your pets with you.

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What to Do at
San Elijo State Beach

Inside San Elijo State Beach

There's so much to do while you're visiting San Elijo State Beach. The beach is a great place for all kinds of water activities. From swimming to boating to fishing, surfing and more, you can explore the waters in so many different ways. There's even a nearby reef that's popular with snorkelers. You can take a trip up to the attached RV park to enjoy the community even if you're staying somewhere else while on your trip.

Outside San Elijo State Beach

As much fun as San Elijo State Beach is, you may wish to have some other adventures while you're on your vacation. San Elijo is located right outside San Diego, so there are all kinds of attractions, restaurants, stores and more you can visit in the area.


Harney Sushi

Harney Sushi is a delicious Japanese sushi restaurant in San Diego. When you're located right on the water, you can be sure that every bite of your delicious meal is going to be fresh from the sea. You have dine-in, pickup and delivery service available here, and you can have your choice of the specialty sushi rolls and other delicious menu items like fried rice, stuffed peppers and more whenever and wherever you want them.

Type: Sushi

Location: San Diego, CA

Juniper & Ivy

Award-winning Juniper & Ivy is a unique and delicious dining experience in San Diego you won't soon forget. The establishment's main draw is its constantly rotating menu that changes from season to season as various experienced chefs take the reins and craft their favorite dishes for foodies to enjoy. Smoked sturgeon, gourmet corn dogs, sea urchin, and New York strip steak are a treat to eat, especially when paired with any of the restaurant's vast wine selection.

Type: Fine Dining

Location: San Diego, CA

Parma Cucina Italiana

With a name like Parma Cucina Italiana, you can expect some delicious and authentic Italian cuisine. Fresh pasta is the name of the game with the house serving up some of the finest lasagna and spaghetti dishes in San Diego. The risotto is amazing as is the special Caprese salad made with burrata cheese.

Type: Italian

Location: San Diego, CA


Off Track Gallery

If you're an art lover, Off Track Gallery in Encinitas is a must-see place on your vacation. As one of the central creative hubs in the entire San Diego County area, it has art from over 100 artists on display at any given time. Whether it's paint, metal, digital or anything in between, there's bound to be a ton of different pieces that spark your imagination. The best part is that every piece you see is for sale, meaning you can take home a souvenir.

Location: Encinitas, CA

Cousin's Candy Shop

Satisfy your sweet tooth by taking a trip down to Cousin's Candy Shop in San Diego. From name brands to in-house creations, candy rarely gets better than this. The specialty is the fantastic, melt-in-your-mouth saltwater taffy that's pulled and wrapped by hand. If that's not something you like, the shop also has tons of other options like homemade fudge, licorice, chocolates and sugar-free options that won't leave you disappointed.

Location: San Diego, CA


Cardiff State Beach

If you just can't get enough of the water, Cardiff State Beach is another fun place to visit while you're in the area. Essentially being San Elijo's neighbor in Cardiff, it has plenty of unique secrets to offer that you'll have a great time exploring.

Location: Encinitas, CA

Gaslamp Quarter

The Gaslamp Quarter is a historic entertainment district in San Diego centered around Broadway and 4th and 6th avenues. An exciting place with tons of shops, hotels, restaurants, theaters and everything in between, it's where the fun never stops. Catch a show down at the Balboa Theatre or grab a drink down at the Prohibition nightclub. No matter where your night takes you, it's going to be unforgettable.

Location: San Diego, CA

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How to Get to
San Elijo State Beach

Getting to San Elijo State Beach is simple. From San Diego, get on Interstate 5 and travel north around 25 miles. Get off on Exit 42 on Encinitas Blvd., and then head west for around a mile. You should be on South Coast Highway 101. From there, you just have to drive around 2 more miles until you see the entrance to the beach and RV park.

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Entering San Elijo State Beach

You can get into San Elijo State Beach at any time from dawn to dusk. If you're camping out at the RV park, check-in times are at 2:00 p.m. each day. There's no cost to come to the park or the beach, but parking at the campground is usually reserved for campers only.

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San Elijo State Beach is a great vacation spot for anyone who loves warm weather and crystal-clear water. If you're planning to RV down there for a family trip, you won't regret it. The team here at RVshare can heartily recommend the beach and would like to catch a glimpse at what you get up to. If you'd like, send some of your vacation pictures to [email protected] so that the site can share in the festivities. RVshare might even feature your photos in one of its upcoming blogs or posts.