San Elijo State Beach Hotels

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San Elijo State Beach Campground: Staying At the Beach

San Elijo State Beach will accommodate RVs up to 35 feet in length. The beach is narrow, but long, and you will use stairs to reach the ocean below the campground. The campground itself starts high on the north end, and moves down hill, making sites on the north, much higher than those on the south end. Although most sites are non-hook up, there are also some hook-up sites. Each site has a fire ring and a picnic table. All hook-up sites are in the south end of the campground. Non hook-up sites are located in both sections. There is a dump station, restrooms with coin operated showers, and a small coin operated laundry facility. Peek Season is March 1 through November 30, so this is when you will find the park and campground the most crowded. Reservations will be necessary. During this peek season the maximum stay allowed is 7 nights. You must then vacate for at least 48 hours before returning. During off season, 14 nights are allowed. We visited in January, and even then we made our reservations four months ahead of time. Locals already filled the sites, which overlooked the ocean on weekends, so as someone who wanted to spend a week that overlapped a weekend, we were unable to reserve an ocean overlook site. The only downside to this campground is that train tracks run nearby, and passenger trains frequently travel past. This takes place quite frequently during the day, but we did not find it that much of a bother at night when very few trains came through. You may make reservations up to 7 months in advance. Visit the California State Website listed below, and click Reservations and Fees or call the 800 number below for reservations. There is a $7.50 fee for reservations.

Some sites on the north end of the campground overlook the ocean from a bluff top location. These high bluffs offer a wonderful, expansive view of the shoreline and the ocean. It is a great place to watch Sunsets. There is direct beach access from the bluff tops to the beach via stairs leading from the campground.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Camping, National/State Park, Beaches
  • Written May 5, 2007
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