If you're thinking about San Diego camping, you'll find more locations in and around the city than in other California cities.
San Diego Camping: In and Near the City
You can choose San Diego camping spots at the beach, San Diego camping in the mountains or San Diego camping by the bay:
- Beach Camping in Southern California: A few places in southern California where you can camp on the beach.
- Campland on the Bay: A big RV resort with lots of amenities. On Mission Bay.
- Chula Vista RV Resort: 237 spaces with full hookups adjacent to its own 552-slip marina. General store, ladies boutique, picnic area, swimming pool and spa, laundry, full restrooms, club rooms and two full-service restaurants with water front dining.
- Cuyamaca Rancho State Park: San Diego camping, Forty miles east of San Diego. Pine, oak forests and meadows.
- Mission Bay RV Resort: Just off I-5 on the north side of Mission Bay.
- KOA San Diego Metro Campground: A 200-site park with paved roads and pads, grass, and mature trees for San Diego camping.
- San Elijo State Beach: Extends along Coast Highway 101, 3/4 mile north from San Elijo Lagoon's entrance channel, near the community of Cardiff-by-the-Sea north of San Diego Camping facilities can accommodate campers up to 35 feet long. Reservations recommended.
- Santa Fe Park RV Resort: RV camping: showers, fitness center, TV movie room, rec room, pool, spa, dog run, cycling areas. In San Diego off I-5.
- South Carlsbad State Beach: A large, bluff-top campground. very popular, especially in summer. Stairs lead down to the beach. Located 3 miles south of Carlsbad and north of San Diego, camping spots here can accommodate RV's up to 35 feet long. Reservations recommended.
Campgrounds in San Diego County
These camping spots are in San Diego County, but not in or near the city. They're best thought of as weekend camping destinations than as convenient places to stay on a San Diego vacation.
- Dos Picos County Park: San Diego Camping 46 miles northeast.
- Guajome County Park: San Diego Camping 40 miles north. Hiking, horseback riding, fishing.
- Lake Jennings: Camping located near El Capitan open space preserve, the face of El Cajon Mountain and the River Valley.
- Lake Morena County Park: One of the highest San Diego camping areas at 3,000 feet.
- Mount San Jacinto State Park: Everyone entering the wilderness area for the day or for San Diego camping must have a permit in their possession.
- Palomar Mountain State Park: Coniferous forests cover much of the 1,897 acres, in contrast to the dry lowlands surrounding the mountain.
- Potrero County Park: San Diego camping 45 miles east, in a broad valley dotted by coastal live oaks.
- Sweetwater Regional Park: Accommodates campers, trailers, motor homes, and tent camping. 53 San Diego camping sites, all of which have water and electricity.
- Vallecito County Park: The 44 primitive San Diego camping sites at Vallecito have tables, fire rings, and barbecue stoves, and water is available at scattered locations throughout the campground.
- William Heise County Park: Oak, pine, and cedar forests surround this San Diego camping area.