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Beautiful View, Bucket list

Driving down Pacific Coast highway has been on my bucket list. My military son has been in... read more

Reviewed 7 October 2018
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Great place to camp, if you can get a spot.

The only reason I didn't give this one a 5-star review is really out of frustration in booking this... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2018
Encinitas, California
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2050 South Coast Hwy 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007
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Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

Driving down Pacific Coast highway has been on my bucket list. My military son has been in California for 3 years and leaves at the end of 2018. I figured I should take advantage while I could. There are several public beaches on 101, or...More

Thank dstephenson73
Reviewed 10 July 2018

The only reason I didn't give this one a 5-star review is really out of frustration in booking this camp location. On the day of booking everyone has their finger on the booking and site location, and pushes the button at 8 am, when the...More

Thank Honeybee92024
Reviewed 29 May 2018

San Elijo (also know as Cardiff Reef) is my favorite beach for paddle boarding, sunset dinners and walks. Parking is with State Park pass so there is generally availability if you get there early. The bathrooms and showers are conveniently close to the beach. I...More

Thank MariaM4354
Reviewed 2 April 2018

What can I say, it's the beach! It was nice that because it's a state beach (we were actually at Cardiff State Beach just down the road, but didn't see an entry), there are lifeguards stationed. There were also some accessible tide pool areas just...More

1  Thank Jonathan S
Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

Parking is scarce on a weekend but during the week there is often parking on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), a pay lot or east side of PCH. I often park in the lot on north end of campground, stroll through the campground and then take...More

Thank mlmound
Reviewed 4 March 2018

The views sold us; we were captivated by the beautiful wide expanses of open water. Perfection, clear and simple. On our walk back to Cardiff from Encinitas, we could not help but wander off the path to stop and drink in the visual beauty.

Thank on_the_go_98765
Reviewed 21 February 2018

From Carlsbad down to Torrey Pines in La Jolla / Del Mar, there are great stretches of beach and a variety of good surf locations. The state parks, including San Elijo, are basically parking lots with hook-ups on the low bluffs overlooking the beaches. Amenities...More

Thank Bruce M
Reviewed 22 December 2017

This state campground is located right one of the more popular surfing beaches in Encinitas. Located near several very good restaraunts and a shopping center, everything you might need is within walking or biking distance. This pet friendly campground is one of the most popular...More

Thank sandyaqh
Reviewed 22 December 2017

Tough to get sites in the summer but its a wonderful campground year round. 4 rows of sites with most of them separated by shrubbery or bushes of some kind for some privacy. Oceanview sites are a bit pricier, some sites have hookups for RVs....More

Thank Piotr H
Reviewed 9 November 2017

The San Elijo State Beach Campground is a fantastic campground. The facilities are very good. The campground provides direct access to the beach and some of California's best surfing. I love this place. I run my dogs thru the campground and area beaches regularly because...More

Thank vhstoldt
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1 November 2016|
Response from JimH85641 | Reviewed this property |
No gate code is necessary because it is a drive through gate