Summer Beach Camping – Reservations start NOW

We had an awesome time beach camping with friends last summer and have been looking forward to booking our own family campsite ever since. Reservations open 7 months in advance, so today at 8 a.m. was the first opportunity to plan for July 2015. I logged into the Reserve America site bright and early, but found that every weekend at San Elijo was already booked for July.


San Diego County has 70 miles of beaches fronting the Pacific Ocean, and two large bays. But overnight tent camping is available in just two state park beaches (Carlsbad & San Elijo)-and only on designated bluff-top campgrounds, not the actual sand.

mal loves boogy board

A third state beach (Silver Strand) has campsites for motor homes only.  The fourth option for those wishing to beach-camp is at the private Campland on the Bay in Mission Beach.

our beach tent

Greg really wanted to check out Silver Strand State Beach, but because we don’t have an RV and don’t really want to rent one, we settled on San Elijo again for the only two days we could find in July – an inland spot for $35 each day on July 2nd & 3rd. We’re looking forward to a couple of lazy beach days, the kids can’t wait to ride their bikes through the campsite, and we all think the food at Bull Taco, located within the park and overlooking the ocean, is great!

greg gage jen at sunset

If you are thinking about summer beach camping, here are a few things you should know…

  • Sites for August 2015 will become available on February 1st at 8 a.m.
  • Plan ahead so that when you log into, you’re ready to go
  • Visit this link for a list of current camping fees
  • Reserve America says that there are no priority lists or perks for repeat customers; everyone has equal access to available sites when they go on sale
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about camping in California can be found in this reservation guide


2 thoughts on “Summer Beach Camping – Reservations start NOW

  1. Jonina says:

    any updates on the current fees and which ones are open?

  2. Steve says:

    Nice write up.

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