My son turned ten today, and we’re celebrating with a low-key, family beach camping trip in San Elijo.
The view from our $35 per night spot is simply amazing. How lucky are our California kids that they get to enjoy family trips like this?
California beach camping reservations are notoriously difficult to book. But starting August 1st, California State Parks are attempting to make the reservation system easier with Reserve California, a new camping, lodging, and tour reservations service. This new system promises to be more user-friendly and offer greater accessibility to more visitors for the highly sought-after camping and lodging locations.
The new reservation system will move from a block or on-sale day reservation period to a rolling window. When I booked this trip, I had to be online at 8 a.m. on January 1st to have a chance at snagging a spot anytime in the month of July. Now, visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date.
Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months from the current date. Camping and lodging inventory will become available each day for a period of six months in advance. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.
Beach camping is not glamping. It’s sandy (duh!)
The restrooms are pretty dirty (although we’re glad they are here!)
You have to bring everything you need — tents, chairs, pop up tent, bedding, food, drinks, beach toys, etc.
You’d better bring some $$$ too if you’d like to take a shower. 2 minutes costs $.50 (but the water is warm and the pressure is good, so I can’t complain)
It’s all good for a 10-year-old boy who says this is one of his favorite birthdays ever.
It’s one of our favorite family vacations as well. If you’d like to book your own awesome California camping trip — beach or otherwise — be sure to visit ReserveCalifornia.com starting next week. I’ll be there trying to plan our next family adventure.