San Elijo State Beach


San Elijo State Beach is a good place for any van or RV nomad looking to visit or camp at the beach. The beach is long and wide and is a good place to go surfing. The campground offers many campsites from hookup to dry camping. There is a shower, restroom, and visitor center. 


San Elijo State Beach is one of the best state beaches and campgrounds in Southern California. It is an excellent place for anyone looking to camp and hang out on the beach.

San Elijo State Beach offers camping, swimming, surfing, showers, and picnicking. The campground is located on a bluff which gives you an awesome view of the entire beach. 


This is a great surfing beach for long borders. The waves are fun and consistent. There is a kelp forest off the coast that smooths out the waves. The only downside is this beach can get crowded during the weekends.  


The campground offers both electric hookups and dry camping. There are 156 campsites divided into north and south areas. 

Each site has a table and fire ring. There are restrooms and heated showers. The showers take tokens. 

There is a camp store and snack bar located at the campground. However, it’s only open from March through December. 

Campsite Fees:

  • Standard campsites – $35 per night
  • Premium oceanfront (no hook-ups) – $50
  • Standard hook-up sites – $60
  • Premium oceanfront with hook-ups – $75

It’s a privilege to have San Elijo State Beach for our enjoyment, so please practice Leave No Trace principles.

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