Silver Strand State Beach
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Introduction

Enjoy the beautiful Southern California sunshine year-round when you take an RV trip to Silver Strand State Beach, located between San Diego and Imperial Beach on the California coastline. Few RV campgrounds will get you this close to the ocean, and as a bonus, the San Diego Bay is on the other side of the campground. The bayside of this campground offers just as many activities to enjoy, but is accessible to pedestrians only.

Head out of the rig and have a picnic, go on a nature walk, or just relax out on the beach. There are many nearby businesses that can supply you with fishing supplies and equipment for boating or surfing. During the peak summer months, you will not lack for activities to do, you can be as active or as relaxed as you like!

You’ll enjoy the many different types of marine life you can find here. There is also an endangered bird, the snowy plover, which nests here at this beach. Because this bird species is threatened, guests need to be aware of fencing and signage to protect these birds. Both humans and dogs can keep the birds away from their nests, so dogs are restricted to certain areas of the campground. With your help, the plovers will be able to regain their numbers.

Silver Strand State Beach is an ideal RV destination year-round thanks to its sunny weather and proximity to San Diego. Even though you're just minutes from the city, you can still soak in the solitude of nature while enjoying incredible views of the Pacific Ocean. From swimming and surfing to hiking and fishing, you will have loads of outdoor adventures to choose from during your RV vacation to this idyllic beach escape.

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Transportation in Silver Strand State Beach

Driving

Heading south from the city of San Diego, this campground is located four and a half miles south of the town of Coronado on Highway 75, north of Imperial Beach. It is uniquely situated on a sand-spit that forms the outer edge of San Diego Bay on its east. Therefore, one side of the park faces the Pacific Ocean, and the other faces the bay. The campsites are on the Pacific Ocean side, and there are tunnels under Highway 75, giving you access to the picnic and beach areas on the bayside of the park. The exit is easy to navigate from the highway.

The 329 RV sites in the campground side of the park are all back-in sites and are very close together. The campground requires all rigs to be backed in when they’re parked. Sites 101-137 are directly facing the beach, although the water itself is somewhat obscured by small sand dunes between the campground and the water’s edge. The campsites are narrow and long, with room for your tow vehicle on the same campsite. There is a fee to park any additional vehicles that don’t fit on your site. South of the campground, there are three large parking lots, all ocean side which can accommodate more day-use vehicles. So invite your friends to come and join you for a day at the beach!

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Campgrounds and parking in Silver Strand State Beach

Campsites in Silver Strand State Beach

Reservations camping

San Diego Metro KOA

All are welcome at the pet-friendly, family-friendly, multiple award-winning San Diego Metro KOA. The campground is in close proximity to Sea World, the San Diego ZOO and Safari Park, Legoland, the Living Coast Discovery Center, Old Town State Park, Palomar Observatory, the Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum and much more. The campground features a full-time activities director, and discount tickets to many attractions are available. Other amenities include a year-round pool and hot tub, a game room, a jumping pad, a Kamping Kitchen, bike rentals, a world-class playground, a farm-to-table café and themed weekends.

Silver Strand State Beach Campground

There are 329 back-in RV sites at this campground. All sites must be backed into so the hitch faces the main road. Camping is strictly for RVs only. Car and tent camping is not allowed.

Sites provide water and electric hookups. While there are no sewer hookups provided, there is a dump station located within the park. The major advantage of camping here is that no matter what site you choose you'll be just steps from the beach. There are restrooms with outdoor showers at the south end of the campground. There are no picnic tables or grills provided at your campsite, but picnic areas with fire rings are within walking distance. The campsites are rather close together, but this provides a way for you to make new friends during your thrilling stay at the beach.

Come to this campground to relax and enjoy yourself, but there are a few rules you need to be aware of. Pets and people are not allowed to sleep outside of their RV. Fires are only allowed in concrete fire rings. Camp stoves and any other fire containers must be used only within the lines of your campsite, elevated six inches or more above the pavement. The other rule is that dogs need to be kept on a six-foot leash and are only allowed at your campsite or in the parking lots, not on the beaches. Also make sure you check what time the park gate closes in the evening and plan your trip accordingly.

The maximum number of nights per year at this campground is 30, but during the peak season, you may only stay seven consecutive nights.

First-come first-served

First-Come, First-Served

If you're taking a spontaneous trip to Silver Strand State Beach you are in luck since 130 sites of the 329 RV sites are available on a first-come, first served basis. If you choose to stay at this scenic campground you'll just just steps from the beach and picnic areas. Electric and water hookups are provided and a dump station is located at the park. Restrooms and outdoor showers are also available. You'll love being close to all the action of the beach when you bring your RV to Silver Strand State Beach.

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Seasonal activities in Silver Strand State Beach

In-Season

Playing Beach Volleyball

This game has grown into a popular Olympic sport due in large part to the sandy beaches in California. Round up some friends for a game of beach volleyball on the popular sand courts at Silver Strand. You can work on your tan while getting exercise too! The refreshing ocean breeze will cool you off as you play. If you forgot your ball, or need other supplies, like sunscreen or a hat, there are shops with beach amenities nearby.

Fishing

Also referred to as surf fishing, at Silver Strand you never know what you will pull out of the water. You’ll need frozen anchovies, squid, or mussels for your bait, and a fishing pole that you can cast right from the shore. But watch out for swimmers and surfers! You’ll be surprised at the variety of fish you may pull in: perch, grunion, yellow-fin croaker, sand bass, and halibut. Smaller sharks and rays are frequently hooked in these waters, so use caution if you reel one of these in. Check what the regulations are for keeping or throwing fish back into the water.

Surfing

Silver Strand Beach draws many intermediate-level surfers to ride the waves. For beginners, there is the Coronado Surfing Academy that offers private and group surfing lessons at Silver Strand Beach. Swells come in from the west and south, typically at their peak in summer and fall. So if you're planning on attacking those famous California waves make sure you bring your surfboard in your camper.

Off-Season

Attending Junior Ranger Programs

California State Beaches have phenomenal opportunities for youth to get out and discover new things outdoors. On Saturdays at Silver Strand Beach, kids aged 7-12 can join outdoor programs led by park rangers to earn their California State Park Junior Ranger badge and other incentives. Parents must be present to register child for the activities. Many nature programs are available for all ages. If you're taking a family RV road trip this is a great way to get the kids out into nature.

Kayaking

Guided kayak tours are regularly offered during peak season at Silver Strand Beach. The minimum age to ride in a kayak is five years old and children under ten must ride tandem with an adult. Call the marina at Loews Resort to reserve your spot.

Beachcombing

This campground was named Silver Strand because of the silvery oyster shells that historically covered the western coastline of this park. Just south of campground along the Pacific Ocean is still a great location for beachcombing. Take a stroll along the sand and keep your eyes open for sand dollars, moon snails, and cockleshells. You never know what treasures you may find. There is also a paved bike path that you may walk along if you get tired of the sand. So if you're dying to get out on the beach it's just an easy walk from your RV campsite.

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