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Rent an RV in San Diego, California and take advantage of the weather in one of the sunniest places in the United States. Coupled with its beachfront location, San Diego is the envy of many Lower 48 cities with neither beach nor sunshine in sight. Once the site of the US Navy Pacific Command Center, San Diego is now more of a resort city complete with an oceanarium (SeaWorld), safari park (San Diego Zoo Safari Park), spa resorts, laid-back beaches (and bronzed bodies), wineries, and bird- and whale-watching opportunities.

Should you decide to take your San Diego motorhome rental up north to San Francisco, you can take the Pacific Coast Highway (US Route 1) which starts just an hour north of the city. Or take the much shorter half-hour drive to the Tijuana (Mexico) border just because you can.  

The Great Outdoors

San Diego's ocean-facing outlook means that you'll likely spend more time in and on the water than you would on land. After all, the city is blessed with 70 miles of glorious coastline perfect not only for surfing but also for cycling, viewing marine wildlife, and simply escaping the city crowd and contemplating.

For that unforgettable marine wildlife encounter, renting an RV in San Diego gets you close to La Jolla Cove where you can easily spot seals and sea lions. On the other hand, Cabrillo National Monument about 12 miles southwest of the city offers the best land-based vantage point to scope out migrating gray whales as they move south from Alaska to the lagoons of Baja California from December through mid-April.

Blue whales take their turn in the spring and summer months when they feed on massive quantities of krill in southern California waters. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and finback, humpback and minke whales which may join in the excitement. To see these behemoths of the deep up close, you can always sign up for a boat tour.

Less than 20 miles north but still within the city limits lies the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve where one of America's rarest trees still stand proud and strong. Locals come here to walk their dogs on miles of untouched beaches while hikers look forward to open trails that snake their way through coastal valleys made of red rock.

Bird lovers, on the other hand, might want to head south close to the Mexican border. The sand dunes and salt marshes of the Border Field State Park 15 miles south of San Diego provide refuge to endangered birds so it's a perfect destination for bird watchers.

Inland beckons with hiking trails and ancient cave decorations that are the major visitor draw of the Anza Borrego State Park. It's not two hours out of San Diego but it's already on the cusps of the great Colorado and Mojave deserts. For avid hikers who want to keep it close to the city, the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park entices with its wild patchwork of grassy trails, fir forests, and wide peninsula peaks. Here the feeling of isolation is real despite it being less than an hour's drive out of San Diego. The park will welcome your San Diego camper rental if you decide to stay here for a night or two. While there are no full hookups, some campgrounds have dump stations.

RV Parks

The availability of RV parks less than or within an hour's drive of the city center makes renting an RV in San Diego, CA a lot easier because it won’t be as challenging to connect to the city’s public transport system.

If you wish to be within striking distance of the seals and sea lions but still want to be close to downtown San Diego, Santa Fe Park RV Resort and Mission Bay RV Resort are both less than 10 miles from La Jolla Cove. Book an RV in San Diego and have the best of both worlds.

Santa Fe Park RV Resort offers full hookups and plenty of swimming, recreation and fitness facilities. A combination of the Coaster commuter train and the San Diego trolley brings you downtown. Three Walmarts and three gas stations are 10-20 minutes away.

Child- and pet-friendly Mission Bay RV Resort also offers full hook-ups and sewer station for San Diego RV rentals, and puts you within trolley distance to many city attractions as well as beaches. SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, Legoland, Mission San Diego and the Gaslamp Quarter are a half-hour's drive away. Several gas stations are within 10 minutes' drive while a Walmart is less than 15 minutes away.

Away from the coast but less than 20 minutes' drive from the city is the centrally located San Diego RV Resort offering full hookups for electricity, water, sewer, and cable. The RV park is literally steps away from the trolley, which can get you anywhere around town. Get on this "moving landmark" to get to the Old Town, Gaslamp Quarter, the stadium, Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, Legoland and loads of shopping options.

Exploring the City

Simply hop onto the bright red trolley to get to your downtown destination. The trolley is linked to the Coaster commuter train, which in turn connects fully with the Pacific Surfliner of Amtrak. So if your RV is parked in the city or farther inland, you can simply make the necessary connections to get oceanside.

There are myriad reasons to visit San Diego any time of the year, so start your search for an RV in San Diego and get ready to hit the road. For comics enthusiasts, in particular, San Diego in summer is mecca for Comic-Con. Plan your trip to San Diego around the second or third week of July if you wish to join throngs of comics fans at the San Diego Convention Center. When you’ve had your fill of fun, drive your motorhome rental in San Diego north to Los Angeles or east to Las Vegas to cap off your trip.

RV Rentals in San Diego, CA

San Diego, CA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in San Diego. Outdoorsy's San Diego RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

RV and Motorhome Rentals Nearby

Nearby to San Diego are a number of National, State and Local parks. Travelers can easily rent RVs and motorhomes near Lake Poway Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Limestone Canyon Regional Park, Eaton Canyon Park, and Angeles National Forest.

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Local Hiking Trails

Hiking Trail City State
Torrey Pines State Reserve Trail La Jolla California
Mount Rubidoux Trail Riverside California
Potato Chip Rock via Mt. Woodson Trail Poway California
Black Star Canyon Trail Silverado California
Cowles Mountain Trail San Diego California
Cedar Creek Falls Trail Ramona California
Three Sisters Waterfalls Trail Descanso California
Santa Margarita River Trail Fallbrook California
Elfin Forest Olivenhain Reserve Loop Trail Escondido California
Iron Mountain Trail Poway California

Nearby Campgrounds

Carlsbad State Beach

attraction Carlsbad, CA
At Carlsbad State Park you'll have 44 acres to explore coastal bluffs, find shells and treasures on the shores, rent surfboards, you can practice your surfing or swimming on the warm waters, and enjoy a wonderful south Californian beach.

Batiquitos Lagoon

attraction Carlsbad, CA
One of the few remaining tidal wetlands in Southern California, this place is a gem for nature lovers and those in search of tranquility. The park is under the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, it is a nature reserve and a designated Marine Protected area. There are educational programs for the public which teaches how to appreciate and care for all the animals who call this refuge home.

Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve

campground Santee, CA
Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in Santee, California is a great place for a vacation. The management encourages those who live up north to follow the ducks who come for the warm winter weather. The preserve is a wonderful place for an extended stay or a weekend retreat. The preserve is in the foothills of the city and a mere 20 miles from San Diego where there are many attractions. There are 300 full hook-up campsites with free WiFi and some have cable TV. Consistently named one of the best places to camp in America Santee Lakes is a mecca for RV lovers. Bring the bikes and fishing poles for a great weekend with the family. The residents of the camp have exclusive rights for fishing in two of the lakes. The staff at the preserve are devoted to the superb environment around the preserve, and they work hard to make sure it remains in a pristine condition. At least half of the power used at the preserve is generated by solar panels. Guests at the preserve will appreciate the bike rentals, fishing, and boating opportunities. There are seven playgrounds available for the entertainment of the young campers.

South Carlsbad State Beach

campground Carlsbad, CA
With views of the ocean front you can park your RV rental on the edge of a bluff and experience the San Diego Coast. Staying here you can enjoy recreational activities such as swimming, fishing, surfing, scuba diving and beachcombing. A convenient camping store is located within the park as well. There are no hookups at this state park so if you want electricity to watch the game or make some coffee make sure the RV rental you choose also includes a generator.

Ocean Side RV Park

campground Oceanside, CA
During your stay at Oceanside RV Park you'll have access to 3.5 miles of pristine beaches, or play at one of four golf courses within minutes of the park. If you?d like to get out and enjoy the water you can rent boats, kayaks, jetskis or surf. If you prefer to fish you can try your skill at the 1,942 foot pier. The California Surf Museum is just minutes away and at certain times of the year you will be able to enjoy national surfing competitions.

Silver Strand State Beach

campground Coronado, CA
Camp right on the beach in your RV rental from San Diego is an amazing relaxing time. RV camping at this spot is ONLY available to RVs and is incredibly popular. Silver Strand State Beach is only 10 miles from San Diego. Renting your RV form a local San Diego Outdoorsy owner would be an idyllic setting this is sure to be a hit with you and your family. Bring the family, surfboards and the sand toys to enjoy the beautiful California sun! Get Outdoorsy and have fun!

USS Midway Museum

attraction San Diego, CA
People of all ages can enjoy a self-guided audio tour featuring 60 exhibits highlighting this ?city at sea? and 25 restored aircrafts. Learn about the galleys, officer?s country and sleeping quarters of a 69,000 ton ship. A site not to be missed.

Balboa Park

attraction San Diego, CA
One of the oldest parks in the U.S. designated for recreational use. Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre urban park which offers natural vegetation zones, green belts, gardens, walking paths, a variety of museums, several theaters. Within the park you'll also find the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

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