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

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.

Pala Casino RV Resort

campground Pala, CA
Pala Casino RV Resort is located in the scenic Palomar Mountains. The new Pala Casino RV Resort offers comfort, fantastic amenities, and unbelievable views with easy access to a world class casino. Pala Casino RV Resort joined the small percentage of resorts to be awarded the coveted 10/10*/10 rating from the industry?s leading publication Good Sam. Pala Casino RV Resort?s top marks are in every category including facilities, restrooms and showers and visual appearance. The Resort offers 100 full-service sites with grass lawns and picnic tables. The facilities include: 77 ? 30?x55? Back-In Sites, 6 ? 30?x60? Luxury Sites with Barbecue Grills, 17 ? 30?x70? Pull-Through Sites, 20-30-50 Amp Power, Electric, Water and Sewer Hook-Ups, Free Wi-Fi, Cable TV,Restrooms and Showers. Key Card (for access to pool, laundry and restrooms). Security Patrol, 24 Hours. Propane Fuel Available, and Free Shuttle to Casino/ Resort guests will also enjoy indoor amenities that include: Games, Billiard Table, Card Tables, and Flat Screen TV. The outdoor amenities include:5 Barbecue Grill Areas, Table Tennis, Horseshoe Pit, and Dog Park.

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.

San Diego Zoo

attraction Escondido, CA
San Diego Zoo was one of the first institutions to create cage-less exhibits that re-create natural habitats and ecosystems. It has one of the largest free-flight exhibit to view birds. It is also famous because it is one of the few zoos in the world that is home to the giant panda. You can view the zoo on an overhead gondola, or if you?d rather stay on the ground you can also ride a bus. The zoo is known for its conservation and species preservation initiatives, it raises California condors, African black rhinos, and over 100 endangered species. If you seek adventure, you can also choose from different Safari tours such as: Jungle Ropes Safari, Cheetah Safari, or you can spend the night at the park on a Road and Tour Safari. The San Diego Zoo has it all. Parking is available for your RV rental.

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.

San Elijo State Beach

campground Encinitas, CA
This state park like South Carlsbad offers sites that back right up to a scenic view of the ocean below. Some sites here also provide full hookups for your RV rental including water, sewer, and electricity. This beach is famous for the surf and year round you will discover great waves and great events. Plan your stay here in advance it fills up quick!

Legoland

attraction Carlsbad, CA
You can build your own fun and Legoland, choose from 60 rides, shows and attractions where you can create long lasting memories with your families. Choose from Castle Hill a medieval themed area, imagination zone where you can ride the wild mouse roller coaster watch 4D movies, or land of adventure where you can play Pharaoh?s Revenge and fire foam balls, bounce 15 feet to catch beetles or recover lost treasure. You can also enjoy some fun in the water at two different water parks. n

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Recommendations for San Diego, CA from Outdoorsy Owners


Awesome place for family and friends. pools, kids game center and other cool activities available.

Aug 22, 2019

Maintained beach & close to beautiful Coronado, CA. They have electric & water hook-up only.

Aug 31, 2018

Santee Lakes Campground is a fun place to camp, with multiple campground loops, firepits, and parks within the area. It's easily accessible, and has sites with full and partial hook ups.

Jul 18, 2018

Right on the water, very clean, nice pool and happy hour. Several restaurants within walking distance.

Jul 17, 2018

A very cool place to stay if you can get in. We have stayed here before and loved it. However, its a very popular place to stay you will have better luck during off peak times (non-summer months).

Jun 5, 2018

We love this campground. Its a great place to leave the AZ hot summer. Staff here is amazing and they have great amitities.

Jun 5, 2018

Clean and secure area, located near a golf course and picnic areas. Full hookups, overflow boondocking areas, reasonable rates.

Apr 14, 2018

This is one of our favorite places in San Diego. They have everything from pool, jacuzzi , private beach, bar, lots of activities for kids, boat rentals, and more.

Apr 11, 2018

If you are looking for a great glamping spot, this is it. Located just off the San Deigo Bay, this resort boasts sites with a private feel, pool, wi-fi, laundry, and well manicured grounds.

Snack Bar Glamping
Mar 6, 2018

Unique campground with lots to do. Hiking, biking, paddle boats and great big spots. You will feel far from it all, but you're only 10 minutes from great restaurants, coffee shops and shopping.

Mar 6, 2018

Located just south of beautiful Coronado Island. Spaces are spacious and wherever your spot is you're a 2 minute walk from the beach. Visit Coronado and the historic Hotel Del Coronado.

Mar 6, 2018

Great place for family fun! There's a private beach, pool, Jacuzzi, skatepark, bike rentals, and cute little convenience store. If you're looking for a place that's family friendly, this is it!

Feb 28, 2018

This is the cheapest and best propane filling value in San Diego. We highly recommend them.

Dec 30, 2017

One of our favorite places to camp near home. It's beautifully landscaped and well kept. The staff are wonderful . There's always something to do, especially for the kiddos.

Dog-friendly Game Room Bike Rental Snack Bar Glamping Elbow Room Social Scene Quiet Swimming Pool Wi-Fi Hookups Onsite Laundry Family Friendly Scenic
Oct 3, 2017

One of our favorite places to camp near home. It's beautifully landscaped and well kept. The staff are wonderful . There's always something to do, especially for the kiddos.

Chill Scenic
Oct 3, 2017

Camping is available for self-contained recreational vehicles, motorhomes, or trailers only, per Coastal Commission regulations. Minimum requirement is a built in sink with an enclosed drain system,

Ocean View Hookups
Sep 12, 2017

Keystone R.V. Park is a fully landscaped, clean and modern 104 space park.We are conveniently located a few blocks from the downtown gaming and many activities, but still far enough away to be restful

Sep 12, 2017

The Kumeyaay Lake Campground is open for Friday and Saturday night camping. The 46 campsites are available for reservation on a first-come, first-serve basis and the is $24 per night. On the reservati

Sep 12, 2017

Off Interstate 5, in beautiful Rose Canyon, you'll find one of the finest parks in Southern California - Santa Fe Park. Our serene and natural setting, friendly family atmosphere, and list of amenitie

Sep 12, 2017

A beautiful and spacious RV Park surrounded by San Diego’s Mission Bay... The location just doesn’t get any better! Easy access to I-5 makes it convenient no matter where you want to go. A few minutes

Sep 12, 2017

Great place to hang out for the day can park the RV right on the water. We love to go and kayak. We always park on Fiesta Island.

Dog-friendly Cheap Fishing Kid-friendly Day trip
Aug 5, 2017

http://www.campland.com/ Located on the shores of Mission Bay, and part of Mission Bay Park, Campland has been a vacation spot for families since 1969. The balmy climate, proximity to Sea World (so cl

Social Scene Swimming Pool Wi-Fi Hookups Family Friendly Scenic
Jul 31, 2017

Lake Jennings is an awesome campground with spacious sites, full hookups, fire pits, and of course, scenic hikes and trails next to gorgeous Lake Jennings

Boondocking Dog-friendly Glamping Quiet Hookups Sleep Under The Stars Family Friendly Most Beautiful Scenic
Jun 13, 2017

Santee Lakes is hands down our favorite weekend camping spot! Full hookups, lakeside spots, biking, boating, fishing, pool, spa, store and more!

Dog-friendly Bike Rental Snack Bar Glamping Elbow Room Quiet Swimming Pool Wi-Fi Hookups Family Friendly Scenic
Jun 13, 2017