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Boasting of over 70 miles of pristine sun-drenched coastline and warm weather throughout the year, it’s easy to see why California is popular among outdoor junkies. A couple of miles north of San Diego lies San Elijo State Beach in Cardiff. Of course, a relaxing getaway to San Diego is great especially for water sports enthusiasts, but who fancies setting up a rental RV right next to a large bustling city? That’s where San Elijo State Beach comes in. You’ll get to camp in a quiet and peaceful location while still being within reach of the city. With that figured out, search for an RV in San Diego County and hop straight into your vacation.

Perched on top of a bluff overlooking the mighty Pacific Ocean, San Elijo State Beach is a sight to behold. The two-mile stretch of sand by the beach can simply be described as spectacular. As if that’s not enough, the towns of Oceanside and Del Mar are located just a short distance away. On the other hand, the popular San Elijo Lagoon is situated a short distance away. What are you waiting for? Get yourself a Cardiff camper rental, and have some fun camping at San Elijo State Beach.

Getting Outdoors

While this park isn’t the Great Smoky Mountains, it sure has a lot to offer for its size. After some time driving around in your rental RV, stretching your legs would seem like a good idea. You’ll find a small meandering trail by the beach that is awesome for just about any activity, be it cycling, running, or even rollerblading. Avid hikers will be glad to hear that the San Elijo Hills area is home to over 18 miles of trails that offer scenic views of the lake, San Marcos, the Pacific Ocean, and beyond.

After an arduous trek, reward yourself with a dip in the cool waters of the World’s largest ocean. To be frank, swimming is what pulls the crowds. Well known for its mild climate throughout the year, San Diego is an awesome swimming spot even during the winter. That being said, don’t even worry about crowds as only campers are allowed on the beach. Whatever you do, don’t forget to pack a swimsuit and some sunscreen lotion into your RV rental. Unlike many beaches in America, motorized boating isn’t a thing here so if you’re thinking of going out to sea, be prepared for an arm workout.

If you’re a surfing enthusiast, you probably have already heard of the Pipe, one of the best spots in the region to catch a big one. Eli Howard Surf School is actually based in the area so you can sharpen your skills and eventually garner up enough courage to hit the waves. If you’re the kind of person that prefers to keep their feet on solid ground, you might as well try some fishing. Grab your good old fishing rod, some bait, and a pack of cold beer and go try your luck.

Camping at San Elijo State Beach

San Elijo State Beach is truly the next big thing to a beach house. Due to its location, you’ll be able to easily access the beach, wonderful trails, and the creature comforts of San Diego. The campground itself is well equipped with electric, water, and sewer hookups in some of the back-in sites. The sites may not be the most private in the world, but the breathtaking beachfront views make the sacrifice worthwhile.

Additionally, other park features include WiFi, big rig accessibility, and pets are allowed, so don’t leave your furry friends behind. Some of the amenities to look out for when RV camping at San Elijo State Beach include hot showers, restrooms, and laundry facilities, not forgetting an on-site camp store.

Exploring the Area

Before leaving San Diego for wherever your next adventure calls, make sure you tour the surrounding area extensively. Crank up your RV rental and head over to Balboa Park for an unforgettable family outing. Featuring a world-class zoo and a mammoth of a botanical building, be sure to bring a camera to document the incredible experience.

A visit to San Diego is incomplete without a stroll along Embarcadero, the town’s walkable harbor front. While it is filled to the brim with eateries and shops, the harbor’s highlight lies in the water, the USS Midway. Having served in Operation Desert Storm and the Vietnam War, the USS Midway holds the record of being the longest-serving aircraft carrier in history.

San Diego’s Mexican roots and proximity to Mexico clearly beckon one thing, great food. The city is actually the birthplace of the Californian Burrito, which comes complete with carne asada and fries.

RV Rentals in San Elijo State Beach, CA

San Elijo State Beach, CA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

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

Frequently Asked Questions


What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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What's around San Elijo State Beach, CA


Check out local hikes, campgrounds, parks and more!

Popular Nearby Trails

Hiking Trail Location
San Elijo State Beach San Elijo State Beach, CA
San Elijo Lagoon - Nature Center Loop San Elijo State Beach, CA
Rios Avenue Trail Solana Beach, CA
Cardiff State Beach to Solana Beach Trail Solana Beach, CA
San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve Solana Beach, CA
San Dieguito Park Trail Del Mar, CA
Beacon's Beach Walk Encinitas, CA
Encinitas Ranch Golf Course Trail Encinitas, CA
San Dieguito River Park Lagoon Trail Del Mar, CA
Rancho Santa Fe Golf Course (PRIVATE) Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Popular Nearby Campgrounds

Campground Location
Campland On the Bay San Diego County, CA
Lake Jennings Campground San Diego County, CA
San Diego Metro KOA San Diego County, CA
Chula Vista Marina San Diego County, CA
Pechanga RV Resort Riverside County, CA
Pio Pico RV Resort & Campground San Diego County, CA
Oakzanita Springs RV Campground San Diego County, CA
Tucalota Springs RV Resort & Campground Riverside County, CA
Reflection Lake RV Park & Campground Riverside County, CA
Canyon RV Park Orange County, CA

Popular Nearby Parks

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Recommendations for San Elijo State Beach, CA from Outdoorsy Owners


Freeway Trailer Sales

Freeway offers Dump and Propane, plus a wide array of RV supplies. Worth a look!

Nov 7, 2018
Daley Ranch

This is one of our favorite places to hike in the off-season. Lots of single track trails, wild animals and more. Plenty of parking and Camping right next door in the heart of Escondido!

Nov 7, 2018
Campland on the Bay

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
Admiral Baker RV Campground

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

Apr 14, 2018
Campland on the Bay

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
South Carlsbad State Beach

Great location on the beach. Beautiful views since all the spaces are elevated and easy access to the ocean. Located near great restaurants, breweries, coffee shops!

Mar 6, 2018
San Elijo State Beach

Great location on the beach. Beautiful views and easy access to the ocean. Located near great restaurants, breweries, coffee shops!

Boondocking Dog-friendly
Mar 6, 2018
Campland on the Bay

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
Kumeyaay Lake Campground

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
Santa Fe Park Trailer & RV Pk

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
Mission Bay RV Resort

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
Mission Bay

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
Campland on the Bay

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
Tamarack Surf Beach

Carlsbad state beach is a great local hot spot with white sand, blue water, food, shops and more!

Dog-friendly Cheap Sightseeing Day trip
Jun 13, 2017
DIY Car Wash

OK, just found the best, quickest way to wash our RV. Perfect for a quick rinse or thorough soak. Quick, easy and inexpensive (plus near our home and 24/7 operation).

Nearest to Dropoff Cheap
Jun 13, 2017
Camping World of San Marcos - Parts & Accessories

Easy place to fill up your propane tank. They have special Good Sam Member discounts on Tuesday and Wednesday, and occasionally have Good Sam days where propane is half price.

Apr 7, 2017
San Elijo State Beach

A nationally-renowned beach campground, tough to book but great for weekdays and off-season. Affordable camping on a beachside cliff with a short hike down to the beach.

Dog-friendly Ocean View Quiet Sleep Under The Stars Family Friendly Most Beautiful Scenic
Apr 5, 2017
South Carlsbad State Beach Campground

A nationally-renowned beach campground, tough to book but great for weekdays and off-season. Affordable camping on a beachside cliff with a short hike down to the beach.

Dog-friendly Ocean View Sleep Under The Stars Family Friendly Most Beautiful Scenic
Apr 5, 2017
Oceanside Harbor & Beaches

Oceanside Harbor features everything you'd want in a San Diego day trip! Beaches, surfing, body boarding, sand, waterfront dining, boat rentals and much more.

Fishing Kid-friendly Historic Sightseeing Good weather Day trip
Apr 5, 2017
LEGOLAND California

If you're in Escondido you're probably here to experience amazing destinations. Legoland is perfect for families with young ones to experience rides, lego structures, water park, and even an aquarium.

Kid-friendly Sightseeing Good weather Day trip
Apr 5, 2017
Mike's BBQ

If BBQ is your thang, get to Mike's BBQ and go with a huge selection of craft beer, cocktails and a delicious selection of various dishes served with their classic or spicy BBQ sauce.

Local Fave Budget Happy Hour
Apr 5, 2017
Vintana Wine + Dine

Located above a Lexus dealership, Vintana deals the best vodka bar in Escondido. Head to the outdoor deck for great vodka martinis and tappas, a fantastic place to spend a big occasion.

Local Fave Happy Hour Scenic
Apr 5, 2017
Brigantine Seafood Restaurant

If you're in Escondido celebrating a big milestone and want a high-quality setting and meal, get to the Brig! Dining, bar or patio, the food, drink and especially fish tacos are a great getaway!

Local Fave Happy Hour Scenic
Apr 5, 2017
Anejo Restaurant

Simple Mexican Bar and Grill with a sports vibe and the quality of the margaritas and shrimp tacos are definitely worth the price of admission!

Local Fave Budget Happy Hour
Apr 5, 2017
O'Sullivian's Irish Pub Escondido

In the area for St. Paddy's Day (or any day for that matter)? This is the place to be to soak in Ireland! Grab a pint & some great Irish Pub faire at O'Sullivans in the heart of downtown Escondido.

Local Fave Budget Happy Hour Scenic
Apr 5, 2017
Burger Bench

Located in the heart of downtown Escondido, Burger Bench is the best burger and brew you'll find in Escondido. Scenic and fun, you gotta make the trip if you're tired of grilling yourself!

Local Fave Happy Hour Scenic
Apr 5, 2017
Killer Pizza From Mars

If you need to get out and hit a local spot for some pizza and brew, this is it! Kids will love the decor, arcade games and the parents will dig the beer selection and truly "killer" pizza!

Local Fave Happy Hour
Apr 5, 2017
Wendy's

Grab a burger and hit the road in the Leamon Party Bus! Since she's only 24 foot, can easily park and navigate the lot. And if you need a drive thru, she's safe with a 12' clearance.

Budget
Apr 5, 2017
Jack in the Box

Grab a burger and hit the road in the Leamon Party Bus! Since she's only 24 foot, can easily park and navigate the lot. And if you need a drive thru, she's safe with a 12' clearance.

Budget
Apr 5, 2017
Subway

Grab a sandwich and hit the road in the Leamon Party Bus! Since she's only 24 foot, can easily park and navigate the parking lot. Just make sure you lock up!

Budget
Apr 5, 2017
Vons

With a 24 footer like the Leamon Party Bus, it's easy to pick her up, head to the store and park to load up on food, drink and supplies! No cooler packing needed!

Apr 5, 2017
The Green Roof Car Wash

So the RV is coming back from the desert or some muddy adventure and you don't want to pay a surcharge. No problem! Hit up GRCW's self-service bays to hose and wipe her down saving you over $100!

Apr 5, 2017
Pearl Car Wash Escondido Inc

So the RV is coming back from the desert or some muddy adventure and you don't want to pay a surcharge. No problem! Hit up Pearl's self-service bays to hose and wipe her down saving you over $100!

Apr 5, 2017
Walmart

Listen, sometimes you just need to stop and rest (without being charged any fees) and most RV'ers know that a Walmart parking lot provides just that! Plus, stock up for the trip if needed!

Apr 5, 2017
Escondido RV Resort

Need to dump in a pinch? The Escondido RV Resort has proven willing to accommodate for a small fee. Very close to our home, they've allowed renters to drive into a site and dump for a small fee.

Nearest to Dropoff Cheap
Apr 4, 2017
Champagne Lakes RV Resort

Campground right of the I-15 freeway with dump station and propane service. Note that they close between 4-6pm so call ahead!

Cheap
Apr 4, 2017
Escondido RV Resort

Headed to SD Zoo Safari Park, Legoland, Carlsbad / Oceanside beaches yet want a hotel / resort feel? Look no further than this perfectly located RV resort right off I15 w/ all the amenities you need!

Dog-friendly Game Room Glamping Quiet Swimming Pool Wi-Fi Hookups Onsite Laundry Family Friendly
Apr 4, 2017
Dixon Lake

Small, quaint, Dixon Lake is a perfect little getaway for the family with nature all around! Close to SD Safari Park and plenty to do, Dixon Lake is a must do for North San Diego camping.

Dog-friendly Glamping Quiet Hookups Sleep Under The Stars Family Friendly Most Beautiful Scenic
Apr 4, 2017
Champagne Lakes RV Resort

We live only 15 minutes away but love to take a weekend trip over to Champagne Lakes! Fishing, bike riding, hiking, swimming and a quiet scenic atmosphere make it a great place to chill with the fam!

Dog-friendly Glamping Quiet Swimming Pool Wi-Fi Hookups Family Friendly Most Beautiful Scenic
Apr 4, 2017
San Diego Zoo Safari Park

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park has been a major attraction for San Diego locals & tourists for decades. You don't want to miss the tram attraction, proximity to the animals & so much more in sunny SD!

Kid-friendly Historic Sightseeing Good weather Day trip
Apr 4, 2017
Camping World of San Marcos - Parts & Accessories

Convenient dump station and camping store. Has everything you would need to stock up.

Nearest to Dropoff
Apr 2, 2017
Paradise by the Sea Beach RV Resort

Perfect beach access...no stairs and its a stroll through a playground and grassy park. They even have a cafe at the beach. The RV parks is clean and has full amenities so its easy to camp there.

Dog-friendly Bike Rental Swimming Pool Wi-Fi Hookups Onsite Laundry Family Friendly
Mar 23, 2017

Recent Outdoorsy trips to San Elijo State Beach, CA


Encinitas

Camped at the beach.

Glamping Social Scene
Dec 27, 2019
Oceanside

Camp.

Dec 5, 2019
Oceanside

We enjoyed the beach, park, fire pits, and ocean view!

Dog-friendly Snack Bar Ocean View Quiet Wi-Fi Hookups Onsite Laundry Family Friendly Dog-friendly Kid-friendly
Dec 3, 2019
Carlsbad

Surfing trip....dry camping.

Local Fave Boondocking Dog-friendly
Nov 29, 2019
Carlsbad

Surf 🏄‍♀️

Nov 13, 2019
Carlsbad

Stayed at south carlsbad state beach campground

Oct 30, 2019
Carlsbad

Beach camping

Oct 14, 2019
Campland on the Bay

Great place for kids to play and have fun. There are water rentals for all to enjoy.

Apr 19, 2019