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Golden sand, crashing waves, and towering bluffs await on your next RV camping getaway to South Carlsbad State Beach. An oceanfront campground means you can live the SoCal dream and sleep just steps from the sand. Spend sun-drenched days on the local beach or venture further afield to discover laid-back surf towns, pristine nature preserves, and historic missions. You're also within striking distance of big-ticket attractions like Legoland California Resort and San Diego Zoo.

Book an RV in San Diego County and you can camp by the ocean at South Carlsbad State Beach, or check out nearby stretches of sand like Oceanside, Encinitas, and San Clemente. At just 40 minutes from the county seat, South Carlsbad State Beach is popular with urbanites wanting to camp in an RV near San Diego. You're also less than two hours from Los Angeles, another popular hub to pick up an RV rental and kick off a West Coast road trip.

Getting Outdoors

The beach is the main draw at South Carlsbad, stretching for almost five miles along the Pacific Coast. Spend the day basking on the sand or take a stroll and peer into tide pools filled with colorful sea stars and anemones. For a glimpse of the underwater ecosystem, bring a snorkel set or scuba gear.

Southern California is one of the world's premier surf destinations, so why not rent a board and test your skills? To the south of the campground, the Ponto Day-Use Area is a great place to enjoy a picnic lunch and watch the waves roll in. As well as surfers, you could spot dolphins, sea lions, and whales splashing offshore. The whale watching is best in the winter, when hundreds of grey whales migrate up the coast from warm calving lagoons in Mexico to bountiful Arctic summer feeding grounds.

Kids love taking part in the Junior Ranger Program offered at more than 70 California state parks, including South Carlsbad. Pick up a logbook and badge, then encourage your little campers to earn stamps, track wildlife, hike family-friendly trails, and, most importantly, make new friends. Check the entrance station for updates on guided nature walks and campfire programs.

Camping at South Carlsbad State Beach

RV camping at South Carlsbad State Beach means you can fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves and wake up to fresh Pacific Ocean breezes. Choose from more than 220 sites, with around one third set on the edge of the bluffs and commanding stunning ocean views. Inland sites are a great option if you prefer more shelter from the wind. Coastal shrubs dot the sites and offer plenty of privacy from your neighbors. Well-marked trails and staircases wind down the bluffs to the beach and make it easy to access the sand. After dark, return to your RV rental site to roast hot dogs and s'mores around the fire pit.

You'll enjoy full hookups as well as water stations throughout the campground. Like most California state park RV campgrounds, South Carlsbad offers modern bathrooms with flush toilets and showers. There's also a pair of dump stations for RV rentals. You're welcome to use a generator; just be sure to respect the campground's quiet times. The South Carlsbad State Beach Campground is pet-friendly, so feel free to bring along Fido.

Thanks to the warm, temperate climate, peak season runs from March to November, when you're allowed to stay for a maximum of seven consecutive nights. From December to February, motorhome camping stays of up to 14 nights are allowed. If you're traveling with a larger party, consider booking the Pelican Point group campsite, which can host up to 40 people and two on-site vehicles or RVs.

Exploring the Area

RV camping at South Carlsbad State Beach makes it easy to discover San Diego County. Legoland California Resort is one of the area's signature attractions, luring families with colorful rides and entertainment. From March to May, nature lovers, photographers, and wedding parties descend on Carlsbad Ranch Flower Field, where you can wander around 50 acres of rainbow-colored ranunculus blooms.

Sandwiched between Carlsbad and Encinitas, Batiquitos Lagoon is one of California's last remaining tidal wetlands. It's a great place to spot birds such as snowy egrets, great herons, and endangered plovers, as well as admire prickly pear cacti, eucalyptus, coastal sage, and other unique flora. Carlsbad Village is a great place to browse boutique shops, check out trendy cafes, and admire the lavish Queen Anne-style hotel built by local businessman John Frazier in the 1880s. You'll also find a good selection of gas stations and grocery stores. For more choice, head 20 minutes south to Encinitas, another great place to rent an RV near South Carlsbad State Beach.

RV Rentals in South Carlsbad State Beach, CA

South Carlsbad State Beach, CA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in South Carlsbad State Beach. Outdoorsy's South Carlsbad 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 South Carlsbad State Beach, CA


Check out local hikes, campgrounds, parks and more!

Popular Nearby Trails

Hiking Trail Location
South Carlsbad State Beach South Carlsbad State Beach, CA
Batiquitos Lagoon Trail Carlsbad, CA
Beacon's Beach Walk Encinitas, CA
Encinitas Ranch Golf Course Trail Encinitas, CA
Carlsbad Coastal Rail Trail Carlsbad, CA
Carlsbad Sea Wall Trail Carlsbad, CA
Lake Calavera Calavera Park, CA
Rancho Carrillo Loop Trail Carlsbad, CA
Hosp Grove Trail Carlsbad, CA
San Elijo State Beach San Elijo State Beach, CA

Popular Nearby Campgrounds

Campground Location
Campland On the Bay San Diego County, CA
Pechanga RV Resort Riverside County, CA
Lake Jennings Campground San Diego County, CA
San Diego Metro KOA San Diego County, CA
Chula Vista Marina San Diego County, CA
Tucalota Springs RV Resort & Campground Riverside County, CA
Pio Pico RV Resort & Campground San Diego County, CA
Oakzanita Springs RV Campground San Diego 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 South Carlsbad 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
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 5, 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
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 4, 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 4, 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 4, 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 4, 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
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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
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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
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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
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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 4, 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 4, 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 4, 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 4, 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 3, 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 3, 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 3, 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 3, 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 3, 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 3, 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

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