Campgrounds in Southern California on the Carlsbad Coast

Campgrounds in Southern California on the Carlsbad Coast
The Carlsbad area of southern California is filled with sun-drenched beaches and ocean surf. Many of the RV parks in the area are right off the beach, making them high-demand locations for surfers, swimmers, snorkelers, scuba divers or beach combers. Visitors should keep in mind that California does not allow glass bottles or containers on state beaches.

South Carlsbad State Beach

South Carlsbad State Beach has sites for RVs and tents. Because of the beach's popular in the summer, reservations ( are highly recommended. Token-operated showers and bathrooms are on-site. Pets are allowed, but not on the beach, and they must be leashed at all times. There is Wi-Fi at the beach campground. Campers will be able to fish, snorkel, surf, scuba-dive, and kayak right from the campground.

South Carlsbad State Beach
7201 Carlsbad Blvd.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 438-3143


San Elijo State Beach

Snorkelers and Scuba divers will appreciate the reef just offshore at San Elijo State Beach. There are sites for RVs up to 35 feet in length and tents. The grounds have showers and bathrooms, and fresh-water spigots for drinking. There is a dump station on the grounds for RV camper use. Pets are allowed at the campsites on leashes but not allowed on the beach. Surfing, fishing, swimming and kayaking are available from the beach area.

San Elijo State Beach
2050 South Coast Highway 101
Cardiff By The Sea, CA‎
(760) 753-5091

Paradise by the Sea RV Park

Paradise by the Sea provides opportunities for sea-kayaking, surfing, swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving, and beach-combing right from the campground. Paradise by the Sea's full-hookup (30 and 50 amps) sites can accommodate RVs of most sizes and offer Wi-Fi and cable TV. Guests have access to the hot showers, toilets, group areas, picnic tables and barbecue sites, laundry room, and recreation room. Pets are allowed if leashed. Day trips from the Paradise by the Sea are San Juan Capistrano where visitors can watch the swallow migration, or visit the historic buildings in the town square.

Paradise by the Sea RV Park
1537 South Coast Hwy.
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 439-1376


Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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