San Elijo State Beach, Encinitas

4.4
#8 of 8 in Parks in Encinitas
Beach · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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  • Family members spend a week here every summer and we're always thrilled to come by and spend a day with them. The views from the bluffs above the beach are spectacular. The stairways down to the... 
    Family members spend a week here every summer and we're always thrilled to come by and spend a day with them. The views from the bluffs above the beach are spectacular. The stairways down to the...  more »
  • there is a camping ground high above the ocean where I would like to camp on another trip to California, however the beach is very inviting 
    there is a camping ground high above the ocean where I would like to camp on another trip to California, however the beach is very inviting  more »
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  • Campground was wonderful. We had I believe one of the top 10 spots at these grounds. Our site allowed us to walk right up to tower 16 and woke up looking at tower 16 from my tent. Restrooms are kept up and cleaned daily. No drone restrictions were detected. The low tide was nice to enjoy with the kids. I recommend bringing water shoes if planning on enjoying the beaches. My children's feet were cut up pretty bad from all the hard stone and reefs in the shallows during higher tides. Also ant repellent. Lotta ants! Many of the RV and trailer campers I noticed used the ant chalk to detour them from climbing onto their campers, great idea. Also if tent camping our location the ground was extremely hard and have sturdy stakes that still were difficult to hammer down, so don't bring those cheap stakes, you might as well not even stake the tent if you do so. Our fire ring could have been cleaned out more but not a big issue.
  • Spent $42 for a site. Huge site, could have parked 8 cars in the site we had. We were not in the sites closest to the beach. We could hear the crashing waves and the smell the ocean breeze. The bathrooms were well taken care of and clean. You have to walk down a flight of step to access the beach. The beach can be totally coved by waves during high tide. Across the street is a 7/11 for convenience, and several restaurants and coffee shops. Each site has its own fire pit and table.

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