With a population nearing 1.5 million, San Diego, California is the second largest city in the state, behind only Los Angeles. Like LA, the ocean keeps its temperatures close to 70 °F around the year, perfect for camping. Geographically, it’s a hilly city. The Laguna Mountains lie 15 miles to its east and are surrounded by the Cleveland National Forest. The San Diego River runs from this eastern side through the city towards the ocean, dividing San Diego into its northern and southern parts.
San Diego is a city made for the outdoor enthusiast. Its diverse landscape provides for an ample amount of camping activities. RV parks are located in the mountains, on beaches, in ecological reserves, and lagoons. For campers wishing to stay near the beach, this affords them the opportunity to ocean fish, snorkel, surf, sail, kayak, and do basically any beach related camping activity you can think of.
An excellent site for such activities is the San Elijo State Beach. It offers over 150 sites, 26 of which are RV only. This well-kept beach is located near a coral reef, great for snorkeling. Silver strand is another state beach that’s a great option. Located on a 7-mile isthmus, it has a beach facing the ocean on one side and a beach facing the San Diego Bay on the other. The bayside beach offers a fantastic view of the city.
Inland from the ocean, San Diego has a variety of low-cost private RV parks. In the mountains of El Cajon, a city 20 miles east of boundaries of San Diego, the Circle RV Resort offers a getaway from city life. All of its 165 gravel RV sites have full-hookups. Guests staying there have free access to its large fitness center, library, and club room.
Once back in San Diego proper, the San Diego Zoo is a requirement. With its 3,700 animals, its one of the largest zoos in the world. Towards the edge of San Diego city limits, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is 2,000 acres of coastal land meant to be hiked. Afterwards, hit the Torrey Pines Golf Course for a round or two.