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22 RV Parks near Dana Point, California
Aug 2018 - $60.00
We stayed in what we thought was an oceanfront space, but actually had NO view of the beach or water because of the huge sand berm. Every day a tractor pushed sand higher and higher to protect the park from ocean water surging up and (eventually?) going into the park should there be a storm. The beach was right on the other side of the berm, we just had to climb up and over to get there. The pictures on the park website show a view of the water (from the "ocean front" sites), but it's not so. The train goes by several times a day and also at night, but it doesn't blow the horn or sound too loud. It's dry camping at a clean and relatively quiet park right next to the beach. We enjoyed our stay, but were just a little disappointed we couldn't see the water. - CoachCathy
Mar 2018 - $65.00
Another CA state beach campground, pretty much just like all the rest. Only providing the basics, and at a high price. Again, no dogs allowed on the beach, as instructed by a rude park ranger guy, but lots and lots of dogs were on the beach that evening, and with no enforcement at all. No sewer at site. No power at sight, so lots of generator noise. Not a whole lot to do if you don't have a tow vehicle with you, as walking distances are considerable. All-in-all, this is the only SoCal state beach campground that earns a rating over a two from us. Mostly due to the fact that they have an actual beach that you can access rather than just cliffs. Not a lot of choices for RVers in the area, so if you must... - xyz-123
Oct 2017 - $35.00
Stayed 5 nites. Spacious sites with small shrubs between. Well kept, clean and right on the beach. Lots of families with kids. They are very strict on out by Noon, NOT in before 2PM, and generator rules are strictly adhered to, allowed 10AM to 8PM. Bring your own firewood. The stuff the host was selling was pieces of soft pine, more like lumber cuts. Would stay again and great if you want to be right on the beach or within a few feet of walking to the sand. - Nevada Nick
Nov 2017 - $65.00
This is one of the few RV campgrounds that is very close to the beach. The campground is very spacious and is divided between an area with hook ups and an area for dry camping/tents. The sites are generally level and nicely spaced apart. There is a very nice nature trail down to the beach (caution: it's a little steep). From there there is a very pleasant walk you can take north to the San Clemente Pier. Downtown San Clemente is a short drive for restaurants and shopping. Just south, there is a well known surfing beach at San Onofre. While we were camping, there was an army of park workers sprucing up the park - installing new picnic tables, trimming trees, etc. The ambiance is very laid back and dog friendly. This is one of our favorite places to get away from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. - scaddle
Jun 2017 - $65.00
Great location for beach stay. Restrooms were clean and sites well maintained. Beware of steep walk down either path to beach, only complaint. - timmyg47
Jan 2017 - $40.00
We booked a week at San Clemente State Beach after reading mostly good reviews online and were disappointed with our stay. We stayed in the dry camping area $40 per night plus the reservation fee ($8). The sites are a decent size but grass is sparse, the firepits are so tall that you can't really enjoy the warmth of the fire unless you're standing up. The restrooms are very outdated, coin-operated like most CA state parks but the water was cold and took an entire coin (2 mins & 50 cents) just to get the water lukewarm. No dish station just a very small handwash sink near the bathrooms. Also our site 155 which was DIRECTLY across from the restrooms. When we asked the rangers if we could switch sites they said because we were there for a week they did not have a site available. "well you picked the site online", however when you choose a site online it doesn't reflect actually how close you are to the bathrooms. Whatever. Lastly there were several less than desirable neighbors. We were handed a note that said there had been thefts in the parks so lockup your generators and bikes. I did not feel particularly safe despite the rangers presence. One night the man living in his tent directly next to us (about 10 feet from our camper) was up all night sporadically yelling and cursing keeping me and my husband awake. All in all we felt that for $40 per night we it was not worth our stay. If you are just passing through and need a place to stay for the night it may be okay. Despite the downfalls of this park it was easy to get to and very close to I-5 and downtown San Clemente as well as the beach. - LindseyR
Oct 2016 - $60.00
This is a California State Park. Take I-5, exit 72, "Cristianitos Rd", east about 1 mile. Watch for unmarked, turn-in lane to park (veer right at the yellow "crash barrel"). If you wait for the CG sign, you'll miss the turn. Cristianitos Road is recently paved asphalt, lined with "bots dots", in excellent condition. Credit cards accepted or use ReserveAmerica.com. Tent camping, no cabins, no yurts. Park roads are wide enough, asphalt, in good condition. Serious parking obstacles - wooden posts line roads and site pads (see pictures). I'm good at backing a 40' fiver but this was very challenging. All sites are back-in. Gentle turns, no overhead obstacles. FHU-20/30. Sites are level, asphalt, no landscaping (desert dirt), with water and electric at rear of site. No sewer - use dump station. No patio, has picnic tables. Low scrub bushes and trees, okay for satellite views. Fires in fire rings permitted. Firewood sales at $7.00 bundle. Good water pressure and taste. No office, no store. Clean and modern restrooms, buy tokens to pay for showers (grade "A"). No propane sales, laundry, or playground. No cable TV or Wi-Fi. Verizon coverage at "1-bar"; Jetpack coverage at "1-bar". Occasional traffic noise from the interstate. Bug Report: black ants (I sprayed my landing pads), large gnats (nuisance), small flies. No recycle bins. - StephenK
Jun 2016 - $35.00
We stayed in the non-hookup sites. It is a quick bike ride to the beach with a few hills, but to have access to Tressels is great!
Less cost per night than San Clemente, but if you don't tow a car, be prepared to pay $15/night for a car as there is no overflow parking or street parking along the road (only near the highway).
The scenery and view are nice here too. Overall it was a nice place to stay if you can't get near the beach for camping (we prefer San Clemente if we can get it though).
The bathrooms were messy though as there are no garbage cans in the bathrooms and no soap in some and no sink in others.
The campground had a little bit of trash around, although we did see staff picking up, stuff can hide pretty well and a few campers don't care about what they leave behind.
Overall we'd come back again if we can figure out the parking.
We stayed in a motorhome with friends in a tent. - Adams Family
Oct 2015 - $25.00
We stayed at a non-hook-up site, near facilities. Staff was nice and mostly helpful. The showers cost (fifty cents for 2 minutes) and no hand-soap in the restrooms, so bring your own. Short drive to the beaches, and your fee got you free parking at any of the other state parks/beaches. - ems_gpa
Jun 2018 - $40.00
Great location. Sleep listening to the surf. Beach is not kept groomed, by law it must remain natural and what washes in, seaweed etc, must stay until it is washed out. Unusual to have sewer hookups this close to the water. Lots of surfers, had a large group for several days while we were there, but the park is surprisingly quite and peaceful. AMTRAK ran just up above the sites, but not really noticeable after awhile. Staff friendly and helpful. Security patrols on a regular basics. Have to meet non-military guests at the gate, but Marines are very professional, polite and helpful. - Old Salt-First Mate
Apr 2016 - $30.00
The park has suffered damage to due to storms. Surfers Paradise and the Beach spots were closed for camping. We camped on the Bluff and it was wonderful. - cakvj
Dec 2015 - $35.00
As usual we really enjoyed our stay. We camped a few feet from the Ocean/Beach. Lots of Pelicans and other sea birds. Staff friendly and very professional. Spaces adequate for our 4 slide 39 foot fiver. Restrooms clean and well maintained, but with the cooler weather this year a little cold. Sat. dish plenty of clearance. Limited WI FI, only works near the office. Trains run behind the sites and can be a little noisy, but didn't keep us awake. - HR Clark
Sites: 42 | Recent Rate: $$$$ | 7 Reviews
May 2018 - $21.00
This is a very reasonable and clean park especially for this part of California. Provides for easy access to San Clemente, Laguna, and connected areas. The park staff was friendly and helpful. The sites were large and included power and water, no septic. We were in a 37 foot Class A with tow and tow dolly and had plenty of room, back in site. Over the air television is adequate but there is NO WIFI at all. Cellphone coverage was good 80 dBm or better, AT&T. We were visiting family so did not use many of the park's amenities but there is trails and sponsored activities available. This is a local county park so is frequented by locals for weekends. We were in Ortega Flats which is kind of close to the main road, Ortega highway. This road is pretty well used, especially by the local motorcyclist as it is very curvy and hilly and they love to race up and down the road. All in all would stay there again but there is one really big caution. This park is unusual as it has a pretty strict pet policy. The policy is NO PETS. Pretty unusual in my experience. They justify this by saying there is a danger of pets attracting cougars that are in the area. I guess I can understand this with dogs or animals that are allowed out of owners RV's but animals that are never allowed out it seems a bit restrictive. If you miss this in their information you could be sadly surprised. Since we had traveled all the way from Florida and prepaid we were given an exemption. We have camped all over the country including cougar country before. Never seen this strict of a rule before. - gargoyle
Jun 2011 - $26.00
Be sure you're aware that no dogs are allowed here! Several campers were turned away at the gate. Only a small number of sites have electric, and that loop does not have restrooms, only a porta-potty. The restrooms are about 10-15 blocks away, in the larger, non-electric loop. Also a bit uncommon is that the electric sites do not have water hookups. Other than that, it was a pleasant park to spend a few days in. - Searching4America
Sep 2010 - $10.00
My husband and I were going to stay here based on this site said "pets OK", but if you go to the website for the campground it specifically says "pets prohibited" except horses! So beware if you travel with a pet, so we could not stay here and never did. I have passed by here several times and it looks beautiful. - joycejack
Jul 2018 - $40.00
Stayed in the bluffs spot 26. Space big enough for my 22ft trailer, my 4 door f150 and awning out with space for a tent too. I came here as a kid so I knew there was trains that went by at all hours. I'm a city boy so it didn't bother me. What did suck was the truck weight scales that had a guy on the loud speaker at 2am. Not the park's fault but people going there should know about it. I recommend spots 1-22. They are close to trail 1 where the surf break has a lifeguard and dogs are allowed (they are allowed on trail 6 too). Our spot had a nice fire pit with a quarter grate on it so we could cook on it if needed. They supplied a picnic bench which also had room next to it for a 4-6 person tent. The bluffs are just that, located on the top of the bluffs which means you need to take the trail down to the beach. They can be steep in some spots but not too difficult to navigate. At the top of each trail before you descend to the beach is a park bench where you can watch amazing views of sunrise/sunset. Trail one has the least amount of rocks. Trail 3 had nothing but rocks so bring water shoes. Even trail one beach would be better with water shoes. This is officially our 4th of July spot at least until our dog passes away (no fireworks were heard the entire time we were here!) Love it here. Staff is really really nice. By the way...this is a primitive site with no hook ups but the sewage dump and hose to refill grey water tanks are near by. - gbprideoc
Aug 2016 - $35.00
No view of ocean except for a few spots at 100 to 115 I think. Very dusty, the trails to the beach are steep and some very difficult. We were camping by trail 3, it was hard to go down. Pebbly beach. It was noisy of space 33 where we were. Train passes very often and there is also a truck check point on the highway (wish is next to campsite) We had a fire ring and a picnic table, people were very quiet and polite. Our neighbors left because of all the noise the night before. Not sure I would want to return here. I guess it is and ok place to spend the night on your way somewhere, but not a destination to go to. - Nilda
May 2012 - $35.00
San Onofre Bluffs Campground (south of San Clemente State Beach and San Mateo Campground). Typical state park campground. No hook ups. 3 free dump stations. $35 night (RV and tent same price). Large RV sites. Tent sites have trees and privacy between each space. About 1 block from beach. 12 nice easy walking trails to access beach (divided into 6 sections). Section 1 and 6 are dog friendly. Very friendly staff and park host. No gates that close. Generator hours are from 10 AM to 8 PM. Noise from trains and highway but easy to forget about it. Great views over the landscape to see the ocean. Visited over weekend and over half RV spaces were open. 15 minutes to shopping and fast food. Will return. - ustractorsales
Mar 2019 - $70.00
A tad expense but the views are so worth it. Bathrooms are very newish and extremely clean. However, no hot water during our stay, this the less than perfect rating. The staff is very friendly and great customer service. - PattiBill
May 2018 - $75.00
Fees: $75 a night plus a 7.99 reservation fee. Water and electricity. This campground overlooks the Pacific Ocean. All of the camp sites have a view of the water since the park sits on a bluff and the campground is terraced. It's quite a location. The rest of the park is also fascinating. There is access to the beach and wonderful tide pools full of sea life. Even though the park is above the Pacific Coast Highway (Route 1) there is only a bit of traffic noise The public facilities are relatively new and well-maintained by the staff. The showers require tokens which cost 50 cents each and give 2 minutes of water. This is surprising given the high cost of a campsite. There is a historic section in the park of cabins right on the beach that are being rehabilitated and are for rent. The rents are surprisingly affordable. The historic section has been saved from the bulldozer by a non-profit that wanted to protect an area that has been an ocean playground since the early part of the twentieth century. - Walter48
Dec 2017 - $75.00
This is an expensive State Park ($75/night). The location is very convenient to Laguna Beach and Newport Beach. The grounds are very clean and the RV sites are 30/50 amp W/E. I'm surprised and disappointed to not have sewer given this is such a new park. If it had sewer, it would be 5 stars. The walking trails are great for the dogs. The area itself is also very new and clean with tons of shopping, restaurants and great beach activities. Heisler Park was a stand out. The park wifi was plenty good for basic surfing. I didn't try to stream as I feel that's not cool to do on shared internet. Verizon, ATT and T mobile hotspots were all strong w/out a booster. ATT - 20 d/l, Verizon 100+ d/l!!! and T mobile was over 20 d/l. OTA was in and out. Major channels would come in for a while and then go out again. The facilities were in great shape and clean. They have individual shower rooms and individual bathrooms. Showers take tokens I believe that you have to purchase. The sites are tiered so they all get ocean views and they are very large sites. No fires are allowed. The 3 pm check in time is strictly enforced. The rangers were friendly and available if needed. - Jessie1975
Feb 2019 - $15.00
We chose this park because it was closest to relatives, and we really weren't disappointed. It's hard to beat the rate - $15 per night for seniors, $20 for others. Our site had a water spigot. No electricity anywhere in the park, including the bathrooms, which are open to the outside air and VERY cold in the winter - but the water is hot, push-button style showers. You can run the generator from 8 am to 8 pm. Several sites are designated for RVs only, which is nice when you're big like we are. There were only six spots we would fit in, and even though they're all pull-thrus, a few of them we would have had to back out of (or into) because the opposite road was too narrow to make the turn. The spot I chose online wound up being perfect for us. Roads getting in are tight, especially at the ranger station gates and that first turn, but we managed. One thing to note - the entire park is in the Holy fire debris flow area, and could be evacuated if heavy rains are predicted. We were grateful that they were on top of this, and were evacuated after our second night. Our money was refunded, and they rescheduled us for a few extra nights on the other end, which was nice. We found another place to stay for the nine nights the campground wound up being closed, but that extended our total stay in the area by five days, which we put to good use. If it were drier we could have taken advantage of the many hiking paths in the area, but it was so wet that most of them were closed while we were there. There is a dump station, and we were able to back into it from the main road to use it on the way out - the loop configuration was just too tight and small for us to get around it. We would definitely come back here again! - Denise and Glenn
Jul 2017 - $20.00
This is a nice campground. Staff at the main gate were friendly and helpful. Very few campers during the week, however this place is always full on the weekends. The vast majority of campers here are tents, popups, etc. The site we had barely fit our 30' trailer, and there was no shot whatsoever of keeping the truck in the spot as well. This place was very busy during the weekend, and really an RV felt out of place to me, in the sea of tents. Fresh water was available near the site, and the dump station was well placed. We had a major ant problem as our stay concluded, and fought ants in the trailer for many days afterwards. Take measures to (hopefully) prevent ants when staying here! I did like the setting of this park, and would return. It was great to "get out of the city" and find this park. Very peaceful place. - KeystoneTT
May 2016 - $20.00
Great place, great sites, no electric, but water hookups. Lots of trees and wildlife in a beautiful setting. - coyotetraveler
Nov 2018 - $99.00
Great location. Noisy under the John Wayne airport path. Not a busy airport but you will definitely notice it. Bathrooms near us do not have showers. All others seem to. Water access is perfect for kayak. No restriction on x-pen fencing for our dogs. Great walk path. Dog run is small. Utilities hookup pedestals are great. Dirt parking for RV then concrete pads for patio, has a picnic table. Very nice pool an ;large laundry room. Did not use either. Bluff at the back of the park keeps the wind down. Off season is Quiet and nice. In season is probably a ZOO??? - beach89bum
Sep 2018 - $222.00
This was our first visit. We stayed over Labor Day weekend. The row of RV spaces that face the bay are spacious with a great view. But we could not justify that cost (almost $500/night) so we stayed one row back (at $290/night). This web page would not allow me to input a price higher than $222. Yes it was Labor Day weekend. I suspect that prices are lower during quieter times. Our space was 40' by 20'. We were able to fit with our toad. Our space was separated by chain link fence from our neighbors so there was little privacy. We could not level our RV. We didn't have enough blocks with us to compensate for the back to front slope. The sewer drains are about a foot off the ground so they don't gravity feed. The RV spaces are decidedly less than memorable but there are several good qualities to this campground. The staff was always helpful. In particular, the activities department staff were stellar. They hosted a variety of kids events each day starting at 11am. Our grandkids loved them. Most were free but some, like the "ice cream social" had a small charge. To us, the activities staff were the best part of this campground. The beach area on Back Bay was kept clean and is attractive. They have non-powered watercraft for rent, at very high prices ($20 to rent a life preserver for example). The pool area and bathrooms were kept clean and were well maintained. We saw staff patrolling around. But they appeared to be reluctant to enforce rules. People routinely double parked their cars and the 10pm quiet hour was merely a suggestion. We had to ask 4 people to move their cars on the morning that we left. I don't know if we will return. The inability to level, especially at these prices, and the hassles of draining the water tanks are likely more trouble than they are worth. - Gaucho Mac
Apr 2018 - $150.00
We spent a week there in a bay view site. Our site was plenty long enough for our 39' motorhome and still park our Jeep in the site. Sites are a little narrow but manageable. Easy to get in and out of although the roads do get tight when the campground is full. This is a great spot if your wanting to explore Newport. Disneyland is only 20 minutes away. Staff is nice but not overly friendly. Every site was cleaned and raked for the next visitor. Our kids love this place with lots to do. Our row of sites had a nice grassy area to hangout on while the kids played in the sand. The sites off the water are definitely tighter but cheaper. Only negative would be the utilities. Our post was loose and the sewer hook up is 8-10" off the ground which makes it hard to gravity drain the sewer. - Campn