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Old 11-24-2019, 12:38 PM   #1
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Best RV Park in San Diego?

We're traveling cross-country in 2020 and plan on spending a couple weeks in San Diego visiting our son and daughter in law.
Any recommendations for a RV Park in the greater San Diego area? Our priorities would be safety, quiet, and then a wee bit of space... We don't mind traveling to visit them but it would be great to be within 30 minutes or so of the city...
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Old 11-24-2019, 01:18 PM   #2
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We're traveling cross-country in 2020 and plan on spending a couple weeks in San Diego visiting our son and daughter in law.
Any recommendations for a RV Park in the greater San Diego area? Our priorities would be safety, quiet, and then a wee bit of space... We don't mind traveling to visit them but it would be great to be within 30 minutes or so of the city...
Thanks in advance!
We lived in SD for several years; now in Texas in winter, we visited again last year with our AS...the Mission Bay RV park is where we stayed, and although a bit pricy, it's very well located to down town, Old Town, and of course right on Mission Bay. We spent a week there and enjoyed the location. There are others, including a highly rated park in Chula Vista RV resort. We have visited here, but thought it would be noisy due to freeway. Many folks like it.

Foot note; I stayed there for 6 months 35 years ago in a MH, while moving to the area and looking for a home...there were/are several mobile homes still there (no one lives in them), but the city is tearing them down, albeit very slowly...The plan is to expand the Mission Bay RV Park, I was told...likely more revenue for the city! Too bad for the owners who had built there with their beautiful location...

Side not for the area; we always try to stay in Borego Springs desert when we head that direction...boondocking for free in the desert just outside town, or staying at the low cost Borego Springs State Park there; highly recommend....only an hour or so drive to SD for day tripping...
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Old 11-24-2019, 04:09 PM   #3
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We've stayed in the San Diego area three times over three years(2014-2016) each for a month at a time. We checked Mission Bay a couple of times - perfect location but so-so park. We kept coming back to Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve. The drive into San Diego wasn't bad - maybe 20 - 30 minutes to La Jolla in good traffic and not much more into San Diego. The best part is Santee's location as a terminus of the Green Trolley Line which leads into downtown San Diego with stops at Old Town, Little Italy, etc. The cost for a transit wide day pass was $5 per person. Free parking at Trolley Square adjacent to a community police station. Excellent campground (we stayed in the premium section) that can be difficult to get into in the winter.

https://www.santeelakes.com
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Old 11-24-2019, 05:01 PM   #4
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Agree that Santee Lakes is a good spot, convenient. Mission Bay is nice too. If you want something in North County, reserve at San Elijo State Beach. Awesome location and some full hookup sites. Enjoy SD
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We really like Chula Vista RV Resort. It is a few minutes south of downtown San Diego, on the harbor, very quiet. Spent last week there. Great little park adjacent to the RV park to just walk or sit and watch the water.
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Cousin in Coronado just told us about Campland on the Bay. Apparently they have been there for years and (?) now have lease on Mission too? Has anyone stayed there? It’s right on the water I guess. I would choose the one closest to the persons you want to visit. The traffic can be horrendous.
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Old 11-25-2019, 12:06 PM   #7
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Cousin in Coronado just told us about Campland on the Bay. Apparently they have been there for years and (?) now have lease on Mission too? Has anyone stayed there? It’s right on the water I guess. I would choose the one closest to the persons you want to visit. The traffic can be horrendous.
And that last statement, my friends, is why I like Mission Bay RV park location the best...when visiting downtown SD, your not too far away, even in the "horrendous traffic".

There are also several "other" RV places to stay up the coast in North County like San Elijo State Beach in Carlsbad area, and toward San Clemente we have stayed at San Onofre, although next to the ocean with nice sunsets and beach, it is noisy next to Freeway; San Clemente State Park, is very nice, but hard to get into, but across the Freeway is San Mateo State Park and usually you can get in there..we have been able to get cancelations at both places in the past if you get there in the morning...call ahead and check with rangers. God luck...lots to see in the area...also, don't forget "free" boondocking outside Borrego Springs!
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We really like Chula Vista RV Resort. It is a few minutes south of downtown San Diego, on the harbor, very quiet. Spent last week there. Great little park adjacent to the RV park to just walk or sit and watch the water.
We have stayed at this park a number of times, including a month this past summer. Beautiful, well established park, well maintained, great pool and amenities and an easy drive to any of the sites in SD. The only downside, no wifi. The resort is set to be shut down next fall to make way for a hotel and convention centre. Ah, progress. Some things just need to stay the same as this park will be missed.
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We’ve only stayed at Chula Vista, and really enjoyed it.
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Old 11-25-2019, 05:24 PM   #10
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If you are traveling I-8 into San Diego you could stop at Viejas Casino. I’m not a fan of staying at casinos but this one has good restaurants and shuttle from the parking lot to the casino. There is a fun little shopping area with seasonal ice rink right across the street. It’s out in the country a bit so if you are pulling in later in the day you could spend the evening there. They also have a campground but really the parking lot is easier and better for leveling. There is also a guard so it feels secure.
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Old 11-25-2019, 05:29 PM   #11
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Santee Lakes

We enjoyed Santee Lakes. It is convenient to San Diego, the sites are large and scenic.
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I heard chula vista is closing. Bought out by hotels. Campland on the bay is ok. But a zoo during the season on the weekends. During the winter it should be better.

We stay at Fiddlers Cove Navy Base. Excellent place, but you have to have an ID to get access. Admiral Baker navy recreation area is a bit inland, but open to the public without an id. Call for reservations.
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Old 11-25-2019, 11:19 PM   #13
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At San Elijo beach. You can enjoy the CA lifestyle without ever getting in your car. Walk across the street and you have a number of restaurants and bars, from local dives to fine dining. If you want to go farther it is a short trip to Encinitas and a train station.

I've spent many a happy day in that park. There is also a state park in Carlsbad but there are no local amenities near by.

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Old 11-26-2019, 01:10 AM   #14
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campland give it a try it worked for us
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Chula Vista is going to be open thru September of 2020. The property the RV park is on in owned by the San Diego Port Authority. They are going to build a convention center on that location. The RV park itself is moving just a couple of miles away.
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Chula Vista KOA

Stated numerous times there. Good access and good facilities. Also have enjoyed convenience of San Diego RV resort.
Lots of good places as well. Check Campendium.com
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Sweetwater Summit Regional Park—quiet, not too far away from downtown, clean, large size lots. Plan to go back soon!
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Many beautiful places to stay along the pacific coast. Pechanga casino They have a beautiful RV park, and shuttle that will take you up to the casino every half hour. Great dog runs and reasonably priced. Safe travels . And enjoy our beautiful Southern California. Today we’re having a downpour on Thanksgiving. very unusual I’m sure the rest of the week will be fantastic.
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Thanks - Sweetwater looks really nice and is only 25 minutes from our son and his wife - perfect!!
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We're traveling cross-country in 2020 and plan on spending a couple weeks in San Diego visiting our son and daughter in law.
Any recommendations for a RV Park in the greater San Diego area? Our priorities would be safety, quiet, and then a wee bit of space... We don't mind traveling to visit them but it would be great to be within 30 minutes or so of the city...
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.....we always stay at Mission Bay....very clean..15 minutes to the water front downtown...short distance to balboa park
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