The Best Rated California Waterfront RV Campgrounds

by Rene Agredano
The California coastline differs greatly from north to south.

The California coastline differs greatly from north to south.

The 1,100 mile long California coast has year-round mild weather, making it an ideal camping destination throughout the year. However, the coastline is dramatically different in Northern and Southern California. In Southern California, beach campgrounds are smooth, sandy and perfect for swimming, beachcombing and surfing. But in Northern California you'll want to bundle up at the beach, because the rugged, dramatic coastline and cooler water makes it less accommodating to swimmers and surfers.

Campland on the Bay

Woodall's Campground Directory rates Campland on the Bay five "Ws" for the park's recreation amenities and four "Ws" for available facilities. Campland has its own private beach overlooking Mission Bay and features a marina, swimming pools (including one just for children), jacuzzi tub for adults only, boat rentals and on-site fishing access, playground and sports field. There is also an on-site cafe, wireless Internet, cable television, convenience store and laundry facilities. Campland has 573 campsites that are 20' wide, with 30- and 50-amp electric service, water and sewer. Clubs, big rigs and pets are welcome.

Campland on the Bay 2211 Pacific Beach Dr. San Diego, CA 92109 800-422-9386 campland.com

Chula Vista RV Resort & Marina

Chula Vista RV Resort & Marina is highly rated by Woodall's Campground Directory, receiving five "Ws" for both recreation opportunities and on-site facilities. This bayfront RV park has 237 sites with full hookups and wireless Internet for an additional fee. The resort also has its own marina, on-site boutique and convenience store, two full service restaurants, fitness center, picnic areas, coin-operated laundry facilities and swimming pool and spa. The park hosts numerous events throughout the year such as pancake breakfasts, barbecues and happy hours. Pets under 20 pounds are welcome for an additional fee.

Chula Vista RV Resort & Marina 460 Sandpiper Wy. Chula Vista, CA 91910 800-770-2878 chulavistarv.com

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

Woodall's Campground Directory ranks Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort with five "Ws" for both recreation and facilities. This 110-acre resort is adjacent to the Back Bay Nature Preserve and offers 378 RV sites with full hookups, an on-site fitness center, recreation hall, pool and spa, laundry facilities playground, pavilion and banquet facilities in an on-site restaurant. The resort also has a water sports park with beach and boat rentals. Pets are welcome for an additional fee but management prohibits pit bulls and rottweilers.

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort 1131 Back Bay Dr. Newport Beach, CA 92660-7405 949-729-3863 newportdunes.com

Marina Dunes RV Park

Marina Dunes RV Park is a beachfront resort located near Pebble Beach. The park is rated four "Ws" for available facilities and three for recreation opportunities by Woodall's Campground Directory. Amenities include RV sites with full hookups, 30- and 50-amp electricity, cable television, patios, picnic tables, fireplaces and barbecue grills. The park also features wireless Internet, a convenience store, recreation room, horseshoes, basketball courts, playground and hiking trails. Big rig RVs and pets are welcome.

Marina Dunes RV Park 3330 Dunes Rd Marina, CA 93933 831-384-6914 marinadunesrv.com

About the Author

Rene Agredano is a traveling journalist and entrepreneur based in Fort Collins, Colo. Since 1998, she has covered travel, home-and-garden, fitness, animal care and other lifestyle topics for publications such as "The Times-Standard" newspaper of northern California. Agredano holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Chapman University.

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