Located in Northern San Diego County, San Elijo State Beach (campground) is a great location along the Southern California coast where swimming, surfing, camping and picnicking are just a few of the activities you can enjoy. The campground is located along the bluff and many of the camping spots have uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean. Access to the beach is by wooden stair cases which drop you directly on the beach from the campground. There is a store and snack shop which has a fantastic view of the beach below. The beach offers day use as well as camping up to 30 days. Nearby towns are Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Encinitas with it's famous Moonlight Beach.
Please enjoy the campsite photos of San Elijo campground. We will continue to add more campsite photos of the campground if some are not available.
San Elijo State Beach Campground is rather oddly squeezed on a three-quarter mile strip of land between the highway, railroad tracks, and the great blue sea. The developed side of the site doesn't deter visitors though, as over 500,000 guests visit annually!
This state campground offers 171 spaces for tents or RVs up to 35 feet long, with picnic tables, fire grills, and fresh water.
Flush toilets and showers are supplied in the new family-style restrooms. A dump station and full hookups are available for RVs. A small store is also on site. Several of the sites are handicapped accessible as is the store.
San Elijo State Beach extends along Coast Highway 101, 3/4 mile north from San Elijo Lagoon's entrance channel, near the community of Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Exit Interstate 5 at Encinitas Blvd., head WEST. Turn LEFT on So. Coast Hwy. Follow the Coast Hwy. south, about 2 miles.
Located on the San Diego Coast, San Elijo State Beach has a gently sloping sandy beach. The site offers swimming, surfing, beachcombing and picnicking. The beach is located one mile south of Cardiff on Old Highway 101. The narrow, bluff-backed stretch of sand has a nearby reef popular with snorkelers and divers. The beach extends along old Highway 101 (Route S21) 3/4 mile north from San Elijo Lagoon's entrance channel, near the community of Cardiff -by-the-Sea. There is also a "doggie beach" located just south of the campground.
Nearby San Elijo Lagoon is an ecological preserve where egrets, herons, and a variety of marine birds can be seen from a small network of trails leading from the campgrounds. San Elijo Lagoon is one of San Diego County's largest coastal wetlands. It lies along the coast between the cities of Solana Beach and Encinitas, extending inland to the community of Rancho Santa Fe. It is fed by a 77 square mile watershed with two main tributaries, Escondido Creek and Orilla Creek. The reserve encompasses approximately 900 acres of diverse habitat with six plant communities: coastal strand, salt marsh, freshwater marsh, riparian scrub, coastal sage scrub, and mixed chaparral. This mosaic of habitats supports over 300 species of plants, over 20 species of fish, over 20 species of reptiles and amphibians, 24 species of mammals, and over 295 species of birds.