Located on the San Diego Coast near the town of Cardiff-by-the-Sea, San Elijo State Beach is two miles long and offers two miles of swimming, surfing, showers and picnicking. The narrow, bluff-backed stretch of sand has a nearby reef popular with snorkelers and divers. The campground offers 171 campsites, which fill quickly for holidays and the summer season. You’ll need a reservation.

A camp store and snack bar located near the campground entrance operates March through October and provides all the amenities a camper may need including some RV supplies, boogie boards, firewood, and is the home of the original Bull Taco snack bar or telephone the camp store at (760) 436-6601.

Hours

Camping: 24 hours/day

Day use: Dawn to dusk

Getting there

Address
2050 S Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA 92007

GPS
33.0211942,-117.2867006

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Driving directions
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 South Coast Highway. Follow the Coast Highway south, about 2 miles.

More information

Park Office Phone Number: 760.765.0650
Reservations: 1.800.444.7275

Campground website