The front gate opens year-round at 7 a.m. Park closure hours vary. Please contact the park with questions. Camping is available for self-contained vehicles, motor-homes, or trailers. Per Coastal Commission regulations, vehicles that are not fully self-contained will be turned away. It is always a good idea to call ahead regarding operating hours, fees, and conditions, which can change.
Silver Strand State Beach
Day Use Lot #3 is now available for campground extra vehicle parking. Have more space in your site! Special Rules and Pricing apply. Rate is $15 per night. Contact the park for detailed information.
Check In Time is 2:00 pm, no exceptions. if you arrive early, parking may be available in the day use area for a fee.
Tentatively, for a five day period between October 30 – November 9 2017, heavy equipment may be on the beach moving sand for winter berm protection. Noise and blowing sand may periodically affect campsites. Exact dates are unknown, but will be updated by Sept. 15, 2017. Campsites may have reduced visibility due to winter berm.
For camping reservations call Reserve America at 1-800-444-7275 or via the internet at www.reserveamerica.com
Day Use Parking Rates through September: $10 flat rate when staffed.
Day Use Parking Rates October through approx. mid May 2017:
0-1 Hrs = $2
0-2 Hrs = $4
All Day = $8
$8 flat rate when entrance station staffed.
Rates may go to $10 during peak usage.
Oversize vehicles may be an extra fee.
Please conserve water when visiting the park; excess water usage affects future water supplies due to the drought and increases costs to State Parks.
Silver Strand State Beach features extensive beaches on both the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay. Combined with the area’s mild climate, the beaches make Silver Strand one of the area’s finest recreation destinations. Camping, swimming, surfing, boating, water-skiing, volleyball, and picnicking are popular activities. Anglers can fish for perch, corbina, grunion and yellow-fin croaker.
Park facilities include four large parking lots, which can accommodate up to 1,000 vehicles. Restroom and cold showers are available on each side of the park. Beach restrooms are for Day-Use visitors. Per Coastal Commission regulations, campers must be in fully self-contained vehicles. Fire rings for cookouts are available on the beach during summer. It is always a good idea to call ahead regarding operating hours, fees, and conditions, which can change.
The bay side of the park offers views of San Diego Bay. Three pedestrian tunnels lead from the parking lots under the highway to the bay side of the park. (The bay side of the park is restricted to pedestrian traffic only. No vehicles are allowed in the tunnels or on the bay side.) The water in the bay area is usually warmer and calmer, perfect for swimming and sailing. Ramadas, tables, barbecue pits, and fire rings are available in the area. South of the developed area, there are one and a half miles of ocean and natural preserve. Strolling along the beach, visitors may see moon snail shells, cockle shells, and an occasional sand dollar in the sand.
~ Dogs are not allowed on the beach, in the tunnels, or on the bay side.
~ Dogs are allowed only in the day use and camping area parking lots.
~ All dogs must remain on a leash no longer than six feet in length.
The Silver Strand Beach Café operates Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends for the busy summer season and offers a variety of ice cream sundaes, sandwiches, and bar-be-que. Some beach amenities such as boogie boards for rent and sunscreen, sunglasses, ice, firewood, and hats are for sale.
Through a unique collaboration with CA State Parks and the CA Department of Boating & Waterways, Southwestern College operates the Crown Cove Aquatic Center at Silver Strand State Beach. To learn more about CCAC programs and activities available to the general public and guests of SSSB, including courses and rentals, CLICK HERE.
California State Parks is implementing service reductions in order to meet Department budget cuts this fiscal year. Service reductions include closing all bayside restrooms except the fully accessible restroom at the Aquatic Center and 1/2 of the beach-side restrooms on weekdays. All beach-side restrooms are open during weekends. Please be aware that some areas of the beach are posted "No Lifeguard on Duty"; swim where lifeguards are present. Service reductions do not pertain to park concessions.
Location - Directions
The beach is located 4.5 miles south of the city of Coronado on Highway 75. The park is located on the sand-spit that forms the outer edge of San Diego Bay between Coronado and Imperial Beach. The park has 2 ½ miles of ocean beach and ½ mile on the bay. The entrance to the park is from Highway 75, which serves as a divider between the ocean side of the park and the bay side.
5000 Highway 75
Coronado, CA 92118
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Available Activities and Facilities at Silver Strand State Beach
RV Dump Station
Exhibits and Programs
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Drinking Water Available