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San Elijo State Beach

Contact Information

(760) 753-5091

Park Hours

Dawn to sunset

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 35 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 35 Feet

Driving Directions to San Elijo SB

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.

Camping and Lodging

Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.


San Elijo State Beach Campers:  Happy Thanksgiving!  Due to the scheduled Turkey Trot Run on Thanksgiving morning, November 26, 2017, please expect minor delays entering and exiting the campground between the hours of 5:00am – 10:00am.  Vehicle traffic for registered campers will be permitted during the event, but campers will only be able to enter and exit the campground using the northbound lanes.  All southbound lanes north of the campground entrance will be closed during the event.   The San Elijo North Day Use lot will also be closed during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.  Thank you for camping with us!

Coming Soon
San Elijo State Beach Lifeguard Headquarters

Rendering of the new Lifeguard HeadquartersRendering of the new Lifeguard Headquarters

Beginning January 2018-June 2019, California State Parks will be constructing the new Lifeguard Headquarters building at San Elijo State Beach. Construction will occur Monday-Friday, but major electrical and plumbing work will keep some of the campsites closed during the construction process. There may be construction noise during the week. Access to the San Elijo Campground dog beach will be through Cardiff State Beach. This new state of the art facility will house public safety vehicles, a communications center, and an observation deck.  The Lifeguard Headquarters building will greatly improve response times, access to medical aid, and better protect the safety of visitors as they enjoy numerous outdoor recreational opportunities.

Located on the San Diego Coast, San Elijo State Beach offers camping, swimming, surfing, showers and picnicking. The narrow, bluff-backed stretch of sand has a nearby reef popular with snorkelers and divers.

A camp store and snack bar located near the campground entrance operates March through December 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.


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Pipes at San Elijo SB

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Available Activities and Facilities at San Elijo State Beach

Family Campsites
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Dump Station
RV Access
Bike Trails
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Interpretive Exhibits
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Family Programs
Camp Store
Restrooms / Showers
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible