Silver Strand State Beach

Update (December 30, 2020): California has issued a Regional Stay at Home Order to stop the surge of COVID-19 cases and prevent a strain on the health care system. This action will help protect critical care for patients. While the order includes the closure of campground sites in impacted regions, the state also recognizes that mental health is physical health. As such, day use outdoor areas of park units currently open to the public will remain open. Members of the same household are encouraged to stay local and recreate responsibly in the outdoors. Please take the time to read the information contained on this webpage to find out what is open and closed, and the COVID-19 guidelines for this park unit.

Here is some additional information for locals visiting Silver Strand State Beach:

What is open now?
  • The state beach is open for active and passive recreation. 
  • Restrooms and parking areas are open for use. 
  • Face coverings are required when unable to maintain 6-foot physical distance.
  • Day-use fees may be paid through the automated pay machines installed at the park.
  • California Explorer Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass (Hangtag):
    • May be purchased in person at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve South Beach Kiosk.  Note: Passes will not be sold on rainy days at Torrey Pines.
    • May be purchased in person at Seaside (South Cardiff) Lot, Cardiff State Beach on weekends from noon to sunset. 
    • May be purchased online and picked up at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve 7 days a week (except rainy days) or at Seaside Lot, Cardiff State Beach on weekends.  Note: More details about quick pass pick up here or text ca1131 to 53242. 
    • May be purchased online at the California State Parks Store for delivery to your home or office.
  • The Limited Use Golden Bear Pass expiration date has been extended to March 31, 2021. All other terms and conditions of the pass remain in effect.

What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?
Closed at this park:
  • The Silver Strand State Beach Campground is temporarily closed.
  • The San Diego Coast District and Sector offices are currently closed.
  • Water may be intermittently shut off due to water valve replacement projects. Be prepared – bring hand sanitizer.
  • Group gatherings are not permitted.
  • Park amenities such as drinking fountains are closed.
  • To make a future reservation, visit or call 800-444-7275.
  • Many campgrounds across the state remain temporarily closed until further notice or will be temporarily closed in accordance with the new Regional Stay at Home Order. More information here.
  • High public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers.
  • Special events and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.

Are there any new visitor guidelines?
Yes, State Parks has implemented the following guidelines to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors:
  • Stay LocalStay close to home to slow the spread of COVID-19. Do not travel if you or someone in your household is sick.
  • Plan Ahead The COVID-19 pandemic response continues to be dynamic and fluid. As such, information on this webpage may change. Prior to visiting us, please check this webpage again right before you visit the park to find out if new guidelines are in place.
  • Stay Safer at 6 feet – No matter the recreational activity, maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Your guests should only include those within your immediate household. This means no guests or friends, and no gatherings, picnics or parties. Visitors are being asked to leave if there are too many people to allow for the required physical distance.
    • Boating: Do not raft up to other boaters or pull up onto a beach next to other recreators.
    • Off-highway Vehicle Recreation: Do not ride next to others or pull up next to someone else as it could put you in close proximity to others. Stage 10 feet or more from each other during unloading and loading.
  • Keep Clean – Be prepared. Not all restrooms are open to the public. in some cases, restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer. Please pack out all trash. Park units are experiencing heavy use and you can help alleviate the impact on park facilities.
  • Stay Covered – The state requires you wear a face covering when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more. Individuals must have a face covering with them at all times.

Statewide, California State Parks continues to work with locals on a phased and regionally driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved. However, the situation remains fluid and park operations can change at any time. The need for Californians to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the outdoors remains critical.

For information on statewide current closures and available services, please visit

Phone Number

(619) 435-5184

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 40 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 40 Feet

Park Hours

Entrance gates lock daily at:

- 7:00pm (Winter)*

- 8:00pm (Spring/Fall)*

9:00pm (Summer)*

Entrance Gates open year-round at 7 a.m.

* Winter = November 1 - February 28

* Spring = March 1 - Thursday before Memorial Day

* Fall = Tuesday afterLabor Day - October 31

* Summer = Friday before Memorial Day - Labor Day

Dogs Allowed?

Dogs allowed only in the parking lots and RV campground. Dogs not allowed on beach or bayside.

Driving Directions to Silver Strand SB

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.

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.

Family Campsites
RV Dump Station
RV Access
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
Picnic Areas
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Family Programs
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible


As of June 1st, 2016, all wood burning fires are prohibited on our State Beaches where established fire rings are not provided. View the full media release here (Media Release).  At Silver Strand, wood fires are allowed only in provided fire rings. 

Campground Information

For Reservation issues, call 1-800-444-PARK (7275).

Camping is available for self-contained recreational vehicles, motorhomes, or trailers only, per Coastal Commission regulations.  Minimum requirements: a built in sink with an enclosed drain system, and a portable toilet with holding tank. Vehicles not meeting the minimum requirements will be turned away.

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 $20 per night. Contact the park for detailed information.

Campground 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.
ALL RV's must back into their campsites.
Park gates close nightly at seasonally posted hours. When gates are locked, there is no vehicle access into or out of the park.
It is always a good idea to call ahead regarding operating hours, fees, and conditions, which can change.

Day Use Information

Day Use Parking Rates (flat rate when staffed):
$10 Monday - Friday
$12 Saturday - Sunday

4th of July = $20; Labor Day Weekend = $15

Oversize vehicles are an extra fee. Oversize: 4th of July = $60, Labor Day Weekend = $45
Any Special Rules for Oversized Vehicles?
In the high-demand units of southern California we must charge fees according to the space you occupy. If your recreational vehicle occupies two spaces, we offer an Oversized Vehicle rate. This fee is designed to recover revenue lost when an oversized vehicle uses more than one space that could have been filled by an additional paying vehicle. If the vehicle’s traveling length and width extend beyond two spaces, additional fees may be paid to cover the number of spaces occupied by the vehicle. Additional fees cannot be purchased to accommodate a vehicle’s extended size, or additional equipment or occupancy. Fees may only be used to cover the traveling size. Extending a shade canopy or additional equipment into adjoining spaces beyond traveling size is not permitted.

Hourly off-season rates when not staffed:
0-1 Hrs = $4
0-2 Hrs = $6

Please conserve water when visiting the park; excess water usage affects future water supplies and increases costs to State Parks.

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

Come Visit

"Photo: Car camping on the beach at Silver Strand State Beach" 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.
  ~ Exception: Day use and camping area parking lots, where they must remain on a leash no longer than six feet in length.

CCAC LogoThrough 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.


Loews Hotel Beach Packages

Loews Hotel of Coronado provides a beach set-up package which includes two lounge chairs, two towels and a beach umbrella for $10 or a beach set-up for one that includes one lounge chair, a towel and a beach umbrella for $8. This service is available to the public as well as hotel guests.

Loews Beach Packages








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