San Elijo State Beach

EFFECTIVE (July 22, 2020) - Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors.

As a reminder, Californians are encouraged to avoid road trips and stay close to home, maintain physical distancing, wear a face covering when a physical distance of six feet from others who are not from the immediate household members cannot be maintained, and avoid congregating. Everyone has the responsibility to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

Here are some additional guidelines for locals visiting San Elijo State Beach:

What is open now?
  • San Elijo State Beach including the North Day-use Lot are open for active and passive recreation and parking and restrooms are available.
  • Day-use fees may be paid through the automated pay machines installed at the park.
  • Campgrounds are open at full capacity but visitors should expect a different camping experience:
    • Campsites are limited to 8 people, all from the same household unit (strictly enforced)
    • Courtesy passes will not be issued during this time and visitors are not permitted
    • Face coverings are required when unable to maintain 6 foot social distance
    • Campsites are sold by reservations only, walk-ins are not permitted
    • Group Campsite is closed until further notice and group gatherings are not permitted
  • For more information about camping, visit To make a reservation, visit or call 800-444-7275.

What is currently closed?
  • Group activities and athletics are prohibited at this time. Park amenities such as volleyball courts and drinking fountains are closed.

Are there any new visitor guidelines?

Yes, please see below:
  • Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash. Restrooms will be temporarily closed in order to keep up with cleaning schedules.
  • Stay Covered: The state now requires you to wear a face covering in most indoor settings and public outdoor spaces when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more from people outside of your immediate household. For details, please visit CDPH’s guidance here. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.

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. Even though the department has increased access across the State Park System, 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

(760) 753-5091

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 35 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 35 Feet

Park Hours

Dawn to sunset

Additional Length Info:
35’ for non-hookup sites and 24’ for hookup sites

Dogs Allowed?

Dogs allowed only in campground. Dogs not allowed on beach.

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.

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
Restrooms / Showers
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible

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.

Park Information

Park Alerts & Notices 

Upcoming Programs & Activities


Travel Tips

Campground Address
2050 S Coast Hwy 101
Cardiff, CA 92007
Check in time is at 2:00pm. Please plan your travel times accordingly as there is not early check in available. 
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.


Additional Visitor Services
  • LAZ Parking California, LLC of San Diego (Parking Lot Management)
  • Travel Time RV, Inc. (Camp trailer rentals)
  • LUV-2-CAMP, LLC (Camp trailer rentals)
  • Albert's RV Rental (Camp trailer rentals)
  • MLG Enterprises RV Rental, LLC (Camp trailer rental)

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