Campground Spotlight: Campland on the Bay

Our family recently spent three idyllic nights at Campland on the Bay over fall break.

Campland on the Bay is a huge, family-friendly campground in the Mission Bay area of San Diego.

While Campland is considered an urban campground, you won't feel like you are in the middle of the city. Instead, it will feel more like you're tucked away in a beach paradise while also having fast and easy access to grocery stores, shopping centers, beaches, and amusement parks.

This is truly the kind of campground that makes SUPER FANS - people who return year after year to make new memories with family and friends.

RV Sites

Campland on the Bay has almost 600 spots. Whatever the size of your rig or your camping preferences, you're sure to find a site at Campland. Options available include: 568 paved sites, 412 sites with full hookups, 18 RV sites with no hookups, 148 sites with water and electric only, and 26 pull-thru sites (size varies).

As is the case with most campgrounds, you can pay a premium for a better view or a pull-through site.

Campground Activities

There is so much to do at Campland on the Bay!

On-site activities include:

  • Basketball Court
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Bicycle Rentals ($)
  • Cantina ($)
  • Dog Park
  • Fitness Center
  • Game Room/Arcade ($)
  • Ice Cream Shop ($)
  • Jacuzzi
  • Live Music
  • Playground
  • Private Beach
  • Skatepark
  • Swimming Pools
  • Watercraft Rentals ($)

If you enjoy the social aspect of camping, you can check the provided activity schedule for the dates of your visit. Depending on the dates of your stay, you may be able to participate in arts & crafts, bocce ball, capture the flag, dodgeball, horseshoes, a photo scavenger hunt, pickleball, ping pong, trivia night, or other seasonal activities.

Without a doubt, this is a destination campground! You won't be bored at Campland on the Bay!

Hours for Campground Activities and Attractions

  • Huff & Puff Park: 8:00am to Sunset Daily
  • Marina/Bike Rentals: Summer - Daily 9:00am – 5:00pm + open until 10:00pm on Friday & Saturday. Winter - Wednesday to Sunday 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Cantina: Hours vary by season.
  • Swimming pools: 9:00am – 10:45pm Daily

Front Office/Entrance

Campland on the Bay feels safe and secure with a guarded entry.

Check-in is is 1:00pm. Check-out is 11:00am.

Playground

Campland on the Bay has subtle theming that revolves around the story of The Three Little Pigs. Strangely, the playground for small children is named "Huff and Puff Park." When we first saw it on the map, we avoided it because we mistakenly thought it might be a smoking area (oops!). We later discovered that it is a super fun playground with slides, swings, and small climbing walls. Super fun for ages 2-10!

Swimming Pools & Jacuzzis

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There are two swimming pools and two hot tubs at Campland on the Bay. They are regularly maintained and offer an inviting space for splashing or relaxing.

Dining/Food

Campland on the Bay has a Cantina, a Market, and an Ice Cream Shop.

The Cantina has pretty standard fast casual fare, but don't bypass it! The prices are surprisingly affordable and it's delightful to sit outside in the San Diego sunshine while your kids play in the adjacent grassy field. The Campland Cantina serves up breakfast, lunch, appetizers, and dinner - with most menu items in the $9-$13 price range. A children's menu is also available ($5-$7).

As for grocery stores, you have a plethora of options - including Trader Joe's (1.3 miles away), Vons (1.3 miles away), Sprouts (1.6 miles away), Ralph's (1.9 miles away), and Costco (3 miles away).

Restrooms & Laundry

We did not use the restrooms during our stay, but the laundry rooms were spacious and sparkling clean.

WiFi

Campland on the Bay offers free limited WiFi.

Local Area

One of the best things about Campland on the Bay is the LOCATION. Enjoy the local beaches, parks, amusement parks, and restaurants within 20 minutes of your campsite!

Here is an estimate of the number of minutes from Campland on the Bay to popular area attractions:

  • Balboa Park: 12-15 minutes
  • Belmont Park: 10-12 minutes
  • Coronado Island: 20-30 minutes
  • Legoland: 32-40 minutes
  • Mission Beach: 10-15 minutes
  • San Diego Zoo: 14-20 minutes
  • Seaport Village: 17-20 minutes
  • SeaWorld San Diego: 9-11 minutes

PACKING LIST FOR CAMPLAND ON THE BAY

In addition to your regular packing list (clothing, shoes, toiletries, food, etc), you may also want to bring:

  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hats, rashguards, and UV-protectant clothing
  • Boogie boards, surfboards, buckets, shovels, beach chairs, and other beach gear
  • Bicycles, scooters, skateboards, and/or helmets for yourself or your kids
  • Swimsuits, beach towels, flip flops, and/or water shoes
  • Spending money for the arcade, ice cream shop, bike/water rentals, or souvenirs
  • Volleyball, soccer ball, or baseball and mitt*
  • Camping chairs

* Note that balls are not available for check-out so you will want to bring your own for use on the basketball court, beach, and grassy fields.

TIPS

  • Bring or rent bicycles for your kids and/or yourself. There is a great bike path nearby that takes you right along Mission Beach.
  • The arcade does not accept quarters. Instead, you will need to purchase a rechargeable game card. Most games are $1.00. Players can win prizes from the redemption machines.
  • Off-season is the most cost-effective time to stay, including weekdays after Labor Day until New Years. Off season is also mid-week from January until Spring break. Booking ahead is always a good idea. As the campground fills up, the rates do increase, just like the airlines.
  • October is KIDS FREE SAN DIEGO month so that's a particularly strong option for families since many restaurants and attractions offer BOGO specials.

BOOK A STAY AT CAMPLAND ON THE BAY

  • ADDRESS: 2211 Pacific Beach Dr., San Diego, CA 92109
  • PHONE: 858-581-4260
  • MAKE A RESERVATION

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