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“The Beach Was Awesome”

San Elijo State Beach
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 2 April 2018

What can I say, it's the beach! It was nice that because it's a state beach (we were actually at Cardiff State Beach just down the road, but didn't see an entry), there are lifeguards stationed. There were also some accessible tide pool areas just down from the parking lot. Our kids loved seeing the crabs, sea anemones, muscles, etc. Had a great time, would love to go again.

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Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

Parking is scarce on a weekend but during the week there is often parking on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), a pay lot or east side of PCH. I often park in the lot on north end of campground, stroll through the campground and then take the beach north along the cliffs. It’s great for a short, medium or long walk as the beaches wind their way toward Carlsbad. There are restrooms at the camp ground, just north of campground, up the stairs at Swami’s, where you can watch dolphins and surfers. Continue north to Moonlight Beach where there are restrooms, concessions, first aid at life guard station, fire pits, beach volley ball. All within walking distance from San Elijo.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

The views sold us; we were captivated by the beautiful wide expanses of open water. Perfection, clear and simple. On our walk back to Cardiff from Encinitas, we could not help but wander off the path to stop and drink in the visual beauty.

Thank on_the_go_98765
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Reviewed 20 February 2018

From Carlsbad down to Torrey Pines in La Jolla / Del Mar, there are great stretches of beach and a variety of good surf locations. The state parks, including San Elijo, are basically parking lots with hook-ups on the low bluffs overlooking the beaches. Amenities are OK and there are restaurants and shops galore in the towns across coast highway. Try to book a spot on the ocean side of the campgrounds--it's worth the bump in price.

Thank Bruce M
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Reviewed 21 December 2017

This state campground is located right one of the more popular surfing beaches in Encinitas. Located near several very good restaraunts and a shopping center, everything you might need is within walking or biking distance. This pet friendly campground is one of the most popular in the state, and is usually booked full well in advance. The only down side is that it is adjacent to Pacific Coast highway and across the road from the railroad tracks, so there is some noise. At the lowest tides, tide pools are exposed.

Thank sandyaqh
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