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Great trip to El Capitan State Beach

We camped at the El Capitan State Beach Campground for 4 days. We had a great time and have few... read more

Reviewed 6 January 2019
Gilbert, Arizona
Well looked after park

We stayed here in our RV (no hookup) & loved it. Great sunset views over the beach. Toilets were... read more

Reviewed 30 November 2018
Coolangatta, Australia
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Reviewed 6 January 2019

We camped at the El Capitan State Beach Campground for 4 days. We had a great time and have few complaints. I wish that they provided electricity at the campground. We wouldn't have used much...just for maybe 15-30 minutes per day. But I understand it...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank misjinaz
Reviewed 30 November 2018

We stayed here in our RV (no hookup) & loved it. Great sunset views over the beach. Toilets were clean & well looked after. Staff on site were helpful. We stayed in November so the park was really quiet, which was a bonus.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank mantisalive
Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

Pros, beatiful views and beach, take a bottle of baby oil for the tar pitch that gets on your feet. It's naturally occurring from the ocean floor. Cons, not very RV or travel trailer friendly, no dump or water station , camp sites are very...More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank wibbo57
Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

Not a populated beach when we were there. Beautiful. Beautiful views. Waves to skim board or body surf. You do have to pay $10/day per car as it is a state park, but worth it.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank kimhH2393IV
Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

Beautiful view, but way too close to highway 101 and train tracks. Hearing the waves at night was nice but mostly we heard traffic on the 101 all night. I had to go into the car at 3am to grab a set of earplugs for...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank moridanim
Reviewed 14 September 2018

I haven't camped near the beach since I was very young, and it is so hard to get reservations for beach camping in Southern California. Now that I'm retired, I was able to make a mid-week reservation for El Capitan in mid-September. The summer crowd...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank mf-sandiego
Reviewed 11 August 2018

People love camping here because of the proximity to the beach, which is a definite plus, but the campground is RIGHT by the 101, and the noise from the freeway (and the trains, which run next to the 101 as well) are the opposite of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank emarienyc
Reviewed 8 August 2018

We have been going to El Cap for many years. It is always beautiful as the setting is stunning. People are nice and friendly and it's not too remote so there is cell service. The CA State Park system has faced many financial challenges and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank Kimmy0532
Reviewed 24 July 2018 via mobile

What is wrong with people?! This was the worst camping experience of my life! Ant infestation, filthy and I mean FILTHY showers and bathrooms, no toilet paper, campsites are on top of each other and right near train tracks and the freeway, hopefully you don't...More

Date of experience: July 2018
5  Thank R A
Reviewed 18 July 2018 via mobile

I will give the beach a A-. The beach is nice, I was expecting large amounts of tar, but it’s just specs that get on the bottom of your feet. Baby oil takes it right off. But very nice beach. The campground gets s D+,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank greg02280
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Pam R
3 November 2018|
Response from mf-sandiego | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe so, no. Also, there is a TON of tar on the beach, and your dog is likely to get it on her/his paws. And then the licking of the paws -- can't be good for the dog, right? The tar really ruined the beach... More