If vacation times mean finding a seaside resort with a kid-friendly attitude, you can do no better than Campland on the Bay, a San Diego gem where the fun happens all year round.
The location is simply exquisite, with gorgeous sea views from your RV window as the Pacific Ocean gently laps a white, sandy shore. Roll into this classy, urban campground and be connected up to electricity (30/50 amp), sewer, and water, with access to the internet and cable TV. Pull-through and back-in choices make access a breeze with a picnic table and fire ring on each site.
Sites are reasonably level with a half dirt/concrete pad and not a lot of space between other motorhomes. If you’ve landed the prize position on the waterfront, it’s a few steps to the ocean where placid waves allow swimming and boating. Watercraft can be launched at the nearby marina, where you can hire paddle boats, kayaks, and power boats for all-day summer fun.
At the height of the season, a prime RV site with ocean views is around $236 per day, while a dry camping site costs between $50 to $60. Campland on the Bay appears besotted with pets and charges $3 a day for all furry pals. There is a fenced dog park for tail-wagging times off-leash; otherwise, it’s the camp policy for all dogs to stay on a leash no longer than six feet in length. Litter bags are provided by the Dogwood Park, and all pet owners are asked to pick up their pooch's waste. Breed restrictions are in place and they include Rottweilers, Pitbulls, Staffordshire Terriers, and Mastiffs. Nice doggy manners are essential for entry to this camp and the beach -- park buildings and the pool area are off-limits. Bear in mind the heat is on in California, so keep dogs cool with plenty of fresh water and a pop-up tent or umbrella for shade.
Tenters get to join in the beach vibe and use the super-clean restrooms, showers, and laundry, in addition to enjoying a ton of activities for young and old. Kids are invited to the infamous Huff n Puff Park where the cool treehouses and slides will have them entertained for hours. Moms and dads get to play horseshoes or work out in the camp gym. The whole family can shoot hoops on the basketball court, cool off in the swimming pool, or form a volleyball team on the beach. A skate park tests your skating skills, while live bands get everyone on their feet in the camp's amphitheater.
Campland on the Bay features 582 sites and all the fun you can handle for a few nights or the whole season. Peak times are July through September, when the camp is generally full.
The website for this super-popular beach resort inspires an informed choice if you are trying to decide where to spend your vacation. Sea World is only a three-mile drive from the camp, where kids can interact with dolphins and learn about marine conservation. Family-friendly restaurants and stores make this beach campground the go-to destination for fun summers by the sea.