Silver Strand Campground Highlights
Straddling the thinnest stretch of land separating San Diego Bay from the Pacific Ocean, Silver Strand State Beach Campground sits next to Silver Strand State Beach, a beautiful sandy beachfront, just south of downtown Coronado and north of Imperial Beach. Residing upon opposite sides of Highway 75, the state beach features shoreline on two coasts – connected by tunnel – and is well-suited for swimmers, surfers, and sunbathers alike.
Campground amenities include fire pits, picnic tables, restrooms, cold showers, and AT&T Wi-Fi access. The Silver Strand Beach Cafe, open throughout the summer, supplies attendees with an assortment of food options, as well as some basic provisions like sunglasses, boogie boards, and firewood.
Services and Amenities
- ADA Access
- Picnic Area
- Store – Convenience
- Water Sports
Activities and Programs
The campground hosts a number of park activities, including spring/summer campfire gatherings, kayak tours on San Diego Bay, nature discovery walks, and junior lifeguard training sessions. Volunteers are also welcome to assist the park’s continual revitalization and beautification efforts.
In addition, the beach campground is home to Southwestern Community College’s Crown Cove Aquatic Center, which promotes educational and recreational programs for beach and water sports, including surfing, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, and volleyball, as well as lifeguard, CPR, and first aid training. Certified surfing lessons are also available on-site year-round from the Coronado Surfing Academy.
Silver Strand State Beach Campground caters exclusively to self-contained vehicles – tent camping is not permitted. Self-contained vehicles are defined as those possessing internal systems capable of storing waste water and sewage.
Given the flat, sand-meets-asphalt setting, don’t expect a tree line to offer you any privacy from your neighbors. There’s little but beach here, and being surrounded by other campers is the price you pay for the privilege of parking your RV right along the Pacific. It is also what makes Silver Strand a little less crowded than other free beaches nearby. With vehicles lining the ocean-side, non-campers may want to stick to the warmer, calmer waters of the park’s bay-side during their visit.
The campground is part of the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Campground reservations are available at anytime online through www.parks.ca.gov, or by contacting the ReserveAmerica Call Center at (800) 444-7275 during select hours. Campsites can fill up quickly several months in advance, especially during peak season given such a prime location, so plan your trip ahead of time. For further beach details or hours, call the park office at (619) 435-5184.
No Tent Camping; RVs Only
Per Coastal Commission regulations, vehicles that are not fully self-contained will be turned away. A self-contained RV consists of a permanent built-in sink and toilet with enclosed systems and holding tanks. Tent trailers must have a minimum of a built-in sink with enclosed system and portable toilet. A campsite can not be used solely for the purpose of parking non self-contained vehicles. Beach restrooms are for day-use visitors.
Dogs must be leashed at all times and are only allowed within the day/camp parking areas – not on either beach.
Speaking of parking, bringing your vehicle will cost you a small entry fee.
Silver Strand Campgrounds Location
5000 Highway 75
Coronado CA 92118
The campground is located on Highway 75 between the city of Coronado, Ca and Imperial Beach, Ca, on The Silver Strand.