An RVer’s Guide to San Diego

Waves Crashing on Coastline

The climate in San Diego is one of the major factors drawing annual visitors to the seaside city. Whether indoors or outdoors, there is plenty to do and see in San Diego throughout every month of the year.

In addition to being the home of the largest oceanographic museum in the U.S. (the Birch Aquarium at Scripps), San Diego has a collection of beautiful beaches, fun parks, and historic museums to keep you busy throughout your RV vacation. In this article, we’ll provide an RVer’s guide to San Diego, CA.

Where To Stay

Mission Bay RV Resort
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When you visit San Diego, you’ll find no shortage of RV resorts to choose from. In general, the closer you want to stay to the coast, the more you’re going to pay.

But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for camping way out in the desert when you visit San Diego. The best recommendation is to put together a general itinerary of the attractions you want to see before you hone in on an RV resort. That way it’ll be easier to identify a central location from which you won’t have to sit in too much traffic to visit your desired attractions.

That being said, here are a few recommended RV resorts in the greater San Diego area.

Mission Bay Area

There are numerous benefits to setting up a basecamp in the Mission Bay area. You’ll be close to the beach and numerous attractions, including Sea World and Belmont Park.

From there, it’s also a quick 10-15 minute drive (traffic depending) downtown. If this area seems like your spot, be sure to check out Mission Bay RV Resort and Campland on the Bay.

Right On The Coast

Moving from south to north, there are numerous beaches in San Diego County. They stretch from Imperial Beach all the way up to San Onofre.

The state beaches along the coastline in San Diego County provide some of the best beach access for RVers, with parks like San Onofre State Beach, South Carlsbad State Beach, and Torrey Pines State Beach.


If you’re willing to go inland a few miles, there are also several RV resorts that might be a little more affordable. Some are even hidden gems that are less crowded because so many people want to be close to the beach.

The weather inland can actually be nicer during the spring and fall months (the coast sometimes suffers from a marine layer that significantly cools things down). If you’re willing to camp a little way inland, check out resorts like Chula Vista RV Resort, San Diego RV Resort – Sunland, and Rancho Los Coches RV Park.

What To Do

Pond in Balboa Park
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We already mentioned a few of the more popular attractions in San Diego (Sea World, Belmont Park, etc.), but there really is so much to do in California’s southernmost big city.

If you like museums, be sure to check out the Museum of Man in Balboa Park. Once you secure parking near Balboa Park, you might as well make a day of it and visit more of the 17 museums and cultural institutions in the park, such as the San Diego Air & Space Museum, the Mingei International Museum, and the Fleet Science Center.

If museums aren’t really your thing (it’s ok, we understand), there are numerous other recreational and leisure activities accessible in San Diego. Some of the best outdoor activities in San Diego include boating on the bay, learning to surf, kayaking through sea caves, and hiking through Torrey Pines State Reserve.

If you’re looking to adventure on a budget, some fun (and free!) activities include checking out the seals at La Jolla Cove, enjoying free organ concerts on Sundays at Spreckels Organ Pavilion, and visiting San Diego’s historic Old Town district.

Where To Eat (and Drink)

Beer Pouring
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San Diego is actually home to more farms (7,000!) than any other city in the U.S. This means that it boasts some of the best farm-to-table dining options as well.

If you’ve never experienced farm-to-table dining, be sure to visit Farmer’s Table in La Mesa, Fig Tree Café in one of their three locations (Liberty Station, Hillcrest, and Pacific Beach), or Bellamy’s in Escondido.

If you’re looking for some of the top-rated restaurants in San Diego, you might start by heading downtown to the Gaslamp District. Some of the best restaurants in this area include Parq Restaurant, Greystone Steakhouse, and Gaslamp Fish House.

Drinking is also a great pastime in San Diego, as there are a wide variety of craft breweries in San Diego County. Some of our favorite hot spots include Mission Brewery, Societe Brewing Company, and Green Flash Brewing. If you can’t decide on just one location, you can always check out San Diego Brew Tours!

If wine is your preference, Southern California is also home to several wineries. The best way to experience several in a day is by taking a wine tour. Check out La Jolla Wine Tours and Aha Baja Wine Tours! If you want to sample some locally distilled spirits, a few distilleries to visit in San Diego are You & Yours Distilling Co., Cutwater Spirits, and FruitCraft in Hillcrest.

Visit San Diego

San Diego Bay and Downtown
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We hope you’ve enjoyed this RVer’s Guide to San Diego, CA! San Diego is one of the most popular winter destinations for RVers, but it’s a great spot to visit all year-round.

We’d love to hear about your visit and, if there are any locations that we didn’t include in our guide, please feel free to let us know! In the meantime, happy trails.

Do you have any questions or concerns about RVing to San Diego, CA? Leave a comment below!

An RVer's guide to San Diego


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