San Diego Travel: Campland On the Bay RV and Camping Resort

What You Need to Know Before You Go

Campland On the Bay, San Diego
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Campland is located on San Diego's Mission Bay, which is very close to Sea World. It's also easy to get onto the major freeways from there if you want to go to other parts of San Diego. It's located well inside the massive oceanside city park, on a sheltered inlet - on the north side of the park.

The sites at Campland are close together. They are sometimes separated by low walls that might keep small children from straying, but that's not enough to keep your neighbors out of your business - or you from hearing theirs.

People who review Campland online either give it high ratings or very bad ones. People who like it praise their kids' activity program and like how many activities they have for people of all ages. People who give low ratings complain about it being too crowded and noisy, especially on holiday weekends. And they say unsupervised children seem to be running everywhere. One reviewer used the words chaos to describe it. Another reviewer mentioned that there have been problems with thefts in the campground. 

What Facilities Are There at Campland on the Bay? 

Campland on the Bay is a big RV park with nearly 600 spaces. It has RV sites with full hookups and can handle big rigs with tow vehicles. Some of their sites are pull-through, but other are back-in only. Tent sites also available.

With so many sites, it's not surprising that they have a wide array of campsite options. They are in tiers, ranging from sites close to the beach with full hookups to tent-only, primitive sites that are perfect for tent campers on a budget.

The campground has everything you'd expect in terms of the basics: restrooms, showers, a dump station, laundry facilities, a general store and propane service. It also offers Cable and TV hookups, barbecue facilities and WiFi internet access. However, many visitors report that WiFi is spotty, and some say they couldn't get on it at all.

They have a dinner and a snack bar - and in case you overindulge, you can use the fitness center and swimming pool. Or rent a bike and get your exercise by pedaling around the big city park.

There's a marina next to Campland with 124 slips and a boat launch ramp. You can rent boats and other watercraft at the marina. At Mission Bay, you can also go fishing from the shore. People report catching spotted bay bass, halibut, and corvina as well as bat rays and leopard sharks. You will need a California fishing license if you want to try catching your dinner.

You can also go bird watching at the nearby bird sanctuary. Nearly 500 bird species have been seen in San Diego County, partly because it's on the Pacific Flyway. From the Mission Bay wildlife preserve which is next to Campland, you may get an unobstructed view of the endangered Light-Footed Clapper Rail and Belding's Savannah Sparrow, Other common bird species at Mission Bay include swallows, grebe, pelicans, and herons.

What You Need to Know Before You Go to Campland on the Bay

Pets are welcome at Campland but must be on leashes while outside. There are some restrictions about breeds and where they can go, which you can read on their website.

Campland is privately owned, and you can Reserve online at their website. Before you do that, spend a few minutes to check their campground map and have this list of campsite types handy to understand what each one provides.

How to Get to Campland on the Bay

Campland On The Bay
2211 Pacific Beach Drive
San Diego, CA

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