Chula Vista RV Resort is a 17-acre, five-star property in the town of Chula Vista, about 10 miles south of downtown San Diego, between National City and Tijuana. It's on the eastern shore of the San Diego Bay in an area protected from the ocean by the Coronado Peninsula and Silver Strand State Beach.
Judging from the hundreds of online San Diego RV resort reviews I've read, Chula Vista RV is by far the best place for camping in the metro San Diego area.
Online reviewers say things like "the most beautiful, well-kept park I have ever seen" and "best place we have ever camped." Those who give it lower ratings complain that the sites are too close together, and some think it's too expensive. Everyone says it's immaculately clean and has an excellent staff.
What Facilities Are There at Chula Vista RV Resort?
The campground has 237 spaces with full hookups and concrete pads. They range from 20 by 50 to 20 by 55 feet size and can handle a 45-foot rig with tow vehicle. Some sites have views or partial views of the marina and Bayside Park.
If you want to camp in a tent, unfortunately, you'll have to go somewhere else. They don't allow tents at the resort.
You'll find all the typical amenities at Chula Vista RV: free WiFi, restrooms with flush toilets and hot showers, a barbecue area, a swimming pool and spa, laundry facilities, a general store and two waterfront restaurants.
Besides all the usual things, they have a well-equipped fitness center, with water aerobics classes. Other ways to get your exercise include bike rentals and miles of walkways to run or stroll on. The swimming pool has adult hours, a time when they have lots of activities to keep the kids busy somewhere else while the adults relax.
The resort is next door to a beach and a marina, where you can take sailing classes or launch your boat into the San Diego Bay. You can also rent paddle boards and kayaks.
You'll find a fishing pier on the south side of the campground next to the marina. Species commonly caught in the area include croaker, small halibut, small rays, smoothhound sharks, shovelnose guitarfish, smelt and leopard sharks. Spotted bay bass are also common. Anyone over the age of 16 must have a valid California fishing license. You'll find useful information about fishing around San Diego at SD Fish.
Chula Vista RV has lots of social activities including Friday night happy hours and weekend morning coffee.
The park is about a 15-minute walk from the H Street Transit Center, where you can catch the Blue Line Trolley to the Gaslamp Quarter, waterfront sights and Old Town San Diego. The trolley also goes south to San Ysidro, where you can walk across the border into Tijuana, Mexico.
What You Need to Know Before You Go to Chula Vista RV Resort
Dogs are allowed at Chula Vista RV with a two-pet maximum. They must weigh less than 20 pounds, and some aggressive breeds are prohibited. They charge a small per-pet fee and have four pet stop areas in the park. All dogs must be on leashes while outside your vehicle.
Chula Vista RV Resort is privately owned. You can reserve online at their website.
Fires are not allowed at individual campsites, but they have a group firepit for warm evening ambiance.
How to Get to Chula Vista RV Resort
Chula Vista RV Resort
460 Sandpiper Way
Chula Vista, CA
To get to Chula Vista RV, take I-5 south from downtown San Diego. If you are already on the peninsula, you can take CA Hwy 75 south to Palm Ave in Imperial Beach and go north on I-5 from there.