KOA San Diego Metro Campground, San Diego

What You Need to Know About KOA San Diego Metro Before You Go

San Diego Metro KOA, Chula Vista
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KOA San Diego Metro Campground is located in the city of Chula Vista, about 10 miles south of downtown San Diego. It's in the San Diego metropolitan area, but don't expect it to be in urban surroundings. It's in an area east of the San Diego Bay, about 2 miles inland from the eastern edge of the bay.

Online reviewers have divided opinions about the San Diego KOA. Some people love it and some hate it. Some of it depends on what they were expecting. You may want to check reviews at Yelp and see what people have to say at Tripadvisor before you decide to stay there.

Some people complain about traffic noise and that it's not dark enough at night. Others seem to expect a wilderness experience in the middle of a city and are disappointed by the fact that this campground doesn't have grass and trees.

What Facilities Are There at KOA San Diego? 

KOA San Diego Metro has tent and RV sites, as well as furnished cabins. 

Their RV sites have full or partial hookups. They provide 20, 30 and 50 amp electrical connections. Sites can handle up to 70-foot pull throughs. The deluxe sites have concrete pads, but others have gravel instead. Some sites are back-in, but most are pull-throughs. Most of them can accommodate up to 8 people per site.

They also have KOA camping cabins that sleep up to 6 people, equipped with linens and real beds. Some of the cabins have private bathrooms and kitchens

Some tent sites include electrical connections, but others have no hookups. Their family tent sites have room for up to 12 people.  If you'd love to camp here in a tent, but you don't have one - or don't have it with you - you can rent tents from the REI store in Kearny Mesa.

On top of all that, the KOA also has a few safari-style tent cabins and canvas cabins with beds, refrigerators and a camp kitchen.

You'll get the typical RV campground amenities at the San Diego KOA: restrooms with flush toilets and hot showers, swimming pool, hot tub and sauna, WiFi, a camp store, cable and TV hookups.

For an extra fee, you can rent bicycles.  They organize lots of activities for children. They also host family activities like Friday night hayrides and Sunday morning pancake breakfasts. 

What You Need to Know Before You Go to KOA San Diego

Pets are welcome at the San Diego KOA, but they must be on leashes while outside. They can get their exercise and play in the 7,000-square-foot dog park.

You can reserve a campsite San Diego Metro KOA online. If shade or other campsite characteristics are important to you, call instead of reserving online and ask for what you need. They won't guarantee it, but it may help. 

Some campers who get a site under the trees complain about droppings from roosting birds. You might want to bring a tarp in case you need to cover your vehicles.

Quiet time at the KOA is from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. but isn't strictly enforced. If you're a light sleeper who goes to bed early, earplugs may be a good idea.

The San Diego Metro KOA is a two-minute walk from the E 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.

How to Get to KOA San Diego

San Diego Metro KOA
111 North 2nd Ave.
Chula Vista, CA
KOA San Diego Metro website

You can follow the San Diego KOA's Facebook page to get information about events and ask questions about your stay.