Silver Strand State Beach was one of those places that Sash had always dreamed of camping.
For one, she loves the beach. But two, she loves camping. So, it’s a given that when you put those two together, it’s a destiny waiting to happen.
It came after our 21 days was up at Sweetwater Summit Regional Park. We needed a place to extend our stay in San Diego. Unfortunately, there are no cheap places to camp in an RV in the greater San Diego area, or even anywhere along the California coast. And, Silver Strand State Beach is no exception.
Costing $65.00 a night, plus an $8.00 registration fee, plus $10.00 to use the dump station, it’s one of the highest priced campgrounds we’ve stayed at. And they don’t even offer free continental breakfast!
It’s also one of the most difficult campgrounds to get into in the San Diego County area. It’s near impossible to find an available space open on a weekend, let alone for an entire week. You’d have to book at least a year in advance. Otherwise, you have to settle for a couple nights mid-week, and even then it’s still several months wait in advance.
Sash and I were able to find two nights together in the same space mid-week.
There was a long line of RVs waiting to get registered the day we arrived. I must have waited 60 minutes before finally getting registered.
The spaces along the sand, are obviously, back-in spaces. The State made these spaces narrow, and at 90 degrees perpendicular to the driveway. The driveway is narrow, so imagine how difficult it is to back in a 28-foot trailer in between two other RVs, at 90 degrees, with very little maneuverability. I had guys stand there watching me, and even offering to back in for me, but I was able to get it done after several attempts.
The nice thing about having a toy hauler on the beach is that you can lower the ramp door down and use it as a platform. Sash and I sat some chairs and a table to watch the sunset and enjoy the cool breeze. It was probably the two most idyllic nights she’s had in the trailer.
There’s no sewer hookups, but there’s a dump station with fresh water fill. Each space has electrical hookups.