Our RV site was in Palm Tree Lane and site was extremely unlevel as were all other sites in this section. Most units were up on several blocks so if you stay there be prepared. Unfortunately I didn't have any and I think it caused a problem with my leverlers. Beach was covered with dried seaweed along with the bugs that came with it. Was disappointed with the camp. Staff was friendly and location is great but it has problems that need to be addressed.
This is difficult because, like all good things, my favorite place is being loved to death. The environmental degradation is obvious. The sand and beach sites are permeated with fragments of plastic fringes from toys, pieces of candy wrappers, juice pack straws. Instead of using the beach, I saw parents digging away huge chunks of the berm to make play areas. Apparently it is a trend, erosion be darned. The lack of environmental concern is concerning. We watched kids tear down the shrubbery from the adjacent state park to bring back into the base to make campfires. Management are into groups because they are profitable, and they are many. The parking and traffic resembles any popular Southern California beach on weekend evenings. On the weekends and holidays, some regular sites had 20 occupants. This, of course, has had an impact on the facilities. Nevertheless, the location is spectacular and the beach can be empty during the week. Beach sites are discounted $8/night from November through March. Hospitality shines, cleanliness is taxed by the crowds. The beach sites are scheduled (once again) to be closed for renovation in January. Word is that the remaining vegetation will be taken out to squeeze in more spaces, which can't be good.
Above directions are incorrect due to road problems. You do get off the freeway at Basilone Rd but turn WEST (toward the ocean) & follow the blue & white signs to the beach & RV Park. They raised the rates AGAIN!!! Last year there were 2 rates, one for military, one for guests. The military rate is gone, we all get to pay the guest rate. Isn't that special. The main road to the Beach Club is washed out. Part of the beach washed out last year. Most of the beach pavilions were removed last year due to beach problems. They could have been moved but they were just Removed. On the positive side, they have "sort of" filled some potholes that have been around for over 5 years & they have put a sun shade on the beach children's playground and repaired the upper playground. As for the rest of the facilities, there has been only minimal maintenance in over 5 years. Weeds, burs & foxtails abound- great for the dogs. It really isn't very dog friendly as dogs are allowed on your campsite & the road only. There is a weed field called a ball field (in over 5 yrs have yet to see a ball of any kind on the field) but dogs aren't allowed. They are also not allowed on the beach. We do come here because of the ocean & because it is close for a quick trip. If the Air Force Bases north of LA were closer, we'd go there as they are nicer & much cheaper.
Were just there & was very disappointed. We stayed on the bluff, our favorite location due to the view. The restrooms up top had NO HOT WATER for the ENTIRE 3 week stay. The bluff sites have no sewer so the restroom facilities really are needed unless you want to fold up & go dump. The dump is close, it's just the hassle of folding, lowering, etc. The "ball field" used to look like one, now it is just a giant dirt field- but still no dogs allowed on the "ball field". The employees are friendly but the overall management leaves a lot to be desired. Unfortunately, the overall maintenance seems to be going downhill since they raised the price. They have some really stupid rules such as refusing to tell you what space you are going to before 1300 on the day you are arriving or moving to another location in the park. They have rules & there is no bending for any reason. We've been here many times as it is convenient for us. It is really beyond comprehension why they can't tell you where you will be moving if you are going to another site- even if the place is half empty. What is really funny is having to move 1 spot because they booked the spot you are in for a couple days so you may be in space 38 (example) for a week, move to 39 because someone was booked in 38 for the weekend when space 39 was empty except when you were there. Why could they not have put you in 39 to begin with - or put the person there for the weekend in space 39. Lets use a little common sense here.
We spent 28 days at San Onofre and while the location and comparative value was good, we were disappointed in the noise and lack of rule enforcement. While fairly quiet M-F, the beach was filled with young Marines partying until well into the morning on weekends. The yelling, booming music, and vehicles racing up to 2 AM was common even through the campground rules state that no alcohol is allowed on the beach after sunset and everyone must be off the beach at 11 PM. Calling the Desk Sergeant did no good since they stated that the base commander's policy was that quiet hours didn't start until midnight on weekends. While the staff was friendly, all they did was shrug their shoulders and smile. We were in the old section, with full hookups, wide spaces, and fire rings, right in front of the beach with great views of the water. The downside of these sites is that the beach area with fire rings and pavillions is right across the road. Overall, this is a great place when quiet, but I'd recommend staying in the sites on the bluff without sewer hookups to avoid the noise.
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