Del Mar Beach, at the southern end of the base, and San Onofre beach on the northern end offer miles of magnificent surf in the heart of Southern California. Cottages and campsites with electrical hook ups are available to rent by sponsors and spouses only at both beaches. The cottages have one to three bedrooms, all have kitchens and TV's and many have fire rings. Each beach has a bath house and lifeguards are on duty year-round.
Del Mar Beach Cottages and Campsites
Type of site
Campsite - Beach First Row
$38 - $550="center">Campsite
$40 - $45
$780 (winter only - select area)
$89 - $129
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November 5-9, 2017
Dec 16, 2016
18-21 Sept 2016
I would like to say that we have stayed in Military Campgrounds all over the U.S.A. The key word being Military. When we use these facilities were are always grateful and deeply humble that service to our Nation, in our case Vietnam and 30 years of service have given us the benefits such as this Ocean front park. This Park either does not enforce rules or has none. A Limit on the number of guests, number of vehicles, number of tents etc cannot possible be within in any reasonable guidelines. As an example my "neighbors" have around 10 folks, two tents and three cars, some in their party are sleeping in cars and they decided it was ok to "party" until almost midnight before I asked them to please shut up and go to bed. Since they set up their camp two feet from our motorhome it was impossible to sleep, even with windows closed. I am wondering who the Veteran or Military Person is who sponsored these folks here? and if that person is actually here? I intend to ask. You might be thinking ah an old person just wanting to complain, but I will tell you we like to laugh, drink and swim as much as anyone, however we would never dream of making others miserable for our antics. I also noticed a "tent" on a car, have never seen anything like it very unique custom made sleeping tent with a ladder for access, much like a storage compartment but actually collapsible tent, I love that idea, but when you have one space with a motorhome, tents, folks sleeping in and on cars its too crowded. I would like to know that our Benefits such as this "Paradise" on the Pacific Ocean can be preserved for future "warriors" but without some rules and limits I am not hopeful for Del Mar RV Park.
April 1-6, 2014
We had requested to arrive 30 Mar, but was told there were no spaces available, so we moved our arrival to 1 April. IF they had a tent area, they would be able to accommodate more RVs. It is a shame to take up "full hookup" sites for tents, which we saw many. Also, did not see oversight of how many vehicles were parked on each site. Some had as many as six or seven, making it quite crowded. As to the review and complaint of Amtrax driving through, as said before, it is a MARINE Base. We are allowed to stay there as a courtesy. Those kids driving through are helping maintain our freedom and we enjoyed seeing them AND hearing them.
Feb 14 - 21, 2014
R.W. left this review using the Directory software: - This place was nice, right on the beach. The beach was cleaned daily, the campground was well kept, camp staff and check-in personnel were more than helpful. We have put this on our must come back and enjoy list.
Dec 24, 2013 to Feb 2, 2014
Arrived 24 Dec 13 and stayed till 12 Feb 14. In the Cheap Seats (Long Term #98), don't think you can find a better value considering the location. Holidays were more crowded, but during the week you could see the ocean very well. There was PT every day, and the track vehicles came thru morning and nite. This is a USMC base so what would you expect. Sites down toward end of the park may not be so quiet, but I doubt that they are un-liveable, if they are I'd bet changing sites would not be a problem, staff was excellent. Only Negative I could find was the laundry area, it needed help, a GI party was long over due. As has been said, I SHALL RETURN...................
24 Jan 2014 - 7 Feb 2014
If you love the whole beach/ocean experience, then this is a great place for you. My complaint is the fact that we are probably here during the busy Amtrax (big, loud tanks) training time. The school is right down the road from the RV park and the Amtrax literally drive right through the whole length of the RV park and then up the side to enter the beach area where they train. Their staging area is probably about 40 yards from our RV and they gather there on the way in and then again on the way out. Then the people spend time yelling and screaming over the loud motors with plenty of obscenities mixed in. I can actually hear them in my RV. This has been going on everyday at least 5 or more times a day (5:30 AM this last Sunday). This morning I got woken up at 6:30 by a large group of uniformed Marines doing a tug of war exercise in the staging area. REALLY - why can't you move away from the RV park and do that? We are in site 58 and wouldn't recommend this end of the park if you don't want to deal with this. Will not be coming back. My rating is influenced totally by this part of my experience. Don't want to interfere with training, but feel we should have been informed that this was going to happen.
This was our first visit and have put on our favorite list. We are returning again in March. We were in beachside site 8. Since we have a class A we wanted to face ocean. This sites are designed for back in, but not a problem since we carry extra lengths for dragging under motorhome. This is a very peaceful campground and evening sunsets awesome. Enjoyed seeing the amphibious vehicles going through the campground enroute to training exercises. My only negative is lack of attention to laundry room. Needs good cleaning on regular basis. Staff very friendly and helpful. Exchange and commissary convenient. Exchange is one of the nicest.
October 7-16, 2013
This was our second visit to Del Mar Beach, both time the beach made worth the higher cost. The location is perfect to travel north to Disney or south to the zoo. The reality is nothing beats the days to just sit and take in the waves. It does get pretty crowded and noise over the weekends, but during the week is less congested. I do wish site were wider and the picnic table not so heavy. We will be back!
17 - 20 October 2013
My family and I took our maiden voyage of our new travel trailer to this location and needless to say it was while worth it. The price that we paid for the time that we stayed and the beautiful location right on the beach (space #12) was worth every penny. The only recommendation that I would suggest is make sure that if you have a beach space that you know how to back your trailer up because although it may say pull-through it is not and you will get your truck and trailer stuck. Other than that minor glitch this is an awesome campground and RV park that we will recommend to friends and stay frequently.
Feb 25 to Feb 28, 2013
We just ended a 3-day stay in the RV park in site #94. I had read a lot of negative reviews about this military campground but our experience was absolutely great! We parked in the 4th row from the beach, for $30 a night. There was no one in front of us and we had a spectacular view of the ocean. The staff was especially helpful and the facilities were first rate. They also had a free daily newspaper! Even the weather was cooperative: warm days and cold nights! We have stayed at San Onofre and Admiral Baker many times and are currently at Seal Beach (which is our all-time favorite!), and I would rank this higher than San Onofre or Adm. Baker. I know it gets super busy in the summer, but for our needs, it fits perfectly.
This review is for the Beach Trailers only. These are the 6 or so, three room trailers they have that are in the back area of the parking lot. DO NOT STAY IN THESE TRAILERS!!!! The trailers are in such disrepair that they should not be rented. The one we were in was old, outdated and worst of all FILTHY. Not just Marines having a good time type wear and tear. But dirt and yuck in numerous area's. Stuff on walls, air vent covered in filth, crud stuck to floor, filthy mess under furniture, I could go on but you get the picture. This trailer had not been cleaned properly for a long time. When I booked the trailer it was because it was all that was available. I did not see any reviews or any info on the trailers. So I could not make an informed evaluation. So I want to make a post for families who may be considering the trailers. DON'T DO IT. After I arrived I was told that these trailers would be removed soon. I think the sooner the better. By the way the staff on property was wonderful. The Manager and front desk clerk were especially helpful.
June 23 2012
The villas are really enjoyable, very easy on the budget, and very picturesque, so long as you understand a few things: 1. If you are active duty, they will tell you the villas are only available to book 12 weeks in advance. This is a lie. Say you need the villa on Friday, April 8. Call in 12 weeks prior to Friday, April 1, and reserve the cottage from April 1 through April 8. An hour later, call back to cancel the April 1-7 dates. Voila, beach villa reserved 13 weeks early. Everyone except us already knows this, apparently, and nothing was mentioned of this witchcraft when we went in to ask about reserving a beach cottage for our wedding. Imagine our surprise to find the cottages we wanted completely booked 12 weeks out! Magical! 2. If they claim to have reserved you adjoining units, MAKE THEM POINT OUT THE UNITS ON A MAP, IN FRONT OF YOU. We were twice told we had adjoining units, and we didn't find out we were being lied to until we actually went to the base and looked at the villa address numbers they gave us. Make them point that out on a map. Maybe more than once, if need be. No joke. 3. Don't expect any special treatment. There's no early check in or late check out. Our wedding location was conveniently next door to Del Mar's scenic laundry/shower facilities. I am appreciative of the fact that Del Mar resort has allowed us to have a beach wedding within our modest budget. However - it is not a "resort," it's a (very nice) campground, and if you think of it as such, it's infinitely less frustrating.
8-13 July 2012
Very nice beach. Great for boogie boarding and Surfing. The Life Guards are there doing their jobs making sure swimmer and and boarders stay on there side and surfers stay on there side. The Beach and Marina have activities for the young ones. My older daughter went to Surf Camp and younger one went to Sailing School for a week. Both classes impressed us and the girls had a great time. Now for the negative. The Restrooms are horrible. I feel sorry for those who have to use them. The rules are posted at each camp site. 1 RV and 1 tent or 2 tents if no RV. 8 person max per site. 2 Vehicle limit. These rules are not enforced. Sites were crowded with multiple tents and vehicle and over the 8 person max. So much that they even protruded in to the streets making it hard for two vehicle to pass. I had heard that nothing was enforced prior to coming and now I have seen it first hand. I don't plan on camping there again. But I will visit the beach for a day and use the nasty restrooms. Fortunately, I'm a man and don't have to get too personal with them. I just pray I don''t have to go #2. :)
May 11, 2012
We camp here whenever we can and "LOVE IT". The beach is one of the best on the west coast. Parking right on the beach and having full hookups is outstanding. The only real negative I have is the military style restrooms, that stainless steel toilet is a little cold in the fall and spring. Their checkin has a few candies and drinks but could use a little store which would be helpful. The mini-mart is only a few miles away but not within walking distance. Lots of dogs but we have one too so we put up with it. Occasionally a tank might drive by which is kind of cool. My grandchildren absolutely love it and they stay on the beach the whole time.
Luxury Villa - our family can't wait to stay here again. I saw so many negative comments that contradicted our visit. We are a family of 4 (2 small children). I can only compare this to a Marriott on the beach (- breakfast). Our cottage was clean, modern, & the front desk was pleasant. The safety, really nearby playground, bonfire pit, & that it is right on the beach were +++ for our family. We have stayed at a few other so called beach fronts in Cali & Hawaii, but none were as nice nor really beach front. The price may be a little steep for some military, but try staying at civilian hotels "on the beach" and the prices are much higher with fewer niceties. The sofa does not open into a bed was probably the only disappointment I can state.
27-28 March 2012
First room we checked into had such an overpowering cleaning odor, even after we left all the windows open for two hours, we had to request to be moved to another room. The second room was not clean to the standards one should expect for a $100 per night room. We were asked to sweep the floor, empty the garbage, and wash dishes upon departure. Due to the amount of sand and stains on the floor, it was clear it had not been swept or mopped before our arrival. The vent in the bathroom was so clogged with dust, the ventilation was not effective. We have stayed in other military lodges, at much less cost, and were totally satisfied. For $100 per night, you could find a much better choice elsewhere.