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Old 11-09-2012, 01:22 AM   #1
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Long stop in San Diego

My wife, two kids (4 & 11 week old) and I are looking for a good place in or near San Diego for Dec-Jan to stop. We are a active family enjoying outdoor life (running, walking, cycling, racing). Does anyone have some good recommendation of places that ate well priced for long stays, fun for families with good access to amenities (buses, parks, etc.)?
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Chula Vista RV and Marina Summer Rates | Prices. South of San Diego, surrounded by City parks and MArina and close to public transportation.

Santee Lakes Regional Park http://santeelakes.com/ East of San Diego lots of recreatonal thing on site.

There is a place in Mission BAy Mission Bay RV Resort, San Diego - RV Campground, Mission Bay to look up kind of tight in the thick of things in San Diego but I have never stayed there.
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My previous post: I meant right in the thick of things; not tight in the thick of things.
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Ditii on these two:

Santee Lakes Regional Park http://santeelakes.com/ East of San Diego lots of recreatonal thing on site.

There is a place in Mission BAy Mission Bay RV Resort, San Diego - RV Campground, Mission Bay to look up kind of tight in the thick of things in San Diego but I have never stayed there.
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Further North from San Diego in Temecula there is Pechanga RV. It is a reservation enterprise with a casino nearby and in a suburban neighborhood. This is a very nice park, Temecula has all the features for recreation you desire (right down from the RV site is a huge City park adjacent to a high school, lots of walkways, lawn and soccer fields, ball diamonds, a really great place. A walking riding trail can be accessed from the RV site to take to the park.

The casino grounds are really nice but do not intrude on the RV park. They have a shuttle for the facility there. What my wife and I found surprising is that the casino has some really nice restaurants for every taste and budget.
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:06 AM   #6
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My wife, two kids (4 & 11 week old) and I are looking for a good place in or near San Diego for Dec-Jan to stop. We are a active family enjoying outdoor life (running, walking, cycling, racing). Does anyone have some good recommendation of places that ate well priced for long stays, fun for families with good access to amenities (buses, parks, etc.)?
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While a tad more expensive, the San Diego KOA is about 10 miles from downtown SD. You'll be near I-5 which will take you to most downtown sites, like the world-famous Zoo (and baby pandas!), Balboa Park, various museums, Old Town (where most haunted house in US is at, which kids might like), and lots lots more.

Sea World is about 15 miles north of the SD KOA, and LegoLand about 35 miles -- both are easy to reach off I-5 also (assuming traffic isn't bad, hehe). If interested, the Olympic Training Center is about 15 miles SSW of KOA. If you want to explore and walk around in downtown SD, you can take the trolley -- the trolley station isn't far from there.

Immediately next to the SD KOA is the western end of the Sweetwater River Preserve, and you and your family could ride your bikes and/or walk on those trails. Just one block north of the KOA you'll find MANY stores & eateries on both sides of the street. Within the KOA is a sizeable playground, arcade games, and you can rent various devices to ride around the cg. There is now a wall climbing "tower" in the KOA, too.

The Santee cg is a good place as well, but it's farther east of SD, so you'll need to find transportation to and fro. You'll be near the Mission Trails Regional Park, however. The Sweetwater state cg is good, too. It is located next to the Sweetwater reservoir and the surrounding trails.

Regardless of what you choose, I suggest making reservations ASAP because everything fills up with the holidays soon upon us, and all the snowbirds driving in. :-)
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For your requirements, Santee Lakes is the place to go. Good open spaces for walking and biking as well as the lakes for fishing. Easy access, with free parking, to the San Diego Trolley and plenty of shopping in the area.
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Another vote for Santee Lakes.
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Another vote for Santee Lakes -> lots of space, green, biking, lakes (fishing), pool and activities. It's ~20 mins East of San Diego, but has everything you're looking for. They do good monthly rates, but I'd advise calling and booking now. This place can get popular in winter.

If you want to see pics of the place I have them on my blog HERE
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I should add Mission Bay is not bad either, but it's a completely different kind of park. The park itself is basically a big 'ol parking lot (mostly concrete) with nothing much in the way of amenities (no pool, no playground etc.) but it is in a GREAT location. You are right across the bay from Sea World, right next to the water (for paddleboarding, kayaking etc.), right next to beach (Ocean Beach) and with the ability to bike & run just outside the park in Mission Bay. They also have good winter monthly rates ($800 all-inclusive)

We usually knock between Santee Lakes & Mission Bay when we're in town. Santee for the green & space, Mission for the water and San Diego access. Pics of Mission Bay HERE
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From someone who actually lives in the area...
  • Santee Lakes is good. Santee is commonly called Santucky by locals...
  • Chula Vista, meh... Bland, grungy area surrounding. OK if your a blue hair who stays inside all the time and likes commercial style "kamping"
  • For Mission Bay, I prefer Campland By The Bay over MB RV. Got a nice private beach, pool, (but you won't be using it in DEC-JAN) spa, game room with ping pong, etc. Nice marina with boat rentals. Quiet location. Bike to Pacific Beach.
  • Silver Strand State Beach in Coronado is also very good. Right on the beach, easy bike ride to village of Coronado. Ferry to downtown San Diego.
  • William Heise County Park in Julian. Great mountain campground. Wooded. Excellent hiking & biking. Five minutes to beautiful mountain village. Easy drive down to coast one way, or Anza Borrego Desert State Park the other way. Anza Borrego is also certainly worth a few days camping, it's incredibly gorgeous.
  • San Elijo State Beach in Cardiff. By far, the coolest place to camp in the region. Right on one of the best beaches in California. Walk to vibrant, eclectic Cardiff village. Bike to Del Mar, La Jolla / Torrey Pines. Home to several major surfing competitions, etc. Since it's a state park, you won't get the so-called "amenities" of a commercial kampground. But if you want maximum local flavor, fantastic restaurants, and real SoCal beach culture at it's best: stay here.
We have little use for the overdeveloped commercial RV parks. We stayed in a Thousand Trails once, and left after one night because of the "trailer park" atmosphere. We're more into exploring the local scene. You will need a car, no matter where you're parked here. It's pretty spread out, and the public trans is marginal.


Good luck, I'm sure you'll love the area.
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Automobilist - like your list, but some of them may not be appropriate for longer stays.

The state parks (San Elijo, Silver Strand) only allow 15-day limit and they are not cheap...generally you're dishing out $50+ per night. I love San Elijo, but wouldn't stay there for a longer-term deal.

Campland By The Bay is very family oriented, but no monthly rate either. It does get very, very busy (lots and lots of kids).

Do love Anza Borrego. Far away from San Diego, but we go there every year for a taste of the desert.

Haven't heard of William Heise...will have to look that one up. Like the sound of it!
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We've been to Heise and can say it is really out there (close to Julian). It was being rebuilt last year after a big fire swept the area and was not near completion. IMHO with only 21 RV sites w/hookups it is really more of a tent camping park...maybe that will change when they are complete with the renovations.
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Here's some links for parks that are closer to town than the desert and Julian...from this thread: San Diego, CA Area

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There are quite a few RV parks in the area like Campland and Mission Bay Resort on Mission Bay, Santa Fe RV Resort (Rose Canyon), San Diego RV Resort (La Mesa) and the Metro KOA (Chula Vista).
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I live here, so I have never used any of these, but they are all usually very busy places = lots of customers.
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The San Diego Trolly is good for getting around town, but don't expect it to go everywhere. The bus system (San Diego MTS) is not good for getting anywhere fast...a car is your best bet for sightseeing.

Good luck!
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Many thanks to everyone for al the information. I should say I'm from UK, Scotland and anything over 85f is considered a heatwave!
Lot to digest and sure we will find the tight location foe our US adventure .
Thanks to all.
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