Best Glamping Sites in San Diego

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By: Jackie Dreyer

In case you didn’t know, there are a lot of fun facts about San Diego—perhaps even more than you’d ever anticipate—like it’s the home of the first drive-in restaurant, it has the only roller coaster on the National Register of Historic Places, and it has the most farms of any city in the entire country, to name but a few. We, however, have one more for you that, for now, has been San Diego’s best-kept secret: a whole new way to vacation just outside of this incredible, waterfront destination.

Glamping, or luxury camping, sites abound near San Diego and include everything from unique safari tents and tipis to beachfront cottages and cozy cabins. Imagine the luxury and comfort of a five-star hotel, but smack dab in the middle of nature and conveniently close to a plethora of outdoor activities. For those who love the idea of a secluded getaway in the middle of nowhere, but don’t love the idea of sleeping on the ground without access to a hot shower, these glamping properties are just the place to convert you into a glamper for life.

For Couples

If a romantic getaway outside of the city is just what you and your partner need to get some quality one-on-one time, consider either this unique safari tent or authentic tipi to complete your perfect trip for two.

Safari Tent Courtesy Photo

Inside the safari tent, which is located near Warner Springs, California, you’ll find not only a clawfoot bathtub with breathtaking views, but also a Jacuzzi tub for two on the deck—allowing you to soak and stargaze with ease.

Authentic Tipi Courtesy Photo

Meanwhile, if you choose to stay in the authentic tipi, which can be found in Harbison Canyon, California, you’ll find yourself amid your own private garden in the countryside, and each morning, you’ll get to enjoy home-baked muffins with a steaming cup of fresh coffee or tea.

For Families or Groups

If traveling with more than two glampers, have no fear. From cabins and cottages to luxury tents, there is a glamping accommodation to suit your needs—our favorites of which are in Chula Vista and on the San Diego Bay.

Luxury Tent Courtesy Photo

There’s no need to move from the property that this luxury tent calls home in Chula Vista, thanks to the number of on-site activities available to its guests, including an in-ground swimming pool, a rock climbing wall, a basketball court, and horseshoe pits.

Up to six guests will be relaxing in style at this beachfront cottage on the San Diego Bay, where they’ll be just steps from laying out on sandy shores and taking a refreshing dip in the water as often as they’d like. Indoor and outdoor amenities aren’t lacking at this accommodation, either—including a television with cable TV and a DVD player, Wi-Fi, a barbecue, and free bicycles and beach chairs. Those who love to cook will adore the full kitchen.

Log Cabin Courtesy Photo

If classic cabin camping is more your style, these one- and two-bedroom log cabins in Chula Vista fit the bill, especially thanks to their budget-friendly nightly rate. At just 15 minutes away from San Diego, this property is ideal for a weekend trip away from the city’s hustle and bustle without having to endure a long car ride with easily-bored kids.


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