6 Best Glamping San Diego Sites that All Ages Will Love

There are great family and adult-only glamping sites in San Diego that you never knew about

San Diego is known as a top family travel destination with pristine beaches, numerous family attractions, a bustling downtown and lively historic districts. It seems like San Diego has it all! But wait there’s more! Glamping in San Diego is some of the best around, from airstreams, glamping tents, to floating cabins! 

Ready to get out there and have some fun? Check out our six favorite glamping San Diego sites.

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San Diego Metro KOA

111 North 2nd Avenue Chula Vista, CA 9191

Cabin Glamping – Glamping Tents – Family Glamping – Private Bathrooms – Shared Bathrooms – Pool

At this premier San Diego glamping site, you have the option of staying in a deluxe cabin or glamping tent. This San Diego KOA also offers RV sites and tents sites for those who prefer to do their own thing; but for us glampers, cabins and glamping tents are awesome options. There are several different cabin styles to choose from, like the deluxe cabins that can sleep up to six people and have kitchens and bathrooms. The camping cabins can sleep four to six, but do not have private bathrooms. The glamping tents also sleep up to six and also have no private bathrooms. What is cute about the glamping tents is that they are set up in a circle with each tent having a private patio and firepit. 

San Diego KOA has a ton of activities, a pool and hot tub, playground, rock climbing wall, laser tag, jumping pillows, cookie decorating, surf shack shootout, movies under the stars and bike rentals. There is even a fun beach-themed restaurant, The Sand Castle Cafe, to grab a farm-to-table meal and dine alfresco while the kids play in the sand. You will be close to many San Diego attractions, and you can get discount tickets to the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, SeaWorld, Legoland and more.

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San Diego Zoo Safari Park

15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027

Glamping Tents – Family Glamping – Adults Only Glamping – Animal Encounters – Shared Bathrooms

The Roar & Snore at the San Diego Safari Park is an excellent option for families looking for a little outdoor adventure. This glamping safari is open to all ages, but they do offer adults-only Roar & Soars for those interested in a more grown-up experience. There is a cash only bar that is available for both family and adults-only Roar & Snores.

There are three styles of glamping tents to choose from at the San Diego Safari Park. The Classic Tent is the most economical and sleeps up to five and has no beds. Instead the Classic Tent has vinyl floors and provides sleeping bag pads. The Vista Tent is the next upgrade, with sleeping cots for up to six people. Plus, the Vista Tent comes with views of the African Plains, so you can wake up to giraffes, rhinos, antelope and more. The Premium Tent sleeps four with a queen bed and two single cots with wood floors, area rug and electrical outlets. All Roar & Snore bookings include camp activities, a campfire, after-hours viewing of the animals, dinner, s’mores and breakfast.

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The Ranch at Bandy Canyon

16251 Bandy Canyon Road, Escondido, CA 92025

Cabin Glamping – Family Glamping – Pool – Private Bathrooms

Located within the San Pasqual Valley on 144-acres, The Ranch offers cute rustic cabins set on a historic property with tons of fun amenities. The property dates back to the 1870’s as a dairy ranch. An orphan boy who worked on the dairy farm eventually purchased the property in the 1930’s and converted it into a camp for underprivileged boys. The 1930’s original adobe lodge that is still in use on the property was built by the Weir Brothers, with two kitchens, vintage stoves and several fireplaces available for use on the property. 

Today, you can stay in one of the many cabins on The Ranch. Cabins range from small studios sleeping two for a romantic getaway, to large family cabins sleeping up to eight. Cabins have private bathrooms, kitchens and air conditioning. For more fun, there is a large pool to take a splash, surrounded by lush foliage as well as an equestrian center. The main lodge has a patio that is available for gatherings and there are grills all over the property for yummy bbq meals.

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Courtesy of Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve

Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve

9310 Fanita Pkwy, Santee, CA 92071

Cabin Glamping – Family Glamping – Lake Front – Private Bathrooms – Pedal Boats – Playgrounds – Fishing

At the Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve you can stay in one of the seven floating and lake-front cabins on Santee Lakes. Each cabin sleeps up to six people and includes a fire ring, BBQ grill, bathroom, kitchenette, flat screen television and air conditioning and pedal boats rentals. However, you do have to bring your own toiletries and linens.

On the property you and your family can enjoy taking the pedal boat out on the lakes, taking a dip in one of the two pools, birding and fishing. There are seven playgrounds that kids will love, including a boulder adventure course, a spray-ground for water fun, a Tot Lot for little ones, Mega Tower and even a playground for kids with disabilities.

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Courtesy of African Safari Sunset Eco Glamping

African Safari Sunset Eco Glamping

Vista, California

Glamping Tents – Private Bathrooms – Eco Glamping – Adults Only

Stay in an eco safari glamping tent for two at this quiet off-the-grid site with a private bathroom and solar hot water shower. You may feel like you are far away, but you have all the luxurious amenities of home, including queen bed and indoor heating. At the African Safari Eco Glamping, you get a taste of Africa in California as the 25-acre property is lush with African protea flowers, native sage gardens, tea gardens and fruit trees.

While glamping at African Safari you have the option to just enjoy the peacefulness of nature or venturing out to one of the many Temecula wineries and microbreweries. If you want to see some animals the Safari Park is nearby for a little more African safari fun.

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Courtesy of Palm Canyon Hotel & RV Resort

Palm Canyon Hotel & RV Resort

221 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, CA 92004

When you think of San Diego, you think beaches, but this glamp site is in the desert! Yes, desert glamping in San Diego. At the Palm Canyon Hotel & RV Resort you have the option of vintage trailer rentals, airstream rentals and even wild west themed hotel rooms. The airstreams sleep up to two people. The property includes a swimming pool, hot tub, Big Horn bar & grill with live music, fitness center and complimentary wifi.

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That’s a Wrap!

Talk about options, am I right? What I love about San Diego glamping is that there are so many different styles of sites from tents, airstreams to cabins. Plus, you will feel miles away from civilization, but only minutes from amazing San Diego attractions if you want to venture into the city on an extended stay. 

So what are you waiting for? Let’s go glamping in San Diego! If you want more out of your time in San Diego be sure to see our posts on Old Town San Diego, Seaport Village, SeaWorld and San Diego Zoo.

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I am a busy mama with 3 delicious babies and a serious itch for travel and writing (when I am not bartending, that is)! After graduating from Cal State San Marcos with a B.A. in Communications, I decided to start a family and pursue a career in freelance writing. I created HotMamaTravel as an outlet to do what I love while sharing useful travel tips and inspiration with others. Our mission is to show parents how to master travel with kids, while keeping your Saturday-night selves. We call it "Family travel...with a twist".

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  1. San Diego’s glamping scene truly offers something for everyone. With a variety of accommodation styles and a perfect balance between outdoor adventure and proximity to city attractions, it’s an ideal destination for those seeking an unforgettable glamping experience.

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