Where to Go Glamping in San Diego

Nicole Tj
April 9, 2022

Experience all of the majesties of the San Diego wilderness without having to rough it with our round-up of 5 of the best glamping locations.

The chance of finding a luxury hotel on the beach or in one of the country's most beautiful national parks is very rare. Despite not being as cheap as traditional camping, glamping is a relatively affordable way to experience both worlds.

Get in touch with mother nature while still having access to comfortable accommodation and creature comforts like hot water and working toilets. San Diego presents many ways you can get close to its natural beauty with luxurious accommodation in the middle of the wilderness. And it’s a treat you won’t quickly forget.

Glamping in San Diego is unique

The San Diego area is considered the birthplace of California and a great location for glamping. The city's pristine beaches, family attractions, bustling downtown, and vibrant historic districts make it one of the world's top family travel destinations. 

Its geography, even within its city limits, is very diverse, with low mountains, wide, flat mesas, steep canyons, and soft-sand beaches. Best of all, the climate is perfect all-year-round and you have access to a wide range of different glamping locations, which we’ve broken down below.

1: Luxury Camping Cabins

San Diego, various locations. (From $230 per night, some locations require two-night minimum bookings)

You are spoiled for choice in San Diego when it comes to cabins, as there are a variety of camper cabin options to choose from. Explore different aesthetics and creature comforts located in the pristine wilderness. 

Wake up surrounded by nature in your own log cabin complete with a hot tub (perfect for winter). Alternatively, enjoy a secluded, western-themed cabin with all of the amenities from a fireplace to HD television. 

And did we mention you get your own jacuzzi and the chance to climb the mountains to discover cabins in the trees that offer the best views of the San Diego landscape?

2: Travelers Tiny Home Oasis

Address provided after booking. (From $150 per night)

How would you like to be within striking distance of the urban locations of San Diego and the nearby natural attractions? The Travelers Tiny Home Oasis is perfect for all ages, cramming plenty into their limited space.

 Forget hotel rooms and long drives to see the sights of the San Diego wilderness. These gorgeous urban havens are a stone's throw from the city, the beach and the freeway. 

Finally, these mini-homes will accommodate absolutely anyone in comfort and style, complete with pools, hot tubs, decks, gardens, dogs, chickens and so much more. Yes, chickens.

3: Secluded Hobbit House

Ramona, North County, San Diego. (From $205 per night, extra services available).

All right, this one is more than a little bit awesome. If you love The Lord of The Rings, The Hobbit or any other fantasy novels/movies then this J.R.R. Tolkien-inspired accommodation has to be on your bucket list.

 If you have seen or read the series, then you will know what a Hobbit abode looks like and the Secluded Hobbit House in Ramona has been designed to replicate it perfectly. (So don't be expecting electricity or Wi-Fi.)

4: The Lion’s Den

629 Kettner Blvd, San Diego. (From $212 for a private room).

Discover all of the charm and beauty of the Serengeti in the heart of the San Diego wilderness. Explore these bell tents where they open up to show the night sky while you relax on a cushy bed surrounded by luxury trappings. There are even tree tents and multi-storey tents for the whole group, bringing you closer to nature in style. 

5: African Safari Tent eco glamping

Vista, San Diego. (From $200 per night).

Want to take the African theme to another level? This organic property has been established to provide comfort and serenity in African-themed accommodation that will meet your every need. The location is perfect as well, in close proximity to Rancho Guajome Adobe, Alta Vista Gardens and Guajome County Park so there is plenty of scope for exploration. 

Tips for glamping you need to know

Various glamping experiences are available throughout San Diego, including ranches, resorts, campgrounds, and even urban options. Here are some tips on finding the right option for you:

  • Look at the amenities and accommodations as you compare the choices. Not every location has every amenity, so ensure the place you are staying meets your requirements.
  • Have an idea of what sort of accommodation you require. In addition to yurts, treehouses, tiny houses, RVs, campers, vans, and safari tents, you can also sleep in teepees.
  • A number of amenities are also available at glampgrounds. Several of them provide full service much like resorts, while others only provide shelter.
  • Campgrounds may provide meals, such as to-go lunches for excursions. You may have to pack your own snacks and meals.

So, be sure to set your expectations in advance and seek out glamping accommodation that ticks all the right boxes for you.

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