After a few chilly days in Yuma in January, we were pleased to feel the warmth of sunny San Diego. We enjoyed our stays at two military campgrounds in San Diego.
Admiral Baker RV Park & Picnic Area
We followed Rt 8 out of Yuma traveling 170 miles west. Travel was slowed by some winds and a 6% grade through the mountains, but we arrived less than five hours later at the Admiral Baker Golf Course. There are two courses at the Admiral Baker Recreation Facility. The North Course is their signature layout and was recently renovated. Because we only planned to play nine holes we were asked to play the South Course. While not quite as pristine as the North, we enjoyed its old school design of tight fairways and small greens.
As we approached the 7th green, we saw the RV Campground just a short distance away. As it turns out, we found ourselves overlooking that hole when we camped that night at our full hook-up site. The campground is not huge with only 48 spaces and the spaces are relatively close together. But the roads are easily accessed, each site is on a level cement pad, there are adequate showers and clean laundry facilities. Next to the campground is a large park-like recreation area, with barbecues, pavilions, playgrounds, miniature golf course, and pool. This campground is open to the public on an as available basis. As Denise is a military retiree, we booked our reservation on-line.
Fiddler’s Cove Marina & Campground
Though there are quite a few military campgrounds in the San Diego area, we believe the crown jewel is on Coronado. Just 15 minutes south from Admiral Baker, I was nearly giddy when I saw our accommodations at Fiddler’s Cove. We checked in at a well-stocked shop that also offered boat and kayak rentals. Our space overlooked the marina and downtown San Diego across the bay. Our full hook up spot was immaculate. Maintenance staff literally swept gravel from the camp road and cement pads each morning. The centrally located shower/restrooms were clean and heated. The large laundry area offered plenty of coin operated machines. And, as we have come to enjoy at other Navy campgrounds, the wi-fi was free!
Located along the scenic Silver Strand Highway, the marina and campground are off base, just south of the base where Navy Seals are trained. This facility is open to active duty, retirees, DoD civilians and guests when accompanied by an eligible sponsor. You will want to reserve your spot early, as this is a very popular military campground. But with a state park within easy walking distance and so many marvelous things to do on Coronado we expect we will be coming back to this San Diego campground regularly.