San Diego KOA Resort

San Diego Metro KOA Resort Review

Amidst the whirlwind of transitions and new beginnings, our family embarked on an unexpected adventure in August 2023. With our son heading to SDSU and our daughter settling into her apartment near UCSD, we found ourselves at the vibrant crossroads of San Diego, and our home base for this memorable chapter was the San Diego Metro KOA Resort in Chula Vista. Little did we know that not only would this campground become our sanctuary during the bustling move-ins, but it would also stand as a resilient bastion against the tempestuous tropical storm Hilary. Join us on this journey as we recount our stay at this remarkable campground, where family bonds were strengthened, and nature’s forces tested our mettle.

Campground Overview

This campground offers a variety of camping options from large RV sites, eco tents, a variety of cabin options and even tent camping. Located in Chula Vista you are only minutes from San Diego and the surrounding areas.

Address: 111 N 2nd Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91910

Phone: 619-427-3601 front desk / 619-890-4408 after hours

Campsite Review

We stayed at site 1204 which is one of their 50 amp sites with full hook ups. This was a pull through site and had a nice concrete pad. We had a lot of room and could even park the additional car we brought with us on the concrete pad. There were a couple of trees to provide some shade and also had a shrub that helped give you a little more privacy from the neighboring site. The site also had a picnic table and fire ring.

The only negative thing about this site was that the cable TV did not function. It seemed to be an issue with the box at this site as I did test the one at the neighboring site and that one worked just fine.

Site 1204

Amenities and Facilities

As we settled into our stay at the San Diego Metro KOA Resort, we were pleasantly surprised by the extensive range of amenities and facilities that catered to every aspect of our camping experience. Here is a list of the top amenities and facilities the campground has to offer:

  • Dog Park
  • Jumping pillows
  • Horseshoes
  • Bike rentals
  • Playground
  • Gift shop
  • Basketball
  • Rock climing wall
  • Swimming pool
  • Gaga ball
  • Treasure dig
  • Cafe
  • Propane
  • Dump station
  • Cable TV
  • Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
San Diego KOA Climbing Wall

Natural Surroundings

Nestled within the embrace of the San Diego Metro KOA Resort, we found ourselves immersed in a natural sanctuary that defied its proximity to the bustling urban areas of San Diego. As soon as we ventured beyond the campsite boundaries, we were greeted by a captivating landscape that transported us to a different world. Towering trees formed a protective canopy overhead, their leaves rustling in the gentle breeze, offering shade and a symphony of soothing sounds.

Campground Staff

We didn’t really interact with the staff other than the lady that checked us in when we arrived. I did want to point out that the day after tropical storm Hilary rolled through, they had a large presence of workers cleaning up after the storm and also on the Sunday the storm was coming through they had workers prepping for the storm and trimming trees.

Nearby Attractions

  1. San Diego Zoo: Located just a short drive from the campground, the world-famous San Diego Zoo is a must-visit attraction. Explore diverse ecosystems and encounter exotic animals from around the globe in this renowned zoological park.
  2. SeaWorld San Diego: Experience marine life up close at SeaWorld San Diego, where you can watch incredible animal shows, ride thrilling roller coasters, and get an underwater perspective of ocean creatures.
  3. Balboa Park: A cultural oasis in San Diego, Balboa Park offers museums, gardens, theaters, and beautiful architecture. Don’t miss the chance to explore the Botanical Building and the Museum of Man.
  4. Coronado Beach: Cross the iconic Coronado Bridge to reach Coronado Island and its stunning beach. Enjoy sunbathing, beachcombing, and breathtaking views of the San Diego skyline. The Hotel Del Coronado is a must visit while on Coronado Island.
  5. Gaslamp Quarter: Dive into San Diego’s nightlife and dining scene in the historic Gaslamp Quarter. Explore the trendy bars, restaurants, and entertainment options that make this district a lively hotspot.
  6. USS Midway Museum: Step aboard the USS Midway, a retired aircraft carrier turned museum. Learn about naval history, explore the ship’s deck, and enjoy panoramic views of the harbor from the flight deck.
  7. La Jolla Cove: Visit the picturesque La Jolla Cove, known for its crystal-clear waters and abundant marine life. Snorkel, swim, or simply enjoy the scenic beauty of this coastal gem.
  8. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park: Immerse yourself in California’s rich history at Old Town, where you can explore preserved historic buildings, dine at Mexican restaurants, and learn about the region’s past.
  9. Tijuana, Mexico: If you’re up for an international adventure, consider crossing the border into Tijuana, Mexico, for shopping, dining, and experiencing a different culture.
  10. Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center: Sports enthusiasts can visit the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center, where Olympic athletes train. The center offers guided tours and insights into elite athletic preparation.
  11. Cabrillo National Monument: Discover the history of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s exploration at this national monument. Hike the trails, visit the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, and enjoy panoramic views of San Diego.
  12. Pacific Beach: Experience the lively atmosphere of Pacific Beach, known for its beautiful sandy shores, surf culture, and a variety of beachfront bars and restaurants. This is a must visit.
  13. Downtown Chula Vista: Just a short drive or bike ride away with a number of restaurants, breweries and shops. We took our electric bikes and headed into town with our dog. We enjoyed some brews at Thr3e Punk Ales Brewing Co and Groundswell Brewing Company and then enjoyed lunch at The Balboa Bar & Grill.

These nearby attractions offer a diverse range of experiences, ensuring that there’s something for every member of the family or group to enjoy during your stay at the San Diego Metro KOA Resort.


We really enjoyed our time here, even stuck inside the RV for a day waiting out tropical storm Hilary.


In retrospect, our stay at the San Diego Metro KOA Resort was nothing short of incredible. This campground not only provided a peaceful and rejuvenating retreat amidst the bustling backdrop of college move-ins and a tropical storm but also exceeded our expectations in every way. The seamless blend of natural beauty, modern amenities, and a welcoming community made it a standout destination for both relaxation and adventure.

From the moment we arrived, the courteous staff ensured our comfort, and the meticulously maintained grounds showcased the pride that goes into running this exceptional resort. Whether it was lounging by the pools, exploring the serene walking trails, or simply savoring the moments of tranquility, the campground offered an oasis of calm that was a stark contrast to the hectic pace of life just beyond its borders.

But what truly sets the San Diego Metro KOA Resort apart is its ability to cater to diverse needs and preferences. For families, couples, solo adventurers, and nature enthusiasts alike, there was something here for everyone. The nearby attractions, the natural beauty of the campground, and the vibrant city of San Diego just a short drive away made it a well-rounded destination.

As we bid adieu to this remarkable campground, we do so with a profound sense of gratitude for the memories created and a genuine eagerness to return. Our experience here was not just memorable; it was a testament to the charm and allure of the San Diego Metro KOA Resort. Without a doubt, we will be back to relive the magic of this hidden gem and continue our love affair with the great outdoors.

So, if you’re seeking a camping destination that effortlessly combines relaxation, adventure, and a warm sense of community, we wholeheartedly recommend the San Diego Metro KOA Resort. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed, and like us, you may find yourself eagerly planning your return visit.

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