Campers can rough-it deluxe in 1960s-vintage trailers now available for rental at San Clemente State Beach.
Located in a prime locale within the state beach, the trailers come fully stocked with sheets, blankets, pillows, cooking supplies, silverware, dishes, coffee, soap, shampoo and towels (including beach towels). Campers need only show up with swimsuits and food.
Under an agreement with California State Parks, the trailers were set up by a new business, The Holidays. In a press release announcing the new venture, the company says its intention is to offer a unique and nostalgic experience, taking campers back in time, while allowing them to enjoy the modern comforts of today.
I really like San Clemente State Beach, and remember camping there as a kid in the 1960s and seeing trailers that looked much like the now “vintage” ones. San Clemente State Beach is one of my favorite SoCal beach hikes, too.
The Trailmaster appreciates The Holidays approach in urging guests to take a nature vacation and connect with friends and family: “We dare you to leave your cell phones and laptops behind and spend some real quality time together.”
The Holidays also is attempting to create a camp community, and has positioned its in a circular setting with a central median area to encourage guest interaction. Trailer campers can enjoy a friendly game of bocce ball or an evening around a communal campfire.
However, if you just want to get away from it all—including other campers, the trailers are spaced a good distance apart from one another and each includes an individual fire pit, grill, picnic table and veranda. A trailer sleeps up to 4 adults and one child. Park campsites accommodate up to 8 people, so a small (2-3 person) tent can be set up near the trailer.
Cost per night in Peak Season (April 1 – October 31) is $209/night, in Non-Peak Season (November 1 – March 31) $189/night, with an added fee for generator rental of $25 per night. There is a two-night minimum stay on weekends, and a three- night minimum on holidays
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