founder of Total Escape
totalescape.com – online since 1996
(before the dot com crash, before digital cameras, before GPS, before social media & way ahead of smartphones)
Sole creative force of Total Escape, Dana Williams left her 3D animation career to start living and working her dream job, online and off. Utilizing artistic talents, computer skills, a vast knowledge of California landscape and the simple love of nature to make it all come together for a killer web site called Total Escape. 20 years online means fresh content & updates every month; reworking web code every few years to keep up with various browsers.
“travel agent to the back woods”
Living close to the earth with organic gardening and rural living, DanaMite strives to offer California residents, new-comers and visitors unique, local destinations, concentrating on the outdoors – well away from the overcrowded, busy, urban cities and tourist traps. Total Escape can show you how to discover the secret, hidden spots on your public lands that the gov web sites will not even dare to mention.
the independent source for California travel
NO CORPORATE sponsorship
No venture capital
No government subsidies
No annoying pop-up ads
No membership needed
Decades without a television set lends plenty of time for studying terrain, topographic maps, GPS coordinates and thousands of photographs to compile more than 8000 pages on just California travel. Far from the daily grind of everyday life, DanaMite continues in educating the public about local travel, camping, family farms, organic cafes, outdoor recreation, respecting the land, responsible use of our resources & how to get more enjoyment out of weekend travels.
Things that started Total Escape:
YOUR SUPPORT keeps Total Escape going:
20+ years of documenting back roads
San Diego Coastal Campgrounds
Mission Bay & North County
SD Beach RV Parks & Camping
San Diego’s mild climate means camping is available all year round. From north county where the coastal cliffs overlook the ocean, to downtown bay side marinas w/ RV camping, to camping right on the sand w/ ocean crashing just feet away. Bike paths are common around downtown San Diego, so you can bring your bike or skates.
San Diego has 2 BAYS, both located along Interstate 5: The main bay downtown is called San Diego Bay (one of the deepest on the west coast) and the other a few miles north, is named Mission Bay (a man-made coastal waterway w/ green parks and paved bike trails).
Reservations are required at almost ALL coastal campgrounds, especially around holidays, any 3 day weekends, and all summer long. Tons of tourists flock to Southern California and this is a very popular coastline – with busy little cities and crowded beach towns. Beware: if you are seeking secluded camping – this would not be the place.
listed from south to north
- Silver Strand State Beach
Bike Path to IB & Coronado, CA
- Chula Vista RV Park
RV camp, marina w/ boat launch; 800-770-2878
- Fiddler’s Cove RV Park
Campground @ Navy Base on Coronado, CA
- Admiral Baker RV Park
Navy, Downtown San Diego; 619-487-0090
- Mission Bay RV Resort
Motorhome camping w/ a boat launch; I-5 freeway close.
- CampLand on the Bay
Huge resort facility on Mission Bay; I-5 freeway close.
- Coastal Trailer Villa
Sea World, Mission Bay, Mission Beach, San Diego, CA
- Surf & Turf RV Park
near San Diego Fairgrounds @ Del Mar, CA
- Riviera RV Park
North County SD, Encinitas, CA
- San Elijo State Beach
Walk to restaurants from camp; Cardiff, CA
- South Carlsbad State Beach
Coastal bluffs w/ surfing; I-5 frwy close, Carlsbad, CA
- Paradise By The Sea RV Resort
- San Onofre State Beach
Camp Pendleton or Camp Nuclear; I-5 freeway close
in between Oceanside & San Clemente, CA
There are numerous private RV resorts, some quite large, like KOA and GoodSam parks located in and around San Diego county. Most are metro-close and not located on the beach. This list is primarily coastal camping options for the San Diego region.
California Camping Tips
New to California? Never camped before? Haven’t been out in years? No idea of where to start? Total Escape is here to help with all your camping questions, local destinations and share tips; Introducing you to the big adventure in inexpensive vacationing, primarily outdoors. Find rural, remote locations, ranches, small towns, rivers, lakes, creeks, well away from the crowds. Get outta town more often for less money.