Experience YMCA Camp Surf as a Family!

Summer Family Camping at Surf

Family Camping at Camp Surf is a unique experience available for families to come and experience a seaside getaway together! Fall asleep to the sounds of the crashing waves after fun-filled days exploring the shore! Walk to Imperial Beach or drive to nearby Coronado for shopping and dining opportunities.



Enjoy your weekend stay in your own private cabin. Each bunk has its own window, reading light, and storage for personal items. Restrooms are centrally located and shared facilities that will be cleaned and sanitized throughout each day. Families must provide their own twin-size bed linens and bath towels. Cabins are heated by radiant heaters when necessary and cooled by ceiling fans and the ocean breeze. 

Camp out on the beach in your own tent and fall asleep to the sound of the waves! Camp Surf has beach campsites available this summer. Families just bring all of your camping gear and camp out on the sand. Beach fire pits are available for use throughout your stay.


Dates, Rates & Times

Two-night stays are available on select weekends (Fri -Sun) 
Check-In: 4:00-8:00pm on Friday
Check-Out: 1:00 pm on Sunday
Base Rate: April-August $640 = Family of 4 for two nights
Additional Family Members: April-August $125 - Max of 12 per cabin
Base Rate For Beach Camping in your own tents October-December $500 = Family of 4 for two nights
Additional Family Members: April-August $100 each - Max of 12 family members per campsite

*Our prices change based on season, length of stay, and type of accommodation.

Families will have the opportunity to participate in self-guided activities. Guests will be responsible for sanitizing the equipment before and after use. Camp staff will sanitize equipment periodically throughout the day.

Below are some fun-filled Camp Surf activities for your family to experience together:

Activities include:

Select activities will be available during scheduled times for up to 9 hours throughout the weekend! All equipment for staff guided activities will be available at Camp Surf. A schedule will be emailed to guests prior to your arrival.

  • Surfing
  • Bodyboarding
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Archery
  • Climbing Tower

Activities include:

  • GaGa Ball
  • Bouldering Wall
  • Sand Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Beach Walks
  • Horseshoes


  • Fishing (bring your own rods/tackle)
  • Explore the Tijuana Estuary
  • Skateboard halfpipe (bring your own skateboard and pads, helmet required)
  • Beach campfires


Food Service is back at Camp Surf! Your Reservation includes meals starting on Saturday Breakfast until Sunday Breakfast. Food is not provided on Friday evening, but Many fantastic restaurants are operating within easy walking distance from Camp Surf.

Need Help or Have Questions?

Reserve A Cabin

If you have any questions or need help registering, please email Payton Schoonmaker at [email protected].

Group Retreats at Camp Surf

We offer safe, fun, life-changing outdoor experiences that help children and teens build confidence through skill development and by strengthening relationships with weekend retreats running from April through October.

Delicious food, beachfront facilities, choice of accommodations, a variety of activities facilitated by our staff and a certified USLA lifeguard service team.

Group Size: 14 to 300

Our weekend recreation package includes:

  • 2 Nights - Friday 4:00 PM to Sunday 1:00 PM
  • 4 Meals - Saturday Breakfast and Sunday Breakfast


Make use of one of our many cabins or bring your own tents and enjoy camping directly on the beach (depending on availability).

  • April Weekends:
    • Opening Weekend:
  • May to September Weekends:
    • Beach Tent Camping Only:
  • Memorial Day Weekend:
    • Extended Weekend: Friday to Monday
  • October Weekends:
    • Final Weekend: TBD

Contact for Availability: Payton Schoonmaker, [email protected], or call 619.423.5850

Beach Camping – Spring, Summer and Fall

Bring your own tent, camp right on the sand and wake up to ocean views. Pack light as the beach is 1/4 mile from the parking lot and you can make the most of your time here. Most families will beach camp and there will be a shared area set aside just for families.

We will have communal fire pits available on the beach as well.

Cabins – Spring and Fall Only

We have a variety of different style cabins. Our traditional cabins sleep up to 16 people and our canvas sided cabins and “cabents” sleep up to 12. They are clustered around each of our 2 bathroom and shower blocks. Waterman Village awaits adventurous campers not afraid to walk in the dark. Waterman is solar powered and has it’s own private fire pit and a large gazebo.

Limited cabins are available for spring and fall dates only- Cabins are not guaranteed for all guests and availability is limited and hold between 12 and 16 guests. You will need a minimum of 12 people to request a cabin.

Wetsuit Rentals

We have spring suits (short arms and short legs) in a large variety of sizes including mens, womens, boys, and girls if you would like to rent a wetsuit during your stay with us.

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