What to Expect at Camp Pendleton

Let me start off by saying I am biased towards Camp Pendleton, since I was born and raised in California. I absolutely love living here, and consider this one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I think anyone who lives here (on or off base) is experiencing an amzing opportunity since we are so close to the Pacific Ocean. Some people have never seen the Ocean and some people never will. Remember to never take that for granted. When explaining what to expect at Camp Pendleton, I will try my best to remain as objective as possible.

It is like a vacation all year around. Check out the cabanas at Del Mar Beach on Base near officer housing.


There is a playground on Del Mar Beach.


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There are endless things to do. I mean, it is San Diego County! You are not restricted to base. You can find tons of free (and paid) activities to do. The memories will last forever. It is just so much fun!

Here is the Pier in Oceanside. About 3-5 minutes away from the Main Gate or Del Mar Gate.


San Diego is about 30-45 minutes away. Here we are relaxing at the Embarcadero near Sea Port Village (my favorite spot in San Diego) where you have an amazing view of Coronado & the Coronado Bridge Directly across from you.


Camp Pendleton’s Beaches at dusk. A perfect time to walk and collect seashells.


View of the Pacific Ocean from the Event Center near Starbucks which is on top of the hill near the Giant MCX. You can see from this picture that the base has gone eco friendly or “green”. They have installed solar panels, which helps reduce energy costs. That’s good for you.


Every housing area has it’s up’s and down’s but no matter where you go whether it be Wire Mountain I or San Onofre III the views are amazing.

There are many hotels, beach villas, and beach cottages on base aka Inns of of the Corps. Not only are they beautiful, but they are economical. Whether you and your servicemember need time away or your family is coming, they are sure to be impressed. I have stayed in all of Camp Pendleton’s lodging and I would not give it less than 5 stars.

The base education center offers many resources to help you advance your education and career. They have a variety of colleges such as the well respected and recognized National University among man other colleges that host numerous classes right in the center.

I could go on and on about the perks of Camp Pendleton, but these are just a few. If you are new to the Base or you are getting ready for your PCS, there is nothing to worry about. There is a lot of support around you. I encourage you to explore the base, take drives and walks to explore in ins and outs, explore San Diego County, and even Southern CA. Soon you will be an expert.