Hotels, campgrounds have vacancies over holiday weekend

Posted at 5:27 PM, Jul 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-03 20:45:24-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Marty Coyne snags the same prime spot at Campland on the Bay every Fourth of July weekend.

He parks his massive RV right across from the water.

"Wouldn't trade it in for any other place to stay in the summer," he said Friday. "It's beautiful here, safe here, the grandkids can run free and have a great time."

This year - however - the celebration is quite a bit different - due the outbreak of Covid 19.

Campland on the Bay, on Mission Bay's north end, is like many hotels along San Diego's coastline. It's not totally booked.

Elvin Lai, who owns the Ocean Park Inn in Pacific Beach, said he was booked in the high 60 percents at a time when the hotel is usually full.

"It doesn't mean that I won't get last minute bookings but we're used to being sold out for the month of July months in advance, so it's different."

On Friday at the campland, the mood was festive, but the activities were limited - the skate park and basketball courts were taped off. There won't be any bands for outdoor entertainment, and indoor dining is disallowed.

Campland on the Bay also placed yellow cones on the beach to give people a clear path to the water. It's also requiring all tents to be spaced out by eight feet. Masks are required in public areas, and rangers are carrying around extra.

Still, not every visitor was wearing a mask.

"Everybody doesn't follow it," said Barry Homer, who is staying on the grounds with his wife Cindy. "It'a always a problem everywhere in the world, for lots of reasons."

Hotels and Campland are still open to last minute reservations.

"We anticipate it's going to be be like this no more than today and tomorrow, and then it'll go down to quiet as people go back to their normal lives," said Ahmed Aitlahcen, the campland's general manafger.

The Auto Club predicts 107 million residents of the Pacific Coastal states will take trips this summer. That's down 17 percent from 2019.