Well, you get what you pay for. At $25/night, the price is about right. We stopped here because the 2004 version of Trailer Life gave this a 9 for aesthetics. I had to check the rating twice. I'd give it a 6. This is an older park in need of some work. It's clean and everyone is friendly but we're inches from our neighbors. Concrete pads. Scrawny trees. On the plus side we are about . 5 miles from a cute 9 hole golf course and Anderson's Pea Soup. Unusual sewer hook-ups.
This is one of those where your tastes will really dictate your rating. I gave it a 5 because I just wouldn't stay there again. The area is well maintained but there's very little to maintain. Concrete pads are inches apart. There are no trees and only tiny shrubs. There is some well maintained common grass area but not much. And there's a doggy area. After paying the same price for a wonderful park (Marina Dunes) only 20 minutes closer to Monterey, I was really disappointed. Restrooms are actually owned and maintained by the marina and really not even in the park. I checked them out and found them to be messy. Time limits posted on the doors. I never used them. You'll want to eat at Phil's. Atmospheric and good, reasonably priced food. I'm not into 'antiquing' but there were a number of antique places within a couple of blocks.
If the sites had been a little more private and there had been a view, I would have given this a 10. (Mind you, we don't need a lot of 'extras' like pools, and lawn bowling.) Gravel sites were groomed after every visitor. Sites all had a unique elevation. Shade everywhere. Right across the street from Marina Dunes State Park. About 10 miles north of Monterey. There was a fantastic bike path for the hearty all the way into Monterey mostly riding along the dunes and the bay. We were there between terrible storms and the place still looked pristine. The office 'store' was nicely stocked with a few necessities and everyone was friendly. A bit pricey but in line with other area parks. (10% discount for AAA.) After all, this is Monterey.
Not sure about price. This place was fine really. Kind of nestled in some foothills. Cute little cut-out village for kids and groups. Wonderful bathrooms and spotless showers. Great laundry facilities. Easy access. I marked it down because it felt like a concrete village. Nothing between units in most of the park. There was a sewer clean-out that kept bubbling up and was a bit stinky. When I went to talk to the manager I found that the office had shut down at 5:00PM. Seemed a little early to me. We were there during some of the worst storms in the areas history so give them a little slack for that. In fact we were there because we were originally headed for Big Sur on Hiway 1 and had to back track over 100 miles due to a landslide. I would stay here again.
I really did like this spot but rate it a 7 because there were no hook-ups and it was fairly primitive. Sites weren't very level and you had to improvise a bit. However, in some of the upper spots there were great views of either the ocean or the hills. The lower sites had more bushes and trees between the sites. The individual rest rooms were spacious and spotless. Access was very good (I don't think there were any showers). Camp staff allowed you to cruise through and pick a site before registering. Primitive sites were only $11. Beach was a short walk or bike ride away. And Hearst Castle was about 5 minutes away. We stayed there during some pretty rough weather and still enjoyed it. If you don't mind dry camping and being a little creative, this one is for you.
Level pads. Lots of trees created private and cozy settings. Nice restaurants nearby. Nature center on the grounds. Just a couple hundred yards from the marina. We were there in between major storms so showers had no hot water and not all restrooms were open. Close enough to Hearst Castle to commute up and back. I loved this place and wish we had stayed more than a single night.