This place is a gem! It's about 10 miles from Santa Cruz and 20 miles from Monterey, so you're close enough to the tourist stuff, but you don't pay tourist resort prices. The staff is very friendly, and the sites are reasonably sized and grassy, although a bit narrow, and do not have picnic tables. There's fruit and vegetable markets close by, so you can enjoy the local produce, as well as the central coast weather. Since it's a little inland, the marine layer fog burns off more quickly than it does right on the coast, so the weather is very nice. We'll definitely plan on staying here again if we return to the area.
A great value for military families. Nice quiet location, only a few airplanes visit Vandenberg, so not much airplane noise, even though the famcamp is about .5 miles from the end of the runway. One quirk is that the only electrical service is 50 amps, so you'll need an adapter if you don't use 50 amp service. The campground host has 50 to 30 adapters available to borrow. Also, the base requires RVs to be inspected and the inspections ONLY take place at the Lompoc gate, which is NOT the main gate.
This was our first visit in over 20 years. My wife's family loved camping here when she was growing up, so it was a nice return visit. The trees provided nice shade and privacy. However, since this is a state park, it's showing the effects of California's budget crisis. The facilities aren't in very good shape, and the restrooms aren't kept very clean. There was standing water in one of the men's shower stalls. But, it was still a great visit. We only heard the train 3 times in three days, and those were in the middle of the day, never at night. We enjoyed listening to the surf at night, and the beach made for some great surf-side running.
It was perfect for our needs, just a place to spend the night while we visited family. A clean, fenced in area that was nice and level. It's a large parking lot type of campground, but let's face it, in Lancaster, there's not exactly a lot of shade or grass to be found anywhere. We'll definitely keep this place in mind for our next trip out to California.