Wonderful beach and, as others have said, down a long winding, narrow road. It was very foggy, which led to some white knuckle driving. Our site was right on the beach and we actually parked on the sand. It was very windy and we had to dig our rug out of the sand each morning. The hamburger shack was extremely slow with orders. It took 45 minutes for a burger, and several people asked for their money back and to cancel their order. Overall we liked the campground and we will come again.
The beach is fantastic and was nice even though it was January. You are right inside the little town of Carpinteria and you can walk everywhere. In the campground 95% of the sites are too close together. Even in the dry camping section where we always stay, most of the sites are doubles, triples, and quadruples where there is one pad that is split for multiple sites. Its a very poor design unless you are camping in a group. There are also dedicated group sites. This time the camp hosts were on the job and checking for generators running after the 8 PM cutoff.
North beach is still good for a CA state campground. Many of the sites are half circle pull through. Pismo old town is within walking distance and San Luis Obispo is only 10 miles away. It is fairly quiet since the wild campers tend to go to Oceano Dunes. We will stay here again.
Perfect location, the swimming beach is right across the street. Sites are decent size but dirt. Only 1/2 the cable channels worked and the WiFi was almost useless. Bathrooms and showers were nice and clean and the staff friendly. The Embarcadero is an easy bike ride away but a little far to walk. We will stay here again.
The park is great with lots of great hikes. The campground has large boulders lining the narrow roads and sites. We have a 26' trailer and were not able to make the turn into our site row. By backing down another road we were able to make the attempt into the site. It took quite a bit of jockeying to get in to the site. The campground was designed in the days of 16' trailers pulled by cars.
We liked camping here and enjoyed all the sights. You can ride shuttle buses everywhere. We were in the first row (100s) which is right next to the stables, with a corresponding odor. Don't book in the 200s unless you have a very small rig and can make the hairpin turn. The new generator hours are 7-9 AM, 12-2 PM, 5-7 PM. It was the first week in June but the temp hit 95 on the day we left. Next time we'll try May. Bring mosquito repellent.
Nice park, although it is on the side of a hill. Staff was friendly. Good size, clean pool with a real deep end (8') which seems to be the exception in many parks. Site (39) was level and long enough to stay hooked up since we were just passing through. It would be a good home base to explore Yosemite, except for the price.
This is a decent state park. The sites do have a decent amount of space between them. All are listed as 31' long but the actual pavement is only ~20. Some have bushes and trees right next to the pad preventing extension of slide outs. Also, some have a fence/hillside close to the rear of the site that limits the length of the RV that will fit. To be safe, check the campsite photos website to make sure you can fit. There is another beach that is much nicer than the main beach. Follow the road under the bridge to the parking lot. Dogs are also allowed on this beach since it is technically not part of the state park. This is one of the closest state beach campgrounds to LA, so many of the sites are packed with way more than 8 people per site.
We stayed a the Thornhill Broome campground. Sites are parallel parked next to the beach with room for a slide out. Sites are only 31ft nose to tail so it can be a little tight if someone is already in the sites in front and behind of yours. The rules say you must be on the pavement but all the trailers had the tow vehicle backed in with the rear wheels on the sand to fit. It gets crazy when you try to leave. The road is only 1 lane wide and you must go to the end of the road and do a u-turn in the cul-de-sac. No camp host and the State park employee was only there on Friday. A ranger from the Sycamore grove campground did make a daily run through the park. There was no enforcement of the generator hours, either.
Nice park, large sites, easy walk over the dunes to the beach. Easy walk into the town too. The beach is very large and flat with good swimming. There was a huge group in a regular campsite with 10 tents. As usual with the CA parks lately enforcement of the rules is hit or miss.
The sites are nice, level, and large. Even the back-ins have lots of room. Stay in A-loop which is the closest to the visitor center. The new bathrooms are very nice but still lacking showers. We will stay here again.
Very nice, clean, decent size sites. There was plenty of room in the premium pull through to stay hooked up. Paved, with grass between sites. Pool, laundry, showers, and bathrooms all nice and clean. We would stay here again.
Good base camp to explore Yellowstone. Sites are very tight and paved. The sewer hookup is too tall at 8 inches. No cell service in the campground or most of YS. The mosquitoes are fierce. When I made the reservation the quote was $37/night. When we got here the price was $45, which is annoying. We would camp here again. (This is our third time.)
Nice site, but the layout is a little off. The end of the row driveway was turned into a site, forcing you to back the tow vehicle down the street when returning from a side-trip. It was very busy and they didn't enforce the rules. There were lots of dogs off-leash, making it hard to walk ours. People parked on the grass and we had the people in the next site parking on our grass.
Very nice, but expensive park. Our site was level and surrounded by trees. Everything was well kept up. The pool was nice, but completely packed with people: one pool for 200 sites. We might stay here again.
Nice long site, but not very level. They obviously don't clean up the sites because there were empty soda bottles and trash in our site. The pool, showers, and bathrooms were clean. We walked across to the restaurant and the food wasn't worth the walk. We would probably try somewhere else.
Level sites with a concrete drive and pad. Grass with small trees between each site. The only negative was goose droppings everywhere: someone with a hose could do wonders. We tried to call several times to find out if there was availability before we arrived (no reservations) but it always went to voice mail. Very cheap for full hookups ($20). We would come here again.
Our spot was level, and long enough to stay hooked up. There is a shuttle stop right at the entrance and we took that everywhere. We had no shade or plants, just dirt. The showers are too far to walk to and the shuttle runs in the opposite direction. We would stay here again.
We arrived late and left early, so everything was locked up. Our site info was taped to the door, along with a half dozen others. Site was level and long enough. As usual for KOA, expensive for a water/electric site in the boondocks.
One of the nicest parks we have stayed in. I have never seen bathrooms this clean at an RV park. Wi-Fi was strong, the site was long enough to stay hooked up (47' total length). The sewer hookup is in the middle of the adjacent site, which is strange. The only real negative were the barking dogs. Lots of barking dogs. We would stay here again.
Nice quiet campground. Our site was level. Full hookups and all sites are covered in grass. Unlike the other campground nearby that is gravel and dirt (or mud if it rains). Hosts are very friendly, they even lent us hardhats for exploring the lava caves in Lava Beds National Monument.
Right in the Redwoods! That says it all. You are surrounded by old growth redwoods - one in our site was at least 15' in diameter. Some sites are small but ours was big enough for a 28' trailer and tow.
Nice park on a strip between the bay and the Pacific. No waves because of a breakwater. They charge for dogs after you arrive. Bathrooms and showers were OK. Our site was long enough so we didn't need to unhook.
Small, cozy campground close to the beach. The beach is a short walk under the railroad trestle and about 100 yards wide. Most of the sites are small. The campground was covered in a thin layer of dried mud, like it had been flooded recently. We had to kick someone out of our campsite when we arrived (this is happening all to frequently in CA state parks). The wind blew hard the whole time which is normal for this campground. There is even a sign at the front kiosk warning no refunds because of the wind.
The park is nice with wide sites. Like all CA state parks, the cost is way up ($50 for a bluff site, $65 for hookups). I did not see the camp hosts at all during our stay (3 day weekend). There was a homeless person hanging around the bathrooms for most of the day. There were also homeless people sleeping just behind the inland row which is right next to a busy road. We had our Honda generator stolen while we were asleep - it was locked with a large lock but their bolt cutters were larger. We didn't feels safe and left early. Sadly, we won't be back.
This park is right in the middle of Tombstone. The lady at the front desk was very nice and helpful getting us set up. The sites are narrow, but we were able to pull through and stay hooked up. We were also able to use our slide out. We were not able to connect to the WiFi. We would stay here again.
The neighborhood is a bit rundown, but not a ghetto. The sites are level, but the pull-through sites are too short. We had to disconnect, which defeats the main advantage of a one-night, pull-through stop. The pool was nice and clean, but only 2-4 foot deep, which makes it a kiddie wading pool. I wish more pools were at least 6 feet deep. Also, it was only open from 3-8pm, which is strange. It's OK for a one night stop, but we'll try somewhere else so we can stay hooked-up. The rate reflects a premium for 2 kids and 2 small dogs.
When we arrived our assigned site was a mudhole. There was a list of open sites on the door and we switched to an open site. The campground needs more gravel, even the run off from the AC created a fair size pond. The AC volts were low, running around 108v during the day. The pool was fine, but I'd prefer it outdoors instead of in an old shed. Management at the front desk, gets a C- for attitude. They didn't like the fact that I changed sites and grumbled about the credit card I used. The fee to dump was $5. The fee for the showers was $5, which is ridiculous. I think that next time we'll try a different park.
Good bargain, the lady at the front desk was friendly. The pool was nice after a long hot drive. The full-timer next to us had a leaking sewer connection (yuck). Camping World was convenient being right next door. Sites are gravel with some trees. We would camp here again.
Very nice park. Has large sites. The park was clean and fairly level. There is an electric gate and it is patrolled by security. The showers are private with a sink and toilet in each shower room. There is a nice little store and Mexican fast food restaurant. The WiFi was too slow and I was forced to use my iPhone as a modem. As hot as it was, a pool would be nice. We would camp here again.
We love Zion NP and have stayed at Watchman several times. The sites are large, even the back ins. The only negatives are a lack of water hookups and no showers. Which after a day spent hiking in 100 degree temps is an issue. There is the river. Tubing is fun and you can rent or buy in the town of Springdale, which is right at the park entrance. We will camp here again.
Camped here Memorial day weekend. Most of the sites are pull through, the others are double wide back in. The pull-throughs are long, saw several with 2 motorhomes. There is lots of space between sites. The rangers and camp hosts patrol all the time (unlike most other CA state parks) and we had no problems or complaints. There is a single dump station and there was a long backup on going-home day. We would camp here again.
This is a nice campground, but because of the California state cutbacks there are a lot of issues. The rangers don't patrol. I only saw one camp host and he was driving through checking tags in the morning. It used to be that the hosts would walk around several times a day talking to people and checking the campground. Several campers had dogs that barked non-stop. Music being played on a car stereo for everyone's enjoyment. The prices are also way up: $35 plus a reservation fee for dry camping.
The beach is nice, the kids spent most of the time in the water. The sites are a decent size and double wide for parking a car or tow vehicle. The beach had several lifeguards in the towers and patrolling on an ATV and truck. However, there was no enforcement of the campground rules. There were quite a few campsites with more than the max number of people. The sites on both sides of us had at least 12 people. Generators ran from early in the morning to 10pm. Not once did I see one of the camp hosts making the rounds, even though there are 4 of them in the campground.
Very nice park, with a large family pool and an adult pool. Sites are large, well maintained, and clean. The only downside was the 5.95 charge to use the Wifi internet. Make your reservation online to get a 10% discount.
A decent park to use while passing through. Wifi went out part way through the evening, but there was a big thunderstorm, so that may have something to do with it. Sites and roads were gravel with some grass.
Park is nice, we liked the pull-through in a public park. The sewer hookup is raised 8" above ground so you need something to elevate the sewer hose. It's pricey at $60 a day - Parks Canada charges $20 per day plus the $40 camping fee. Stay for a week and it's cheaper to buy a Parks Canada year pass to all the parks at $136.
Management was OK. When we hooked up the power was only 105v. Luckily, I turned the air right off and told the office. Moved to another site and it was 110. While in the office 2 other sites said they couldn't sign on to the Wi-fi. When I tried I got the same error (invalid WPN). I tried again later and no Wi-fi signal at all. OK for a quick stop. Last note, there is a for-sale sign in the office window, so things may change in the future.
The sites are close together. There is no cell phone service for AT&T or Sprint. The sewer connection is raised up 8-12" which makes it hard to drain the waste tanks. The employees are nice. We had the only site in the park with hookups. We will come again.
You have to sign it at the hotel first. The pull through sites are too short, 28' trailer and truck needed to be disconnected to fit. There is no pet area. The pool is very nice but you have to drive to is since it is too far to walk, especially in 110 degree heat. The restaurant has decent food for a reasonable price.
The campground is nice, but the rules aren't enforced. Dogs that barked all day long. Cars parked in places that they shouldn't, like on the grass at the bike and camp area. Showers were clean but no hot water. We will come back again because we enjoy camping here.
This is one of our favorite campgrounds. We always stay in the non-hookup side. When I was kid in the 60s this was also my favorite campground. Carpinteria is just as nice as it was 40 years ago. Swimming is very good, and Carpinteria's motto is "World's safest beach". If you plan your trip during a minus low tide the tide pools are some of the best in S. California.
Nice place to stay if you can get there by Thursday or Friday morning. The spaces are nose to tail. You are not supposed to have a fire but everyone does. The beach is beautiful after you climb down the rocks. If you have mobility issues it can be hard to get to the sand.
We've been a couple of times. It's OK for off season camping. The sites are not well marked, and we had issues with people parking way over the line; as in 10 feet over. We also had another camper knock on our door late at night, and we found out she also went through our truck. Rangers with guns came out and determined that she forgot to take her medication. So much for a relaxing weekend.
This is was the worst place we have stayed. Forget about the 'quiet hours' rules. The party lasts until late. Most of the other campers were regulars and were 'in' with the park staff. One of the noisiest party campsites was serving breakfast to the rangers the next morning. There was no room to park my tow vehicle (I have a 26 ft Trailer) and no overflow parking. I was told to park it several miles away and walk back. The roads are narrow, and it took 30 minutes to get to my site because I had to wait while other RVs tried to squeeze in to the very narrow parking spots. I will never go back even though we love camping at the beach.
This was the closest campground to Fossil Butte so we planned on going here after stopping at the visitor center. There was no one there to give us a site. The sites were just dirt and it looked like a shanty town. We decided to drive straight through to Salt Lake City.