Cliffside RV Park

 
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Cliffside RV Park

Location

Installation
Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, Oak Harbor, WA
GPS Coordinates
48.337, -122.688
Location Information
Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, Oak Harbor, WA

Directions

Directions
From Hwy 20, north of Oak Harbor, turn onto Ault Field Rd. Enter the air station by turning right at the Charles Porter gate (first stoplight). Charles Porter is the only gate accessible to RVs and is open limited hours. If you arrive and the gate is closed, please call (360) 257-3893 to have the gate opened for you. Travel along Charles Porter Ave until you reach Midway St, which is approximately 1 mile from the gate and just past the Skywarrior Theater. Turn left onto Midway. In approximately 1/2 mile, just before you reach a T intersection with Saratoga St. ---- RV Campers: Turn north onto Saratoga, and continue past Midway St to the next intersection, Intruder St. Turn left. Intruder St curves left after approximately 1/4 mile. Soon after the curve, make the first (North Loop) or second (South Loop) right on the two paved roads into Cliffside RV Park. ***RV sites 1 - 26 are in the North Loop and RV sites 27 - 60 are in the South Loop.*** Towed vehicles should be dropped prior to entering the campground, either upon check in at Navy Gateway Inns & Suites, or at Costen Turner Park, just before Cliffside RV Park. ---- Yurt Campers: Turn north onto Saratoga, and continue past Midway Street to the next intersection, Intruder St. Turn left. Intruder St curves left after approximately 1/4 mile. Soon after the curve, make the first right onto the paved road into Cliffside RV Park's North Loop. ---- Tent Campers: Turn north onto Saratoga, and continue past Midway Street to the next intersection, Intruder St. Turn left. Intruder St curves left after approximately 1/4 mile. Soon after the curve, you'll see the entrances for Cliffside RV Park's North Loop and South Loop. Go past both those entrances and turn right onto the dirt/gravel road just past the South Loop's entrance. Tent sites are near the water; you may pull your vehicle next to your tent site to unload. Parking is available east of the tent sites, just off the road you pulled into.

Contact Information

Phone Number
(360) 257-2649
Mailing Address
Navy Gateway Inns & Suites, 1175 W Midway St, Bldg #973, Oak Harbor, WA 98278
Email Address
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Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active, National Guard, Reservists, Retired, 100% DAV. DoD Civilians.
Season
Year round.
Reservations
Reservations are accepted at(877) NAVY-BED. Active duty military may make reservations up to 12 months in advance. Military Retirees, DoD civilians, reservists and other eligible patrons may make reservations up to 6 months in advance. No deposit is required when making a reservation, but we do ask for a Visa or Master Card number and email address in order to hold reservations. Full payment for the duration of your reservation is required upon check-in. No refunds are available for early check-outs.
Internet Access
Free WiFi available in the campground, but reported as "slow". Verizon signal is "spotty". BE CAREFUL when using cell data, as it may be going through a Canadian cell tower ($$).
Mail Forwarding
USPS: (Your Name, RV Site #), Cliffside RV Park, NASWI, 3675 West Lexington Street, Building 2556 Oak Harbor, WA 98278 ---- FedEx and UPS ONLY: (Your Name, RV Site #), Cliffside RV Park, Intruder Street, NASWI, Oak Harbor, WA 98278
Pet Information
Limit of 2 dogs per site. Pets allowed in RV's and tents with usual leash and cleanup rules. Pets (except service animals) are not allowed in yurts.
Campground Information
Stays are limited to 30 days. After a 30 day stay, one must vacate for 2 weeks prior to making another reservation. Higher rates are for peak season (June 1 - Sept. 30).
Big Rig Friendly?
Yes
Discounts
7th night free when paying for 6 nights.
Amenities
  • Dump, Sewer
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Tent Area
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Playground
  • Picinic Area
  • Boating, Boat Rentals
  • Golf
  • Diesel
  • Gas
  • Commissary
  • Exchange
  • Fitness Center
  • Shoppete
  • Class VI
  • Marina
  • Movie Theater
  • Car Wash

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
RV Site
57
W/20,30,50A/S
$30-$35
N/A
N/A
Tent
10
None
$15
N/A
N/A
Yurt
6
E
$30-$35
N/A
N/A

Other Information

Firearms Policy
Firearms are to be checked into the Base Armory.
Weather Information

Nestled along the shoreline of NAS Whidbey, Cliffside offers 57RV sites as well as several tent sites, and six furnished yurts overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Vancouver Island, the San Juan Islands and the Olympic Peninsula. These sites offer water and electrical hookups; there are great restroom and shower facilities in each loop. More than that, these homes away from home provide the ambiance of shoreline living, an open window on an ever-changing marine environment and unparalleled sunsets. There are several miles of private military beach strewn with interesting driftwood and pretty rocks.

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August 2017

Fantastic place to call home for a day or a week. A+. Ken's care of the park is one in a million. Thank you for the hospitality, we look forward coming back one day. Price is $35 for a night and $240/week but we heard they will be up-charging for waterfront row in the future. Enjoy, we sure did.

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July 21-22, 2017

Price in now $35.00 a night. Looking forward to our stay as always. Have stayed here many times, and have always enjoyed it.

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June 20-24, 2017

This is by far the nicest RV park I have ever stayed at. I hate staying at parks that feel like "trailer parks" if you know what I mean. This was no trailer park. The grounds are kept in immaculate condition. Grass nicely mowed, flowers everywhere, etc. We stayed in spot 9, but I don't think there is a bad spot in the place. 9 was really nice. We didn't get to select a site, but was very happy with what we got. There are 2 loops. South and north. The office is in the southern loop. We were on the northern loop. The sites on the northern loop are a little closer to the water, and our site felt like we were right on the beach. The small roads going into each loop are tight but manageable. When arriving, there is not a lot of room to park your rig while checking in, but I managed to sort of pull off to the side. Checkin was painless and the 2 gentlemen there were very nice. I paid $35/night. If you have a satellite, you will probably be good anywhere in the northern loop, and anywhere on the west side of the southern loop. If you download the brochure, it has a map of all the site. I printed this before I left and kind of had an idea of where to go and what sites I was interested in (again, I didn't get to choose). This park was full, even during the week, but again, very nice and clean. I didn't see any obvious rigs that looked like someone lived there. Lots of nice rigs. My fifth wheel is right at 36' long and fit nicely on the pad. No overhang at all. I still had another 6-7 feet towards the front. Pads are level and plenty wide. We managed to have our picnic table and some corn hole boards setup right on the pad. Plenty of room between each site as well. You are not right on top of your neighbor. Each site does have a grill, but no fire pit. They had portable fire pits everywhere so I just took one and used it (I bring my own wood). Very nice hookup stations. Sewer (with threads!!), 20, 30, & 50A, water. Wifi worked great. We have verizon and the service wasn't very good. Actually got no service on the north side of whidbey with limited service on the air station itself. Non issue since wifi was great. Plenty to do around the area. The base is really nice with a Wendy's, mini-NEX, bowling alley/arcade area, lots of fields (football/softball/track), large playground, gym, etc. The main NEX and commissary are south of the air station, about 10 minutes away. This place is great, but it's kind of like Pacific Beach in that if the weather is bad, I bet it can be miserable. It was sunny and beautiful all 4 days for us. I heard about Ken in the reviews but never met him. His work is obvious with all the beautiful flower gardens EVERYWHERE. Really is nice to look at. I didn't use them but walked through the bathrooms and laundry. All looked new and up to date. Super clean. Plenty of room to park your tow vehicle as well. Nice path that runs between the sites and beach. It goes pretty far north past all the sport fields. Jets and P-3s flying constantly. As far as I'm concerned, the sound of freedom never gets old! Didn't hear it during the night. This is also close to Deception Pass state park, which is ridiculously beautiful. We went there everyday and hiked. 

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(Updated: June 12, 2017)
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June 2017

We've stayed at military RV parks across the country & this is one of the best thanks to Ken. There's plenty of space between the level concrete pads. The hook ups were conveniently located & easy to connect. Wifi worked well. ATT cell worked from motorhome but not from laundry room, which was clean & inexpensive (2 washers $1.50/load, 4 dryers .50/load). Every site has view of ocean, picnic tables, concrete patio, grass &/ or flowers on either side. Fire pits available for free with purchase of wood. Jet noise can get loud, especially 10:00 at night. But it's a military base with a mission so that's not really a negative. Did I mention Ken, the host/gardener extraordinaire. We've never seen so many beautiful flowers, & strawberry's you can pick. Ken really cares about this park & makes sure it's always a beautiful place to stay. Oh, & free popcorn on Fri. 

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October 28 - November 24, 2016

I really don't know where to start. We arrived after 6 days of hard driving from NC and were welcomed with open arms. We had stayed here in 2009 in the "old" park after traveling in Alberta and British Columbia for several weeks. Even back then it was a wonderful respite from our journey. Ken, the camp host, is still here after 13 years and a COMPLETE camp renovation. The facilities are without equal as are the beautiful gardens and plantings that Ken has created. He never seems to stop working to make the park more beautiful. He was in the process of digging up 2,000 dahlias to be transplanted next spring. I cannot make enough positive comments about the staff. They are on from 10:00AM to 6:00PM every day except holidays. We had some medical emergencies, me with a lacerated cornea and my wife with shingles. They directed us to the ER in Coupeville where the care was outstanding; never waited more than 5-10 minutes (I never even got to sit down). My wife's bout with shingles necessitated that we extend out stay a few days at a time. The staff could not have been more accomadating. They worked with us even though Thanksgiving was on the way with many visitors arriving. We have stayed at many military RV facilities, and I have never stayed at a better one. If there is a better military RV facility, I have not found it.

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Oct 2016

This is one of the cleanest RV camps I have ever been at. The bathrooms and showers were the best I have seen. Is there aircraft noise It is a naval air station. Both my wife and I got a full 8 hours sleep every night. We enjoyed the walking path above the beach and the beautiful views.

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August 21-29, 2016

There is no pool but there is an ocean. The NAS has done a fantastic job renovating this camp ground. KUDOS to them. The directions are right on except that the first stop light street is Goldie so if you are looking for a street name of Charles Porter it doesn't start until you go through the gate. When turning right at the first stop light on Goldie the gate is about 100 yards ahead. We arrived on a Sunday and the phone number worked well. It was less than 10 minutes before the Base Police arrived and opened the gate for us. They will check your ID prior to opening the gate so be prepared. When you get to N Saratoga St and turn right (it' a "T" off Midway) just before turning left on to Intruder ST there is a large parking area on the left. I'd suggest unhooking there but we unhooked in the theater parking lot. The other suggestion will work also. There are some red board signs out in front of the North and South park area and if you name is on the board that is the one you want to pull into. Pick a spot that is open. In our case we were not on either board so we went to the second park (North), pulled in, and the host came out to greet us. We then moved to the South park. Saw Orca Whales and a Eagle sat in the tree behind us for over an hour having lunch.

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August 16-29, 2015

We are a year late in complimenting Cliffside on their beautiful rv park. It is the nicest park we have ever stayed in. It is very well maintained and the staff are all extremely friendly. The scenic beauty is beyond compare. Friends sponsored us to be able to experience Cliffside. We especially enjoyed Ken's beautiful flower gardens. To have so many variations, colors, etc. to enjoy seeing everyday was quite a treat to all campers staying there. Ken always had beautiful bouquets arranged and available for campers to share and enjoy at their rv. He also was willing to share his knowledge to anyone wishing they had the ability to grow flowers the way he did. All of his efforts are greatly appreciated! Our two week stay at Cliffside was the most enjoyable and relaxing time we have ever spent on any of our vacations. Next week we have the privilege of being invited by our friends to experience Cliffside again this year. We are looking forward to spending another memorable time at Cliffside. Walt & Cindy Haynes 

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July 2016

One of the nicest military RV parks we have had the "joy" to visit. Flowers are wonderful, pick up a bouquet at the office,just return the vase. As a military pilot I love the sound of Freedom. Other than it is a bit of a hike from NC it could not be better. We will come back again. $25.00 per night

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April 2 thru April 10, 2016

I have been coming here every year, sometimes multiple times per year since 2004. This is the finest RV park in America. The primary Camp Host (Ken) is amazing and keeps this place spotless. He is tireless, working 7 days a week all year. He has planted the most amazing flower gardens in any RV park anywhere. The facilities are top notch. Close to everything and lots to do in the RV park, on the base and in the surrounding areas. Two minutes and you are on a beautiful beach. Many trails and paths to walk. Military aircraft coming and going from the base airfield are enchanting. Great base bowling alley to have family fun. Their pizza is awesome. If you come, you will come again. If you read a review criticizing the camp host consider the source...Any former military person who come to an airbase and expects that military aircraft do not fly in and out is having a serious issue with their thinking....again consider this when making your decision to come. The RV park is on the base so it is totally secure. I have never locked my RV here during the day. Your kids will be totally safe here. I love this place.

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July 2015

This place is beautiful and well-maintained. Be prepared for lots of aircraft noise that goes on for hours.  We were not as enamored with the host as most others seem to be, but that just reflects our experience.

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29,30 January 2016

Terrific, the ocean view is super.  Hiking Deception Pass is great.

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September 10-17

We've stayed here for the last two years and plan on making it a yearly adventure.  You can't get much closer to the water and the facility is well maintained and run by great people.  There's not much else to say that hasn't already been said.  You won't be disappointed staying here.

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19 Aug-15 Sept 2015

This was our second visit and will continue to visit in coming years. We have stayed at many military parks and none can compare. Ken, the full time host really cares about this park and is always working to make it more beautiful. The flower gardens are exquisite. Laundry and bath houses always clean. His staff is very helpful and nice,also contributing to the upkeep. I agree with previous comments except for brendajoy1. Walking paths are easy and inviting. Managed to do around 6,000 to 8'000 steps/day equal to 3-4 miles. We were in site 21 and opted to pull in for view. Thank you for a wonderful visit. Amy and John Stanton

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July - Aug 2015

Cliff Side RV Park on Whidbey Island NAS, is a very nice clean well run park. I was going to leave a short polite review but this place requires so much more. I made reservations way back in March for my July arrival, all based on reviews from this website. All reviews were spot on. I left Virginia and drove across the country arriving here on July 29th. Without any request or contact with camp management I was assigned spot 46, back in water front? Site. Playground, beach and water out my window, and a very short walk to bath house. I am sure there are better spots but that is splitting hairs. This is a super location. Ken the camp host is very diligently beautifying the place with flowers and gardens in tip top shape. MWR staff very busy but polite and respond to direct questions. The base is nice, picturesque and well kept; every one we meet was very engaging and helpful. One point of contention is with the Civilian Guard Force at the Charles Porter Gate, they are rude and obnoxious, not professional or polite. The Langley gate is staffed by Navy personnel, always managing to be professional and polite at same time, too bad the older wiser Civilian work face can’t do the same. So if you stay here use the Charles Porter Gate only for your initial arrival and your departure. Your stay here will be better than almost anywhere on any other base, in the area.

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July 6 - August 1, 2015

Of all of the military RV parks we have visited all across the country, Cliffside ranks at the very top of the list with Fiddler's Cove on Coronado island (San Diego). The sites are level, concrete pads. They are back-in only sites but there is plenty of room to maneuver (even for our 43' fifth wheel). The hookups are excellent hookups. WiFi is good--even better if you have an antenna booster. The views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca are beautiful and the driftwood strewn beach is picturesque. The staff were absolutely fantastic. We did not have any of the issues with the camp hosts that a few of the other reviewers have stated. In fact, we found Ken and Diane (camp hosts) to be very friendly and helpful. They do an incredible job maintaining a gorgeous RV park. Ken's flower gardens and strawberry patches are amazing. He has multiple vases of fresh cut flowers available (for free) at the office on a daily basis. Complete recycling services are available in the park. There is a bowling alley with great deals right around the corner from the RV park. Cheap diesel is available on base. The base fitness center is excellent and is within walking distance (on the asphalt path that leads into the RV park down near the beach). There is a huge Exchange and very nice commissary on the other side of the island in Oak Harbor (about a 15 minute drive from the RV park). Can you tell that we absolutely loved this place? We will be back!

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July 2015

This is one of those reviews where you wonder where do I start so many good things to say. Natural beauty of this camp is unbelievable overlooking the bay & watching the waves & ships. Then you add in the beautiful flowers Ken the camp host has planted with the humming birds flying around beyond words & did I mention strawberries to pick right off the vine. Bouquets of flowers for you to take back to you rig & enjoy just please return the vase for next time around. Ken & crew do a wonderful job of making everyone feel welcome, always greet you with a smile on their face & ready to help you anyway they can. Grounds of park are always well kept with the cleanest laundry/restrooms you will ever hope to use. Would like to see the WiFI be improved. I have been traveling to military rv parks for over 20 years Cliffside is in a league of it's own.

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2013 2014 2015

Cliffside is amazing, this site deserves all 10's. Wonderful views, trail, immaculate restrooms/laundry facilities. Ken & crew have done a great job each and every year. One tiny negative Wi-Fi comes & goes (mostly goes). Cliffside is our summer destination spot every year & all other plans rotate around it.

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May 15, 2015

Stayed a week, left for two weeks went back for three days and stayed 11. Diane and Ken were so helpful. The best Camp hosts the military has. Knowledgeable about the area, helpful, very attentive to the needs of the campers. They follow the rules for the wellbeing of all the guests. Constantly worker to better the RV Park. Flowers are the beautiful, laundry facilities are super clean as well as the bathrooms. Planning to go back next year from Florida. Love Diane and Ken.

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June 1 to June 11, 2015

The view is beautiful. The camp hosts have done a great job beautifying the campground. There are flowers every where and it is so beautiful. The bathrooms and laundry rooms are clean and nice. The yurts are clean but cold in Washington weather. My major complaint is the two camp hosts. Both are better suited to not dealing with customers. Both are very sarcastic and rude and need customer service training. Definitely not a friendly welcome. I will not stay here again because of them.

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