S.R, left this review using the Directory software: May be a better facility once renovations are completed. A little disappointed considering everything in the area. Small sites, seemed to be crammed in among a lot of people who are staying long term.
J.H. left this review using the Directory software: We have stayed here before. Nice park. Relatively inexpensive for a very expensive area. Once the construction is completed and sites are graded/improved, it will be a 5. now it is a 3
J.H. left this review using the Directory software: Host is great. Other than the unlevel spots addressed above, it is a great campground, and very close to the fairgrounds; downtown is about 10 minutes away, just west of the Monterey airport; and easy access to CA 1. (Editor note: This campground will temporarily be closing for renovations. The latest information on closure is early April, 2008.)
I can't add much to the description or experience that has not already been said. The price has gone up $2 since last year, but nothing has improved. Very odd way of charging for reservations. I was charged two nights upon making the reservation and my other two nights before I arrived. After arrival when I inquired I was told they normally charge 2 nights before arrival and the remaining part of the stay upon arrival, but since the office manager was not going to be in she just charged it before I arrived. I would hate to deal with a refund if I would have been unable to arrive as reserved. Hopefully the improvements planned will make this park as great as the location in CA.
Stopped by to check out the campground and update the information. Prices did recently go up to $24/military. A nice campground located near many area attractions. A good deal when compared to local commercial RV Parks. Not a fancy RV Resort, but a comfortable place to spend a little time while touring. They plan to close April 1st, 2008 for a couple months to upgrade the RV sites. All sites are being upgraded to 50amp and leveled. When completed, this campground will even be a better deal, as long as the rates don't go up again.
Excellent location - two miles from Monterey Bay, Fisherman's Wharf, and the bay recreation trail. Bonus is Fisherman's Wharf had specific parking for RVs ($2/hr or $8/day). However, the gravel sites in the famcamp generally weren't level and the sewer hook-up was above my RV's outlet. The dump station was a good foot higher than the adjoining sloped road. The famcampg was generally clean and the surrounding golf course scenic. Didn't use the bathroom, but the laundry was good - 4 washers/4 dryers. The camp is under the approach end of the Monterey airport, but the occasional aircraft really didn't bother us. No problems with the front office help. We also scouted out the Monterey County Fairgrounds campground next door (at $30/nt) and it was small a parking lot with hook-ups - definitely not as good as the famcamp.
Was expecting more. Turns out to be a so-so physical facility, more of an afterthought than a planned campground. They found an unused sandy section between the dog legs of the golf course and thought campers could park there. Tight for extra car parking and backing in (only 3 pull-throughs). Managed well, responsive to reservations (usually after leaving message), and not tightly regulated. Rich Carmelites seem to fly out Sunday afternoon and evening; pretty distracting since you're under the T.O./landing pattern. Planes start landing 0630; have your coffee ready. NPGS and Army Presidio are tight, hard to park in, and are not "bases" per se...small exchange. BUT commissary and BX is 5 miles up US 1 at old Fort Ord. Variety of interesting activities, all quite local. Fisherman's Warf and Cannery Row are nearby but separate attractions. Food and touristy shopping is the main agenda for both...and parking tickets. Really GOOD food, most moderately expensive. Whale watching all year as well as deep sea fishing. Get discounted tickets at the WMR in the "Castel" building at NPGS. Aquarium is huge and sensational, but for $20+. Carmel By the Sea is nearby, more food and high grade "stuff" and artwork. Delightful walkabout town. Hard to park. Walk to one of the most beautiful, if cold, beaches in the world. Unbelievable restuarant of really good food for $9.95 dinners from 1630 to 1900...that's the appetiser price at all the other wonderful restaurants there: Emeles Old Carmel Rest on Dolores near 5th. Big Sur is not a town but a wonderful visual treat and a short drive south of Carmel.
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