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.
Highly marginal park. Had reserv w/specific site. On arrival,we had been switched to site that was shorter than our 41 ft RV,altho original site was vacant. Suspect favoritism. Gen Mgr tried to convince us to park @ an angle.TOTALLY unsat, refused it. Insisted on refund & left!They were supposed to chg 2 days in advance, but had chg'd whole 8 days.Spaces are very unlevel,narrow. Golfing is their business,RV park is an afterthought. Would NEVER consider going back-worst Mil park we've seen as full-timers. Go elsewhere!
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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