Date of Stay: July, 2014
This is a really good park. We stay here every year. Staff is friendly and helpful. What would make it a GREAT PARK would be Wi-Fi that worked on regular basis and later hours for the game room. Game room (ping pong, pool table, movies, Wii, etc) closes at 9 PM and they start shutting down closer to 8:30. With movie night and swimming pool still open, the game room should be open also. Verizon LTE and 3G is horrible here so Wi-Fi is a must. Unfortunately, connection is constantly being dropped if you're able to connect at all. When you're lucky enough to get (and stay) on, the speed is really really slow. Kids won't be streaming any NetFlix or HBO up in here. Other than those issues, everything is great.
Date of Stay: July, 2013
Clean and safe park. Sites are a bit small and internal streets not very wide. This makes back-in sites really challenging to say the least. Wi-Fi is average once you figure out the five steps to get it working...not the easiest. Also, the Wi-Fi code provided by office only works for one device! Really lame if you have a tablet, Blu-Ray, Wii, smartphone, laptop...you get the picture. Verizon cell service is good, 4G/LTE is bad, and 3G is horrible...use the free Wi-Fi once you figure it out. No fire-pits, but you can bring your own. With that said, no real firewood is allowed. Another dumb rule. Lets make smores with the DuraFlame log kids. Cable TV channels are above average. Access to beach is great. Atmosphere is great and family orientated. Staff is friendly and helpful. Price is really high, but if you're going to pay for the beach and can't get into a state campground, this is it. If price was lower, I would give Paradise an 8 or 9.
Date of Stay: June, 2013
Campground itself is located almost two miles inland from beach! Total bummer if you thought you reserved a spot at "San Onofre State Beach" which is actually located at the beach. Once you explain to the kids the importance of reading everything (even the small print) before buying, you're good to go. Campground is actually very nice. Is on Camp Pendelton Marine Base but open to public. Can see Marines training & working near-by. A shame it's so far inland, but if you can't get in anywhere closer, this is a great alternative. Bad (other than location): No sewer hook-up; water & electric only. No WiFi, and Verizon Data (3G & LTE) is spotty at best. Don't know about other carriers. Good: Somewhat close to beach (quick drive or 45 minute walk). Lots of trails to explore. OTA TV Channel selection better than average. Staff is helpful and nice. Clean. Shopping & Restaurants are within 2 miles. Your reservation allows you to park and use other ON THE BEACH State campgrounds for free (San Clemente & San Onofre). Overall: if you can't get on the beach and you have large grey/black tanks, this is a very good alternative.
Date of Stay: October, 2010
This was our second stay at this park. I really like the area and the park itself. Clean, good-sized spaces complete with fire ring and bench. Digital/HD OTA TV comes in fine and fair amount of channels available. Did not check Wi-Fi this trip, but clerk said I was going to be too far away (space 125). What I DID NOT like was being locked out of the park at 7:20am. I left to run daughter to tourney and returned about 7:20am. There were six other guests lined up at the gate unable to get back in after getting coffee, breakfast, or whatever. We all sat there because they do not give gate cards to over-night or week-end, may be a a cost-cutting measure. This is outrageous and we all sat there until nearly 8am when a long-term stay returned from his errands with a gate key. He was kind enough to let us all in, one at a time, but the line had grown to eight or nine by then. Calls to the posted phone number went to voice mail and were not returned. Great park, but that kind of stuff can really leave a bad taste.
Date of Stay: July, 2010
This is a really well kept KOA and we found everything really clean. I booked this KOA (and skipped others that cost less) because of the mini-golf. The kids really like mini-golf but we were told at check-in (about 7:45pm) that it was closed...well before other areas of the park such as the pool, spa, and store that close at 9:00pm. The freeway is close, but we could not hear it from our site. TV reception was via antenna only, but many channels available out of Albuquerque. Staff was friendly but somewhat short. Several guest-workers keep the showers and bathrooms spotless. Overall a good park but somewhat pricey esp if things like mini-golf are not going to be open for guests. Wi-Fi fair with speeds of 500k down and 100k up.
Date of Stay: June, 2010
We are currently staying in the Abaline Loop. Spaces are really large, flat, and most have shade from large trees. Good amount of room between sites. Fire pits and benches too! The WiFi is spotty and during the day is off/on. Speeds at night, however, are constant at 1.5 meg down and 150k up. No cable TV is a bummer. Digital antenna TV out of Denver is clear, but channels are limited. Rangers do good job of roaming the vast area. Skeeters are really bad but I have been told they are not normally this bad. Invest in OFF and several of those candle things. Showers and laundry (coin-op) were clean. The grassy areas inside the campground could use a good mow: lots of weeds and pinwheels. Wildlife (Bambi and friends) seem comfortable with campers and will walk really close to rigs! Kids loved it! Very close to shopping, fast-food, Wal-Mart, etc. A great place to stay.
Date of Stay: June, 2010
This is a nice park with large shady trees, average size spaces, and friendly staff. The miniture golf was a plus for the kids, but is in need of repair. Previous post brought up the trailer park out front and I just wanted to add that this is a major downside for this KOA. That trailer park is not appealing whatsoever and that is too bad for the KOA. Our site was not really level, but with a little work we got it. WiFi speeds at about 1 meg down and 300 up. We would surely stay here again.
Date of Stay: June, 2010
This was our second stay at this park. Once again, park was clean & quiet. Friendly staff, restrooms and showers tidy. Pool was nice and kids had fun swimming. Our site (112) was not the most level of the bunch, but not too bad. Only problem was morning sprinkler water pooled up on slab due to this. I noticed our neighbor's sites did not have this water pooling problem. Wi-Fi speeds about 768k down and 100 up with good coverage. Each site has plenty of room, concrete slab, and is bordered with grass. A game room and/or playground for the kids would really do this park good and put it at the 'great' level. Cable TV clear. Overall a good park should you find yourself in the Palmdale/Lancaster/Acton area.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
This park has some good things going for them. Front desk staff were professional and friendly. Restrooms and showers clean, as was the entire park. The cable TV channels were clear and a good selection was available. The Wi-Fi was spotty but they have several antennas. I found if my connection was not too good, I could "search for available networks" and find a better connection. My best connection was about 768k down. About the same as a low-end DSL connection at home. Park was not crowded and that was a plus. Earlier reports about sites being small are true, but without neighbors you don't notice it. If you had neighbors on both sides I could see where that might be a problem. Our space and those near us had grass and I'm fairly sure all are pull-through. No space firepits and personal firepits are not allowed. Not overly kid friendly either: no playground, game-room, or things for kids to do except skateboard / scooter on the hills until staff comes to tell them to stop. Freeway close but that's about it. Nothing near-by but Palmdale is only about 10 quick freeway miles away.
Date of Stay: March, 2009
We pulled in around 5:30pm and our "preferred" area was quite full. Neighbors on both sides and across the street. Not alot of parking for toads or trucks, so streets are packed. Not the ideal situation for backing in to say the least. Web-Site says 4pm check-in time, but you can come before that if you call ahead and your space is open. Check-out is noon so you have good odds of getting early. Staff was friendly and professional. Security was visible and gate was staffed. Free Wi-Fi was solid and tested at about 500kbs. About the same as a low-end DSL connection at home. Good cable channels, picnic bench included at out site. Bring your own fire-pit. Overall nice stay and we will be trying Newport Dunes again this summer. This trip was more for a place to stay while in the area; we will come for "fun" next time and will report those results.
Date of Stay: March, 2009
This is a really nice park !! We had a pull-through deluxe site and found it clean and large. Plenty of room on both sides for slides, awnings, or whatever. Site came with a picnic table but no fire pit. Good cable channels available. Although I like the security at the front gate, I would like to see two lanes; one for new arrivals and one for registered guests. Long lines formed behind the new arrivals and it was not uncommon to be "stuck" there for five - ten minutes only to be waved by when the guard sees the guest tag hanging from mirror. Lots of amenities and entire park super-clean. I was unable, however, to find a jungle-gym or playground for the kids. WiFi fees do nothing but upset travelers and I would urge Oasis to drop this. I used an ATT data card and had perfect 3G speed. Oasis has a nice family movie night with free popcorn inside the club-house. If not for the long lines at the gate, lack of playground, & free WiFi, I would have given them a perfect 10 !!
Date of Stay: February, 2009
We stayed at the Apache Junction KOA after taking in an Angels Spring Training baseball game. Although this is one of the few (and I mean few) parks in Arizona that is not age restricted, it kind of felt like it. We were charged $3/per child: for a total of $12.00! The pool closes at 7pm, and there is no game room. I asked about using the "rec room" and was required to post a $10.00 deposit for broken pool sticks and ping-pong paddles. By the way, the rec room closed for us at 8pm (we got to use it about 20 minutes) although the sign indicates 8:30pm. The Wi-Fi worked really well and the speed was about 1.5 mbs: about the same as most DSL connections at home. No cable TV was a huge bummer. For one night, I didn't really want to set up the Dish and only had a few acceptable channels via antenna. Was it worth it? After going to near-by Goldfield Ghost Town the following day, yes. Otherwise paying that much and dealing with the traffic for a no-frills park would not really seem worth it for us. The staff was professional and park was clean. All dirt and I did not see a blade of grass anywhere. Spent the following day getting all the rocks and pebbles out of the rig.
Date of Stay: November, 2008
We really enjoyed our short (one night) stay here at the San Diego Metro (Chula Vista / National City) KOA. I have been to a few KOA's in California, and this is by far the nicest I've been to. Staff was great and helpful. Check-in and check-out is noon. Restroom and showers were clean. Arcade with video games, pinball, pool table, and books/magazines was a plus. Kids had fun playing basketball, video games, and ping-pong. If there was one down-side (thus the 9 / 10) it was the cable TV. The picture was not crisp (snowy), and when I asked about it, the clerk said they have had no other complaints. Additionally, the park guide (handout) had an outdated/incorrect channel listing. Other than the TV situation, this park was really nice, and we would have liked to stay an extra day or two.
Date of Stay: July, 2008
After reading several reviews, mostly here and on RV.net, we were a bit worried to say the least. However, I have to admit, it was a nice stay. I do not think this would be the place to take the wife on a romantic getaway, but for taking the kids, it was nice. Our four little ones (ages 13 down to 4) had a blast! We rented a pedal boat for a couple hours and they enjoyed roaming the bay. Sea Doo's, ski boats, sail boats, catamarans, and other water toys all available for $$$. Sea World fireworks over the bay at night. Bathrooms and showers clean and, oddly enough, the entire park was really quiet after 10pm. A tab bit crowded; had neighbors to both sides and to the rear even though there were other spots that were empty. It would have been nice if the park staggered the occupants a bit more. Also pricey, but where else can you take the family to the beach and spend the night for that? Staff and other campers friendly. Fire pits and bench at every site. The cable TV was outstanding and kids had all the channels they watch at home. Didn't need to set up the DISH and that was an advantage. We would stay here again.
Date of Stay: April, 2008
Couple of issues here. I booked this KOA after reading how it's labeled "Fresno South." Shame on me, I thought that meant it was near Fresno. The park is actually in a dumpy area of Visalia, which is about 47 miles south of Fresno. After checking in, unhooking, then driving to Fresno and Clovis, I realized it was too far away from the tournment we were involved in. I made it back to the KOA, hooked back up and boondocked in Fresno because there was NOTHING in Fresno worth even looking at. With that said, the staff was very pleasant and understanding. Although they did not refund that first night (I left at about 9pm after "staying" there two-three hours, they did cancel and refund the second night I had reserved. Additionally, I got a nice hand-written letter in the mail at home from the Managers offering a 20% discount on a future stay. For the little time we were there, the park itself was clean and quiet. Not really busy, but the playground did appear to be under repair. Everything worked as far as we could tell. Bottom line: Do not stay here if you have business in Fresno as it's too far away. Staff is fine and park would be good if you're staying in the Visalia area. Neighborhood is a dump.