Date of Stay: August, 2014
The new owners/managers/hosts are a big improvement. Unlike the previous ones, they are friendly, positive and responsive. Park upkeep and maintenance is better plus the added security is much better. The only downside it that the park is busier and there is more traffic. Apparently the park has a new cable TV service which has terrible reception on a limited number of channels.
Date of Stay: April, 2014
This is not an RV park, but a small, old trailer park with a portion set up for RVs. There is lots of paving and little in the way of landscaping. No pull-thrus and only 30 amp electrical. The spaces are narrow and some of the interior access roads are tight. Certainly not big rig friendly. Any RV over 35 ft. would have trouble maneuvering. About half of the RV sites are occupied by permanent residents and some of these are quite old. The park is well taken care of and there is not the clutter that usually comes with permanents. Other than beach walks and a few decent restaurants, there isn’t much to do in Florence, plus the park has only limit services. According to the residents, the couple that is managing the park inherited it a few years ago and have recently listed it for sale. Unless significant improvements are made, we will not return.
Date of Stay: July, 2013
This is a small, older and very basic combo park. It’s clean and the landscaping is well maintained. There are approximately 30 RV spaces and about the same number of mobile home sites. A majority of the RV spaces are occupied by long termers. The spaces are on the small side, but are adequate for all but the largest RVs. The park has very few amenities. There is only 30 amp service and no pull-throughs or grass areas, just pavement with minimal landscaping. Be aware that the park is not ADA compliant. The park has decent, free WiFi and a small “Rec” building. This building is often used by some of the long term RVers as their personal lounge. Most of the residents are friendly, but the current management is not. We have been coming here for a month or so each summer for the past few years and will return because of the friends we have made here. For those who want or need more, there is a much nicer park just a couple of blocks away.
Date of Stay: October, 2012
In over 20 years of RVing this is the strangest park we have encountered. The guy working as the host acted like he didn’t want to be here. Instead of giving us a map with directions to our site, he drew them on a laminated map of the park that was taped to the counter. The directions were minimal. Because of the poor directions, we ended up in the wrong site. I had trouble connecting to the utilities and contacted the host. He told me that I hadn’t pulled up to the “red line,” but didn’t say anything about being in the wrong site. He hadn’t mentioned the “red line” when giving directions. We discovered that we were in the wrong site when a fellow camper arrived. We apologized and moved to the correct site. This site had a 50 amp plug, but only had 30 amps. When I asked the host about this he said that I’d have to talk to the owner about it. The pull-through sites are laid out in tandem, with one behind the other. It you are in the rear site, your tow vehicle is blocked in and you may have to back out when leaving. The utilities are located at the far ends of the sites instead of being in the middle. Depending on where the connections are on your RV, you may have trouble connecting. The interior roads are narrow and lined with large boulders which makes maneuvering a large RV difficult. Also, the many trees hamper satellite reception.
Date of Stay: January, 2011
Despite its age, this is a very nice park. Although, it was obviously built before the evolution of “big rigs”, it has plenty sites that will accommodate 40+ ft. / quad slide coaches. The layout in the older section is a bit weird. It appears that the original designers were trying to avoid the parking lot look. However, it works. The facilities are clean and it has all of the required amenities; pool, spa, exercise room, meeting rooms, etc. The office staff is courteous, professional, and helpful. It’s a short walk to the Trolley stop, which will take you almost anywhere in the area. I deducted 1 star for the extra cost WiFi. Any park that calls itself a resort, WiFi should be included in the rental fee. I also deducted a star for its worn look, road noise (I-8), lack of rules enforcement, etc. Although it’s not cheap, but it’s more reasonably priced than others in the region. The rate listed is based on the monthly rent. We will be returning for each winter holiday season.
Date of Stay: October, 2010
This is a great park! The staff truly understands customer service. They're always friendly and accommodating. They have a small pool and spa, which is nice. It's fairly new, so the trees are small and don't give much shade. There is a wide range of site sizes and locations to meet individual needs or requests. The park is well maintained and clean. We stay here a couple months in both the spring and the fall as we transition between the desert and the coast. Good cable TV and free Wi-Fi. Only one small problem, some of the river sites have trees blocking the satellite TV signal. Otherwise, all is good.
Date of Stay: September, 2010
Over the past few years we’ve enjoyed our stays at this park. Prior to retirement we would stay for a week at a time either visiting family or attending training conferences in the area. It was a nice park, but is losing it. The last two visits (Labor Day week, 2009 and the months of August and September, 2010) have been plagued with problems and it seems to be getting worse. While the office staff is generally friendly, most of the clerks can best be described as loopy or dizzy. They refer even the simplest decisions to the manager. It seems that only she can make these. There have been multiple problems with the water supply and the electrical power. Overall the power grid is weak. The voltage is low and there are frequent outages. We had three during out last visit. Water pressure is also low and we had four episodes of no water or very low pressure. There weren’t any adjustments or compensation for these problems! The dog run and many of the common areas are over run with burrs and puncture vines. Not a pleasant experience for pets, children or bike tires. The were several guys riding around on golf carts, but other than picking up a few bits of trash and sorting out the recycles, no one could figure out what they did. During our early visits they had a great, but additional cost Wi-Fi service. In later visits this had degraded to a pathetic hot spot near the office. At the end of our last visit, the service was expanded to park wide, but was still weak and inconsistent. When we went to check out, they had a tremendous amount of trouble calculating our final bill. Apparently the electric meter was not read at the end of the month and since we stayed five days into the next month, this confused the office staff. When I tried to suggest as simple solution, the manager got defensive. With all of the infrastructure problems this park has they need to be more attuned to customer service. We may return if staying there fits our plans and needs, but won’t be staying long term. Daily rate is based on monthly charge.
Date of Stay: July, 2010
We stayed here for a week last Thanksgiving and had a nice site on the upper level. When we inquired about long term (monthly) reservations, the manager curtly told us that she starts taking the next year’s reservations at 9:00am on January 2nd. She said this was first come – first served. You could come to the park and stand in line or call in. She claimed that she alternated between the two groups. We found this hard to believe. We played her game and started calling in at 9:00 on the 2nd. It took us 40 minutes to get through. We wanted the months of June, July and August, but she said that August was already full. So we took what we could get. At this time we asked about the billing for the partial month since we would not be arriving until the 5th and were told it would be prorated. Although she knew the size of our motor home, we arrived to find that we were assigned a marginal site which next to a dilapidated RV on a trash cluttered site. Our site was on the lower level across from the office which is a high traffic area. When I asked for a different site on the upper level, I was essentially told, "No Way!" I then asked about the possibility of extending our stay into August and her response was a rude, “NO!” When I went to pay for the 2nd month, I was charged for the full month and when I asked about prorating, was told that they only charge by the day, week or month and don’t prorate. This would be an OK park if it were not for the manager’s rudeness and her having no concept of customer service. It’s amenities are limited (no pool or spa or playground), WiFi costs extra and the grounds are sorely in need of maintenance. On the positive side; the laundry and restrooms are clean, it’s reasonably priced for the area and very quiet. Too bad the manager is such a w***h.
Date of Stay: December, 2009
Relatively new park with little shade but extremely clean and uncluttered. Probably not a good place to be in the summer. We were looking for a winter retreat site and found it pricey and pretentious. Long-termers are relegated to the perimeter sites next to a busy road. The traffic noise didn't bother us, but our coach is well insulated and due to the cold weather, we weren't outside much. Lots of planned activities if you desire that sort of thing.
Date of Stay: December, 2009
This is a very nice and clean newer park along the Kern River. There are several long-termers, but most of their sites are uncluttered. Some of the restroom/shower facilities needed repair, but were very clean. Since it's new, the trees haven't grown enough to provide shade. Not sure we would want to be here in the summer. The only problem was the long-termers speeding through the park in their pick-ups. We will stay here as a full-timer in the future.
Date of Stay: November, 2009
This is a decent, no frills park just up the hill from the city of Morro Bay. It's next to a mobile home park, but they do not share any services. No pool, no spa and just gravel sites. Mostly neat and tidy due to a six month limit on long-term stays. Weekend staff was friendly, but the manager is not so and has a weird way of doing reservations. It quieter and more spacious than the parks in town. It's also considerably cheaper.
Date of Stay: September, 2009
Betabel is still one of the best on Hwy 101 in Northern California. Friendly, helpful staff managing a clean well organized park with great prices. The others in the area are either dumps or way over-priced and usually have management that is less than friendly. We stay here a couple of times per year when going to the central coast and at least one week each summer to get a break from the Sacramento Valley heat.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
Beware of this park! Its rates are way too high for what you get and there are extra charges for everything; pets, Wi-Fi, better sites, pool access, guests, etc. There are two pages of rules that seem to apply only to those staying less than a month. It’s an old park that has not been well maintained. There are constant problems with both the water and electricity going off for hours. Most roads are rutted gravel and cause lots of dust. Plan on washing your vehicles frequently and keep your windows closed. Oh, it has a nice pool, however, on warm days it is usually filled with ill-behaved kids who don’t appear to be residents. It looks like some of the permanent residents are running child care businesses. The park caters primarily to transient workers or military who have older units that are secondary residences and look like it. If you must stay in Vacaville, there are limited options. Midway RV Park next door is about the same quality, but cheaper and fewer add on charges. There are also much nicer parks closer to San Francisco or in Sacramento.
Date of Stay: March, 2009
A great park and a goo value! It's in a countryside area, but close to south Santa Clara county attractions and the Monterey Bay. It is clean, secure and well maintained.
Date of Stay: March, 2009
We're full timer here because of a job assignment in Vacaville. This park is OK, but well worn and overpriced. They charge Southern California resort prices for 2 star accommodations. There are up charges for everything; WiFi, pets, decent sites, and etc. There were lots of long termer guests like us. This park and a similar one next door are the only local options, because the trailer parks in town that allow RV's are all pretty trashy. On the plus side, the staff is friendly and helpful, it's very quiet and has a nice pool.