Eric Lester

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This is a very clean, organized, and well-run park with front desk staff that treat guests as if they were staying in a fine hotel. It is only a short walk to the beach, and that's what we went here for. This is sometimes said to be the "longest beach in the world." I don't know about that, but it is very, very long, and very beautiful. The only downside to Andersen's is that the sites are small and close together. If you arrive during office hours (I think that's about 8 AM - 8 PM), they will escort you to your site and help you park. Big rigs will need this help, as it can be tight. We had little trouble parking our 29 foot Class C. The campsites are only a little more than a parking space, and there are no trees or shrubs to separate them. We moved our picnic table and chairs to the rear of the rig and sat out there when the weather was favorable. A terrific feature of staying here is the Pacific Transit bus that will stop on Highway103 in front of the park and take you either south into Long Beach, Ilwaco, and other points, or north toward Ocean Park, Surfside, and around the peninsula. One day we rode the long way around just to see the sites. The fare on that route is 35 cents. There is also reasonable cab service from Royal Cab, which we used one evening to return from a dinner in Seaview. (The bus doesn't run very late. Be sure to get a schedule.) We don't tow a car, so little things like this are nice when we want to get out of the rig for a while.

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This is a very large campground, especially for tenters. The RV area is big, but doesn't give much privacy. In spite of that, it was quite pleasant. People and their pets were generally well-behaved. This is a great place to visit the beach. There is a steam train that runs from Garibaldi to Rockaway which would have been fun to try out, but we don't tow a car, and walking to Garibaldi on Hwy 101 didn't look like fun.

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We have camped here 3 times now. This time we made our reservations too late to have a spot in the upper, treed area of the campground, and were in a site in the flat area near the park office. These sites are far too close together, and there is little privacy. It's too bad that the park management does not control the many unleashed dogs that run around the campground. This is a very nice place with a lovely setting, and this is the one thing that makes it unpleasant. Skamokawa Vista Park is a wonderful place to relax and watch the big ships on the Columbia River. We will go back, but we'll make our plans a little earlier to get one of the sites that we like.