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Guajome Regional Park has been a favorite place for us to go since starting RVing about ten years ago. This is an extremely quiet campground located within very close proximity to shopping, a historic California mission, and a lovely bike path to the Pacific. This trip we noticed that a lot of the underbrush has been removed giving it a tidy appearance. The drought conditions made much of the park less lush and green as it has been in the past, however, the lake with its many birds and the trails surrounding it were still quite beautiful. One much needed change was the enhanced Verizon cellular and Verizon computer card service. We had very strong service when just a few years ago we had nearly none. To make an online reservation here costs $5.00 which is well worth it. Their website provides you the exact spots which are available on the dates you choose and also the particulars of each individual site. There is great variation in size and type of sites. There are small wooded sites suitable for tents, small trailers or class C motorhomes. In addition, there are 50’ sites with a parking pad capable of accommodating a large class A diesel. Many (but not all) of these larger sites provide a good shot to the satellite, particularly sites 29-32. There are others where it is possible to get satellite TV, but we just don’t know for certain which ones. One thing which is very important to us is adequate lighting for dog walking and Guajome has it (dogs are $1/day per dog). We noticed that there is now a rentable “cabin” overlooking the campground which rents from between $75-$100 according to the website. It looks very new with excellent access. The campground’s restrooms are not fancy, but clean and have free showers. There was also an ADA “Johnny on the Spot” available. The rangers were very pleasant. In summertime, ants can be a problem here. In May this trip, we had a few enter the coach, however one August, we had an infestation so come prepared for ant warfare.

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There are two sections to this park, Park I for larger rigs >30’ and Park II for smaller rigs <28’. We requested our favorite site when we telephoned and we were able to get it. Both of these parks are located just north of Morro rock and the beach is just a short walk west. There is noise from diesel trucks coming and going from a nearby plant during daylight hours but we were not bothered by it. The Wi-Fi and cable was excellent and the sites were ample. It was clear that it is being used primarily for vacationers. There is a city park one block away which is good for dog walking. The weekend we spent there was not busy, although we know from experience, summertime it gets very full. The staff was agreeable in every way.

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Pinto Lake City Park campground was our destination for this trip. We had stayed here for one night last summer to escape the extreme heat inland, and decided that it was so nice that we would return for a longer stay. There are lovely large expanses of grass throughout the park and the campground itself is grass. We saw no mud anywhere in the park. The green grass, the large redwood trees and the beautiful lake all combine for a particularly attractive environment. Mid-week this time of year, there were many empty spaces. The staff is friendly and helpful in every way. There is no cable but the wifi is excellent. There are no fire pits or picnic tables at your site, however, tables are located throughout the park. A large children’s play area is near the lake. There is a County park just a mile or so up the road which has a large dog off-leash park and the town of Watsonville is very close by. The little league was playing every afternoon, but by 7:30 pm when the park closes for day use, it was very quiet.