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Avila Beach, California

Avila / Pismo Beach KOA

Avila Beach, California



Avila Beach, California
Phone: (805) 595-7111

Sites: 89
Recent Rate: $76 12/2016

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Latitude: 35.18275306251
Longitude: -120.70367574692
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping no
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT, Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT,Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room yes
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina yes
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals yes
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing yes
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals yes
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong yes
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean yes
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

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23 Reviews

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Review Count: 59
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: December, 2016 - $76.00
Overall Rating:      

Although older, this KOA appears to be well maintained and kept. All sites are slippery, large sized gravel rocks. The HWY 101 noise was terrible. And for the outrageous price, there is no way we would ever stay here again. There is no pet area other than grass on the side of the road outside the park. The laundry was clean and very costly and the the wifi was weak to say the least. Keep driving, Folks! We camped at Avila / Pismo Beach KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
27
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Not big enough for my 5th wheel
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

New owners have done a lot of work upgrading this cg. Very clean; new redwood fences separate you from your neighbors utilities; level sites; nice game room; very nice pool area and walkways. Owners initially had trouble finding/training/keeping good managers, leading to some negative reviews about the staff, but over four days, we interacted with three different office/store personnel and were treated very nicely and with great courtesy. I believe this cg has made a great turn-around.

Freeway noise was noticeable from our site but we turned on the fan at night and slept well regardless. They have a good store with an unexpectedly broad wine selection. Site 81 was double-wide because of a shade tree that bisects it - I think its the best site they have. Our fees averaged $60 over 2 weekday and 2 weekend nights, with our KOA discount - fees are higher for Friday & Saturday nights. Considering the high prices we've seen elsewhere along the CA coast, I think this discounted fee is about average. We will definitely camp here again. We camped at Avila / Pismo Beach KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
81
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Avila Beach (Front St) is about 5 minutes away and has a variety of nice shops, restaurants, bars and etc. to enjoy. We ate at the Custom House restaurant several times and recommend it. Shell Beach and Pismo Beach are only 10 minutes away too. The Avila Valley Barn is close enough to walk to, featuring fresh fruits & vegetables, nuts, kitchen accessories, gift items, a petting zoo, and etc. It seemed modern and upscale, but prices were down-to-earth.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $68.00
Overall Rating:      

Despite the rather poor reviews, the Avila KOA is one of the nicest KOA parks we have stayed at. It used to be an owned space park, which was purchased by KOA. There are about 80 gravel sites with full hookups, and another 20 or so cabins. Pool is clean and heated, along with adjacent spa. Grounds are exceptionally clean, with very well maintained gardens. Paved streets appear to be frequently swept. There are several picnic tables, grills, and fire pits in the grass and garden area. Other features include an outdoor movie screen in a large sand area, horseshoes, shuffleboard and kids playground. Near the office/store, is an inside game room. Propane is sold on site. Staff are very friendly, helpful and visible. There are limited big-rig sites, and only 3 pull throughs. Spaces 4-9 are big rig, but in shade all day. Spaces 79-89 back to the 101, and have moderate shade. I recommend sites 67-76, which are full sun, big rig and furthest from highway. Freeway noise is heard from anywhere in the park, but we did not find it bothersome. This park tends to fill up last, because it is not near the beach. However, it is a short drive away from the beach, and is close to the Bob Jones trail, where you can bike to the beach without dealing with cars. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Avila / Pismo Beach KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Site 4
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Bike or hike the Bob Jones trail. Visit Avila Beach. Visit San Luis Harbor Port area - hike or drive out on the pier. Hike to the Point San Luis Lighthouse (Weds or Sat. Docent led hikes). Take the Trolly to the Lighthouse (Weds or Sat) - reservations required for Hike or Trolly. Drive to Pismo Beach. Visit San Luis Obispo (SLO). Visit SLO Thursday night farmers market downtown.

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $74.00
Overall Rating:      

Very convenient to the freeway; we thought a bit expensive but it did have a nice pool and spa. Manager wasn't very friendly and you have to sign agreement to the rules - not a huge deal. It is a non-smoking park so you can't smoke anywhere in the park - that's fine for us but should be disclosed when you book in for folks that do smoke. Would have given it a higher rating except for our space not being large enough for our rig and not having any water the next morning. Evidently there was a problem but no notification was given; no notes on the bathrooms. People got all the way into the showers before finding out there was no water. When questioned about notification the manager was very rude (as he stood watching someone dig a hole near the leak) We realize things happen but how a manager handles it is important. Ignoring your customers and being rude isn't the right way to do it. We camped at Avila / Pismo Beach KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
53
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Not big enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Although very convenient we wouldn't stay again because of the manager's attitude.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $48.00
Overall Rating:      

The park is convenient to Cal poly, which I sent the reason for our visit. Very close to scenic venues. My only complaint is the size of the sites. Extremely narrow and difficult to back in to. Neighbors slides inches from mine and sanitary connections are in your front door. Additional charges for visitors. WiFi weak and slow. Lots are clean as well as the restrooms. Great for a short or overnight stay. We camped at Avila / Pismo Beach KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
70
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $48.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here one night while visiting a friend in Avila Beach, and this park is very convenient to both Avila and Pismo. The park itself is next to and slightly below Hwy 101, but we didn't have any road noise. The sites are gravel, and fairly level. There are lots of nice pine/fir trees around the perimeter and spaced throughout the park. The bathrooms and showers were adequate, but not what we have come to expect from a KOA. It looked like the staff was working on some of the cabins, which is good. This park looks older and would benefit by a spruce-up. That being said, we would stay here again next time we are in the area. We camped at Avila / Pismo Beach KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
11
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $55.00
Overall Rating:      

This park surprised us because it appears you are surrounded by trees and forest type areas. However, knowing that Avila Beach and the ocean was on the other side of the mountain, we started exploring and found the Bob Jones Trail, which is a 2.5 mile walking/bicycle path leading to the town of Avila and the Port San Luis. So convenient for travelers to have easy access to sites and restaurants, etc. so close by. The reason we were there was the RV parks, whether private or public in nearby Pismo Beach were all filled up for the Columbus Day long weekend. The closest to the beaches and with vacancies was a stroke of luck for us. We found the Avila Valley Barn, a farmers type market across the road from the RV park and enjoyed it very much. Now this KOA RV park will be a regular stop for us. We camped at Avila / Pismo Beach KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Site 12 Back-In
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $70.00
Overall Rating:      

After reading reviews we were skeptical of staying at this RV park. However, it was close to our 2 families in the area and near Avila and Pismo Beaches that we love. It was great. The staff was friendly and helpful as well as knowledgeable of the area. The sites were clean. Our site had plenty of room for our 36' fifth wheel and truck. There are many sites that are tight but doable. Everything worked: cable, Wi-Fi, water, electric, and sewer. Our site was not backed up to the 101 freeway and we did not notice much noise, when walking our dogs in that area it was noisier. The location was great with many activities in the area. We will stay here again. We camped at Avila / Pismo Beach KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
14
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Hiking, beach, whales cave by the clothing optional beach, one dog party beach 3 miles, harbor, shops, golf, all within walking distance. Close by are Pismo beach views, the monarch butterfly sanctuary at Pismo State Park. Morro Bay is close and has great sea otters. There is so much to do and see just read about the areas. We love the Central Coast.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $65.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here over the Thanksgiving Day weekend for 4 nights. Our site backed up to a grassy area. We didn't have room to put our awning out but other sites seemed to have more room. I would ask for a specific site to meet your needs. The pool was supposed to be heated but heater was broken and they couldn't get anyone out on a holiday weekend. Hot tub was fine and the pool area is nice. They did a morning breakfast which was a good value and it was tasty. They do have a dog breed policy but doesn't seem to be enforced, well behaved dogs welcome. Our dog had a great time playing with another dog. Office sells beer and wine. Right down the road in walking distance is the Barn. Deli, farm animals and fresh produce, pies and plenty of stuff. There is some freeway noise from highway 101. Bathrooms and showers were basic but clean and functional. We will return. We camped at Avila / Pismo Beach KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
76
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

If you have a car, the beach and town is 3 miles away, plenty of stores within 15 minutes.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $71.00
Overall Rating:      

Overall, I found this place to be just OK. On the plus side, it is near Avila Beach and right next door to (walking distance) the Avila Valley Barn, which has fresh produce, outstanding baked goods, local preserves, honey and such, and a ton of barnyard animals for the kids to admire and learn about. It's one of our favorite stops along the central coast. The campground is pretty average though in my opinion. Spaces are tight even though I have a small travel trailer and requested and paid for a larger site. I like to have a little space around my rig so the kids and dogs have a little room to run around. Plus, I don't like opening up all the curtains in the morning only to find myself staring at a bunch of ugly RV graphics on the rig next door. That pretty much summed up the view we had out of three of the four sides of our trailer. Mercifully, we had a grass area off the back the provided a little "outdoor" scenery from our spot. What really annoyed me though was the lack of detailed information on the KOA web site. There was no site map or a list of the rules so having never been there before, I had to choose what seemed to be the best area of the park for our needs rather blindly. Upon check-in though, I was provided with a very nice printed park map. Why they can't post this to the web site so guests can review it in advance is beyond me. It's 2013 people! Then I was provided with a list of rules "as long as my arm" and it was then that I discovered that the grassy area behind our spot, which I paid extra for, did not allow dogs on it, at all. Not even if we were walking from the site to the pet area, which turned out to be about as far away from us as it could be. We did not use the on-site restrooms, showers, laundry or other services so I can't comment on these. We only stayed overnight before moving on so our needs were pretty simple. Overall, an average place for the price. More information on their web site to allow guests to get a better idea of the park's layout and rules prior to arriving there would have gone a long way towards a better experience. We camped at Avila / Pismo Beach KOA in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 36
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $47.00
Overall Rating:      

Small quiet park. Sites are back to back and real close side by side. Nice staff, some grass and trees. Not close to any eating places, but can drive to close beaches and food. Easy in and out to freeway. It is a mite overpriced for the park facility, but you are paying for what is nearby. We camped at Avila / Pismo Beach KOA in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 114
States Visited: 41
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $47.00
Overall Rating:      

We had to be in Pismo Beach for a family event, and this RV park was recommended to us and glad we took their advice. It is located close to Avila Beach which is a great place to see. The washers/dryers were clean, moderately priced, and the restroom/showers were also very clean. Being so close to the beach and having a minimum of asphalt creates areas where sand is tracked in. We chose to be in a small site, but will definitely choose to park in a larger site next time, just for the room to put out more chairs. We enjoyed watching the children play as we walked around the park, and when taking our small dog to the dog area for exercise. This is a convenient, clean, friendly staffed, easily accessible, and dog-friendly park. We did not go the local market nearby, but will next time in the area. We camped at Avila / Pismo Beach KOA in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $43.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is located very close to Avila Beach which is a great beach for kids. The park has a large bathroom/shower/laundry building. The washer/dryer cost per load was posted on the door, but it was not accurate and cost $.25 more. Had to go back to the site and get more money. The women's bathroom and showers did not appear to be cleaned during our two night stay. Only two of the six stall doors to the toilet stalls closed, so only two functioning stalls. The back-in sites are very close and our tail end was only a hand's width from the other tail end of our neighbor. Sites are gravel. The cable was fuzzy so could not use to watch the Olympics. Daughter was very disappointed. The pool and the spa were very nice and were the best feature of the whole campground. We did not experience any issues with freeway noise. We would not camp here again unless there was nothing at any of the greater SLO state parks. We camped at Avila / Pismo Beach KOA in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $37.00
Overall Rating:      

Fine for 1 night and doing your laundry. Not very cheerful campground and very dusty. No restaurants in walking distance. We camped at Avila / Pismo Beach KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 68
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $46.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a fabulous place to take children since there’s a fenced pool and enough space to ride bikes. Kids are every where. The park is literally right next to the freeway (you can see the tops of the trucks going by) so noise is constant; however, you get used to it. It is particularly kid-loud in the RV spaces next to the pool. This is a dog-friendly park. Dumpsters are emptied really early – 6:30 a.m. or so. The RV sites are tiny: about the width of a 2-car driveway. The park is conveniently located. It has strong WiFi. Also, there’s a mini farm with a free “petting zoo” type of atmosphere right next door (a short walk away) where you can buy produce, hot dogs, and treats, and also pet goats, sheep, a pony, etc. While we prefer nearby El Chorro Regional Park because it has large sites, privacy, costs less, and it is super quiet, we would stay here again if El Chorro were not available and if we couldn't find a site at one of the nearby RV parks in Grover Beach and area. We camped at Avila / Pismo Beach KOA in a Travel Trailer.

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