Carmel, California

Carmel by the River RV Park

Carmel, California



Carmel, California
Phone: (831) 624-9329

Sites: 39
Recent Rate: $40 7/2015

Latitude: 36.52498
Longitude: -121.84512

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping no
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $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 ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • 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 ?
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 ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • 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 no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • 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 ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

39 Reviews

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neuronz

Review Count: 21
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $80.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here for 5 nights; overall I'd say it's a good, but not outstanding campground.
Here are the pros:
-about a mile off Carmel Valley Road and close to the towns of Carmel, Monterey, Pacific Grove; takes about 15 minutes to drive into Carmel.
-about 2-3 miles going east on Carmel Valley Road is the Garland Ranch Regional Park with miles of hiking trails and some bike trails; also Carmel Valley Village with a number of wineries, small shops, etc.
-the rv park itself has level, gravel sites with full hook ups
-the wifi service is very good.
-the site was quiet while we were there. (But see below)
-the staff was friendly
-lots of golf courses, including the world famous Pebble Beach ( and the 17 mile drive, which costs $10.00)
-they have a little store as well as a rec room with pool tables, ping pong, fusball, etc.
The cons:
-as others have noted, the sites are on the tight side; some near the Carmel River are a bit wider. Backing in can be a real challenge; the owner helped guide us in and if he's here, he is very helpful. If not, be prepared for some maneuvering.
-the road in is about a mile long and the last 1/2 mile it becomes single lane. They seem to have the situation in control by having the checkout time 12:00 noon and check in after 1:00 PM. If you try to arrive early in the day, conceivably there could be a problem on the one lane road. I'd recommend arriving well after 1:00 PM to avoid this from occurring.
-there is another RV site entrance just as you come in and it can be confusing; this one is to the right and down the hill. If you go left and up the hill, you're on the wrong road.
-this is Carmel, and this is an expensive area. At $80/night ($85 if you use a credit card) this probably the most expensive place we've ever stayed at.
-while we were here most of the people stayed only one night, so there is a steady flow of people coming and going. Some would get going early in the morning , so mornings can be noisy. We camped at Carmel by the River RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

Lots of shopping in the area, things to do and see. Can be foggy, so bring warm clothes.

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C.J. Arizona

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Extremely tight road to get to this place, we have 40 foot Class A Motorhome, meeting oncoming traffic is not a good thing. Was maneuverable in the big rig, spots are tight slide outs touch the foliage dividers separating spots. We didn't use anything other than water, power and septic. Friendly staff. Had we been told about the road to get there, we would have found another place elsewhere. Seems that there are many full time residents, as traffic in and out before and after work hours was the most of the traffic. One other rig showed up in our 3 day stay. Dog friendly too! Nothing much to be entertained by at this place. We more than likely would stay again if in the area. Just be sure to reserve a spot ahead of time. Limited restrooms and two showers per sex. We camped at Carmel by the River RV Park in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Have to go into Carmel! Don't recommend doing it in the motor home at all. If no vehicle, find a cab!

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G_Barbosa

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $68.00
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They do accept credit cards, but you pay a little more. sites are tight, except at the corners. Our site was larger than most because it was at the end. We camped at Carmel by the River RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

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wtravlr1

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $68.00
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Great location for seeing the area around Carmel. As has been said before the road up gets to be a single lane. Drive slow and watch for the trees. At the top there are two RV parks so watch the signs. Park is clean and well kept. Spaces tight. Wide enough but not too deep. Verizon signal very good. Park WiFi excellent. Cable 25 digital stations. Not a large park, so call ahead for availability. Did not use the laundry or bath house. We camped at Carmel by the River RV Park in a Motorhome.

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haole hiker

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $80.00
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Rate varies, $80Summer,$70Fall,$65Winter,$68Spring --$5 Senior or Active Military -$3 for cash. Nice park, hedges in between spaces. Narrow road but easy access once you reach the Park. Some Big Rig spaces but would be a tough drive on Schulte Rd. Good Park for us old folks but no pool for kids. Good base for Carmel,and Monterey. We camped at Carmel by the River RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

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boxercamper

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $65.00
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The staff was very friendly. I thought the access to the sites were a little on the tight side. I have a 21 foot RV and it was tough to get into my back in site. There were bushes that bordered each site which gave you some privacy. There was only 1 women's shower available which I thought was insufficient. The men's shower had 2 available. I would not drive here just to camp, but if I coming to town for other reasons, I would stay here. We camped at Carmel by the River RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Puppie96

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

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $75.00
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We stayed there 2 nights because it was the best we could find in the area and it, like the others, was quite pricey at $75. We reserved in advance for late check in and the manager insisted the next day that she had told me that we had to pay cash even though she had taken a card number. She had not; I wouldn't have forgotten that. It is a beautifully landscaped campground with privacy hedges between the sites, which are close together, and amazingly quiet at night. The restrooms were clean, but I would think that with all the money they spent on landscaping they could afford to put $2.50 latches on the doors to the toilet stalls. There is no privacy in the shower area, where 2 stalls share a common area with a bench and hooks on the opposite wall where they can't be reached from the shower. The only way to avoid dressing in font of strangers is to drape your towel on the curtain rod, dry off in the shower, and wrap up in said towel to retrieve clothing from the common area. Also, you have to press the shower button every few seconds to keep the water running. We camped at Carmel by the River RV Park in a Motorhome.

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JTD2

Review Count: 173
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $75.00
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This is a very pretty, well kept RV park with tall groomed hedges separating each site. The internet is excellent. However, the July/Aug price of $75 per night is completely unreasonable and while a few 40 ft Class A units and long trailers make it up the long, narrow, steep, curving mountain road, I shudder to think what one would do if you were to meet a motor home coming the other way since it is basically one motor home wide all the way. We camped at Carmel by the River RV Park in a Motorhome.

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tlester1598

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $75.00
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The road in sucks big time, but once you get there it is a well kept up park. Spots are wide but not that deep. We would go again if in the area. We camped at Carmel by the River RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Jones714

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $65.00
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The name should be "Carmel by the River that you can't see or use". I fish and was hoping to, but unfortunately you can't fish or swim in the river - which I never saw anyway. However, this is a very quiet and well groomed park. Very close to Carmel and Monterey. Entrance to Pebble Beach is only 5 miles and worth the $500, if you are a true golfer. Wi-fi actually works very well, but you will need a dish that points to get any satellite reception. They do have cable, about 10 channels. Getting in is a challenge, unhook, your toad before you cross the one lane bridge. We would return. We camped at Carmel by the River RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Diane Yeager

Review Count: 126
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $63.00
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This is an attractive park once the entry drive is negotiated. Although there is a "lounge" it has no laundry facilities. Showers and restrooms were acceptably clean. The afternoon staff person was stiff and not very helpful. Other staff were more friendly. Since we are not pulling a tow, it was challenging to park near the aquarium and cannery row, and were we to return, I might look for another park. We camped at Carmel by the River RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Bob & Linda

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $63.00
Overall Rating:      

A bit "tight" driving into park - road is one lane in several spots, never had any real issues driving in our 40' motorhome with tow - just need to be aware. We've stayed here numerous times over the years; the staff is very friendly, wonderful setting and we will always stay here when we are in the area. We camped at Carmel by the River RV Park in a Motorhome.

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David & Sylvia Harmon

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $70.00
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Very quiet and nice. Only issue was narrow road to enter Park. Hopefully you don't run into a big rig going the other way. We camped at Carmel by the River RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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PupRV

Review Count: 48
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $70.00
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If you are looking for a close location to Carmel, then this is the place, however, don't expect much. The sites are big and there are some local eateries with good food. The WiFi also worked well. They were doing construction on sites when we were there, so the park was noisy. The bathrooms were clean, but you have to push the shower button approx. every minute to keep the water running. You also cannot adjust the temperature of the water. There are limited activities for kids, no playground or pool. We have dogs and the park is much too small to walk them around for decent exercise. 9 miles away, there is a huge regional park where we took the dogs every day. It was a hassle, but the park is a great place to walk big dogs. Beware, there are MANY loose dogs running around and their owners DO NOT have voice control over them. The owners also have three loose dogs running around the RV Park. We will not stay here again. We camped at Carmel by the River RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Maltaman

Review Count: 50
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $60.00
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Location Location Location! Excellent location for exploring Big Sur, Monterey and Carmel. The road coming in is fine. Everyone (there weren't that many) we met on the road was courteous, and we had room to maneuver. A bit tight in backing in to site, but do-able. They offer assistance if needed, but as a driver in my second season of 5th wheeling, I was able to maneuver just fine. Clean campground with hedges between sites gave a semblance of privacy. Good wi-fi too. Would definitely return. We camped at Carmel by the River RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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