Carmel by the River RV Park

     


Carmel, California
Phone: (831) 624-9329

Sites: 39
Recent Rate: $65 5/2014


Latitude: 36.52498
Longitude: -121.84512

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview
  • Excellent 5
  • Good 15
  • Average 10
  • Poor 6
  • Terrible 3

39 Reviews

These reviews are the opinion of an RVParkReviews’ member and not the views of RVParkReviews.com

boxercamper

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

Date of Stay: - $65.00
Overall Rating:      

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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haole hiker

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

Date of Stay: - $80.00
Overall Rating:      

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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tlester1598

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $75.00
Overall Rating:      

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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Puppie96

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

Date of Stay: - $75.00
Overall Rating:      

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: 162
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $75.00
Overall Rating:      

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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Diane Yeager

Review Count: 75
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $63.00
Overall Rating:      

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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Jones714

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $65.00
Overall Rating:      

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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Bob & Linda

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $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: - $70.00
Overall Rating:      

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: 0

Date of Stay: - $70.00
Overall Rating:      

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: 38
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

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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storms

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here 11 days. Very pleasant and exceptionally quiet park. Sites are divided by high bushes for privacy. The Carmel River runs right behind the park. The owner (staff?) was very helpful to us in getting our rig backed into the site. We camped at Carmel by the River RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

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redtulip

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $75.00
Overall Rating:      

THE CONS: Staff is rude, unfriendly and unprofessional. One of the two women in the office is the owner and the other one I'm not sure, but both talk down to you. This is CASH ONLY so make sure to bring your cash. Dog waste is everywhere, so watch your step. There is a VERY NARROW BRIDGE and windy VERY NARROW ROAD so this is not for newbies. If you don't know how to reverse, don't come. The sites also are quite narrow and short. So most of the large RVs took up most of their spot, and had problems with parking their cars. Tent trailers had problems parking their large trucks. Backing into these spots is quite difficult. No laundry facilities nor pool. PROS: campground is quiet, clean except for the dog waste. Looked to be dog-friendly with a nice place to walk your dog. Located reasonably close to Carmel by the Sea and great restaurants in the Carmel Valley. RV camping in the Carmel area is very limited so I would prefer not to have to come here again, but I'm not sure we have too many other choices. We camped at Carmel by the River RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

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BikeSwimLaugh

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $62.00
Overall Rating:      

Yes, I'm sorry, but I have to blow the whistle on this place: it sucked! $62 for a place that should cost maybe $27. The road leading in, is single-lane, twisty-turny and almost impractical. The sites have cute snooty hedges between them, but our Class C RV pretty much took the entire width when we opened one slide-out and extended the awning. The cable TV signal was very fuzzy and I ran a new RF line and it was still ridiculous. You can not have a wood fire at all. The so-called river is about 14-feet wide and 1-foot deep, pretty much a run-off and you're not allowed to swim, get your feet wet or get near it. There is NOTHING to do at this park, aside from a ping-pong table and some old board games. Other campers said their kids were bored and there are no trails (aside from the 70-foot trail to the river) or anything to walk to. Zippo, nada, nothing! And the price of $62 per night is absurd. It's the most we've paid and the least we've gotten for our money. You pull into a narrow site and end of story. All the hype about the 'best kept secret' was total marketing deception. The people were friendly enough, but I think they know they're peddling weak stuff. The only positive things I can offer is that the sites were reasonably level and the place is clean and well maintained. However you're in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do, and it's well overpriced. Pass. We camped at Carmel by the River RV Park in a Motorhome.

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larajay

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $67.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a CASH only park, so be ready to pay to stay. It is a quiet park with great views of the stars at night. There is a nice area to walk your dog. Warning, this area is full of dog waste. Not sure who is not picking up after who, but watch your step. The sites are hard to back into when someone is across from you. The road is not wide, so not much maneuver room. There is a small, non perishable store on site and movies to rent. Management could be more professional. Walked into to hear one of the staff yelling profanities. It was interesting. We camped at Carmel by the River RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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