17 Parks near Santa Maria, California
Jul 2016 - $36.00
Nice park nestled in pines trees? Large Spaces. nice pool. Right near town. Provided fire pits. enjoyed our stay. The office only seemed to be open from 1100 am to 1200 am and again from 300pm to 400 pm. Took a long time to get the manager on the phone to get reservations, but we enjoyed our stay! - 10shifter
Aug 2014 - $34.00
Great WiFi, good laundry. It is across the street from a great park that the dogs and we used twice a day. It is also across the street from a fire station and next to a very busy road that has a sound barrier wall that reflects all traffic noise. Do not stay in spaces 1-5 for that reason. The local shopping or services. - bobcovey
Jul 2014 - $40.00
Very nice park. Clean and taken care of. Had other nice campers all around. Experience was very pleasurable and fantastic weather. Decent sized spaces. Problem with a few trees not being trimmed back good enough for large rigs though. Another problem we had was with the sewage drain. The pipe was above ground about 12-18" and made it VERY difficult to drain tanks. It took both of us to empty and probably about an hour to empty all three tanks. When we arrived, the office was closed, however; there was a lighted board with our name (incorrectly spelled) and the space number. That's it. No other information. No welcome (except by Jackson, the resident park greeter kitty). The office/store did not open until the day we left on the morning of the 7th! We were not sent a confirmation e-mail. We hoped that we had a spot. We had to bother other campers for the Wi-Fi information. Otherwise, we would not have had Internet the whole time there. The "store" has SO much potential. The shelves are bare. The pool was sparkling, but the hot tub looked like it was all moldy even though there had been some people using it. Perhaps it just needs refinishing. Close to the freeway (101) and an amusement park, but it wasn't too noisy. There are some long term residents and some that must always live there by the looks of all the junk around their "home". Overall, though, our experience was very nice and we definitely want to go back. We are hoping that the lack of attention was due to a holiday weekend and not the situation normal. - tomandlori
May 2014 - $25.00
Beautiful Elks RV park on Lodge property. They no longer offer cable TV. Easy on and off highway 101. Lodge secretary will take reservations. - firedguy
Nov 2013 - $25.00
Nice Elks. Need to be a member. We stayed in the full hook-up section. Watch the water pressure! Pretty high. Some road noise from the nearby 101, but not bad at night. Good location to explore the area in between Paso Robles and Santa Barbara. Found some fun wine tasting in the Foxen Canyon area. We would stay here again. - AKBOB
Jul 2013 - $25.00
Elks Members Only. Two lots, one with 12 sites with water and electric . Another with 14 sites with full hookups. Office staff extremely helpful. Reservation possible. Very active lodge, Friday night "cook your own" special. Very popular. Meals most nights. Pet friendly. Strong Cable TV, WI-FI spotty in lots, Strong inside Elks. Working on outside antenna. Probably best run Elks Park we have stayed in. Close to Freeway, Wine Country, Pismo Beach, Solvang, Avila Beach. Will be back. - silverado
May 2013 - $10.00
We love camping at Oceano Dunes with our family and friends. We love to ride ATVs and the ocean. Two great things rolled into one. Having a huge bonfire at night and looking up into the sky and actually seeing stars and listening to the ocean waves roll in and out. Noisy during the day and we usually try to camp during the week in the summer, because of the crowds. Spring and Fall are also wonderful times to camp...and less busy. Just check out wind conditions before you go. - butmuffins
Jun 2012 - $10.00
This is a great beach experience. I searched extensively for a place where I could pitch my tent right on the beach. The entire Pacific Coastline there were only two campgrounds where this was possible. Oceana Dunes, California and Coos Bay in Oregon. It is now on our bucket list to return with our RV. Pros: You are right on the beach If this is the experience you are looking for, it is the best!! Rigs of all sizes camp along this beautiful stretch of beach You drive along the beach at low tide to find your spot. People willing to help if you get stuck. You can ATV here. Cons: No running water, only chemical toilets (but kept clean). Lots of traffic between beach and water. You can get stuck. It was really windy and we had no shelter. - User2631
May 2012 - $10.00
Very basic, you are just parked anywhere you want on the sand. Beware of the tides, so you don't get stuck in the sand. Not many bathrooms around (but we didn't use them- so I don't know what the condition was). There was a truck that comes around selling ice and firewood, which was nice. - Cali Campers
Aug 2016 - $35.00
Very close to beach! Love all the trees! Just a quick walk through the forest over the little hill and you are on the beach! 5 minute drive (2 miles I think) to bowling, shops, restaurants, etc. - M Lyn
Aug 2016 - $50.00
We enjoyed our stay at Pismo Sands RV Park. We arrived on a Tuesday and left on a Friday after learning that it's nearly impossible to get a weekend reservation during the summer months unless you book many many months ahead of time.
We were in space 25 which was not one of the 'buddy' sites. This was a great spot for us right by the footpath to the showers and pool and we had a bit more room that those parked in the 'buddy's sites. Our spot was too small for both our 25' travel trailer and Suburban so we had to park our vehicle in nearby parking one row away from our site.
The showers and restrooms were very clean. The showers were good and hot with adequate space to hang you towel and a bench for your shower items.
We were hoping to camp closer to Pismo Beach but those parks were all sold out. We drove up to see them and were surprised to see how close the RVs are parked to each other with no grass. Pismo Sands RV has some individual spaces if you're not in a large RV and the grass was green and well-kept.
The WIFI worked (albeit slowly) and the cable TV was adequate. We enjoyed our stay and will definitely return next time we're in the area. - CurtJudy
Jul 2016 - $50.00
When we checked in we were directed to a site near the garbage cans and the office. We were told that since we were only staying 4 nights that was all they had available. The park had other sites open. The site was under 2 large trees, there was no grass at the site, only mud. We could not sit outside and we tracked in mud every time we went into the motorhome. This was our 2nd trip to this park, the 1st one was fine, but after this trip, we will not go back. So if you don't stay for a week or more, you get the worst sites. - t trice
Sep 2016 - $22.00
Some positive park changes since the last time we've stayed here - new working washer/dryers, renovation of the upper bathrooms, and extra TLC when cleaning sites after campers leave (raking areas). The office and park staff are very friendly and helpful. We like this park not just for the costs vs other parks in the area, but for the people and the location. - zen_letitbe
Aug 2016 - $59.00
This was a "last minute, couldn't find anyplace else in the area" choice
The park is all gravel pads and is quite dusty at times if the wind blows
There are a few stunted palms but otherwise not much that's green and zero shade
There are a lot of full time residents and rigs and many are not well kept
The hookups were adequate
The roads are a bit tight and some turns getting to the site took a couple of tries in my 43' pusher
My space was barely long enough for my rig and with all slides out it was crowded on both sides
A huge 5th wheel tried parking on our second day and finally had to give up and go to an alternate site
The beach is almost 2 miles away across some beautiful sand dunes
My grandson and I hiked over and were sorely disappointed
As soon as you top the last dune you are treated to a scene of a beach area filled to the brim with ATVs and four wheel drive rigs roaring up and down the beach
The number of dogs in the park was astounding and they were constantly on the move
The morning we were leaving someone's yappy little dog was going at it full volume
A full time resident stuck his head out and shouted "shut that f###### dog the f### up"
My wife turned to me and said "time to go"
If you are vacationing, look elsewhere. - 3browns
Jun 2016 - $22.00
The park has recently upgraded the laundry facilities - a welcome change. New washers/dryers! The park does have a number of long-term residents but most have kept their individual sites clean and neat. We like this particular park because of its location and great staff. The park itself is a bit rough but all of the basics are there - clean water/power and working sewer. And, the sun shines most days with access to the sand dunes within walking distance at the edge of the park. - zen_letitbe
Oct 2016 - $46.00
Site sizes vary, we had #12 which fit our 32' RV just fine, hook up in a good spot & good space for our tow, all back ins. Make sure you look at the site map on the SLO web site when you make your reservation, price does not include a $9 reservation fee. Cons: come self contained unless you want to use pay for showers and restrooms which are open to the public, we didn't use them or even look in them. Speaking of the public, we had to call 911 one early evening because of a lurker near the bathroom, he was a homeless guy who was talking to himself for over an hour. The park across the street is nice, except for the creepy people who park there all day (have to leave by 6pm) and the homeless who hang out by the kids park & picnic tables. We walked our dogs a lot over there because there isn't any place in the campground, so forget going there after sun sets.
There was a crew cleaning the bathrooms every day and cleaning up the area. Dirt, so bring your mats, fire pits, picnic table and not too bad for some of the sites re privacy rig parking is asphalt....stay away from the sites closest to the street...there is a wood bridge that is really loud when cars are driven over it, pretty quiet at night.
You are suppose to check in first at another campground even though there is a host, read your instructions after booking. DO NOT go there first as there is no where to park your rig/tow, unhook at the campground then drive over there to get a parking sticker for your vehicle. We had to unhook when we got to the other campground in order to get our vehicles out and around, it's a joke! - loves to camp w/dogs
Jun 2014 - $50.00
Wonderful experience. We would definitely go back. We had just come from a private campground where we paid MUCH more money and their facility was no where near as nice as this state campground. The bathrooms were really nice :) We had a full hook up and a nice walk to the beach every day. You can take the trail to the beach, but it's easier to take the road. The campsites are very narrow and the dirt is the dusty kind that gets everywhere, but we liked the facility all the same. You're about 3 miles down from the main drag in Pismo. If you walk your dog on the beach (highly recommended!), they need to be on a leash. There are rangers everywhere. Happy Camping. - PupRV
Nov 2013 - $35.00
We spent a week here in our 36' 5th wheel. Roads and sites are paved, each site has a picnic table and fire pit. We had site #12 and it was very difficult to maneuver our rig into the site due to railroad ties and short posts marking each site. Once settled, we had decent site separation and "privacy" due to the angle of the sites. There is a wooden bridge just outside the campground that sounds like 2 seconds of thunder every time someone drives over it. The airstrip next door is not very busy, just a few small planes on the weekend. The public showers are locked each night at 6pm. We did see a few people using the showers during the day from outside the park. Even though we stayed over a holiday weekend this park was never more than half full. It seems to be relatively unknown. Very quiet at night, just the sound of the ocean. Two block walk to the beach. We had reasonable 4G Verizon signal, a little slow at times. - Metamorphosis Road
Oct 2016 - $25.00
This is the late season price. The campground host is the best. The 30 Amp electric was adequate but the voltage gets a little low when the park is full and air conditioners are running. Use your surge protector to be fully safe when voltage drops. Water is good. Close to activities and shopping. We would stay here again in the future. - Kent and Margaret
Jun 2016 - $30.00
Located very close to the beach. Nice Elks lodge with frequent dinners and events on calendar. Spots are extremely tight. The RV parking is dirt lot with rope stringers to define space lines. No problem with electric or water. - AsleepontheBeach
Nov 2015 - $25.00
The location is excellent (1/4 mile walk to the beach.) The sites are way to narrow (15 feet wide or less.) Slides are almost touching. This Lodge should increase the width of the sites to 20 feet minimum.
Very friendly and accommodating host. - User3589
Feb 2017 - $40.00
This park campground is definitely older, our parking space was very uneven, and the spaces are close together. Beware they will not let you check in until 2pm, we arrived before noon, the park had a number of empty spaces, our space was available. We were told the workers get upset by early check-ins but, yet they didn't start to clean the empty sites until 1pm. So people are parked in the parking lot and on the street waiting to get in and then at 2pm there is a line of campers waiting to be checked in. It was very inconvenient to the paying public. This is the first State campground we've been denied early check-in especially when it's available, and we stayed in numerous state and rv parks. - J R-Pod
Feb 2017 - $38.00
Ready to begin our stay at this rv park, we approached the entry booth about 20 minutes before check-in time, staff told us we had to wait until the stated check-in time. We can understand that, especially if park attendants were raking and cleaning the site in anticipation of our arrival. Looking around the disheveled sites we could see, we doubted that this was the case. We asked if we could just drive through to see our reserved site. After much complaining and whining, staff agreed to our request with the caveat that if we stayed more than a few minutes, we would be charged for another night. What a unique way to deal with a customer. We drove in to view our allocated site and were amazed to see a party consisting of at least six tents and three cars camping next to what would be our site. So much for the RULES in this park. We drove back to the entry booth and asked if we could change sites, since we did not want to settle down next to what amounted to a small town. Well this almost put staff over the top. He read us 23 rules which prohibited us from changing sites. Finally, he caved and gave us the numbers of two available sites. We picked one and settled down in a campground with portable toilets stationed around the park, overflowing dumpsters, and very few campers since it had been raining for at least two days. The continuous rains may have affected our view of this park, but we think the facilities and personnel were way below par. Obviously, we don't plan to return. - Vic and Marsha
Nov 2013 - $38.00
Approaching from north go on past first Pismo Beach campground unless you need to dump. The Oceano campground doesn't have a dump station. Arrive at Oceano (go past 2 county parks) with empty holding tanks and be ready for a real treat! Beautiful and a short walk to the beach. - jford313
Aug 2016 - $44.00
Is this a luxury RV park? NO. But you get great bang-for-the-buck. You're a half mile walk from the Beach...and you can drive on the beach here, too. You only have 30amps here but you probably won't run one AC let alone two or three, so 50amps really isn't necessary. Make sure to have adapter.
Yes, you are in between PCH-1 and the railroad tracks but the noise wasn't bad, especially at night while you're trying to sleep and I did have the windows open. AMTRACK doesn't run overnight and when it does come thru, it's past you in seconds.
I had no problems getting in or leaving. Everything worked. You don't have WiFi but remember, you're not paying super high prices like you do elsewhere. I wasn't disappointed with this place and I would go back tomorrow.
Staff was VERY helpful. I didn't get to use my DISH because I got stuck behind a tree: luck of the draw. Cable worked OK most of the time. Lots of selections. You don't have a picnic table or fire pit at each spot, but there are several of these around the park. First come, first serve. Weather here can't be beat. - LEB2
Dec 2013 - $44.00
The other reviews of this park were spot on. I used the Good Sam s book to find a park in this area and I called about a completely different park that was $9 cheaper per day but the reservations were for this park which was nearly 40 additional miles away. When we arrived at the park that I had first called about it was after 5pm and of course there was no one to answer the phone, much less help to figure out that we had nearly forty more miles to drive after dark. When we did arrive at this park we found it to be very poorly lite and not well marked plus the roads are very narrow without many markings which let us get headed into our area going the wrong way. While getting turned around we managed to damage our motorhome due to the tight turns and dark and narrow streets. We would not stay at this park again. I will pull into camp wally world before driving in the dark to a campground. - GopherBroke
Dec 2011 - $44.00
The campground is between a railroad and a busy highway. The site we were in was about 25-30 feet from the road. The road noise woke us up a few times when the big trucks went by. The site grass was mostly dry and there are a lot of low spots and bare dirt. The site was not long enough to accommodate a 33-ft 5th wheel and the truck. We had to park across the small road. The staff was friendly taking the reservation. They charged a $8 reservation fee. - User2329
Sep 2016 - $20.00
We stayed at this park for 1 month. We were in a backin for the big rig section and had a lot of room between sites. Lots of trees around and areas to walk pets and take walks. Very close to the beach access on base. The staff is outstanding and courteous. Facilities such as showers, laundry, and sites are excellent. Will definitely stay at this FamCamp again. - Gabby1015
Sep 2016 - $24.00
We stayed in a pull through, site 7, across from the registration office. Our site was level, spacious, and smooth. There were many open back in sites and some pull through. Staff was helpful. Location was great. Weather was cool and comfortable. The wifi was not working properly but was being worked on. Signal was good but a cable had been cut over on the base so it wasn't passing data. - LostSoulCa
Jul 2014 - $22.00
The most depressing base and miserable RV park ever. The site was paved, but warped from heat or roots so bad that it was impossible to get level. We had site 18 which had a street light that rivaled the sun. Literally, it was just as bright in the RV at night as it was during the day. There is no playground or anything to do here. Never again. - Bill & Alisen