35 Parks near Watsonville, California
Aug 2016 - $40.00
This is a county park so I was surprised as to the cleanliness of the place and the condition of the sites. Think of this as a camp ground with RV spaces. By that I mean RV parks normally have some lawn and paved roadways (at least the ones we go to). The roadways are paved but everything else is dirt, so if you have kids they will get dirty.
Stayed in Valley View 1. Valley View #2 has little shade. All except for 3 or 4 sites are very shady. The ones in the center area are totally shaded. There is a dump station at this park.
Lots of hiking trails and mountain bike trails to hike or ride. - Tom Sch
Aug 2016 - $40.00
Nice park in the trees - halfway between Watsonville (very cool coastal area) and Gilroy (very warm inland area). Excellent tree cover and while this makes for comfortable days and nights, you may get some marine layer (so heavy this morning it was like rain) and you'll get little to no cell reception. Other than that, it's convenient (except for the road work on 152 that can get very congested) to so much and a pretty good deal for what you get. Tip: If you want to burn some firewood at your fire ring - bring your own since they sell it there but for $13 for a small box. - Darwindog
Sep 2015 - $35.00
We really enjoyed this little park. The sites are all covered in trees so you have lots of privacy. No fire pit in our site but we did have a big brick grill. Definitely a steep road to get to the park but we saw some big rigs while we were there so it's doable. Good location if you like hiking or wine tasting. - MadAdventures
Oct 2016 - $35.00
We found this to be a very clean and quiet RV park to stay at. The bathrooms are very dated, but functional and as clean as you could get them considering their age. This is a community park, so obviously, there is no money for the facilities. There was an extra fee for our two dogs and we had no problem with that. The issue we had was that you have to sign a release for the county, that says if they find that you have left your dogs unattended in the RV and you have left the park, that you allow the local Animal control to enter your RV, by force if need be, to remove your unattended animal from your RV and take the dog to the pound. Fortunately, it was fall, so we were able to take our dogs with us whenever we left the rig, in the summer this would have been a problem. - luvdoggiez
Jul 2016 - $30.00
Great place to stay for the weekend. We were here to go to my nephews wedding in Seascape. Park personnel were very friendly and helpful. Note: I you are referred by a prior guest who visited here mention it when you make your reservation. That person gets a 10 credit on their next visit and you get a 10 credit on your first visit. Also note the whole park is no smoking. - BillP
May 2016 - $30.00
Pinto Lake RV Park is my go to place when in the Santa Cruz area. It's kinda like a gated community with a gate that locks at sundown for your peace, quiet, and security (you get a key). There are 28 fairly new full service hookups in a beautiful grassy area that is well maintained almost on a daily basis. Very nice Little League baseball field where you can watch organized games most days in the summer. Lake is open for "catch and release" fishing but not swimming. I don't fish but I have seen some large bass pulled from the lake. Camp hosts are friendly and efficient and as nice as you will find anywhere. This is Pinto Lake City Park, not to be confused with County Park which has no camping facilities at the other end of the lake. - Motoman
Mar 2015 - $35.00
This is a very pastoral park, with a beautiful beach. The sunsets are spectacular. The sites have some space and foliage. You can have a campfire here. There are strawberry fields just adjacent to the campground. We rarely saw a park ranger, and the sites were not raked or cleaned between uses. We would return to this park. - Vic and Marsha
Mar 2013 - $35.00
We stayed in site #25, which the camp host called "The Crown Jewel" of the park It was big, clean, and a short trail to an ocean overlook, with a drop dead view. The beach was quite a hike downhill. There are no amenities, other than the concrete pad and a fire pit. We were surprised at this, and landed there without water, because the CA Parks website said "developed". Now we know this does not mean hookups. Sunsets are amazing here, as the name would imply. The drive in is awesome, through farmlands and beautiful valleys. It is off the beaten path. Generators are against the rules after 8pm, as a ranger was quick to enforce. Nice place! - Dan Hannah
Aug 2012 - $39.00
This is a great state park quite and clean great views and just overall relaxing. Stayed in site 18 big and wide and long enough for our RV. Strawberry fields forever right beside our site. Cool and foggy in the morning. Clear and cool during the day. Would stay here again. - thomas10
Dec 2016 - $69.00
We stayed just shy of two weeks at the KOA in site 91, right by the bounce pillow and very close to the playground. We loved staying there, and seriously considered extending our stay another month, but the weather pushed us further south. While we were there though, the weather held well. The bounce pillow for my son and for all of the other kids we saw there was the greatest thing we've ever seen at a campground anywhere. It was so much fun. We also loved the bike rentals and the playground - I think we rented bikes three times while we were there, and they were so much fun.
The staff was friendly and always helpful, the folks who worked there never seemed bothered or irritated. There was daily - not just once but several times a day - trash pickup - they had recycling, and everything was kept really nicely.
This is one of the largest KOAs we've seen and had plenty of space to accommodate everyone - because we were there in the off season we often felt like we had the park to ourselves, even though there were actually several other guests there. And lots of little cabins, too.
There was a pool and hot tub which were both available for use, the pool being heated, but we never even got to them because the bounce pillow and bike rentals were all we needed. There was also a little mini golf course and a big game room with a couple of ping pong tables and mostly claw machine "games", from what I could tell.
We would absolutely stay here again - no question. We loved it there so much! IT's going to make all other KOAs pale in comparison though.
Also there's a local organic farm stand at Annieglass on Friday - Sundays, and the produce and honey there is wonderful. It's also not too far to the Santa Cruz Trader Joe's, and of course you HAVE to go to Monterey Bay Aquarium while you're there! There's also a Monarch Butterfly Overwintering spot in Santa Cruz that's fun, and you can drive right to the beach after because it's right there. There's SO much to do! - chasmyn
Aug 2016 - $96.00
This is our second stay. The first one we were awaiting a grandchild's birth and the no ATT signal was just too problematic. We decided to give it a second go because grandkids love the bouncy in ground trampoline. We were given site 39 which was billed as a premium back in 30 amp site. The site had no privacy planting at all and two sites down began the tent camping so no privacy at all. The site was also full of moles with active holes being dug as we were there. A walk around the park told me there were much better sites without moles and with privacy barriers. So I have no idea why I paid for a premium site which was so compromised. Perhaps controlling rodents is difficult, but since I only saw 2 sites with a huge issue, perhaps taking these out of the rotation and not churning premium prices for them would have been a better plan. I doubt we will give it third go. The children on bikes are a hindrance to traversing the park safely. - Madecost
Jul 2016 - $116.00
Definitely a KIDS park: they are running around everywhere. We did have a very large pull thru which also included a propane BBQ, 4 metal chairs & table; and a wood picnic table. Of course the cost, with our KOA 10% discount was still $116.21 a night (tax included). But our 9 year old Grand-daughter enjoyed all the Kid extras. Other sites were in the $75 range. Grass was brown, I guess due to CA drought restrictions. But, without kids, we would not return. Would stay at more adult parks nearer to Santa Cruz. - mandrgames
Mar 2013 - $32.00
This was a great find! The park does have many full-timers on site, but it has a few spaces reserved for people coming for days, weeks, or months as well. It is only 2 blocks from the beach! It was perfect for a week at the beach. There are shops close by for food within walking distance as well. The spots are very close to one another. It is a large parking lot, but there are spots of grass for dogs, if you have them, just a short walk to the front of the park and of course, the beach. The owner, Chuck, is very accommodating and friendly. He was great all week while we were there. Everyone at the park is very friendly and helpful with directing you where to go in the area. We had a great experience, and we definitely recommend this park if you are anywhere near the area. It is affordable and just blocks away from the beach with full hook-ups! To note, the wifi is great! We work full time from our RV and we rarely use the park's wifi because it is too slow for the work we do on our computers, but this wifi was very impressive! If your travel trailer is over 31 feet long, I would request spot number 5 because it is one of the only spaces you could back directly into. If you are not an advanced level "reverser", unfortunately, I would think you would need to consider elsewhere. The spaces just cannot accommodate larger trailers. We have two slides that are across from one another and we were only able to pick one side to put out because the spaces just don't allow for the room. We were fine with this, and most do not have slides directly across from one another, so it shouldn't be an issue, but just something to be aware of. Also, the sewer hookups are the old school iron pipe, not threaded PVC, so be sure to put a rock on top of your sewer hose or use a donut to be sure it doesn't come out while you are dumping. Overall, a good park and one you should consider if you are wanting a spot close to beach near Santa Cruz. - gonecoastal724
Jan 2013 - $32.00
Rate shown for 1 week stay divided by 7. Access road poor to fair pavement. Narrow park roads. I had to back up the exit route in order to get to my assigned site. Park sites are short and most will not accommodate RV lengths longer than 26-34 feet. The manager advised that only 7 of the sites are for transients. Our site was an unlevel paved back-in. More of a parking lot with lines there is no privacy between sites. All utilities worked. The cable TV selection was extensive and worked well. The Wi-Fi was intermittent and would cut out at times. Our site was close to the road and it got quite noisy at times. The laundry had 2 washers and 2 dryers. The wife said she was happy with their efficiency. Friendly accommodating manager. Still, we probably won't return due to the noise levels. - Onemoretrail
Apr 2012 - $40.00
Small park with mostly long-time residents. They are parking spaces, really. But it's got clean restrooms, showers, laundry, reliable Wi-Fi and cable, and great location near, but not on, the beach. Very nice manager, and quiet, friendly park. Nearby restaurants and stores. - Wendywoods
Apr 2016 - $71.00
If you want a park with lots of room between spaces, secluded and private, this is not for you. The sites are close together with basically a sand pit between sites that are within 10 feet of each other and with people walking by your site all day, you probably should look elsewhere. However, if you want a great view of the ocean (OK nearly on the ocean), conversation with all that pass, and being close to everything, then you might want to come here. We like that and found it great and will come back. - DrivingMissDaisey
Dec 2015 - $58.00
This is a relatively expensive park to stay at, but what a location! I have only managed to secure the overflow section, but the side by side slots are wide enough for slideouts, and your table, chairs and fire ring. Meanwhile, you are sitting right at the ocean, kids are on the beach playing, and there is great people watching as lots of walkers and joggers use the board walk in front of your RV. Nice little museum on site, restrooms are heavily used, but at least available, and as clean as you might find at a sandy beach....and the sunsets are beautiful! If you are looking for a secluded beach spot, this is not the place. But I love visiting here, I just adjust my expectations accordingly! - ktboz
Feb 2014 - $65.00
Sites are very close together. I will only do full hookups to avoid generators noise. The park is as good as your neighbors. Sites are very close. If neighbor has a fire - you get to breath the smoke. If neighbor talks loud, you get to hear every word of it. - sara12
Nov 2016 - $35.00
Beautiful state park. Spent a week in October. Beautiful weather and the beach was amazing! Bathrooms were clean. - RVGma
Jun 2015 - $35.00
Beautiful place to stay. Spent a great weekend there in June. The site we stayed at was a "dry" campsite, there are a handful of full hookup sites that look quite nice. You can also get a site by the cliffs for an additional fee. ($50 a nite). When walking around we noticed that there really isn't a bad site in the place. Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance, which is recommended. The place was full. Highly recommended. - Tom_OC
Oct 2014 - $35.00
Price reflects dry camping and paying on site. $50 for full hookups (not sure about sewer at those sites, there is a dump station). You can reserve 48-hr in advance on-line for an extra $8 fee that does not go to the park. I looked on-line and saw that a spot is available for the next 3 days, I thought I could show up and pay for the next 3 days and save myself the $8 fee. Nope! You pay each day, if it is available. On site they get a piece of paper with what is reserved/available. They have no internet access at the booth; you with a smartphone have more information about what is available on future dates than those on site. On the fourth day, our spot was reserved; we asked if we could move to one of the other available spots. Not so fast! They will put our name on a list, and then at 2pm the park ranger assigns those on the list to spots available. You can park in the day use area for the 2 hrs between check-out and check-in time. If you are the day-of type, then you can plan on two days and then be ready to move or make the reservation for the third night when you arrive. OK now, besides the whole reservation thing, the beach was very unpleasant to walk on with all the sand flies. There isn't much for taking a long hike, the park is in the city. Supposedly you can walk the train tracks to the next town. Showers are $0.25 per 2 minutes. Having come from OR state beaches, $31 for full hookups and a nicer beach; I can't recommend. - MichelleKry
Feb 2017 - $67.00
Rate reflects Good Sam discount - beware this cg raises its rate from Thurs to Sun. I think if you come in before Thurs they should charge you just one rate. Small, bare bones, tight park. Very concerned with total lack of security. Right across from our site (16) was the laundry building & a latch gate shared with the marina next door. Easy access to cg for transients roaming around. All sites are backins - super close to neighbors. Had to park tow car at a diagonal in front of coach to fit in site. Interior roads are asphalt & pads concrete with picnic table. Wifi pretty much nonexistent. Only two restroom/shower combo rooms. While they were clean, they are in need of updating (linoleum floors, fiberglass shower inserts, plaster walls). There were 2 big rubber mats on floor & rooms were spacious. Staff was friendly & professional- needed to adjust my dates & they were accommodating. There are not many parks in the Monterey area & this one is about 30 -33 min from Monterey which has much to offer. If we did return, we would make sure we were in the last row of the park. - Beachside Baby
Dec 2016 - $70.00
A rather nice, very small & cramped KOA. Well maintained, but one of the most important amenities is sorely lacking: the Wi-Fi ranges from abysmally slow to non-existent.
At its fastest, speedtest.com tells us that the download speed is 0.6 mb/second, and the upload speed is 0.1 mb/second. If you need Wi-Fi, this is NOT the place for you. It took about 24hours, but by the second day we were here, we were over-run with ants. Take appropriate measures to prevent this! - jobriant
Aug 2016 - $70.00
Moss Landing KOA RV Park, we have stayed here several times, returned and will return again. Check in is easy the staff is friendly and helpful. The sites are clean and level all good size some wider than others some longer than others, no pull throughs, all back in's but big rig friendly. Wi-Fi, do not count on it. What more could we want? We stayed in August. - MW91301
Oct 2016 - $40.00
It is difficult to be objective about this park. While the place is technically clean and there are plenty of trees, there are a few negatives. First, this park scores a new high on the number of enforced rules. For example, the dumpster had a combination lock on it. Second, every blade of grass is off limits to pets as indicated by the numerous signs. Pets are expected to do their business on the asphalt. Just not a relaxing place. - LarryJohnston
May 2016 - $49.00
Very quiet and well kept with mature planting between large sites. Very helpful staff. Only slight negatives are WIFI is a bit hit and miss, and there are no fire pits, and only a couple of sites with BBQs. Overall very good. Best to book in advance as mainly a residential site with limited overnight sites available. - PCP
May 2016 - $41.00
This is primarily a residential RV park, with just a few spaces for transients. The space we were in didn't have sewer. They provided a free honey wagon service, but that still meant the day we left we either had to stop by the dump station or carry one day's worth of grey water with us (what we chose to do to conserve time instead). Same price, I think, as a space with sewer...?? It's a pretty park, more out in the country, and with a nice creek walk adjoining the campground (beware of little patches of poison oak in some spots on the sides of the path, often blending in with the wild berry bushes...!). However, we probably wouldn't stay there again. Mostly because, as it is right now, this is NOT a pet-friendly place. No pets are allowed on any of the various grass patches or fields. They are allowed on the creek path, but it is far enough away to be inconvenient for quick potty outings (like at bedtime). From talking to a resident, I understand the reason for this is past bad pet owners, leaving dog piles that kids ended up playing in! That is awful and incomprehensible to us responsible, common sense/decency pet owners! And of course we end up paying the price for their bad behaviors!! The wifi was not so great, kept getting dropped. So it's a pretty nice place with nice people so I don't want to rate it badly, but we won't be back as our animals are a fundamental part of our family life, and this place does not currently accommodate them. - CarrieBearie
Jul 2016 - $1.00
This campground is over run with full time residents. Lots of people live here full time and even though the rules state that only camping items may be out, we saw couches, recliners, trash galore. Lots of run down rvs. Space is also limited and you are pretty much right on top of everyone. Restrooms were disgusting. If a shower is running, the toilets won't flush. Within 10 minutes of setting up, three sheriff cars came through. They said it was normal patrol. Not sure if that is more concerning or comforting. At least they were patrolling. We won't stay here again. Our rate was $0 since we are members of Thousand Trails. - Wendle123
Jul 2016 - $54.00
I would change the name to Thousand Trails of DIRT & DUST. When called the resv. no. was told all sites had full hookups. I almost bought a membership but they could not find available membership site for the dates I wanted, but didn't. We did a non-membership. When we arrived, I confirmed we would have full hookups & was told all sites were W&E only. She said "This is a problem they have with the reservations people saying there are full hookups when we don't have them." There are 2 sewer dumps, but at the time 1 was closed to be pumped out but not sure when it would be. She said all sites are 1st come 1st serve & we could drive around & find the one we wanted. So, we unhooked, drove around. Main road is asphalt for a little ways & all roads are DIRT & I mean DIRT. All RV pads are DIRT. It is a dusty park. It looks old, run down, not kept up. From what we observed the 8 days we were there it is more of a place for locals to spend their vacations. 90%+ sites are treed, those in the very back that were $5 more per day because they have more grass, pull-thru & are open enough to use satellite. They are the same size as the cheaper sites. In California, grass is green maybe 1-2 mos. in the early spring then brown the rest of the year due to the lack of rain. Unless you are desperate & need a RV park to stay in the bay area & are not able to find space any place else, then stay here. Site G272 in back at end doesn't share parking space with another rv & less traffic. For this park being in a nationwide chain we were so disappointed in the quality of the park. As many parks as we have stayed in all over the US & Canada, including Alaska, this is the worst of all of them.
Thousand Trails is now on the bottom of our list of parks. No wi-fi, cable & cell coverage 1-2 bars & slow. Price per day - wkly rate $50 + $4 / day resort fee, 8th day $59 per day, + $4 / day resort fee Total for 8 days with tax $476.28 (doesn't include $5 per day extra for back site). - Sherib
Jul 2016 - $1.00
Dusty, dusty, dusty even with the the 5 mph limit. Water and electric only with a dump station or a $25 on site suck-out service. Rangers at check in were very nice, and circled on a map where all the 30 amp services were located. Restrooms were cleaned every day but should be updated. Found a site with east shade and west shade in the late afternoon. Sat TV was not a problem. Stayed here for a week and did not elect to use the suck-out service but did unhook and dump. Will stay here again when in the area. - mdmnkcm