7.6 Good
     
Watsonville, California

Santa Cruz Monterey Bay KOA

Watsonville, California



Watsonville, California
Phone: (831) 722-0551

Sites: 230
Recent Rate: $96 8/2016

Latitude: 36.926210804688
Longitude: -121.84543848038

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • 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 yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking no
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 yes
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen yes
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) no
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room yes
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals yes
  • Hiking Hiking no
  • Spa Spa yes
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit yes
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball yes
  • Sports Field Sports Field yes
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games yes
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf yes
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong yes
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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44 Reviews

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $96.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Santa Cruz Monterey Bay KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
39
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $116.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Santa Cruz Monterey Bay KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
226
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Santa Cruz is a Hwy 1 trip about 15 miles away, but go early to avoid heavy congestion to the Boardwalk.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $107.00
Overall Rating:      

Very friendly staff. Extremely clean park. Little things here are a big plus. For example you put your trash at the curb and they pick it up. Nice clean, flat, back in site wth full hook ups. Sites are close together. Lots of activities for kids. Large playgrounds. Mini Golf, banana bike rentals, a train that runs around the park for kids to ride. We camped on the Care Camp weekend. First night was full price, second night was $10. They had a variety of fund raising activities to support Care Camp. We camped at Santa Cruz Monterey Bay KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
163
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

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

Care Camp provides free camping for children battling cancer.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

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

This park is beautiful. They do seem to cater to the locals and weekenders with families and not long term people. The park is definitely designed for kids and you have to be careful with all the bike riders. Sites were very nice with landscaping and long enough for our rig. The outdoor staff were very friendly, but the office staff were rude. We camped at Santa Cruz Monterey Bay KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

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

This is our first stay in a KOA and I must say I was expecting more especially for the price. We stayed for five nights. It seems to be oriented toward kids and families with not much for older RVers. With all the kids you must be very careful driving because they are everywhere especially on weekends. The park was very convenient as we were visiting both Monterey and Santa Cruz probably why the park is named what it is. Overall, it is kind of average if somewhat overpriced for what we wanted. We camped at Santa Cruz Monterey Bay KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
55
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 112
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $97.00
Overall Rating:      

Outstanding park for family oriented amenities, location, and environment. Our site was too far from the office to get any wifi reception and Verizon reception was spotty to non-existent. We enjoyed our stay here in spite of those limitations. Overpriced for what we needed, but not for the location. We camped at Santa Cruz Monterey Bay KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     

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

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

This was a 2 night stop for us and this KOA is pretty awesome! The girls working the front counter are nothing short of awesome and the grounds are nice. Pool was very clean, and even saw a guy vacuming it at 6am on our second day there. Lots for the kids to do, and an all around great park. I will definitely stay here again! We camped at Santa Cruz Monterey Bay KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
91
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $100.00
Overall Rating:      

Have stayed in this park at least once a year for the last 5. They have made a number of upgrades and additions since last visit. Lots of new bungalows and Airstream trailers to rent. My only issue relates to the premium pull through spaces for big rigs. The asphalt pads are old and non level. The landscaping in that area needed attention with weeds a couple of feet tall. The Wi-Fi was weak at best and not available for large periods of time even though we were parked next to the antenna. Our satellite antenna was blocked by tall trees, (not complaining just pointing out the limitation.) and cell phone service was limited as well. The staff has remained as friendly and helpful as ever. This place is a paradise for children with all of the available services geared toward them. We camped at Santa Cruz Monterey Bay KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Pull through site
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $96.00
Overall Rating:      

We have been camping here every year for the past five years. Management continues to make improvements to the RV sites by adding brick patios and landscaping between the sites. This is definitely a place for families to bring children to play. The playground, jumping pillow, climbing Palm tree, and bike rentals are very popular. There are lots of kids running around in the daytime but it quiets down considerably after dark. We will come again. We camped at Santa Cruz Monterey Bay KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
193
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $54.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed for one night over MLK Jr. weekend as part of a family trip to the Monterey area. Great location for visiting Monterey, Santa Cruz and state beaches in between. Park was exceptionally clean with the exception of the restrooms which needed attention in the mornings. Site had paver patio, table & chairs, fire pit benches & backed up to playground. Kids had a great time playing on playground, bouncy pillow and pool.

Kudos to the park for allowing us late checkout free of charge on a day where they didn't expect a lot of arrivals. It made our day in the area much more relaxed.

We'll definitely be back for more weekend adventures. We camped at Santa Cruz Monterey Bay KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
174
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade

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

Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $48.00
Overall Rating:      

Like all KOAs we've visited this park was fairly clean and nice. It does have kind of "outdoor" showers in that they are not part of the mens or womens restrooms and instead in kind of a long outdoor hallway with no heat and in Dec on the California coast it can get very raw. The water/power only sites need some attention to the drainage/gravel in them and our site was very muddy. Other than that, a nice spot to stay with lots for kids to do. We camped at Santa Cruz Monterey Bay KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
28
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

KOA's have a habit of saying a popular city in their name (in this case "Santa Cruz Monterey Bay") but actually being in another city (in this case "Watsonville") which seems a bit deceptive if you are not aware they tend to do this. That being said this time I guess it was OK because Watsonville is midway between the 2 cities in its name. The road in has some trees that need to be trimmed back if you are in a large motorhome as we were (40') but the park seem very family friendly. My ATT cellphone did NOT work well here but their Wi-Fi was OK. We stayed here 4 nights and might stay again, but would probably look for a place nearer to Monterey Bay next time. We camped at Santa Cruz Monterey Bay KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $93.00
Overall Rating:      

We arrived on 10/27 around 4 p.m. unaware the park was having a HUGE Halloween celebration through-out the entire park. When we checked in, the office was without electricity. The office staff guessed at which site we would fit in and sent us on our way. We’ve stayed at many KOA campgrounds and traditionally, a KOA person will escort us to our site. We have a 41’ 5th wheel pulled by a Dodge Ram 3500, so we are by all means a “big-rig.” There were three KOA carts with KOA people at the bottom of the hill when we arrived and when we were pulling into the park. At no time did any KOA staff feel it necessary to alert us that the entire park was full with tons of excited children running around trick-or-treating, loose dogs, people, cars, Halloween decorations thick in every site as I have ever seen. We drove up the hill in our big rig to the chaos to a back-in spot that was far too small. It took us nearly 30 minutes to back into our spot all the while trying to dodge small rampant children, adults and again, loose dogs. While focusing on dodging the Halloween chaos and backing into our too small site, we missed the fact that there was a pine tree with one low branch; that ended up putting six tears down our brand new 5th wheel roof. We needed to be in this area for work or we would have pulled out the next morning at sunrise. Heck, hindsight is 20/20, if we would have not been in such shock from all the chaos, we would have pulled our unit right back out the gate and not stayed at all! We went down and talked to the office the next morning and they told us we should have read on the website events to find out about the Halloween events; forget the fact we received 3 emails from this office, encountered 5 KOA employees at check-in. Yes, 1,800 miles from home, of course, we should have checked the website events section! Other problems we had while at this spot were: 1) loose dogs! We were here from 10/27-11/4 and encountered loose dogs every day. We have 2 small dogs and put up panels to keep wandering loose dogs from getting very close to us or our dogs, and it’s a good thing with the loose Australian Shepherd, Rottweiler, French Bulldogs and one Jack Russell Terrier visiting our site without the owners even paying attention. We even saw a Rottweiler tied up to a tree during all the chaos. It was very large and not under control in the slightest, in fact, the owners were enjoying the Halloween festivities and not even at their campsite! I’m not opposed to dogs of any breed, but they should not be loose in a campground, period! 2) AT&T cellular signal in this park was nearly non-existent. 3) FLIES! I don’t know if it was because of all the outside cooking, food, candy during the Halloween festivities or what, but flies were abundant! It rained one day, which I would figure would help wash whatever it was attracting the flies away, but it didn’t. This park does have 6 or 7 pull through premium sites that are the only actual sites for big-rigs. We just arrived at exactly the wrong time without any warning and now get to replace the roof on our 2012 5th wheel, which is why I would not recommend this park to anyone ever. Outside of crazy busy weekends, this isn’t a bad park if either the KOA would enforce their loose dog rules or you go in understanding to watch for loose dogs. We camped at Santa Cruz Monterey Bay KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 102
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $75.00
Overall Rating:      

Absolutely the best KOA of all. We normally avoid KOAs, but we had friends to see here so we did. What a wonderful surprise. All campgrounds should be this nice. Friendly helpful staff. Great electric, water and cable connections. We would go back here again in a heartbeat. Lots of activities for children to do. Great store and just overall a great place. We camped at Santa Cruz Monterey Bay KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $85.00
Overall Rating:      

Seriously pricey without kids who use their considerable facilies. Good layout with level spaces. Well managed and friendly staff. Fenced/grassy dog run area, but quite small and not for exercise. Many kids and attendant noise. We camped at Santa Cruz Monterey Bay KOA in a Motorhome.

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