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Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $54.00
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.
Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $48.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $50.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $93.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $75.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $98.00
We spent 4 days in their Premium pull through sites. Sites were level and included full hook ups and cable TV. The park offers free Wi-Fi. We had plenty of room for our 36' rig with 2 slides and truck. Overall we were very impressed. Tons of activities for the kids. Neat beach theme through out the park. Its a easy drive to Santa Cruz. We camped at Santa Cruz Monterey Bay KOA in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $85.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $76.00
This was our first time at this KOA - we were pleasantly surprised - it is very well maintained,every kind of camping available, LOTS of planned activities, super family friendly. The only negative I can say is it is very pricey & then didn't even get a "printed" brochure of the area - it was a poor photo copy! We camped at Santa Cruz Monterey Bay KOA in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $108.00
Downgraded review after our attempts to resolve a poor experience with one of the managers there didn't come to fruition. We met some great neighbors from out of the country. We were embarrassed when a KOA employee (later turned out to be one of the managers) interrupted our conversation to complain about our kids using kids' chalk to draw a simple hopscotch design on the pad where the RV sits on top of. He said he didn't want other prospective RVers to think it was a "trashy" campground. We were all stunned. The kids chalk washes off in seconds and certainly wouldn't have bothered anyone who came here for the reportedly "kid friendly" nature of the park. Not to mention no one would see it because an RV would be covering it. With some of the speeding cars and unleashed dogs running around the campground unchallenged, we felt this was not keeping focus on what's important. When we contacted the manager, we found out this employee who confronted us was her husband. She was very defensive and said his recollection of events was totally different. I won't go into all the details, but the 5 independent customers to this event apparently ms-perceived the manager's intrusion. A simple apology to us for making a mistake would have sufficed. As a result, we have no plans to return to this park. When being charged $108 a night for an RV pad, we expect a little better customer service. We camped at Santa Cruz Monterey Bay KOA in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $65.00
Very nice campground! It was so luxurious, I would not call it camping. Nice friendly staff. Guy at the front desk was the most helpful and friendly man. I would definitely recommend RV'ing at KOA. We camped at Santa Cruz Monterey Bay KOA in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: February, 2011 - $90.00
Visited twice. Once in the lodge and another with 27' motorhome. Easy camping! Good roads. Easy back ins. Great facilities for kids and pets. Lots of walking around space. Never felt need to leave. Even at these prices gets full on holiday weekends. Will visit often until we find as nice a place for less $. Easy to find less $, but won't be as nice or as painless. Can relax and not worry about camping. Will visit often. We camped at Santa Cruz Monterey Bay KOA in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: November, 2010 - $88.00
We don't usually chose KOA's after some sketchy experiences in the past but this is BY FAR the nicest KOA we've stayed in. Awesome facilities for families with kids! Get one of the inner sites with concrete pad and gravel surrounding or one of the most expensive sites with patio, fire pit, and chairs. When in the area again we will return. Again, awesome facilities and activities for kids! We camped at Santa Cruz Monterey Bay KOA in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $94.00
Expensive but a very pleasant campground. Staff was friendly, helpful and everything was very clean and orderly. One of the best run campgrounds I've seen. Pretty much everything you will need can be found on site. We will definitely visit again. We camped at Santa Cruz Monterey Bay KOA in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: November, 2009 - $98.00
First of all, this place is expensive. I was floored when I was told the price for a nights stay. Oh well, I was told by friends that this is the best place in the area for a motorhome. We have a big-rig class A and tow a car so we needed a pull-through. We arrived in December: this is very off season for this area. I called a day before asking if I could check in at around 11AM as that was when we were arriving. Upon arrival, I asked the guy at the desk if our space was available. He said it was an extra $20! I told him I called ahead and was told if the space was there it was OK. He called someone and acted as if he was doing me a big favor by waiving the fee. So, we drive to the site and guess what? There was no one else here. The area we were put in, had me and no other pull-through sites and one fifth wheel in another area. The place only had a few other guests, so what was the big deal on checking in early? I don't like feeling like I am being gouged. Oh well, the place was one of the nicest I have been to. Even though we didn't use them, I checked out the bathrooms and showers. Really, really clean! There are beautiful grounds and it is very dog friendly. All in all, a very nice place. I would imagine in the summer it would be packed and not as enjoyable for a loner like me. We would stay here again for sure. We camped at Santa Cruz Monterey Bay KOA in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: August, 2009 - $90.00
The good - VERY KID FRIENDLY/ORIENTED. There is tons of stuff for the kids to do. The teenage workers and maintenance crews were very nice. It is a good location central to beaches and area attractions. The bad - VERY KID FRIENDLY! Although our kids had a great time, if you like peace and quiet, give this place a miss. There are kids everywhere! We didn't mind a bit, but if you are retired and just wanted some quiet time, this is not the place for you. Also, it is VERY PRICEY. Our space was tight. There was no room for our truck. We had to park it in an adjacent site or in front of the office. There is no cable TV, you would expect it for $90/night! Front office staff is rude and very unfriendly. Overall, our kids had a great time on the playground, bouncing pillow, etc. but I doubt we will go back. We camped at Santa Cruz Monterey Bay KOA in a Travel Trailer.Undo
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