A recent visit to this state park was not as good as prior visits. Four of the nearby seven sites had multi-family. multi-generation, daytime visitors. People cut through sites, children actually came into our site 3 times, and CG users left litter and shoes around the common areas. The comings and goings of the daytime visitors made for a noisy, crowded and un-peaceful visit. On the weekend, the beach area was left so littered (leftover rafts, paper products, shoes, etc.) by daytime users that it resembled New Orleans after a parade. One morning a big charter bus idled its engine for 45 minutes. This was very different from prior visits, so I hope things go back to the way they were. A nearby VFW park with swimming looked closed so maybe that is causing the overcrowding. The physical part of the park is still good, the staff - as always - is fantastic. I hope the "atmosphere" changes.
This CG is a good choice for touring Napa and Sonoma. Sewer sites are first-come, first-serve but electric/water can be reserved and there is a dump station. There is Napa Coin Laundry nearby - driving distance apx 1 mile. The restrooms were very clean, but the showers were typical "wilderness" showers with a touch of mold on shower curtain and a few spiders and webs. Otherwise they were clean, had all needed hooks, and nice rubber and wooden floor mats. The garden area was wonderful. My kids loved the "secret garden" and always asked to visit it when we were at the campground. The staff was friendly and check-in was pleasant. The trails are nice. We saw wild turkeys and deer. It really is a wonderful place to stay while seeing the Napa, Sonoma and San Francisco area. We would stay here again if in the area.
This is an excellent park to stay at for Disneyland access. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The shuttle (a large bus with plenty of room for everyone) followed the schedule given to us. The driver was very nice. The drop off at disney is in a good location to have fun at Disneyland, Disney California Adventures and downtown disney. My husband and kids used the pool and were very pleased. The showers were clean and well maintained. We really enjoyed our stay here and will return if we are in the area again.
We were very happy with our stay here. The pool is clean, and the kids enjoyed it. The showers were spotless. One signs out a key from the desk for a "shower room." It has a lavatory and a shower. There is plenty of room, and it is a nice change from usual CG showers. Our site was level. The park was clean and appealing. The staff was very friendly and helpful with directions.
We stopped here instead of continuing on to the KOA Needles. Glad we did. It is beautiful. The sites are gravel with a cement pad. The showers we used were by the pool. They were clean, but became quite steamy due to the desert heat. Couldnt be helped really. It is not really a family vacation type of park but kids are fine for overnight. Mine used the pool for hours. We were the only ones in it. The laundry room was very clean, the host was very nice.
Gouldings campground is beautiful. The views are amazing. The Goulding tour bus conveniently picks up at the store next to the campground. We took the 3.5 hour tour and had an excellent time. Bring extra cash to tip as the area otherwise is not that commercial and they are trying to earn a living while maintaining and sharing traditions. The pool is indoor, clean, and great for the kids. We walked down to the restaurant and had an excellent meal. I had the traditional mini-taco on fry bread. It was fresh and delicious. We left for the Grand Canyon but wished we had spent more time here. We may return and do a longer or overnitght tour. There is red dirt. Just dont bring fancy white cotton shoes and you should be fine. Also, the laundry was nice and there is a PC in the laundry room. Enjoy.
This campground provides excellent access to views of the Grand Canyon. There is a shuttle within walking distance that is very reliable. The shuttle runs very early in the morning so you can catch a sunrise at a distant viewpoint if you wish. The grocery is within walking distance (apx 5-10 minutes.) The laundry and showers (also 5-10 min. walk) are a bit far if you are carrying a heavy load of clothes or wish to run back and forth to check clothes. The showers are pay showers which I dont mind, but I do wish the timer would stop if you turn off water to shave etc. But it turns out I finished with time to spare anyway. And there is an attendant to provide change. Please note that if you take a non-Grand Canyon shuttle (ie a Taxi, van) outside the park (to see the IMAX for example) bring your paid park admission with you. We almost had to pay to re-enter the park. All in all, for its purpose - I was very happy.
We had a wonderful vacation at Ocean lakes. Please do not expect peace and quiet. It is a resort campground in a resort city. Yes, the golf carts are numerous and quite bad in the evening hours. The ocean lifeguards, however, are not employees of Ocean lakes. Yes, they are whistle happy, for a reason - safety. One person drowned while we were there. It is the ocean, not a pool. As far as umbrellas and blankets on the beach, please note that it is unlawful to place umbrellas in front of the lifeguard chair and the rented chairs and umbrellas are the front row. If you do not rent, you need to go to the end of the row where there is plenty of room. We rented and found it an excellent option. We did have a group crowd our umbrella one day when there was plenty of room elsewhere. I think they wanted our shade! Ocean Lakes is a great place to stay while visiting Myrtle Beach. The prices at the on site stores and restaurants are very reasonable. The staff was always helpful and polite. The pool area is fun for all ages. We plan to return.