We have camped at Cape Kiwanda RV Resort at least a half dozen times in the last couple of years. Usually our experience has been great. This stay, however, was something else. We ended up in the site closest to their new pizza parlor. It is literally less than 50 feet from my campsite. Each night, until well past midnight, we were kept awake by the staff as they closed up each evening (which apparently takes several hours because the place closes at PM). They were shouting frequently, music played the entire time, and they kept banging the lid to the dumpster. The staff needs to re-think this a little. In addition, we have noticed very intoxicated people around the campground. They do employ a security guard, although I'm not sure what he does. In the past the quiet setting for this RV Resort kept us coming back. I think we'll be looking for somewhere else from now on.
This was a great find for us. When another campground ruined our reservation, we were able to find this campsite at the last minute. They were very accommodating. The site is literally situated among a towering redwood forest. The sites were level, gravel, and very spacious. The sites were also secluded. It was a busy weekend for them, they were nearly filled to capacity, but it didn’t appear that way. The park was nice and quiet. Their pool is large, and they also have lots for kids to do (pool tables, rec-room, basketball/volleyball, etc). If they had a hot tub and accepted credit/debit cards I would give them a perfect 10. Their location is perfect for a base to drive into San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Monterey. We will definitely return.
This resort looked promising on their website but turned out to be a huge disappointment to us when we showed up. The staff moved our reserved space in favor of another camper who was going to be staying a few days longer, even though we had made our reservation over 1 month in advance. The site they moved us to was completely inadequate for the size of our vehicle. We will not stay at Santa Cruz Ranch RV Resort again.
If you’re into dust, motorcycles, loose dogs, then this place is for you. For a KOA I was pretty disappointed. We have stayed at several KOA’s throughout the nation and although some are better than others, all seem to follow some corporate requirements. This is not the case here. The campsites are up a long, steep, climbing dirt road (actually had to use 4x4 to get to the top). If you want to use their restroom, visit their store, or swim in the pool, plan on either driving or hiking down and back. All of their sites appeared to be dirt, and not very level at that. To top it all off, it is an 11 mile drive off Highway 101 to get to this campground. We will not stay there again.
The term "Resort" is used loosely here. However, this is a quiet campground that is easily accessed off of I-5. The grounds are level, gravel sites, and there is grass. Most of the sites are well shaded. The pool was clean and refreshing. There was not a lot of activity (20% full) when we stayed here on Father's Day weekend. We would stay here again.