Emma Wood is a must for beach lovers who dont mind 'roughing' it. You need a fully self contained rig to come here: no hook ups, no showers, no water or dump. To refill your tanks and dump you have to go along to McGrath park which is a few miles away. You are paying for the peace and quiet here with direct beach access. Not all spots have a beach that is suitable for walking on, or for the kids to build sand castles, but if you go to the park entrance there is a lovely small beach where you can spend the day relaxing and watching the surfers. Altough you can't camp with a tent, on this visit I noticed some of the RVs had tents in their spots too, handy for changing out of wet suits, or for the kids to sleep in. Lots of families and people enjoying walks, cycling or building fires to sit round once its dark. There are no set fire pits, but most slots have stone built ones from previous campers and the beach offers lots of building material if you need to make your own. The camp is right next to a train track and the freeway so you might notice a night freight train going through, but if you are like us by the second night you tune them out, I think there is only one or two during the night time. Close to Ventura for shopping and restaurants or use it as a base to explore the Pacific Coast highway, Santa Barbara is lovely too. We always stay here no matter the time of year, but you need to book for the summer months and be warned its very very busy so book early or you might not get the days you want! Enjoy!!
We have stayed here on many occasions, the hot baths are absolutely wonderful. This is definitely a place to unwind and de-stress. There are no club houses etc., I wouldn't say its a place you would go if you wanted to party, and not a place for younger children. There is the check in area which has a small seating area with a computer you can access; if you park in a space closer to the buildings you can sometimes pick up their WiFi. They have a massage person who is here at times, that my husband swears by. It gets very very hot in the summer months so make sure your A/C is working!! If you visit, take a nighttime dip in one of the outside pools and enjoy the warm night air and beautiful stars!
A nice quiet park very close to the freeway, but this doesn't affect the noise. Handy for touring the area. They don't do weekly rates which is a shame as I am sure it would encourage people to stay longer. Check in was nice and easy. The only downside I noted was their dog walking area, it was really small and full of weeds and grass so much so that my small dog wouldn't use it. I walked up to their large vehicles' parking lot at the edge of the casino property which was nice and quiet to walk her.