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21 RV Parks near Portola Valley, California
We did however find 21 campgrounds within 25 miles of Portola Valley. You can also find a list of cities with campgrounds or RV Parks near Portola Valley in the left hand column.
May 2019 - $110.00
Good value by San Francisco standards, poor value otherwise. At over $100/night you are paying for exactly one thing. Location. There are only a few campgrounds with proximity to San Francisco and none with an oceanside view like this. Like others have mentioned, San Francisco RV resort is a large parking lot on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately the cliff is collapsing into the sea. No less than 3 rows of rusty chain link fence separates the campers on the southern end from the ocean view. The innermost fence is temporary (sitting on cinderblocks) but looks like it has been there for years considering the rust. This location up on the cliff does offer sweeping views of the ocean and gets sweeping ocean breezes and salt-laden mists to match. If you stay here for any length of time be prepared for heavy corrosion on any exposed metal. Windy most of the time, sometimes severely. Sites are incredibly close together. There are less than 8 inches separating our slide out room from our neighbor and both of us are positioned our sites for maximum space. I could easily reach out my window and touch my neighbor's coach. Listening to the waves at night is nice. Most guests seem to stay for short periods. Lots of rental units and Europeans. Laundry facilities are very nice. Pool is small, but heated. WiFi is not included but available for additional purchase. Considering the already high rate of this place and its use of the word "resort" in its name, it should be included in the rate. It is $15/week for "standard" and it is very low speed. Barely enough for e-mail. On the plus side, AT&T signal is good so we were able to use our mobile hotspots. The campground is easy to reach off Highway 1, but a couple of the turns might be tight for big rigs. Overall, calling it a "resort" is a bit of a stretch but as long as you understand what you are getting it is not bad. - Bryanmsi
Aug 2018 - $99.00
This is the best bet for a decent RV resort close to S.F. As a result, the nightly rate is worth it. Unfortunately, the best sites within the resort are literally falling off into the ocean, making quite a few RV spots unusable. Grounds are clean and close walking along the beach cliff to shopping center. August is a great month to visit, as it is whale watching season in this area. The whales can be seen from the campground! Sites are extremely close together. Site hookups all work fine; however, for the pull-through sites, you must ensure RV is properly oriented in the site in order to use the correct set of hookups and have a little extra room on each side of neighbors. Be sure to pull RV as far forward as possible and use the forward-most connection post. Employee checking us in did not tell us this, so we ended up in tight quarters with our neighbors. - Urbanthesis
Jul 2018 - $93.00
The nightly rate reflects the proximity to San Francisco and the ocean. Beach is not accessible due to land erosion. The entire park is asphalt with close proximity RV parking and common areas are worn. Grassy areas are sparse, weedy and full of gopher holes. Value is not commensurate with price. We stayed one night as we were in transit. - CorgiLover
Oct 2017 - $90.00
This park is old and doesn't look good on approach. It's not cheap either. But it's the only one anywhere near Menlo Park including going north or south on 101. The back area is really well maintained with very good hook ups, power pole is in good condition. But what really made our stay exceptional is the manager and her husband!
The first night we lost 12V power. It's amazing how dependent a coach is without it. We had 110 power. We called the office on Saturday morning to ask about a mobile repair. There's only one. They tried to get out but were just too busy and could come only on Monday. This manager gentleman, who has considerable RV service knowledge, came to us and diagnosed our problem. He spent at least two hours testing and another hour making a temporary fix. We would have been there a least 2-3 more days, stressed not knowing where the problem was. But he took his personal time to figure out the likely cause, allowing us to reach our destination and get repairs completed while not being in transit. THANK YOU! - Bobcat1
Sep 2017 - $95.00
We have "kids" at Stanford and so have stayed here a handful of times. This trip, we are in the expensive, pull-through way back.......on the salt flat bay. It's quiet with a pretty nice view for being in the city. Bathrooms in the expensive seats are newer, high end and spotless. No complaints with sites. They've cleaned up the main resident's section that you drive through to access the rear for overnighters. Staff has turned over, and I miss the adorable older woman I used to interact with in the office. New staff not so sharp. Can't reserve on-line, rarely get through on phone, and took TWO days to return my call. The Wi-Fi is terrible. You get a coupon and, after going through a drill to "register," you might slowly get connected,.......but I never actually got service. I called the vendor's 800 # and, after a 10 min. wait, got some guy who didn't care and blamed it on the fact that the park's bandwidth is insufficient for the number of users (It was mid-day!!!!). Verizon Mi-Fi has rescued me, but I really feel abused to pay $95, and have no internet. If you don't need a pull-through you can probably save ~$15 a night, but you might want to try to get a key for the bathrooms in the back which are a big redeeming factor. - Diesel24J
Dec 2016 - $73.00
Alright folks, if you are coming here in an R.V. for a short stay you can't beat it. It has no picnic table, no fires, no club house, and some views; it is an urban R.V. park. You probably aren't planning on spending a lot of time in your rv. You've come here for some specific reason and not to go Glamping.
With that mindset this place is excellent. The sites level up very easily. The bathrooms, showers, and laundry rooms were spotless and are cleaned daily. The showers were fully heated and had plenty of hot water. All the folks I met were extremely friendly and helpful. The staff was on the ball and very pleasant.
As previously mentioned the short term sites are on the bay side of the park and ours had a great view of the bay and the surrounding mountains.
We did not try the park wifi but my Verizion Mifi worked great. Getting in and out of the sites was a dream and there was plenty of room for coach and the the toad. The utilities provided clean 50 amp power, and simple sewer hook up. ( if you find it draining your tank a bit slow loosen the cap on top of the island). There's cable hook up but we spent so little time in the coach we didn't hook up to it. We paid a bit less than $73 for a 7 day stay. The daily rate is $85. The front part of the park is for long term residents and the sites are clean and not cluttered with all the units I observed in very good condition.
We will stay here next time we come to the Bay area. - pumper9x9
Jun 2018 - $75.00
We are in smaller travel trailer so we rely on the campsite showers and facilities. I got a call less than 1 day before arrival that they had no laundry or shower facilities. I could not find a place to rebook in this area as I had made my reservations 5 mos ahead of time. I asked for a discount but they refused. The place has very tight spaces that are not really numbered. It is very run down with garbage on the sites. Site was dead, clumpy grass and broken, uneven concrete and stones. They had gardens but they are all overgrown. We were told there was cable TV but there was none on our site. Then, on the last day, I found the hookup buried in the weeds in the garden. The only thing goings for this place were it was next to a golf course and you could walk to the beach. They had a nice place for the dog to relieve itself. This could be a lovely campground. It has the location. It needs its grounds cleaned up. The campsites need new picnic tables and the gardens need to be cleaned up. The campsites need to be repaved. The building they call a bathroom needs a complete face lift in the outside. - Jana Bair
May 2018 - $75.00
Pretty basic park. Streets are narrow. Not easy to get into the spots. The people were so friendly and helpful. People we went with wanted to stay an extra day. Initially there were no vacancies. But it all worked out and they were able to stay. Thanks to the wonderful people in the office. - Sili
Apr 2018 - $70.00
Way overpriced for the amenities! No WiFi. Trash trucks or something beeping at 5:00 and 6:30 in the morning, twice in one week. Untidy construction bins in front of our site. We have a 40' motorhome and they put us in a very short space. We had to remove bikes before we could park and we can't open the awning because of the tight location. Even though the surrounding area is beautiful, I wouldn't recommend this RV park. - Brenda Boudreaux
Apr 2017 - $74.00
We stayed here because none of the other parks had 3 consecutive nights available. Our first time in the area. Sites are large and level and gravel. No shade. Can get windy here so mind your awning! Pub-style restaurant adjacent to park. We didn't eat there. Half mile walk to beach. Lots of permanent or long-term residents but surprisingly quiet. Park is next door to a warehouse of some kind so we could hear their PA system. Spots farther away may not. Bathrooms/showers were individual units each with a toilet, shower, sink, hooks for clothes and towels and a small table. Really nice! Large laundry room that also housed bathroom/shower stalls. These were a bit smaller with no tables. Each site had a small plastic table with chairs and fire pit. Firewood is sold at the general store/registration for $10 a bushel. - Linda and Terry
Aug 2016 - $95.00
DUST - fine powdery dust ends up everywhere in your RV. Site was very unloved (front tires were 4 inches off the ground ) horrible place. Sewer hook up is 30 feet from average RV outlet. - Unbiased
Aug 2016 - $85.00
WARNING: Do not stay here and spend your money elsewhere. The camp sites are gravel/woodchips and there is dust everywhere. The RV got very dirty quickly. We had panhandlers and homeless people from around town come to our spot demanding handouts. They also camp out in the bathrooms.The drunks that live in this park will scream at all hours of the night, throw up everywhere and will accost you as you take an evening walk. Beer bottles, broken glass, and dog poop is everywhere.There are scattered islands of shantytowns, broken cars and motorcycles that are constantly being worked on throughout the night. When they DO work they drive too fast and throw the rocks that make up their makeshift road all over your vehicles and RVs.It is nowhere near the actual beach.
Bed bugs are embedded in the laundry facility. Plan your trip accordingly outside and around this town. It's a tourist trap. - Outdoor explore
Oct 2007 - $25.00
Very nice people. This park is all gravel with very narrow sites. I actually thought it was a campground until i got here. Most of the campers here are permanently set up on a site with storage buildings. - Rweaver
May 2018 - $50.00
Electric hook-up only. Site 42 is a good level site. Someone was cutting the grass/weeds every day, so it's noisy for an hour or more (depending on how long they are mowing). Dump station is really hard to get in and out of. They need to separate the potable water from the dump site. It would make getting in and out much easier. Room for only 1 vehicle at a time. Nice walk to Princeton and Pillar Point on coastal trail. - MarBu
Apr 2018 - $48.00
This is a beautiful coastal campground with a great view of the ocean. Our back in electric campsite was large, with a nice shady area, a nice view, and a short walk through the ice plant to the beach. Minor leveling required. The day use area is nearby, but not a problem. The restrooms are older, and while cleaned daily, get a lot of use. The gentlemen who cleans the restrooms is very friendly, and knows a lot about the area. The restrooms are much cleaner than many California State Park locations (the restrooms at Pigeon Point Light house are filthy.) The beach here has enough room to sit and watch the ocean, but the drop off is too steep for wading and swimming, with dangerous currents. The next beach north is much gentler. Reserve early! - Rich and Judith
Apr 2017 - $35.00
This is a very popular campground in the SF Bay Area, so booking at the very moment the booking window opens is key! We were in a site without hook-ups, which was just fine for us for the weekend as you rarely need AC/heat on the coast and we don't mind bringing along a generator if need be. The campsites appeared to be well-maintained, but the bathrooms could have been cleaner and need a refreshing. There are lots of great attractions nearby, some within walking distance, and there is a great walking/bike trail that goes right by the campground. It can get EXTREMELY windy here so we appreciated that our site was oriented towards the ocean so that the wind wasn't broadsiding us. Definitely don't leave your awning unattended here. We will be back! - MissCampsALot
Sep 2011 - $32.00
We stayed here 1 night to attend a concert down the street. Can't reserve till 14 days prior, we did, but they didn't have any record of it. Can't check in till 5pm, Must leave by 11am. They put us in the parking lot backed up to the trees. Had to move a bunch of cars in the lot to get us in. Cable tv had 3 channels. WiFi was free for an hour, then $6.00 a day! Restrooms need a lot of TLC before my wife would use it. Would only stay here again to attend another concert. - Tredguy
Sep 2011 - $36.00
This is not a real RV park, it is a day use park for picnics. The road in is narrow and twisty, the sites are VERY short and not level. The bathrooms are not cleaned daily and old. Avoid this if your in anything longer then 10'. They don't tell you this when you talk to them. We stayed in a 38' motor home, never again. You have to wait till the day use parking lot clears out before you can get in or out of your site. Severe steep driveway. - wrready2
Nov 2008 - $32.00
Pleasant location. However the site was not flat, which made for awkward sleeping. This was surprising as it is tarmac all the way through. Restrooms and showers needed a LOT of work (holes in the walls, cramped and dirty). Wifi was available for $6. This site has a lot of potential as it is beautifully situated in the woods and right by a stream, and has all facilities available. However the problems mentioned above mean I can only give it a 6 out of 10. - wicksee
Jun 2016 - $40.00
We came to this county RV park as many other RV parks in the Bay Area closed down. The RV sites are difficult to level and only for smaller units. We have a 27 ft class C so it was OK lengthwise but had a hard time to level. The county park closes its gate at sunset but we were given access code to get in at night. Unfortunately the code we were provided were wrong as they did twice. We were stuck at one night for more than half an hour. The camp host never answered calls or knocks on the door of his/her motor home. Other campers told us they never saw the camp host anyway. The ranger station was not attended so you do everything online. We will never stay here if there is another alternative in the Bay Area. The high housing cost has driven most of the RV park out unfortunately. This county park has no incentive to improve its service. - hotpepper
Apr 2013 - $30.00
This is a Santa Clara County campground in a park. They have 15 RV sites for smaller rigs. The official policy is no RVs over 31 feet, but we have seen much longer RV’s. There is water and 30 amps at the site and a dump station. Larger RV’s (and perhaps smaller as well) will have an issue with the road into the park. The last two miles on Sanborn Road is very narrow with some overhanding limbs and a one-lane bridge. It is also very steep coming up the hill into the park. The dump station is very, very tight. The sites are all back-in and fairly short and not very level. This is a campground that I would recommend for smaller RV’s with a sense of adventure. Once you get past that, it is a wonderful, quiet campground with great access to the Bay Area. You can make reservations but we have never, ever seen it full. If you do not make reservations, you have to pay day-by-day; a bit of a pain but it works. The gates close at sundown so it feels secure. If you talk to the right person, you can get the gate code to come in after dark. The park is a bit strange in that it gets some folks camping because they have no other housing, but it has never been a problem for us. Our Verizon phone and data card did not work in the park because of the terrain. There are some sites where you can pick up satellite. - TheJim
Sep 2018 - $35.00
This is a beautiful but old state park with very small campsites. Park limit is 24' for trailers, and after looking at each site in the park, many of the spots designated for trailers will not accommodate the full 24'. Good for teardrops, popups and very small trailers. Further, when towing you need to come in from the south/Santa Cruz. The northern entrance is a one-way road at times and you will surely regret trying to come in that way. - Off_we_go
May 2019 - $45.00
Despite having a lot of issues, this campground is an excellent value in a prime location. It's not technically a campground; there are four spots reserved for RVs in a big parking lot right at the bay. You park alongside a curb, and there are picnic tables right there near the utilities, but they will be on the wrong side of your rig. Nevertheless, that gives you a nice view of the ocean out your passenger side windows. You can probably park backwards if you want the picnic area to be your front porch, but you might have trouble reaching the utilities that way. Even parked correctly, I needed an extension cord to get to the electric box. The electric connection is 20 amp, with a standard household type outlet, so you will need a plug adapter. The electric box itself opens sideways, rather than up and down, so the plug is not protected from the weather - I taped a plastic bag around it. The electric boxes are locked when you arrive, and you have to track down a ranger to open it. When I was there, this took several hours. The bathrooms are locked at night. The gate is also locked at night, at different times depending on the season - in the summer, it's 8pm. The airport is close by, so there is regular noise from that, but not much louder than the traffic noise from the 101. There were quite a few sand flies and gnats in the area. With all that being said, it is a pretty spot in a great location at a bargain rate for the area. A local bike trail which winds along the coast goes right through the park, and there is a golf course just at the park entrance. - KAP99
Oct 2016 - $52.00
Previous review I found accurate and helpful. I stayed here one night in late October and can add a few observations. The closing time of the park varies with the season, when I was there it was 5:00. The restrooms with the showers were locked at 4PM when I checked them out. I flagged down one of the workers who agreed to unlock them for me, but they said they would like to lock them by 5PM as they were leaving then. They told me they expected the RV's to be self contained and did not expect them to be using the restrooms. Showers worked good and were hot, but they are in a building with walls but no roof, so are basically outdoors as far as air temperature. Plane noise was plenty loud when I was there, but it didn't bother me, especially as I was there because of the closeness to the airport. Also you will have some distant highway and train noise but not too bad. There are not really typical campground spaces here, just at the back edge of an asphalt parking lot there are numbered picnic tables and utilities. The old lines for regular parking are still there, with no marking borders between 'campsites'. I think you will want to be here for the location, and with that will come noise and people. While the main gate on the road is closed in the evening the public can and does walk into the park after it is officially closed. All the staff in the park were very friendly and helpful and I would stay here again if I needed to be in the area. My cost was $45 plus a $7 reservation fee. - Wandering Dave
Jul 2016 - $45.00
This is an odd little park that's more of an experiment by San Mateo County Parks & Recreation. There are four (4) sites marked off along the edge of a parking lot with a 20 amp pedestal and a water spigot. The dump station is at the Sheriff's Shooting Range about 1/2 mile away and it could be a hassle to get in close when they're training.
First, the positives. It's right on the bay as in, if you fall out of bed, you might drown! It's very well patrolled and transients are gone by 8 PM. There are 3 "pull-in" sites but it would be sketchy if the other sites are occupied. The 4th site is a "back-in." The shower & bathroom facilities are shared with other park users such as wind surfers, kayakers, and paddle boarders. They are closed and locked by about 7 PM and don't open again until 7 AM.
There are some negatives for such picturesque "campsites." The spaces are all roughly east-west orientation with the utilities on the south side. However, most people tend to pull in facing east which puts the water and electric cord on the side of the RV away from the pedestals, which, since there aren't any signs, one can park whichever way one desires but it creates some interesting issues.
There are "rules" posted at each site but they're more like guidelines. All in all, one should chill and adopt a laissez-faire attitude while staying at Coyote Point. After all, this is San Francisco.
SFO is right across the bay but the jet noise wasn't noticeable due to the prevailing off shore winds. Speaking of winds, in July, it was "rockin' & rollin'" the motorhome in the afternoons and evenings. - LMandTinView