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22 RV Parks near San Carlos, California
We did however find 22 campgrounds within 25 miles of San Carlos. You can also find a list of cities with campgrounds or RV Parks near San Carlos 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
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
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
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
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
Dec 2018 - $67.00
The location of this place is killer! They don’t have much more amenities then your hook ups, so if you want showers this would not be a good stop for you. But, if you want a view from your RV or a quick walk down to trails or beach area for your pups this is the spot !!
You do hear some road noise in the night but it didn’t disturb us too much. It’s more in the morning hours once your up and moving that the cars pick up. - PrimeTime
May 2017 - $67.00
Clean restroom but could use a little updating. Courteous host. No showers or laundry facilities but great view and good price. San Francisco prices (25 ml away) were a lot more. Close to restaurants and directly on beach. All hookups available and close to highway so easy access. - Susan D98
Mar 2017 - $84.00
If you are coming here expecting anything other than a fantastic view, you will be very disappointed. This is basically a parking lot with. No other services available in the park. They say they have cable and Wi-Fi. The cable shuts down several times a day and you have to restart it. The Wi-Fi is hard to use. The town of half-moon bay is very satisfactory. The only laundry facilities are in half-moon bay and they are only available Monday through Friday from 8 to 5. - Sarshs1mom
Apr 2011 - $44.00
I stayed at this mobile home park with my 36' motorhome in 2009 for about 6 months. It is clean and well cared for, management on site are very nice people. However, the owners are very stiff in any dealings and do not bend under any circumstances. They will allow 1(one) pet: cat or dog under 30 pounds. If you have 2 cats or dogs and they don't even add up to 30 pounds together, even they are not allowed. People have had to get rid of their pets if they live here. They have rules for every little thing. They are big sticklers about even the smallest thing. If you are human and could very possibly make an error, I would not suggest you come to this park. Even on a per night basis, if you have more than one pet you are not allowed. It is an $18 charge for your credit check, they have an application that asks questions that are, quite frankly none of their business. Motorhomes are to be started at least once a week and even starting them monthly or longer for your required 10-20 minute period is not allowed. If the electricity fails and it is winter time: Do NOT start your generator. It doesn't matter that it's cold and you have no heat. They came over at 10pm and said I had to turn it off. What??? One is not allowed heat? Not a place to stay if you are a person that some how has faults or actually plans to live life! - justme2
Nov 2009 - $40.00
This mobile home park was a disgrace. The owner did not allow very many things and the rent itself is over priced. The owner overcharges her patrons and refuses to let the owners sell their mobile homes. She changes the rules about every six months and a lot of the rules don't even make sense. I would also like to point out that the rules themselves are unfair. We will not be staying there again. I would not recommend this park to anyone unless they are very rich and very patient. - Rayvn
Mar 2009 - $40.00
Sandev Mobile Park in San Leandro on the east side of the San Francisco bay is quite nice. It is mostly mobile homes but has some RV spots. All spots are clean, wide and well maintained. All sites are back in. They have wireless in the office area, and some sites can pick it up inside the RV. The place is remarkably quiet except for the occasional train, which run mostly in the daytime. IMO, it is much better than constant freeway noise. The place is cash only, $40 a night or $220 a week. I think it is a good deal if you want to go to places on the east side of the bay. The BART station is a couple miles away, and the Ferry from Alameda to SF is a nice ride. - Daveyjo
Aug 2018 - $10.00
Members only and if a member you already know these are the best people on Earth. It is an excellent location for visiting San Francisco and the surrounding area. Come prepared to dry camp and you will not be disappointed. Dinner is served on Tuesday night and the bar, with snacks, is open every day. Careful, your Garmin GPS will lead you astray. - The Penguin
Aug 2017 - $20.00
There is also some dry camping spots I believe four of them and if it's full you can park around the perimeter. This was a very receptive lodge we took advantage of several things going on at the lodge due to the fact we were staying here because of our son having medical issues in the UCSF medical clinic. We were here seven days because we are self sufficient with electricity and water so we just dry camped for $10 a night . They do have a Gym here so there is showers available if need be. The secretary here, we got to know personally, very very nice lady; will do anything to help you out. We were here for a Sunday breakfast which was excellent - it was their purple pig fundraiser. There is 30 amp electrical which you will need a long cord; there is also water available at least have a 50 foot and possibly even longer water hose for water hook up. There is no sewer but there is a dump service that comes around weekly if need be for I want to say $65 . You cannot find any campground for less than $85-$100 a night around this area, trust me this is quiet nice and worked great for us coming and going. - monaco cruiser
Oct 2017 - $65.00
Stayed here to visit San Francisco. This is absolutely not a resort but rather an RV park with mostly full time and seasonal rv's - all very well-cared for. Very clean and quiet at night. Several reviews have commented about the man in charge in office. Although he seems rather brusque, he was in no way rude and our check-in was efficient and easy. He also answered all our questions. A worker guided us to our site and stayed to ensure all was good. Site was large, concrete, and so level that I did not need to use levelers. - retiredhappyrvers
Jan 2013 - $55.00
Absolutely the worse RV park we have ever stayed at. The "manager" went out of his way to be rude, the park was filthy e.g. Garbage dumpsters were overflowing, roads covered with standing water after rain, lots of police action and drug dealing, - Fm 2030
Jun 2012 - $55.00
Manager made me feel like I was putting him out. Old park with mostly perment residents. The restrooms and showers were very nice. Must be fairly new. The price is very high for what you get and what the park looks like. We would NOT stay here again. - JoyceG