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Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA – La Selva Beach, CA

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This KOA campground is not far from Santa Cruz and a much cheaper alternative than staying in an area motel. We used the camping cabins. We love going to the Santa Cruz Board Walk, and did not want to take our trailer in the Bay Area traffic, so all we needed were sleeping bags. It is not far from Monterey too.They had a nice store and swimming pool. It is not hard to get to. The camping experience was a nice one. I recommend it!


  1. Downgraded review after our attempts to resolve a poor experience with one of the managers there didn’t come to fruition. We met some great neighbors from out of the country. We were embarrassed when a KOA employee (later turned out to be one of the managers) interrupted our conversation to complain about our kids using kids’ chalk to draw a simple hopscotch design on the pad where the RV sits on top of. He said he didn’t want other prospective RVers to think it was a “trashy” campground. We were all stunned. The kids chalk washes off in seconds and certainly wouldn’t have bothered anyone who came here for the reportedly “kid friendly” nature of the park. Not to mention no one would see it because an RV would be covering it. With some of the speeding cars and unleashed dogs running around the campground unchallenged, we felt this was not keeping focus on what’s important. As a result, we have no plans to return to this park. When being charged $108 a night for an RV pad, we expect a little better customer service.

  2. This campground is easy to get to. If you want to give your kids a camping experience, the cabins are a good choice-we like them. Cheaper then a motel
    close to Santa Cruz Boardwalk/we love visiting Phil\’s
    Fish House in Moss Landing, Ca. You can drive to Montery and use this as home base, that is what our family enjoys doing. My kids choose this over the motel near the boardwalk.

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