Before we had kiddos my husband and I would take weekend backcountry camping trips in Sequiouia National Park. We took a long hiatus while the girls were young but in June of 2017 we decided it was time to introduce our girls to camping. Since we are not quite ready to brave tent camping in the wilderness with the girls quite yet, we opted for a 23’ Airstream. We have always romanticized about taking the girls on trips in a trailer and the best advice I received when becoming a new mom was to start the girls young so they grow up with RV’ing as part of their life. We also decided that it is a perfect way to facilitate time together as a family, to explore new places, and enjoy nature together, disconnected from our day to day. So far we have explored camp sites along the California Coast. We hope to venture further north and also plan to take a cross country trip within the next few years. Check out our favorite sites below. If you are looking to rent a trailer, check out GoSilver.
Located 20 miles north of Santa Cruz in Pescadero, Costanoa is a eco adventure resort nestled next to a gorgeous nature preserve. It is the perfect place to escape the real world for a weekend away exploring the stunning California coast line. Costanoa is a resort filled with accommodations, you can reserve an RV spot with the KOA or or book a tent like bungalow or simply stay in the hotel. There are 2 restaurants on site, as well as a general store, and plenty of activities for the entire family like live music, jungle gym, and a climbing wall on weekends. This is by far my favorite campsite we have been to.Check out all that Costanoa has to offer on their website.
We love weekend getaways to Monterrey and found Marina Dunes RV to be a perfect location for a great weekend getaway. The location offers the best of both worlds since it is located 10 miles north of the action of Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, and Fisherman's Wharf for great dining options. It is also on a path that leads directly to a secluded, less developed beach allowing travelers to escape to nature. It is right off the freeway but the car sounds were not bothersome. We liked it so much that we have already booked another visit in November for the Monterey Half Marathon.
El Choro Regional Park
When I ran the SLO half marathon with my sister in laws, we all stayed at this RV park right outside of San Luis Obispo. It was a quick drive from SLO but also close enough to visit Moro Bay for a wonderful seafood lunch and beach time. The campsite is located in a national park, next to a golf course, surrounded by plenty of hiking options. The campsites are very spacious, allowing room for the trailer, picnic table, play space, and even a tent if you want. At this campsite I felt like I was “in nature” the most of any campsite we have visited thus far. I will share a full review but in the meantime, check out their website for more info.
Pismo Coast Village RV Resort
Last December we took a last minute weekend getaway to Pismo to warm up a little and enjoy some time at the beach. This RV park was the busiest that we have been to. I was amazed at how many trailers fit into a set space. As for location, we enjoyed a 4 person bike ride to Monarch Beach butterfly reserve and a warm bowl of Clam Chowder from Splashes Cafe.