Wednesday, September 22, 2010

RV PARK REVIEW: Pismo Coast Village in Pismo Beach, CA

I have to say up front that this is our preference for a place to hang out for more than 2 or 3 weeks.  Most of the time we’re ready to move on to a new town and a new RV park after 2 weeks.  Here in Pismo Beach, we just enjoy the easy living and the atmosphere of the town and the park.

We came here for the very first time over Thanksgiving weekend in 1994.  It was great.  We came a few more times after that and then we had a long dry spell from 1997 until 2006 when we finally returned again.  On this trip we will be staying at Pismo Coast Village RV Resort for 49 days.  We also have a return reservation for January 4, 2011 and will stay for almost 2 months at that time. 

                                            The resort’s saying is:  Forever SummerDSCF6627

There is a wide entry road with a check-in station before entering the park.  When we arrived it was a quick process to get registered.  Our reservation paperwork was all filled out and only required a signature before we were on our way to site #143.  A very friendly lady behind the counter wished us a “happy stay” as we left.

                                            PCV’s beautifully landscaped entry road and office.DSCF6628

There are 400 FHU sites here at Pismo Coast Village.  398 of the sites are back-ins.  There are 2 sites on the north side of the park that are long pull-thrus on a corner.  The interior roads are all paved and in great condition.  They are wide enough to allow for backing in the longest rigs.

                                            Wide two-lane roads with angled sites for easy back-ups.DSCF6631

We got ourselves backed into our assigned site with no difficulty.  Each site has it’s own concrete fire ring and a large picnic table.  The sites are gravel with grassy greenbelts behind each site dividing the rows.  All 400 sites have full hook-ups and many are 50 amp.  Most of the sites will accommodate big rigs.  Each site has free cable TV and free WiFi that works great, although our AT&T works fine here as well. 

                                            Our site just after we had arrived and hooked-up.DSCF6601 

This in an ocean front resort within short walking distance of Pismo Beach and the pier area.  You have direct access to the state beach property, although there is no direct ocean view.  The dunes break up the view of the ocean, but they also help stop the wind, too.

                                       Gate to the beach and a fish cleaning station for guests to use.DSCF6603 

                                       The dunes that separate the resort from the ocean and beach.DSCF6606

                                            RV sites on the far north end face out to Pismo Creek.DSCF6622

Pismo Coast Village has a lot to offer the guests.  There is a restaurant on the property that serves breakfast-lunch-dinner meals (days vary).  There is a very well-stocked General Store.  You will find beach clothing, hats, toys, books, magazines, RV supplies, groceries, snacks, and much more.  There is also an arcade for kids (and grown-ups too).  There is a large meeting room available for group events.  A pool and spa is near the General Store and arcade.  We checked it out and it was sparkly clean…and heated!

                                            Interior view of the restaurant.DSCF6638




There is a very large laundry facility near the pool.  Plenty of room for many folks to do their laundry at the same time.  It, too, was neat and clean.


Although we don’t use the park’s restrooms or showers, I did inspect one of the ladies rooms.  There are actually 5 restroom buildings, counting the one by the pool.  The one I inspected couldn’t have been any cleaner.

                                            One of five restroom buildings, this is one for the ladies.DSCF6716

There are at least 3 play areas for kids and an area of horseshoe pits and a basketball court as well.  You can also rent bikes on the property if you didn’t bring your own. 

                                            One of the park’s play areas.DSCF6712

                                            A corner site near our motorhome.DSCF6629

You can get propane tanks refilled in the garage/service area of the park.  Directly across the street from the resort is a full service RV repair facility that makes “house calls” if you need help with something. 

This park is near the State Beach with ORV availability, so during the summer months this placed is packed every day.  We choose not to come here during June, July and August and leave those months to the summer vacationers.  Even in the remaining “good weather” months the weekends will find most sites taken.  During the weekdays you can find many spaces go unused.  We have stayed here on previous trips during:  January, February, April, May, September, October and November.

Our rating (based upon 5 star system) = ***** 

Dates of current stay:  Sept. 14 until Nov. 1

Daily rate:  $40.00 to $49.00 in “prime time” (summer or holidays)

They also run a mid-week special during non-prime time dates – pay for 3 nights, get a 4th free 

Our rate for the entire stay is FREE.  How can we do this, you may ask.  That’s because we are Pismo Coast Shareholders.  I will explain all of that in a post for tomorrow. 

I hope you enjoyed your tour of the Pismo Coast Village RV Resort.  It is one of the least expensive private, beach-front RV parks we have found in California….and yet, one of the greatest!

Until next time… long for now!


Phyllis said...

Nice park - but WAY WAY WAY over our budget. Gotta love the big laundry.

Kenny And Angela's Adventure said...

WOW what a nice place I love it..

Gypsy said...

Can't wait to hear how you stay for free! The ladies' room looked spotless.

John and Sandy said...

We enjoyed our short stay (4 days) in May and look forward to the day we can go back and stay for an extended period of time. We will be interested to here more about the Pismo Coast Shareholders...a "free" stay makes it even better:) Enjoy your stay!

Rick and Paulette said...

The park looks every bit as good as it did during our stay last January and we're looking forward to returning again this January! I agree with your 5 star rating too, it's definitely top-notch. We received the extra day free last year which was a nice bonus.

Anonymous said...

A very nice RV Park Margie and I like everyone else am also interested in how you are staying for free. How is Annie doing? Looking forward to tomorrows post

Take Good Care
Brenda Brown

Carol K said...

I sure like that park and its location! Some day maybe you could give a quick review of some of the other parks in the Pismo Beach area in case we can't get reservations at Pismo Coast Village. I know that RV parks are a subjective subject, but maybe you have a 2nd or 3rd choice to recommend (since we can't stay there for free)?

Sue and Doug said...

thanks for the tour..and we also want to hear about how you stay for free!!

Gail Durham said...

Beautiful park!

Wayne and Roberta said...

We haven't stayed there in a few years but hoping to get back there in 2011. It is a great park in a great location.

pidge said...

That is a very pretty park, but daily rates are over our budget. I guess with the "get the fourth free deal" it wouldn't be too bad. I would love to be able to stay within walking distance of the ocean. Do you have to be a member to stay there?