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“Convenient but dusty and loud” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Big Sur Campground & Cabins

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Big Sur Campground & Cabins
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Sausalito, California
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22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Convenient but dusty and loud”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014

We have been there several times to join our family for family reunions. Quite frankly, with all the beautiful places to camp on the coast, I wish the family reunion site would change from this location. Although nestled in the nice redwoods, my stuff and myself always leave their dirty due to the high degree of dust and duet there. No green areas for campers. Nice warm showers though. Also, pricing was too high compared to other campgrounds. Huge wedding going on next door just across the creek and we could barely hear each other talk until 10 pm it was so loud. The people that work there are friendly.

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Happy E
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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MORGAN HILL
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16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

This campground is amazing. Right on the river, site #7 is my favorite. All the staff are very friendly. There is a basketball court with balls, a great playground, clean showers and free coffee (bring a cup!). They have tube rentals for the river. They have a soft-serve machine that my kids love. the sites each have a fire ring and a table. I LOVE this place. Very nice family atmosphere, more family oriented then some of the other Big Sur campgrounds. Safe and fun. Enjoy! No cell service, which was fine with me!

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank KeiraP
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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43 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014

Really relaxed, in the middle of the redwoods. Nice and quiet (10pm to 8am) and very well serviced. Talk to Wade if you want tips on motorcycle routes. No wi-fi and no cellphone reception, and you might find that quite relaxing.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Lars_Wonko_Hallin
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Venice, California, United States
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26 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

this was super fun camping for my kids and myself. we stayed only one night and most here are long-time repeat customers who stay much longer.
there are clean, warm showers!!
laundry!!
excellent playground for the kids- mine loved it and met new friends.
super nice management.
adorable camp store will loads of items that you may have forgotten.
fun tubing in the river...be careful for time of year as the water will run less and less as summer goes on.
we luckily were able to have a campsite near the playground for my kids. it was perfect!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Laura G
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London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2014

This is a very nice campsite in Big Sur - good location near restaurants and walking trails, clean showers and helpful staff. However I think $30 a night is expensive for a two man tent - although Big Sur in general is an expensive place.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank eddlestoner
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Los Angeles, California
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35 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

This place is truly nice. It has campsites, cabins and RV sites. The river runs just nearby and some cabins and campsites are actually on the river. We stayed in a one bedroom cabin which was clean, warm and cozy. We had a fire each night outside and enjoyed our time. There are basketball courts, laundry facilities, showers, and even innertubes that you can rent. I highly recommend, but do want to mention it is not inexpensive. We would definitely go back!! Staff was extremely helpful and we met many volunteers as well working there.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank Vanessa K
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Newcastle, null, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2014

We stayed at Big Sur Campground And Cabins in May of 2013 for 28 days, and thoroughly enjoyed every moment there. If you are looking for 5 star hotel treatment, with 24 hour room service, then this place is possibly not for you. Equally, if you fancy a rugged, Robinson Crusoe type experience, with jungle type isolation, you are going to be disappointed.

Luckily, none of the above apply to myself or my family. We travelled to Big Sur to escape the hustle of the city, and to relax in a wonderful setting, surrounded by nature. For most of our stay we had an A-frame cabin, and the experience was truly wonderful. The cabins are a bit more expensive, they are fully self sufficient with wood burning stoves that really add to that home from home experience.

Towards the end of our stay we moved to a tent cabin beside the river. This side of the property is where the livelier folk like to stay, and it was a bit noisier, but provided for a completely different, and pretty fun experience. We got to meet some pretty cool families and sharing barbecues and camp fires with different groups really gave the place s a sense of community.

The management are pretty strict when it comes to quiet time, which was perfect for us as we really enjoyed the feeling of being surrounded by nature as we slept. This may not be for some people, and if your planning on drinking or partying through the night this might not be the spot for you. But, if like us, you travelled to Big Sur to escape the noise of everyday life, then this is your place.

My advice is to consider exactly what you want from your trip to Big Sur and choose your accommodation accordingly. We did and we definitely will be back again!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank Brian M
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Additional Information about Big Sur Campground & Cabins

Property: Big Sur Campground & Cabins
Address: Route 1, Big Sur, CA
Region: United States > California > Big Sur
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Speciality Lodging in Big Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 95
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located among majestic Coastal Redwood trees along the pristine Big Sur River, Big Sur Campground and Cabins offers camping and lodging with the emphasis on Family. Enjoy tent and RV camping on the forest floor as you watch the kids inner tube by in the cool water. Or pamper your family in one of several styles of cabins, from rustic tent cabins to fully equipped cabins with kitchens and fireplaces. ... more   less 
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