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Big Sur Campground & Cabins
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San Francisco, CA
Reviewed 23 August 2004

Where to begin...

This place is terrible. FIRST and foremost, the other review with the title "Packed in like Sardines" is aptly titled. There is barely enough room for the trees in between the hodge-podge of cars, trucks, RV's mondo-tents, silly cabins, and misplaced amenities.

We found their site via the internet. We tried numerous times the week before arriving (after having a deposit of $131 in) to talk to someone regarding their pet policy. The phones were never answered, but busy. We trusted their website that stated, "Pets allowed".

We stayed in a cabin at $100/night. The bed was adequate, we had our own shower and toilet, and that was it. Don't expect ANYTHING else. There are signs everywhere (nailed or screwed of course) that made it perfectly clear that while they will give you a fresh towel for your $100/night, they would prefer that you just ignored the damp towel and live with it.

The campground was advertised on their website...
"Pets allowed"

While this is certainly the case based on our personal observation of near kennel-like conditions there, this is not entirely the case in truth.

We checked in on a Friday night for the weekend matrimony of two dear friends. We checked into a cabin there. Cabin 65A. The persons doing check-in certainly must have seen our dog in the car as the dog is white and obvious against the red of the vehicle. Nothing was said regarding the dog.

We got to our cabin and the first thing we noticed upon opening the door was a sign the clearly stated, "No pets".

3.5 hours away from home and we discover that pets are NOT welcome after all. OK. We put our (my fiancee and mine's) dog in the car for the night (No complaints from anyone that evening) while we attend a rehersal dinner for the wedding of our friends.

The next day we go to the beach with the dog, come back to prepare for the wedding (with adequate time!) and are greeted by a manager that notices (NOW finally?!) that we have a dog. It is then that we are 'instructed' into the policy regarding pets for the cabins, which is quite different from the CAMPSITES. No pets in OR around the cabins. NOTE: There is a campsite 50 feet away, VACANT.

We ask why can't the dog stay in the car like at campsites. We are told because left alone, he might bark. We ask if we can rent the immediately adjacent campsite to park the car in WITH THE DOG and call it even. No go. They (their representative, the 'manager') feel leaving the dog alone 50 feet away is somehow going to be a problem.

We ask for solutions. They offer us none. They don't even offer to give us a refund for the evening that they are now (4PM) telling us that we must deal with on our own, but definitely without the dog. Fortunately, as I said, we were there for a wedding and had other friends at OTHER campsites.

We ended up double driving our vehicle TWICE (once at night, once in the morning) to the Ventana campgrounds where our dog was allowed to sleep in the car. As with our first night in our campground, NO COMPLAINTS THERE EITHER. We are lucky to have had options, or we may have ended up leaving the dog tied to a tree on the side of the road for all that Big Sur Campground and Cabins could care.

We will NEVER EVER spend another dime there or anywhere nearby that may have any potential affiliation with the place. EVER. They were very good at stating policy, TERRIBLE at offering solutions.

  • Stayed: September 2004
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Fountain Valley, California
Reviewed 16 August 2004

If you want to getaway from life in the big city and all the stress, Big Sur is for you!
Located 65 miles north of beautiful Cambria and 26 miles south of Clint Eastwood's Carmel.
Not to be confused with Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park,which is 12 miles south and provides no places to take showers. It is a park you still want to visit for it's hiking,ocean views and 70-foot McWay waterfall that drops onto the beach.
Big Sur river runs thru this whole park and the kids just love it. This river is famous for it's Steelhead Trout but no fishing is allowed in this park. You can fish upstream but catch-n-release with non-barbed hooks.
There is no Rv hookups nor sanitation station but 214 sites for tent camping,each with it's own fire ring and picnic table. There are two general stores to buy supplies and laundry rooms. The showers are warm and quarter operated-pisst-don't tell anyone-50% of the time,you get your quarter back.
The Rangers at this park are the best! Very polite and helpful. They see us city slickers coming and they see us transform into new people. I like to think that it's from all the fresh air and the polite residents that you meet in these neck of the woods. Redwoods that is! LOL
There is a large grocery store in Cambria,like Von's maybe. if you forgot something,get it here.
I like doing this trip every year-it's cheap! Why not? I leave Orange County 5:00 am, too beat the L.A. traffic and drive straight to a small Dutch village of Solvang off the 101. The best breakfest houses on the west coast.Then it's on to Morro Bay, it's large egg-shaped rocks sticking 6 stories in the air out of the ocean. A good place the stretch the legs and many shop windows to browse. Next, lunch at Lindey's in Cambria and more shop windows. The drugstore is across the street. As you're leaving Cambria, you will drive past Hearst Castle in San Simeon.There are 5 different tours[2 hours each] and the prices went from $12 to $24 on July 1st 2004.but you should see it at least once in your lifetime.
The drive gets so much better. Take lots of pictures.There are many turnouts to enjoy the view. Look for the waterfall on your right side or mountain side,whether going north or south. This part of the drive can take 1 to 3 hours depending on how many stops you make along the way.The weather is the best this part of the day. Clear views of the ocean,mountains and trees,trees,trees!
So you arrive to the Ranger station at Big Sur. Check-in is 15 minutes tops. Watch for low-hanging branches if you drive large SUV.
Here your stress disappears and life begins again. Quality time with your family is what Pfeiffer-Big Sur State Park is all about!

Stayed: August 2004
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Reviewed 2 August 2004

I recently stayed here with my husband for a mini mid summer vacation. Although I was not sure what to expect I was pleasantly surprised. Being new to camping we opted to "start slow" and stay in one of the small cabins on the property. I could not believe how nice it was! The bed was very comfortable, the room was spotlessly clean and the big picture window even had a set in bench for looking out on the camp. They even thought to include two plastic patio chairs with the cabins. Although the tent camping sites were much more sparse (as they are supposed to be) each one was clean and had the requisite fire pit and picnic table (as do the cabins). The grounds on the whole are very clean and I saw a truck come to empty the large trash bins on several occasions. In addition, the staff is wonderful! They were polite, courteous, and most importantly, helpful. To address the crowd issue, yes, this campground is crowded. There are lots of people coming and going, but we never felt too crowded or had any problem with excessive noise. The most prevalent sound is children laughing and having fun, never a bad sound! And by 8ish, the noise is barely audible. All in all, I would highly recommend this campsite. It is good for about anyone who wants a clean, safe place to stay. One recommendation, there are VERY few amenities here. Bring your own firewood and all your food from home or you will be paying WAY too much!

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Reviewed 19 July 2004

My husband and I camped there on Memorial weekend, 2004, and were very disappointed with the camp spot. Neighboring campers were practically sitting in our laps, along with their dogs and children. It's definitely not the place to go if you want a peaceful experience under the stars. There was absolutely no privacy. We were able to switch to a different camp spot in a “nook,” but even from this better spot, I could see at least 20 other tents--it was a village of tents and campfires. Quiet time was at 10 pm sharp, so don't make a peep, not even a whisper, after that because you'll be told to hush by park management. I wouldn't visit this crowded, squishy location again, especially on a holiday weekend. If you must, choose an end camp spot, or one on the river on the northern end (not southern end, that’s where our first spot was), but be ready to hear lots of kids playing and splashing in the water all day.

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Reviewed 6 February 2004

The cabins are fabulous. The trees reach up to the sky, and the stars are like glitter at night. A perfect way to get away from it all. Next store is a general store, restaurant, gasoline, and anything else you need. Very refreshing.

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Reviewed 1 November 2016
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Additional Information about Big Sur Campground & Cabins

Address: Route 1, Big Sur, CA
Region: United States > California > Big Sur
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 Speciality Lodging in Big Sur
Price Range: £70 - £114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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