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Big Sur Campground and Cabins Big Sur

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Big Sur Campground and Cabins
47000 Highway 1
Big Sur
CA
93920
Tel: 831 667-2322

Directions

Coming from the North

Take 101 south to 156 west at Prunedale, or 68 west through downtown Salinas to Highway 1 south. Continue south on 1 through Monterey and Carmel. We are 25 miles south of Carmel on the westside of Highway 1, 1/4 mile south of River Inn.

Coming from the South

Take 101 north to Highway 1 north at San Luis Obispo or 46 west at Paso Robles. From 5 north, take 46 west at Lost Hills. We are located 75 miles north of Cambria on the west side of Highway 1, 1 1/2 miles north of Pfeiffer State Park.

Where are we going today?

If you are looking for a campground surrounded by incredible nature, then Big Sur Campground and Cabins might just be what you are looking for!

Located within the Redwood trees along the Big Sur River, this family friendly campground gives you tent and RV camping right on the forest floor! There are also several styles of cabins available should you be wanting a bit more "home grown".

The back to nature tent sites are right among the redwood trees, and with a fire pit and picnic table with each site, and bath house and hot showers nearby, it's a great way to get kids back to nature!

If you are more an RV family, Big Sur would love to have you! They have accommodate trailers and motorhomes that are up to 40ft in length. Each site again has a fire pit and picnic table, and they have electric and water hook ups for you too! 

Fancy that feel of camping but you don't have your own gear? Don't you worry, because Big Sur campground have tent cabins for you! These are right on the river, and you just need to bring your cooler and camp stove!

Then of course, there are the cabins that give you that camping experience in the forest without having to bring any gear and supplies. Just turn up and relax!

Also at Big Sur Campground, kids might love to enjoy an afternoon os swimming, or take advantage of those inner tubes that you can rent. Tell stories around the campfire, or play some basketball and volleyball. If kids STILL have energy, they can spend some time on the playground, with swings, slides, and plenty of places to climb! 

If you're going to camp, you may as well enjoy it somewhere beautiful! 

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What is there to do?

Enjoy swimming, tubing, the playground, basketball, volleyball, campfire stories...there is plenty to keep those kids entertained!

How much does it cost?

  • Full hook up $65 - $80 / day
  • Tents $55 - $70 / day
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Facilities on site

They have a dumping station, electric and water hook ups as well as laundry facilities. The Camp Store also sells firewood, ice and camping supplies.

When can we go?

All year round

I'm Hungry!

Nearby, you can find restaurants, general stores, gas, propane, gift shops and galleries. There is also a camp store where you can get snacks and drinks. .

Any Top Tips?

May to October are the busiest months, and reservations are recommended up to 12 months in advance for weekend or holiday stays!.

Doing our bit

They want to make it as family friendly as possible, so when they have rules like quiet time, it's just to make the experience better for everyone!.

Need a little extra help?

If you have special needs and require assistance, give them a call before you book to see how they can help you.

What people are saying?

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    I couldn't be happier that this place tells annoying college kids like Spooky Emer looking to party to shut up. There are plenty of places to go camping if you want that. This really isn't the place for your childish fun anyways. Move along.

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    At Check In:
    Staff: How people on site # x and how many on site #y.
    My reply: 4 at # x and 2 at # y
    Staff: Tells me about the campsite, yada, yada, yada
    My reply: Oh ok, thank you.
    Staff: How people on site # x and how many on site #y.
    My reply: 4 at # x and 2 at # y
    (This went on about 5 more times I was ready to draw a picture)

    When my friends checked in the next day, they were there for 20 mins just to pay for parking. Why? Cuz the check in staff on a Saturday morning was only 1 that I saw and this lady was trying to help as many people as...Read More

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    Never in our eight years of RV’ing have we been treated as rudely and unprofessionally as we were treated at Big Sur Campground.

    First off, we should never have been allowed to reserve an RV spot there. This is more of a campground in the strictest sense of the word and is certainly not an RV park. But we didn’t know that when we found it on the web as it does offer RV amenities, including 50-amp hookups. I called to make a one-night reservation six weeks prior to our trip. The very nice lady said they could accommodate my 42-foot coach....Read More

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    There isn't too many places to choose from, but plenty of room. If you want variety, they have motorhomes , cabins, and campsite spots. Definitely recommend. Some of the spots are close together and some are not. Near the end of the redwood trees. Still in 3 miles driving distance of all the other sites.

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    An extremely accommodating staff. Very beautiful location, so comfortable and so peaceful. Super clean facilities. When we are in the area again, we know exactly where we will stay.

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by Spooky Emer

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At Check In:
Staff: How people on site # x and how many on site #y.
My reply: 4 at # x and 2 at # y
Staff: Tells me about the campsite, yada, yada, yada
My reply: Oh ok, thank you.
Staff: How people on site # x and how many on site #y.
My reply: 4 at # x and 2 at # y
(This went on about 5 more times I was ready to draw a picture)

When my friends checked in the next day, they were there for 20 mins just to pay for parking. Why? Cuz the check in staff on a Saturday morning was only 1 that I saw and this lady was trying to help as many people as she could but she was not helping them in the order that they came up to the window. She would pick up the phone and answer while serving you and not telling the caller to wait their turn.

Tent Cost:
$50 per site that is not near the river. They squeezed in too many people to earn $$$ I guess. We were only separated by a log. If you have extra folks, it's another $5 per person. This is what I don't get charging an extra person for the same amount of land for your tent. WTF? Dogs are another extra $5. It's starting to feel like the airlines, right? Charging you for every little thing.

Parking Cost:
Attrocious! $15 per night on the same land as your tent site. SMH.

Quiet Times:
Enforced stricter than any govt services. We were already whispering and the staff would still tell us to keep it down because whispers travel. Huh? I swear they were hiding in the trees and pouncing on us as soon as we whispered. It was the lamest campsite I've ever been to. So not enjoyable. This camp site is also crawling with unruly kids who trample through your campsite a few times. The staff do not seem to be as concerned about that compared to the quiet time. So basically if you're a retired a couple, this is perfect if you want to camp cuz it'll be quiet after 10pm. The campsite is so hypocritical though. 6:30am, folks are turning on their super loud generator but that's ok compare to the whispering. On top of that, every time we came back to the site, we were reminded how quiet times are at 10pm. As if we would forget. It was so frickin annoying. We ended up partying at Fernwood. Going to camp there instead. It was very disappointing that we couldn't even talk around the campfire and play our games. It's not like we were loud obnoxious like a bunch of 20 somethings either. We were respectful but that didn't matter. I mean, my friend arrived at 11:30pm and she was told not to slam her car door. Really? Where did that staff come from? Where were they when the unruly kids next to us were playing the spitting loogie game????? The staff was even around when my hubby was checking on our dogs in the car. The staff were like frickin ninjas appearing to of nowhere to tell you to be quiet. You better learn sign language so you can communicate at night after 10pm with your friends.

Showers:
It was the only good thing. Free hot showers but the shower head put the water out so misty so it gets cold by the time it reaches you. So you need to crank up the water even hotter.

I'll only come back when I want to go to sleep right at 10pm. This is the most boring campsite, it should be called Snoozeville.

by Chris Powell

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Never in our eight years of RV’ing have we been treated as rudely and unprofessionally as we were treated at Big Sur Campground.

First off, we should never have been allowed to reserve an RV spot there. This is more of a campground in the strictest sense of the word and is certainly not an RV park. But we didn’t know that when we found it on the web as it does offer RV amenities, including 50-amp hookups. I called to make a one-night reservation six weeks prior to our trip. The very nice lady said they could accommodate my 42-foot coach. And with a bit of twisting and turning, we wedged into our spot among many tent sites. We were especially pleased when one of the attendants granted our request for a mid-afternoon checkout so we could join friends the next day for lunch at a nearby restaurant.

The problem began shortly after 10 p.m. when a campground employee knocked on our door and demanded – and that’s an understatement – that we shut off our air conditioner. I noted to him that the woman who took our reservation several weeks earlier had not mentioned a “no air conditioner” policy. Nor was there anything in the check-in literature we’d been given that mentioned such a regulation. After all, our AC runs very quietly. I told him I would continue running the AC as the RV’s bedroom window is very small and heat builds up inside the unit. The campground sits in a bowl with beautiful redwood trees throughout. Air movement is at a minimum.

Over the next two hours – up until midnight – two additional employees made separate trips to my RV, both disturbing our efforts to get to sleep. I explained very clearly that I should not be held to blame for the campground’s neglecting to inform me of the no-AC policy nor to mention it in its check-in handout. I felt as though they were creating rules as they went along.

And it gets worse. I was told during one of these near-midnight conversations that a camper had suffered a leg injury while walking to the office to complain about our AC. I suppose that also was our fault. At one point I went to talk to the staff at the office, and during the conversation one staffer said to the other, “Sometimes we have to deal with a--holes like this.” At no time did I curse, raise my voice or act in a rage. I simply told them they could have saved everyone a lot of angst by telling us in advance that RVs can’t run air conditioners. But they didn’t want to hear it. I told them that I likely would post a negative review on the Internet. (I’d never posted a review of ANY kind before.) Their response: “We couldn’t care less what you post. We’re sold out for the next six years.”

At 8:10 the next morning, after our near-sleepless night, the manager and one of the employees came to my RV and directed us to leave immediately. The manager also accused me of not answering my door when she knocked on it THREE DIFFERENT TIMES after my final conversation at midnight the night before. I mentioned that we’d been granted the favor of a late checkout. No, she said, that was no longer available and we were to leave immediately. My wife was in tears. It was like dealing in the old Soviet Union – theirs was the only way. Without showering or eating breakfast, we left.

It’s perfectly fine if this campground wants to make rules about air conditioners. (Why even bother to offer 50-am hookups, by the way?) But given that such a policy differs greatly from most other places, it should make prospective RVers aware of it, and not wait until the so-called “quiet time” goes into effect before blindsiding the customer. More importantly, the staff should act with professionalism – something it neglected to do during our very brief stay.

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