Oceano Dunes SVRA

There are so many reasons we decided not to camp at the cheapest place in the Pismo Beach area. Oceano Dunes State Vehicle Recreation Area offers beach camping for $10 a night. Having the ocean at your doorstep sounds fantastic, but could potentially be a total nightmare.

Yesterday, Brian and I went to check out what we were missing, and saw trucks stuck in the sand, rigs with dunes building up around them and ATVs zooming around. I can imagine how stressed I would be if we pulled onto the beach and how sandy our trailer would get.

la-sage-rivieraWe made the right choice, and for the first time this year, we’re camping in an RV park with full hookups! When we arrived I was a little cranky about our spot. It’s pretty steep in the front, and I felt that since we’re paying it would have been nice if the site was level, but in the end I think we actually got the nicest spot here with the landscaping in our front “yard” and only one neighbor on one side.

In un-related news, I finally got our Airstream blog feed working again. Some readers contacted me because they actually depend on it as their way of checking out all of the other Airstream blogs! Now that I’ve got that working again, I’m considering adding a feed like that to my RV blogs page. (By the way, if you have an Airstream or an RV blog and want to be listed, please send me your info through our contact form.

2014 Cost of Camping:
**$180 for 6 nights through Friday 4/11**
16 night paid camping
84 nights free camping
100 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $485
Daily average cost of camping: $4.85

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  • Reply Wheelingit April 7, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Totally think you made the right choice. Lots of ATVs on those dunes too…it’s probably very busy/noisy. Bask in the glory of your hookups!


  • Reply Roger April 7, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Pacific Dunes RV?

    We have never ventured out on the dunes with our trailer. Heck, I got stuck three times in just the truck and my son had to pull me out. Our friends, the Chens, took their Airstream out there just for a photo-op: yinfeng.info for the picture.

    Yes, there is a lot of activity out there. Probably better to do it, if you want, on a cold cloudy day.

    • Reply Leigh April 7, 2014 at 10:42 am

      Hi Roger! We actually ended up at La Sage Riviera. We’ve stayed at Pacific Dunes in the past, but they’re under construction right now.

  • Reply Pam Wright April 7, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Good choice!! All the ATVs would enough to drive me away with the noise and flying sand. Your spot looks beautiful:)

  • Reply Bert Gildart April 7, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Several magazines have used my stories and photos about ATV’ers, so you can imagine how I feel about their contribution to humanity. You made the right decision

    • Reply Leigh April 7, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      Without permission?!! That’s awful!

  • Reply See April 8, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Glad to see the RSS working! Thanks.
    We avoid the OHV areas now days. Tried them a few times and after a couple months volunteering in Oregon, there is no way you can pay us to camp near them.

  • Reply Anne April 8, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Smart move. We parked on the beach at Padre Island National Seashore in Texas. Never again! It took 2 months to get all the sand out of the adventure bus.

    • Reply Leigh April 8, 2014 at 7:46 am

      Hi Anne! We parked on Padre Island in 2006, and the scariest part was the day we opened the door and the ocean was about a foot from our trailer! Never again!

    • Reply Paul May 1, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      Anne and Leigh, we had the same experience camping (er, getting stuck in the sand) at Padre Island National Seashore 2 years ago. Thanks to a Good Samaritan with a 4WD pickup truck, we managed to get unstuck before the tide came in and got us. I’ll stick to the Malaquite campground from now on. With the America the Beautiful pass, it’s just $4 per night and you can stay up to 56 days per year.

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