We enjoyed our stay at Pacific Beach on 30A, water, and no sewer @$25@night. The facilities are showing their age. And the grass was about 10" tall. We did not realize that a Razor Clam dig was scheduled for the minus tide during our scheduled stay, so the park filled up rather quickly as it is apparently a popular pastime. At daylight every morning the park sprung to life as all the diggers departed to collect their daily 15 clam limit. You can even rent clam digging equipment from the registration office. They even have a fish/clam cleaning station near the restrooms/showers building. The site maintenance is poor with no one checking nor cleaning the sites in between visits.
It had been at least 6 years since visiting PAC Beach and used to come all of the time. One of my favorite locations. But this time was a bit of a disappointment although we still had a very good relaxing time. One of the issues is the town itself, like most of the businesses on the coast seem like a ghost town with very little to offer especially in grocery needs and the like. The resort to me seemed run down from the past. The RV park was full and is the best deal around, love it. But the Windjammer restaurant needs some dire help. The food was ok, but the staff seemed like they didn't want to be there. The Windjammer back in the day was hopping at night with Karaoke and music. The Sunday buffet was wonderful. This time it had the basics, very little fruit, no milk for the kids, it was a bust from years past. What happened? Change in management? Or funds? Since it is a MWR facility I think it should have a small minimart exchange for guests to replenish needs for lengthy stays. Just a thought. I will always be back because of the RV park and proximity. The place really needs some upgrading though all the way around especially the Windjammer.
They really need a camp host at this RV park; people playing music at 2300 hrs. and making noise, dogs constantly barking, and all they have to offer is a telephone number you can call in case of emergency. No one on duty and no security or police patrols at night, and the resort is wide open, no gate check point or ID check to enter the resort. Anyone can come onto the resort grounds or into the RV park. The guy next to me was a veteran who invited a bunch of people, 5-cars at his campsite and a lot of drunk and noisy people. This is my 2nd time at this facility but I won’t come back here again. The other thing is there is no sewer hookup but there us a dump station.
You gotta love this one. So I count down the days till my vacation, its been two years since I have had any real time off. I get to my room and settle in and start to unwind, only to be shaken back to reality by not one, but two pit bull mastifs barking every time anything walks down the hallway. So i call the front desk and ask if something could be done. Two hours later, still I'm still having to contend with barking, big dog barking next door. This time i proceed to the front desk and upon leaving my room I see a sign that says don not leave pets unattended in the rooms. Nice. I get to the front desk and I ask what is being done about the dogs. Nadda, that's whats being done. Not a goddamn thing. So they ask if I want to be moved. OK, sure, give me another room. Here you go, 3 bedrooms 2 baths and on the other side of the roadway. Huh, so they think this is better than the room I had which had a jacuzzi hot tub and a view of the ocean? So. I'm uprooted out of my room because these people don't want to do their job and assert their authority and remove the people causing the problem. Oh no, I have to be the one that takes the hit. Nice. To add insult to the whole situation, upon checking out (a day early)I learn that the people that had the dog, didn't like the rules about annoying pets and left. What a crock of sh*t. This was the second stay that went to hell. the first time last summer some inconsiderate fool decided he was going to park in front of my rv in my parking area and leave with the keys. Maybe when this place quits allowing anyone and everyone from using it, maybe it will get better. Probably not going to happen anytime soon, the all mighty greenback rules.
The RV Park was easy to fine and easy to get into. We could stay only 5 days because they were full over the weekend, so if you plan on a stop on a weekend in the summer I would advise reservations. Nice will kept park but the bathhouse and laundry needed some TLC. The restaurant was good and the WiFi in the lobby was good. It is 8 tenths of a mile walk down to the beach from the Park. The town of Pacific Beach doesn't have much to offer. I feel it is overpriced considering it does not have full hookups and the 30amp power is marginal. The personnel at check in were good to work with.
We spent 4 days here. The park, including the baths and laundry, contrary to some previous comments, were clean and not decrepit as some earlier comments indicated. The park was a bit pricey for not being a full hook-up (in comparison to other military parks), and there was no beach access and very little view of the ocean. However it was $10 cheaper than Pacific Beach State Park just down the road which offered only electric if I remember correctly. The grounds were immaculate although the fence could use some more slats on the road side of the park. It was quiet and everyone was courteous. Our cell and air cards worked fine.
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