Location: Monterey, Ca.
Sites: Over 50 sites with majority Full Hookups.
Nightly Fee: $50 with 10% off for 65+ and military
Amenities: Handicap access, pets welcome, showers/restrooms, coin op laundry, WiFi, groups welcome.
Topography: City next to golf course and airport… paved and wood chip covered dirt.
Miles One-Way: 401
Directions: From So Cal area US 101 N to Salinas S. Sanborn Rd. to E. Blanco Rd. to CA 68 to Fremont Rd. right on Casa Verde left on Fairgrounds Rd and right into Gate #6 ahead to check-in.
Website: Monterey County Fairgrounds RV Park
We had always camped down in Big Sur when visiting this area and were totally surprised to find a place to camp right in the middle of Monterey that wouldn’t break the bank. Two of the other RV parks that we had been checking out were farther out of town and almost twice the price of this fairgrounds campground.
Being located just a block or so off of Fremont made it very convenient to get to Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf in just a few minutes. Being located just off of CA-68 made it easy to get to Carmel in just a few minutes where one could continue on down to the Big Sur area and find even more options for camping.
We discovered rather quickly that we really needed another one or two nights reserved in order to really take in the peninsula and surrounding area. Wandering through Big Sur and accompanying sites can easily take a day.
Visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium can easily take another day and you need at least one day to head north and explore Santa Cruz. Often there are activities there at the Monterey County Fairgrounds that you may be interested in.
The 17 mile drive is totally unforgettable and a must every time you visit this area and really should be accompanied by a nice slow drive past Lover’s Point on Pacific Grove’s rocky coastline. Carmel will require 3 or 4 hours to just meander through all the shops and pick a quaint little restaurant to have lunch at.
Two brand new attractions for us are a couple of restaurants that we had dinners at. The first one was recommended by our two of our best camping buds, Tom and Maria. The Fishwife is located on Sunset Dr. in Pacific Grove and has some of the most amazing fish entrees. You’ll want to take your time as you go through the menu but you definitely won’t want to skip the Calamari. Also, the clam chowder is memorable and a great starter for your meal. We will be back to the Fishwife again next trip. The next restaurant was introduced to us by my brother,Tim.
Around 20 minutes or so north of Monterey on Hwy 1 is a little community called Moss Landing where you can find Phil’s Fish Market and Eatery. Here the chowder is next to none and the fish and chips are just scrumptious.
More than likely you won’t be able to finish your plate and will be taking a lot of food home. The problem with this is that as you nibble on your leftovers the next day you just might find yourself heading back up the coast for a second round at Phil’s! It is absolutely that outstanding!
All in all, Monterey County Fairgrounds RV Park will not just be a one nighter for ya’ and the memories that you develop here on the Monterey Peninsula will last a lifetime and draw you back over and over.
For a great central point to park the unit for two or three days while you’re exploring the wonderful Monterey Peninsula, get your reservations now for Monterey County Fairgrounds RV Park.
By R.C. Stude