Building Stronger Families at KOA Monterey/Santa Cruz
We stayed as a guest of KOA
I am not a big camper. We have tried camping multiple times, and while the kids love it, it has never been my favorite way to take a family vacation until now. Our family kicked off the summer with an epic road trip in a Toyota Highlander, and our first stop was at the KOA Monterey/Santa Cruz. We pulled into the campground and were greeted by happy campers and KOA staff members waving a friendly welcome to us. Checking in was simple. We were given a map to our campsite, and we quickly made our way over to set-up for the weekend.
When we pulled up to our campsite, I was overwhelmed with delight. We were booked in a beautiful cabin complete with bathroom, bedding, and a mini kitchenette. It was one of the most luxurious glamping cabins that I’ve ever stayed in before. The campground was swarming with groups of children, and in a blink of the eye my children had run off to play with new found friends.
The KOA is set-up like a resort where families can build stronger bonds and make new friendships that will last a lifetime. There was a huge children’s area just steps away from our cabin where children could jump on a giant trampoline, play indoor games, rock wall climbing, rent a bike, and put on temporary tattoos. Parents were playing with their children throughout the day and night at the play area, and if families were not here, then they were sitting by their campfire or playing at the large playground structure.
Down by the main office where we checked in for the weekend are a large swimming pool, jacuzzi, mini store, and laundry facility. There is also a large grassy area with a stage where the staff provides activities for the children including a skit night, candy hunt, and more.
During the day there are a lot of things surrounding the park for families to do. Within walking distance is the Manresa State Beach, and the activities in Monterey or Santa Cruz are just a short drive away. The staff also has scheduled daily activities and a Sunday morning pancake breakfast.
In the evenings, our family would barbecue dinner, and then end the night with campfire songs and smores. We were comfortable, relaxed, and our family left the KOA a stronger family than ever before with unforgettable memories and new friendships. We plan to return to KOA Santa Cruz/Monterey every 4th of July weekend and make it a new family tradition.
Our family stayed in the deluxe cabin, and there are different types of cabins available including Airstream rentals.
Pets are welcome in select cabins.
There are plenty of RV and tent camping sites within the campground.
Reservations are recommended by booking far in advance (it does sell-out quickly).
KOA Santa Cruz/Monterey is located at 1186 San Andreas Rd, Watsonville, CA 95076. Reservations are available online.
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