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“Great coastal location” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bodega Dunes Campground

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Kamloops, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great coastal location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

We found this to be one of our favorite spots along the California coastline. It has a great beach, nice walk amongst the dunes, and is close to other areas, such as Bodega Head and other nice hiking areas. We were lucky to get site # 28- great wind protection, and also lots of sun! We had a motorcycle in the back of our pick-up that we towed behind the motor home, so also enjoyed the riding up and down the #1! The host was very helpful, and friendly, even though he was there all alone looking after 98 sites! He said it was his first time as a host, so good on him, hope he makes it through the summer! We did see a skunk in a garbage can one evening as we walked around, but they will only come around if people leave food for them.
The only negative we had there, was someone who used the spot we were in before us, dumped their RV waste tank on the site! I had a shovel along, and was able to bury it, but why do we let these pigs loose in RV's? I would rather have the skunk for a neighbor!
As for the cutbacks, such as no hand towels in the wash rooms, it's better than shutting the parks! We noticed several closed parks in this area- too bad!

Room Tip: Get there just after 12:00, and hope for #28 to be available! Do not miss the hike around Bodega Hea...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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California
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60 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

We have been camping here for 10+ years and had not been in several years. The campground is in good shape despite all the budget cuts. There are no towels in the bathrooms, and the bathrooms were mostly clean with Super thin TP! There was 1 host in the lower loop and none in the upper. We spoke to the woman at the main gate and confirmed that this campground is not for large groups. The sites are well spaced apart and most are deep enough for a medium RV to fit. A few of the sites are litterally in someones back yard and others are next to a road. You have to drive to the beach or make a considerable hike. There is an RV dumpstation and they used to have a campfire center where the rangers had kids programs, didn't confirm if that was still around. The price is now 35 a night. My biggest complaint is inconsiderate campers running their generators at all hours.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Davis, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2011

The campground was nice. We stayed at 13 across from the bathrooms. There was a visiting skunk the first night, but I found it rather cute, and as long as it didn't try to stink us we were fiine letting it be. The racoons were a bit more to deal with. Every night they would raid the trash cans infront of the bathrooms and it sounded as if they were giggling the whole time. Our last night we left the trunk open unattended for a moment too long (our mistake!) 5 racoons got right in the car and started cleaning up our 2 year olds spilled trail mix. Slamming the car doors a few times got them out with no damages.

The camp host new our daughters name and called "hello" when ever we crossed paths. No one complained about the fact that our 2 year old gets up rather early to start yelling questions and singing at the top of her lungs (we can not keep her quiet). The host and rangers were very helpfull and answered any questions we had.

The hike to the beach was very nice. Who knew dunes were so strange and beautiful! The sand was fine, but there is a lot of drift wood about. The sand dunes were fun to climb and slide down and provided a nice and warm sheltered area to sit and watch the sunset.

We had a great time and I think we will be back to visit soon.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2011

My husband and I went to Bodega Bay recently on our trip down the coast. The facilities themselves were nice but there are many things about this campground that we were not thrilled with. They have lots of SKUNKS! We were visited several times by 2 skunks throughout the night, they seemed to do a circle around several campsites in the vicinity (we were in site 54). Needless to say it was not a pleasant night as the skunk wouldn't leave our tent alone and were not afraid of humans. Being that I am not a big camper and definitly not into critters, I slept in the car instead.

The beach itself was ok if you like to dodge the massive amounts of horse poop on the beach.

We stayed at other campgrounds along the coast and they were all fine, this one stuck out as the worst night for us.

Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Elk Grove, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2011

We went to Bodega Dunes Campground twice, once in August 2010 and once in early September 2010. Both times were very nice, although the second time we had to stay in a less desireable site. Our group was made up of 3 families, each with 2 adults and two children, from 7-12. We had two adjacent sites- 35 and 37. Unlike most people that reviewed on this site, we had no problems with camp hosts or rangers. Each site has a campfire pit in it, so every morning and night we roasted whatever food was on hand. The kids all spent their time running up and sliding down the huge sand dune opposite our site. We hiked to the beach twice, once in the early morning when only the early risers in our group were up, and it is a very short and easy hike. The beach is kind of boring but fun to find sand dollars or shells. The bathrooms are very clean and the showers are free with lots of hot water, but bring flip flops. Overall, a very fun camping experience and would definitely go again.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Elk Grove, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

We have camped at the Dunes many times and decided to return to the coast this summer to try out our new cargo trailer for toting our gear. We ended coming here after making a reservation at Doran beach, but had to leave because the wind was just way to strong. Although it was still unusually breezy at the Dunes, it was very managable.
Sites at the Dunes are well spaced and quiet. Bathrooms are clean and the showers are hot and free (although neither of us used the showers).
Beware of the raccoons and skunks. The raccoons wandered into our site both nights and we saw a skunk the second night. We also saw a deer eating just behind our site, which was pretty cool.
We plan on returning to the Dunes for our last camping trip of the summer!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sacramento, California
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2011

When we camped here we had a two year old and four year old. It was our first camping trip. The grounds are nice, the facilities clean, and air fresh. Unfortunately, our neighbors were adults who had planned chilled white wine and intellectual conversation until late at night. We were a family with young children. In the morning, when we were up building a fire and starting coffee, they were asleep. They yelled,"Shut up", and I yelled, "Get Real, this is a campground!" We have since found Casini Campground to meet out needs for a variety of activities for children, security, and slow moving river for swimming. We go there every year for a traditional summer camp trip. My kids are 13 and 16 and they still like to walk down to the little store and buy duck food to feed the ducks.

Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Address: Bodega Bay, CA
Location: United States > California > Sonoma County > Bodega Bay
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Bodega Bay
Number of rooms: 98
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