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Pacific Dunes Ranch Campground

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#1 of 2 campgrounds in Oceano
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Cleanliness
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4.2
Value
4.0
Travelers' Choice
Pacific Dunes Ranch RV Resort is the most unique RV resort in California's Pismo Beach region, with rolling sand dunes and rollicking waves in the beautiful Oceano Preserve. At Pacific Dunes Ranch, you'll enjoy an RV resort that highlights breathtaking vistas and trails to the beach. In California, we call this a winning combination - secluded and quiet but not remote. With its coastal location, Pacific Dunes Ranch RV Resort lends itself to numerous water sports and activities. Swimming, boating, fishing and surfing are popular forms of recreation at our RV resort in California, and biking and hiking are at the top of list for those without their sea legs.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Wifi
Paid wifi
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Self-serve laundry
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704 reviews
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Nestled in a serene location, Pacific Dunes Ranch Campground is applauded for its proximity to the beach and clean, scenic dune access. While the charm of its well-stocked cabins has been noted, some guests have mentioned that the bathrooms could benefit from better upkeep and cleaning. The staff receives accolades for their friendliness and helpfulness, contributing to the campground's commendable cleanliness. However, the value proposition is a point of contention, with guests feeling that the pricing is steep, particularly when considering additional charges for basic services like Wi-Fi and some missing amenities.
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reg4608 wrote a review Feb 15
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Pismo Coast Village and Pismo Dunes have better sites. Grass Pads etc. But Pacific Dunes is where you need to stay. It’s brand new. Heavy damage after the rains, but it is excellent now. Tell your friends.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our property. It's great to know that our property is now in excellent condition despite the recent weather challenges. Thank you for the positive feedback! We appreciate your recommendation and hope that you will share your experience with others. We look forward to hosting you again in the future for another wonderful stay!
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cathybrks wrote a review Jan 2024
La Mirada, California1 contribution
Charming cabins that were clean and stocked with everything you need. Great location with short walk to the dunes. Very quiet campground and office staff were very friendly. We stayed for a weekend and it was a great get-away.
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Response from Encore Thousand Trails, Owner at Pacific Dunes Ranch Campground
Responded Jan 16, 2024
Thank you for your positive feedback! Our team sincerely appreciates your kind words. We're delighted that you found our accommodations charming, clean, and well-stocked. It's wonderful to know that our location and peaceful surroundings contributed to your getaway experience. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back soon for another great stay!
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alvaro g wrote a review Jan 2024
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Many thanks to the Pacific Dunes team, my stay was very good, I appreciate that they gave me a spot in the area that I requested; The location of the RV Park is great and being close to the sand dunes where you can walk and relax is the best.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Responded Jan 5, 2024
Thank you for your kind words, and we look forward to welcoming you back for another enjoyable stay in the future. We appreciate your positive feedback! It's wonderful to hear that you had a great experience during your stay and that our team was able to assist you. We're glad that our property's convenient location met your expectations.
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bigmamarambler wrote a review Jan 2024
Porterville, California1 contribution
We always have a great stay at this location. The staff is great and very friendly. Everyone is happy and smiling always acknowledging you. The location is Quiet and peaceful and we enjoy being able to explore the dunes from the campground.
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Responded Jan 5, 2024
Thank you for the positive feedback! We're delighted to hear that you had a great stay with us. It's fantastic to know that you enjoyed the peaceful location and had the chance to explore the surroundings. Our team strives to provide excellent service and create a warm and inviting atmosphere for all our guests. We truly appreciate your business and cannot wait to welcome you back for another wonderful experience at our property!
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mikeromich wrote a review Jan 2024
Redlands, California4 contributions
Stayed here 2 years in a row and most impressed with how clean and quiet the campground was. Able to sleep late no problems. Teens love exploring sand dunes, which are right next the campground. Good family atmosphere. Highly recommend.
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Responded Jan 3, 2024
Thank you for your wonderful 5-star feedback! We are glad you enjoyed a great experience at our resort. Treating our customers well will always remain our priority. Thanks for your continued loyalty and patronage. You are always welcome here.
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jmtony87 wrote a review Dec 2023
Las Vegas, Nevada1 contribution
Staff does not help with needs gives you a spot that is not what you paid for and does nothing to accommodate your needs stayed 1 night when I has 3 nights booked they gave me a spot that was to small for my needs and wouldn't refund me the other 2 nights
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Responded Jan 3, 2024
Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We apologize for the inconvenience you may have encountered at our property. Our team strives to provide a great customer experience. We would appreciate the opportunity to investigate this matter further and address your concerns. Please reach out to us at your earliest convenience with your reservation details so that we can address this issue promptly at (888) 237-3211. We value your feedback and hope to have the chance to make it right.
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savannaadommer wrote a review Dec 2023
Laton, California1 contribution
This was our first time staying at the camping area, we arrived and the spot we had originally planned to stay in wasn’t a good fit for us with a toddler, my husband went to the main office and asked to be placed below, not a problem they were very understanding. We walked the whole park everyone was really nice and carried conversation with you or simply said hi. We will definitely be back.
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Response from Encore Thousand Trails, Owner at Pacific Dunes Ranch Campground
Responded Dec 28, 2023
Thank you for choosing to stay at our property! We look forward to welcoming you back on your next trip and providing you with another wonderful experience. It's great to know that you felt welcomed by our staff and enjoyed the atmosphere. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit and that our team was accommodating in finding a better spot for your group. Safe travels and see you soon!
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Lexi M wrote a review Dec 2023
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Amazing dunes walking distance from RV sites where kids (and adults) can slide down them on sleds. Also huge remote control car race track, which my kids loved for their RC cars and for riding their bikes on. This park is very clean, everything works, great location. Also has a newer playground for littler kids.
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Responded Dec 19, 2023
We're thrilled to know that you had a great time at our property. Thank you for your positive feedback! We look forward to welcoming you back in the future for more memorable experiences. It's always rewarding to hear such positive comments from our guests.
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Jodi M wrote a review Dec 2023
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They advertise a number of amenities but there were none - they are affiliated with thousand trails and and although they list these amenities they are not at each park and not able to fins out what amenities per location. Staff was great and accommodating while making the reservations and courteous during check-in. Our spot was nice and we loved walking to the dunes.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Responded Dec 13, 2023
Thank you for your valuable feedback! We're delighted to hear that our staff provided accommodating and courteous service during your check-in, and that you enjoyed your stay and the nearby attractions. We apologize for any inconveniences you may have experienced with our facilities during your stay with us. Our team appreciates your feedback as it gives us an opportunity to improve the customer experience. We appreciate your patronage and hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back soon!
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bkyoungs wrote a review Nov 2023
Clinton, Utah1 contribution
The only reason we would go back is because our kids loved the sand dunes. There were no amenities, small dirty laundry room and a strong sewer smell throughout camp. We saw many staff members coming and going but there were no events or activities or open amenities. Speed limit is not enforced, so watch your kids!
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Responded Nov 19, 2023
Thank you for sharing your experience from your recent stay with us. We appreciate your feedback and regret to hear that your expectations were not met. Guest satisfaction is our priority, and we will take your feedback into consideration as we work to provide a better experience for future guests. We will pass on your comments regarding the amenities, laundry room, sewer smell, and speed limit to our team for further evaluation and improvement. Thank you again for your valuable input.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Pacific Dunes Ranch Campground
Which popular attractions are close to Pacific Dunes Ranch Campground?
Nearby attractions include Monarch Butterfly Grove (2.6 miles), Dinosaur Caves Park (5.0 miles), and Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville (0.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Pacific Dunes Ranch Campground?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, paid wifi, and self serve laundry.
Is parking available at Pacific Dunes Ranch Campground?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Pacific Dunes Ranch Campground?
Conveniently located restaurants include Old West Cinnamon Rolls, Ember, and The Oyster Loft.
Is Pacific Dunes Ranch Campground located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the center of Oceano.
Are pets allowed at Pacific Dunes Ranch Campground?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Pacific Dunes Ranch Campground?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Price Anniversary House - Price Historical Park (3.8 miles).