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“Loud & Dirty - Get Earplugs” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lake Casitas

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Lake Casitas
Goleta, California, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Loud & Dirty - Get Earplugs”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2012

Was up until 1-2am first night here, as there were groups all around being very loud. We picked up some earplugs for second night so not as bad. Most of the bathrooms around us were gross. There are some nicer bathrooms, but you have to search for them. Probably will avoid going back. My 6 year old daughter loved the water park, so not all bad.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Lee J
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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Temecula, California
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25 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2012

We just got back from Lake Casitas and had the time of our lives. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I called the reservation office everyday the week leading up to our stay to try and get a better spot and not once was anyone rude or upset by my calls. The grounds are beautiful. The lake is great too. My kids had fun just running around on the big rocks. We stayed in section E18. Though I could see how the tent campers had complains, when we drove around looking at the sites we thought the tent sections were on top of each other, would not stay there in a trailer. Pretty much everything before F is great.We thought C was a good place for tent campers though we were in our trailer. The spaces where big with nice trees. The restrooms were nothing to write home about about again its camping not staying at the Ritz. They cleaned them everyday and there was always toilet paper, which is ok by me. We had neighbors with loud music one night and called the ranger, he was there before my husband hung up the phone. He told them to turn it off and also told our other neighbors to keep it down. We saw rangers all day patrolling. We ate at the Marina there not bad food but cost too much. You are about 20 mins from the beach. Its a great location. And everyone was very friendly, met some great people. The water park was great too. Thats were we took showers after we swam. Just remember to bring change because they are not free. Planning a trip there next month, cant wait to go back!!!!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank zander2004
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Downey, California
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2012

Nice facilities. Bathrooms are small (flush toliets) so they tend to get dirty as day goes on...mostly because people are pigs, not the campgrounds fault. Sites are small, so if you are traveling with more than one family, better to pay for the 2nd site, than a 2nd car in a site. We were disappointed that part of the ground were closed, as that made the open sites more impacted, but truly a nice area, plenty of places for kids to play, fish and enjoy being a child. Well taken care of grounds and well patrolled. No problems at all with any other campers, and we spent 3 nights. We had 2 families, with kids aged 6, 7, 8 & 9...boys and girls, all loved it. Would definitely return, and priced much lower than the state campsites! We even caught a trout :)

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Tasha B
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Glendale, California
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234 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2011

We are not campers, but we do enjoy a day out in a beautiful natural setting. Three adults and two children, ages 10 and 13, recently spent the day at Las Casitas picnicking and boating. We found a variety of picnic tables and barbecue pits with nice views of the lake. We chose one on a hill with a panoramic view of the lake and the surrounding mountains, as well as a shaded gazebo and its own dock. The motor boat we rented, came with armed garden chairs and a canopy to provide protection from the sun. We rode the boat around the island, slipping into the quiet coves to bird watch. We spotted a variety of water fowl and were lucky enough to follow a Giant Blue Heron as he slowly flew from one perch to another. The yellow jackets were annoying during lunch, but when all the food was put away, they disappeared. The bathrooms were a little messy, but they had running water, flushing toilets, soap and paper. We saw fisherman on small boats as well as on the shore. And we were able to see remote-controlled model planes taking off and landing on the air strip provided for hobbyists. Lake Casitas is a beautiful, relaxing setting. We would definitely recommend it as a family day trip.

Room Tip: This was a day trip. We did not stay overnight.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Lorraine M
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Van Nuys
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2011

Wasp city. We tried to fish and had so many wasps swarming around our boat, that the fishing experience was a nightmare. We tried just about every spot on the lake and continually had the same experience, even in the middle of the lake. When we docked our boat and mentioned it to the person on duty, he said, "yeah, there are alot wasps out there." Thanks for the heads up! Warning signs would have been nice.

Some of the restrooms were moderately clean, but most were filthy.

The prices for everything was more expensive than was on their website.

We will not be going back.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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7 Thank Cugli64
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Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2011

We have an anual family camping trip that we do over Labor Day and includes around 30 people ranging in age from late 70s to 2 years old. This year we tried Lake Casitas and were overwhelmingly unimpressed and will not be back. When I made the reservation, I explained what I needed and was given 6 ajoining sites in the Grebe campground. When we first arrived, I was pretty hopeful. The grounds are nice and the lake is really pretty. However, once the campground began to fill we noticed that Grebe is also where they put "overflow" camping. By Saturday morning the campground and the entire hillside were full of campers and the one bathroom/toilet per sex was not even close to able to handle the humanity. I would echo prior comments, the bathrooms did not have lights and were beyond filthy 99% of the time. The showers are in the next campground over and you really have to drive over to get there. I like marichi music as much as the next gal, but it was played very loudly very late. Apparently there is an assumption that everyone wants to hear your music and it was really so loud that I can not imagine how anyone on those sites could hear each other speak. I did not see anything in the way of Park Ranger patrol which I thought was odd since when we stay in State campgrounds they are everywhere and in some cases a little militant about quiet hours etc.
We did get tickets to the water park for Saturday and the park was nice although it really is only able to hold the kids attention for a few hours so $12.00 per kid is sort of expensive. They were offering star gazing one nite and a movie showing another which we did not attend.
I am sure that the hook up sites probably had better bathroom facilities but my family indicated that they would rather have the pit toilets we had in Big Bear a few years ago to the 3rd world filth we saw at Casitas.
I went into this knowing Labor Day weekend is busy everywhere and ready to cut them a little slack. However, overall I was very disapointed because given the size of my crowd, I usually need a State group campground and they are not easy to come by. Reservations at Casitas were so easy and there seemed to be little competition when I made them. I was really hoping this would be a place we could come back to-NOT.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank tourguideshanenee
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Santa Clarita, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2011

The water park sold out. No more movie night for kids.

Park attendants are teenagers with no type of knowledge about the park or just common sense. The personnel are rude and on a power trip.

Rangers are doing minimal patrolling, which allows for rowdy people with loud music until 3 am. And stupid little dogs barking at 6am

Facilities are poorly managed. No lights some bathrooms. The toilets are disgusting with vomit, blood and human excrement. It feels worst than 3rd world country. Showers, the water pressure seems to be near to nothing.

Some camping grounds poorly maintained with holes on the ground big enough to twist your uncle.

I understand that it is camping, but you are paying $35 a night for some something and getting basically nothing. My family went to Casitas at least 4 times a year. Not, no more. We are so very sad that Lake Casitas camping is gone bad. We actually had a reservation for 4 nights and we home after the 2nd night.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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8 Thank memo91355
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Property: Lake Casitas
Address: 11311 Santa Ana Rd, Ventura, CA 93001-9769
Location: United States > California > Ventura
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Ranked #2 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Ventura
Number of rooms: 415
Also Known As:
Lake Casitas Hotel Ventura

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