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Old 01-11-2007, 12:26 PM   #15
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Hi Tom,
It's all a trade off like everything else. There is a private RV Park in Pacifica that should be able to handle your rig. You would be closer to SF and still be close to the ocean and have full hookups. The downside is it's right on the HWY and the sites are packed together.

Half Moon Bay is further from SF and has no hook ups (they do have a dump station), but is much more relaxing, prettier and less congested site.
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Old 01-11-2007, 12:39 PM   #16
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San Francisco area RV Parks..

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Half Moon Bay is about a 35 minute drive to the City (as locals refer to SFO) WHEN the coast road (Hwy 1 aka "Devil's Slide") has not been closed due to rain and mudslides. Each big crash takes about a year to re-open.. As of now, road open again.. Whether state park or private campground, that is considered "adjacent" to downtown, and many commute from there daily. If you scour directories, you'll find other parks either in the city (very shaky/bad neighborhood..) or just north (San Rafael area) or south on Peninsula (Redwood City). All of these suffer from lower income long term residents who give "RV Resort" label a tough time...

Whenever you visit, bring WARM clothing, since temps in San Francisco (especially near the Golden Gate Bridge) are often 30 or more degrees cooler than surrounding areas, and average in low 50's with 10 kts or more of breeze and higher humidity/fog.. Sweatshirt sales people do a FABULOUS business near bridge selling to tourists in shorts and tank tops based on expectations of warm California sun...
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Sounds like a great trip! My ambition is to get to Crater Lake within the next couple years.

Half Moon Bay would be a good jumping off point to make it across the city without hating yourself. Leave camp at about 10:00AM and you'll miss the early morning traffic. Going straight up US-1 to the Golden Gate is the easiest way thru, even though it does go down to 6-lane boulevard for several miles. The road from Olema up to the Russian River would be pretty easy to negotiate, but you'll be down to 30-40mph on some of it. I recall several RV parks on the Russian River -- east of Guerneville I believe. There's also some very pretty countryside west out of Petaluma.
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Whenever you visit, bring WARM clothing, since temps in San Francisco (especially near the Golden Gate Bridge) are often 30 or more degrees cooler than surrounding areas, and average in low 50's with 10 kts or more of breeze and higher humidity/fog.. Sweatshirt sales people do a FABULOUS business near bridge selling to tourists in shorts and tank tops based on expectations of warm California sun...
I've been lucky enough to have visited the "City" several times for both work and pleasure. I bought a sweatshirt on my first visit, and still remember the cool and dampness. I'll be picking up my wife at LAX when she returns from working in China. She thinks I was kidding her when I told her to buy some warm clothes before she returns. Then she checked out the avg temps in the summer. Now, she hopes she can find something her size in China. We'll probably wind up with some sweatshirts.

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last time i check candlestick park in S.F. had an RV park expensive but might do for a one or two trip if you want to see san francisco. don't try driving any RV in down town san francisco. the greens will getcha!

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last time i check candlestick park in S.F. had an RV park expensive but might do for a one or two trip if you want to see san francisco. don't try driving any RV in down town san francisco. the greens will getcha!

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Thanks David. I'm thinking of staying in either Pacifica or Half Moon Bay, and taking the BART into the city. Pacifica is expensive, and Half Moon Bay is about 30 minutes to a station (I think). Both will help me limit my driving around the city. Coming from Texas, and having a long tow make the last point a major plus.

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I've spent the night at Candlestick RV park before. It's stuck out there by itself next to Candlestick Park Stadium, and is not a very nice neighborhood. It's kind of like a fenced in compound with all-night gatekeeper and all. Nearby Third street is a pretty scary place.
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I cannot agree more with sequoiacoast about Sea Cliff State Beach in Aptos. We go there twice a year and max stay is 7 days. Sometimes you can get lucky and someone will cancel otherwise you are on to Reserve America at 7:55 on line and have your spot picked out as they reserve by spot # our favorite is 26 at the end , do not get next to the trash bins. People make these resos the first of every month within 15 minutes they are gone 7 months in advance. Its the most difficult park to get into with good reason I'll try and upload a pic or two never done so. If it does not go thru email me at kip_hallberg@msn.com and I'll send you some.
If not Sea Cliff our favorite is Cotillion Gardens in Felton , 831 335-7669 just east of Santan Cruz about 20 minutes. This park is cut out of the Redwoods that are 150ft tall any spot that backs up to the creek high 30s are good the best is spot 46 you are by yourself more than the others anyway with the creek running in back and on the side of you. uploading is not working email me and will send. we do this trip once a year from Rancho Cucamonga to Whaleshead Oregon and I look forward to it everytime in your for a treat.
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I forgot something I hope that you are in Pomo RV park there. Its the best in the area with spot 44 being very very seculded and big. next would be any along the back row. From there Mendicino is a must do and make sure you visit the chocolate store on the main street yum yum. Dinners in the Fort Bragg harbor are nice just because that is where Overboard was filmed and the food isn't bad. The best restaurants are in Mendicino.
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Awesome pictures Excella!!

That's exactly what I mean. The last time I was there was with my mom in her hillbilly RV - I've yet to bring the Airstream- but I am looking forward to it!!
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While in Fort Bragg see if Corinis seafood is still there.
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I cannot agree more with sequoiacoast about Sea Cliff State Beach in Aptos. We go there twice a year and max stay is 7 days. People make these resos the first of every month within 15 minutes they are gone 7 months in advance.
If not Sea Cliff our favorite is Cotillion Gardens in Felton , 831 335-7669 just east of Santan Cruz about 20 minutes. This park is cut out of the Redwoods that are 150ft tall any spot that backs up to the creek high 30s are good the best is spot 46 you are by yourself more than the others anyway with the creek running in back and on the side of you. uploading is not working email me and will send. we do this trip once a year from Rancho Cucamonga to Whaleshead Oregon and I look forward to it everytime in your for a treat.
Thanks Excella, Sea Cliff sounds great. I do have a question. Aptos is about 80 miles from the City, and we're planning to see the sites up there. Would we be better off just taking 2-3 days enjoying Aptos and the SP, and then moving up closer to San Francisco, or just use the SP as our base camp to see everything. We would probably stay the maximum 7 days if we did.

Also, when you ake your annual trip to Oregon, do you stay on Hwy1, or do you cut over to 101 out of San Francisco as urged by others. They have had me pretty much convinced to take 101 to Trinidad. I'd prefer seeing more than the yellow line on the road when I drive a scenic road. From what everyone else has said, the northern part of Hwy 1 has switchbacks that are similar to the ones on Bear Tooth Hwy (North of Yellowstone). I had to drive that 3 times just in my TV to see the views. The first trip on it I just saw the yellow line. Then I did it going both directions to get the full experience. In Texas, if we're on a road with switchbacks, we're lost.

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Sea Cliff is nicer than any of the other parks mentioned in the area my opinion however using it as a base will requir an hour to 1 to 1 1/2 to get to SF depending on traffic, we have made a full day trip doing the pier the top of the B of A towers for drinks then have dinner downtown then get back to Sea Cliff late in the evening. Sea Cliff is something like potato chips bet you can't eat just one. Every sunset is a kodak moment. If you like fresh sea food a trip to the Santa Cruz pier is a must at the very end there is a fresh seafood market ,fresh oysters,ahi tuna, salmon and soooo much more.
There is also the train that you can pick up from the Santa Cruz broadwalk depending on time of year or from Felton that takes you up to the logging mills worth the price of addmission. They also have a train in Fort bragg that does the same tour to the old logging mills.
101 or hwy 1 the hwy one route is pretty but not with 34 ft behind you. We have done it with a 32ft and pissed off and scared alot of people including ME take the 101 otherwise your wife will enjoy the view and you will have white knuckles staring at the yellow line and on comeing and the review.
A must do BenBow rv park on the 101
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This web site says it all where to eat HIGHLY recomment BenBow restaurant just across the freeway and MUST do the drive thru the redwoods it's something that you never forget dont forget the camera on this one. If possible its an easy 2 day stay take a break and enjoy this area.
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Worth consideration

Tom, you are only 95 miles from Whaleshead OR here is their website

Whaleshead Beach Resort in Brookings Oregon offering vacation rentals and sales in Brookings OR, ocean view dining and lounge, cottage rentals, and a 700' Tunnel access to Whaleshead Beach.

Gold Beach is not far and the river boat tour is a must do. Fishing you'll get spoiled. they have thier own beach collecting a dinner of mussels from the beach at low tide is legal. If you decide to go stay in the Orca Loop area. In the summer there is a fog layer or mist until late morning. On the way back use either the 199 to cross over to five or the 299 which is either on the gas going uphill or on the brakes going down hill. The 299 is more scenic . This will save you days on your return trip not much senery. A stop we always make on the way back is Harris Ranch a working cattle ranch all the Kobi beef they raise there goes to Japan so forget that meal. But the restaurant there is fist cabin five star. Request table 208 for two right in front of the fireplace very romatic.

Whaleshead Beach Resort in Brookings Oregon offering vacation rentals and sales in Brookings OR, ocean view dining and lounge, cottage rentals, and a 700' Tunnel access to Whaleshead Beach.

When eating dinner there you can overnight in there parking lot FREE or they have a hotel there that is very nice and not that expensive a suite can be had for 180 and everything is done in cow. Perfect overnight stay.
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