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Old 02-22-2010, 10:10 AM   #1
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Newport Dunes RV Resort, Newport Beach, California

Campground Information:
Newport Dunes Waterfron Resort & Marina
1131 Back Bay Drive
Newport Beach, CA 90266
Phone Number: (800)765_7661
Motor Vehicle Permit Required: yes
Approximate Size: couple tent sites, but mostly larger travel trailers, fifth wheels and large buses

Campground Visit / Stay Information:
Stay: February 2010
Site type: Deluxe site:sandy with concrete pad for awning area
Site amenities: Picnic Tables, Water, Electric & Sewer
Rate/night:Winter Rates daily $55 to $107 monthly $714 to 1359 cabins $85 - $200 per night Summer rates much higher
Extra Charges/night (Pets, Children, A/C, etc): pets and metered electric
First or Return Visit: First visit
Your Rating (1 Low – 5 High): 4

Campground Facilities Information:
Back-in/pull-through: All back-in
Hook-ups: Water, Sewer & 20/30/50 amp Electric
Credit Cards Accepted: Yes
Discounts Accepted: no
Roads: All paved main roads everwhere.....
Level Sites (Yes/No; rating: 1 low – 3 high): Yes, rating: 3
Wide/Open Sites (Yes/No; rating: 1 low – 3 high): No, rating: 1 packed like sardines in the less expensive monthly sites, have to move up to deluxe to get any breathing room. site size 25x40
Restroom Cleanliness (1 low – 3 high): 2 - restrooms were clean but in need of upgrading. lacking hot water
Store (Yes/No; rating: 1 low – 3 high): Yes, 3
Game Room (Yes/No; rating: 1 low – 3 high): Yes, also has a full meeting room with large screen TV
Pool (Yes/No; Heated/Not Heated; Clean, rating: 1 low – 3 high): Yes, 3, nice pool, fairly warm, great jacquizzi, but they did not enforce the no under 12 years of age rule, quite annoying to soak with children

Campground Impressions:
Kid Friendly (Yes/No - Activities):yes, nice playground, waterfront toys and beach
People Friendly (Yes/No): yes, but not extremely so
WiFi Friendly (Yes/No; - Charge?/Service Provider?): Free WiFi, but so very slow I had to switch to my phone as a modem
Cell Phone Coverage (Yes/No): Yes, Verizon
Pet Friendly (Yes/No): Yes, clean-up bags provided

Personal Comments:

We wanted a place to stay that was fairly close to our oldest son. We normally stay in State and National Parks, so this was a big change in environment for us. I like a more natural setting, but have stayed in other city campgrounds. We were first put in the "Ghetto", where the campers are "cheek to Jowl" and have many long term residents. The next morning we upgraded for several hundred dollars to the Deluxe area to save my sanity and get a glimpse of the water.

Newport Dunes is a very nice Resort type Campground located on the Bay and has a large Marina and nice restaurant.

The laundry room was very nice with a very large number of machines. Both washer and dryer were $1.25. The dryer really took $1.50 to dry a load. The Park was well maintained. This was by far THE noisiest campground we have ever stayed in. There was a highway very close, it was in the path of the local airport, for three days in a row a backhoe worked across the street from us, and they love to use internal combustion engines to maintain the park. Then add any people noise, and peace and quiet isn't even on the radar. In order to find "some" relative quiet we had to hike into the mountains or kayak into the Back Bay. There are many things to do, very biker(bicycle) friendly, short ride to the the beach, hiking, kayaking, and I hear great shopping. Our son was 50 minutes away, but driving in Southern California is a NIGHTMARE!!! There is a narrow window of opportunity about 10am until 3pm and then after 8pm where you can travel anywhere. Unless we find another option, we are looking hard, we will return here next year. But, we will be aware of the high price, lack of space, no hot water, poor wireless quality, and noise before we arrive. We also heard that for $100 more, you may choose a site. We will take that expensive option and have chosen two sites we would return to. Our cat, has adapted quite well though, and has enjoyed his stay, making many other cat friends in the campground. He give the Park "two paws up".
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