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Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA

Enjoy plenty of action, adventure, and Manresa State Beach while RV camping at Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA. The campground and region surrounding it are full of opportunities to have a great time. This pet-friendly RV park features a year-round swimming pool, video arcade, basketball court, hot tub, jumping pillow, outdoor theater, playground, and much more. You can also take advantage of cable TV and Wi-Fi, available throughout the KOA. Stock up on supplies and purchase firewood and propane at the on-site general store, where you can also rent bikes and use two wheels to explore.There are numerous campsite options for your RV rental, including full hookup sites with 30 or 50 amp service, patio sites with a fenced pet area, and partial hookup sites with 30/20 amp service. You can choose between pull-through or back-in access too. When the adventures of the day wind down, you can head to the showers and laundry facilities to refresh for the next day.When you book an RV in Santa Cruz County, you'll be in the midst of a vast array of attractions. Manresa State Beach is within walking distance of Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA, and a bit farther up the coast, you'll find the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and its action-packed amusement park. Perhaps you’d rather dive beneath the surface with a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and shopping at Capitola Village is another fun afternoon activity too. Renting an RV in California's central coast region can be as relaxing or as exhilarating as you choose.



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Camping with an RV

Camping with an RV

Have you ever wanted to sleep at the foot of a mountain or wake up to the sound of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore? When on a road trip, do you like to stop at every weird and wonderful roadside attraction? Do you ever just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out into the great outdoors? Then renting an RV is definitely for you.

Camping in an RV allows you to adventure on your terms. Whether you’re looking to bond over an open fire with family and friends or you just want to get away for a while, there’s no better way to do it than from behind the wheel of an RV.

How Outdoorsy Works

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Find the perfect RV

Choose your location, dates, and send the owner a request to book.

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Delivery or Pickup

Arrange a pick up time with the owner or have it delivered to your driveway or destination.

Let us help

Most owners have the option to deliver and set up the RV right to your destination.

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Adventure awaits!

Enjoy the freedom of the open road nd the assurance of 24/7 roadside assistance.

After your trip, return the RV to the owner on the same condition you recieved it.

The Great Outdoors

When it comes to motorhome camping, the adventure begins when you step outdoors, and the Monterey Bay area has lots of places to see. The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park in Aptos has an enchanting atmosphere, with over 30 miles of trails to explore. This stunning redwood forest is a favorite spot for hiking and biking. Three geographic faults give this area its distinct geology, and you can also spot birds like the American dipper and fossilized seashells.Another beautiful area with a bit more to enjoy is Wilder Ranch State Park in Santa Cruz along scenic California Highway 1. In addition to hiking around amazing scenery, here you can also enjoy horseback riding or perhaps a picnic. Check out the farm animals, appreciate 19th-century architecture, and explore the varied terrain, including a seashore at this diverse state park.If you are looking for a spot where you can really get lost, you can take your Watsonville RV rental along the sometimes winding roads to Henry W. Coe State Park found near Morgan Hill. Covering around 87,000 acres, this place is loaded with sights, sounds, and culture. Check out an interpretive program to get a deeper insight into some of the park's most interesting aspects. In addition to that, you can try activities like camping, hiking, fishing, biking, and horseback riding here.

Explore the City

Balance your campground fun and outdoor adventures with a little city life while camping in a travel trailer at Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA. Set aside a day to take a trip to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Amusement Park in Santa Cruz. A haven for entertainment with events and shows, you can also experience thrilling rides like the Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster or more family-friendly rides like Free Fall and the Twirlin' Teacups. With food vendors and the beach adjacent to the amusement park, you can’t go wrong when you visit this vibrant attraction.You can slow things down a bit and dive into the water-themed exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, a 45-minute drive south of the KOA in the charming seaside community of Monterey. The creatures beneath the sea are some of the eeriest, fascinating, and beautiful on the planet, and you can find plenty of unique ones here. Exhibits like Tentacles, Life on the Bay, Missions to the Deep, and Kelp Forest make for an unforgettable visit, with featured creatures including sharks, jellyfish, and penguins.One of the most unique ways to spend your visit while you are renting an RV in the area is to check out Roaring Camp in Felton for a trip into the region's past. There aren’t many places left where you can ride a restored 1890's steam-powered train through the California wilderness. Expedition options include a 75-minute ride and a more involved three-hour tour. Events are held here nearly every week, like Great Train Robberies, and while on the train, you can enjoy many other old-time stops.


Whether you’re on or off the grid, you have options when it comes to powering your RV. Here are the pros and cons for each.
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Find the perfect RV for Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA

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All towables

Trailer

Trailers for all types of towing vehicles, including SUVs and pickups.

Folding Trailer

Trailers you can tow with passenger vehicles or SUVs. A great way to transform average cars into adventure cars.

Fifth-Wheel

Larger trailers that attach to towing vehicles with a gooseneck extension in the truck bed.

Toy Hauler

Living quarters in the front with dedicated space for hauling motorcycles or other “toys” in the back.

Utility Trailer

All other types of towable trailers.

All drivables

Class C

Popular with small families and first-time RV drivers who want a little more room than a van. Comparable to driving a truck.

Camper Van

The smallest and nimblest of fully enclosed RVs. Drives like a van. Loves posing for Instagram.

Class B

A formal-sounding name for camper van, but just as photogenic.

Class A

Drivers should be comfortable driving bus-sized vehicles and dealing with parking limitations. Great for delivery.

Truck Camper

If you can drive a truck, you can drive a truck camper. Makes roughing it significantly less rough.

Other

All other types of drivable vehicles.

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Questions about RVs?

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What type of RV should I choose?

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Start by determining how many people are planning to travel with you. Going on a solo-journey? Choose a camper van or a teardrop trailer. Bringing the whole family along for the ride? Consider a spacious Class A or five-wheel.

You’ll also want to consider amenities. For example, if you’re planning to cook on the road, you’ll want a kitchenette. If your campground doesn’t have public restrooms, you’ll want to search RVs with bathrooms. Check out full descriptions of our models to help you decide here.


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Do the RVs have bathrooms?

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Yes. Class A’s, Class B’s, and Class C’s and five-Wheels typically have bathrooms. Depending on where you plan on camping, you’ll want to double-check the availability of restrooms if selecting a rig without a bathroom. Nervous about renting an RV with a bathroom? Owners can help show you how to clean the tank or will offer to do it for you for a fee.


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How does check-in work?

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Once an Owner approves your RV reservation, you can coordinate a time to pick up your rig or have it delivered to your doorstep or campsite. At that point, the owner will do a key exchange with you and walk you through the RV and answer any questions you might have.