Santa Margarita KOA

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Reserve: 800-562-5619

Info: 805-438-5618

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4765 Santa Margarita Lake Road

Santa Margarita, CA 93453

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Camper Rating 4 out of 5

Based on 1000 Reviews

Campground Reviews

Jul 08, 2016
There were issues with the wifi that took me making contact twice before it was corrected.
Jul 08, 2016
We had a very nice stay here. When I called to make my reservation, Michele was very friendly and helpful and was the same when we arrived. Our site was clean and just great for our needs. This KOA site is just far enough away from the freeway to make you feel like you're out in the woods. We walked to Santa Margarita Lake and also hike to the top of the KOA to see the sunset. It was a wonderful!
Jul 07, 2016
The staff was very nice and helpful finding us a tire vendor to get the blown tire on our motor home replaced.
Jul 07, 2016
It was a Great stay, I love the Shower Points, very clean. The only thing is some People were still Noisey after 10:00 pm and the Roosters.
Jul 07, 2016
The campsite itself was pretty nice. Unfortunately, I got the site that was the furthest from everything and each time I had to use the restroom it was an uphill climb. I was also woken up by deer running around my campsite and was left wondering if they would stampede onto my tent. Overall, the people were friendly, but it would have been nice to be warned of all the wild wildlife.

CAMPGROUND RESPONSE / COMMENTS:

#25 is our most popular tent site because of its privacy and closeness to the restroom. Seeing wildlife is usually a bonus. I'm sorry the deer disturbed you. They usually keep their distance. The drought is sending them in search of food and water. You were not in danger. Now you have a GREAT story.
Jul 06, 2016
Good
Jul 06, 2016
BEST EXPERIENCE, AMAZING CAMP HOSTS, SO MANY ACTIVITIES, SO CLEAN, STAFF SO RESPONSIVE AND SO NICE. KAREN AND HER HUSBAND RUN A GREAT FACILITY! SO HAPPY!
Jul 06, 2016
I love this place and the people who work there are great.
Jul 06, 2016
It was awesome! Beautiful, well equipped, lots to do, and family and pet friendly. We will definitely stay again!
Jul 05, 2016
The owner and personnel of this KOA campground are very hospitable and friendly. The campsites are very nice, clean, and not too close/crowded to each other for campers' privacy. Just add more restrooms and showers for a more happy campers.
Jul 05, 2016
Jul 05, 2016
We enjoyed our visit. Staff is friendly and responsive. My daughter enjoyed the jumping pillow, the water balloon volleyball and I enjoyed shopping at the LuLaRoe pop up. Thank you for a nice weekend!
Jul 04, 2016
It was very fun. The cabin and the public restroom are very clean. We had a great time staying there and all staff are very friendly. We will definitely be back!
Jul 04, 2016
Further off the highway than ecpected. But what a beautiful camoground. Staff was superlative!!! Very very helpful. If ever outthis way again, we would stay again
Jul 03, 2016
We had holiday reservations for one night July 2nd. But our dog hurt his leg a few days before up north. So we showed up here July 1St, trying to hurry home. There was mass scrambling by the and his staff to find a spot for us. He did. Much thanks to him and his great family and staff. (our dog is better)
Jul 03, 2016
The cabin was wonderfu. The only two problems we had was that the sofa bed air mattress had a hole in it. Before departing we swept cabin and there was dog feces in corner in one of the bedrooms.

CAMPGROUND RESPONSE / COMMENTS:

I'm sorry to hear there was dog poop in your cabin and that housekeeping missed it. Also, dogs are not allowed in the newest Deluxe Cabins. I'll look at the previous reservation. I have ordered a new foam mattress for the sofa. The new air mattresses were a BIG disappointment.
Jul 02, 2016
Very nice people, the campsite itself is hilly and the ground is basically dirt - this leads to a lot of dust which if tenting and can become a little problematic after a while. I'm afraid the toilet in the men's bathroom was partially blocked. The kids enjoyed it, and of course the area around the site is beautiful.
Jul 02, 2016
Awesome campsite. The customer service was excellent. Scott checked us in, we drove to the jumping pillow to have a look around, went back to the cabin and the wood I ordered was already delivered. Michele was outgoing and friendly and continued the outstanding service throughout our stay. Our cabin was in great shape and the pool was clean and well maintained. We will definitely be returning.
Jul 02, 2016
Thank you so much to all the personnel that was very hepful and very nice we appreciated our stay, But Hot Hot 😎
Jul 02, 2016
There is an Emu in a 6' round pen. When we arrived late at night the Emu had no water and little food. There is no way for this bird to get out to run. It had to be over 90 degrees outside at 8:30 that evening. This is just such a shame, boardering on animal abuse.

CAMPGROUND RESPONSE / COMMENTS:

Our emu was found wandering at the lake and no one claimed him so we adopted him & named him Big Bird. We give him food and water regularly. Someone removed his fence a few weeks ago and he headed to the trailer of the lady who cares for him. After the summer we may put him in a larger area.
Jul 01, 2016
Very helpful manager. Clean up and maintenance crew fantastic
Jul 01, 2016
While the weather was unusually hot, the friendly service and lovely campground more than made up for it. I love the central location to so many things - lake, mountains, & ocean all within easy driving distance.
Jun 30, 2016
Nice quiet place but needs More shady places and the restrooms and bathrooms should be better and cleanier for the high price.
Jun 29, 2016
fine amenities. helpful staff. everything I needed and expected.
Jun 28, 2016
Thx for the camp site and stay. You guys have a really great place there and the staff runs it like a well oiled machine. We'll be back for sure.
Jun 27, 2016
Jun 27, 2016
This place is amazing, the staff is very friendly, the castellanos family reunion would no be the same if we didn't have it here!
Jun 27, 2016
lady who checked my husband in was rude, and the site had a heavy 'sewer smell' that made it unpleasant to sit outside...never coming back. too bad as this was one of our favorite koa sites.
Jun 27, 2016
Beautiful, clean campground! Friendly staff!
Jun 27, 2016
I am beyond impressed with this little hidden gem. Everyone from the owner to grounds staff impressed me beyond expectation. I foolishly FD ailed to make reservations anywhere last weekend and after hours and miles of searching for a place to stop word of mouth and a little luck found us at Santa Margaritas KOA. Management went above and beyond after hours to see us settled. Awesome experience
Jun 26, 2016
Our first KOA experience. The kids had a great time. Our originally reserved site was extremely small with a steepdrop and not suitable for small children. Upon arriving, we were looking up nearby hotels but we were switched to a great site by a very helpful and accommodating worker. we look forward to coming back and trying a cabin or yurt next time!
Jun 23, 2016
Lover every min. The kids were busy and enjoyed the jumping pillow/pool and the best thing was the customer service...
Jun 23, 2016
Jun 21, 2016
The people here are great (super helpful) and it was beautiful. Very family oriented. We stayed in the deluxe cabin and they were worth every penny. Only downfall, was my cell service wasn't great, but that is probably my carrier.
Jun 21, 2016
The cabin was set up with surround sound, DVD player, and a receiver but there was no TV. The pool area gets very croweded on weekends from the community using it and leaves little room for campers
Jun 20, 2016
As always kids had a great time and staff friendly and helpful. Give 4 out 5 due tight for some RV/trailers and steep dirt hill to maneuver. Great tent spots and friends rented cabin and loved it. Yes did hear roster and dog parking early morning other than that very secluded spot. Will be back.
Jun 20, 2016
Great place. We loved it !
Jun 20, 2016
Nobody monitors campers at all at night - we were in a campground across from a huge party. They partied loud into the wee hours - driving drunk up and down the dangerous slope and skidding around. Kids were allowed to scream all night all over the campground. Trails to and from restrooms were rough dirt and dangerous even the roads were crazy dangerous without 4-wheel drive. We will never go back
Jun 20, 2016
THE STAFF was FANTASTIC. Everyone we dealt with was a delight. Every one seemed to be on the same page and very helpful. This was out first KOA stay, and we are excited to visit more in the future. The who place was CLEAN and WELL MAINTAINED. Thank you!
Jun 20, 2016
Michelle was helpful and nice, as long as the others who worked there! Thank you!!!
Jun 20, 2016
The cabins are great.....but, the advertisement for this KOA makes it sound like you are near a lake..not only are you not anywhere near a lake, you have to pay to get in to it....it's only 10 dollars, but still, we were a little disappointed...th camp hosts were very friendly and helpful.

CAMPGROUND RESPONSE / COMMENTS:

You're right. We are NOT on the lake. We are 1/2 mile away. You can walk or bike into the lake for FREE or pay $10/car. I will edit our site to de-emphasize the lake since most of our guests do not come for the lake now that it is below 12% capacity. Renting boats & fishing are still FUN IN THE SUN!
Jun 19, 2016
Jun 18, 2016
Lovely campground with friendly and helpful staff. Will be back. My only suggestion is there wasn't a place to wash dishes for tent campers. They (not us) were using bathroom sinks, probably resulting in food clogging up plumbing. Might want to consider putting in a camping kitchen like the San Diego area KOA.
Jun 18, 2016
Stay was great weather was perfect campground was good wish we had more time there. Thank you.
Jun 17, 2016
Is a great place to stay, especially for kids. Very clean and I really like the toys and games on the premise. I will be back!
Jun 16, 2016
My family and I loved it
Jun 15, 2016
Very friendly and clean.
Jun 14, 2016
- Very comfortable stay - Well maintain cabins and bathrooms - Good activities - Too must dust because of the loose sand
Jun 14, 2016
Jun 14, 2016
The hosts were great! First time staying in a cabin (usually have our 5th wheel) and it was better than expected. Thank you!
 

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