Santa Margarita KOA

4765 Santa Margarita Lake Road

Santa Margarita, CA 93453

Reserve: 800-562-5619

Info: 805-438-5618

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Tent Reviews

Jul 17, 2013
We did not appreciate the overflow area we were placed in. Overall the campgrounds in other areas appeared well kept, but we felt that us--and others after us--would have thought more of this KOA if we were told it was full and sent to the state campground nearby out of respect for wanting an enjoyable stay as opposed to being placed where we were and charging the same rate as all other tent sites
Jul 16, 2013
Jul 16, 2013
We loved our site #88. Great views and loved the goats. Glad there was a porta potty nearby. The rest of the site was a bit cramped. The owner was responsive and friendly and handled some problems at the site. We appreciated that.
Jul 12, 2013
Tent sites were very private and great view, but for the price premium of a KOA, the facilities were not up to expectations - very dirty, bug infested pool area, dirty bathrooms, ice out of stock in store, etc. Plusses were jumping pillow and hay ride.
Jul 11, 2013
It was a nice campground, but a little rough for tent camping because of all the dirt. It would have been nicer if there were hay or chips over the dirt where the sites were. It's ideal for motorhome or trailer camping for sure. Otherwise, the grounds were excellent. We enjoyed swimming in the pool, the jumping pillow and the people were really nice and quiet at night.
Jul 11, 2013
My 10 year old son and I stayed overnight in one of the hurts. We live only 30 minutes away but we wanted to do something fun, different and spontaneous. We had a great time! The yurt is spectacular and we were next to the jumping pillow, which was perfect. We can't wait to stay at this KOA again.
Jul 09, 2013
Friendly staff, lots to do, the jumping pillow was a big hit (even with my wife, we have no kids!) The camp sites were clean and well kept and there was plenty to walk around and see! Definitely recommend!
Jul 08, 2013
They gave us a site that sat above a dysfunctional bathroom that smelled like it was overflowing with waste. There were other sites, the other site offered was at a dangerous drop off. We had no water at our site and the bathroom was at a downward walk that was slippery, and our entrance to our camp needed 4 wheel drive most times to get to the top. I will never recommend this camp.
Jul 08, 2013
Clean, safe, and lots to keep the kids happy! We will definitely be back.
Jul 08, 2013
Too dusty. Too hot. Not the best summer camp location. Would prefer a little cooler.
Jul 07, 2013
Jul 01, 2013
Unfortunately, the weather was too hot, obviously not the fault of KOA. The view at our site was just as described: "spectacular and secluded". My only complaint was that we had noisy neighbors below but other than that we LOVED our site.
Jul 01, 2013
Jul 01, 2013
We loved our campsite #13. Secluded and shady. The staff was very nice and helpful.
Jun 28, 2013
This camp is built on a hillside which gave extra space between tent sites. We saw quite a bit of wildlife. We will be returning.
Jun 24, 2013
Jun 24, 2013
Great staff. Keep up making the great improvements
Jun 13, 2013
We were told we'd have wifi; we didn't. The campsite wasn't clearly marked. One bathroom was locked. Men's bathroom wasn't clean. Hot shower was good!
Jun 13, 2013
Jun 07, 2013
will rate higher when bathroom renovations are complete.
May 30, 2013
All the staff were extremely friendly and there were lots of activities. Thank you to Shari Scott Rex Karen and all the others for a wonderful stay. Best KOA ever!
May 28, 2013
Lots of activities and very friendly staff. The kids loved the jumping pillow!
May 28, 2013
Great spot for visiting the coast,a beautiful area, the playground and the pool are great and management put some effort into activities for the family. But- the restrooms were filthy and run-down, and there were not enough facilities. Plus, with 3-4 families camping on each site, the campground was totally crowded and loud. Not my expectation for a KOA, at all.
May 19, 2013
perfectly happy
May 14, 2013
Good place but very windy.
May 13, 2013
I've stayed at this KOA several times. Staff is always friendly and helpful. Lots of amenities at the campground. Bathrooms are clean and well-stocked.
May 13, 2013
May 12, 2013
May 10, 2013
This was definitely one of the most beautiful locations I have ever stayed at. I love the quiet of the mountains, the cool air, and the easy proximity to both the lake and the village as well as to the ocean.
Apr 30, 2013
We found everyone to be very kind, friendly, and willing to help in any way they could. Karen was especially helpful..she went the extra mile to resolve our reservation dilemma. Thanks to all!. Brian
Apr 30, 2013
Camp site was up in the hill, secluded and good views. We saw LOTS of wild life. Only complaint was lousy laundry machines. But you don't go camping to do your laundry anyway. Would definitely come back if in the area. The best KOA we've stayed at thus far.
Apr 29, 2013
Such a great staff, the sites are huge, and the amenities are wonderful. Couldn't ask for a better spot! I highly recommend it to all.
Apr 29, 2013
We stayed for a local concert. The staff was GREAT, friendly and very informateive! We will be staying more often!!
Apr 29, 2013
Great area and facilities. The staff really cares about their guests and do everything they can to make your stay awesome. The campgrounds are well kept. Definitely will recommend this area to friends and will be back soon!!!
Apr 29, 2013
Apr 29, 2013
Excellent customer service. I was disappointed that the pool was under construction because it was so hot,however the staff made sure we had a great time and they went above and beyond.. Would definitely come back.
Apr 29, 2013
The map was very confusing and many of the streets did not have signs and/or were not accurate according to the map. We had to use campsite numbers to find our way around.


Unfortunately, we don't have road signs to match our site maps yet. We try to escort campers to the remote sites, like the one you had. Road signs are being carved as I type. We are working hard to improve everything from the ground up. Watch for new road signs and site #'s in the near future.
Apr 22, 2013
Most of the staff are friendly and willing to help if needed, clean campgroungs bathroom are clean as well shower need some love. Over all.. meh!
Apr 10, 2013
Apr 08, 2013
I must say first that Scott was great and took an interest in making our stay more comfortable. When I called to make reservations,no one explained that the grounds were under construction and that the pool was being renovated. The reason I choose this kampground was because the State Park in Big Sur was under construction. We left a day early because there was nothing to do. There was no swimming
Apr 08, 2013
Just went to relax and to get away from the city with my wife and my friends. Loved the location and i will be returning soon.
Apr 05, 2013
Apr 02, 2013
Pat was very accomodating when I called to change our camp site. He put us in one that was shady, secluded and large enough for our 2 bedroom tent and our e-z up canopy. The bathrooms were clean and only a short walk from our spot. We did notice that the sites closer to the playground were considerably noisier than ours. But our spot was perfect for our family of 4. .
Mar 31, 2013
Loved the tent site that we got! It had great views and it felt quite isolated (which I really enjoyed) but with access to all the great KOA amenities.
Mar 30, 2013
Mar 30, 2013
Hello, Santa Margarita was one of our favorite camps. great camp site. The way the camp is set up makes you feel like your camping, did not feel like cattle in a stockade like others we stayed at. People where very helpful and went way above and beyond to make us feel like we belong. The only downfall was the shower room was not heated. Loved it. Thank you
Mar 27, 2013
Mar 21, 2013
We got in late and everything to register was right at the front, very convenient. The sites were cleaned and well maintained. The showers and bathrooms were very clean! THANK YOU! The park was a lot of fun and both kids and adults had a great time there. The jumping pillow!FUN! The wildlife is everywhere(turkey's, deer,birds, squirls) it was fun to watch. Not so great to sleep soundly to though;)
Jan 01, 2013
Nov 25, 2012
The friendly service and great people (especially Karen) were very helpful. We were helped after hours and shown to the yurt we had rented. The stay was plesant and everything from the bathrooms to the grounds to our yurt were clean.

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