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Renting an Airstream near Monterey — or Camping for Dummies

Airstream at KOA campground

I hate to be cold, which means as much as I’ve tried, I don’t truly love camping in Northern California. (If you do, read this post.) But a few months ago, I reserved an Airstream at the KOA campground in Watsonville, CA, and my family and I had a fantastic getaway.

Watsonville is nestled between Santa Cruz and Monterey, where there are plenty of attractions, but for my kids, just being at the campground was a thrill. There is a heated swimming pool, a playground, “banana bikes” for rent, and a huge jumping pillow.

KOA campground - Watsonville has a special jumpy pillow
The jumping pillow at KOA Watsonville
KOA Campground - Bay Area has a nice swimming pool
Pool is open year-round

We drove down on a Saturday and unloaded our food into the tiny kitchen of the Airstream.  There are also minimalist cabins of various shapes and sizes, so this destination is ideal for a multi-family getaway for those who don’t want to set up tents. Parents can socialize while kids jump, climb, and roll around the campground.

KOA Campground Watsonville rents bikes in all shapes

Our little patio included a table and chairs, and a firepit. When I walked over to the general store/check-in desk to purchase wood, they asked if I wanted someone to drop it off. Yes, please! Ten minutes later, a staffer zipped by in a golf cart and left me a bundle of wood.

The Airstream has a “bedroom” with a double bed, a stall shower, a kitchen, including microwave and electric burners, and the dining table seating area transforms into two twin beds at night. Best of all, a heating unit keeps you cozy at night.

Airstream for Camping near Santa Cruz at the KOA

For hardcore lovers of the outdoors, this campground is not for you. It’s not isolated among the natural wonders of our planet. But for a family of four (parties of five will need to stay in a cabin or co-sleep with their littlest), I recommend this no-flying vacation. The cost is similar to a hotel — not the same as a camping trip — but the novelty is as great as what I’ve paid top dollar for at Legoland or Northstar ski resort. Prices vary by season and weekend.

Check the KOA camping website here>

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7 thoughts on “Renting an Airstream near Monterey — or Camping for Dummies”

  1. Rebecca at thisfineday

    I got this trip for my husband for Christmas! Can’t wait for our airstream getaway in June. Thanks for the low down 🙂

  2. Rebecca at thisfineday

    I just wanted to say thanks for introducing us to the airstream experience! It was a super fun, low impact, super comfy “camping” experience. Everyone at the KOA was amazing and so friendly- they totally loved working there. The activities for the kids was off the charts! We even stopped at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk on the way home and the kids were on cloud nine! However, I took them to Fairyland today (we just got back last night) and they were slightly underwhelmed! 🙂

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