San Jose and the entire South Bay area see an influx of travelers each spring. During this time of year, the rainy season has passed and brightly colored flowers are in bloom. Although visitors can choose from a number of RV parks near San Jose, they usually find that the spaces fill up quickly.
By making reservations ahead of time, you can be sure to spend your nights in a comfortable setting. Many of the following RV parks can accommodate big rigs and multiple vehicles. If your vehicle is small and can be maneuvered on narrow, curvy roads, then you may want to stay at a rural San Jose campground.
Southeast of the Downtown hub is an RV park in the San Jose, California area that offers nearly every possible amenity. Coyote Valley RV Resort, which is located just off Highway 101, has room for big rigs. The park’s premium campsites are 60 feet long and 30 feet wide, and smaller spaces are available for a slightly lower rate.
Although the city is not far away, you’ll feel like you’re in the boondocks at Coyote Valley RV Resort. Because the park hosts consistently schedule events, however, you won’t be bored. If the clubhouse is void of activity, then you can play ping-pong, toss some horseshoes, or work out in the fitness center.
“Although this RV park is very close to San Jose, it really feels like it’s out in the country. We stayed here so that we wouldn’t have to tow a trailer into Pincles tiol Park (about 60 miles south). Very nice facility with super accommodating staff.” – Phil, RV Park Review
Although this San Jose campground is situated beside a recycling plant, it’s a clean, well-maintained facility in the heart of the city. Residents and guests are happy to get a spot in the Bay Area, where RV parking is sparse. Garden City RV Park is one of the few trailer parks in the immediate area that accepts short-term campers.
Each site at Garden City RV Park has a shed in which you can store some of your large articles during your stay. If you drive a big rig, the magers will be glad to help you vigate it into your space. The park is conveniently located close to both Highway 101 and Interstate 880.
“This park was nice and had a decent amount to offer for the cost. Although the park is in an industrial area, it is quite attractive as it has a lot of design to it. There are sculpted cypress trees, flower beds, and everything is so well maintained. The staff was competent, friendly, and very proud of the work they put into the park.” – Riley, RoverPass Review
Origilly med Carbonero Creek Travel Trailer Park, this campground near San Jose, California was previously owned by Tom Bahr and his family from 1968 to 2004. Today the park has new owners but still provides service to countless permanent and temporary RVers. Its Scotts Valley location attracts travelers who want to see Santa Cruz and partake in the many water sports that are popular in the area.
Scotts Valley is on the opposite side of the Santa Cruz Mountains from San Jose and features some pretty scenery. Santa Cruz Ranch RV Resort is a short drive from shops and restaurants. Staying here allows you to admire the beauty of the hills and the California coast all in the same trip. At this Good Sam RV park near San Jose, California, the sites offer plenty of room for small campers.
“Great and easy place to stay when we visit our son in Santa Cruz. I would definitely recommend this RV park, and, in fact, we have stayed here before for its ease of approach from HWY 17. It is clean, quiet, and has lovely showers.” – Betsy, Trip Advisor Review
Why not spend your time in the San Jose area parked on a 66-acre spread featuring tree-covered hills and hiking trails? Morgan Hill RV Resort offers this kind of setting and the extra amenities that you need to enjoy your visit. As a Thousand Trails campground and an Encore RV resort, the park offers comfort, convenience, and friendly service.
Uvas Creek actually runs through this RV park and adds beauty to the campground’s design. With an Olympic-size pool, the facility has a modern flair in spite of its wooded environment. Guests can spend their days playing volleyball, shooting hoops, hitting some tennis balls, or trying their hand at miniature golf.
“The park is so, so nice. Clean and feels so comfortable to be there. RV parking is easy, and all the spots are great. Employees are nice and professional and easy to talk with. A pleasure to stay here!!” – Lloyd, Trip Advisor Review
On Highway 101 south of San Jose is a small town where the residents boast that they live in the “Garlic Capital of the World.” Gilroy Garlic USA RV Park derived its name from its hometown of Gilroy and the area’s claim to fame. You may even be able to smell the garlic in the air at your campsite.
The roads at this RV campground in the San Jose, California area are nice and wide, and the spaces are roomy enough to accommodate most big rigs. Once you are settled in, you can explore the grounds and check out the clubhouses equipped with large TVs. The little on-site store offers supplies and a book exchange for avid readers.
“I really enjoy staying here! The staff is very friendly. We have an Italian Mastiff, which is a huge dog that they allow! There aren’t many RV parks that allow big dogs, so love that! Love that they have a gated area for dogs. Everyone here is quiet and keeps to themselves. Love that it’s right behind a shopping center. So convenient!” – Ali, Yelp Review
Staying at an RV park that’s located between San Francisco and San Jose puts you close to the excitement regardless of which direction you drive. In Redwood City, the bay is within view from your campsite at Trailer Villa RV Park. Just ask for a spot along the back of the RV park and you’ll be able to see the water.
This park in the Bay Area has an old section in the front and a new area in the back, which is where short-term campers typically stay. You can park your RV on a cement pad and your tow vehicle on the asphalt. If you need propane, you can go next door to The Ideal Store.
“This is about the most convenient RV park and public dump station in the Bay area. They have both fresh and nonpotable rinse water. The new management is polite and professional.” – Brian, Yelp Review
Highway 101 will take you south to Salinas, where this KOA campground offers the necessary amenities for a relaxing stay. It’s near the Monterey shoreline and Carmel, where you can drive for miles along Pebble Beach. Once you’ve seen the sights in this area, you’ll never want to leave.
At the Salinas/Monterey KOA Campground, you’ll enjoy your time at the facility almost as much as your trek to the beaches. You can swim in the heated pool or get in on a game of ping-pong or billiards. The on-site playground keeps the kids busy while you read or chat with your neighboring campers.
“The park had really clean showers and toilets and a heated swimming pool we got into, which was fabulous and so much fun.” – Teresa, Trip Advisor Review
If you drive northwest from San Jose, you’ll get to the shore in less than an hour. If you want to stay in Half Moon Bay for a while, then make a reservation at Pelican Point RV Park. You may be able to see the Pacific Ocean and the sunset from your campsite.
With the Coastal Trail nearby, Pelican Point RV Park is perfect for energetic guests who want to go for a walk or run. The beach is easy to access, so few campers stay around the park during the daylight hours. You can stop by the on-site convenience store before your outdoor adventure and pick up supplies.
“Closeness to the ocean is the best feature of this park; nice cement walkway to the Ritz Carlton surrounded by golf greens and the ocean breezes. Park itself is small with very tight sites; check-in staff is helpful and friendly. The store has limited but necessary supplies.” – Danette, RV Park Review
In 1896, this park was established as a “rest resort,” and it soon became the center of attention in Boulder Creek. The RV park replaced the old cabins in 1970, and the property now welcomes guests from all over the country. The current owners, Dan and Joe, work to keep Redwood Resort up to date for the residents and traveling campers.
Short-term camping is permitted at Redwood Resort each year from May through September. The warm months are appropriate for sitting in the shade of the redwoods and walking around the RV park’s four beautiful acres. When you’re not swimming in the pool or playing ping-pong, you can pay a visit to Big Basin State Park or perhaps the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
“You wanna party all night? Not your place. You wanna be camping alone in the remote wilderness? Not your spot. You want a clean, organized, family-friendly place to camp, then go to this RV (and tent) park. Campers were a mix of families with young kids and teenagers, couples, and a few groups of friends. Very dog-friendly.” – Michele, Facebook Review
San Jose, California campgrounds are often in high demand, and you may need to drive up to Redwood City to find a spot. One Baylands area facility is Sequoia Trailer Park, which is very close to restaurants and stores. In fact, you can park your vehicle and walk to the surrounding places of business.
The manager and maintenance workers stay on site, so they’re always available. When you need to do laundry or take a shower, you won’t have to walk far because the designers of the park placed these amenities at the very center of the grounds. You can rent storage space at this RV park and trust that your possessions are in good hands.
“Not a vacation stop for sure, but if you need a place to drop anchor for a couple weeks close to the South Bay, it will do.” – Kevin, Google Review
Think about the attractions that you want to see in the San Jose area and then look for an RV park that is near all the sites. If the amenities are adequate, add it to your itinerary. Meanwhile, you can research some of the other California destinations in preparation for your next trip.
If you love road trips but do not yet own a travel vehicle, stop in and talk to a California RV dealer. You may go home with the title to a first-class RV, or you may find a great deal on a rental.
The top 10 campgrounds we selected all show daily, weekly and monthly rates for you. Pricing will vary.
Pricing will vary. The top 10 RV Parks we selected all display daily, weekly and monthly rates for you.
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Yes. The majority of campgrounds we selected in this blog allow pets.