We often rely on the internet when searching for the next amazing place to stay, so when you're off the grid, that can be tricky. After a couple of wonderful nights exploring the Big Sur area with no cell service, we headed north, not really knowing where we'd land.
Finally, while John was at the wheel, I finally got connected and stumbled onto a listing for Marina Dunes RV Resort. After calling to ask about availability, it turned out, things were pretty chill for a Saturday, so we snagged a spot and when we pulled in, we were pretty thrilled. This well-run operation had everything we crave on the road:
- Large, private spaces separated by beautiful native trees
- Close proximity to the beach, a 10-minute walk to a wide open stretch of sand
- A library of DVDs to borrow
- Selection of groceries, including beer and wine
- Friendly staff, who gave us a discounted rate of $60 a night because it was slow
- WiFi speedy enough to stream Love, Actually
- Clubhouse with a workout room, free tea and coffee
Even though the resort was near a busy road, the traffic noise was softened by high walls, lots of trees and the sound of the ocean in the distance. Besides the fantastic beach walks, it was also just a 20-minute stroll to retail and restaurants in this under-the-radar coastal community. I was so happy to discover the Sunday farmers market, and down the road, a steamy bowl of soup at Pho Lucky Noodle House. We wish we could have stayed longer, but we'd definitely return to this spot.