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Santa Cruz Bayview Retreat
170 reviews
· California
20 acres
4 sites
4 Caravan/Tent
Experience everything the Bay Area has to offer from this mountain top site. Roughly 50 minutes to any city in the Bay Area, this site is ideal for any person looking for an adventurous getaway retreat.   The Serenity and privacy make this an uncommon, yet ideal romantic place to stay. This site is sheltered by the manzanitas and pines of this chaparral community. Adventure seekers will find paradise here!  Mount Madonna Park with miles of trails is 20 minutes down the road. You can dump your septic there as well!  Horseback riding rentals are located near the park as well as an archery range.  Demonstration forest is 15 minutes down the road, with miles of mountain biking. Spend a day at one of the beaches in Santa Cruz, Capitola, Aptos, Rio Del Mar, Davenport, Half Moon Bay, Monterey, or Carmel and return to your private oasis. Or Explore Silicon Valley from this centrally located parcel. Kim Son Meditation Center and Mount Madonna Center are approximately 15 minutes away. There are also wonderful wineries throughout the mountains here. The trip to the site will begin with a three mile drive on a private dirt road.  Being on the very top of a mountain brings more seasonality than the surrounding cities.   Please be prepared for any kind of extreme weather. Summer: Shade is highly recommended it can get into triple digits. *Spring/fall: Temperatures are generally mild but high winds are possible. *Winter: Typically cold and windy. *During rainy/muddy conditions 4x4/AWD is highly recommended.  It is possible for it to get windy, foggy, rainy, hot and sunny, and even sometimes snowy. Please note: the nearest grocer is 30 minutes from this site. Emergency supplies are available for delivery to your campsite. Cell phone reception is good on most carriers.  Pets are allowed.  Enjoy your time howling at the moon, star gazing, bird watching/wildlife viewing, or relaxing with your favorite libation. Don't forget your camera! Since this is our first year renting our land we have found that August is a high wasp season time in the mountains. We are doing everything humanly possible to hunt down each and every Wasp for your enjoyment. With this in mind we ask you use the provided bug repellent, keep the lid to the trash closed, and do not pour grease anywhere you do not want wasps.
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California, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by N & S S.Joined in March 2021
207 Ratings · 170 reviews
Tavia E.recommends
September 25, 2022
#3 A Private Island in the Sky
Beautiful Sites! Love the Privacy.
Beautiful sites and an overall very nice private spot! Owners were nice and communicated quickly. There was cell service which was nice. The ride up was a bit bumpy but that just made it more fun! Only wish there was more than one porta potty or better bathroom options. In September beware of wasp and bugs.
Dean Harvey M.recommends
September 13, 2022
#3 A Private Island in the Sky
This place is very relaxing safe private spot for camping. Nice scenic view in the morning and specially night time. Would definitely comeback.
Anthony V.recommends
September 10, 2022
#3 A Private Island in the Sky
Great view with a clean and ready campsite. Would definitely recommend to anyone. Be sure to bring a canopy as there is little to no shade if your coming during the summer. The host was welcoming and easy to get ahold of.
Karen B.recommends
September 5, 2022
#3 A Private Island in the Sky
Very quiet and private camping spot with beautiful views of the city, sunrise/sunset and stars! I would recommend bringing shade protection in the summer months as we had to go to town to get a shade tent, and be prepared for small bugs and wasps!
Alex L.recommends
August 31, 2022
#3 A Private Island in the Sky
Best Campsite for Privacy and Pets
This is, hands down, the best campsite I've ever stayed at – and I'd estimate I've camped in upwards of 100 locations. It's super private (nearest other campsite was probably 200-300ft away), the view from above the clouds overlooking the valley is UNREAL, and you could easily park several cars there if you happen to have a larger group. Also, the propane fire pit that they provided us was very much appreciated, as even though it was hot during the day, it got quite cold at night. Basically, I hesitate to write such a positive review only because I want this place to be available whenever I want it. But in all honesty, it's amazing. Many thanks to the hosts!
Michaelangelo B.recommends
August 20, 2022
#4 Beautiful XL Gated Site w/ View
Great people!
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