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Santa Cruz Bayview Retreat

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· Day Valley, Santa Clara, California
20 acres hosted by N & S S.
1 RV/tent site
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All to yourself
97% of recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp felt private.
Amazing views
Hipcampers say this spot has amazing views.
Whenever we go on vacation it’s never as nice as home. This is that same experience as we get when we come home.#1 Hipcamp RV site in Northern California 2021 This campsite is on its own parcel and can accommodate up to three RVs, trailers, or camper vans. Get away from it all, while being in the middle of everything! Resting at 2,800’ feet enjoy acres of privacy from your self contained unit, RV or travel trailer, while camping on your own secluded parcel with unparalleled panoramic views of the Monterey and South Bay.   Experience everything the Bay Area has to offer from this mountain top site. With jaw dropping views, and roughly 50 minutes to any city in the Bay Area, this site is ideal for any person looking for an adventurous getaway retreat.   The seclusion and privacy make this an uncommon, yet ideal romantic trip.  This site is sheltered by the manzanitas and pines of this chaparral community, with its Eastern border along Uvas County Park. 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 rough 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! Please keep the lid to the trash closed, and do not pour grease anywhere you do not want wasps. We have traps available if there is an issue. Just ask.
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Balazs H.recommends
April 30, 2024
#1 Acres of Privacy Heavenly Views
Great campsite with a few caveats
Top of the world experience with fantastic views, yes, but some unexpected aspects would make me avoid this site in the future. To get there you'll need an off road/high clearance vehicle. With a 4x4 truck, I had zero issues. Be prepared for a long stretch of unpaved rugged roads with dips, pits, and washboards. While visually thecampsite itself was awesome, the disturbing sounds from neighboring yelling people, late night dirt bikes, and passing cars about 50ft from the site make this a not so peaceful place to sleep. There were even moments my guest and I began feeling unsafe as we were startled awake throughout the night by people, cars, and other man made noises nearby. If you're fine with urban camping maybe you won't notice this stuff but as a nature guy looking for serenity this place didn't meet my expectations.
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Barbara W.doesn't recommend
January 2, 2024
#1 Acres of Privacy Heavenly Views
Not very private, but great views.
It’s a bummer because this place used to be super rad and quiet, a great escape from the busy bay, but my stay was kind of ruined by the unusually high traffic on a nearby road where vehicles seemed to be speeding around all day. The gate to the site is also broken and incredibly difficult to open. It just seems to have really gone down since the last time I camped here. Don’t get me wrong, the views are great, it just wasn’t very private or safe feeling with so many people whipping around out there. I actually left a whole night early because the two vehicles that kept coming by were increasingly more rowdy…perhaps New years is a bad time to camp out there.
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Janeth B.recommends
November 12, 2023
#1 Acres of Privacy Heavenly Views
Amazing view! So private will be coming back soon!
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Ali K.recommends
November 11, 2023
#1 Acres of Privacy Heavenly Views
Talk about a diamond in a rough. Beautiful views, level and clean land. Just amazing. The drive up was a bit rough because it becomes a dirt road at some point and there were burnt out/abandoned cars on the way - both of which I’m thankful for (deters campers so more availability) Get the fire table - it’s worth it.
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Peter H.recommends
November 4, 2023
#1 Acres of Privacy Heavenly Views
Nice and private spot at the top of the Santa Cruz Mountains
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Kurt T.recommends
September 30, 2023
#1 Acres of Privacy Heavenly Views
Will go back!
Loved it. Wonderful views both skyward and down toward the Monterey Bay. Neat to be on the crest line.
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Day Valley, Santa Clara, California, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Tamien Nation, Popeloutchom (Amah Mutsun), Ohlone, Awaswas, and Muwekma First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by N & S S.Joined in March 2021
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