Pacific Coast Highway RV Trip – Morro Bay, CA to Pacific, CA

This was the third week of our Pacific Coast Highway RV trip to Alaska. This week’s journey took us from Morro Bay, CA to the San Francisco RV Resort in Pacifica, CA. Pacific is a neat little suburb just a few miles south and west of the city. The San Francisco RV Resort sits right on the edge of the ocean. In fact, our parking spot was just a few feet from the edge of a cliff; the only thing we saw out our window was water. Our trip was 227 miles and took just under 5 hours. We’ve now traveled a total of 537 miles with about 3,200 miles until we hit Anchorage.

I’m going to use a different format for my blog post this week since we really didn’t do all that much. I had some issues with work which kept us in the RV working all but 2 days of our trip. We didn’t get to do 80% of what we originally planned in San Fran. Things like Alcatraz, a drive along the coast, Point Reyes, and Golden Gate Park. Luckily I’ve been to San Francisco before, so I didn’t feel as bummed.

Pacific Coast Highway RV Trip Week 3

Pacific Coast Highway RV Trip Week 3

San Francisco RV Resort

The San Francisco RV Resort should really be named “Big, Crowded, Parking Lot With A View”. This was the first RV park that we’ve visited on this (or any) trip that I truly disliked. Not every campground is perfect, but this is the first one I looked forward to leaving. This place just put me off from the second we pulled in the driveway. Sure, it had an amazing view, but it was too crowed to enjoy it. We had to walk sideways between our RV and the one next to us. If our neighbors had been there when we arrived, we simply wouldn’t have been able to park. It was seriously that crowed. We had to ask 2 people to move their cars when we left at the end of the week. If you have a big rig and are going to San Francisco, pick another place.

San Francisco RV Resort

San Francisco RV Resort

San Francisco RV Resort - View From Our Window

San Francisco RV Resort - View From Our Window

Chinatown

As a promise to my wife, we took a few hours out of our day Wednesday to head to Chinatown. San Francisco is known for their amazing Chinatown; since my wife is Chinese, she really wanted to go. We spent a couple of hours walking around taking pictures, looking in stores, and of course eating. I had some Peking Duck that was soooo good. For a bit of triva, San Francisco’s Chinatown is the largest Chinatown outside of Asia as well as the oldest Chinatown in North America. If you’re even in San Francisco, I highly recommend checking it out.

Chinatown

Chinatown

Fisherman’s Wharf

On Friday night we went to the baseball game and decided to stop by Fisherman’s Wharf on the way. I had good memories of Fisherman’s Wharf from another trip to San Francisco, so I wanted to go again. I had a crab and shrimp cocktail, a crab cake, and some fried shrimp. We also stopped by the video game museum in one of the piers. They had games ranging from the late 1800’s right up through the 1990’s.

Check out the picture below of a 6 pound lobster they had there too!

Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf 6lb Lobster

Fisherman's Wharf 6lb Lobster

San Francisco Giants Game

The week wrapped up Friday night with a San Francisco Giants game. I have a friend who lives in the area that was nice enough to get us tickets. The 3 of us had amazing seats about 8 rows behind home plate. These seats also came with access to the “Field Club” amenities which included in seat dining, nicer restrooms, and an amazing array of food options. Between the three of us we had garlic fries, caramel popcorn, hot dogs, lemonade, and a pretzel. Needless to say, I had a stomach ache that night.

Outside ATT Park

Outside ATT Park

Our Seats

Our Seats

2 Comments

  1. Mike,

    Good post, but I don’t think you allowed enough time to enjoy Pacifica as a whole to say ‘stay somewhere else’. We found some wonderful food in town (Columbo’s and the sushi), and while the park was VERY crowded, it was one of the more friendly I’ve been in, and I’m not sure any other park in any real Southern proximity to SF would be any different. We were warned by a few friends when we booked that it was a huge parking lot – tight on space – and not like anything we’d been to, and wrote it off to what one had to endure to be 15 minutes from ‘the City’. I will always treasure the ‘If you drink a beer, I’ll get a buzz’ comment – thank you for that.

    We’ve now moved on to Novato (I’m assuming you’ve gone on to Santa Rosa), and while this park is more cramped than most we’ve been in on our journey (with a full 20-foot wide spot), it does feel downright spacious compared to Pacifica, don’t get me wrong. I’m sure from here on out you’ll find more spacious campsites as well.

    You and your wife did a fantastic job getting out of there yesterday morning, as I’m sure you’d have done if we were backed in when you’d arrived. BTW – I hope you made your lunch, but if traffic for you was anything like it was for us – ‘Lunch’ was more likely at 3.

    Good luck on your journey, and your business – at some point we’re going to wander up to Alaska too.

    Robert (on the right of the picture of crowdedness) ;)

    Reply
    • Robert,

      Thanks for posting the great comment on my blog. I think we’re going to have to agree to disagree on the campground itself. I totally agree that Pacifica was a neat town and the location couldn’t be beat. My complaints were more with the campground itself than the area. When you use words like “RV Resort” and “Premium RV Spots” to describe your campground, then I expect a little more space. We aren’t high maintenance and don’t need a lot. I expect things to be somewhat tight in a city environment. We just stayed in Long Beach a couple of week ago. Things were somewhat tight there, but there was still room to get in and out and there was room for our car.

      I totally agree that the people staying at the campground couldn’t have been nicer. You guys were awesome, so were our neighbors on the other side, and others we talked to there. In fact, I’ve yet to meet anyone at any campground, who isn’t totally amazing. It’s become one of my favorite things about RV travel. Each stop we meet new people who have amazing stories. Take yourselves for instance. A family of 5 who just left everything behind in KY to RV full time. I think it’s an amazing experience for you and your kids. I only got to meet them as we were leaving and it made me wish that I stopped by sooner. They were the sweetest things!

      The traffic getting out of the city was nuts. We ended up being 30 minutes late for our lunch, but we called ahead. After lunch we headed about 3 hours north to Westport, CA and got in just before dark. The feeling here is totally different. We’re right on the beach with mountains sticking up all around us. It’s very remote – there isn’t even cell service here. Our campground is very spacious and again we have awesome neighbors. We talked to the guys next to us for over an hour last night and they pointed out all the great things to do around here.

      I’m jealous that you guys are staying in Novato this week. I really wanted to see everything in that area, but we got hung up with work last week. We need to keep on a 200 mile a week pace in order to make it to Anchorage on time. We love RVing, but not in the cold and snow! The window to get up to Alaska and back is pretty small.

      If you guys have a blog please email it to me. I’d love to keep up with you guys! Enjoy the rest of your journey and be safe.

      Reply

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