It looks like someone spent a ton of money to build a really nice park and now is just watching it get run into the ground. All of the grass between sites has turned to weeds, and its very ugly, plus not pleasant to walk on. The laundry room is a mess, with lots of broken machines (but they are free to use...). It's not particularly easy to get to, with a few miles of driving on surface streets. The office staff appear to be trying to do their jobs, but they just don't know how - they were kind of snippy. The wifi is pretty bad, but I had no trouble with Verizon. If they were charging $20 a night, you could overlook all that, but $40 is just ridiculous for what they have here. On the bright side, the sites are large and the commissary is great for such a small base. Also, the golf course, while looking a little sad, is fun to play, and much more reasonably priced than the park. From the back corner of the park, it's about a minute walk to get to the clubhouse. When I visited, there was almost no one on the course, including on weekends. So if you want a golf holiday, this might not be a bad place to stay, but I wouldn't recommend the park to anyone else.
We had read some previous reviews that weren't so inviting so was a little apprehensive until arrival. However, we were surprised at how wrong we felt the previous reviewers were or how much it must have changed. This park looked amazing when we first drove in. There are many pull-thru sites here. They sites appeared well taken care of with fresh green grass. There were two dog parks. Neither had water by the dog parks to help with clean-up nor did they have bags or a garbage can. We did use the laundry by check-in. It was FREE to campers. There were two washers. One was broken and appeared to have been broken for some time. There were four dryers and two were broken. The location here was perfect. The commissary and NEX were good sized and there were plenty of activities on and off base. Beaches were close. Maintenance staff and host were friendly and always seemed to be working on one thing or another. WI-Fi worked great. A negative -- Office staff ... not so friendly. There were two in the office at check-in and the brunette was a little curt. I wasn't in a hurry to go back there at all. It would have been nice to have received a map of the area. We thought this a nice place and would consider returning if in the area. Yep, it was $40 a night!! Oh, one more thing, I really hate calling NavyBeds for reservations. They are hard to understand depending who helps you. They must be timed on each call because they talk so fast and try to get so much in. I've found it much better to call directly to the park, if possible.
We have stayed at Fairways RV Park many times in the past. This is the first time we find the campground in a state of poor repair. Almost all the grass and some of the palm trees in the new section are dead from lack of water. It is basically dirt and a few weeds around the concrete pads. When you check in, the office staff hands you a list of campground regulations with a verbal warning to follow the rules, yet there is obviously no enforcement of the rules. When walking through the campground we observed the following: clutter around many campsites, multiple vehicles parked at campsites, parking on the grass (or dirt) and large, aggressive dogs that are specifically prohibited in the regulations. The regulations do not specifically prohibit parking on the grass or dirt. I found I could not park my tow vehicle next my RV without two wheels on the dirt. I asked the office if this was OK and was told no. In my walk through the campground, I counted 14 vehicles parked off the concrete, some with all four wheels on the dirt. The occupancy was around 30-35 RVs. And be warned. Most every campsite has small invasive ants, typically around the utility hookups. Some campers had a circle of Comet cleanser around their RV and others were spraying Ortho Defense almost daily. Otherwise, this is a decent campground in a great location, close to the beach and close to restaurants and shopping in Ventura. On the positive side, the dog run received a lot of attention while we were there. The grass was watered, bushy shrubs removed and trees were trimmed up to 5 to 6 feet off the ground—a 100% improvement. At least the campground cares for the dogs. Before departing, the office staff gave us a letter from the Navy MWR Recreation Director announcing that the RV Park daily rates will increase on December 15, 2017. We were verbally told the rate was increased by $10 per day. We stayed 30 days in November and the occupancy rate was roughly 50%. I am guessing that the occupancy rate will be much less at this campground when it is priced at $40 per night.
Unfortunately Fairways RV Park has some issues at present. The instructions to reach the park need to be modified. Salsa road has been closed to accommodate a detention facility housing Illegal Immigrant "refugees". To reach the park turn right on Pacific Drive, left on 10th Avenue and at the first stop sign turn right to enter the park through the old emergency exit located on the opposite side from the check in office. There is very little signage at present. The detention facility occupies about one block adjacent to the park and is made up of a number of tents, catering trailers, etc. At night the facility is lighted by light stands powered by very noisy generators. The very strong lights also light up a portion of the RV Park. In the early evening the noise level from the facility can be very annoying. No one seems to know how long this will last. The park seems to have adequate wifi which was recently installed, but no cable TV and apparently no hopes to get it soon. As we don't have satellite TV we are trying an HD antenna with very marginal results. While other parks seem to be full this one at present seems less then half full. We are checking out early!!
J.C. left this review using the Directory software: - Visited 5-7 Aug 2013. Mostly all pro as stated below, but a couple of "Cons". Sprinklers come on sometime at night, so everything gets WET, including RV., toad and of course grass. If you have pets be ready to dry them off, and your shoes as well. Obviously some homesteading going on. Next to me is trailer with fenced dog run as long as unit and 2 dogs running back and forth barking, and across from me is a Person with a GERMAN SHEPARD who thinks it's ok not to use a leach "Cause he minds well". Be careful of directions they are from Rte 1, not 101!! If your on 101 which most people I imagine would be on, you, need to call and get directions from north or south. Each way will be VERY different!! Gas and Diesel are available just as you go through the gate. Make the very first left into station. End pumps 11/12 have diesel.. Gas 387.9 5/7/13 I think adding where Gas and Diesel are available and accessibility would be a help to most of us. Just my 2 cents.
We drove through to check it out and are glad we had reservations for a private rv park. Since our granddaughter lives with us our need for family type parks is essential. This park has absolutely nothing for families with young children. The grass appeared to need water. They have a temporary fence around the new area, which appeared to be finished. We did not get out to check the facilities. If you're need is to just park your rv & sightsee then this would be ok. I wouldn't want to have to spend by entire vacation here unless they add a playground area. Was easy to get on base (we have a base sticker & id's for everyone). Also, station on left right after entry was easy to get into with our rig (55 ft). They do have diesel - look for pump as diesel was not at every pump.
The place is really beautiful, but what is really unacceptable is a customer service. The front desk mean ladies do not treat customers well, especially women customers. I hope that one day they will replace these people and hire much nicer and more qualify ones.
We were not able to stay at this campground, but visited for three days trying to get a space. All pull-thrus with grass on the one side. Looked very nice. Problem is that the three days we went there, two spaces were vacant. Asked each time, if those spaces were available and told no, they were reserved. All we wanted to do was stay the three days they were vacant, but to no avail. Did not understand that logic. Would never happen in a public campground. Even if they were reserved, they were still empty and could have been used for those days. We stayed at Pt. Mugu instead.
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