Hope I am giving reviews on the correct campground: San Simeon Creek Campground. We stayed here in March, 2009 so not in the season. The campground was pretty empty and quiet. We liked that. Beautiful park, huge trees, nice and clean sites with a lot of wildlife (squirrels, rabbits, scrub jays, ducks etc.). What I did not like: although they allow dogs on a 6ft long leash, you can not take them to trails or to the beach or leave them in the car. Now my husband, me and the dog obviously could not take a walk together to the beach or on the trails , which is not ideal on a vacation. The beach is OK because of the nesting birds but they should allow dogs on the trails. And another problem is that the highway is right next to the camping so there is some car noise. There are sinks to wash the dishes but awfully bad design (you can not fit anything into the sink) and there were no place to throw the leftovers so I had to run back and forth to the trash with leftover pieces that would have clogged the drain. They sell firewood for a pretty good price ($10 for a full wheelbarrow).
We stayed at this campground in March, so it was not full. We even managed to get an oceanfront site. As we are not in the season right now, the campground was pretty quiet and calm. The restrooms were clean. They have hot showers for $0.25 for 1 minute, the only back draw is that there is no electric outlet for a hairdryer or anything. The oceanfront sites are double sites, there is nothing between you and your neighbor, although you can park your vehicle so you create a barrier. We stayed in our Volkswagen Vanagon Weekender and our neighbor was one of those "Lompoc locals" mentioned in a previous post that come down, pay for the whole week and leave the fifth wheeler on the oceanfront site from Monday through Friday and come down for the weekend. It was okay for us, as we did not have anybody on the site. (We stayed Monday - Wednesday.) But I admit: it is annoying that the owners/campground hosts let people take the oceanfront sites from campers who actually are here and would love to enjoy the beach access lots. This is the only reason I give this campground a 7. We really liked camping here and we will be back but definitely not in the season. It must be busy that time of the year and we loved the quietness and peacefulness of the place. It has a fantastic feeling to it. Just walk to the beach right from your campsite.