We just spent three days at an RV resort. Surprised? So were we. Jojoba Hills in Aguanga, California is no ordinary RV campground/resort. In fact, it's quite extraordinary in so many ways that, although we only planned to check it out for a night, it hooked us for three and we agreed that, next time, we'll stay longer.
What makes it so different? Well, first of all, it's not open to the public and, secondly, it's a lot like a commune! It's an SKP (Escapee) club co-op park. What does that mean? Well, for starters, only SKP members can stay here, which we happen to be. Members only pay $5.00 a night for a boondocking campsite - so that fell within our budget. It gave us access to all the facilities - which at this park, were amazing. Have a look:
Just like at an all-inclusive resort - there were tons of activities to keep us entertained and, once you're there, you really don't need to carry your wallet. Just bring your own cooler of drinks and snacks to enjoy pool side. There's even a pool side ice machine for your convenience.
And much more: Three tennis courts, mini golf, horseshoe pits, a crafts room, and a huge sewing and quilting room. Residents enjoy mail service, a cyber center (computer, printer, and Internet station) a woodworking shop, and full-size RV maintenance shop. Every aspect of the resort is in tip-top condition! Activities galore include card games, hiking outings, acoustic jams, zoomba, excercise classes, ice cream socials and happy hours just to name a few.
The core of the community are members who have "bought in" and stay here for at least part of the year. Every RV lot is huge, on tiered streets so each has a view, and the entire grounds are beautifully lanscaped.
Since it's now mid-April, the place was relatively quiet with many residents already "on the road" for the summer. Another surprise was that most of the resident members we met seem to be around our age (in their sixties) and not RVers who have "retired" from active travel. In fact, the best part of the experience was the people we met. Everyone was super friendly, eager to welcome us, answer questions, inviting us to join them at their table, play a game of tennis or join in on an outing. Amazing people! But then, I think it takes amazing people to create an amazing place. And Jojoba Hills certainly is!
We did check on the costs of owning a lot here and found it really quite reasonable. No wonder there's a long waiting list. Could I see us (some day) actually buying into an RV resort like this? Actually, yes! But, for now, we're not ready to give up life on the road with new adventures, new people, and new places around every corner.
Days On The Road At Time Of Writing: 50
Camping Costs To Date: $70.00