RV Park Review – American Sunset RV & Tent Resort, Westport, WA
A convenient, but tight RV park right in bustling Westport on the south-central WA coast.
- Site quality = 2/5
There are two separate camping areas in this park with very, very different feels:
- FHU RV Sites -> The biggest negative in this park is that the main RV sites (FHU) are all very tight. Each site is flat, back-in grassy area with 50 Amp/water/sewer/cable, picnic table and fire-pit. There are 2 main rows of sites each with double-deep layers of RVs combining to a total of 120 sites. There is a decent sprinkling of mature trees, but only very minimal separation and no real privacy. When the park is not full it feels like you’re camped in a nice, large grassy lawn. However when the park is full you’re stacked back-to-back and side-to-side with RVs creating a very cramped environment.
- Tent Sites -> These sites are fabulous and feel like you’re camped in a spacious & relaxing state park. The tent sites are located in a large forested area to the left of the RV sites. They are very spacious with lots of trees for privacy. No hookups, but excellent separation & plenty of picnic tables. Several of these sites (#1, 3, 5, 8, 11, 12, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 29, 32, 33, 34) are open to RV camping. Only negative? Mosquitoes can be ferocious here in season.
- Facilities = 4/5
Decent facilities here. There are 2 shower/toilet facilities located in the park. They are a tad dated, but large with separate bench area and pegs. Shower head on the older side, but good pressure & temp. Toilets are kept nicely clean.
- Amenities = 4/5
Very decent set of amenities here. The park has clean laundromats (but pricey at $2/load), book-swap (quite substantial), club house, pool (very small, but clean), large playground, fish-cleaning station, propane & office with supplies. Large grassy lawn near entrance which is great for doggie. Biggest ding was the WiFi -> it was workable when park is empty, but became completely unusable as the park filled up.
- Location = 4/5
Location is probably the biggest asset here. You are right in the mix of Westport, only ~1 mile from the marina & beach, ~2 miles from the lighthouse and easy access to everything else in town. Only negative? No real hiking/walking directly from the park (you can walk to town, but it’s along the main road and not particularly pleasant).
- Pet friendliness = 5/5
Very dog-friendly spot. Not much space in camp, but LOTS of space around the park including a large (huge) grassy area near the front and “trails” throughout the forested tenting area. There is also a dedicated “pet walk” area along the front of the park. Beach is only a few miles away and completely paw-friendly. Free poop bags at the office.
Overall rating = 3.8
Summary: This was a tough park to rate fairly mostly because we ended up with really mixed feelings about it from staying here through the big July 4th holiday weekend. There are certainly plenty of positives -> The park has two great open-space areas (a large, grassy area in the front and a large forested area where the tenters are located -> both great areas for doggie), the owners/hosts are very friendly & accommodating, the amenities are nice and you’re in a great location to visit Westport and all the associated sightseeing in the area (literally just a few miles from anything you want to see). The biggest negative is that the FHU RV sites are really tight. They are all stacked back-to-back in two long rows on a grassy area with a sprinkling of trees. When the park is not full (e.g. when we first arrived) it feels like you’re parked in a large, grassy lawn and it’s quite pleasant. However when the park is full (e.g. over July 4th week-end) you are squashed back-to-back and side-to-side with RV’s and pretty much zero privacy. Way, way too tight for our liking. On the other hand the tenting sites are lovely and spacious with lots of privacy & separation. No hookups and quite a few mosquitoes (depending on season), but lots of space to relax. Having driven around the area, I would say this is the nicest park in Westport proper (see other camping recommendations below), but if you come during any of the big holiday week-ends be prepared to get tightly packed in. Were we to come again I would either make sure the park was not full or (more likely) I would chose to forgo hookups and camp in one of the forested tent sites -> cheaper and much more relaxing. Note/ DO stock up before you come to Westport ‘coz the nearest “good” grocery is over 20 miles away in Aberdeen, WA.
Extra Info: Very good Verizon signal (4 bars of LTE), and OK on-site WiFi (it worked decently when park was empty, but became unusable as the park filled up). During summer season sites cost $37/night ($222/week) for FHU, $21.5/day ($129/week) for tenting sites (no hookups, but a portion of these are open for RVs). Total 120 FHU sites and 34 tenting sites. 10% Good Sam’s discount. On-site laundromat and propane.
Extra Info – OTHER CAMPING/BOONDOCKING? American RV is the nicest RV park in Westport proper IMHO, but if you’re looking for alternatives here are two opposites:
- Cheap Roadside Parking -> The Hungry Whale is just a few hundred feet from American RV and offers no-frills camping on a small grassy area near the main road. It’s a tad noisy and nothing (at all) to write home about, but the price can’t be beat -> $5/night or $25/week. Not exactly boondocking, but darn close!! If you only need a few nights this is a great alternative. Click HERE.
- Relaxing State Park -> If you’re willing to be slightly out-of-town, Grayland Beach State Park is a gorgeous (just lovely) state park ~10 miles south of Westport. It’s hard to get reservations here (there was zero availability when I was booking July 4th over 6 months ago), but very worth it if you can get in. I drove down to see it and give it the full WheelingIt thumbs up!