We had a horrible experience with this park. We moved two days into our nine day stay. We had six RV's in our group. They will not allow groups of over five inside the park, and put us in an area by the storage lot. The pool and restrooms were closed. There were no trains running. The employees were very rude. I felt so strong, I made a webpage documenting our visit.
We stayed there for a week after leaving WestWales RV park due to poor conditions. This is a great park with a very friendly staff. We had a group of seven RVs and they were able to place us very close together on only a one days notice. We will certainly stay there again.
Rate was $150 per night. Only room for $99 in the field. This is a nice campground. It is convenient to Key West (13.5 miles). We drove in almost every day. Our site was very noisy due to construction. From chain saws, jack hammers, and brick saws, a quiet place it was not. This went on for the entire week we were there. Nice dog run area. Wi-Fi was free and worked excellent.
This is one of our favorite parks in the panhandle. This is our 7+ stay here. We will certainly be back. The wi-fi is available everywhere and worked flawlessly. The park is right across the road from the beach, but the walk seems to get harder every time. If you pack heavy to the beach (like we do), then it is a hike, due to all deep sand walking. We tried a wagon this year, the sand is too soft, so plan to carry everything to the beach. Park managers and staff are great, could not ask for nicer hosts. Some spots are not deep enough for big rigs, so be sure to let them know your rig size. Pull in and disconnect toad, then find site. Some require pulling to the circle and turning around. This cannot be done with toad attched. Overall a great place, you will enjoy it here.
Rate was $102, but only two digit box, so $99. Great sunset views. Best spot is 322. Ours nice, 324. Most of this park is permanent park model homes, few RV travelers. From our location to the pool required a car, most residents use golf carts to get around. This place is not dog friendly at all. There are signs: "Do not walk dogs on this property", when we inquired in the office about a dog run. They said we must take go outside the front gate, there is no place to walk dogs on premises. We came back from glass bottom boat ride at John Pennecamp (well worth it), we came to site, got the dog and back out front, out of park to walk him. About 5-10 minutes later, my wife comes back to the entrance gate but it will not open. She goes to the office where staff accused her of handing the card through the fence to get a second car into the park. When she explained she took the dog for a walk, the employee told her you are only allowed to go through the gate once in fifteen minutes, but she would let her in this time only. Wow! So, if you have a dog, find another campground. This place may be pet tolerant, but certainly not pet friendly. There are no waves here and no beach. No swimming access that I found, other than the pool. Pool nice sized, but full of children in the afternoon. Bugs at dusk are horrible. Bite bad, during the day, bugs were not a problem. We will not stay at this park again.
This is a dog friendly beach. Dogs are allowed on the beach on leashes. We were there over the July 4th holiday. Police/Ranger presence on the beach on 4 wheeler. I did not see them take any action against anyone, just there as a presence, nice. The wi-fi is not free, it is an outside service. It is $5 a day or $29 month, no weekly rate. Spots close together, but park staff assisted us in navigating our rig into the space. The beach side was full, but we were close to the road on the park side, no noise. Park staff friendly, and roam the park keeping a watch. Our spot was great and had shade, L1/M1 (now one spot). One side of the park is long term park models and one for RVs. The walk to the beach was short and our wagon pulled easily on the sand. The cross walk has a signal, but the cars always stopped for us at we approached, nice and safe. This is a park well worthy of your visit. We would try to make our reservations earlier next time so we could have beach front.
This is a nice park, but has no trees. There is no shade at all. Swimming pool nice. Office staff pleasant. Interior roads are paved, but very narrow for big rigs. There re a lot of long term campers here, and they keep their sites and units up great. Trailer Life Directory has the location wrong on the 2008 CD by a few miles.
This is a dog friendly beach. It is nice to have a place for the dog in the sand. Nice easy walk to the beach. We used a wagon to carry stuff to the beach (we travel heavy!). Roads in park are dirt/gravel, some pot holes after afternoon showers. Site approach tight, but doable, in big rigs. Park staff friendly. Owner came by an introduced himself, asked how he could improve. New side is better looking. They are currently putting concrete pads on some sites. Nice pool, but water cloudy. Nice camp store if you left something at home or need to restock. Because the beach is behind Dog Island, there are no waves (could be good or bad, depending on your likes), but we were not aware until we arrived. We will come back to this park in the future.
We stayed in the nicest spot, number 27. On a point overlooking the lake. Nice grass and asphalt pad. This is a large spot. Parked our 40' RV with the Jeep in front and still had 10+' to spare on the pad. The strange; a lot of the sewer hookups are in the middle of the pads, meaning you have to belly crawl under the RV to connect the sewer. The dangerous; my wife, the first night was walking the dog. Walking within 20 feet of the RV was an unmarked 15 foot drop off to the lake. There was no water at this point. She stopped because something "felt wrong". This campground was hit hard by Katrina. That probably caused the drop off. It is the reason there is no cable. There are many trees down. One campground loop looks like it could not be used due to all the debris. There is no internet access of any kind, not even a dial up access in the office. With all the disrepair, all three times I was in the office, all the park personnel were in the office watching TV. The potential for this campground is huge, but it will still be a "6" until someone fires the staff and gets people that want to work, rather then just take home a paycheck. The lake is also severely low on water in the Winter, which was not mentioned on their web site.
Playa Del Rio is a small RV park with only 30 spaces. It has a pier that you can park your boat at (.50 per foot per day). Across the road is the Gulf Of Mexico. This is located 6/10 of a mile from the Alabama Florida border (FloraBama). The campground in in real nice shape. All damage from Ivan has been repaired. There is free WiFi internet access. It did go down for some reason on our last day. They also had issues with their credit card machine, so their is importance of getting it back up. They have some gas grills available as well as a nice sitting area by the pier. The owner, was not in as he was on vacation. Most of the people there had stayed there previously. The picture of the park layout is not quite correct on the web site though. It has a single paved road down the middle with RV sites off to each side. All spaces cannot accept longer motorhomes and trailers. The web site has the lengths by space. We will most certainly return. Nice people, nice campground.
We had a large group camp there, about 22 motorhomes. They put us all together. There is a lot of shade, even to the point of satellite TV reception was not possible in our area. Nice park right on the lake. We will stay there again when in the area.
We decided for a last minute trip. We called on Thursday afternoon for the next night (Friday) through Sunday. They told us up front that they could accommodate us but we would have to move each night. We said fine. We stayed here once last year also. This is a great park, very clean. Our only interaction with staff was with a lady that was pleasant and honest. We will most certainly stay here again when our travels take us to the Panama City area.