I can't recommend this park for anyone who needs reliable internet access. This is our second year spending a month here and the Wi-Fi is constantly up and down. It will be fine for about 10 minutes, then incredibly slow for 10 minutes, then down altogether for about 5 minutes. This happens over and over so you really can't get anything done. Either the Wi-Fi is seriously misconfiguration, or they don't have nearly the necessary bandwidth for the number of users (one resident told me that the problem is caused by Canadians streaming television). Whatever it is, I don't see any sign that they will be doing anything about it. Another negative feature is that about half of the permanent residents are stricken with Beanbag fever. Near our site last year, they practiced tossing (and cheering) from about 2:30 to 5:30, seven days a week! It's fine for a week or so, but eventually, the constant thumping and shouting can drive you crazy. In other respects, it is a fairly nice park in a great area, although, as mentioned by others, the sites are very tight and the perms, although friendly, can make you feel like an outsider. The bathrooms could be cleaner and definitely need some upgrading -- the stalls in the women bathroom don't have working latches, the toilets are trivially easy to plug up, and it's almost always cold.
Great stopover. The owners couldn't be friendlier. The pull-throughs do overlook a parking lot but they're very level and have a very nice view of the sunset. The free Wi-Fi is excellent as is the satellite reception. Wi-Fi is free, but don't forget to get the password from the office. Note: My Garmin navigator has the park on the left but it's actually on the right.
This is a very nice, relatively quiet park. Blacktop roads and gravel sites (fairly level). Long pull-throughs with good Wi-Fi and excellent satellite reception. Most sites have a concrete patio and many have an upright fireplace. The office staff has always been friendly to us and the facilities are clean (but a little cold this time of year). Be warned, though, they've just installed two of the nastiest speed bumps we've ever seen. They're just ahead of the registration area and no speed is slow enough.
This CG is somewhat overpriced for what you get. It lacks charm and the staff is not particularly friendly or welcoming. . The price I paid is *after* my Good Sam discount. I did pay extra for a "waterfront" site. The so-called waterfront sites are "front-in" sites that are fairly spacious, but are nowhere near the water. The water is a river, you can't see the lake from the CG. There are canoes, water bikes, pontoon boats, etc. for rent at the park's poor excuse for a beach and they appear to be in excellent condition. There are many pull-throughs that would give a better (and less expensive) view of the water than you get in the "waterfront" sites, except that the genius who laid out the campground did it so that in almost all of them, you are facing *away* from the river. This could be a fabulous campground if a few things were changed, and it is still probably the best choice near Coeur d'Alene.
A well maintained park a short walk from the ocean (which is not visible from the park). It's basically a gravel parking lot with two rows of back-ins, one on each side. No landscaping for the sites other than wood chips surrounded by landscape timbers and a picnic table. The wood chips are good for tracking into your rig. They drive on the beach here so cars will be going by you if you spend time at the beach. This is a *very* dog-friendly park. Our neighbors on one side had three dogs and the people on the other side had five. Not a good choice if you don't like dogs or the sound of barking but otherwise very nice. The WiFi is strong, the satellite reception is perfect (no trees), and the bathrooms/showers are very clean.
We stayed here in March of '08 and it's a lovely park with very large sites, strong Wi-Fi and clean restrooms/showers. That said, not only have the rates gone up significantly, but we were told that to reserve a site for a month in '09, we'd have to pay in full at the time of the reservation, would not be guaranteed a specific site, and would under *no* circumstances be given a refund if we had to cancel (even for a death in the family, serious illness, or an accident on the way there) no matter how far ahead the cancellation occurred. I have to say it takes some nerve to institute such a restrictive policy and then not even guarantee you a particular site. Hopefully, they will see how much this is hurting their business and change the policy to a more rational (not to mention customer-friendly) one.
We didn't stay here but drove in to check it out. There are a few transient sites, some of which would accommodate a moderately big rig (backed in). Anything over 38' would be iffy. There are only 2 pull-through sites. The park is close to the highway so there is some road noise. It was clean and well-cared for but didn't look very secure. There are two separate entrances, only one of which can be seen from the office (which was locked and empty in the middle of the afternoon). The park is next to an industrial area and was deserted when we visited. I think most of the residents work in Seattle. We couldn't check out the restrooms/showers because they required a code. This park is about 5 miles closer to Seattle than the other park in the neighborhood (Blue Sky RV Park). It looked like there was a nice paved walking/biking trail next to the park and it appeared that satellite reception would be OK from most of the sites.
This park is heavily wooded with tall pines. You will almost certainly be in the shade. We were told our site would have Satellite reception (and it's the only site that might) but the DirecTV dish on our roof would only get a very weak signal that disappeared with any rain or mist. I couldn't get reception with an external dish either. The sites are relatively level and paved but all the park roads are at at least a 6% grade -- you're either going straight up or straight down. We had a pull though site but there's no way I could make the turn out of the site in my 36' rig (even without my toad) without a lot of backing up and tree-branch scraping. I ended up backing out and hooking up the toad outside the park. It's a quiet and beautiful park about 20 minutes from Seattle. If your rig's not too long and you don't need Wi-Fi or Satellite, it's a great park. Contrary to some earlier reviewer, there is no Wi-Fi at all in this park (as of August 2008).
We spent a week here. This is not a "resort" by any means, but it's one of the quietest campgrounds we've visited. We had a nice view of the river and a family of deer walked through our patio. There are many permanent residents but they are friendly and quiet. They do have a little junk spread around but much less so than many parks we have stayed in. The town of Hoquiam has experienced some hard times and is somewhat depressing, but Ocean Shores is nearby and this is as close to it as you can get and still have Wi-Fi. The bathrooms are spotless and the owners are friendly. We'd definitely stay here again.
This park is a great place to bring kids and dogs. When we stayed at this park, an army of kids spent the day riding bicycles at full speed around the park shouting to each other all day long, every day. They were loud enough that you could hardly hear all the dogs barking. The sites are fairly close together (my slide was about a foot from my neighbor's awning and I couldn't put my own awning out because of a tree on the other side). The sites are back-to-back so there will be someone close behind you. The WiFi is very good and most sites have good satellite reception. The park roads are wide and paved so getting into your site is relatively easy. If you are looking for peace and quiet, this park might not be for you. Otherwise, the park is very convenient to the Westport marina and the local beaches. The fishing appeared to be excellent out of the marina. We saw many large bags of fish coming off the boats.
This is a beautiful campgroung with very large sites and the largets, cleanest, most convenient restrooms/showers in the country. It's 15 minutes to a lovely beach in N. Myrtle Beach and has a 1 mile paved trail around their private lake as well as extensive hiking trails in the woods and fields around the park. There is no-license catch-and-release fishing with bass up to 10 pounds in the lake and electric-powered boats can be rented for a reasonable fee (you can't use your own boat, though). If you need a good WiFi connection, however, be warned that the whole park is served by a HughesNet satellite shared by all campers so the internet is often so slow as to be unusable. The WiFi was also down for most of the week we were here.
This park is now called Elite Resorts Crystal River. It is not an Encore park (as suggested by another poster) but it has been sold and the lots are for sale. We arrived 12 days after Elite took over and there was still some confusion but, overall, it still seems well run (in some ways, better than before). The Rig washing site is gone, the lake area is no longer accessible, the sign is gone, there's no available propane, and they will be using a different entrance. They are upgrading the WiFi and are putting in a number of towers. We're camped next to one and, though it was down for about three days, we now have WiFi that's faster than my high-speed broadband at home. Prices are up and they no longer offer any discounts, but the sites are still very large and attractive, the park activities are more plentiful than ever, and the park is still a fairly good bargain for this part of the country.
A nice park but somewhat overpriced for what you're getting ($300/wk - $998/month). The sites are reasonably spaced, not huge, but they're very level. They now have free WiFi, but it's up and down depending on how many people are using it. It's virtually unusable around dinner time. Satellite reception is excellent from most of the sites. There's no Cable TV. The laundry room is exceptional with something like 8 washers and dryers, all of which work, and there is a large common area in the laundry room where people gather, have fresh coffee, and work jigsaw puzzles. The pool area is also quite nice. The park has many activities, more than any other park we've stayed at (scavenger hunts, potlucks, beanbag toss contests, shuffleboard tournaments, etc.), and the residents are amazingly friendly, so if you're looking for a friendly park with a lot of activities, the price might be worth it for you.
Kind of a depressing spot. They put us next to a permanent rig that was very decrepit and had foil insulation and duct tape at odd angles in every opening. Beware the restaurant. We've been here twice. The first time, my wife was served raw chicken. The second time, she thought it would be safer to order a burger. We both ordered them medium -- mine was well done and hers was (you guessed it) raw. It was barely even brown on the outside and when she cut it in half, the knife was covered with raw burger. When she sent it back, they microwaved it and brought it back out. Another negative was the restroom. It was quite clean, but it's constructed entirely of particle board so it looks cheesy and poorly kept. Worse yet, the men's and women's restrooms/showers both open off the laundry room and the women's is in the back so guys with laundry can hang around the open door of the women's room and women have to squeeze past them coming out of the room. My wife is not usually worried about this kind of stuff but she wouldn't use the facilities here at all. One final word of warning: They have a full-grown buffalo inside a VERY rickety fence in the park. He will charge the fence if he finds you annoying. He stops at the fence but, if he kept coming, it wouldn't even slow him down. One of the regular residents told me that the buffalo often gets out.
Easy in, Easy out. There's no office and the campground host who greeted us was extremely rude even though we had reservations. Sites are relatively close together (though we've been in many tighter spaces). This is strictly a one-night campground. No office, no pool, no playground, etc. On the plus side, the restrooms and showers are spacious and very clean.
This park may be very nice but it is exclusively restricted to owners of Class A motorhomes over 28 feet. I would never stay at a park that practices this kind of elitism. It's one thing to reject motorhomes that are broken down or beat up, but to arbitrarily reject Class C motorhomes or Class A motorhomes that they deem "too short," even if those RVs are brand new strikes me as un-American in the original sense of the word.
We did not stay at this park but people should be aware of the somewhat deceptive cancellation policy. The web site says they charge a $10 reservation fee but we were charged $30 when we made the reservation. The extra $20 is the first night's camping fee. When I cancelled, 13 days ahead (one day short of the 14-day minimum) I was told that they would keep the $30. So, they kept the first night's camping fee even though we didn't camp and essentially charged us a $30 reservation fee. This is all clear in the fine print at the web site but many people might miss it.
An attractive park but with some negative features. The biggest downers were no cable and a limitless supply of no-see-ums. It's impossible to be outside, even in the daytime, without covering yourself with bug spray and even then, you get bitten. The permanent residents have obviously been here a while and have been allowed to bend the rules quite a bit. A number of them have made their patios into another room, complete with recliners, refrigerators, fishing gear, boots, clothing, and sometimes trash. There's no trash pickup and the dumpster is at the very front of the park so those in the back sometimes let things pile up for a while before making a run. There are also some very large dogs in the park, well over the 30 pound rule, though none are aggressive. The park does have WiFi but it was up and down every day for the whole month we spent there and doesn't reach all parts of the park. The sites at the back of the park have lovely water views but horrendous traffic noise. The bathrooms are cleaned very well in the early morning but have no bath mats so you step out of the shower onto a muddy floor for most of the day. Still, the park is beautiful, the spots range from very shady to open, the pool is fabulous and very well maintained, there are lots of planned activities if you're into that sort of thing, and both the guests and hosts are very friendly. The price is fairly high, though, for a declining, bug-ridden park with no cable TV. They are remodeling the newer part of the park in the summer of 2007 according to the staff, and adding another pool/shower/laundry, so there may be lots of construction to put up with in the coming year.
I'll second what others have said and add that the spaces here are gigantic. I actually was able to hook up my toad by pulling the rig forward a little and driving the toad around to the back--In a back-in site!! For the price, this is one of the best campground deals we have encountered. The only negative I found was a weak WiFi signal. I had to take my laptop out and balance it on the utility post to get a decent signal.
This is a very nice park for the price. The spots are extremely small and hard to get into so I wouldn't recommend staying here for less than a week. We stayed here in a 30' Class C and I seriously wondered if we could make the turn at the far end of the campground. Two people had to move their cars so we had room to maneuver into our spot. I noticed later that some people had a park employee pull their rigs in for them. Once in your spot, however, the park is friendly, quiet, and beautiful. The Wi-Fi works very well (they have five separate Wi-Fi networks for a relatively small park). The bathrooms are clean and adequate although they seem not to be heated at all. The park essentially takes up all of a small island just across the bridge from Fort Myers Beach. There's a free trolley the runs up and down Fort Myers Beach and stops very close to the RV park. There are a number of good restaurants within walking distance of the park and many more via the trolley. I would definitely stay at this park again although they really should offer cable TV, at least as an extra, since the TV reception is so bad. Also, heating the bathrooms would make showering a lot more pleasant in January.
This is a beautiful park at a bargain camping rate. The sites are well spaced, fairly level, and, in winter, give you a view of the deep woods out your window. There are some very nice pull-through sites with conveniently located water and electric hookups. The water here tastes like expensive bottled spring water so its a great place to fill your tanks. The only drawback is the lack of sewer hook ups. There is only one dump site and I noticed it was a little crowded the morning we left.
We have checked out this campground several times but have never stayed there because the rates are so out of line with other comparable spots on the gulf coast and so high for what you are getting. The park is very clean and the owners are friendly and you do get free WiFi and cable TV. On the other side of the ledger, however, the park is not in a particularly nice neighborhood, the sites are very small, and the park is right next to the highway. The last park we stayed at offered a water-front site in a warmer part of Florida for $47 per night. A very nice park on Sanibel Island costs $40 per night. I don't see how Holiday Cove can justify charging $69 per night ($79 with a dock). When we've checked out the park, they always seem to have plenty of room, even in peak season. I think would probably increase their profit margin if they lowered their rates substantially and stayed full during the peak months.