Massive park, HUGE sites, great atmosphere - almost like a State park - lots of woodland & different areas to choose your site from. Staff were very helpful and accommodating, the Wi-Fi (free) is exceptionally good with many proper masts throughout the park. The clubhouse is lovely with a good library for swapping/borrowing books, videos & DVDs. Heated pool & hot tub are both great. All in all, an excellent park with tons of room, nice folks, and activities if you want them.
We came expecting to receive Passport America 50% discount as advertised on the PA site and the campground's own website. Their normal rate is $22, plus they charge you $2 for cable, all plus tax. We were charged $15 which after I went away and thought about it, didn't add up. They stated that the "free" wifi was included with the $2 cable charge, so if you don't want cable (we didn't), you couldn't have the wifi, which we need. That's sneaky, and sharp practice in my opinion. I questioned the rate we'd been charged with the owner (Tom) and he stated "Oh, it's the lodging tax. We have a real high tax rate here. In fact, it should be $15.07 but we round it down to $15". So after working that out, it came to 16.34% tax on the $11 + $2 rate. I called the Depts of Revenues in Alabama State, Baldwin County and Gulf Shores City to check the facts. There is no lodging tax, but there is normal sales tax. The tax rates are:- a) 4% state b) 3% county c) 2.5% city Total: 9.5%, which applied to $13 comes to $14.23. I then politely put these points to Tom, whose response was to go very red and shout over & over again, "Don't you worry about the taxes" before walking off. Anecdotal evidence from other residents suggested that this was normal practice at this site, especially for folks from out the area. As the owner refused to discuss my questions with me, I cannot therefore verify the position with how they apply tax. I can only post tax rate information as supplied to me by the authorities and the amounts charged by the site, which do not add up. I have however reported the matter to the three relevant departments and am content to leave it with them. They only accept cash, and we were only issued with a handwritten yellow piece of paper without any address or other issuer's information on it. It simply showed the dates of stay and a total - no breakdown. The site is run down and not welcoming in any way, although our neighbors were nice. There is no way we would ever stay here again.
Beautiful park with well-spaced pitches. Staff were polite at the office, and our online reservation had worked. RV parking is on narrow (but adequate) tarmac strips set amongst well-kept grass and woodland. To our great surprise, there was good free Wi-Fi! The antenna is on the bathhouse, so sites 1-8 are best for reception. All in all, a perfect base for visiting the Big Easy. :)
This campground advertises itself as Maxie's Overnight, which in our view is pretty much all it's good for. It's run down and is mainly filled with old trailers which are unoccupied most of the time. Some workampers left early. The campground is right on the grass verge of a busy non-stop 4-lane highway which to be fair does become background white noise after a while. To the rear is a railroad track with trains mainly in the evenings. The WiFi was not working, and the owner stated it had been problematic for some months. The laundry was pretty disgusting (smelly) and the sign outside saying "Help prevent theft. Do not leave clothes unattended" kinda said it all. Cheap enough if you're Passport America @ $12, but we won't be back.