Date of Stay:
March, 2018 -
Our third stay. On arrival, reception was confused about our reservation, which proved advantageous. No multiple moves (the famous Easterlin Shuffle). Reception was pleasant. Bathrooms need updating and a cleaning crew that does a much better job. Sometimes had to go to other bathroom because the closest one was disgusting. Sites are attractive and more or less clean. It is in an urban forest so a few fallen leaves help with the picture. At least one's view is not mainly of one's neighbor's poo pipe! Park is for urban recreation; lots of big families visit on weekends. The camp is about 250 yards from a twin track main line railroad. Train whistles day and night; level crossing 100 yards from park entrance. It is also about 500 yards from the I-95, all 10 lanes plus on/off ramps. 24/7 dull roar and pollution. There is a new electric entry gate for night time control, but the park has no real security. It is surrounded by some dodgy areas. During weekdays, there is no entry charge, so anyone can and does come in. We were careful not to leave things of value outside our rig. Still, we didn't feel especially at risk. The campers themselves seemed to be either snowbirds or visitors. No people living in their rigs full time. Walks with the park are pleasant if buggy. Yes outside the park there are stores like Lowes, but good food shopping is a bit further away. Wifi speed is moderate and dropped out a lot despite being 100 ft from an antenna. No laundry facilities. We camped at Easterlin Park Campground in a Motorhome.
Best food shopping is in Poinsetta Heights (Trader Joe's) about 1.5 miles south east (US 1) from camp.
Date of Stay:
February, 2018 -
Bonita Springs is near the Gulf and an easy drive to Naples to the South (20 minutes), Ft. Myers to the north (30 minutes), Sarasota to the north (90 minutes). Park is on the Imperial River. Nice walks on banks. Stay here marked a return to Florida after three winters in Tucson. This is a big park (nearly 300 sites) but unlike some where we have stayed over the years, we didn't feel like seals in a colony. Stayed in a full service site just big enough for our 25 ft Class B+. Mostly Class A and 5th wheels, in addition to wide range and age of park models. Park had suffered a lot from hurricane Irma which passed directly over Bonita Springs Sept 2017. Repairs to park models were well underway. RVs that had been damaged (we were told many) had been replaced. Recreational facilities appeared unaffected or already repaired. Park is resident owned so things get done and well. Leak in our water supply fixed within 30 minutes! Dog tolerant, albeit City dog park (nearby) much better than fenced area in park. Number of very good vet clinics and kennels nearby. Many longer term snow birds. Lots of social/sports activities (e.g. shuffle board, pickle ball, yoga, crafts, horse shoes, bocce ball, cocktails...) Near to food stores (eg Publix, Trader Joe's, Fresh, Whole Foods, Winn Dixie) and wide range of shops from cheap to very expensive. Tamiami Trail, about 1.5 miles away, is basically a very long strip mall stretching from Naples to Ft. Myers and on north. You can shop 'til you drop. Nearby movie theaters and music places. This is not a fancy park, but is very well kept and the residents are friendly and helpful. Very comfortable place for short or long stays. Our immediate neighbours had been wintering there for 16, 10 and 7 years. Would happily return. We camped at Imperial Bonita Estates in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay:
December, 2016 -
3 rd winter here for several months each time. Moved around quite a bit, searching for the 'perfect' site, so know the place. Biggest selling point is the friendliness of the residents/staff. While sites can be as close to one another as any park, the layout of the place means most are at slightly different angles to each other and the sun. Don't feel like sardines in a tin. Park is walk-in to desert park. Activities are many and don't feel like one has to have the 'right outfit' or pressured to participate. Park and people are very very dog friendly (unlike the one where we started in Tucson, which, at best, might be called 'dog slightly tolerant'). Two off leash dog play/mayhem areas.
Wifi improved but, if very important, get a hotspot. Cell service good for Verizon/ATT, poor for T-Mobile. Some sites have DSL connections possible (Century Link) but not all; ask ahead. We camped at Desert Trails RV Park (40+ park) in a Motorhome.
Get the "Tucson Attractions" 'Book of Fun', available at the office ($). Many trails in the desert: bring good footwear, water bottles and walking sticks + GPS helpful.