Date of Stay: June, 2008
I had camped at this site years ago and only remember that I was very hot and uncomfortable in a tent. This time around, I'm using a pop-up camper with A/C, so I was very comfortable and enjoyed myself immensely. Almost all the sites are directly on the water. Many campers brought jet-skis or boats and moored them near their site. In all cases except one, the other campers were courteous on the water. I did see two young men who were racing around on jetskis in no-wake areas and just generally being inconsiderate. The bathrooms were clean and not crowded, which I found confusing. There are only two bathrooms with a 3 showers in each and I hardly ever saw anyone in them. I assumed that most campers were in RVs with self contained bathrooms and so they didn't use the public restrooms. There are no stores on the campground, but there is plenty of shopping outside the park. If you want to camp here and visit Sebastian inlet, then I would think this is a great jumping off point. I can NEVER get into Sebastian to camp for some reason (ReserverAmerica only) and this place is only about 2 miles away. Camp here, park your boat and boat south to the inlet if you wish. I camped with 5 boys and we caught plenty of blue crab right off our beach (yum). Also, while canoing, we encountered a pod of Dolphin that was fishing mullet and a family of manatees that were as curious about us as we were about them. Lots of birds and other water wildlife. We were warned to be careful because a 10' alligator had been seen in the water near our camp the night before, but I never saw one. If you'd like to do some boating, there is a boat rental place right around the corner from the park with kayaks, canoes, 16' boats with 40 horse motors all the way up to a 21' pontoon. The owner of the boat rental place will let you keep the boat at your campsite overnight and his rates were reasonable. Now that I can be cool with air conditioning while sleeping, I'll definitely be returning.
Date of Stay: February, 2008
We decided to camp at this campsite on a whim. I thought that the campsites were fairly cramped and tight together. The park itself was wonderful was clean and it was easy access from I95 and US 1. The swimming pool was large and clean. There are showers and laundry facilities adjacent to the pool. I could wash clothes while the kids swam. A short walk down to the river led to a dock that had great views of the Kennedy Space Center. This would be an ideal place to watch a shuttle launch. Personnel from office were extremely friendly and reserved a spot for me even though I didn't really qualify (I only wanted to stay one night and they had a 2 night reservation rule). When I showed up, my name was written down and the fee was honored even though it was a verbal commitment. It would be a good idea to bring a bicycle here for children. The road is graded and goes down to the river and the kids liked riding on the grade. Pets are allowed. Be sure to put your food away because the squirrels will eat everything in sight. No fires are allowed on the ground here. You must bring something to elevate the fire. I just used a cinderblock with a tin bucket on top of it. Other people were doing the same thing and were fine.
Date of Stay: January, 2008
This is the 2nd time I stayed at this park. This experience was better than the first, but still not great in my opinion. The back of the park sits on the Peace River and their deck and stairs are very old and in disrepair. The rates were very high compared to my county parks in Brevard County Florida. I paid $52.00 per night for a lot that was barely big enough for my pop-up camper. The swimming pool and amusement area were all very nice. The kids loved them. You can never go wrong with a pool! This is a private park, not run by any state or county. They pack RVs into this camp much tighter than I like. The staff is very friendly and there's a store onsite that provides any camping accessories that you might have forgotten. Plus a Walmart and other stores are only 5 minutes away in Arcadia. Riding 4 wheel ATVs and motorcycles on nearby property seems to be a popular past time. Many campers had these kinds of toys parked on their sites, so you can imagine that on occasion, the noise got pretty loud.