Date of Stay: April, 2011
The park is very clean and professional, easy to maneuver even the largest of RV's. Most sites being pull through. They have someone in a golf cart escort to your site. But the only real draw is that the park is connected to the Lion Country Safari itself, and the roar of the lions heard in the evenings and mornings. There isn't much else to do in the park. There is a pool and playground, but little else. The store is small, the sites provide no shade or privacy, there are plenty of rules and restrictions, and no cable TV.
Date of Stay: March, 2011
We very much enjoyed our stay here. The comments about tight maneuvering and parking are not exaggerated: it took a village to park our 34' motorhome. Motorhomes any larger are really not feasible, but longer trailers or 5th wheelers can be done because of the park's parking service. This means that you really can't count on day trips out in your motorhome. There is bus service around Big Pine and the keys, but no bus stop near the park. The park is right on the ocean, but not a beach per se. There is an excellent hiking trail with trails to the water, small fire pits on the water, and geocaching searches. The pool is nice, a bit on the small-side as is the playground. Recreation center includes pool table, ping pong table, a few arcade games, a large TV, and a rec room. The store is well stocked, with both food and supplies. There are boats that can be rented for days trips on the water. The Key Deer really do roam the park and are not afraid of the people, or campfires as we found out while roasting marshmallows on the water!
Date of Stay: January, 2010
A nicely shaded campground with lots of trees, level sites, and concrete slabs with table at most/all sites. The campground is a little tricky to navigate with a large motorhome, but not terrible. The roads and sites are dirt, except for the slab for the tables. The Wi-Fi had good connection, but you could only get one device on at a time (the wife and I each have laptops plus iPhones). We arrived after dark and the office was closed, so we picked our own spot. The sites were not well maintained in that there were leaves everywhere, hiding the sewage hookups. That led to a mistake in that I hooked up the sewage pipe to the wrong connection (it was the same size and shape of a sewage hookup). When the sewage started backing up, I went in search of the owners. Some longer-term campers helped me get in contact with them and they came right out to address my issue. Even the owner had to get a rake to find the right hookup. I'm not sure if the campground has propane, but it has a separate dumping station in addition to the sewage hookups at the sites. The electrical hookup at our site had both 50 and 30 amp as well as 110V hookups, which was useful for heat-taped hoses and heaters for outside. The playground consisted of an old swing set and little else. The laundry and bathroom facilities are definitely on the old site, but looked clean enough. The campground was very quiet.
Date of Stay: December, 2009
With the exception of the price, this campground could almost deserves a 10 if we had stayed here in warmer weather and were able to use more of their facilities. Perhaps the only reason it might not get a 10 then would be in comparison to Fort Wilderness at Disney. Pros: 1. Very excellent store with both food and RV supplies that also sell bus, metro, and tour tickets/tokens 2. They will fill your propane tank while you are away 3. Very nice and informative personnel, one (Wally) even went so far as to give me a ride to some local stores to get some needed supplies for the RV (thank you Wally!) 4. The roads and sites are gravel, with concrete slabs with picnic tables, and the sites are level 5. Good Wi-Fi 6. Convenient bus stop (the bus lines ends/begins at the park) 7. Our site had 50/30 amp and 110V hookups 8. The outside water hookups had their own heat-tapes to prevent freezing 9. The bathrooms/showers were large, nice, and clean 10. They have a mini-golf course Cons: 1. Very few trees/shade 2. Sites are pretty much on top of each other.
Date of Stay: December, 2009
Pros: 1. Pull-through lots 2. Lots of shade and trees separating each site 3. Nice store 4. Very convenient to beach and river front - beach is across the road and has private parking for RV resort guests 5. Aunt Kate's has fabulous food (and the restaurant across the street was open, too) 6. Easy to navigate roads 7. Fairly level, smooth, and well groomed (read as clean) sites 8. Wi-Fi was okay 9. Convenient to historic St. Augustine 10. Arcade with pool table (although games are old) 11. They have an activity room in-which they put on planned activities, but we weren't there long enough to participate 12. Small family-room style lounge with fire place and books/games/puzzles that can be borrowed Cons: 1. Sand road and lots, no pads or concrete blocks 2. No propane 3. Playground was small and not maintained, although it did have excellent trees for climbing 4. There is a gate with a keypad to get in. This was not really a con for us, but I wonder how late arrivals get in.