Date of Stay: May, 2015
Full disclosure. We own an Rv lot at Venture Out, and obviously we like it well enough to have purchased one. There is free Wi-Fi, but it's at the clubhouse only. As far as pets. Two pets are allowed. Cats are NOT allowed to roam, and will be trapped and removed, so BEWARE. I don't think the park adequately explains this to people and I want people to know not to let your cat outside. Dogs are not allowed to walk with you around the property. You can walk from your lot to the gate and outside the park, to where there is a dog walk area along the main road. Yes, the sites are small. It's the Keys and land is very expensive. Some RV sites may be difficult to maneuver your RV into, so be aware when booking a site. There are "dry lots" and waterfront lots. The ocean view sites are spectacular, but can be pretty windy. The canal lots can have spectacular ocean front views, or views of the seawall behind you. Not all are the same. Be aware when booking a site. The park rules state only one motorized vehicle per site (other than a motor home). If your RV and vehicle don't fit on the lot, you have to park the vehicle in the overflow lot. BEWARE of this when you reserve a site. The overflow is $2-$4 a night depending on the size. New rules effective may 15, 2015. Venture Out has become so popular and many people spend their entire winters here, bringing all their toys, which include extra cars, motorcycles, boats, cargo trailers. This has resulted in a parking nightmare. The community Board of Directors has mandated the parking rules be enforced. Effective now, you will only be allowed to park in the overflow lot, a maximum of two weeks in any 6 month period.
Date of Stay: June, 2013
We chose the campground because it was close to Interstate 75. It was very, very hot when we were there and we were anxious to get a site and relax. The man in charge was filling propane for someone and told us to wait right there. My husband made the mistake of pulling the motorhome up and into a late arrival site temporarily,to avoid blocking the entrance. Evidently that was forbidden, because we were chastised. We went into the office to pay and mentioned we wanted to pick out a site. Evidently that's not allowed either and we were told we would be assigned a site in "the middle", wherever that was. He led us up to a site that was easy to get in and out with a big rig, but was in full sun. That was okay because we got our satellite signal and didn't have to worry about trees falling on us when the big storm came through later that night. We were supposed to have free Wi-Fi, but all I got was a "limited" signal, therefore no Internet. I didn't bother to call about that, because I really didn't want to talk to the man again. There was a building nearby with a laundry, but it was locked and you couldn't get inside without the code, which we were never given. We assumed the showers were also behind one of those locked doors. After a long and stressful day driving, we were not in the mood for grouchy campground manager, and we didn't feel we got much for our $29.72 charge. On our return trip to the Georgia mountains, we will likely stay elsewhere. There was a lady that also worked there and she seemed very nice. If we had dealt with her, we probably would have had a different view of this campground.
Date of Stay: June, 2013
This is truly a "resort", unlike many Rv parks that claim to be. The sites are beautifully landscaped and maintained, and it's laid out for maximum views from each site. It is an owner resort. You can purchase a lot stating at $49k or you can rent. The resort is on Lake Greenwood, which is a huge lake with over 220 miles of shoreline. A pontoon boat would be nice to have if you owned a lot. The pool and hot tub were wonderful. The clubhouse is beautiful with a covered area overlooking the pool. Everything is immaculate and well maintained. No expense was spared in designing this resort. The owner/manager was friendly and helpful and the other lot owners were very nice, even taking us for a ride in their boat. It's a motor coach only resort. Class A's only.
Date of Stay: March, 2012
We stayed at Sunshine Key in January, and again April 2012. January it was full of snowbirds. They were nice and quiet, lots of activities, beautiful weather and generally only 2 people per site. We LOVED it. We came back late March, 2012 and on April 6th, they started allowing the summer residents to "move in." This consists of family compounds/fortresses with many, many people per site. I've seen sites with 12-20 people per site. We are seeing sites with 4 tents, 4 vehicles, 3-4 golf carts and a utility trailer or two. We saw people moving in a full size stove, washing machine, and several large side by side refrigerators. Yes...I'm serious! Most of these appliances will be hidden from view behind their fortresses, but they are definitely "moving in." There is loud music playing at most of these "compounds", but in fairness I did see a park employee going around to some of the worst offenders...and the music was turned off. It stayed off all night long...surprisingly. These summer residents are only allowed here Friday-Saturday and Sunday, so Monday-Thursday the park will be quiet again. We have heard their is a new manager and he is trying to enforce some rules, but so far there are (in my opinion) too many people/vehicles/golf carts, per campsite. We were concerned that we would be blocked in once more summer residents moved in, so we had to change campsites. BUT...it is still a beautiful campground on a beautiful island. We will be back, but now during the "summer season" which is until mid October.