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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Turtle Beach Campground (formerly Gulf Beach Campground), Sarasota, Florida

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $72.00
Overall Rating:

This is a nice campground right on the beach. The campground is small and all the sites are back-in. We didn't have any problems backing into our site as we have a small RV, but I could see it being more challenging to larger units. There are a few trees and small shrubs between sites, but you are very close to your neighbors. It was mostly sunny with a small bit of shade. We had full hookups and the water, electric and sewer were located toward the back of the site. The restrooms and showers were clean. The laundry room/rec room was large and they had a table set up with a jigsaw puzzle. All the fellow campers were very friendly and helpful. The staff in the office were nice, although the office does close at 4:30 and they do not take cash--only credit card-even for a bag of ice. We did not use the WiFi. There are no pets allowed. The star attraction for this campground is the beach--you walk out the back of the campground and you are right on the beach. Absolutely amazing sunsets! We will definitely be back. There is a Publix supermarket just before you get on the island and a small grocery store in Siesta Key Village (free shuttle to the village). We camped at Turtle Beach Campground (formerly Gulf Beach Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
38
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

There is a free shuttle (runs about every ½ hour) that will take you down to the village for shopping and it also stops at the Siesta Key Beach. There is a sidewalk along one side of the road. The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and the Ringling Museum in Sarasota are a must see in Sarasota. The Gardens were absolutely beautiful.

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Fort De Soto Campground, Tierra Verde, Florida

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

This is about our 5th stay at this campground and we really like it. The roads and sites are dirt and there is a lot of vegetation between sites. The sites are water and electric only and there are 2 dump stations. The restrooms and showers were clean and nice. We really like the waterfront sites. Some have a sea wall and some have a sandy beach with water access so if you have a kayak or canoe, you can launch it right from your site. They have nice bike trails throughout the park. The beaches are beautiful but you have to bike or drive--not close enough to walk. They do have some low hanging branches and some tight turns to watch for. There are some tolls to get to the campground. The raccoons come out at night so don't leave food out overnight. Our cell service was spotty but they have wifi at the camp office and store. Biking, birdwatching, beach walking, fishing and kayaking are the main things to do here. Most everything else requires leaving the island. We will definitely be back. The Campground does hold back about 10% of the campsites and releases them every Friday morning at 7am for that week. That is how we got our site. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
219
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

In the winter time, it's a great place to do some birding and you see lots of ospreys. The Fort and small museum are good places to explore. There is a nice fishing pier. The ferry to Egmont Key was a nice day trip. We went to downtown St. Petersburg to the Dali Museum--very nice. The Gulf Beaches Historical Museum on Pass-A Grille is an interesting small museum and it's free.

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Periwinkle Park & Campground, Sanibel, Florida

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $58.00
Overall Rating:

This is our second visit to this campground. It's a nice campground and check in was easy. We had full hook ups and some sites have a concrete pad. There are a lot of permanent trailers but it is neat and well cared for. The restrooms and showers were nice and clean. There is some vegetation between some of the sites so there is a little bit of privacy. They have a large pond with lot of birds and ducks to feed and watch. They have several tropical birds on display and 3 times a week a volunteer puts on a show and tells you all about the birds--extremely interesting. You can hold one if you like. The beach is about ½ mile away and the entire island is bike friendly. We pretty much park our RV and bike everywhere on the island. The traffic on the island can be bad in the winter months so sometimes you are going faster than the cars. There is a Walmart on the way in and a Publix grocery just before you cross the toll bridge to Sanibel--stock up. They do have 2 grocery stores on the island but they tend to be a little pricey. But they both are nice for anything you forgot. They do not allow pets. They do not take credit cards. We camped at Periwinkle Park & Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
201
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, Bailey-Matthew Shell Museum and the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village are all worth a visit. There is a great Farmers Market on Sunday with fresh produce, fruits, seafood (got some great shrimp), plants, prepared food, and just about everything else--wonderful. Captiva Island has it's Farmers Market on Tuesday. Dairy Queen is right across the street!

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Lake Erie State Park, Brocton, New York

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $41.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed one night at this state park on our way to Niagara Falls. The electricity to most of the campsites we saw were shared--one pole for two sites. Meaning, for one camper, it is located on the correct side. For the other camper, you have to run your electric cord around and under your RV to hook up. If you have a short electric cord (ours is only 25 feet), you would have trouble getting to the electric box. We just lucked out that at our site, the electric hook up was on the correct side. There is not much shade. The bath houses were not nice. My husband did look inside and did not like what he saw. You could walk to Lake Erie. We were not really impressed with this state park. Would not stay here again. The price per night included a $15 base fee, $8 for electric, $5 fee for being a non-resident, a $9 reservation fee (which is high) and a $4 fee for being a Friday night. That made it $41 for one night in a state park with only electric hookup. We camped at Lake Erie State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Site 68
Site Surface
Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Scott's Tent and Trailer Park, Niagara Falls, Ontario

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $37.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed at this campground while we visited Niagara Falls. It is a nice campground and it had clean restrooms and bath house. The sites were level. There were Gentlemen Clubs across the street, but that didn't bother us. The campground does offer a Good Sam discount. The price I quoted is in American dollars after exchange-the Canadian price is $48 a night is before discounts and taxes. They gave a 10% discount for Good Sam. Those that staffed the office were friendly and helpful. The WiFi generally worked well. When we return to Niagara Falls, we would definitely stay here. We camped at Scott's Tent and Trailer Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
91
Site Surface
Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

the bus stop for the WEGO bus to take you down to the falls is right at the campground entrance. It took about 25 minutes to reach the Falls. The stop is second from the end of the route where the bus turns around and heads back, so if you miss the first bus, you can cross the street and the bus will be coming back down the road in 5 to 8 minutes. If you purchase a Niagara Fall Adventure pass, it includes your bus passes. If you don't, you have to pay cash (Canadian) the first time you board the bus to get a 24 or 48 hour bus pass. As we didn't have any Canadian cash on us, they did accept US dollars. If you need a small amount of US dollars changed, go to one of the casinos. They give the best exchange rate with no transaction fee.

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Wellesley Island State Park, Fineview, New York

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $29.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed at this state park in the Thousand Islands area. It is a large state park but well maintained. They are upgrading some of their camping loops and buildings--next year they will have a new camp store. The dump stations were recently redone and very nice. We walked in and were given several available sites and allowed to check them out before we decided. We stayed in Loop C. We had electric. About half of the sites are in full sun with little shade. The restrooms/showers were nice. We wanted to take a tour of the Thousand Islands and Boldt Castle and Clayton Island Tours makes a pick up at the marina in the state park. It was very convenient not to have to leave the state park. The price per night includes a $15 base fee, a $6 electric fee, a $5.00 fee for being a non-resident and a $2.75 fee for walk-in. We camped at Wellesley Island State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
loop C-Site 33
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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