Gulf Shores, Alabama

Island Retreat RV Park

Gulf Shores, Alabama



Gulf Shores, Alabama
Phone: (251) 967-1666

Sites: 153
Recent Rate: $32 10/2015

Latitude: 30.2552920991223
Longitude: -87.7236020832062

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon, T-Mobile Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon,T-Mobile
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

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45 Reviews

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yesmar

Review Count: 73
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $32.00
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Mix bag review - some good, some bad. Park was full during our visit (Shrimp Fest) but we didn't feel like sardines packed in a can as the sites are roomy. Previous comment about poor signage on approach is still an issue (Oct '15), although they do have their own turn lane if you're heading west on 180 - a plus if you're in traffic. Branches of plants at entrance overhang driveway and there's a tight turn upon entering. Roadways in park are wide and paved, allowing for 2 way travel. Sites are a combination of cement pad to park on with patio blocks adjacent for your outdoor area and then small crushed rock from the street to the pad. Plenty of room to put out slide rooms and awnings between sites with no worry of bumping neighbor rig. Land between sites is combination of sand and grassy type vegetation. Some sites are shady, most are full sun. Also some sites are pull thru, most back in. Picnic tables at all sites. Very strong water pressure.
Common areas (bathrooms, showers, laundry, office) are not that clean. Showers (2 per bath location for a total of 4 showers) are set up as complete bathroom (toilet, sink & shower per room) and one bath house also had toilet stalls for those just wanting to relieve themselves. We watched maintenance enter the showers to "clean" but 2-3 minutes later he was in the next unit. Two laundry areas were located in bathhouses and they also needed good cleanings. Saw several park guests as well as staff ignore the no smoking indoor policy (laundry, bathhouse, office).
Office staff were some of the politest, kindest campground staff we've ever encountered in our travels - welcome southern hospitality to us northerners. It wasn't they did anything extra special for us, just their drawl and words always ending with Sir or Ma'am. We camped at Island Retreat RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Tips for other Campers:

1.5 miles from Rt 59 with lots of stores for shopping. 2.5 miles from beach area. Wonderful bike / walk path along Rt 180. Boat ramp 1/10th of mile from park.

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OzFrosty

Review Count: 40
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $33.00
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Badly signed when trying to locate but understand that new signage is being made. Great pool, wi-fi & laundry. No cable. Only 1 mile to beach. Excellent location for Shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Concrete slab & pad with table. Some slabs were broken up but they are in the process of removing and replacing them. Paved roads. Some shade if you pick the right site. Very helpful staff. Travelling in 38ft motorhome with tow. Would stay here again. We camped at Island Retreat RV Park in a Motorhome.

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budman2

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $15.00
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The previous two reviews are very accurate about this park. The most favorable feature about IR is the location. It is biking distance to the beach and the biking trails provide a safe environment for both walking and biking. This is what has kept us coming back for the past seven years. As previously noted, the cable TV is fair at best and the internet has degraded the past couple years to where it is not usable. Many of our friends have gone to other parks because of this. We camped at Island Retreat RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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User2063

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $32.00
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Rate reflects Good Sam discount. This is a pretty nice park with a few drawbacks. The location is good, with only a short drive to many activities. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Park roads are paved and sites are in good condition, with easy access to hookups. Several sites have shade, which is a big plus in the summer heat. Cable TV only consists of about 20 channels and most were snowy, but watchable. Internet was weak and pretty unreliable at our site. Maintenance guy had a German Shepard tied outside that barked frequently and lurched menacingly toward us whenever we walked by on the street. Some long term campers looked junked up around them. I'd stay here again but I might just check around for something better next time. Maybe that big dog will be gone by then. We camped at Island Retreat RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Oakman

Review Count: 30
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $32.00
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This park is in a good location for visiting Gulf Shores. Each RV site has a concrete pad and a picnic table. In the past year the sites that had cracked and broken pads have been replaced with new cement pads. The front portion of the park has shade trees while the back portion is open. The showers, restrooms, and laundromat were always clean. The park has a very nice pool and a small playground for kids. There is a county maintained walking/bike trail that passes right in front of the park. Each site has cable TV but it seems to fluctuate between a perfect picture and a snowy picture. The park's wifi is spotty at best. The staff was very friendly. Our nightly rate reflects the Good Sam discount. We camped at Island Retreat RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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bettywalt9

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $32.00
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We almost didn't come because of the most recent ratings. This is a pretty good park. The office staff was very helpful and accommodating. Everything you need (Walmart, beach, restaurants) are within 2 miles. The showers/restrooms were kept clean. It is easy access and the sites are adequate. There are some FEMA trailers, but the vast majority are family campers. The park seemed to be very safe. The WiFi was good and the cable had enough channels to keep us entertained! Some of the slabs are cracked (like my driveway), but they all appear to be level. Water pressure and electricity were good. Overall, this is a good campground and I wouldn't have and concerns about recommending it. We will stay here again. We camped at Island Retreat RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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NaniGulfShores

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $35.00
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This park is not being maintained and rules are not enforced. The maintenance man has two ratty trucks parked in the grass along side of his boat. His dog is tied up to the boat with no one outside. Many campsites look trashy. People have freezers, refrigerators, couches, multiple tents, shelving, and other home items outside of their units. They have pet areas but they are full with boats and trailers. Filthy old units look as if they have been abandoned. It is a shame that better care is not given to this park. The location is great and many nice people come for the summer. The pool area is nice. This could be a 7-8 if the rules they state in their brochure were enforced. Great potential but for now I cannot recommend it. We camped at Island Retreat RV Park in a Motorhome.

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bones1941

Review Count: 74
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $32.00
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This is a nice park, close to everything on the Gulf Coast. such as beaches, shopping, fuel, restaurants, etc. The sites have cement pads and are level. Some of the pads are badly cracked and have chunks missing. It is easy in-easy out for all the sites. I would stay here again We camped at Island Retreat RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Casy

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $38.00
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Sites are so unlevel had to use blocks under my tires to even get close to level. The cement pads very broken up. Cable TV very snowy. Wifi in am worked fine but after 6 pm would not work at all. I really believe the Good Sams should review this camp ground and take it off the list. We camped at Island Retreat RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Lady J

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $34.00
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We were here in March for a few days between jobs. the campground has small sites that are close together, but we still enjoyed our stay. Clean laundry & restrooms. We camped at Island Retreat RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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LowesTravels

Review Count: 84
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $32.00
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This is a nice park with level concrete pads for the RV, and picnic tables included. Site spacing is typical for a park of this size, not real wide, but long enough to fit a 40' motorhome and car. We were unable to fit into the first site assigned to us due to tree branches, but the staff was very helpful and gave us another site that worked out fine. The interior roads are paved and two-way. WiFi is available, but we brought our own so not sure about the speed. The bathrooms/showers are individual rooms and clean. The laundry rooms have very old machines, but they appear to work fine. Although this park is near a busy road, we were far enough back in the park that it was not a concern. You may want to consider this, though. There is also a fire station right next door, but not a busy one. We really liked the direct access to a paved bike/walking path that runs 3.8 miles to the west and all around Gulf Shores to the east. Grocery stores, banks and a mall are an easy 2-mile drive away, as is access to the beach and good restaurants. We would definitely stay here again if in the area. Although many people were staying here for several months, we did not see any older, run down "permanent" sites. We camped at Island Retreat RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Casy

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $43.00
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Large park and close to the action. The parks internet is poor and works less than one half the time. Cement pads are cracked and falling apart. The maintenance in the park is poor and the maintenance men sit around doing nothing. Dogs bark constantly from a trailer park next door. Night and day they bark. People at desk very nice but some seem confused about daily operations of the park. This RV park really needs updating and renovation. Good Sam park needs to look at this one. We camped at Island Retreat RV Park in a Motorhome.

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usarvcrazy

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $32.00
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My family camped here again. We had a good time. Everything was taken care of very well. I give it an A+ on customer service, and will stay here again. We camped at Island Retreat RV Park in a Motorhome.

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sassytgr

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $32.00
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Great place. Very nice people. The sites were very level and mostly shaded. Enjoyed my week in this RV park and will stay there again. We camped at Island Retreat RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Romin2007

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $35.00
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Too many people leave their RV's here and come up on weekends. Therefore I would only come on weekdays! The pool is small and was jam packed. There were not enough laundry machine. You almost had to fight for a washer dryer. Not sure where that shade was but we didn't get any. We camped at Island Retreat RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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