9 Parks near Bradenton, Florida
Dec 2014 - $10.00
We had a premium site with a nice concrete pad. The staff and neighbors are friendly. I am not sure about the laundry hours they were not consistent. The only time they were open at 7 was when they were left open all night. Fortunately that was the day we did laundry. Also, the bathrooms require a code to open the lock. No one told us that until we were here for 5 days. - Beas
Mar 2014 - $44.00
Booked 2 nights online through chat / phone. Stayed one. Site is billed as "Full Hook Up". Doesn't work for a late model RV with midship water and sewer hookup. Water and sewer connections end up under the coach. 30 amp power is a hot plug loosely attached to a pole with no identifiable circuit breaker. Looking in the open uncovered power box I surmise the wiring does not meet standard electrical code requirements. On arrival the agent asked if we were frightened by the neighborhoods we drove through to get to the resort. He couldn't check us in because he had already closed for the day, before 5:00 PM. He neglected to give us the sign on code so we were unable to use the Wi-Fi. Since we couldn't use the sewer hook up we had to move the RV to the dump station do dump tanks. The only thing that was really good was the cable TV reception which the agent on duty in the morning said we weren't supposed to have. Given that this is our first and only experience with Sun RV Resorts it will be a very long time if ever before we stay at another one. - Tuney-GA
Feb 2014 - $54.00
Be prepared to carry Vaseline to coat your rig so you can squeeze in the lots. So unimpressed with this place. We arrived after hours and did not receive a welcome packet containing any park information. We had to ask neighbors where the amenities were. Tried to go to the club house to use WiFi. I was told that is was reserved for a dance practice, and I would have to wait until it was over. Never did get WiFi to work. This park is not easy to get to. You must go through neighborhoods with tight curves to get there. Will never go back. - urlookingood
Apr 2016 - $19.00
We stayed here one night while heading south to Fort Myers. The $19 rate was a Tampa RV Show special. The normal nightly winter rate is $38. There is an area in the back of the park where RV's are placed. You have to drive through all the park model areas to get to it. It is tight getting around. You have to be careful!! This appears to be a snowbird park with little coming and going of transient traffic.
We had a narrow pull through on an the end of a row by the maintenance shed.
The park was adequate for our needs for the night. - Howard Jaros
Feb 2016 - $39.00
Majority of park is made up of park models and RV's mixed together. The RV sites in this section are on grass with a separate paved driveway; the patio in this area are of various sizes and locations and may or may not align with your steps and awnings. Getting into these spaces can be challenging for larger rigs and there are some size limitations. There is a pull through area with paved pads and more consistent patios, however more road noise in this section. Nice pool and plenty of activities. We stayed monthly and rate was $1190 jumping to $1250 for 2017. - Ohrver
Jan 2016 - $60.00
Park is popular for snowbirds and park was crowed duringour one week stay. Roads are paved as are lots. Lots of pull throughs. Lots of activities ànd very nice nature walk on lake waterfront. We would stay here again. - User3770
Apr 2016 - $15.00
Palmettos, pine, and oaks border the camp sites and provide reasonable privacy with about 15-20+ feet of vegetation between camp sites. Site was covered with leaves and pine needles. Most site appear to be reasonable level and should only need minor adjustments.
Bikes are limited to the paved park roads in the camping area and those which provide access to the lake beach and playground area and the boat launch area.
Hiking trails appear to provide access to the largest area of the park.
We were here on a Thursday and Friday night. The race track was open Thursday evening. There was some awareness of the loud speakers from the track, but it was very tolerable. I have been in campgrounds were the campers were noisier and more annoying.
Staff was very helpful and pleasant.
There is not any wifi in the park and my repeater did not pickup any nearby. Camp host indicated the nearest to be McD's about 15 minutes southwest. - B D HOWie
Dec 2015 - $11.00
Spacious sites with good privacy because of vegetation between campsites. Paved roads and walking path to the recreation area on the lake. We were here to visit the Blues Festival in Bradenton and didn't use the swimming beach so can't comment on that. Very convenient to Bradenton which has a great River Walk area and not far from grocery stores and other shopping.
Only drawback was the noise from the nearby racetrack. - Appleknocker
May 2015 - $11.00
Very easy access with lots of privacy. Most spots looked fairly shaded. Saw lots of rabbits in this park. More than we've ever seen in any other state park. Weeknights were not crowded. Should know that there's a speedway just down the street so lots of noise from this on weekends. Also, nice lake but limited as far as to size of boat motors. Nothing over 20 hp. Swimming area was loaded with lots of water hyacinth I would not swim in it. However, on Saturday a group of Boy Scouts were there clearing it out so you could swim. About 10 minutes from shopping and about a half hour to beaches depending on traffic. Overall nice quiet park other than the noise from the speedway. - Lindaosm
Feb 2016 - $48.00
Forget the campground! We paid $184 for 3 nights and they had the worst facilities of any of the 7 places we camped while in Florida.The showers look extremely old, not even a shower curtain. We talked to some campers who started camping there 7 years ago and were paying $350/mo. They said the rate next year was going over $1,000/mo and they are looking for a new campground. The roads in the campground are terrible, and the place looks junky! There was a small dock behind our site that was falling in the water. Their photo gallery does not show the campground just the restaurant. - c22jrc
Jul 2015 - $25.00
This is an "old Florida" kind of place which we have a fondness and appreciation. Having said that it is a tired place that could be really neat if it were fixed up some. Bathrooms need remodeling, roads are dirt with many potholes, many really old permanent trailers etc. This is no resort but the property sits on a neat river and the rate is ok for what it is. We enjoyed the restaurant, a good place to visit at least once. - Dat
May 2015 - $32.00
Attended a Bluegrass Festival with a chili cookoff. Really cool place. Tree canopy kept it cool on a hot day. We arrived in the dark and had a little trouble getting to our site but that was our fault for arriving late (daggone work!).
The camp is rustic, with a small winding river. Kayaks available.
Mgmt of park was fantastic and the event was a great success.
There is a restaurant on premises, they had karaoke. We didn't use it but it was nice to have the option. - Summertimers
Sep 2014 - $30.00
Nice clean park. Mostly park homes and snowbirds. Staff is very friendly and pleasant. Our site, #4, was adequate for a 3 or 4 night stay. We would stay there again. - bamawig
Feb 2013 - $45.00
I gave this park a 9 rating only because the location is far from the beaches. It is near to I-75 and that made it easy for us to get Sarasota without fighting the local traffic. This is a 55+ park. The people were friendly and there are lots of activities planned for those staying for the winter or year-round. Has a nice lake in the center where miniature boating is a fun pass-time. We didn't use the laundry (two on site) or showers. Wi-Fi and cable worked well for us. The rates here were much better than most for this time of year in this area. Most CG are full of snowbirds and it can be difficult to find a site. This CG has mostly permanent or wintering campers, so I'd suggest booking early. - Lindydon
Mar 2012 - $37.00
This is a resort community that is quickly becoming only a mobile home community. As people purchase a site, the places for RV’s diminishes. They have many activities throughout the winter. The roads are asphalt and the sites are sand. An issue with the sand is the amount of dirt mixed with it. Between tracking it in and it blowing, there is almost a need for daily cleaning in the RV. Many of the mobile home owners have concreted or otherwise covered the sand to lessen the sand in the house. There is a man-made lake in the middle of the park that is good for running radio controlled boats in or fishing – some catch and release. There is Wi-Fi in the park, but if you need to have the link, this is not the place for you. The system logs you off repeatedly most of the time. This does include times in the middle of the night when the usage should be low. There are a few pull-thru sites, but in the winter they are always full of people staying for a month or more. The info on sites is not accurate as this would count the mobile home sites and sites occupied by RVs left all year; there are many of these rigs there. Not sure if we would return here. If we did not have dogs, we would go elsewhere. - Workamper04
Apr 2014 - $55.00
Sarasota Bay is ruled by the resident owned Paradise Bay. Rules, written and unwritten are enforced or ignored with no logic. Although they advertise 300 sites, in reality there are less than 100 as the majority are park models. Office staff in Sara Bay is outstanding, can't say the same for Para Bay. Extended stays here are the norm, and once you are in, you can reserve your site for 3 or more months for next year, prior to Feb. There are no shade trees. HOWEVER..This is a great community for those who return. On site there are bowling, shuffle, bocce, pool leagues, cards and games every night, current movies every Saturday. Boat docks and storage available, $405.00 yearly. Biking distance to Gulf beaches and restaurants. Wireless is absolutely useless, down more than up but Brighthouse is available to install internet or cable usually on a days notice. We have been returning for ten years and have noticed many changes and will return. Have recommended to others. No mail service, but Cortez P.O. is a mile away. Considering all the amenities this is the best value in the area, if you can get in. Para Bay is on the intercoastal and the marina is walking/bicycle distance from the furthest site. - T_I_S_H
Nov 2008 - $45.00
Park is actually very close to Cortez, 2 miles to the great Anna Maria Island beaches, an easy bike. 55 plus community, nice clubhouse with pool tables and a library with Wi-Fi. Children allowed 2 weeks max. No pets. Wi-Fi not available at the RV site. Must make arrangements with Brighthouse to install cable, not good if you are staying only a week or less. A palm tree on each lot. Crushed stone pad with cement patio. Mostly snowbirds with trailers converted to permanent location with cement drives added, but clean and well kept. Looks like they are not allowing any more annual residents to free up space for more transient RV'er. Pool is located at adjacent, related development. Would not stay again, I need my Wi-Fi and cable! - cj7ole
Dec 2015 - $47.00
This is a fairly new park with new owners. The park was started years ago but never opened. There are 56 sites currently and the owners are waiting for permits to double the size of the park. Very easy access from I-75 (1 mile east on FL route 64).
Staff is friendly and helpful. The sites are a reasonable size with full hookup. No cable, but OTA stations from Tampa and Sarasota come in fine. WiFi only if close to the office. WiFi may improve when they open the back 56 sites.
Club house/office and pool are under construction as of Dec 2015.
All in all, it's a pretty park with mostly snow birds. Everyone very personable. Groceries/drug store/Walmart etc within a couple of miles. Enterprise Rent a car in Bradenton picks up, but you'll need to tell them where the park is. - jplante4
Sep 2012 - $40.00
We stayed here from Sept until mid-Nov 2012. Park is mostly fixed trailer type units that belong to snow birds. All sites are extremely close together. There was little to no parking your tow vehicle in the same site as your coach. Parking throughout whole place is extremely limited, but there is an overflow lot at the front of the park. Maneuverability with a dually towing a 42 ft. Fifth wheel was very tight (but doable). Site we were on was a back in site. Site also backed up to a holding pond of some sort as part of the cemetery next door. humid weather was a breeding ground for the mosquitoes and other flying critters. Water hookup was adequate, electric was old and could use updating. Site was not paved. Pull through sites were paved, but still very close together. Laundry facilities were dated, and washers could use updating. Dryers ran extremely hot, you had to watch them or they would burn your clothes. Mailboxes available if you want, mailbox and gate key required a $30 deposit (which you get back upon checkout). Shopping, restaurants, etc. was very close/accessible. Did not use pool or bath facilities. Manager was very standoffish, and not overly friendly. Had two occurrences of someone trying to break into our truck bed, and people 3 doors away fought loudly and often. Probably wouldn't stay here again unless there was nothing else available. - User2265
Apr 2016 - $19.00
The check-in experience was good. We were shown sites that we could choose from. Since we were using the Passport America discount of $18.50 per night, we had to stay in the standard sites right next to I-75. It was noisy with the constant traffic day and night. The site was asphalt but it is very aged and crumbled. Electric, water, and sewer service was fine. There are some nicer sites on the north side of the resort that surround the lake. It is a little quieter in those locations too. - Howard Jaros
Mar 2016 - $26.00
Decided to stay another week, and Encore let us stay at the same discounted price. Signed up for the discounted price at a RV show. We are not Thousand Trail members. Many activities in the large club house. Had a good fish fry while we were there. Second laundry is OK, but could be updated. Stay in office very friendly and helpful. A alligator lives in the lake. Price includes a $3.00 a day resort fee. Residents very friendly. Offered up their golf cart if we needed it. Lots of traffic inside the park. Can hear the noise from the freeway, but tuned it out after a while. Wifi at the office and club house. We will go back to this park. - consmith
Jan 2016 - $63.00
Well, we're batting 3 for 3 with Encore parks. The price to value ratio here is outrageous - the price is 2.25 times higher than anything we've paid here in Florida this winter and our site is horrible. Although I did expect to pay more because we're closer to the coast, I didn't expect the poor site conditions.
We arrived in the rain and the site was a mud pit - standing water and slushy ground. Backing in was tricky because of a tree stump on the inside of the turn. Our site backs up to I-75 and slopes down toward the back. I had to place 2x12s under the rear jacks and they got pushed into the mud and one broke cross grain! We can't get as level as I'd like. The area in front of the RV where we have to park the car looks like a couple of kids went 4-wheeling in it.
We asked to be relocated, but nothing was available. All things considered, I'd rate this as no more than a $30/night site. - ClassABoomers