30 Parks near Cortez, Florida
May 2016 - $22.00
Lovely RV park and so close to the Gulf! It's an easy bike ride (or casual walk) over the short bridge to Anna Maria Island. Lots of nearby restaurants on the intercoastal as well as the island. We saw dolphins in the water while crossing the bridge! RV spaces are a bit too close to each other and there is considerable noise from the road if your site is anywhere near. Bathrooms were clean but there was never any hand soap in the ladies restroom sink. Shower pressure was practically nonexistent in the ladies. My husband said the men's worked just fine though. The landscaping was nicely maintained with many beautiful flowers, trees, and shrubs. The pond with the fountain was nice too, having a couple varieties of water fowl visiting. Campsite amenities were fine, full hook-ups in good condition with a picnic table. The site was concrete with brick pavers for the RV pad which was nice; not all of the sites had that. A great price (with the Passport America discount) for a nice place! - new FL camper
May 2016 - $29.00
This is just a beautiful park in a wonderful location. Do bring your bikes - it is so easy to tour around. There is major shopping east on Cortez and the gulf is only 10 minutes from the park. We rode our bikes daily over the bridge to catch the sunset and tour the back neighborhoods. It can be very hot in the summer as there just isn't a lot of shade. We were praying for a MH to park next to us and provide some shade. ;-) We decided to get an awning shade before we come here next time. I would consider the park bathrooms to be the worst feature - not enough stalls and poorly laid out. Weekend days bring lots of beach traffic getting out again in your MH may be challenging later on a weekend day - most we saw left early. I detected no sulphur smell but we did contend with a lot of no see ums which left us bitten up. THat was surprising as it was very breezy. - Djinfl
Jan 2016 - $66.00
Peak season rate with no discount, $66/day. We were in site 17, near the road, level, nice pavers, pleasant surrounding, picnic table but no grill. Sites are close together but everyone was very friendly and the place was very neat. The hookups are good and we didn't have any issues with sulfur-smelling water. The wifi is sometimes good, sometimes not. Generally, though, not bad at all. Laundry facilities were very good. Dumpsters were way in the back, but not really that far. I liked that it was relatively small park. A friendly white heron sometimes comes by for a handout! One evening we had torrential rains, but it all drained off quite well overall, so we were happy about that.
It's a very good location, within walking distance of a couple of restaurants (we ate at Seafood Shack; good food), ice cream parlor (awesome!), and a couple of tiny stores. Being the closest RV park to Anna Maria, we rode our bikes on to the island which was quite fun and, with a bike lane for most of the way, not too scary. Lots of restaurants, shops, beaches, etc. on the island... easy to make a full day of just looking around. Very, very nice beaches.
I counted off a bit because of the road noise (if you're at the front of the park); it's bearable but bothersome. - RobtL
Sep 2016 - $100.00
Absolutely beautiful resort!!! Nice lots, very private, nice brick pavers, landscaping. The pool is perfect!!! The staff was so mean and nasty it took all the nice and prettiness away. An employee was very rude and down right nasty! Locking us out of the pool stating a storm (it was sunny and no clouds on the horizon). I went to use the ladies room around the corner from the pool only to return a few min later to find my purse, cell phone, medications (I am a diabetic) other belongings locked up on the pool deck!!!! I was told I could stand outside the pool area until the storm passed and wait! Since there was no clouds or storm that I could see I demanded to retrieve my belongings. Who would leave a cell phone out in the rain anyway? She was very rude and I finally got her to unlock the PADLOCK to let me get my things!!!! She then sent a man out to confront me as to what my "problem" was!!!!! My husband and I had been told the day before we could not have water or any beverages/snacks at the pool either. I am a FL resident and I think it is odd that a resort would not allow water at a pool!!!!
Needless to say, we will not be coming back. It is a shame as it is a lovely place! But I cannot stay in the sun without hydration. And I don't like the attitude either! - Mzhlly
Jul 2016 - $75.00
We thoroughly enjoyed this campground. The sites were all private and well maintained (level too). The wifi was good. The bathrooms were nicer than our house - with tile and granite. The laundry room had a change machine and was very clean. The dryers finished our loads with one cycle.
The pool area was nice and anyone we encountered was very friendly. - jillhodges
Dec 2014 - $90.00
We have stayed here several times and have always enjoyed our visit. We enjoy the quaint restaurants on the water and watching the fishing boats going and returning from their fishing trips. It is a small campground but very well run and upscale. We will definitely return again many times. - John & Bobbie
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 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
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. - usamacdonald2
Nov 2014 - $45.00
Things I liked were the Staff was very pleasant and helpful. The long term snowbirds and permanents are the priority here and they were most friendly and those we talked with raved about the place. Many have been there for years. The location of this campground is great as it is minutes to St Petersburg or Bradenton. Access for big rigs is good as the roads are paved and wide enough to maneuver. Pool and spa area is beautiful and virtually on the water with magnificent views. The pool was heated and very comfortable for swimming. Not so good things are short timers are not the priority here. Sites are not so level. I needed to drag out the blocks to lift the front end higher. Each site has a slab for outside sitting, and some were in pretty shabby condition. Picnic tables are real rough as they appear many years old, and do not appear to have ever seen any paint. Visual appeal for our site was less than ideal. The dumpsters were not in some remote part of the campground as is typical in most. We were located across the road from dumpsters and storage areas. We spent two weeks watching everyone arrive daily, often in noisy trucks, to dump their trash in the dumpster. It was a lot of undesired noise and an unsightly view. But only a few sites in the 40?s numbers are subject to this. The spa was not working during our stay. WIFI signal was strong at our site 43 however the bandwidth was poor. We heard others comment on how poor the WIFI worked. Cable is not ?turned on? at any given site. We were told we must go in town and contact Brighthouse to have cable turned on at our site. I assume at our cost. We did not pursue having it turned on. TV Reception was not so good for us. Most evening TV shows we were used to were unavailable. - Denny Pike
Feb 2013 - $28.00
Nice enough RV park, typical snowbird park. Sites are tight, the back in's in the center are literally back to back RV's. The pool and hot tub were operational, clean, and nice. The game room was seldom if ever used while we were there, 2 free pool tables, and a ping pong table. We didn't take in the breakfast meals, or other things they had, but heard good reviews. This is mostly a snowbird location, has nice older large trees and shade, electric/water/sewage was not a problem all worked well. Very good restaurant within walking distance (just watch the traffic while crossing). The rate reflects a monthly rate, would definitely stay here again. - Robnmo
Jan 2013 - $47.00
Nice little campground near Tampa/St Pete. It was easy to find, easy to check-in and easy to set up. The pool/hot tub are nice and the have a nice rec room with a TV, free pool tables and ping pong. We also enjoyed hanging out on the pier. The restaurant across the street (Crab Trap) was also really good. My Annapolis-raised wife says they have the best Maryland crab-cakes she has had in Florida. We would only use this for short visits, but we are definitely going back. Only drawback was $47 with military discount seemed pricey for a campground this old and small. - TaShoulders
Jan 2016 - $53.00
A bit pricey, but very nice. This is a gated community, with access by card. Almost all are permanent mobile homes, with only a few spots for rv's. Very nice office staff and residences. The only noise was the planes taking off and landing at the very nearby airport. If I didn't know better, I would have thought they were landing on our RV. The spots are super narrow and so are the streets. All the streets are paved and the spots are cement. Many one way streets. Over all, very nice and we will be back again. - esta34950
Mar 2013 - $40.00
Established park with mostly park models and a few spots for visiting RV's. Very clean and well maintained. Friendly, helpful staff. Gated at night with card access. Quite near airport and planes can be annoying, especially during the day. We would return. - Wandering Wishnies
Aug 2011 - $32.00
Park is a full time over 55 park that rents out spaces as they are available. Park is exceptionally clean & well taken care of. We stayed for a month. Swimming pool is nice. Locked gates at night...access with a card. Every spot has a patch of grass and usually a tree or some shrubbery. I really liked this place. Only reason for a 9 is because they don't have a fenced dog run. Other than that, FIVE stars!! - bfox74
Aug 2016 - $32.00
I've heard great things about this campground and it took me 2 years to finally find a cancellation and get in. According to the website there was only 1 spot open so we took it #161 which was in the section that is for motorhomes and allows pets, although we didn't have a pet. The site was roomy enough although we did disconnect the trailer as it wasn't long enough for both 32 foot motorhome. Some of the sites there are long enough, but not this one. This site was not waterfront, as it did backed up to a ditch. In exploring the park, it is surrounded by water, but there's no swimming in the water around the campground due to current. You can go by car to the park itself which has a beach for swimming as well as fishing piers and the old fort. There isn't much to do within walking distance of the campsite. You need a car to get around. Being in August it was very hot plus it rained and then the dirt road had puddles. On Day 2 of our stay, we realized we had "ants" that had got into our motorhome. Upon looking around outside the camper, we were completely covered in them because we had parked beneath a tree and the ants were coming off of the tree and landing onto our roof and then found their way inside. They were also all over the picnic table and ground as well. Therefore, we cut our trip short and packed up and went home to take care of the problem. I can't say all of the sites there are like this, but I wouldn't stay there again due to this experience. Maybe if the campground trimmed the overhanging tree branches and did some pest control it may be another story. - Heathlyn
Apr 2016 - $43.00
We really loved this county-run park. There are 2 campgrounds, one for folks with dogs, and one for the other folks. Our campsite was surrounded in a U with Florida forest. It made us feel really secluded from our neighbors - though we could see them through the greenery. The waterfront campsites are lovely (though we didn't have one). The park has a dog beach on the Tampa Bay shoreline where you can hang out on the beach with your dog off a leash. We saw quite a few families set up with chairs and umbrellas for the day. All the dogs got along well, and owners were really good about controlling their dogs. There is also an enormous fenced dog park. Further along the road, the "people" beach has lovely white sand and looks out on the gorgeous green water of the Gulf of Mexico. The park is very bike friendly, and motorists will actually stop for you as you cross a street (either on foot or bicycle). We also enjoyed a great kayak paddle right off one of the waterfront campsites. The park ranger I spoke with was almost surly, yet the camp hosts were super friendly and helpful. The online reservation system is challenging to use. At the time I made my reservation, it looked like I had booked the last available site in the dog area. Yet, when we were there easily 1/3 of the sites were empty. We loved it here and will definitely camp here again. - ShoreXplorers
Apr 2016 - $41.00
We have been camping here for the last 6 years, and I am afraid this past April will be the last. The cost to stay is not cheap and for the money the park is making, the roads dust is unbelievable. The roads should be black topped, the excuse they give is they do not have run off areas, well make some even if you have to take a site or two. Another idea is do some research and bring in some other road material other than limestone or whatever they are using. Sure they bring a water tanker in a few times a week and helps for about an hour. We talked to a lot of campers and everyone is disgusted and are very surprised that none of our health organizations have not been involved yet because of the dust, when you have to clean air condition filters twice in two weeks something is wrong, and just think we are breathing that dust. So please Fort Desoto do something about the roads.
Its a shame because as a hole the location, the sites are clean but could stand some thinning out of the foliage. the 50 amp service seems to be very clean. We always enjoyed Fort Desoto and are going to miss it. - Long-time-camper
Feb 2015 - $40.00
Lovely park, with "Old Florida" appeal. 200+ spaces, approximately 170 on paved roads with concrete pad and full hookup. The remainder are located in the woodsy areas along the creek. This park is very active during the winter season. Park personnel is extremely friendly and very involved. We were there for 4 weeks and they had live entertainment weekly. There is a heated pool, our only complaint is that it closes too early in the day, but it is very clean and tropical. This is a very clean park and even though you feel like you are in the woods you are only 4-5 miles from everything. Will definitely return. - traveling reviews
Mar 2014 - $46.00
First the good. This park is charming in location and landscaping with flowers, shrubs, and beautiful live oaks covered with Spanish moss. There are many activities and events for the residents ti include a sparkling clean pool and a scenic location next to a fishing and canoeing creek. The people are quite friendly and provided escort to the site and parking assistance. Water pressure was good and electric tested out correctly. Now for the disappointing. As we were only staying one night, we were assigned a spot in the overflow with only water and electric 10 feet from the trash compacter. The site had no sewer hookup, no table, and no gravel or concrete pad even though we paid the full daily rate charged for a complete site. We were told all one night stays are assigned to this area. FHU sites were available and empty when we walked around the park. There is one laundry/bathhouse (6 sets of washer dryers and 3 showers and toilets each for men and women) for the entire park, and the one trash dumpster/compacter. The compacter runs and grinds every time anyone puts a bag of garbage in, even after quiet hours. Roads are narrow in this park, and there are many trees and tight corners. Most sites are back-in and are not angled, but sit perpendicular to the road. Be sure to arrive during office hours so you can find your spot and determine the best way to get to your location. Office hours are 9-4. - Beach House on the Move
Mar 2013 - $36.00
Nice campground with new owners. According to the owner it has been a work in progress to upgrade this campground. The only drawback is that there are no sewer hookup in the grassy section. They pump you out without any problems. WI-Fi is spotty but does work OK. And by the way, there is a train track nearby as usual. We would stay here again. - Dennis Reid
May 2015 - $15.00
We stayed here for 9 months developing our RV inspection business. It was cheaper than most for winter rates, but you get what you pay for. For a full time RVer my impression is this is an old park model park for snowbirds. This makes it tough for the bigger RVs to get into. If management is there, they will help you get in.
In the busy season there are vehicles everywhere. With the tight roads navigating the park can be a challenge.
The sites have minimal asphalt and it is mostly old and deteriorating. Most sites slope from back to front with sewer located in the back. The grass is mostly weeds and there are lots of ants. Sitting out most times of the year is difficult due to mosquitoes and no-see-ums.
Water pressure is good and the free Wi-Fi, outside of the busy season, is adequate.
You are at least 30 minutes from the beach depending on traffic. The closest grocery store is 7 miles away. There is a Dollar General about a half mile away.
The park is located right next to train tracks. I counted anywhere from two to ten trains a day with excessive whistle blowing as the train crosses Bayshore Rd. If you are hard of hearing the vibrations will alert you to their presence. LOL
Rates: Yearly $344/mo plus electric, monthly in the busy season is $772, $399 out of the busy season. Nightly is $39/nt in season, $30 out of season. - Howard Jaros
May 2015 - $15.00
Recently new managers have done a great job of improving this park. Very clean, well kept, and friendly, helpful staff. Wifi worked excellent.
We would definitely stay here again. - dagopapa
Jan 2015 - $34.00
Park is about 2/3 permanent park models and 1/3 RV's. Some of the permanents are older, but all are exceptionally well kept. Residents are friendly, and there are many scheduled activities (as well as many informal groups throughout the park). Many RV's are seasonal and have been coming back for years.
Hook ups were convenient. Wi-Fi connection was excellent. No cable TV, but Dish reception was great, and antenna brought in major network channels.
We did need leveling blocks at Site 151, but most of the sites looked better. - RagTopDay