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Tampa, Florida

Bay Bayou RV Resort

Tampa, Florida



8492 Manatee Bay Drive
Tampa, Florida 33635
Phone: (813) 855-1000

Sites: 279
Recent Rate: $40 8/2016

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Latitude: 28.029684390658
Longitude: -82.630319595337
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping no
  • 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 yes
  • $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 no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
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 no
  • T-Mobile, Other Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers T-Mobile,Other
  • 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 no
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen yes
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities yes
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) no
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room yes
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities yes
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking no
  • Spa Spa yes
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit yes
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment yes
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards yes
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond yes
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek yes
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

78 Reviews

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

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here for about 2 months, arriving in August, departing in October. We had a changing schedule, and paid a monthly rate, as well as weekly. The monthly rate was off season, and was very reasonable. Electricity on the monthly rate is extra, on the weekly rates it is included.

The park is very conveniently located to Tampa. You are about 10 miles to the airport, 15 miles to downtown, 20 miles to USF. It is conveniently located to other cities in the greater Bay Area as well. It is located a block off go Hillsborough Avenue, a main thoroughfare, on a quiet, mostly residential street. Shopping, gas, Walmart, Public, and many restaurants are less than 2-3 miles away.

The park was very clean and well managed. The pool was always sparkling clean and inviting. We don't use the showers or the laundry. The park is covered about 70% with oak trees, providing shade. The spots are wide and easy to back into.

The park guests are a mixture of overnighters, longtermers, and semi permanent. Everyone gets along well. The park management tries to group the longtermers, and the various types of groups together. The campsites are kept clean and organized, or management will correct it. The were no eye sore campsites at all.

Having stayed at several dozen RV parks and campsites in the past year, Bay Bayou definitely ranks near the top. We camped at Bay Bayou RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice Park. Sites are gravel and level. Site size is above average. Most or all sites are among trees. Satellite usage is not possible but they have good cable. WIFI was excellent for a park of this size. Very friendly staff. They have a very active social community. I would stay here again. We camped at Bay Bayou RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

Most sites are on level gravel with cement patios. Some are on level grass. Ours was on grass, but it was good, with more space than the gravel sites. (We were told the grass sites are being redone this year.) WIFI is very good most of the time. Staff is nice; most are very helpful. Most sites have cable; ours didn't but there are a lot of local stations so television was no problem. Water is on two sides of the park; there are lovely docks for wine sipping but keep bug spray handy. Sites at the far end of the park are across the water from a busy road. That would be noisy, so if quiet is important, request something away from the far end of the park. If traveling during "snow bird" season, book ahead, although we saw various openings for possible short stays. Laundry is good; pool is heated. No hot tub. No pull-throughs. Really enjoyed our stay and would stay there again.

They have work campers who have mechanical, plumbing, etc. expertise who are available to assist with problems (for a price). We were so grateful to have this, as we had a plumbing problem and the person was wonderful at helping us resolve it!

Price listed is daily rate. Monthly rate is less; that's what we paid. We camped at Bay Bayou RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 54
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $46.00
Overall Rating:      

Lovely RV park near downtown Tampa. Very park-like setting: many shade trees, roads well paved, sites are paved and roomy, grass, some gravel, and nice patio areas. This was mostly seasonals, and majority of 5th wheel homes, no doublewides. Easy to maneuver big rigs through the park itself. The thing that impressed us the most was the way every seasonal sites were so well kept with beautiful decks and patios, tasteful decorations, and an all around sense of home pride. There are 2 small ponds on the property with fountains so the water is clean. Bocce, horseshoes, nice pool area and a large clubhouse. We only have 1 negative: The entrance is very poor. They located the garbage dumpster right at the narrow roundabout that you must navigate to check-in. We could not make the turn as someone had parked there to dump trash. Because we are 40' AND towing, we had to disconnect to maneuver the curve. Very poorly laid out! Park is gated, staff are very friendly and accomdating. Unfortunately we were here for only 4 nights as a stopover. Would definitely come back. We camped at Bay Bayou RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
12438
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel, Grass, Pavers
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

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

Tampa has tons of things to do in the area!

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is very nice - treed sites, nicely maintained, clean bathrooms, great pool. The security staff were extremely helpful and very friendly. The dog parks and bath station were a nice bonus.

The only thing that would make me hesitate about coming back here was the overall vibe about kids. They are allowed, but I didn't feel like they were welcome. Preferred clientele is obviously the retired crowd. Our kids are really quiet so this was no biggie, but if your kids are loud, I'd suggest staying somewhere else. We camped at Bay Bayou RV Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $55.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a large, clean park. Most of the sites are a seasonal or permanent, but they are very well kept up. Many people have decks, flowers, etc.. The residents are all older, snowbirds, and very friendly. There is a very nice pool and community room. There are activities planned every day. The restrooms are very clean and modern, the showers are small but the water temperature and pressure are excellent. The staff is friendly and helpful. The sites are close together, are all back in, gravel with concrete pad patios and picnic tables. The wifi was not good at our site, even though it was close to the office. There are many cable channels, including HBO, ESPN, and Comedy Central. We stayed for 4 nights and would definitely return. We camped at Bay Bayou RV Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
8472
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Extremely friendly and helpful staff. Located in the city but feels like a rural park. Sites are just large enough to feel uncrowded, but all are back in, no pull-through. Good mix of snowbirds and campers. Definitely will stay again. We camped at Bay Bayou RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Close to Tampa Downs Race Track, only 15 mins from Downtown Tampa.

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Review Count: 222
States Visited: 44
Helpful Reviews: 25

Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $53.00
Overall Rating:      

The entrance is tight with a big rig and toad. Some sites are great while others are terrible. When we checked in we were given a site that the help said "you must have booked late the good sites are gone". It sure didn't help my rate. He was right our site was on sand with neighbors very close. The renters here are mostly seasonal and friendly. The biggest complaint I have is a nice site behind me with gravel was open during our whole stay. Why were we not put there? We camped at Bay Bayou RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
12458
Site Surface
Sand
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice park in a tropical setting, almost all sites under the shade of mature trees. Some sites gravel, some grass, all back-ins, mix of 30 & 50 amp. Larger rigs placed in grass area (50amp) on bayou, and these sites are very large. Other sites we're closer together, but not claustrophobic. This is a quiet park with many permanent residents that keep their sites neat and clean. Security gate at entrance with nightly patrols; we felt safe there. Although the park is located off a major road (580), it is tucked back along the bayou with minimal road noise. Wi-Fi worked well, pool, clean showers, activities, close to everything you need (grocery, Walmart, restaurants). We had no trouble maneuvering our 45' coach in the park. During our stay, there were several days of heavy rain and we had about 2-3" of standing water at our grass site. We moved to another site without incident. Would stay here again. We camped at Bay Bayou RV Resort in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 39
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $48.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed two weeks. This time of year there were many residents for several months -- many of whom were repeat visitors. Clean, attractive, and well managed. We would stay here again. We paid weekly winter rate of $335. We camped at Bay Bayou RV Resort in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 39
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $48.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice dog parks. Great staff. Try to arrive before dark. Maneuvering space a little tight. Keypad security for entrance. Would stay again. We camped at Bay Bayou RV Resort in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate reflects the $189 weekly special. Really nice friendly and helpful staff. Many "permanents, but well kept trailers. Great grounds, super Wi-Fi, easy access to Tampa, Snook fishing off of campground docks, relatively quiet. Cleanest AC'ed restrooms I've ever seen. Good rules for every one. We would stay here again. We camped at Bay Bayou RV Resort in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 66
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $47.00
Overall Rating:      

This is not a bad place. Forget the water view on the site. There is some water during high tide, but not worth the walk. Nice staff. Decent space between sites. Big problem getting into the park, if you have a big rig and are towing. There is not a lot of room right after you pull in for you and your tow-we had to unhook. The sites have patio's. Some sites have gravel, but most are just dirt and you need to vacuum every day unless you love living in a dirty place. We camped at Bay Bayou RV Resort in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $44.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of the best run campgrounds that we have stayed in, over our six years and many thousands of coach miles. Super pet friendly and usable water on two sides. It is near the race track and supermarkets. A very nice pool. The "workout" equipment however, is in the community room and was not conducive to our use. There is a YMCA nearby. We stayed for February. We camped at Bay Bayou RV Resort in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here for a few weeks while my husband was working nearby. We really liked this campground. They have quite a bit of shade and river access if you like canoeing. They have a nice pool, laundry facilities, and clean restrooms and showers. The staff was friendly and helpful, and the park is nearby shopping and restaurants. The sites have concrete patios, but the parking is on dirt or sand. We had problems with ants despite the maintenance crew applying pesticide to control them. We camped at Bay Bayou RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

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