The worst KOA in North America, we're certain! We arrived during the owner/manager's lunch break, apparently, so the office was closed and there was no information left for us regarding our site, although we'd reserved a spot two weeks prior to arriving on Feb. 8th. It wasn't like they didn't know we'd be there that Sunday! We certainly don't begrudge him having his lunch. That's not what this review is about. Please read on. We picked out a spot (the place was practically empty), got all set up only to have this very sour-looking man (the now well-fed owner/manager) come up to us shaking his head and telling us, in no uncertain terms and quite angrily, that we'd just parked our 34-foot travel trailer in a 50-amp spot...and: it would be an extra 10 bucks to stay on this particular site! Or, we could take everything down, re-hitch the trailer to our one-ton truck and move to a 30-amp site. Yeah, right. (Merely a thought, but do you think he might've been watching us as he munched on his BLT?) Brutal customer relations, which have been passed on to KOA's head office. Do not...please...ever stay at this park. In a word? Awful. I won't go on.
It is an older park that is family owned and operated. Our rate was for five nights and included a Good Sam discount of 10 per cent. The majority of those staying at the park are 'residents', which is just fine. There were many, many empty sites during our stay, though. The office was hardly ever open, which we found a little strange (perhaps this was the reason that very few sites were filled). There's a restaurant on site that's open seven days/nights a week. San Antonio's a wonderful city to visit - the River Walk is fascinating. There is lots of history in and around San Antonio, (The Alamo, of course, and several missions that were built in the 1700s) . The Tejas Valley RV Park and Campground is a good choice if you're planning on visiting this area for a few days. It's about a 20-minute drive to downtown from the Park. Easy in, easy out pull through sites. We were disappointed that there was no cable television at this park The WiFi was intermitent, and not free. All in all, though, we'd probably stay here again if we were back in the area.
This rate includes the Good Sam Club discount of 10 per cent for seven nights. While the park managers (Pat and Dan) do their utmost to make you feel welcome, this park really, really needs some TLC, or some focused attention from the owners. The site we were in (S-12) was very wide, which was excellent, but extremely uneven due to the shale that one must park on. It makes it a real challenge to ensure that your rig is level. There were lots of empty sites while we were there. Sites are poorly marked and laid out, which makes it difficult to try and figure out where one should drive, or walk. Good point - breakfast is served on Sunday and Wednesday mornings in the Rec Hall, and was a real highlight of staying at this park. For $4, it was all you could eat. Cable TV and free WiFi were good, for the most part. The men's restroom could have used an elbow-grease cleaning the whole time we were there, which it never received. Two of the fluorescent light fixtures in the men's room were not working properly the entire time we were there, and although the managers were made aware, the lights weren't repaired or replaced by the time we departed. It made taking a shower at night an interesting challenge. Del Rio itself is only minutes away from Acuna, Mexico, so we went across a couple of times to do some shopping. We, probably, would not stay at American Campground and RV Park again. There are better choices in Del Rio, most of which are closer to the city itself. Maybe consider one of them if you're going to be in this area.
It was interesting to read a recent review of this park that stated it was a neat little place to stay, or some such wording. Sorry, but we could not agree less! We stayed at this park in site F4 for a month, or what we thought was for a month. We checked in on December 20 and checked out on January 20. According to the office staff, those dates constitute a month and a day. So, we ended up paying for a full month and the alleged extra day, and an extra day's fee for our pet. Oh yes, they nickel and dime you to death at On The Beach! The sites are unbelievably close together, and are a challenge to enter and exit, especially when one is pulling a 34-foot travel trailer behind a 20-foot long one-ton truck! There was absolutely no way we could have had our awning out because it would have certainly touched the motorhome parked next to us. Oh sure, it's wonderful being 150 yards from the beach, but that's the only positive that can be written about this park. The owners and park workers (other RVers) blatantly cater to the RVers who are there for the entire winter, and certainly to those who've made On The Beach their winter home for a few years (we're still wondering why that is). Those who do stay for the winter are really into socializing on a daily basis, and if one does not get involved in their Happy Hour get togethers (some people just don't imbibe), or movie night or Ladies Lunch Out ventures, that's pretty much the last time they even speak to you. The other major, major problem with this park was with their WiFi that they claim they have available. Well, it didn't work properly for three-and-a-half of the four weeks (and a day) we stayed there! My wife and I have individual laptops, and it cost us a total of $40 for the entire time we were there. Because their wireless internet was not working properly (they assured us, on a daily basis, that it was being repaired) we thought we might be entitled to a partial refund. Nope. There are many other nicer looking, better laid out parks in Port Aransas and, in hindsight, we likely should have stayed in one of the other parks. If we ever return to this area, we will definitely not stay at On The Beach. We'd strongly recommend you look for an alternative as well.
If you enjoy playing par three golf, then this is the place for you! Great little course adjacent to the park, and for a mere $7, one can play all the golf one wants - for the entire day! There are nice level concrete pads that we backed into with our travel trailer. There were very friendly campers who were staying for most of the winter. They welcomed us immediately, and we enjoyed a fabulous Thanksgiving pot luck lunch with everyone else in the park. We loved Magnolia Springs RV Hideaway and Golf Resort, would highly recommend it and hope to stay there again - for more than two weeks next time!
A really wonderful park that caters to many winter Texans. The owners are in the process of adding 20 new full service sites that will likely be ready by this coming April or May. The RVers who stay at this park are very, very welcoming and open, and treat 'newcomers' with great warmth and friendliness. Some of the long timers have returned to Drifters for 14 years in a row. That says a great deal about how terrific the park truly is! My wife and I were sorry to move on after staying there for two weeks, but have placed our names on the returnees list for the late fall / early winter in 2009.