For the Tampa area it's the nicest for the area. However, that may not be saying much given all the RV parks in the area are older than dirt! So, at least this one is RV only, no park models, and mostly full-timers. Water, sewer, electric services are good, staff friendly, bugs plentiful, hence the name Bay Bayou. Do not come in at night with a big rig! Trees are low on Memorial Drive and at night you won't be able to see them. We cracked an AC cover coming in even though we did during the day time. Our rate was on a summer special.
We stayed for a month on a first time special of $279 for the month. We stayed here because of the good rate and we had a good experience at a sister park in Naples. We stayed in the Palms which is much more suitable for a larger rig. The sites are large and water, sewer, and electric are adequate. The rest of the park is old mobile homes, fixed 5th wheels with rooms attached, and by the looks of it, very French Canadian in the busy season. Not my cup of tea. They are very unfriendly and rude!! Off season the park is open and roomy. Grass grows fast and parking is mostly on grassy sites with no concrete pad. If you want that, they have a few but at the usual $38/night. The closest Publix, Wal-Mart, etc is 6-8 miles away in either Valrico or Plant City. The park is easy in and easy out as it is right off I-4, just 4 miles east of I-75. If we needed to be in the area again we would stay, if offered the special rate.
We stayed here for one month as it was close to our relatives home and to stores we like. Also Sun RV Resorts had an intro special of $279 for one month, and other deals after that. We don't need lots of amenities, just a big enough site to park, good water, power (50 amp), and sewer. The park was fine with those needs. It was kept up nice even though being an older park, spaces are close, but long, and certain areas could be tough to navigate with a big rig and the park being full. In the summer, without all the French Canadians here, it's fine. The park was probably only 25% occupied while we were here. Every one was nice and we would return in the summer months given the same good deals and a choice of site.
We have stayed here 3 other times in the past 6 years. It is convenient and very RV friendly. Parts of the park are tight for certain RV's - the sites can be short of the almost 300 available. There are many benefits for the price but it's expensive if you don't take advantage of them, or need them. It is probably not as nice as it used to be but given the past few economic years they are probably trying to stay afloat. There are not many easy in/easy out RV parks in the Tampa area. Many are older parks and are hard to get in to. This is the main reason we choose this location over others.
A charming park run by family owners, who reside on site, and are always available. Constant improvements are being made. Easy in/easy out access and very quite given such close proximity to I-10. We stopped for an overnight on the way to south Florida and we will visit again.
Stayed here on a PA rate for one night. The park has one long pull through they save for overnight such as I. At 60' long we appreciated the spot. Some of the other back-ins can fit a 45' MH. If in doubt call ahead as we did. It's an older park with narrower concrete roads but if you are careful you can navigate it fine. Don't arrive at night. Staff was accommodating and we enjoyed our one night stay.
Previous comments made about this park are accurate. It's a perfect spot for an overnight stop. There was a comment made about poles and tight turns. If you know how to handle your rig, and watch the corners, it's not a problem. Could be at night, I guess if you don't have good mirrors. Power poles are lower than I've ever seen, but power supply was good. We'd stay again if in the area.
The only thing that stopped us from giving the park a "10" was the hispanic landscapers that sprayed asphalt chunks at my RV and truck with their weed eaters and blowers. Other than that there was plenty of room for my 60' of truck/5th wheel: nice long site in the premium section. I did not need to unhook. $37.80/night w/Good Sam Discount. As said by others, very close to the Alamo and other activities. We used a scooter to go the 5 miles north to the center of it all. Go see the Alamo IMAX movie: get the discount tickets at the Alamo gift shop. The Riverwalk area is great!!
All previous comments are true! We stayed here due to the positives listed by other RVers. The owners are so nice - I'd have to say this was the first time I was escorted to my site by a Mercedes. Since the owners are on site they come to the office when they see you pull in, that is, they seem to always be available. They even let us borrow a DVD to watch as TV reception was limited due to high winds at the time (could not put the antenna up). Sites 41 - 47 are new and appear to be used for the nightly folks that are passing through. There is plenty of room to navigate a large rig - we are 60' hooked up. The park is all dolomite so if it has been dry there is a lot of white dust that gets over everything, but given all the other positives I would still stay here again.
Previous comments made are accurate. We came to the motel/RV park through Passport America. At checkin we stated that we were PA members and the manager quoted us $25. The internet rate was $23. He said he raised it due to increased electricity costs? For $25 it's okay but when we checked in there were 2 sites available: because it's full of long termers in old trailers. The site I was assigned had a bad 50 amp plug and I asked for the only other available site. Manager did not seem to care. Voltage was low by my EMS but enough to get the job done. Lots of cigarette butts everywhere!! The overall phrase that comes to mind: "trailer trash."
Not for the faint of heart! If you don't know how to handle backing your rig into tight spots stay at another Cal-Am park such as Valle Del Oro. If you can park along the north wall there is more room. We watched a newby spend two and a half hours trying to get into his site. He buried the trailer in a fruit tree. When the park is full of Canadian snowbirds from January through March it is very tight everywhere. They like to park their cars on everyones site but there own. The park model crowd do not respect the RVer's spaces. Activities and facilities are good and there is plenty to do if you want to join in. They get some good show talent in season. The dog situation is awful when the park is full. There are two small dog parks at either end for 2005 spaces. Our dogs were unable to make it to them to take care of business so empty sites were used. But when the park is full it gets tough! You will be turned in to the office by snowbirds if you come near their sites! Since most RVers travel with pets this makes the pet rows most uncomfortable. Again if choosing Cal-Am, try Valle Del Oro. It's newer and allows more room for getting in as well as separation between RVs and park models.
We stayed here in a 40' 5th wheel pulled by a Freightliner truck. Management found us a site we could occupy that allowed us to stay hooked up for our 4 night stay. We did call in advance and then booked online to setup our stay. Electrical power, water pressure, and cable TV are good. The campground is tight and you have to watch the trees. You could do some damage to your rig if you are not careful, but big rigs can park here with proper planning. Yes the roads are rough, some sites are not level, but what a great place to be. The park is .3 miles from a well stocked market, the buses take you anywhere you want to go, the staff is wonderful, and you can walk to the rim if you can handle the 1.2 miles on a paved trail (.5 mile as the crow flies), and the entire Grand Canyon Park facilities managed by Xanterra are very nice. It would be hard for someone to not have a great time! It's worth the effort to come here!!
We camped here on a PPA discount: found the park in the PPA directory. We have a 40' 5th wheel and a Freightliner truck. We were given a pull through site that allowed us to stay hooked up for our one night stay. Check in was easy and the staff was friendly. For such a small park we were even escorted to our site. Mostly level gravel sites and newer services with good power to the rig. Easy in and easy out, close to the highway, and a Shell travel stop. We were very pleased with the park for a one night stay and $15.75 for the night. Beats a Wal-Mart parking lot!