Last time we were in this area we were impressed by what we saw at the state park and tried to reserve a spot in the campground there for our stay here this year. We phoned in December and this park with over 400 sites was already full. We stopped by today to talk to the office and we are already too late for 2013. One of the reasons for this is that it only costs $25 to make a reservation, the park charges $400/month and you can stay here for months at a time. The other reason is that the park has so much to offer. All the campsites are huge and with electricity, water and sewer. They are green and vegetated, but there are no tall trees that would block our satellite dish. Most people would not care; this public park also supplies free internet. It has a nice 18 hole golf course where we played yesterday. Today we rode our bikes about ten miles on the paved bike trails that circumnavigate a fresh water lake and continue on through the woods. There are unpaved hiking trails as well. It has tennis courts and an immense pool. We heard that the laundry facilities are huge, which they would need to be with so many sites.
The beach for the park is across the highway and we spent a delightful afternoon there enjoying the sunshine, surf, white sand, and happy children frolicking in the waves. In the distance toward town the beach looked much more crowded, which made sense because that's where all the high rise hotels and condos are. Considering the fact that we are here during spring break, we have been pleased that there is no craziness here. There are groups of college students parading up and down the beach, reminding us how fat and wrinkled we are, but they are all behaved and a pleasure to share the sand with. There was no entrance or parking fee for the beach or the park itself. It all is open for everyone to enjoy, a real treasure.
It's unusual to find a park so booked up so far in advance. Most state parks open their reservations twelve months ahead of time and many set aside a portion of their sites for folks that arrive without having made a reservation. The office staff there must be mighty busy with people calling up to change their minds. Maybe we should make a reservation for 2014. We have enjoyed our stay on the Redneck Riviera.