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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2016 9:29 pm 
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We are planning on going to the Siesta Key, FL area and looking for campgrounds close by. One is Sarasota Sunny South. Have any of you stayed there? We want to be close but some of the campgrounds in the area have not received good reviews. This will be a few days stopover on the way to Key West. Just wife, our boxer, and I. We just want to relax and eat good seafood. Other recommendations welcome. Thanks.

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You could try Turtle Beach Campground right on Siesta Key. 8862 Midnight Pass Rd. Sarasota Florida, 941-349-3839. You can take a look at it quite well on Google Maps and also connect to their website.


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We are currently in Cortez and love the park that we are in, however we want to be closer to Sarasota so we have been looking for an alternative nearer or in Sarasota. We have not looked at Turtle Beach Campground since we are looking for a winter site, however I have heard that it can be a little tight depending on the size of your rig.

Sarasota Sunny South is on our list of parks for next year but has a little high peak season price than we would like. It is an RV Park NOT a campground, and they make that distinction pretty clear ("no wood fires"). Think of a 50's or 60's housing development in the center of town where they have removed several blocks of homes and created an RV Park, The lots are all crushed shell with a concrete patio to put your door side on. I met the owner who seems very nice and the office staff is very helpful. The main reason that we have looked beyond this park is the peak season monthly cost.

A couple exits North of "Fruitville Rd" there are two parks That are also on our list but that will put you at leats 30 minutes away from the beach.

We have looked at several in the Venice area as well they are all nice resort type parks but seem a bit tighter than we like.

Depending on the time of your travel will make a difference on how "tight" they feel.

I will be happy to share more detail including names of the other parks if you like or I would be happy to check out any others that you might be interested in. With the two week max time restraint on state parks I have not looked at them.

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You could try Turtle Beach Campground right on Siesta Key. 8862 Midnight Pass Rd. Sarasota Florida, 941-349-3839. You can take a look at it quite well on Google Maps and also connect to their website.

They will not allow a 297, we use to go in our Lance then up graded to a 297, they claim fivers are to long to back in because you block the road hooking or un hooking (one road).
We loved that place, now we have the 346flr even worse.
We stayed at sunny south for 10 days last November, the place is immaculate, quiet, close to everything, our site was a little snug others looked better.
Check out Sun n Fun a little further north and close to I-75, you can get a decent pull through site for a couple of days, Encore I believe?

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Lynn wrote:
jackanddi wrote:
We stayed at sunny south for 10 days last November, the place is immaculate, quiet, close to everything, our site was a little snug others looked better.


Good to know, Thanks Lynn

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Yes Sun and Fun doesn't look bad. Turtle Bay doesn't allow dogs per their and the Good Sam website. Miss Sophie our sweet boxer would not be happy being left at home! Thanks for all the feedback.

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As far as Sunny South, is there any shade or grass? Pictures do not really show any. I'll be there in July. I know...hot. But it will be the same temperature as here in SC. Shade would be handy though. Sun and Fun looks cooler and has some trees per the pictures.

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As far as Sunny South, is there any shade or grass? Pictures do not really show any. I'll be there in July. I know...hot. But it will be the same temperature as here in SC. Shade would be handy though. Sun and Fun looks cooler and has some trees per the pictures.

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No shade at "Sunny South" a little pun intended :lol: and no grass all shell and stone pavers except for the park models, but have a nice Tiki Hut and a smaller pool, very nice recreation facility.
Sun N Fun is really 55+ community with an indoor pool and physical therapy area plus a large outdoor pool and bar area, even have a place for pet bathing and grooming. The have a lot of shaded sites but some are not, this place is more our cup o tea.

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We were just there touring last week. It is a Care Free Resort and as I understand it is an "all ages" park. It is huge enough that you should be able to find shaded sites and there are tons of things to do. Again for what we are looking for we will probably pass but the park is very nice.

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We stayed at Periwinkle Park Campground on Sanibel on the way to the Keys; older and dated, but great place.

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