Very relaxing campground very close to the beach.
Bethany Beach Training Site
Type of site
$18 - $54
What a beautiful place and location is great. 12 miles from Rehobeth Beach, Delaware and 10 miles from Ocean City Maryland, not to mention it's right across the highway (walking distance) from Bethany Beach. Yes RV sites 1-12 a little tight for manuevering but all in all great. In back of the small training facility so, you can't expect a lot of amenities such as recreational, commissary/BX, gym, etc. But do have a weight room, laundry, shower/bath facilities and a host/check-in office that will provide information on local eateries and things to do. It has a salt pond for swimming, fishing, kayaking that leads to a canal and also a 1/2 mile track for walking, running, biking and large open field for playing almost any sports. This facility is great because it's quiet, and conveniently located from the crowded nearby public campgrounds that look more like little trailer towns or mobile home parks. Best of all NO HOMESTEADERS allowed. Will be visiting again during July 4th weekend 2015. BTW, the staff is great, very friendly and accommodating. Remember to go through new access gate just a few yards south of the main gate which your GPS and other directions will send you through.
Jan 16-19, 2015
This visit was to stay in one of several mobile homes on post ($66/night). I've used these a few other times and are convenient for those times when we stay with either a number of family members or another couple. Our RV (truck camper) is best used for just the two of us. The trailers are very nicely fitted out with bed linen, very minimal kitchen supplies and three (?) bedrooms and two baths. Minimal kitchen supplies means plates, cups and adequate dinnerware but very little in the way of cooking utensils. As always, check-in was smooth and easy. When we visit the RV sites, we often bring bottled water for drinking, coffee, etc as we often find the water there undrinkable. On the contrary, the water in the mobile home seemed quite good. I'm not certain if there were changes made to the system or it the mobile homes were on another water supply. Please note my forum post about access to the post. The 'main' gate is no longer open. The 'older' gate is now used for access.
11 July 2014
Stayed one week. Limited allowance since this is popular site however many empty spots even on w/e. Didn't understand need to have rig move over one spot after being there for several days to allow another rig into their spot. Both same size, same access to hookups. Plus, one RVer said he was to move into my spot the next morning & I said "no, that I was there for a week, had my site #, & wasn't going to hookup, unhook & rehookup. He moved to a different site of his own choosing. Seems as if there is some disorganization in the running of the park. Base is immaculate, laundry rooms available but I didn't need them. There is a "Bethany Beach" shuttle that comes to the base entrance now, very convenient if you don't tow a car, you're not stuck. One could walk across a busy highway & walk several blocks to beach w/public access or drive to the State park "swimming" beach. Long drive but worth it since there are change rooms, bathrooms, & a concession w/simple foods. Weather was very cool on the beach, needed to wear jeans & sweatshirt but enjoyed the sand $ surf.
1 to 3 Aug 2014
Stayed for a few rainy days this summer. Sites 1-12 are a bit cramped but OK. Sites 13 and higher are nicer and down near the pond and playground. WiFi was a bit unreliable, but they told us upfront it might be. I had a double kayak with us and we went out on the salt pond. Found out it is connected to the canal system down there. I wish we had more time and better weather and could have down a longer excursion. Biking was nice. Not really trails, but room on the shoulder that was adequate. A great experience overall, despite the weather being rainy.
July 3 - July 10, 2014
Another relaxing vacation at BBTS. Always a good time. Surprisingly, the post wasn't a sharp looking as normal. It was mowed during our visit but prior to that, hadn't been apparently for some time. Grass under the picnic tables (of occupied sites) was never mowed. This can be an issue as numerous ticks were picked up in this longer grass. Additionally, I would suggest that efforts are initiated to remove the resident Canada geese that roam the new section. Both the beach area and sites at that end of the post are seriously fouled by goose droppings. As an aside, we always bring our own drinking water. The water at these sites often (but not always) tastes and smells badly.
April 23-24, 2014
What a nice little RV Park! Very close to fantastic beach resorts and yet so underutilized, at least this early in the season.....we were the only ones staying during a very pleasant weekend in late April. Enjoyed exploring the town of Rehoboth Beach a short drive to the north. Or, one could take a walk across US-1 and visit the small coastal town of Bethany Beach. These, as well as Dewey Beach are quintessential east coast beach communities that have largely been untouched by the mega-resort mentality such as you find at Ocean City to the south. We will be back, hope the word doesn't get out about this incredible camping opportunity and the place fills up.
I come here often. There are very limited "amenities and facilities" but the beach is a couple of blocks across the road. What's not to like. The pads in the older section have been recently redone - all smooth concrete. The post is kept in immaculate condition and the staff are very accommodating. 24/7 security during the summer season. Whenever we're not hosting our 'grand dog', we're here.
Late October 2011
Another excellent weekend at BBTS - a truly undiscovered gem. Brought the kayaks this time and spent two relaxing hours on Salt Pond as well as the canal to Ocean View. Walked to the beach for another several hours. 24/7 gate security now so there's no trying to remember a gate code. Nothing to do but with the beach so close, there's no need for them to provide entertainment. Supposed to be WIFI available but at the RV sites, the signal is next to non-existent without a signal booster. Great place and NOW OPEN YEAR ROUND!
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June 24, 2011
I was very pleased with the site and the camping facilities and would highly recommend it. I will return. Security was an added value to the experience and the staff was very courteous and friendly. If I could make a couple of suggestions: 1. Advise guests in advance that Junior ROTC training would be taking place during their visit and that they would be awakened at 4:30 and 6:30 in the morning every day by the LOUD cadence calls of the cadets as they marched past your campsite and 2. advise campers that the generator is run up on Wednesdays at 9:00 AM for an hour and their camper AC units would take power hits as the generator went on and off line. Also, I arrived on a Friday and the restroom was out or paper towels, toilet paper, and looked like it had not been thoroughly cleaned in some time. On the following Wednesday morning, nothing had changed. All in all, it was a very enjoyable experience and the close vicinity of the beach made it great.
L.C. left this review using the Directory software: A little out of the way, but well worth the extra driving time to reach this FAMCAMP. Clean laundry facilities and there were no charge. All camp sites had full hookups that included w/s/e and cable. We used our Verizon stick for internet. A salt lake is located on the base that has an excellent beach for kids to play in the sand. The beach is a short walk off base. Personnel that we dealt with were very supportive and truly seemed to welcome us.
27 June - 01 July 2011
Great hidden gem on the Atlantic. While this is only a small training facility with no BX, Commissary, etc it's a great jumping off point. Ocean City, MD is 30 mins South and Rheoboth and Lewes beaches are just up the road. The RV restrooms could have been a little better but we had all we needed in our travel trailer. Personnel at the camp were EXTREMELY helpful and friendly. For $22 a night you can't beat the value for the location. The town of Bethany Beach is literally across the street with a nice boardwalk and beach to enjoy. My wife has already decided this one deserves a return trip!!! Croz... MSgt, USAF (Active duty, at least until 01 Feb, 2012!)
C.J. left this review using the Directory software: Great place to visit crabbing at the salt pond is great, would go again.
This is a beautiful place and the location is amazing. We liked it so much that we went back the following weekend. The only area that needed some attention was the bathroom(RV Latrine). It was in need of cleanliness but since we had the RV we didn't depend on the Latrine. The location is amazing and the staff was great. I definitely recommend it to everyone.
July 11-14 2010
Close to our home in NJ, great place close to beaches and your own private fishing pier, we caught so many crabs had a blast here, we will come back!
Mid June, 2010
Another wonderful 3-day weekend at BBTS. Post has never looked better; clean, trimmed up and spruced up. New landscaping and fresh paint. Even the RV bath house seemed to be cleaner than ever. New shower stalls, I think, too. Not a bunch of amenities; no PX or commissary but a wonderful place to relax.
While staying at Dover AFB I decided to take a ride down here to check it out. Since I was not staying there, I had to Pass Code to get onto the very small National Guard Base, so i called the Duty number. I was given the Pass-Code and went to the office to show my ID. Got directions to the 2 small CG on base. They both have cable, so that is very good. 2 blocks away from the beach, so walking would be no problem in getting back and forth. Small fishing pier and was told that crabbing is also good there. I would consider staying there. I did not go driving around to see what was in the area, but if u are down there, it would be for the water sports. I did not check the bathhouse or rest rooms.
Great location and you can't beat the price. Bathrooms not so nice and no pets allowed is a big drawback. Salt Pond sites are VERY close together, you are almost better off pulling forward and using the space behind your rig, you get great morning sun this way too. Call ahead for gate code.
July 18-21, 2008
This was our first experience at a Military campground. I found it searching this website for Military campgrounds. We chose Bethany Beach for it's location to the surrounding beaches. I gave amenities/facilities a lower rating due to the fact that it could use some lighting along the road of the RV/camping sites. The RV Lavatory should have an outside light on the building as well. The RV Latrine Ladies room was clean and nice working (plenty of hot water) showers. My husband was not so pleased with the cleanliness of the Mens side of the RV Latrine. He stated each day it was puddled with water and sand which made it difficult to dry off from showering and keeping the sand off your feet (yuk). Overall, it gets a 5 as you can't beat the bang for the buck and location. We stayed at site 21, pull thru.
5-11 June 2008
As all other reviews have mentioned, what a neat place to stay and visit the beach! The Delaware Guard has this small bit of land they use for some routine training, and it is clean and well-groomed. The billeting desk folks are very friendly. They handle reservations for everything on base ... the RV spots, the mobile home trailers for recreational renting, as well as the "barracks" for folks coming for their training weekends. The "base" is very small, but they have a nice running track. There is a helipad in the center of the track. We stayed during a training weekend, and a helicopter landed. Fun and entertainment for the kids! I never used any "bath-house" ... I wasn't aware there even was one. I figured the "latrines" were only for use by the active duty folks during a training period. However, we did take advantage of the free laundry machines. Free Laundry gives amenities a "5" rating from me! However, that is the end of the on-base amenities. But with everything else just out the gate and down the street, I wouldn't complain. I've been on big bases where it's a 15 minute drive from the FamCamp to the Exchange. Besides watching the helicopter land, we enjoyed the playground, flying our kite around the track, and watching crabs in the salt pond. And of course, plenty of room to ride bikes ... the base is too small for anyone to "speed" around, so it's safe enough for even the little ones riding trikes. Other area campgrounds cost $48/nite, so the value here is quite good. Would definitely return for a week, to enjoy the beach, some shopping in town, and all the crab cakes I can stand!
9-11 Nov 07
It would have been nice to know that the campground bath house was closed. (Hopefully for renovations) But the substitute facilities were not up to par - paper towels in the sinks, numerous mops and buckets stored in the showers. If I had know it would be open bay facilities, I would have brought my boot camp body instead of my old saggy retired body. Still a nice place to use as a starting point for shopping the Rehoboth outlets.