Manatee Cove Campground

Manatee Cove Campground

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Location

Installation
Patrick SFB, Cocoa Beach, FL
GPS Coordinates
28.238, -80.61533
Location Information
Patrick SFB, Cocoa Beach, FL
RV Gate Coordinates
28.22575, -80.6003

Directions

Directions
Take Pineda Causeway, I-95 Exit 188 (new eastbound connection to Pineda Causeway that will not show up on GPS), to A1A (continue on Pineda Causeway past THE FIRST Patrick AFB GATE) turn left, truck entrance is about 1 miles on left on School/Anvil Ave. After hours, CALL 1-321-494-2008 Law Enforcement 30 minutes prior to arrival to get truck gate opened. The main gate and back gate CANNOT be used for large RVs. Once inside and through the inspection, take this road to the end and turn right onto S. Patrick Rd. Continue on S. Patrick Rd. for 1.1 miles. Near end of runway, it bears left and name changes to Atlas Ave. Near the end of this road, turn left onto Rescue Rd and go for about 2 miles. It dead ends at Famcamp. Check-in at the campground office.

Map

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Map of Manatee Cove Campground

Contact Information

Phone Number
(321) 494-4787
Mailing Address
FamCamp, PO Box 254740, Patrick AFB, FL 32925-4740

Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active Duty, National Guard, Reservists, Retired Military, 0-100% DAV, Purple Heart Recipients, Former POW, Veteran Caregivers, DoD and NAF Civilians. Read this Article on Authorized Users
Season
Year round.
Reservations
Active duty only 30 days in advance, NOT to exceed one reservation in a 12 month period. No reservations for all else.
Mail Forwarding
Send mail to: (Your name), c/o Manatee Cove FamCamp, PO Box 254740, Patrick AFB, FL 32925-4740. -- Send UPS/FedEx to: (Your name), c/o Manatee Cove FamCamp, 1659 Rescue Road, Patrick AFB, FL 32925
Pet Information
Maximum of 2 pets allowed and current rabies vaccination certificate is required on ALL pets. Normal leash and clean-up rules also apply. Any breed (including a mixed breed) that are deemed “aggressive” or “potentially aggressive” are not allowed. For the purposes of this policy, aggressive or potentially aggressive breeds of dogs are defined as a Pit Bull (American Staffordshire Bull Terrier or English Stffordshire Bull Terrier), Rottweiler, Doberman Pinscher, Chow and wolf hybrids.
Campground Information
Lower rates are for May-Oct. Higher rates are for Nov-Apr. The maximum length of uninterrupted stay in the campground is 170 days. Guests shall then vacate the campground for a minimum period of 48 hours. $3 fee for dump for non-guests. The office is open Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri from 0900 to 1300. Hosts are on duty from 1000 to 2200 when office is closed. When the office is closed, check-in with host. If after dark, park in lot next to playground and check-in the following morning.
Big Rig Friendly?
Yes
Facilities
Biking, Camping Equipment Rental, Water Sports.
Amenities
  • Dump, Sewer
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Tent Area
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Playground
  • Picinic Area
  • Beach
  • Fishing
  • Boating, Boat Rentals
  • Golf
  • Library
  • Gas
  • Commissary
  • Exchange
  • Fitness Center
  • Shoppete
  • Swimming
  • Snack Bar
  • Class VI
  • Car Wash

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Riverfront Sites
18
W/20,30,50A/S
$30
N/A
$810
Standard Sites
147
W/20,30,50A/S
$22 - $24
N/A
$595 - $650
Tent
10
None
$10
N/A
N/A

Other Information

Dining Hall Policy
Firearms Policy
Firearms are to be checked into the base armory.
DoD Interactive Comment Evaluation

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Weather Information

A popular winter destination along the East coast of Florida. Not too far from Cape Canaveral.

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Videos

Tour of Manatee Cove Family Campground at Patrick AFB, FL
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User reviews

136 reviews
 
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Overall rating
 
4.1
Location
 
4.5(136)
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4.1(136)
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3.7(136)
Value
 
4.1(136)
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4.0(136)
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May 7-12, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
5.0
Value
 
5.0
Overall Experience
 
5.0
Nice campground and facilities. Close to the ocean beach. Enjoyed the base Tiki-bar!
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June 24-July 1, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.9
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
5.0
Value
 
4.0
Overall Experience
 
5.0
We have a 45' toy hauler. If you're anywhere near this big, pull over in the pullout right before the RV park. There is a camp host right across the street. He was not on duty when we arrived, but was happy to help us. We also have a Jeep, so we took it up to the community center, where the other two camp hosts are and the on duty host checked us in. The sites on the backside of the park are tight. The host laughed at me when I said that, but for us (experienced, fulltime RVers for almost 7 years with a big rig), it looks tight. The sites are close together and the utilities and the picnic tables have barely 8 feet between them, some of the closest we've ever seen. The host made me sign a 3 page "insurance" pamphlet that "if I "broke anything, I'd have to pay to fix it" and proceeded to tell me stories, so yeah, the sites are tight and the twisty-turny roads would've definitely had us curb-checking had we driven through that area with our RV. Instead, we stayed in the front of the RV park in site 63, which was much more spacious with easier access roads, although I still had to be extremely careful backing in to avoid hitting the utilities or the decking. If you have more than one vehicle, you'll have to park one elsewhere. There's a park down the road during the summer, but the host said during the winter, thats not an option. Cell service (Verizon & AT&T) worked great, we never found wifi, and there's no info in the check-in material about wifi, so not sure if it's offered although the map shows a wifi symbol. Laundry rooms are sufficient and very reasonably priced at .75 each. You have to leave the base to go to the beach, it's only open sunrise to sunset, and the main gate, which is the closest, is rarely open after duty hours. You have to take the gate by the 404 by the BX & Commissary.
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August 2021
Overall rating
 
3.2
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
2.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
2.0
Value
 
4.0
Overall Experience
 
3.0
This is ran as a Trailer Park not an RV park. Most have been here years and think they have an ownership to include the hosts. People watch when you come and go, talk to others about you and basically don't mind their own business. Leave for a few days with your RV on the site to go to doctors appts or a cruise and you will find hosts calling management stating that you are just storing your rig there. All of this shouldn't matter as the rent is paid but they are afraid there might not be a site with their snowbird friends arrive so they want you out. Base outdoor rec management will tell you if you don't like it - Leave. Mgmt will also tell you that you can leave for Thanksgiving or Christmas but don't leave for both or they will throw you out and rent your slot to someone else. These are slots paid in advance but doesn't matter to them.
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09 July 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
5.0
Value
 
5.0
Overall Experience
 
5.0
Spent the weekend at the Patrick SFB FamCamp during the off season in July. Plenty of spaces available. Easy access onto base via the commercial entrance off Rt A1A. Greeted by the camp host named Tom who was extremely helpful in showing me where my spot was and offered this newbie great advice on setting up camp. Cash is not accepted, so I used a credit card. The full hookup campsite was spacious, clean and leveled with a gravel surface. The camp does not provide WiFi or cable television, but our HD antenna picked up 56 over the air channels very clearly. There is a hospitality rec area that provided internet access if needed. Patrick SFB is an active duty base with all available amenities such as base exchange, shoppette, commissary, base hospital, gas station and class 6. Great restaurants are in the area. Shore power was reliable and tested by a severe rain storm that passed though the area. This was a nice base RV park to spend a weekend.
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24 Feb 2021
Overall rating
 
1.6
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
1.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
1.0
Value
 
1.0
Overall Experience
 
1.0
Agree wholeheartedly with @Maine_Adventures! I worked all last summer as a campground manager / campground host for a US Forest Service campground in the Rocky Mountains. The campground was at 100% occupancy for the three summer months it was open, had 181 individual campsites and 4 group campsites, and my wife and I, plus one other couple, were able to manage the location completely on our own. Key to this was the US Forest Service's use of an online advance reservation service (recreation.gov) to manage all aspects of the campground and customer experience. These modern systems completely manage all of the reservations, payment processing and campsite assignments. All we had to do was call up a list each morning of which campers would be checking out that day and who would be checking in each day. So while some users below have pointed to mismanagement, abuse of power, or lack of personnel resources; it really boils down to a (poor) leadership decision to use an outdated first come first served approach to managing this FAMCAMP. An online reservation system solves all of those issues while providing a better customer experience by removing all inventory management and financial transaction/accounting responsibilities from the staff, thereby freeing them up to act in a hospitality role to welcome and assist campers during their stays.
9 February 2021
Overall rating
 
2.1
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
1.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
2.0
Value
 
3.0
Overall Experience
 
1.0
We visited Manatee Cove in February 2021 and it seems like the place is very poorly managed. I see what other users say about needing to be part of the 'in crowd', or being on the hosts' or managers' good side, to get a spot in the campground, but to me the problem is even deeper than that. Who in the world thinks it is a good idea in this day and age to manage a customer service operation like this without offering your customers the opportunity to make advance reservations? I mean who would go to a doctor or a dentist that didn't accept appointments made in advance? Who would risk their entire vacation plans on traveling an airline that didn't sell tickets in advance? In this age of constant connection with the internet, it has even become commonplace to make reservations or purchase reserved seat tickets for movies at the cinema. So why would Patrick make customers drive all the way out to this facility with only a hope and a prayer of getting a campsite? Online self-serve reservation systems like those used at hotels, airlines, state park campgrounds and national park campgrounds not only prevent the on-site host or manager from abusing their position and rigging the system to only serve their friends as has been alleged at this location in the past, but it also requires customers to pay via electronic means such as credit or debit cards which eliminates the high costs associated with collection, handling and auditing of cash. I am not fully retired, nor a snowbird, and usually can only get a few days off at a time from my job, so with an outdated operational model like the one employed at Manatee Cove prevents me from considering this location in the future. If I've only got 3-days off from work, do I want to spend it sitting in my camper in Chevron Park just hoping someone will call me into the FAMCAMP to occupy a campsite, or would I want to make advance reservations at a state or federal park campground and know that I can spend all three days relaxing and enjoying the area? @45 FSS - There is a lot of room for improvement here to alter your business and management model and offer increased customer service to your clients. Take a hard honest look at the management of this FAMCAMP and you will find better ways to operate this facility and improve the customer experience through advance reservations.
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22-25 Jan 2021
Overall rating
 
3.9
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
4.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
3.0
Value
 
3.0
Overall Experience
 
4.0
We spent the weekend at Patrick AFB. Around 10+ empty spaces everyday. No WiFi at each site. Restrooms were open, of which we did not use. We were at site #73 a back in at $24 per night. Surprised to find the host checks to see if you have your state vehicle registration/insurance/drivers license and ID-None of this was checked by Security Forces at the front gate except your DOD ID for entry. If you do not have the documents you will not be allowed entry. Overall quiet place with Exchange and Commissary. The host/staff really bent over to make sure your stay is a very pleasant one. Dump station closed, I believe to to Covid-19. Happy Travels!!
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Oct 2019 - Feb 2020
Overall rating
 
4.0
Location
 
4.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
4.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
4.0
Value
 
4.0
Overall Experience
 
4.0
We spent 4 months here over the 2019/2020 winter. Even coming in mid-October, it was a bit difficult getting a site for the long-term stay. There's a variety of sites from old to new, from small to huge. We ended up in a site that was small and very close to our neighbors. The park had a few activities planned. The base is quiet but has a decent Exchange and a large commissary. The hosts and office staff were friendly. Overall, a nice RV Park to spend the winter at (if you arrive early enough).
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November 2019
Overall rating
 
4.9
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
4.0
Value
 
5.0
Overall Experience
 
5.0
Very nice park with various types of sites, some older but all in good shape, nice patio furniture. The office Mgr. is great, she is helpful and knows does a great job explaining the why and what for's. The camp hosts are also top shelf, Mike and Barb. I can't imagine wanting more from a FamCamp.
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25 October 2019
Overall rating
 
3.4
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
3.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
4.0
Value
 
5.0
Overall Experience
 
2.0
Wonderful park that's unfortunately poorly managed. The front office doesn't know about the status of spots on the park. They assigned me to a spot that was already filled. The office staff, although not outright rude, is not helpful or friendly. Asking them questions feels like an imposition. Mail delivery is problematic. Although they insist that they get mail daily, they don't. A package delivered to the base post office on Thursday, still wasn't available on Saturday. The front office has problems that take away from an otherwise nice park.
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Dec, 23,24,25, of 2018
Overall rating
 
2.2
Location
 
3.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
3.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
3.0
Value
 
3.0
Overall Experience
 
1.0
My wife and I stayed at Manatee Cove for a few nights, just to get away. I don't think that there is a management problem, just a lack of personnel to do the job. You have absolutely no idea if you will get a spot. The park is full of snowbirds and homesteaders. When we arrived, we asked one homesteader where the host was, his reply was that there is none and the office is closed, park out there and in the morning they will come get you. Well, the office was not closed, but she was at lunch and returned at 1300 hrs., but the sign said that they were closed and go see the camp host. Well there is no camp host. What she should have did was put a sign on the door will be back after lunch. It was very confusing. I did get the last site, as she said, but I seen plenty of sites empty. Most of the sites are tight to get into, so it makes it like living in a mobile home park. They have very specific rules, no rugs over a certain size, no fires, no noises and so on. If you make any noise, break a rule the park homesteaders will be the first to turn you in. It like the park has a bunch of Geriatric patients living there. You come there to enjoy yourself and have fun but there is nothing to do. They do have a small dog area, which is Ok. But watch out for the Geriatric patients with there dogs. There is no real beach, just the edge of the water with stinks. We did meet some nice people that were very sociable, and seen things as we seen them. To be honest most of the older people there were rude, like we were invading and disturbing them. Maybe when they live in there RV they forget how to socialize themselves. All in the nutshell, if you want a place to park your RV and sleep at night it's cheep. If you want to enjoy yourself, have fun, it's not the place. 
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Dec 2017. Jan 2018
Overall rating
 
2.6
Location
 
4.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
2.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
4.0
Value
 
2.0
Overall Experience
 
2.0
Management at this FC needs to be replaced! Worse of the worse. They have a double standard. I.e. Host named **** docked his brother's RV for storage in a full hook up spot. When asked by campers he gets a hard nose attitude. Rude. The two who work in the office should have been replaced years ago. Rude. Multi answers to same question. Seems take care of buddies and *&@% the rest. Upper management is even worse. She could care less. Don't even go to talk with her. Wasting your time. People need to go to the command, IG, JAG, etc. Once enough complaints are submitted, hopefully they will replace these clowns.
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September 2018
Overall rating
 
4.9
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
5.0
Value
 
4.0
Overall Experience
 
5.0
Nice military campground. We were in a 42' RV, and while the roads were a little tight, overall, the roads were good. Roads and camping pads were recently updated. Pads are level (some are gravel, some are concrete). Utilities were excellent (power was always "clean" and proper - good water- and convenient sewer hook-ups). This is a "First Come - First Serve" campground, so it is a little annoying that you cannot call and have them tell a spot is available, even when you are an hour away. Other than the lack of reservation policy, the campground is located on the Banana River, and next to the Airfield. The Base itself is small, but nice. The campground had a dog run, which was nice. The Campground also had a small store and an air-conditioned lounge. The lounge was open 24/7. The Base had some nice facilities. Right now, half of the lots are off line for construction. Should be completed by the 2018 winter rush. Only comment was that the monthly rate of $595 was not much better than the daily rate of $22/day. This is a little expensive for a military campground, but overall, a nice place. We will be back. We enjoyed our stay, and everyone was friendly and nice. It was a little challenging getting into the gate with an RV. Make sure you understand the process, and don't just show up at any of the gates (95% will not fit in the main gates). The campground is about a 10 minute drive to any gate, so getting on or off the base was always a little further. 
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6 Aug 2018
Overall rating
 
3.8
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
5.0
Value
 
5.0
Overall Experience
 
2.0
Noseeum Bugs We stayed here 6,7,8 Aug 2018. I would rate as 5 stars if it weren’t for the no see um bugs. This was my first and hopefully my last encounter with them. I wish we’d been warned about them at check- in and I would have known better than to be outside and endure their stinging bites which I thought were harmless. A warning at checkin would have also saved me hours of research on the Internet figuring out what had bitten me. A day or two after we left the campsite, we both started getting red welts all over our ankles, legs and arms. The welts/bites itches worse than anything I’ve ever had, even waking me up during the night. After tearing the motorhome apart looking for bedbugs, fleas, ants or any other bug that could be biting us, I finally read about noseeums and how their bites show up 1 to 2 days later. The itching lasts for about 9 days. I had at least 50 bites and looked like a human pin cushion. It was miserable. The best thing I found to help was oil mixed with a few drops of tea tree essential oil. I’m not blaming Patrick AFB because from what I read, there isn’t an insecticide to control them. My gripe is that they didn’t warn us about them. I’m guessing I’m not the only one who has never encountered this pest before. I would have limited my time outside and worn deets protection to keep them away. We were at a site near the construction area on the beach. Perhaps the disturbance of the sandy construction area kicked them up?? Just beware.
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May 28 - 31, 2018
Overall rating
 
4.9
Location
 
4.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
5.0
Value
 
5.0
Overall Experience
 
5.0
My wife and I stayed at Manatee Cove for a few nights. We arrived on Memorial Day, and we were surprised to find the office open. Registration was easy. You will have to show registration and proof of insurance for your RV and any other vehicles which you may have with you. You will also have to present proof of Rabies vaccination for any dogs if you have one. Since we arrived on a holiday, the Patrick truck gate was closed. You have to use this gate for RVs since there is no way to navigate the other gates with a longer vehicle. We called the security forces number, 321-494-2008, and we were told that someone would be there soon. Security forces were there before too long, and we were cleared to get on the base. You only have to use the truck gate to come on the base, but you can use the other gates when leaving. I asked about getting a river front site since I noticed that they were mostly empty when we drove in. I was told that they were currently closed for shore line renovation. We were given site 41 which was just across the street from the river front sites. The view was awesome. It appears that Patrick AFB was hit hard by hurricane Irma last year, and it caused shore erosion on the Banana River. It was good to see that they are working hard to restore the shore line. The campground is in my opinions divided into two different sections. The first section, which is where we were assigned, is made up of sites with gravel parking areas. This area has several trees which provide some shade. The second section look newer, and has cement parking pads, and are mostly pull through. Each section has it's own shower house/bathroom. Both shower houses look to be very well maintained. We enjoyed our stay, and will visit again.
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April 13, 2018
Overall rating
 
4.9
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
4.0
Value
 
5.0
Overall Experience
 
5.0
Stayed here last month and really enjoyed it. There is a nice, quiet beach area where we did some fishing. We saw a shuttle launch from the beach as well. Good dog park, and plenty of space to walk. Close to Melbourne and Cocoa Beach. We were on a concrete pad, with plenty of room.
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27 April 2018
Overall rating
 
5.0
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
5.0
Value
 
5.0
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5.0
Three notes. On 26 April, they began the requirement to present registration and proof of insurance for EACH vehicle entering. Pet vacination certificate is also required. Next note: If the commercial gate is closed, before you make a left from A1A make sure that rear end will not stick out into oncoming traffic. I saw, at dusk, a MH plus Toad sticking out about 5 feet into the 55 mph right lane. Next note: Leaving the base, your GPS will likely send you on a now blocked off road ( Breakers Lane). Be aware.
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April 13, 2018
Overall rating
 
2.5
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
4.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
4.0
Value
 
1.0
Overall Experience
 
1.0
I did not stay at this campground...the camp host was very polite and apologetic but would not allow me to check in because I had a trailer attached to my motor home...she told me I could only check in if I found somewhere to put my trailer. She told me the marina could store my trailer but they would not be open until the next morning...so what the heck am I supposed to do? My rig and trailer would have easily fit on almost any of the many open sites...and there were lots of open sites...too bad they turn away those of us who have served our country for something as stupid as a trailer. PATHETIC!!!. I will spend my hard earned dollars at a campground that is more appreciative of veterans...at least I was given a list of other camps...it was getting late so I went the closest one at Wickam park.
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March 17-24, 2018
Overall rating
 
3.6
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
4.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
3.0
Value
 
1.0
Overall Experience
 
4.0
Very nice well kept park. Over priced for what they offer. No WIFI and only one laundry room with 4 washers and 4 dryers. Most of the park has no trees our grass. Makes its very muddy when it rains. Has a nice recreation area. I just don't think there rates our good for a bunch of retired people.
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Mar 10-13, 2018
Overall rating
 
4.2
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
4.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
3.0
Value
 
5.0
Overall Experience
 
4.0
I was debating north or south from Fort Lauderdale after a visit with my son. The coin landed heads and north to Manatee Cove over NASKW. Wish I'd have gone south just because weather was meh. For the record, I'm a tent camper and really would prefer electricity at my site because I occasionally need a heater or fan to ameliorate some weather factors and I like keeping my phone and laptop functioning. Military famcamps seem to discriminate against tent campers by relegating us to the back 40 well away from the main services offered to folks in the mega-wheeled mansions. Heck, it's even written into the camp regs that tents are not allowed on serviced sites. Why? I served the same career time as those who'd rather live in a mobile home. On to the review - the tent area at Manatee was destroyed by Irma and has not been touched since. It was bulldozed level and left to rot. A temporary location was set up across the road with picnic tables denoting sites, but the old side has not been marked off limits. How do I know this? I set up on the one remaining MARKED site in the old area and was asked to move shortly after arrival. Hmmm, signage sure would help and so would a desk clerk pointing it out. The camp host was polite about it, but did insist I move ASAP as I stood there with dinner in my hands. I politely insisted I would as soon as the food was gone. :) I ate first, then moved. The shower facilities were excellent and the dog run area was a bonus for my lil mutt to play off leash. He loved it. I left a day early for home due to rain and wind. The views were fantastic and I'd love to enjoy it in better weather. I'll be back. Three stars for lack of motivation on getting the tent campground up and running again. It wouldn't take much to add an electrical outlet at each site while they're working over there.
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