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Turtle Beach Campground (formerly Gulf Beach Campground), Sarasota, Florida

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $37.00
Overall Rating:

Location was by far the best thing going for this campground. My biggest issue was lack of security and the staff not willing to enforce the rules once I made them aware of the security issues I had and others using the facilities. The RV camp is right up against a parking lot for the public beach. Beach goers not belonging to the RV camp would come right off the beach, shower and use the camps facilities, then walk right out, in plain view of the staff and never be confronted. This happened all day long. In addition their is only a few barbecue sites with picnic tables. Numerous times when we were there for the week (on two different visits to this park) we observed the locals walk right over from the public beach parking lot and loiter at the RV camp ground ALL DAY! They would have their families (large families) join them and take up the tables and grills. Then of course when we tried to confront them, none of them talked English. Again we confronted the staff and were told that this was a grey area for the county to enforce although the camps paths leading from the parking lot to the RV camp site are clearly marked "Picnic area for RV campers only" but of course this was ignored. If not for these factors I would rate this campground with the highest rating. I am sure this problem did not exist when it was privately owned. All I know is that if this behavior is not curtailed of the locals it will only continue and become a bigger problem. Seen it too many times in states and RV sites all over the country. Speak up about those using the RV camps facilities and picnic area who are not registered paying customers of this camp site. We camped at Turtle Beach Campground (formerly Gulf Beach Campground) in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Surface
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking


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