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Fort Myers Beach RV Resort
Reviewed 25 March 2014

We stayed at this park for new years 2014. being part of the Encore family, reservations are done through a central office. Even though I selected Motor home and specified 37' in length, somehow they reserved us a spot for a 28' RV. Luckily, they had another spot open that we would fit in. The office staff was good but not what I would call friendly. It is hard to describe but almost as if they were looking for something to get mad about.

As everyone has noted, the park is older and the streets are somewhat narrow. It is only really a problem if some guests are inconsiderate in how they park their cars. Even with an SUV parked into the road on my left, I was still able to get our rig into the spot without much difficulty. The sites do face each other but they are set so your door is behind the neighbor's RV. It works out well enough and you still get a decent sense of isolation.

The location is great. The beach is not too far of a drive and there are tons of stores and restaurants close by. The main road is somewhat busy. The bathrooms are older but were very clean every time I went in them and they made some small update attempts. The pool was heated and well kept and there is a hot tub. The exercise room was actually pretty nice and was kept very cold and had a water cooler, disinfectant wipes and a sink. It seemed to be pretty pet friendly and there is a small dog park area. Everyone that was staying there that we met was very nice. It was VERY quiet at night, even on new years eve. This is a huge plus to me as we are morning people and I can have trouble sleeping if there are many distractions.

The cable TV infrastructure was terrible. They have daisy chained boxes with cable just laid across the ground. There did not seem to be enough hookups for as many sites as there were in the area we were at. Allot of our neighbors were using satellite so didn't mind. The cable was out on our loop and it was quite the event getting it back on. One long term resident told us that in his experience all but the front desk staff were pretty useless. WiFi is Tengo and is not free. Power water and sewer were all fine.

I would and probably will stay there again. It is a nice little park and a great place to stay in the area. The prices were very reasonable as well.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

Called for reservations at this resort and had a very pleasant phone experience. Called again to confirm reservations and physical address and also had a lovely experience. Figured out that calls for this encore / Thousand Trails park are handled not by the resort itself but by a call center or clearinghouse of some sort. May not seem like a big deal, but read on to understand how this kind of thing impacted our experience at one of their parks. (note: also read my review of the sister park Pioneer Village in North Ft. Myers to get a story of our full experience).

Call center provided check in and out for this resort was 11 a.m. Arrived just after noon to be told that check in was 1 p.m. but the nice woman at the office offered to get us settled anyway. Upon reviewing our reservation, she determined that the site that was set for us (O-17) was likely not large enough. Blame was placed with the call center for that error even though they specifically ask for details of your rig including length, type and # of slides. She was running the office by herself as it was Sunday and was getting some regular interruptions...though she also seemed very scattered. She checked on several other possible sites and finally called someone by phone to help her determine where to put us. After much back and forth and an additional 2 calls, it was determined that we would be put on site A-8, a site between two manufactured homes.

We dropped our Jeep and took it down to the site to determine our best way in with the rig. The office direction was to ignore the one-way streets in this instance and take the rig against traffic into our site. After looking the location and logistics over, we agree this was likely the right thing to do. We also got out and walked the site to ensure there were no hidden issues or obstacles since sites are close together.

Parked our Jeep out of the way and took the rig in. We have a 35 ft. Class A Motorhome. The swing in was a little tight, but do-able. Upon making the turn and knew we wanted to back up and straighten out a bit once in. That, however, was not to be. As the front wheels reached into the site about 2/3 it's length the entire rig SANK into the site...through the lovely LOOKING cover of crushed shell and light gravel and into very soft fine black sandy soil...all the way up to our axels! There was no moving forward and no backing out at that point.


Another residen attempted to rescue/stop us - just as we sank he dove off the bike to run up and try to warn us not to attempt that site. Too late, sadly..The tale gets better now. There had been a large truck that pulled into that site just the week before and got STUCK. It sank and had to be winched out by a tow truck. Interestingly enough it was the truck delivering the load of those lovely covering crushed shells and light gravel!

We headed by foot back to the office. On arrival, we found the poor woman working there completely covered up with people trying to check in and others with issues with their sites. (assigned sites too small for the rig, a resident there for an extended stay reporting he was without power at all for the 2nd or 3rd time in a week.) When things settled down a bit and she had fewer people to work with, we let her know straight away that she probably wanted to call for back up because we had a major issue and she was likely to need some help dealing with our problem and all the normal activity going on in the office.

We explained our situation. She seemed to think a couple of folks in the campground could get together with their vehicles and pull us free. We were finally able to get her to understand they were going to have to provide a tow truck to remove our rig from the sinkhole.

By 4 p.m. we'd been wrenched free of the sinkhole and were back in the office. The management of the park covered the cost of the tow truck as well they should have. There was no argument about that at all and I give them kudos for that (hence the poor rating rather than terrible). The new challenge now was that we still needed a space for the next 5 days - and for the past 4 hours while we had been dealing with a sunken rig, the resort had been placing folks in spaces and now was back to having just the first site we'd been issued by the call center (O-17). We should magically fit if she just got enough folks down there to direct my husband to park. Thank goodness her reinforcements arrived and the voice of reason stepped in.

The new woman/employee on site gave us the option of putting us at one of their sister parks. At that point I was happy to have anything for the night so long as we were safe and hooked up. She called and made reservations for us at their North Fort Myers park, Pioneer Village. (Please see my review of that location to get the entire story).

All in all this was a mixed bag experience for us. On the negative side, of course, was the sunken rig and no space at the convenient location we had researched, chosen, booked and paid for. Also on the negative side was the constant statement by the woman at the office that the "call center" was to blame for all the woes of this park. Finally, the other negative was that the sister site, while it had space for us and worked out fine, was far from convenient to where we had planned to be (nearly 30 minutes north). On the positive side, the staff was nice, they and management handled the problem created by their assignment of what they knew to be an improperly prepared space and paid for the tow. They also stepped in and made suggestions and the call to book other accommodations for us.

My other observations of this park of note: a number of permanent residents in mobile homes are on site. area seems clean and roads well maintained. no trash about. the pool LOOKED great and inviting from the office and parking lot. spaces are very very small and very very close together.

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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

The roads and sites are very narrow, can barely get your vehicle and rig on site. Your rig faces your neighbor instead of.. you facing to their back..To many,dogs, dog park Nasty..dog waste container seldom empty.. My dog and other dogs picked up a virus...Very Sick...vet bill a hundred and twenty bills...You feel like your on an ant hill, Very Congested ..Internet can only be used in rec building but is usually down..there for a month, was down more days then it was up...It a great location to the beach...met some great people camping there...but the park is just to crowded...for $1300.00 i was expecting much more..Don't get on the bad side of the manager..out come will not be good..no problem with him but he does NOT have a good reputation from the regulars at the park...There is no 7 days a week all night security,,lock up you stuff... Have to leave the park just to breath !! For the money they make off this park..they could do much better...We RV full time...we will not return here again..found a much better place on Iona st fort Myers beach..Iona Rv park...Have not stayed there but have made reservation for next year...site are much bigger and not so congested...

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 December 2013

Here's an RV park with a great location (near the beach, restaurants, shopping, entertainment). The rates are very reasonable, given the fine location. Such potential, yet sadly, this RV park doesn't come close to being all it can be.

The roads in the park are narrow, turns are tight, and spaces are narrow. Yet, there are no employees that will guide you to your space!

The park is managed by a young lad with a "can't do" attitude. He can be rather nasty. If I were in the service industry and treated customers the way I was treated by the manager, I'd be fired on the spot! Shame on Encore for tolerating this style of customer relations!

The washers and dryers only take "smart cards"; no cash. You need to get a smart card from the office. If you check in after the office has closed for the day (an early 4 p.m. in season) and you want to do laundry, you're out of luck! Loading money into the card (from your credit card) is a cumbersome process, and can only be done in monetary increments that ensure after you do your laundry there will be money left over on the card, and you can't get it refunded. If you have a problem loading money into the card during the weekend, you're out of luck again. Customer service for the washer/dryer smart card system is only available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Water in two of the showers in the Ladies room doesn't drain. Yuck! A couple of people told me this problem was reported months ago!

There is no onsite convenience store. If you need some common supplies, you have to go shopping offsite.

The pool closes at dusk. (In the winter, that's 6 p.m. in Fort Myers.) It would have been nice to be able to take a dip until 9 p.m. as we can do at many other RV parks.) The pool and spa are nice, but the spa water temperature was way below normal...Brrr!

WiFi only reaches the activity room, exercise room and the pool at the very front of the park, and the speed is very slow.

Cable TV is provided to each site at no additional cost. It's an old system (no HD), but on the plus side, a cable box is not required.

Trash is picked up from each site daily, and the park is kept clean.

All in all, it's hard for this old-style RV park to justify using the word "resort" in its name. Unless all other RV parks in the area are full, you'd be wise to pass on the Fort Myers Beach RV Resort and stay somewhere else.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 March 2016
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  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled as a couple
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Address: 16299 San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33908-3396
Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Fort Myers
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Ranked #13 of 16 Speciality Lodging in Fort Myers
Price Range: £19 - £57 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 306
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