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Red Coconut RV Park
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Spring Hill Fl
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49 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“It's on the beach!”
Reviewed 2 April 2014

You have to know what you're getting into when you book at an RV park that is on a beach. Space is at a premium and they have to make money off of every square inch.

The section that is actually on the beach itself is laid out in an orderly fashion and sites are close together. The sites that are along the beach have concrete patio pads and short concrete parking pads. From the front of the parking pads are long planks of wood for the front tires to drive along. The sites are somewhat level naturally but I would bring large wood planks to put under your stabilizers/levelers even though the sand is pretty well compacted. The sea breeze always comes in off the water so if parking a motorhome, you may also want a tarp or device to keep the sand out of your front grill.

The section of the park that is across the street from the beach is an odd mash up of permanent RVs, park models and rental sites. Every inch is indeed put to use and you will see some ... creative sites. It all works out somehow and you are given assistance in parking your rig. If you have a travel trailer, they will even park it for you using their tractor. That is a great idea! Since we have a larger motorhome and went during the busy season, our choices in sites were somewhat limited. We wound up with a somewhat odd spot on the backside of the shuffle ball courts. It faced out to a side road but had some advantages over every other site in the park. One was that we had room to park about 3 cars. Another was that we had plenty of room to put the awning out and then some. Being that we were on a side road, coming and going by car was very easy.

While we were there, we found the front desk staff to be very pleasant and helpful. This was a great relief after reading some of the negative revues in this area. They must have addressed that recently. The Wifi is free and has good signal strength but the equipment cannot handle as many clients as connect. Sometimes you cannot even get an ip address. You can go to the clubhouse and get on a separate SSID that works fine if there is a pressing need for internet. The cable TV system uses a setup box for decoding anything but the local channels. I never wired the coach for that type of setup so just went with local TV over the cable connection which was very clear and in HD.

The bath house is older but clean and as mentioned, requires a key of which you are given 1 and required to pay a small deposit. I understand why they do that being right on the beach. The shuffle ball courts are very nice if you are into that sport. The traffic on the main road can be brutal at times but is usually not a problem where the park is located. There is a Publix supermarket about a mile from the park and in the direction of less traffic. There are a couple restaurants within very short walking distance and there is a 7-11 right next door.

Ft Meyers beach is a beautiful beach with a nice fluffy soft white sand that is unlike anywhere else I have been. It is worth it to stay here even for a few days if you love the beach.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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windsor, on
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126 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 19 March 2014

We stumbled onto this location after getting frustrated while looking for a reasonably priced condo on the Gulf side during March break.

While it is an RV park, Red Coconut also has a one bedroom apartment for rent, located above Gulfside Plaza. Located at the 3000 block of the busy Estero Blvd, the traffic backups end right around our front door but that only lasts until late afternoon. LeeTran (the local transit system) has a trolley stop right in front and across the street as well to accomodate nicely north and southbound trips.

A queen sized bed with a huge closet, two night stands and a large dresser with a mirror made up the bedroom. Large living room with lazyboy (my husband thought he died and went to heaven), comfy overstuffed chair and full size couch, decent size TV with a great selection of cable channels made the evenings and mornings comfortable. Kitchen was a good size with fridge with full freezer, electric stove and most appliances that you would need (coffee maker, microwave, blender, can opener etc). Bathroom was standard size with a tub/shower and the running toilet does need some attention. Of initial concern was the 12 gallon water heater but we are boaters so we good at conserving water. If more than two people stay there, it may be a challenge to not run out of hot water. We made it work for the two of us with no problems after the first day

The apartment is located above a chinese buffet restaurant, excellent German restaurant, nail place and a massage therapist. Our patio was directly beside the large vent system for the restaurants but the system is well maintained so most times, you will not even know two restaurants are 10' below you.

The patio had a table with an umbrella to protect you from the mid-day sun plus 4 patio chairs and even a beach chair that came in handy when we headed to beach (Beach access was also right across the road).

Located immediately in front of the Gulfview Colony, we learned that it was important not to mix up the two venues...Red Coconut does not have access to the facilities BEHIND the plaza - that is a private park. We used their laundry facilities one day, unaware that the Red Coconut facilities were farther down the road behind the office. Luckily we were done drying our clothes when we got caught. We also inquired about using the pool and the response was that we need to "buy a trailer". The man was very polite and asked if we wanted to play shuffleboard instead but it was good know the boundaries so did not continue to trespass on their property.

During prime time, the rate was $1150 per week but note that the monthly rate is far more economical and when we go back, we hope to stay three weeks and will just take the monthly rate to save money.

The only thing that could have improved our stay would have been the availabilty of a propane bbq on our patio to allow us to do more dinners at home. I suggested this to the office when we checked out and she appeared to be receptive to the idea.

Overall, this apt was a great place to park our hats and flip flops for 14 consecutive days

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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louisville
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20 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2014 via mobile

Our first time here & won't be the last. We stayed on the beach side & couldn't be happier. Yes, the 4th row can be noisy - ok LOUD -due to the traffic but it quiets down around 8:30pm. The beach is only steps away. Electric, water, cable, FREE wifi, sewer. Lots of people have dogs. Sites are smallish but the beach location makes up for it. I'm here for the beach anyway!! Staff is so nice & helpful.

Across the street is the other part of the park. Sites appear to be even smaller than the beach side ones. Paved roads versus the sand roads on beach side.

Love this park; wish we had found it sooner. It's not the cheapest but it sure is the coolest.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Camden, Maine
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 11 February 2014

The Red Coconut is a funky combo of motor homes and park models mixed together. Amenities are few but the beach is right across the street. We had a sight at the back of the park, very noisy and not much room there are some sites on the beach which is nice but not worth the lack of privacy and constant noise.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Atlanta, Michigan
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35 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2014

Con:
The Red Coconut RV Park website shows campers and rv's on the beach. That is the main selling point. About 20 to 25% of the sites are on or near the beach. It is not clear how one gets to set up on these Gulf Side sites. Seniority? Feb is peak season. My wife registered early, but maybe not early enough. And, this was our first visit. So, do not expect to set up on or near the Gulf. It might be the case of take it or leave it because the demand is so high. I am sure the staff is pestered about that all of the time. This is the main reason for my average to vg rating. B+.

The sites are a very narrow tight fit. We could not extend our main awning for instance. We have 40 ft DP MH with two large slideouts.

The park is geared more toward senior citizens and retirees. I guess like most things in Florida.

Pro:
Even if you are on the sites across Estero Blvd you are not too far from the water. Good electrical power. Good water and sewer service. Relatively quiet.

There is pretty nice hiking trail right behind the CG.

We did not bring a car. With our bicycles everything was doable. There is a small grocery store a few blocks away, Topps. Publix is down the other way. And, a liquor store a bit further down. You are about 1.5 miles from the Pier, tourist shops, restaurants and the crowds. There is a very nice restaurant right across the street, Fresh Catch.

The helpers try to assist in parking. Most of us are pretty good at setting up our rigs. The staff is friendly. This is a very fair value. Overall we liked it.

Almost all of the sites are full, attesting to the desirability. This is about the only spot in SW that you can have your rv at least near the beach. We had our 4 yr old grandson. Later our Children and their spouses joined us. Everyone in our family was happy to be able to easily get to the Gulf.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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4 Thank dvmweb
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Lincoln, NE
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74 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2014

Could have stayed forever. There are two sections - park side which abuts a nature preserve and right on the beach. The park side is just across the islands main road but traffic is good about stopping and there is a crosswalk.
Have never encountered such helpful staff. They were there to help before you even realized you needed them. Speaking of the service people who buzz around in their little carts. Office was busy but sufficient help that there was no wait. East end of this RV park has a entry right onto the hiking trails and boardwalk.
Beach is wonderful. White sugar sand with an abundance of birds and shells.
Easy walking distance to the library, 7-11, a gym, restaurants, art center, mound house, ETC. Within biking distance you will find the post office and main area of shops and the pier
Would have given Red Coconut the highest possible rating but their WiiFi is often down.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Miami, Florida
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103 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2014 via mobile

My family and I love this place . The best sites are the water front/beach sites. We have a dog and she is part of our family and she loves the water. We mostly go to state parks which sadly do not allow dogs on the beach. So what makes red coconut awesome is the fact that our dog can enjoy the beach like we can. Red coconut is amazing, the only think is the price. My family and I would go more often if the pricing was lower. Overall if you got the money and don't mind spending it , Red Coconut is the place.

Stayed March 2013
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Property: Red Coconut RV Park
Address: 3001 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931-3618
Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Fort Myers Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 27 Speciality Lodging in Fort Myers Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Red Coconut RV Park 2*
Number of rooms: 250
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay where you can be in the middle of everything or secluded away in your own private paradise. Red Coconut is located on Fort Myers Beach directly on the Gulf of Mexico and just 1 ½ miles from the Times Square area, we are within walking, biking, or trolley distance to everything the island has to offer. Bordering our park is the Matanzas Pass Preserve, which is a popular bird watching area and where the canoe/kayak launch onto the Estero Bay Blueway Trail is located. Take a quiet walk through the Preserve and launch your canoe/kayak in the morning then spend your evening watching the sun sink into the horizon while lounging on your beach chair on our 450’ of sugar sand beachfront. Bring your RV, tent, or rent one of our fully furnished mobile units. We offer full hook-ups including basic cable, laundry facilities & recently remodeled bathhouses. WiFi is now available for free to our guests. ... more   less 
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Red Coconut Rv Resort
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