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“More like a run down permanent mobile home park than an RV travel park”

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Riptide RV Park & Motel
Reviewed 11 June 2014

We only stayed here one night. I was surprised when I called to confirm our arrival to be told that no one would be on-site to check us in after 2pm on a Friday - so they just gave us our site number. There was only one bathroom/shower on site (at least that we could find given that we had no check-in info/services) The laundry area was run-down and dark. The boat dock/ waterfront area seemed reasonably maintained and nicer than the rest of the park. We stayed in 5 different RV parks while in the Florida Keys for 2 weeks and this was near the top end of the pricing and by far the lowest quality/service park we stayed in. We would not go back again.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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PelicanRV, General Manager at Riptide RV Park & Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2014

Dear Guest, I am sorry that your were not pleased with the Riptide RV Resort and Motel. As I am sure you may have noticed the area is currently under construction. A new sewer system was recently installed and the grounds are still in the process of being repaired. In the next year construction is planned to upgrade the sites and amenities of the park to be of a more user friendly quality. I hope that on your next trip to the Keys you will take a moment to stop in to see how we have improved.

As for there not being a person onsite after 2pm, this is not the norm. While are office may close early in off season (summer months) there is always a park host on site to ensure that you can find your site and address issues after hours.

If there is anything that I can do you, please feel free to contact me directly at 305-289-0011.

Best Regards, Maria Simon, Regional Manager

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Riptide RV Park is a last class RV park in the Florida Keys. We made a reservation on-line via Carefree, their parent or booking agent. When we arrived, our 40 foot motor coach could not negotiate the drive into the park nor the roads to our reserved space. We were met by the "night" manager who said had we booked via the phone he would have told us NO. We were too big. We had a huge challenge exiting the park and had to drive to another park for the evening. We were promised that someone would look at a refund but to date no refund.

This is a bad place with bad management.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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5  Thank Bill_Williams_3
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PelicanRV, General Manager at Riptide RV Park & Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2014

Dear Guest,

I am sorry that you had a hard time accessing the Riptide RV Resort property. Over the past few months we have been undergoing construction and there are times that access is limited for larger vehicles. This should have been indicated on the website, or upon speaking with a representative at the resort.

The first notice that I received on this incident was on 6/3/14. Upon speaking with our evening host he informed me that he did offer you alternative sites that would allow for easier access for your vehicle, but that they were not to you liking.

I will be contacting you directly later this week to speak on this issue and make needed adjustments.

Sincerely,

Maria Simon, Regional Manager, Carefree Resort Communities

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Reviewed 7 March 2014

We stayed for month here in our R.V. We have already reserved for next year. This place and the people staying here are wonderful. The only small negative is the dogs barking, especially the big ones at six and seven thirty in the morning. You would think the owners would be more considerate of others but this seems to be a Florida trait. Not the parks fault. Love it here.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank robert s
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PelicanRV, General Manager at Riptide RV Park & Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2014

Dear Guest,

Thank you for visiting the Florida Keys and staying with us here at the Riptide RV Resort and Motel. We are glad that you enjoyed your time and hope to see you again in the near future.

I am sorry for the issue with the dogs, I will look into this and see what can be done to correct.

Sincerely,

Maria Simon, Regional Manager, Riptide RV Resort and Motel

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Reviewed 4 March 2014

here really is so many good things to say that I can't even begin to tell you how awesome this place is . Customer service is amazing the manager there Milton is a great guy I love this place highly recommended

  • Stayed: February 2014
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1  Thank RICHARD M
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PelicanRV, General Manager at Riptide RV Park & Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2014

Dear Guest,

Thank you for visiting the Florida Keys and staying with us here at the Riptide RV Resort and Motel. We are glad that you enjoyed your time and hope to see you again in the near future.

Your praise of our onsite Park Host is greatly appreciated!

Sincerely,

Maria Simon, Regional Manager, Riptide RV Resort and Motel

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Reviewed 20 February 2014

I would like to thank Milton at the Riptide RV park for making my stay at the park the most amazing stay I had in Key Largo FL. Thanks to him the park is clean, beautiful and a peaceful place. He is very professional but also very helpful and friendly. I enjoyed my stay so much that I cant wait to return and also considering moving to Key Largo.
Sincerely Jennifer Vogel

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Jennifer V
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PelicanRV, General Manager at Riptide RV Park & Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2014

Dear Guest,

Thank you for visiting the Florida Keys and staying with us here at the Riptide RV Resort and Motel. We are glad that you enjoyed your time and hope to see you again in the near future.

Your praise of our Park Host (Milton) is appreciated and lets us know that we have the right team members in place to care for our guest!

Sincerely,

Maria Simon, Regional Manager, Riptide RV Resort and Motel

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Reviewed 25 January 2014

We're a family of 5 with 3 children aged 10,8,&6 - we looked at lots of RV Parks from Key Largo to Islamorada during the winter before choosing Riptide - mainly based on Milton's great demeanor, the relative small size of the park, and the really attractive summer weekend package. We spent the weekends with our boat, kayaks and 30' 5th wheel for 4 months during the summer of 2013 and my wife and I still talk about what a wonderful time we all had. Milton is the manager - he's just right IMO, accommodating to everybody's reasonable requests and needs and able to reign in the odd guest that goes a little to far. Richie is the maintenance/grounds man that is super-helpful and can fix anything! These guys really make this little RV park stand out IMO. The lot sizes are really good with scattered trees for shade in spots that don't block slides & canopies. Cable TV was included and the wireless was good - I would even watch some games on ESPN3 without issue.
We had all kinds of stuff around and under our RV - Kayaks, BBQ, tables, chairs and never had any issues with theft or vandalism even though we were only there on the weekends. That's pretty special . . .
There's a large covered shelter overlooking the bay where we watched many sunsets while working the BBQ and the mosquitos were never a problem - not sure how!
The boat ramp/dock fees are reasonable and it was great taking the 1 hour drive from Kendall to Riptide on a Friday after work, dropping the boat in the water and having it waiting at the dock early Saturday morning to go fishing. We'd sometimes even catch our live bait right at the dock. There were a few weeks where manatees were daily visitors as well.
I can't say enough about how nice everyone was during our stay - there are RV parks in the Keys where folks are getting high in the open and drunk & rowdy every night - we didn't see any of this at Riptide. Folks had a good time, but the parties were always reasonable. We got to know all our neighbors and everyone was helpful and nice.
Pets are allowed and that's a big plus as we brought our two labs on several weekends - folks were really good about picking up after their dogs and all were friendly.
We're planning on coming back this summer and making even more wonderful memories.
Things to note - this is a smaller park and doesn't have a pool. We bought an inexpensive family summer pass for Jacob's Aquatic Center a few miles North on Key Largo and that worked out well for us. If you have a boat and want to get out to the Atlantic to fish & dive on the reef, Riptide is practically right in between your two options to cross Key largo just North of Pennekamp to the north and South at Tavernier Creek. I found it was worth the extra fuel to be on the bay side in a calm corner where we felt safe paddling out in our kayaks fishing for Trout at dusk, but if all you do is go to the reef, you'll want to do some fuel calculations.

There are a few rental rooms on the property near the entrance and a small bathroom that's clean, but we didn't use these - only heard from other guests the rooms were nice.

We will be back this summer - Milton - make sure you hold our spot!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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4  Thank mgarriga
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PelicanRV, General Manager at Riptide RV Park & Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2014

Dear Guest,

Thank you for visiting the Florida Keys and staying with us here at the Riptide RV Resort and Motel. We are glad that you enjoyed your time and hope to see you again in the near future.

Your praise of our Park Host (Milton) and Maintenance Team Member (Richie) is greatly appreciated and help us to know that we have the right team members in place to care for our guests.

Sincerely,

Maria Simon, Regional Manager, Riptide RV Resort and Motel

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Reviewed 1 August 2013

people are wonderful staff Milton and rich are great got to see manatees neighbors are pleasant and helpful can't say what a great summer it is....and will definitely be back..it is paradise

juan and Debbie think the place is spectacular and will be staying till the end of the summer my dog loved swimming and the residents enjoyed them. this has made my summer so much fun for me and my friends we have found great restaurants and enjoy the fresh fish and get to use our waverunner and enjoy the beautiful snorkeling and Milton educated us on fishing and different fish as we had very little knowledge

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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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PelicanRV, Manager at Riptide RV Park & Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2013

We are pleased that you had such a great time at the Riptide RV Resort and Motel.

We hope to see you again in the near future and would like to offer you a discount off your next stay for writing this review about us. Please contact us at 305-289-0011.

Sincerely,

Maria Simon
Regional Manager

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Address: 97680 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037-2214
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Region: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key Largo
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
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Ranked #14 of 20 Speciality Lodging in Key Largo
Price Range: £33 - £145 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
There is nothing more relaxing than sitting by the warm waters of Florida Bay and listening to the seagulls while the sun sets magnificently over the bay. We have 37 RV sites and 5 Motel rooms. All sites include water, sewer, electric, cable tv and free wi-fi. We have a beach, boat launch and pier. ... more   less 
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