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St. Augustine Beach KOA
Reviewed 25 October 2012

First vacation in years, went to this campground to tent camp for 4 nights. We left after 2. Upon entry, the girl at the desk had a nasty attitude. Our first site was nothing but sand. We asked for a shaded site, and found one in particular that seemed shaded. We asked to move, she said it is not a tent site, but no one else was coming in so we could have it. Moved there, set up the tent, no room for screen house, unable to use fire pit because it was so close to the tent we didn't want to burn it down. Unable to park on site without running over our tent, but all the tent sites were empty, so we used the one beside us to park our truck. First night there, all we heard was heavy traffic, noise from the employees at the strip mall just behind the fence at our campsite, at 6AM the trash truck came by for all the trash at the strip mall, the other side of the campground is a trailer park. Shower time in the AM, no hot water. We told mgmt, they attempted to fix it. 2nd shower next am- COLD shower again, went up to get coffee, was told they had no coffee, none in the store, so they were not making coffee for that day. We packed up and headed home. I am sure we'll not get a refund of our 2 nights not used, but that's ok. Sometimes it's better just to not be miserable.
The view from the tent sites is the rear of the strip mall, very dirty, vines growing on the buildings, the fence needs repair, the noise is horrible, The bath house was ok if you like cold showers. The coffee (1 day) was good, $1 for a very small cup, $1.50 for a larger cup. Firewood was 7 bucks a bundle, but if you're in a tent you cant use it without danger of burning down your tent. WILL NEVER GO BACK. HORRIBLE CONDITIONS FOR TENT CAMPERS.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 September 2012

Great staff. KOA is on an island and the main electrical power is less 108 when we were there and worried about running our air conditioners. Otherwise they have a good place. Beach access was real quick. Had close distance to food and fuel. Not long distance drive back to the mainland for other stores and shops.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed 25 July 2012

I've stayed at many KOAs, either camping, RV-ing or even in cabins - and this was the least appealing in memory.

It all just looks a little run-down and sad and the usual KOA spirit was missing from staff.

That many sites back onto the rear of a shopping strip helps to paint the picture, the campground was a tad too far from the beach to make it an easy walk in the heat, and the shuttles to the historic centre were finished by mid afternoon.

Won't return I wouldn't think.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank TheEscapeGoat
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Reviewed 12 July 2012

Having stayed at other KOA sites, we expected much more. Dirty bathrooms with rust and bugs and crud everywhere. Sites are so jammed together that you have to keep all your shades closed at all times, or you're just looking in someone else's RV. They mow the grass and leave all the grass clippings on the concrete areas of each campsite.

A large group of drunken people greet you as you drive in ... the booze tent is the first thing you see.

And who on earth closes their swimming pool at a campground at 7 p.m. in July??? It's still 90 degrees at 7 p.m. It would be nice to cool off with a dip in the pool, but no.
The gates are locked and not a soul who works here to answer a question.
This is after we were assured the pool was open until "at least 9 p.m."

We won't be back. Ever.
And we come to St. Augustine at least once a year. Oh, and we'll tell everyone else the same thing.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

We camped here last year over the forth of July weekend. We had a wonderful experience. The staff the year riot Ed very friendly.. We knew our site we would have would be on the pond with that view. We ere so looking forward to returning. This year the rates were much higher even using couons. We were placed in a terrible site. The slide out was over the fire pit. Our air-conditioning could not keep up with the heat as the trees provided no shade. Our view was only of very close campers. The site was unmowed with tall grass and sticker weeds in the grass. Children had to remain on tiny paved area on site. We asked for a better site and were lied to. Saying first night the campsite was full. . The site across from us was empty all night. Then they said the computer gives the reservation site when you register. The following afternoon they let us move to the empty site in the shade and near pond. But were charged and additional fee for the site. . The management offered no help. The staff was slow at trash pickup and very unfriendly. We would have been better off camping over night at a walmart parking lot.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed 7 June 2012

Great location near to the oldest city in the USA. Near to the beach and the beach life, many access roads to the beach and cute little beach bars with outside seating; food places but we didn’t eat. The camp site had many tent sites and rv spots as well as kamping cabins; some located on a large man made pond complete with paddle boats and families of ducks, which were cute. Clean well maintained bathrooms with showers. And… Beware of Tent city with permanent residents on one side of camp; although trashy, the tent residents kept to themselves. This does not reflect on the rest of the camp, all other temp and perm residents were clean and friendly. The camp has two sections for tent camping, the section at the front was allocated for overnights, while the “tent city” was along the side and kept to themselves.

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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 May 2012

Gross Gross Gross! Great staff but that's it. Cabin smells of wet dog when you first get in. Run the A/C on high and leave for a few hours. Pool is nasty, The bathrooms are by far the worst! They even had what they call a remote bathroom that was just a large pot-a-potty, smells great in the Florida heat! I can see ok reviews if you have a nice R/V with a bathroom, and if you don't mind small lot's. First and last time a any KOA. I will stick with state parks. $80 bucks a night is just too high for a place with no bathroom. We cancelled our second night and we got a refund so like I said the staff is great, but the place just gave me the creeps!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank jeremy t
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Additional Information about St. Augustine Beach KOA

Address: 525 W Pope Rd, St. Augustine, FL 32080-9132
Region: United States > Florida > St. Augustine
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 33 Speciality Lodging in St. Augustine
Hotel Class:2 star — St. Augustine Beach KOA 2*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
You're well-situated to explore the historic city of St. Augustine from this campground on Anastasia Island. Visit the Fountain of Youth park (known as the site where Ponce de Leon landed in 1513), the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum and the Lightner Museum-filled with artifacts from America's "Gilded Age." Anglers can cast for snapper, grouper, amberjack and other tasty fish on a deep-sea charter or from the pier that's just a mile away. From your Cabin, RV site or tent site, take a 3/4-mile walk to the ocean or enjoy on-site amenities, including a pool, fishing pond and paddleboats ... more   less 
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