This was my first time camping in 7years. I wanted to pick a great place since this was going to be a family trip and my grandkids (6 and 1 1/2) first time camping. I read trip advisor, posted on facebook and this place was recommended by two of my friends. I paid $187.62 for my site, that would cover 3 adults and my grandkids. For camping; thats pricey but I wanted a resort and felt that it would be best to pay a little more to get a little more. My advice; save the extra cash and go to a campground that is less expensive. Not that I disliked my trip, just didn't feel the love and cleanliness that I thought I would have.
Check in was painless and well organized.
I stayed in campsite; F9, which was right next to the playground. My site was really big, but I think it was only so big because between 9 and 10 there is a hill, so to set a tent in that area would be impossible. A friend stayed in F10 so what we did is put the fire pit in between the sites and used that hilly area as our place to hang out. That was cool. So my site I was happy with for the size but it was all dirt. No needles from trees, no grass, so we were literally dirty the whole three days we were there. Which is normal for camping but I mean we were dirty.
Loved that the playground was right next to my site, my 6yr old grandson was there the whole time we were at our site. We felt comfortable, could hear him with the kids.
What I didn't like is the cost of things. A bag of wood that only lasted 2.5-3hrs cost $10. A bag really didn't have much in it, especially if it lasted less than $3. If you take a left out of the campground and take your first left, there is a house about a mile down selling wood for $20 a block. That would be the better choice compared to buying a bag at the campground.
Activities; we did not do any. When I searched for a campground, I wanted a place to do activities but it just felt it wasn't full of organized activities. Also; this place is so big it just felt more comforting to stay close to the campsite vs walking to the front.
Bathrooms by F9 were not that clean. I took a shower once there and the shower backed up. I find that nasty. Just that overall bathroom area was just not kept up, had a ton of activity. However; you walk towards the front on your way there was a whole row of individual bathrooms. They were so nice and clean. Might be because it was near all the campers, but seriously when you got to really go, that was the place to walk to. =)
The trolly.. that worked fine. We made it to the beach. The location of this campground is great.
My friend came up to stay for the night and was sharing or going to share the site my friends were staying on. However; when he checked in they charged him $52 plus tax to set up a tent on a site we already were renting. I was/we were so mad. We already paid for the two sites, had the space and it was okay only if he paid that money. They would have not charged that fee if he was a family with kids on a site but since he came solo to join us they did. So what I did is took my smaller tent down on my site and put his bigger one up and he shared the tent with me and my grandson. We went back to the office and he got his refund/they were not happy. It was the principal of the whole thing and I just couldn't stand and can't stand a place that will nickel and dime you and that is what they were doing.
The restaurant was so hot. I walked in there to get a coffee (they charge Dunkin Donuts prices) and the place was steaming. I don't know about you but if your paying $2.80 for a large coffee you want it to be good. It was alright but not worth the price like a dunkin donuts coffee would be. Heck even Cumberlands charges 99 cents for a coffee.
I didn't eat there so I can't comment on the food. I did notice the prices looked high to me.
So in the end; I would rather try another campground in my future if I go back to that area then to return to this place. Was it horrible? No, it was not, but it wasn't as clean as I thought it would have been. The kids didn't need activities, a simple playground was perfect. The dance parties we never attended, to do any extra activities cost money, the wood bag was not worth $10, The place just overall was too big I think. I like to walk (I'm a hiker) but just the size overall was a little to much for what your trying to get from your camping experience. Folks starting their diesel trucks at 6am was not very welcoming and hearing the golf carts through out the night was not exactly quiet. A smaller campground you don't get that. Well you could get the truck/car starting but not the golfcarts.
Hope this helps you like other reviews helped me make my decision. Sometimes you have to try a place to realize if its for you. For me, for the money and then the extra money they tried to get out of us, and the cost of doing things and buying food there just bothers me. We had fun, enjoyed each others company and can't wait to get camping again with the family. I just will pay less money for my future camping trip somewhere else....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bayley's Camping Resort offers the ultimate experience in resort camping featuring activities, entertainment, beach trolleys, pools, hot tubs and so much more! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bayleys Camping Hotel Scarborough
- Bayley's Camping Resort Scarborough, Maine