For our first trial run of our new camper (2015 Jayco 19SLX), we thought staying close to home would be wise. With Manatee Hammock being within 15 miles of home and having a pool, it was an easy decision.
We arrived just before sunset on Friday. It took a little maneuvering to get the camper in a good location to connect to the hookups, but we managed. The fresh water hose that came with the camper was not long enough, which was to be expected. So after a quick dinner we headed to Wally-World for a new one.
Saturday, we spent the day hanging out with friends and family that stopped by to check out the camper and to partake in the pool. The weather was absolutely gorgeous. In fact, the pool felt quite cold.
Sophie joined us for the weekend. She experienced her first dog park, which she was totally cool with until those “other dogs” showed up.
As for the camper, the shortened bunk lengths can definitely be felt. I like to sleep with my feet off of the end of the bed. That’s not happening on these 70” bunks. Something to consider when we upgrade.
All in all, our first trip out was a success, and we’ll be back to Manatee Hammock.
- Dates: 2015-05-01 through 2015-05-03 (2 nights)
- Weather: Absolutely perfect. Low 70s all weekend.
- Spot: 127, Full Hookup
- Price: $55.75, no discounts
- Very Shaded
- Freshly paved roads; nice for skateboarding
- Dog Park right on river
- Newly refinished pool and patio
- Very nice shower facilities near pool
- Passport USA Discount (during week only)
- Some of the spots are very close to one another
- Hookups were spread apart quite a bit
- Road noise from US1
Advice & Lessons Learned
There are quite a few areas that would be great for groups with campers. Stay clear of sites on the south loop. The smaller ones backup to a retention pond and are quite shallow. The northern side where we stayed backs up to a mobile home park, but it is quiet. Next time, stay in the same area, unless there is a group. A group should aim for 100-110 area.
The park is not large, there is no need to bikes here. You can walk everywhere easily. There is a large open area near the water, suitable for football, frisbee disc, volleyball, etc., so plan accordingly.
If you are not proficient at backing a trailer, opt for a pull through, as some of the spots are pretty tight with the single lane curving roads.