A popular winter destination along the East coast of Florida. Not too far from Cape Canaveral.
Manatee Cove CampgroundHot
Type of site
$22 - $24
$595 - $650
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Sept. 20th to Sept.27th 2016
Aug 26, 2016
19 Jun 2016
May 16 -17 2016
January 1-30 2016
3 Jul - ? Jul 2015
The Staff went out of their way to assist us. Though we will have to move to an electric only site, due to upcoming renovations, the original site we were given was AMAZING! Right along the shore line, I witnessed sights I had never seen before. On the 4th of July, my one Grandson was saying that it would be the worse 4th ever....then, as evening fell, I had both boys come into the back bedroom. We literally watch dozens of fireworks displays all along the coast line, for miles and miles, even going inland for miles. I am now the boys heroine!! It really was unbelievable. Next, while enjoying watching the water, I spotted fins....yes, we watched black top sharks! Can you imagine the excitement?! The sunsets were breathtaking. Never have I seen any more beautiful. I am now figuring out how we can get back down here to winter. I love it here, and it's going to be so hard to leave to go to Disney. We are staying in a Coachmen Leprechaun, 28'er, have a cement pad right next to us. There is a playground within walking distance, but every day they've been announcing red then black flag conditions (yep, it's hot out there). I am a very, very happy camper!!
1 Apr to 13 Apr 2015
Nice campground. Spent two nights without sewer, had only a short wait list for some snowbirds to leave and start heading north. It was a very laid back and relaxing time. Our final spot was right along the water. The beach was great for small kids (grandsons). They could go far out and be still in the shallows. There were bees in our electric box, one of the hazards of being south in the spring. I let every one that should know, but nothing was done about it. No one was stung, so there were no issues from it. No cable TV, such is life. WiFi was only at the Community Center, but who needs it? It's not like I came there to work. The bathhouse had laundry and was clean. All round it was a great place.
March 27, 2015
Some updated arrival info and clarification: The GPS showed the Truck/RV entrance as School Rd. vs. Anvil. It appears to change to Anvil just after the gate. Once they allow you to proceed, they will lower the large barricade straight ahead - #3 in our case. You NO LONGER GO TO MWR to check-in. You check-in at the FamCamp Office, so make a left onto Rescue from Atlas. I called twice before arriving and the lady had a high confidence that she would have something. Arrived and had the option of 30 amp (but they didn't want you to use a 50 to 30 adapter) with water and no sewer; or a 50 amp without water or sewer. Lady was friendly and helpful! Stamped our Frequent Camper book and accepted our coupon. Pump out and water are convenient. Verizon cell and data are good. Sat reception was clear in Site #15. The North gate on Jupiter Ave. is the Main Gate and the only one open late at night. Overall, good location near lots of beach stuff, retail and, in our case, Pickleball in the area.
Mar 9 - 11, 2015
This is one of the times you really have a hard time not posting a review. Hopefully we just caught them on a bad day. We called three different times to make sure they had overflow spot for us. He said he had one or two, so we we drove our way there and arrived at 12:15. When we arrived the office was closed, and said they would reopen at 1:30. Wow, would have been nice to know that when we talked to the person running the office, he could have mentioned that to us. I called the offce number and they said the office is close 1:00 - 1:30 PM, for lunch and a mail run. We ran into some people, and they told us good luck, but one person took us to one of the camp host. I told her (site #30) that we just pulled in and the office was closed and could she help. Her anwser was you need to leave and come back. Really, just get in the unit and leave and come back??? She said she couldn't help me, she didnt have paper work for me to fill out to get a spot. She didn't know if they had any spots at all. The reason she didn't help she doesn't start working until 4:00 pm. The person running the office showed up around 1:00 pm, put the closed sign on the door until 1:30 pm. He finally opens the office only to tell me that he doesn't think he has any spots open, three people came in since we called at 11:15. He said, he will go check to make sure, but it will take another 30 mins. He returns and tells my wife he has 3 spots open. To say this guy is clueless to what is going on in this campground is an understatement, that or he is just lazy. Then he takes almost 30 minutes to get my wife log in and go to good so when can go to our spot. Total time from arrival to getting in our spot over 2 hours. When my wife presented her frequent camper program book to get stamped, he asked if we had ever been at the campground and if we already had our book stamped??? No, she told him three different times, then he said if he found a stamp from Patrick AFB, he would void our book, of course once he looked through the book he stamped it. Why there are people like him working in a job that requires working with customer's I have no ideas. If your a camp host and someone needs help, help them best you can. This is the 97th military campground we have visited, and this is the worst customer service ever. The Patrick AFB needs to change the way they run the campground, thats my advice. I don't like posting bad reviews, but sometimes you have to do it, so others will be informed. Johnny B.
31 Jan-6 Feb 2015
Patrick Air Force Base is a full service base that has commissary, PX, exceptional class 6, great (but crowded) golf course, and an exceptional gym that is conveniently located from the Camp Ground (CG). CG is on the far side of the flight line and takes 10 or more minutes to travel to most base facilities. Wi-Fi was unsat and don’t count on it. The new community center is great for camaraderie and information. We were well received by the staff and camp host and made to feel part of the “home”. Rotational system is fair and works, people are friendly. Great bicycling available. Highly Recommended!
Feb 14, 2015
We arrived on Saturday behind a active duty that had reservations and would be leaving Monday morning. Upon check in we were informed we would be in overflow slot number one and would move into a site on Monday morning. Ensured that there was quite a few active duty that would be leaving Monday and that we would be put in a slot. On Sunday we were informed we would have to leave because there would be no rotations on Monday due to the holiday. We, along with two other campers that were in overflow explained what we were told upon check in. We were told we would have to leave and was offered a list of campgrounds, which were full. I believe the hosts name was Tom, who explained that these were the rules. When we awoke on Monday, there was five of us in overflow, which is against the rules! When we went to dump the tanks prior to leaving, the active duty personnel that was ahead of us was leaving along with others. We didn't stay around but I would imagine that the two campers that were in overflow, one of which was in no way active duty (due to age) would check in with the host and be put in a slot. The three of us in overflow were treated very rudely and all of us should have been informed of this on Saturday when we checked in. No veteran should be treated this way aboard any military installation!!!!
Quick rebuttal to the previous review here - want all to know that almost all here at Patrick AFB are having a great winter due to the facility, base and staff. I am sure very few here would agree that it is the "WORST MANAGED" military campground and would have to wonder if this reviewer has been to some that are really poorly managed. I am kind of an "office rat" and consistently listen to the office staff explain in a clear manner the uncertainty of getting into there this time of year. They are limited by number of sites and the number of "dry" sites (3 only) that command permits them to use at Chevron Park. Most of us chose earlier in the winter to spend our time here, even if we knew we'd have to give up Key West and other Florida locations we'd like to spend time at. The rotation is fair and reasonably set up based on the facilities they can offer. Again, very sorry this camper came, left and was not happy but that does, by no means reflect the opinion of most of us wintering here.
Beware of calling ahead of time and being told that you could be waiting on getting in to the overflow. They will put you in the "Parking Lot" for a maximum of two days, then you must leave if no spots are open for the overflow area. There is a nearby Walmart and a Cracker Barrel however you should contact the manager of those respectful places for permission to over night in their parking lots. Local commercial campgrounds are quite full in this area during February, so plan accordingly.
Was just there the first week of August. Had no problems with having a boat there. Never took it to the RV spot. They had over flow parking at the entrance to the RV's so parked the boat there. I even parked the boat in the water by the RV some days. Loved this base and area. Spent 4 months traveling up and down 95 and this was the best to me. Big exchange and commissary. Ernie
I called ahead from the Florida panhandle and told Rec Services I had a boat and I wanted to be sure there was a place for me to part my boat at the FamCamp before driving all the way out there. The gentleman I spoke to assured me there was, that he was the guy who worked at the FamCamp and that there would be no problem. Now this was very important to me because I had to make 2 trips from Panama City Beach, Florida as I had just purchased this boat. I brought my bumper pull trailer first, 440 miles, then went back and got my boat. When I return with the boat, I was told there was no where to park it at the FamCamp. I ended up putting it in the Lemon Lot on the base in order to have access to the boat, when I parked it near my RV to prepare it to go fishing the next day, my wife took the truck to the Pharmacy and I ended up with the base police at my RV site telling me I had to remove my boat immediately. It really turned into a cluster, they simply could not or would not understand that my wife had the truck and I could not move the boat. There were other people with there boats doing the exact same thing. I ended up with a Major down at my RV as I had gotten on the phone and called the Commanding Officer and anyone else who had a phone number and told them what had transpired. The women in charge of MWR had sent the Security Police down there, at 1 time I had 4 armed policemen outside my RV with their vehicles, lights going like I was a serious felon. I had just put my boat there a couple hours before to get it prepared to go fishing the next day. There was another boat parked on an RV pad a little further into the FamCamp, hooked to the water, parked on a RV pad, and hooked to RV power, while the guy cleaned his fish and no one said boo to him. I was more than a little upset with the whole experience I had at Patrick AFB. I will never go back....................
July 10 - July 18, 2014
We arrived after hours, almost dark, the host, "Bob J." Wasn't really welcoming & friendly. He was bossy. The very first sentence he said to us while trying to park in the dark was, " didn't you see the sign to see the host first before you park anywhere & I don't want you to park here, park over there instead". This man has serious "control issues". He even told my hubby that he can't step on the grass. We didn't see the sign because it's dark and we were so tired traveling all day, we were ready to crush. This was our 6th camp ground for this summer travel & we were so used to choose our parking site before we register as we always arrived late to the previous 5 camp grounds that we have stayed. The camp ground itself is in ideal place, but it is infested with billions of mosquitoes. We were booked for 10 days, but decided to cut it short because we were eaten alive by these billion of mosquitoes. The beaches surrounding the base we're beautiful and easy access. It was hot and very humid with lots of stormy afternoons. Facilities were clean, but bugs were all over.
April 30 - May 01 2014
A couple of important things to know, first off: The directions on this website are correct and the directions in the military RV camping guide book are wrong. Take exit 188 as this website says, not exit 191 as the military RV camping guide book says. The check in at Outdoor Recreation is closed on Wednesdays. We arrived on a Wednesday and checked in with one of the two camp hosts at the famcamp. She was friendly and helpful. The photo on this website of the famcamp office shows the old famcamp office which no longer exists. Outdoor Recreation is the place to check in, except on Wednesdays. They have an entry gate specifically for trucks and RVs but once you are on base you can leave with your RV through any gate. The Air Force dining facility is open to everyone. It is a very nice facility located right on the water with great views, but the food is poor, quite expensive for a military chow hall, and the staff is not very friendly. I would not eat there again. The famcamp itself is very nice. We had a waterfront space next to a beautiful swimming beach on the Banana River. Patrick is unusually quiet for an air force base, not many planes coming or going the two days we were there. We would stay here again.
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March 25-28, 2014
Arriving on a Sunday and failing to read the Directions on here, I entered through the main gate without incident. The route to the Outdoor Recreation office is well marked as is the way to campground. We were put in so-called Overflow - 20/30/50A only. They are the new sites with asphalt pads and concrete patios, a picnic table and grass. They aren't very wide but neither are the ones in the rest of the park. I never intended to stay very long but asked to be on the list for a partial site. I was told I could be on either the Partial or the FHU list but not both. Hunh? When offered one beside the dumpster the next day I opted to stay where I was. It is quieter and dark at night. Staff at Outdoor Rec ranged from incompetent to reasonably competent. My first phone call resulted in an 11 minute hold. I hung up, immediately called again and it was answered with an offer to help me. Check-in went smoothly. One RV check-in person requires you to sign in to be helped. The other doesn't. The big shortcoming is the complete closure of Outdoor Rec on Wednesdays. No one can move on Wednesdays but you can check in, extend or leave. Because I wasn't trying for a FHU site or a long stay, I can't speak to the fairness of the system. If there is homesteading they keep the junk in check. I never saw an empty waterfront site but did see vacant sites in every other area. There are good amenities on base. All five washers and five dryers were working. Unfortunately, the washers are old technology top-loaders, so loads don't always dry completely. No wifi. Communication is poor. I didn't know there was a Community Room or a rocket launch scheduled. There was no construction activity during our stay. It's a friendly park. I'd return only if in the area.