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Don’t let the oil refineries scare you, once you get past them it’s a very nice place. We were here in early April and no mosquitoes. Beautiful beach a short walk from the campground.
This park is tucked away from the main highway and roads but is close enough to restaurants and other amenities. Folks are friendly and it is a quiet atmosphere. All the spots are pull throughs. This looks to be an older park so the widths are a bit smaller but manageable but the price makes up for any misgivings.
Saturday, March 20,2021 Surfside Beach Access Road #4 Third day here. Temp 72°, light breeze, bright sun.
A couple of other camping rigs in the distance early this morning along with two část fishermen with pickups at water’s edge. My dogs ran free.
I moved up here from Access Road #1 two days ago to get away from people and noise congestion and was successful.
Any vehicle can drive on the upper beach and there is light traffic during the day from beach day users. Late Last night, there were kids doing wheelies in their pick ups and a very loud ATV blasted by around 2:00 AM so if this kind of thing keeps you awake you’ve been forewarned.
You won’t find camping amenities here, just sun, sand, and surf rolling in with waves big enough for light surfing. Apparently, the fishing is pretty good, too.
The Freeport beaches are popular, but clean (I picked up one small bag of trash from around my site. The County came through this morning with a clean up detail of four.) The beach is wide and there are very small Dunes on the up side to camp against. No chance of water encroaching on your campsite.
Love it here.
Love that the people who camp here are very nice and respectful and don’t have to worry about our one and only son making new friends with children as the children have always been so nice and inviting along with their families especially when they see he is alone playing with just dad and I! Can’t wait to plan next trip here again!
This is a nice RV park that was well laid out when built, and it seems they are continuing that as they expand the number of sites. Note that we were there during the transition from the Galveston Island RV Resort to the Galveston Island KOA. So, there's no telling what KOA might do regarding prices, amenities, policies, etc. Therefore, our review is based on the structure and layout of the park.
We found the sites to be large with plenty of room in between rigs compared to many RV parks, including most of the others on Galveston Island. There is electric (50- and 30-amp), water, and sewer on each site. Many of the sites are pull-throughs. The ones along the outside rows are back-in sites but have the advantage of no roads or neighbors behind you.
The roads through the park are nice and wide, so there is plenty of room to maneuver large rigs.
The bathroom facilities are decent; reminiscent of residential bathrooms. It's nice that there are 4 bathrooms with showers and they are unisex. We never ended up waiting. Plenty of hot water, although pressure from the older showerheads seemed lacking at times.
The laundry room was clean and the machines worked reasonably well. There were 5 washers and 5 dryers available (when they were all working).
The location could be good or bad depending on your priorities. It's an easy walk across the road to the beach to reach the Gulf of Mexico and the beach stretches for miles. It's also quieter in this area because you are on the west end and not near the city. However, that could be a downside for some folks. It's a solid 20-minute drive to get to town for restaurants, tourist attractions, etc. That may seem long if you want to go in and out of the city a lot, and it's too far to bike it or walk it, so you have to have a vehicle to drive into town with. There are gas stations and a small grocery store within a few miles.
As I mentioned, this is now a KOA, so I don't know what they're going to do with the pool, hot tub, and lazy river. (All three were closed while we were there in February, so can't really comment much on them.) A KOA representative told us they are looking at adding a playground to the park.
If it had not been bought by KOA, we would have gone back here whenever we are in the Galveston area. Until we see what KOA does with their rates and policies, we simply don't know if we will return.
I typically rate campgrounds as they fit into 1 of 5 categories. This campground will be rated as a Basecamp — grounds that offer a comfortable home base that you’re happy to return to after a day of exploring the surrounding area. Ratings for this category are based on: Value to cost: 3 Overall grounds: 3 Utility of sites (hookups, layout, accessibility): 2 Local Attraction Proximity: 2 Reservation Process/Ease of Getting a Site: 5 Amenities: 3 Customer Service: 4 Cleanliness: 4
I was really looking forward to visiting this park. I had come across this spot in my search for a unique Houston campground and was excited to see a brand-new campground with cool branding in the metro area. Unfortunately, this new campground misses on some of the more necessary experiences: communication, check-in, wifi and site layout, but does a lovely job for some of the nice-to-haves including a lovely pool, hot tub and pool table.
Before arrival, we received a welcome email. I usually scour these types of emails for info about check-in and activities to do in the area. There was no info about check in aside from our dates and even though they direct you to an "activities" section in the email, there was none. Upon arrival, we used the address provided and it led us to a locked gate that required a code. We had no code and the driveway was so short, it had our trailer sticking out into the road as we tried to figure out how to check-in. A large truck had to navigate around us to enter in her code to access the park. Luckily, she let us follow her inside the gates. There was no clearly designated place for guests to park while checking-in, so we pulled over in front of some already parked trailers, blocking the flow of traffic. I had to assume we entered in the wrong place, but nope… that all went as planned. The check-in team was friendly and said that most people wind up calling the office to get let into the gate for check-in, so prepare your phones as you pull-up. They didn't let us or our travel companions know about this prior to either of our arrivals.
Moving on, the internet situation had us scratching our heads. They have a “no wifi” slogan, and the campground wifi is rendered obsolete within the confines of your designated space, instead favoring a hard-wired ethernet connection to your router, which you will leave outside your trailer. We experienced 4 days of rain while we were in Houston. Not ideal to leave a router with a standard electric plug outside. You can rent theirs for $15 but make sure it has the instructions in the box on how to set it up. Ours did not and we were not told what to look for, so we wound up returning it because (surprise) we couldn't figure out how to get it working. It took us over an hour to get it all set-up and somewhat protected from rain, but once we did the connection was solid. If you have a Cat5/hard wire port on the outside of your trailer, you will be very happy!
This is a brand new park, yet some of the concrete slabs are unlevel. Perhaps the most unlevel that we've experienced in our travels. Looking around the park, not everyone has 3 inches of chocking blocks, so it seems to vary. Our back-in spot was also very narrow with hardly any room to walk between the picnic bench and trailer once we were pulled-in. At $65, we chose the cheapest back-in site. Perhaps we should have upgraded to the extended back in for $72 but length wasn’t our issue. The access to the dumpsters is locked and the code to access the amenities does not work for this lock.
The pros include a fire pit, a pool, a shared grilling area with a green egg and small workout area. The showers and bathrooms are immaculate and the showers are very spacious and nicely designed. There is also some grass around the back of the trailer which is nice. Also, some of the larger premium sites have bigger grass plots between sites. These are all nice to haves and it's the basics that we think are the most important.
The location of the park is about 15-20 minutes from downtown Houston and the Museum district (without accounting for any traffic). There's not much nearby, but it is relatively quiet save for the occasional traffic noise. This place could be a gem among mediocre RV parks in the area, but they need to do some work to get the basic stuff right. You could do much worse for a place to stay in Houston, and I'm confident they can figure it out with a little feedback, but our experience just fell short.
This is a newer campground and we were pleased with our stay there. The welcome building, bathrooms/showers and gym are all brand new and updated with modern design. There is coffee available for free to guests in the rec room, which is a nice place to relax. There is a fully stocked pond for fishing and a gas fireplace pit to sit around in the evenings. The sites come with full hook ups, but are slightly uneven. There was a busy road behind us that could be loud at times, but other than that we were quite happy with the park. Would recommend!