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Review of Riptide RV Park & Motel

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Riptide RV Park & Motel
97680 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037   |  
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sarasota
2 reviews
“great stop”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

We made last minute reservations for motel room for the one night on way down to keys. and Milton(off. mgr.) was very kind and helpful with accommodations. We were skeptical from previous reviews but after arriving we were told there is new owners and Milton's excellent customer service skills proved us wrong. Milton let us park truck and boat trailer in a safe spot over night. He recommended a great local place for dinner and good place to snorkel by state park. The room was clean although bed was not the best quality, for the price the bed was worth the night stay and the kind people who work there, thank you Milton for all your help on our first trip to keys.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PelicanRV, Manager at Riptide RV Park & Motel, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
We are pleased that you had such a great time at the Riptide RV Resort and Motel.

We hope to see you again in the near future and would like to offer you a discount off your next stay for writing this review about us. Please contact us at 305-289-0011.

Sincerely,

Maria Simon
Regional Manager
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Milton, Canada
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

We made RV reservations in August 2012 for a stay in February 2013.
Upon arrival, they had a large promotional sign on the counter in the office stating "Good Sam" discounts. I also arrived with a "Carefree" $25.00 coupon.
The manager told me they DO NOT accept any discounts January through March because business is too good!
The Carefree web site advertises both the Good Sam 10% discount and the $25.00 Coupon stating NO BLACKOUT PERIODS.
False advertising.
The sites are difficult to park in, but the staff did assist and residents were friendly.
The park photos don't show the 4 story apartment next door looking down on you.
We asked about booking for a month next year and were discouraged because they want longer term, yet some sites were vacant.
Definitely will not return here or ANY Carefree Park in the future.
Let's see how Carefree's head office handles this when I contact them separately.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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maineguide38, Office Assistance at Riptide RV Park & Motel, responded to this review, April 28, 2013
During our peak season, all discounts are based upon availability. This is a small park and is usually booked a year in advance for December-April. Please call ahead for reservations and state that you would like a discount at that time. The office will tell you if it can be used.

Our sites are larger that most RV parks in the area. There is room for your RV, vehicle, all your slide-outs and awnings. The staff is more than happy to get you into your site.
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Sarasota, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

This was probably our worst experiences ever at an RV park. They make the pictures look great when in reality the sites have only a couple feet between them. It's difficult to park. There is ONLY ONE restroom/shower (unisex) for the whole campground. We have a small RV and use it as our daily transportation. Upon return to the RV park after a long day out we were dismayed to find a boat and truck parked in the space for which we had prepaid. Management refused to have the boat and trailer moved and insisted we use another campground run by Carefree which in fact had worse facilities than Riptide...such as NO restroom/shower for the entire campground. A poor overall experience.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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PelicanRV, Manager at Riptide RV Park & Motel, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Dear Guest,

I am sorry that you had a bad experience during your stay at the Riptide RV Resort and Motel.

As of May 2013 the park has been re-staffed and many issues such as parking limitations, bathhouses issues and even boat ramp use have been corrected.

In addition, we have made numerous upgrades to the park to ensure that our guest have the Carefree experience that they expect.

I would love to have a chance to win back your business by offering you a change to try us again at a discounted rate. Please feel free to contact me directly at 305-289-0011.

Sincerely,

Maria Simon
Regional Manager
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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The riptide is a small RV park. The people that work there are nice and helpful. The spaces are small and difficult to park your rig. Staff does come out and spot you as you attempt to park. I have a 30ft travel trailer. Took three attempts to get into my space. There are a lot of people that are there for the winter. If you have kids they are not the best place for you. they have a boat dock and beach area. It was great for us and our kids, because our kids enjoyed the water/beach area. Overall it was a fun place as our home base to come and go. no complaints. would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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PelicanRV, Manager at Riptide RV Park & Motel, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
We are pleased that you had such a great time at the Riptide RV Resort and Motel.

We hope to see you again in the near future and would like to offer you a discount off your next stay for writing this review about us. Please contact us at 305-289-0011.

Sincerely,

Maria Simon
Regional Manager
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Fort Lauderdale, fl
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

Let me say that for the price, the Riptide beats every other motel in the keys! $49/ night in the summer!!! We stayed two nights and even had a $25 off coupon from the Carefree RV Resorts website, which made the stay even more affordable! The room itself had a large queen bed (slightly uncomfortable and worn), a large table/ chairs, a kitchen area with sink, hot plate, microwave, and fridge/ freezer. The only problem we had with the room is that someone with a dog stayed there before us and there was dog hair all over! The staff was extremely helpful in trying to fix the problem, but to no avail. Stan, the manager, also gave us some fishing tips from the dock on the bay, where we caught lots of Mangrove Snapper and even kept a few. YUM! He even gave us some tips to get lobsters from around the dock and offered to help us clean them! For the price, accommodations, and friendly staff, I would definitely stay again!

Room Tip: Ask for room #4, since not all of the motel rooms were equipped like ours. Also, you could not hear...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PelicanRV, Manager at Riptide RV Park & Motel, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
We are pleased that you had such a great time at the Riptide RV Resort and Motel.

We newly renovated our rooms in the motel and hope that you will come try us again in the near future.

As a thankyou for writing this review about us we would like to offer you a discount off your next stay. Please contact us at 305-289-0011.

Sincerely,

Maria Simon
Regional Manager
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1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2012 via mobile

I've been camping in the Keys of Florida for years, I've been to many different parks and had many mixed emotions. I heard through word of mouth from friends that had been to Riptide Rv camping/motels. I have a camper of my own and made reservations ahead of time for my husband, myself and my two older children to go on our last vaction we could we take for a while. My son has a boat and we were estatic about being able to bring our boat and have my son take us out. Stan the manager took very good care of us, helped us get the boat into the water and helped us park our Rv. (no other site we had ever been to ever offered this assitance to us and considering my husband and I are elderly we greatly appreciated the help of the staff) my first year here and my family had a great time. We surely will be returning to this park hopefully at least one more time. Great beach, great people and had an amazing experience with my husband and family. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Popmpano Beach
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

We stayed here for the first time in July 2011 after giving up on another campground. We stayed each weekend in a travel trailer. We are staying for 2 months of weekends this year.
We understood the park to be in transition and from what we have seen, it is transitioning for the better. Carefree resorts took over just before the beginning of our first stay.
The manager was very helpful setting up our trailer as the sites are somewhat tight in places. We had a great view across the dock and gazebo, as well as some nice shade on our site last year. We had reserved a space at the dock for our boat. The first weekend being 4th of July, there were some hassles, a broken down boat took up extra space, etc. However, Stan (manager) worked with us to make up for any problems, even ascertaining that for the rest of our stay our vessel was secure in all weather situations while we were not in residence. Between he and I we found a secure spot for our son's waverunner, which we then made available for his stepson to give his grandkids rides. Our son did the same.
We made up for not having our own boat in the water by asking one of the former residents if he would take our son and his friend fishing with him the next day and we would throw in for gas. 6 am and they were gone!
For the five weekends we were there, we enjoyed nearly every minute of it. From sitting in the gazebo having a beer, to sitting on the little sand in the water area, to taking our own baot and family out. And everyone was helpful and friendly.
We are looking forward to the beginning of our summer Memorial Day weekend.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Riptide RV Park & Motel

Address: 97680 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key Largo
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Key Largo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
There is nothing more relaxing than sitting by the warm waters of Florida Bay and listening to the seagulls while the sun sets magnificently over the bay. We have 37 RV sites and 5 Motel rooms. All sites include water, sewer, electric, cable tv and free wi-fi. We have a beach, boat launch and pier. ... more   less 
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