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“Best Vacation Ever!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Searsport Shores Oceanfront Campground

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Rt. 1, 216 West Main St., Searsport, ME   |  
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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Best Vacation Ever!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

We recently stayed at the Searsport Shores Oceanfront Campground after researching oceanfront camping. When we arrived we were given a chance to choose from a few tent camping sites. Our site was perfect. We had a lot of privacy. Our first few days had unexpected rain and our tent did not prove worthy. After some chance encounters with some of the most amazing people I have ever met, we got a new tent and our neighbors/staff helped us pitch the tent in the pouring rain. From that moment on we enjoyed the site, the staff, the activities. Kayaking on the ocean. It was so beautiful. Bonfire on the beach. Staff were present and went above and beyond to always share smiles, stories and helpful hints. We created the most amazing relationships with other guests and staff. Dogs are welcome and it is so nice. It was so quiet and serene. The playground is amazing. There is a recreation room. Ice and Fire Wood as needed. Two adorable goats to love and feed. We will definitely be back. I have camped since I was child and this was the most amazing vacation ever. Thank you to everyone and we hope to see you all again very soon.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Norridgewock, Maine
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

The staff was very helpful, and assisted us in finding a space more to our liking than the first one we tried. The beach was stoney and very interesting (sand beaches are, to me, quite boring), The facilities were not quite up to my expectations. The nearest bathroom to our campsite was an outhouse (though it did have running water in a sink). The other bathroom, a bit further away, was clean but lacked, for example, any hooks for hanging one's belongings. The sites were too close together. We didn't have any neighbors next to us, but if those spots had been occupied, we'd have been right on top of each other. I thought it was expensive for what we got.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Almonte, Canada
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Recent 6 day stay in August 2012. What stood out?. The GAC chemical plant ship terminal accross the Bay runs 24/7 unloading ships with cranes visibly seen and heard unloading during our entire stay. Relatively new sign or paint at the roadside is nice but the campground is old and run down. Cramped and tight sites especially along the Bay "ocean" for $70/day, The owners (mercedes drivers) are in the pre retirement stretch and investing little. They are pushing a hippy theme but really its just about their profit margins. The old run down bathrooms and showers receive minimal if any attention from the owners, dead bugs and cob webs, slime and mushrooms never cleaned during our stay. The bath house, is a raised wood frame building with pathetic linoneum and spongy floors. Its definetaly a keep the sandals on and bring little to the showers (at least it is not coin pay). And never bring the sandals into your RV. The septic system for the bathhouse is located below the new childrens playground, and there is constant effluent overflow from the overburdunded mantle flowing through the playground, this is more than yuck. Cold water only laundry is useless for the fishy ocean smells. Dump station poorly designed/maintained to prevent full emptying of tanks, and you can guess that people just make a mess (on their way out) . Overall, not the worst i've been too, but bottom 20% percentile. pehaps many in Maine are this bad. Pity, some nice stuff to do or see. This place has potential meaning trees and waterfront versus a field , and probably 20 years it was okay, but nostalgia doesn't cut it. Unbelieveable a few neighbours were a few time returning guests, others shared the yuck opinion. All in all, stay away. Searsport is not really a good jump off for visiting Acadia and other places. Just Barb's, going North up the road 10 minutes has really good food.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Lyme, Connecticut
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We are new to the RV world and Searsport Shores has made it to our top 10 list. We will most definitely be returning. The campground is very well run - very clean - and Steve and Astrig are very welcoming.

If you can book an ocean front space - you will be a "happy camper" even second row in is great! Kids loved biking around and the playground was wonderful. Goats were a big hit - and our dog had several great playdates in the dog park!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012 via mobile

Searsport Shores Campground is lovely to stay at for the views ....but one of the owners, Steve (Ostrig was very courteous) runs the grounds like a military camp.....NO loud noises, even earlier in the evening. No loud door slams, if you bring your pet they better not bark, & children had better keep their voices down. So if you have a special needs child you would be better to find another campground ...we will not be back!!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kitchener, Canada
2 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

Our quest to find that "special place" that we would want to return to year after year has been found. After 19 hours of driving we were greeted by smiling friendly faces who without hesitation placed us on a site so our R&R could begin. We were pleased with our choice of searsport shores . It was our first trip to Maine and could not of left us with better memories thanks to our hosts Astrig and Steve. We were so impressed with how things were managed at this park, the organization and cleanliness was outstanding. Their knowledge of the area made for an adventure every day thanks steve , your suggestions for our outings were right on the mark for what we were hoping to acheive for our "Maine" experience.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Rochester, New Hampshire
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

On the surface one might think this campground is overpriced (no cable or sewer). After about 12 hours one realizes these are unnecessary amenities in comparison to the relaxing environment and concern the owners and staff have for each and every campers comfort and happiness. There is a feeling here we have never experienced in all of our years of camping. This is a relaxing haven on our list for many a return trip. Thank you Astrid and Steve

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rt. 1, 216 West Main St., Searsport, ME
Location: United States > Maine > Mid Coast Maine > Searsport
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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty lodging in Searsport
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