I should have heeded the trip advisor warnings...
The Weather Channel's 30% chance of rain turned into a tropical storm, tornado warnings, 50 knot winds, and a power outage. We left two days early for the safety of our family.
When I asked for a refund or credit for the two nights I was then made aware that the campground offers neither. The only reference to this policy is on the receipt after they run your credit card. The no refund policy is not published on the web-site, or in the rules and regulations handout, and is not told to you up front when booking or checking in.
I addressed my issues to the manager who was unwilling to help. I asked to speak with someone who could address my issues and I was referred to the campground owner, Mr. Patel.
Mr. Patel is a late fifties, 5'4" Indian fellow who says he has owned the campground for 32 years. Upon addressing my issues with him and asking for a credit for the nights he completely lost his mind. This guy through out weird incoherent analogies, stormed back of forth waving his hands saying "this is America -- I can run my business they way i want", he told me he did not have time for me and to go away -- at one point he said he was going to unzip his pants -- that's when I stopped him and asked him if he was a business owner or a thug. I was amazed. It was a scene. I watched Mr. Patel's little show drinking my coffee and laughing. When I thought he was done I asked him if he had seen his trip advisor reviews. He followed me out of the office yelling "see...the business is working!!!" as he pointed to his quarter-full campground.
Mr. Patel has overestimated the value of the view. Small RV spots will lead to crowding when/if this place gets full, the breeze blows sewer stench throughout the campground, and the beach is small, steep, and un-kept. In addition, the sea wall provides a significant drop -- not good for kids.
If you are looking at staying at Flagler Beach -- try Gamble Rogers State Park -- better yet -- stay at Bryn Mawr in St. Augustine.
Mr. Patel is exercising poor business practice and clearly should not be dealing with customers. This is the first and last time we will stay at Beverly Beach Camptown. Mr. Patel does not deserve our money...or yours.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beverly Beach Camptown is one of the few RV resorts in the U.S. Situated directly on the ocean. We have 1,500 linear feet of Atlantic Ocean beachfront for your enjoyment. Located in Beverly Beach, FL there are plenty of attractions in Daytona Beach 30 miles to the south and St. Augustine, the nation's oldest city, 32 miles to the north, to keep everyone busy. We are truly a year-round premier camping destination. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Beverly Beach Camptown Hotel Flagler Beach