At the time of our trip, this was the only option for tent camping on the island. The campground is geared more for RV camping and has a TON of mobile homes that appear to be for seasonal residents. This place is HUGE. What few tent sites they do have are in a corner of the park which happens to be near the fence that separates the park from the main road on the island. Right next door is a convenience store that has delivery trucks backing up (loud beeping) and unloading (much banging) well before 7 AM every morning. Traffic on the road was extremely loud and went into the early hours of the morning. We were assigned tent site number 3, which is the absolute worst site out of all the tent sites. This site backs up to a storage shed for the park and there were a number of rusted mobile home stairs stored off to the side. During breakfast one morning, two maintenance guys had to drive their cart through our site to pull some equipment out of the shed. We didn’t want to place our tent too close to the shed for fear of creatures living underneath, but what area was left was full of tree roots. We surveyed the other tent sites while there - these all seemed much better, but shared the same problem as ours regarding noise. Despite all this, my ten year old loved this place - a great maze of a place to explore on his bike and he loved the aviary. The bathrooms were decent and kept clean, but the garbage stations were often full to overflowing. The bike ride to the beach was convenient and there was plenty of room to stash our bikes once we got there. There are no amenities at this location, so plan accordingly, particularly if you have kids. This is a good place to tent if you are only looking for a piece of dirt to sleep on and will spend most of your time out and about; but if the only option left were site 3, then I would either insist on a significant discount, find a hotel, or reschedule my trip for when another tent site was available. And I would bring ear plugs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Periwinkle Park & Campgrounds is a friendly full hook up campground located on beautiful Sanibel Island. We offer accommodations for campers from motor homes to tents and everything in between. Complete electrical, water & sewer hookups for your RV, Motor Home, 5th Wheel or Pop-ups. Just a 10 minute walk to white, sandy shell-lined beaches (we're only .5 of a mile away!). Amenities include: Complete Hookups, Picnic Tables, Restrooms/Showers, Laundry, Ice, LP Gas & Pavilion available for private & public functions. Beach, Golf, Shops & Dining all within walking or cycling distance. Be sure and bring your bicycles! ... more less