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“Beautiful setting a bit pricey and full of rules.”

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Searsport Shores Oceanfront Campground
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“Beautiful setting a bit pricey and full of rules.”
Reviewed August 3, 2012 via mobile

We travel quite frequently to campgrounds and RV parks and found this park to be very well kept and quite beautiful but very, very overpriced for what you get. The premium RV sites have water and 30 amp only with a free honey wagon that you can set up but it has to be done the night before for service the next day. Kind of a pain but atleast it's free. I can also tell you I was not happy they didn't offer cable service. I read a lot of reviews on here with other people complaining about the same thing. When you travel in a large RV you want all the amenities of home and I know we look forward to watching tv in the evenings. We were sadly disappointed we couldn't even get an antenna signal. I know some of this may sound petty but when you pay $77+ per night there are certain things you expect. No 50 amp service for this price is a sin in my opinion.

When booking we asked about the pet policy as we typically travel with our 3 dogs ( a lab and 2 papillons). We have never in 5+ years of traveling been told we couldn't bring all our dogs. Occasionally we are charged extra ( which we gladly pay in order to have all our dogs with us) however we were told there is a very strict 2 dog limit at this park. We had a lengthy conversation about this at booking and ultimately decided to leave our third dog home. This wouldn't have been so bad if it weren't for 2 things:
1: at check in we were told the dogs are not to be left unattended in the motorhome at any time ( whether you are in the park or out). This meant we had to board our dogs for the day while we went sightseeing. We were not told this at booking and when I mentioned this the respond was " it's on the confirmation email we sent you, down on the bottom". This was never mentioned during our lengthy conversation regarding the dogs at booking.
2: we saw a couple while we were here walking their 3 dogs. We confirmed with them that all 3 were theirs and were quite annoyed that we had left our dog home because of the rules that obviously were not enforced in this case.

Lastly,and probably the most disturbing... The playground is very nice however situated next to a large mound that has retaining walls with constant "water" drainage coming from it. Based on my knowledge it looked awfully similar to a leach field. We weren't the only ones who made this connection either. Other campers thought the same thing. Not too thrilled with my daughter running around on a muddy waste field.
This place has so much potential if they would just add a few more amenities to their premium sites and cut back on some of their unnecessary rules. There are too many and are mostly common sense. People who have common sense are insulted by the number and wording of them and those without it won't follow the rules anyway.




  • Stayed August 2012
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2012 via mobile

Searsport Shores perfectly represents the beauty of Maine and its residents in a perfect location. We took the opportunity to explore Maine to the north and south of the campground, but would have also been completely content to stay and enjoy its amenities. The atmosphere is quiet, simple, laid back and scenic. We saw many families enjoying bike rides through the campground or activities in the outdoor playground. Some took advantage of the artist-in-residence program (art is valued and seen throughout the park in a variety of forms.) Kayaking and clamming also seemed popular, as did just walking on the beach. The Saturday lobster feast put the final special touch on our trip as we enjoyed meeting and talking with other campers.

The best spots in the campground are oceanfront, but wooded sites are also available. We stayed in a motor home and had a site between the woods and the ocean and still had a lovely view. The facilities are well kept, and as it should be, campers are expected to do their share in keeping the facilities nice for all. We try to visit different places in the country each year, but this one we would definitely return to in the future.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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6 Thank Joan B
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

We stayed here for five nights in our motor home. It was our first trip to Maine and it couldn't have been better. Astrig and Steve go above and beyond to help make your visit special. They are always around and willing to help any way they can.

If you're looking for a place to hook up to cable TV or dial up your satellite dish this isn't the one. If you want a quiet, well maintained, ocean side camping experience this is it.

The lobster dinner was excellent. We got to meet several other campers and experience a real Maine on the beach lobster feast.

Astrig always had tips on places to visit that are really cool but not in every tour book. She sent us to several local restaurants and all were reasonably priced with very good food.

The beach comes and goes with the tide but there are chairs on the sea wall for relaxing and watching it come and go.

There are lots of things to do at the campground from the kids playground to the artist in residence program. You can even just grab a coffee at the office and sit in a chair on the porch and watch the activities around you.

We read some of the 'other' reviews and after staying here can't imagine having a bad experience. Astrig & Steve simply would do whatever needed to be done to make it right. We are looking forward to our next visit to Searsport and will be sure to stay here again.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

I stopped in here 13 years ago and have been coming here every year. The staff is always willing to help and the owners go out of there way to make sure you enjoy your stay. The Kayaking is excellent and so is the view of the Ocean. Every Saturday night they have a Lobster/ Clam Bake. It is to die for. You are on the ocean with all the trimmings and home made Desert. I look forward to it every year and the price is very reasonable for all the great food you get.

If I had more time I would spend a month here. Looking forward to coming here for many more years.

  • Stayed July 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

2012 started just like last year ended....perfect. Just a amazing view and listening to the waves makes it very relaxing..12 hours of driving is so worth it. The new kids play area is awesome as my 6 yr old said.
The number 1 spot again on our list of 50 campgrounds we have been to from maine to PEI.

  • Stayed July 2012
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5 Thank vacaguy9966
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Warner, New Hampshire
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

We had a great site with a view of the ocean. We had problems with our pop up trailer and Steve, Astrig, and a maintenance fellow went out of their way to help. The place is artsy, clean, and wide open. The bathroom was clean and they encourage you to clean up after yourself for the next person which I appreciated and didn't mind doing. The Lobster Clam Bake was a very steep price compared to others. You can eat out for cheaper. Nice access to the ocean. I did not feel the site were small as previously reported by others perhaps the RV was too big for this location. Infact on our arrival we were given a choice of sites which were open.

Room Tip: Sites one and two are the best the ones along the ocean puts nothing between you and your neighbor
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Vassalboro, Maine
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 19, 2012

Me and my family went to Searsport shores campground the weekend of July 13th -15th. After we got a listing of the 20 plus rules and regulations we were told to have a good time ..lol after that i found out why they have valet parking -wich was an old man on a golf cart. The space was so tight he had one person on the other side of us move his vehicle although two more would needed moving while backing up i was trying to avoid hitting a vehicle that should have been moved or not parked there at all and getting yelled at by the old man in back because i was not cutting it hard enough. Once that frustration was done the only ocean view i had was looking at the camper in front of me. The next day wich was 95 and humid i went to take our trash to the dumpster it was all the way by the entrance.Being on the ocean is the only benefit to this place . sites are too small -all about the money

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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4 Thank Perry B
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Property: Searsport Shores Oceanfront Campground
Address: Rt. 1, 216 West Main St., Searsport, ME 04974
Location: United States > Maine > Mid Coast Maine > Searsport
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Searsport
Number of rooms: 125
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Searsport Shores Oceanfront Campground is our home, passion and livelihood. We enjoy 40 acres of ocean gardens with 1/4 mile private beach. There are 125 sites...Some just for huge RVs, others for backpacking tents and most for else...Lobsters too. The campground also offers another 120 acres of wooded area with trails for hiking or mountain biking. Fishing and kayaking are also available from the campground. ... more   less 
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