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Horseshoe Cove RV Park — Bradenton, Fla.

A snowbird's paradise
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4 stars
$35 to $65
  • 80%


Summary:

I had the opportunity to spend a few weeks at Horseshoe Cove while attending an RV gathering. I found the park to be well maintained and generally very accommodating. Located along the banks of the Braden River, the park features a 12-acre private island with walking trails, a gazebo overlooking the water, lighted fishing pier and a large picnic shelter complete with kitchen and grills.

The sites were nice and offered paved pads and small concrete patios with older picnic tables, and several dozen of the sites are directly along the river. However, the pads are very narrow with less than 6 to 8 inches of leeway when driving on them. All the sites are a relatively easy walk to the central office and activity center.

The park is open year round, but extra ordinarily busy during winter months. First-time guests can often take advantage of smoking hot deals, like $199 for a month during the off season. Because it is primarily a seasonal campground, some of the year-round and seasonal residents don't appreciate the intrusion by overnight or short-term guests. They are quick to point out how "we do things here" and often watch short-term guests for expected rules violations.

Amenities include a larger pool area with separate hot tub, game room, fitness center, horseshoes, billiards, shuffle board and wood shop. Fishing is permitted from the island and a boardwalk deck.

There are multiple shower and laundry facilities scattered throughout the park. Although there is not specific "dog park," there are many areas where dogs can be walked on leash.

The park offers Internet service, but through Tengo, which means connections are spotty. I was unable to maintain a connection long enough to conduct a speed test without the test timing out. However, my Verizon connection clocked in at 13.70 mbs download and 23.15 mbs upload. Each site does have a cable TV hookup. Wi-Fi is also available in the main office/clubhouse area.

HC - walk to island HC - sites 3 HC - site 2 HC - shuffleboard HC - pool HC - picnic HC - mail area HC - gate HC - game room HC - fish pond

Pros

  • 422 RV and park model sites
  • Paved pads with concrete patio with full hookups
  • Gate controlled access to park with card needed for entry. Card requires $10 deposit refunded upon check out.
  • Small fish pond near office with plenty of friendly fish
  • Exercise stations along walking paths
  • Lighted fishing pier
  • Private island with walking trails
  • Large pool with hot tub
  • Game room with books, puzzle, cards and billiards
  • Fitness center with keypad access
  • Free cable TV connection/li>
  • Large screened in picnic area for large groups and includes limited kitchen area
  • Dozens of waterfront sites

  • Great rates offered to first time guests

Cons

  • Mail delivery for short-term guests in open area with access by anyone
  • Some full-time and seasonal guests are quick to express their displeasure with intrusion by short-term guests. They are quick to point out rules and watch for expected violations.
  • Sites are very narrow with only 6 to 8 inches of leeway before driving off pad
  • Sites are also relatively short with barely enough room to accommodate RV and towed vehicle
  • No camp store or restaurant on site, but major shopping centers are located within two miles

About Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber is the editor of Let's RV and the editor of RV Daily Report. A Wisconsin native and father of three grown daughters, he is now based out of Arizona and travels the country in his Winnebago Adventurer motorhome interviewing industry professionals and interesting RVers alike. He can be reached at editor@letsrv.com

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