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Campground Review: Orange City RV Resort, Orange City, FL

Campground Review Summary

  • Name: Orange City RV Resort
  • Dates of stay: Feb 15 – Mar 29, 2019
  • Location: 2300 E. Graves Avenue, Orange City, FL 32763
  • Type of campground: Private / Sun Communities
  • Cost: $27.32/night
  • Additional fees: metered electric
  • Stay limit: none
  • Accepts mail / packages: yes
  • Cell reception: AT&T good
  • Website: https://www.suncommunities.com/community/orange-city-rv-resort/
  • Pros: Inexpensive, nice amenities
  • Cons: Farther from Orlando attractions

Full Review

We chose to stay at this park because it was half the price of the KOA we stayed at earlier in the winter. Located about halfway between the northeast edge of Orlando and Daytona Beach, it placed us within reasonable driving distance of our son’s house, Disney and Daytona Bike week activities.

Because of the reasonable price, I was a bit nervous about what we would find, but those nerves proved unfounded. Although sand/dirt, our pull-through full hookup site was spacious (by commercial campground standards) and level. The interior roads are paved and navigable by big rigs (with care). The rolling terrain required strategic planning for hooking and unhooking our toad.

The utilities worked well. We did notice intermittent 50 amp breaker issues during our stay, but it was promptly replaced as soon as we notified the office. Cable TV is available if you obtain a cable box from the office (free, but a deposit is required). We didn’t bother, relying on over the air channels. The only negative about the site were the trees – they blocked our satellite signal and showered buckets of leaves on us during our late-winter stay.  Our ATT data signal was slow, but usable. We didn’t try the campground wifi. On the monthly rate, electricity is additional, which cost us about another $2/day at our usage rate.

The large resort has a beautiful pool/hot tub area which was well-utilized during our stay.  A fitness center and recreation hall is located near the front office and three bath house / laundry facilities are strategically located throughout. The bath houses are modern and clean, some of the nicer ones we’ve seen in our travels.

The campground recently hired a part-time activities director who is really working to offer a variety of seasonal activities. Activities on the calendar included a craft fair, farmer’s market, water aerobics, game night, craft sessions, themed parties, etc. I went to a couple and found them to be hit-or-miss (some successful, so not-so), but that is not unusual for a new program. I expect participation will improve as the program matures.

This is our second stay at a Sun Communities park and both have been positive experiences. The first was the new and fabulously-beautiful Vines Resort in Paso Robles, California. This is an older park, purchased by Sun Communities a few years ago. The majority of the sites appear to be annual rentals with park models or permanent RV setups — some appear to have been there many years. But the park is generally clean and well kept, and has a laid-back, suburban neighborhood vibe.

My only gripe is that it wasn’t especially close to the things we wanted to do, except perhaps for Bike Week venues. Disney was an hour away and our son’s house was a good 45 minutes. We ended up doing quite a bit more driving as a result. I also didn’t bond with folks here like I had at the Orlando KOA. The area we were in seemed to be an enclave of French Canadian seasonal residents, with French spoken more than English. The KOA was super-convenient to attractions, with activities and people I loved, but it was also super-expensive. It’s all a trade off.

However, if you don’t mind the location, the campground itself is very nice and quite reasonably priced by Florida snowbird standards.

Bottom Line: Good value, nice amenities, and within reach of both Daytona and Orlando.

Hangin’ out in Orange City

Orange City RV ResortOrange City is a small town located off I-4, approximately half-way between the outskirts of Orlando and Daytona Beach. It’s a quiet area with a rural feel, laid-back and peaceful.

We came to the Orange City RV Resort because it was considerably less expensive than our Orlando KOA. Like – less than half the price! I was a little nervous because it was so much cheaper, a bit afraid it would be a dump. But I have been pleasantly surprised. Although dirt/sand, our shady site is level, solid and reasonably spacious with a concrete patio, full hook ups, and  a picnic table. The bath house is modern and clean. There is a decent pool and hot tub area. It’s quite nice, especially considering the price!

The resort is fairly large with several hundred sites. Many are “annual” rentals, with either RVs or park model trailers permanently located onsite. There is quite a population of Canadian snowbirds, down for the season (I hear French spoken more than English!), but some annual sites undoubtedly house permanent, year-round residents. Some of the units have obviously been there for quite some time, while others are newer. And interspersed are RVs of all types and sizes, including not a few expensive big rigs. The permanent sites give the resort almost a residential feel, like walking down a suburban street. There are paved roads, streetlights, and tiny homes with mature landscaping and front porches. It’s quite pleasant actually.

The primary downside is that Orange City isn’t really close anything. It’s about 45 minutes drive to Sean’s place and at least an hour to Disney. Daytona is about a half hour away, which will be convenient for bike week. But otherwise, there’s not so much around here. The RV park has an activities director and a calendar of planned events, but I haven’t engaged in any – yet. Some of the activities don’t interest me (like, chair yoga) and events I have been interested in have either occurred at times that conflicted with work or other plans, or were cancelled. There’s a craft session later in the week, so hopefully I can give it a go. I really got integrated quickly into the activities at the Orlando KOA and miss that camaraderie.

We’ll see how it goes!