The Alabama Gulf Coast offers a variety of more than two dozen campgrounds and RV parks and resorts. Whether you’re a rustic camper or prefer a high end resort, the options are plentiful.
Pandion Ridge LLC is developing a master-planned RV resort community on Canal Road, three-tenths of a mile west of the Foley Beach Express in Orange Beach and adjacent to the west entrance of The Wharf. When complete, the Pandion Ridge resort will have approximately 493 rental lots built in three phases, the first of which will be 39.4 acres with 172 lots.
Nearby Gulf State Park offers a 496-site campground with pull-through, back-in, and waterfront, sites, and 11 modern bathhouses. All sites are big-rig friendly and have water, sewer, and 50/30/20- amp electric service, a paved camping pad, picnic table, and pedestal grill.
Three RV resorts have been approved by the Orange Beach City Council during the past few years. Constructed in 2009, Heritage Motor Coach Resort & Marina has 79 lots and is fully built out. The resort is gated and restricted to Class A motor coaches, none older than 10 years. Located on Bayou St. John in Orange Beach, the resort offers lots for rent and sale.
The Buena Vista Coastal RV Resort, a 32-acre site located just east of Gulf State Park on State Highway 182, is being developed in phases of eight to 10 lots and will eventually house 111 RV sites. Buena Vista offers ownership and rental spots, some with attached coach houses.
The city is also home to the Beech Camper & Mobile Home Park and the Terry Cove Motor Coach Resort on Canal Road. Terry Cove is restricted to Class A motor coaches no more than 15 years old.
In addition, there are nine RV parks in Gulf Shores with approximately 1,200 campsites.
Bella Terra of Gulf Shores is an upscale Class A motor coach resort community. In addition to full ownership RV lots, rentals are available. Owners and guests enjoy their 6,000 square foot Grand Clubhouse, exercise facilities as well as gorgeously designed oversized lots—some as large as 5,000 square feet—with views of a stocked lake and lush foliage.
Farther north, there are 13 RV resorts and campgrounds in Foley, Summerdale, Robertsdale, and Elberta, home to Lake Osprey RV Resort, a destination Luxury RV Resort destination designed for high-end RVs, but not restricted to Class A motorhomes.
Lake Osprey is nestled around several spring-fed lakes in a nature preserve and consists of 188 lushly landscaped extra-large RV sites. The Championship Soldiers Creek Golf Course is located within walking distance of your RV.
Two years ago Scott Roberts knew little of the Alabama Gulf Coast when a banking partner asked for his opinion of Lake Osprey RV Resort. Roberts, CEO of Roberts Resorts, flew in with his sister Nicole and was impressed enough to buy it.
Roberts Resorts owns six RV and manufactured housing communities including four in Arizona, one in Texas, and Lake Osprey RV Resort.
Lake Osprey is 72-acre facility with a 12-acre lake. It had only 25 lots completed when the Roberts family purchased it in 2014, and now it has 98 lots finished, each with the space to build a Coach Home. Each lot has a 16-foot-by-75-foot concrete pad with Wi-Fi and cable TV connection. Lot prices begin at $66,000. Current rental rates are: $42-$53 daily, $210-$294 weekly, and $580-735 monthly (plus electric).
The resort has a large clubhouse, Tiki Bar, laundry, full workout facilities, a large heated pool, hot tub, putting green, crafts room, and a number of pickleball courts where area championships are played.
A Port-Home area was recently zone approved that will feature 1,300- to 1,600-square-foot single-family homes, with two bedrooms, two baths, and a covered port for a motorhome or fifth-wheel, according to Ron Daniels, the resort’s general manager and reciprocal broker.
“A regular stick-built single-family home and the way we build them here is, of course, wood frame. We build them to hurricane standard so they’re real heavy duty. We’ve got the impact glass, the heavy-duty doors, bolted down metal roofs, Hardie Board exterior, and it is really solid, it is really anchored down.”
Daniels along with his wife Debbie, who is the resort’s operations manager and lifestyle consultant, run the day-to-day operation.
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