While this campground was packed in very tightly, its oceanfront location right in the charming town of Saint Andrews, more than made up for the cramped quarters.
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Overall Rating: 3.6/5
Price per night / Discounts: $36 / FHU campsites (30 amp only) cost $46 CAN per night. Given the favorable exchange rate, we paid about $36 USD per night.
Campground website: Kiwanis Oceanfront Camping
Our Site #: 49 - FHU
Privacy Rating (how spacious and private do the sites feel):
1/5: The campground is extremely tight. The interior section where we were parked was even worse than some others, but all of the spaces were close to one another. It is very much a parking lot type campground, though many people do sit outside in the evenings and make the most of it.
Location Rating (accessibility to points of interest or to major highways):
5/5: The campground's location is its absolute best feature. In addition to being just 30 miles from the U.S./Canada border, it is located within easy walking distance of the cute, historic town of Saint Andrews. Additionally, the campground itself is located at the very tip of a peninsula, giving guests easy access to the ocean on 3 sides. We simply cannot imagine a better location.
Site Quality and Big Rig Accessibility Rating (utilities and accessibility of campground hook ups):
2/5: The sites are nothing to write home about, just crushed gravel and a bit of grass. Ours was missing its fire ring. I imagine they may have removed it because in such cramped quarters, fires could annoy other campers or create a fire hazard. In any case, the utilities worked fine (30 amp only), but they are all located at the very back of the site, which required us to use the full length of our extender hoses. While the roads are fairly wide, when the campground is really full, vehicles parked along the roadways can make the roads feel smaller.
Technology and Customer Service Rating (online resources, reservations, and staff):
5/5: I was able to book my reservation online (you fill out a form and they email you a confirmation), and the customer service was very friendly. We asked if we could extend our stay for a couple days and they were able to help us out. Everyone we dealt with was friendly and helpful.
Internet Availability Rating (Verizon coverage or campground wifi):
5/5: For one of the first times ever, we had entirely reliable wifi service at our campsite. That basically never happens. Given the importance of wifi for a lot of travelers who don't want to spend extra for an international data plan, this is a very helpful feature.
Even though this is not the kind of campground we typically enjoy, we loved our visit here because of its unique location. The campground is a perfect place to stop after crossing the international border, it's on a beautiful peninsula with gorgeous views of the sea, and it's within walking distance of a cute town with all the necessities. The employees and our fellow campers were all very friendly and helpful. As a side note, I think it would be worth it to spring for a waterfront campsite at this place. Even though the spots are tight, the views would be fantastic, and the waterfront sites only cost about $10 more than the regular FHU sites.