- Close to dining, the beach, state parks, historic sites, Destination Daytona and much more
- Cable available
- Large dog park
- Helpful, friendly staff
- Very good and fast Verizon signal
- Wifi - unable to stay connected
- Electrical issues in our section of the park during our stay
- Some road maintenance needed
Rate Paid – $0.00 with our Thousand Trails/Trails Collection membership
Address: 1701 North US Hwy 1, Ormond Beach, FL 32174
This is one of the nicer Encore parks we’ve stayed at in Florida. The location was great being just about 1/2 mile off of I-95 and within a 15 minute drive to Ormond Beach, the 30 mile long Ormond Scenic Loop Trail, state parks and historic sites. It’s also very close (1/2 mile or so – you could walk if you don’t mind walking on US-1 with no sidewalks) to several dining options, Destination Daytona (a Harley Davidson destination in its own right), Giant Recreation World RV dealer and small store, and within a 30 minute drive to Daytona Beach. If you need groceries or other supplies, it’s about 10 miles to Walmart and other grocery stores. There is a small camp store in the office with basic supplies plus beer and ice cream.
We arrived at around 12:30 pm on a Sunday and found the office closed (it closes at 12:00 noon on Sundays) but a check-in package was waiting for us outside the office door and included everything we needed with clear instructions and a map to our site (#62). When we went into the office the following morning to complete check-in, the staff was very friendly and helpful and continued to be throughout our stay.
The site we were assigned was, technically, a pull-through with a grass pad and a concrete patio and once we were in place, there was plenty of room for our 36′ motorhome and toad. I say technically because the site also included a drain pipe located just about in the center of the rear of the site. If we had arrived after dark I could imagine not seeing it and running over it. We had already unhooked the car and even then it was a little tricky maneuvering between the pipe and the concrete patio but it worked out just fine in the end. Of course, if it had been too difficult to maneuver, we would have gone around and backed into the site.
The sites at Sunshine Holiday Daytona are not huge, but they generally seemed to offer enough space. We were happy to find the concrete patio and nice picnic table. During our stay, several sites around us were having electrical problems and our site was no exception. We initially hooked up to the 50 amp outlet but when we started getting spikes (thankfully our Surge Guard filter handled them beautifully – see our review of it here) we pulled out the trusty 30 amp adapter and didn’t have any other problems. The park had the electric company and a contractor in working on it, so hopefully it’s been resolved. It was good to see that the park was working hard on that problem because we’ve been to a few parks that are less than proactive when it comes to maintenance and trying to keep their guests happy.
Some other pluses at this park, at least from our perspective, are: the laid-back atmosphere; it’s big enough to get in some good, long walks (on one walk, we saw two otters playing in the small canal on the property); the grounds are nicely maintained (including the pool area, tennis court, and playground – there is also mini-golf which could use a little sprucing up); there was a very good live band at the pool area on Friday nights; we had a good and fast Verizon signal; being able to hook up to cable TV (although we rarely used it, it’s sometimes nice to have it as an option); several dumpsters were located conveniently throughout the park and we never saw them overflowing (which is more than we can say for some other Encore parks we’ve visited). If you have a dog who enjoys off-leash parks, there is a large one on the property with an agility tunnel, although it could get muddy after a heavy rain (our girl, Roxie, isn’t usually interested in spending much time in them though – she walks in, sniffs the perimeter and heads back to the gate to say “OK I’m ready to go now”).
One area of maintenance at this park that needs attention is that some of the interior roads have pretty deep potholes that can make navigating tricky, in addition to the fact that they’re somewhat narrow. In addition, we tried connecting to the Wifi on our first day but were unable to connect. We never tried again and relied on Verizon for work and entertainment.
Overall, though, we were pleasantly surprised with the quality and location of this Encore park and enjoyed our stay.