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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go to PGA Golf Tournament but think your wheelchair or scooter is holding you back- well NOT.
Come with me to the Players Championship in Florida were you could see Vijay, Tiger, Davis Love, Ernie, Big John, or Sergio.

 

The Players Tournament held at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium course is accessible, yes it is. Now, being a golf course some areas that are a little uneven but you will forget that when you are sitting at the 17th tee, in the handicapped seating, and the players just walk right in front of you to tee off. What a thrill to see, as they will make their shot onto the 17th island green. You have the “best seats in the house”!

 

When I visited the TPC Sawgrass golf course, it was just pristine, as I guess one would expect with the Players Championship going on. However, I did have the opportunity of watching those ground keeper’s work and did they work- wow- and what a great bunch of guys and gals, they take so much pride in their work.

 

The Tournament Players Club, Sawgrass is one of courses of the TPC network, which includes 23 facilities (some still in development) across the U.S. and has become a wildly successful venture for the PGA TOUR.

 

Now back to accessibility, first if you have traveling by electric scooter o electric wheelchair, you will be directed to a special parking area on the backside of the course, which is closer to the entrance gate.
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If you are in a wheelchair or have limited mobility (cane or crutches) there is a drop off at the gate where you will be picked up by an extended Golf cart which seats about 8 and room to fold up the wheelchairs. The Golf Cart for the disabled whisks you into the course and drops you off where you want.

 

You can also easily use your electric scooter or wheelchair from the gate, as they have artificial turf on the road into the course. Getting around the course is a real dream as all major paths are paved.

 

Another wonderful place to view the action is from the 18th hole. A lift elevator takes you up to the viewing area right in front of the hole “ best seats in the house”; they have also provided seats for your companions, smart!

 

The PGA has made the whole experience wheelchair friendly, things like handicapped portable bathrooms. These portable bathrooms have great ramps, huge spaces inside, and wait to hear this, even music playing when you open the door!
Throughout the course, you will find other handicapped washrooms.

 

Food Kiosks and merchandize tents are all accessible. Everyone needs some money to buy a souvenir or a drink so scattered throughout the course are portable ATM machines that are again accessible in height. – Great idea!

 

The Tournament, of course provides emergency medical facilities on site as well as emergency vehicles. If you need any assistance, directions, or just a chat there are 100’s and 100’s of wonderful volunteers.
MY experience at the Players Championship at Sawgrass was amazing from the facilities to the Golf, from the volunteers to the players. I was thrilled to see that the Players Championship makes us who are disabled, very welcome, very at home and very much part of the action.
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They do it with all the right ramps etc but they do it even more so with their hospitality, with their genuine concern and respect for the needs of the disabled.

 

So, do consider treating yourself and go to the Players Championship at Sawgrass golf course, in Ponte Verde Beach Florida.

 

I do want to thank Denise and Allison who made my experience so most enjoyable.

 

You always thought that the closest to these players would be through the TV; well the PGA Players Championship has made it so simple for you to enjoy golf where it should be enjoyed, on the Golf Course.

 

So, get off the couch, get out the door, and partake in life. You too can enjoy a Golf Tournament, I did.
Oil up the scooter, get the wheelchair ready, come to The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, and “get the best seats in the house”

 

Information:

The TPC at Sawgrass’ famed Stadium Course is host to THE PLAYERS Championship. One of the PGA Tour’s most coveted titles, THE PLAYERS boasts the strongest field of any TOUR event. In 2004, Adam Scott overcame the talented field at the TPC at Sawgrass, and the 23-year-old Australian became the youngest winner in the history of THE PLAYERS Championship.

 

Located in Ponte Vedra, Florida, the TPC at Sawgrass is 25 miles east of Jacksonville and 133 miles north of Orlando

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Myrtil Beach, SCI found a family campground that is wonderfully accessible, and guess what! It is right on the beach! Ocean Lakes Family Campground, a destination campground is just 6 miles south of Myrtle Beach. Named 1997,1999, 2002/03 National RV Park of the Year By. ARVC. And it definitely deserves these awards.

Though Ocean Lakes is a very large busy park, with over 3300 sites, it still has a real community atmosphere. This I believe is accomplished by the attitude of staff from the top down, from the founders Nelson and Mary Emily Jackson to the teammates who run the many activities. Ocean Lakes is a Real family camp, with kids everywhere of all ages having a marvelous time. Though with the 11pm curfew things really settle down well. Also Ocean Lakes has it own security force, which keep a real eagle eye on things.
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Ocean Lakes features nearly one mile of soft sandy beach leading you right into the beautifully refreshing Atlantic Ocean. You can take in the entire view from the oceanfront Observation Deck. There is a convenient oceanfront Beach Concession right beside the oceanfront Observation Deck.

 

 

Guests with Special Needs

Ocean Lake Family Campgrounds really works hard to make all guests comfortable. For those with special needs, Ocean Lakes has created a handicap accessible environment. Golf cars can be rented to assist those with special needs in traveling throughout the campground. If you, or someone in your family, needs assistance just tell any one of the teammates immediately and they will readily help you. Many of the teammates carry hand held radios and can alert security or another teammate of a problem or special need.
What I found was most of Ocean Lakes amenities are on ground level, without stairs. For those of us who are physically challenged, the few buildings and structures that have stairs, also feature ramps. There are several beach accesses but one is especially good which has a small deck that you can overlook the beach. Have your wheelchair or scooter and want to enjoy the beach, the Recreation Office has beach wheel chairs equipped with large wheels to travel over sand.

 

Now the swimming pools are just wonderful! The Recreation Office has a portable handicap lifts for the pools to assist wheel chair bound guests. The streets are paved for a smoother ride – all 29 miles throughout Ocean Lakes! Since I have limited mobility, I used the Golf Cart to get around nearly exclusively and they are great fun! You can rent them by the day, week, month, or whatever. The cart rentals are right on site. That is also a great way to explore Ocean Lakes (and so healthy, too)! If you need a bicycle, just stroll down to the Recreation Office to get your bike.

 

Hearing impaired, guests will be pleased with the signage throughout the park, and visual materials will be of aide. If you are deaf, it would be appropriate (and possibly more convenient for you) to contact Ocean Lakes via e-mail regarding a reservation. For the visually challenged, pets are permitted at all campsites. If you are renting a unit, please let them know you are bringing a guide dog. (Pets are generally not permitted in the rental units.)

 
Campsites
Ocean Lakes Family Campground features 893 campsites. All sites are pull through and generally accommodate a 40′ campers (some sites are much larger) with slide outs on both sides. Tents are welcome on all sites as well. All sites include water, sewer, 20-30-50 amp electric, 70 channel cable TV hookup, a modem-friendly phone jack with free local calls, daily curbside trash pickup and a picnic table. Reservations are made up to 18 months in advance according to site availability and sites are reserved by specific site number. You’ll know exactly what site you are going to be on when you make the reservation! Tip: if you need a paved pad campsite let the office know when you make your reservations.

 

 

Beach House and Trailer Rentals
You don’t need a camper to stay at Ocean Lakes! They have nearly 300 rental sites that range in all sizes and price ranges! Ocean Lakes Properties handles the reservations beginning in January every year. Each house or trailers available are individually owned and each site therefore has a unique personality. The rental sites are fully furnished, all you need to do is bring your linen and personal items.

 

 

Pools

Ocean Lakes has an outdoor Olympic-sized pool, an all-seasons pool, and two kiddie pools, complete with lifeguards in season. Kids can enjoy the new Sandy Harbor Splash Zone. The pool area and sun decks are part of the Sandy Harbor Family Fun Center next to the Ocean Lakes Recreation Center. The Sandy Harbor Cafe is a great spot for a quick snake or delicious ice cream (Beware, the large cone is LARGE!)

 
Recreation Center

The hub of activities is the 17,000 square foot Recreation Center. Check out the Activities Calendar, and the racks of Myrtle Beach brochures. You can also speak with the full-time Recreation staff. These people are professionals and make sure everyone has fun.
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Ocean Lakes offers many activities for the little tykes under the watchful eye of staff, (or teammates) called “Kamp Starfish.”

The Game Center located next to the Recreation Building in Sandy Harbor Family Fun Center. Great games for all ages.

One of the many neat things That I really enjoyed at Ocean Lakes is the Ocean Lakes Nature Center Discovery Lab It is a wonderful place for rainy days or to take a break from the beach or pool, All kinds of interesting things have been found right here on Ocean Lakes’ beachfront, from a 6″ wide sharks’ tooth fossil, to a bison’s tooth fossil and you can see them at the Discover Center. Ocean Lakes guests are encouraged to bring items found on the beach for identification.

 

 

Fishing

With a mile of oceanfront and eight lakes, you will be able to find the perfect “fishing hole.”
Camptown Store
You will find all you needs at the 10,000 square foot Camptown Store, which includes groceries, snacks, ice, gifts, and souvenirs. Right next door to the camp store is the main snack bar they share the same parking lot! Where you will find great fast food and wonderful ice cream cones – I tried them and they are the best!! If you need anything for your RV that is covered too at Ocean Lakes with the Ocean Lakes RV Center.

 

 

Security
Security is a priority at Ocean Lakes Family Campground. The 24-hour security patrol offers our guests customer service and peace of mind around the clock. The security gates are always manned and open 24 hours a day for guests’ convenience.

 

 

Maintenance
Due to the size of this oceanfront campground, an important aspect of customer service and operations is maintenance. Ocean Lakes employs a wide range of talented teammates from carpenters and electricians to plumbers and mechanics. With six bathhouses totaling more than 150 toilets, dozens of showers, and handicap facilities Ocean Lakes puts a priority on hygiene. Ocean Lakes has a team of people to attend to the bathhouses, checking each one several times a day.

 

 

Landscaping / Grounds / Appearance

s a destination campground, Ocean Lakes takes great care with its appearance and landscaping. Our own Horticulturalist along with an experienced group of teammates oversees the care of all 310 oceanfront acres. Ocean Lakes does all of its own planting and grounds maintenance, and grows many of its plants in our very own greenhouse

 

 

TV 10 is Ocean Lakes’ very own TV information Bulletin Boards – There are eight large bulletin boards located throughout the campground. They are updated daily with posters about special events, important information and a campground map.

 

 

Child Identification Program is a great idea and is operated through the Recreation Building. All guests are welcome to pickup a waterproof wristband for their children or the mentally challenged. The wristband has the campground’s name and the guest’s campsite number. This service is free to all guests.

 

Phone Service is provided at all 893 campsites including free local calls and modem access.

 

L. P. Gas is available daily; the truck will come to your site.

 

Church Services are held every Sunday and holidays. It is a non-denominational Christian service. Reverend Kirk Lawton is Ocean Lakes’ full-time, on-site minister.

 

Book Exchange Library is located in the Recreation Building.

 

Miniature Golf Course – An 18-hole miniature golf course (Sandy Harbor Mini-Golf)

 

Playgrounds – (2) Ocean Lakes continues to upgrade the playgrounds annually expanding and improving the equipment. The playgrounds are oceanfront.

 

Sandy Harbor Games – features more than 85 games – something for all ages!

Horseshoe Pit – oceanfront.

Shuffleboard Courts – oceanfront.

Volleyball Court – oceanfront.

Basketball Courts – oceanfront.

Bocce Ball Court – oceanfront.

 

Ocean lakes is truly 5 star camping with amnesties and facilities and the staff is certainly 5 stars in abilities and attitudes.
If you want a real fun vacation with sun, surf and lots of family things to do then Ocean Lakes Family Campground is the place for you.
I personally just love this place, not only was it so convenient for me to get around but the staff was second to none, everyone who works there seems to be having a great time and loving their jobs. The teammates set the tone and they have set the Right tone. From security to Lifeguards to Rec staff to café staff, everyone is friendly and helpful. This is a big active campground, but yet you can just lay back and enjoy yourself too. A wonderful family spot is safe, fun, and friendly.
Go to Ocean Lakes Campground in Myrtle Beach South Carolina and you won’t be disappointed. Tell them Jane sent you!

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How do I tell you about this wonderful world of Sun N Fun ? The west coast of Florida location of Sun N Fun puts you close to miles of palm fringed, white sandy beaches and the sparkling Gulf of Mexico.

When I heard Sun N Fun Sarasota, had 1800 sites, I said, “Wow’, much too big and impersonal for me- I like a camp ground around 250 sites will tolerate one at 400 sites, but 1800 sites- no way.” Well was I totally mistaken. It is one of the friendliest Rv Resorts I have ever been to.
Rather than just telling you let me show you what my day was like, the other day.

Having limited mobility, I use an electric 3-wheel scooter and cane. I can only walk a short distance, so accessibility is very important to me. Sun N Fun is just wonderful: easy to get around, accessible, and a place I felt right at home.

The other morning I stepped out of my RV around 7A.M. The sun was up, the sky was blue and it was already warm. Florida at its best! I decided to have coffee and read the paper, so got on my electric scooter and tooted past the work out room which was full with those very dedicated folks who must exercise in the morning, towards the laundry to buy a paper. The laundry was buzzing with folks getting their clothes done before the day begins. I picked up a USA today (always like seeing the weather map). It gives me some type of sneaky pleasure to see a snowstorm in the northeast. Tucked my paper in my basket and headed back to the RV,looked over and saw that the lawn bowling greens were being rolled down for today’s play, passed the post office which opens at 9 am, then the Video rental trailer, which doesn’t open until 1 pm.
Before turning back toward the RV, I saw the guys and gals were sweeping down the 18-shuffleboard courts for start at 8:30 (every morning).

Started to read the news of the day, and, of course, that was after many “good mornings” by people passing my site on their morning walks. No luck- Cody (my Westie) has awakened and needs his morning run. So on my electric scooter I head for the lake, and towards the east end of the park I remind myself to look at the schedule on the Resort TV channel to see when the miniature sailing races are on the lake..
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As I approach the east end having said “good morning” to at least a dozen folks, I see the 3 volley ball nets are up, men are raking the courts and are ready to open at 9 A.M.. Walking past that I see folks are already playing doubles on the tennis courts. We start heading home and I notice the Pavilion and wonder what card games will be playing there tonight. The other night nearly every seat was taken. Think they were playing, poker, bridge and euchre, and I am sure a few games I don’t know.

Now back to my coffee (re-warmed in the microwave) and paper. Then out pops Karen our next-door neighbor from Ohio, wishes me the warmest “good morning,” and asks if I want to go to the beach with them today. – It is only a 15 minutes drive away. I decline but say maybe another day this week.- She says ”you’re on!” Well reading the paper seems like a wash as Carol stops on her bike just to say hi on her way to the Glass Shop. Yes, they do stained glass here at Sun N Fun. I realize I am going to be late for the morning coffee/ meeting. As I am leaving, my friend Linda suggests we go to the on site restaurant for dinner tonight as they are having roast beef. Suits me! I have dived into the excellent buffet several times and have enjoyed it each time.

So once again, I get on my electric scooter heading for the west end of the park. It is now close to 8 am and the place is becoming busier, with many golf carts, two wheel electric scooters, and cars buzzing around. It will take me about 10 minutes to scoot up to Woodland hall (Rec Center).
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As I pass the Computer center I remind myself that I need to print a couple of things off and also must go later to the business center and plug in my laptop and go on High speed hook up and get my email. It is great to have high speed and it is free too. As I head for the morning meeting I pass by the pool complex and am trying to decide if I will go to Water Exercise at 9:30 or just a swim in the heated pool and then a whirl pool at noon hour. …(Oh, the hard decisions!)

I pass by the wood shop, which is large with lots of tools. I put my Scooter on rabbit and head for coffee/meeting. Get there and the place is full of activity and once again so many “good mornings” “beautiful day.” The coffee meeting lets everyone know what is happening today and special events coming up. This is what I heard, Bingo Tuesday and Thursday Nights, Karaoke Tuesday and Friday at Poolside Bar.

There is a BQ dinner coming up on Wednesday night- tickets on sale for that. There is going to be a blood pressure clinic next Tuesday and Next Saturday there is going to be a swimsuit sale around the pool. Church service on Sunday morning and entertainment around the pool on Sunday afternoon. They remind us all about several potluck suppers in the next couple of weeks.

Several of the volunteers stand up and let us know about their activity, square dancing at Woodlawn Hall, The Red Hat Society is off to lunch next week. The On site yard sale is coming up.

The golf folks tell us about the several time and courses they go out to each week; then with lots of laughter and good coffee we head out into that warm sunshine. I stop and chat with Anne and Russell for a few minutes, notice that Billiards has started for women, and next door to that is the hairdresser and the chairs are filled already.

As I scoot back to get my bathing suit and go to the pool, I pass by a couple of the lakes and stop and watch the egrets. My little scooter (a GO GO by Pride) goes great, but those Golf carts do get around really well. When I come back next year Imight rent one (for about $160.00 per month- that seems reasonable to me!)

As I head for the center of the Park, I hear the clang of the horseshoes, look over, and see the miniature golf have a few folks playing, and right beside it is Bocci ball which they play that in the afternoon. Bikes and Scooters (2 wheels) are parked at the pool, so I must hurry and get my suit on. As I come close to my RV I see that the lawn bowling greens are totally full- looks like everyone is wearing whites and laughing and smiling.

Now home and off for a swim, then check on email, out for supper, and then maybe Bingo- or maybe I will go get that book I was reading and just sit and read. You see, Sun N Fun has over 150 activities a week, and you can do some or none of them – your choice.

I love this place because it has so much to do. If I want I can do as little, or as much as I like. I love hearing the laughter of the Petangue group at 4:30- Petangue is like Bocci ball, but the balls are smaller and metal. I love hearing the music of the Karaoke, and I love hearing the singing of the birds. I never tire of saying good morning or good day to people and chatting with new friends,

Yes, I know Sun N Fun has won awards for Best camp grounds- and so they should. But that doesn’t make this place special, I know Sun N Fun has 1800 sites, about 800 RV sites and the rest Park models, mostly owned but some for rent. I know the surroundings are great with many wooded areas, great walking areas, and many flowers. I know the width and breath of activities are like no other RV park I ever have been too.
I know the food is great in the restaurant and the music wonderful in the bar, the Olympic size pool is heated, the laundry has good machines, and the bathhouses are clean.I know for me with limited mobility it is VERY easy to get around, great ramps, good showers etc.

Also if you want to come to Sun N Fun and don’t have an RV to use, they have an accessible Park Model trailer, which I personally inspected and it is very good.

That’s not what makes Sun N Fun so special, it’s the people, all the people from the gatehouse to the sales staff, from the waitresses in the restaurant, to the activities staff, from the front desk staff to the maintenance folks- and of course ALL the volunteers that run ALL the activities.

Sun N Fun is a community. From all corners of the U.S. and Canada we come to Sun N Fun and make it home, make it a thriving happy community, make it a fun place to spend time.

Now if you must leave Sun N Fun. You will find everything from malls, to Wal-Mart to St Armans Circle- one of the most prestigious shopping areas in Florida. Of course, there are movie theatres, restaurants galore, and attractions from deep-sea fishing, to scenic boat tours.

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I found a family campground that is wonderfully accessible for handicapped travelers, and guess what! It is right on the beach! Ocean Lakes Family Campground, a destination campground, is just 6 miles south of Myrtle Beach. Named 1997,1999, 2002/03 National RV Park of the Year By. ARVC, it definitely deserves these awards.

 

Though Ocean Lakes is a very large busy park, with over 3300 sites, it still has a real community atmosphere. This I believe is accomplished by the attitude of staff from the top down: from the founders Nelson and Mary Emily Jackson to the teammates who run the many activities.
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Ocean Lakes is a Real family camp with kids everywhere of all ages having a marvelous time. With the 11pm curfew things really settle down well. Also Ocean Lakes has it own security force, which keep a real eagle eye on things.

 

Ocean Lakes features nearly one mile of soft sandy beach leading you right into the beautifully refreshing Atlantic Ocean. You can take in the entire view from the oceanfront Observation Deck. There is a convenient oceanfront Beach Concession right beside the oceanfront Observation Deck.

 
Guests with Special Needs
Ocean Lake Family Campgrounds really works hard to make all guests comfortable. For those with special needs, Ocean Lakes has created a handicap accessible environment. Golf carts can be rented to assist those with special needs in traveling throughout the campground. If you, or someone in your family, need assistance just tell any one of the teammates immediately, and they will readily help you. Many of the teammates carry hand-held radios and can alert security or another teammate of a problem or special need.

 

What I found was most of Ocean Lakes amenities are on ground level, without stairs. For those of us who are physically challenged, the few buildings and structures that have stairs, also feature ramps. There are several beach accesses, but one is especially good. It has a small deck that you can overlook the beach. If you want to enjoy the beach, the Recreation Office has beach wheel chairs equipped with large wheels to travel over sand.

 

Now the swimming pools are just wonderful! The Recreation Office has a portable handicap lifts for the pools to assist wheel-chair-bound guests.

 

The streets are paved for a smoother ride – all 29 miles throughout Ocean Lakes! Since I have limited mobility, I used the golf cart to get around nearly exclusively, and they are great fun! You can rent them by the day, week, month, or whatever. The cart rentals are right on site. That is also a great way to explore Ocean Lakes (and so healthy, too)! If you need a bicycle, just stroll down to the Recreation Office to get your bike.

 

Hearing impaired, guests will be please with the signage throughout the park, and visual materials will be of aide. If you are deaf, it would be appropriate (and possibly more convenient for you) to contact Ocean Lakes via e-mail regarding a reservation
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For the visually challenged, pets are permitted at all campsites. If you are renting a unit, please let them know you are bringing a guide dog. (Pets are generally not permitted in the rental units.)

 
Campsites
Ocean Lakes Family Campground features 893 campsites. All sites are pull -through and generally accommodate a 40′ campers with slide-outs on both sides. Some sites are much larger than others. Tents are welcome on all sites as well. All sites include water, sewer, 20-30-50 amp electric, 70 channel cable TV hookup, a modem-friendly phone jack with free local calls, daily curbside trash pickup and a picnic table. Reservations are made up to 18 months in advance according to site availability and sites are reserved by specific site number. You’ll know exactly what site you are going to be on when you make the reservation! Tip: if you need a paved pad campsite let the office know when you make your reservations.

 
Beach House and Trailer Rentals
You don’t need a camper to stay at Ocean Lakes! They have nearly 300 rental sites that range in all sizes and price ranges! Ocean Lakes Properties handles the reservations beginning in January every year. Each house or trailer available is individually owned, so each site has a unique personality. The rental sites are fully furnished, all you need to do is bring your linen and personal items.

 
Pools
Ocean Lakes has an outdoor Olympic-sized pool, an all-seasons pool, and two kiddie pools, complete with lifeguards in season. Kids can enjoy the new Sandy Harbor Splash Zone. The pool area and sun decks are part of the Sandy Harbor Family Fun Center next to the Ocean Lakes Recreation Center. The Sandy Harbor Cafe is a great spot for a quick snack or delicious ice cream (Beware, the large cone is LARGE!)

 
Recreation Center
The hub of activities is the 17,000 square foot Recreation Center. Check out the Activities Calendar and the racks of Myrtle Beach brochures. You can also speak with the full-time Recreation staff. These people are professionals and make sure everyone has fun.

 

Ocean Lakes offers many activities for the little tykes under the watchful eye of staff, (or teammates) who operate “Kamp Starfish.

 

Child Identification Program is a great idea and is operated through the Recreation Building. All guests are welcome to pickup a waterproof wristband for their children or the mentally challenged. The wristband has the campground’s name and the guest’s campsite number. This service is free to all guests.

 

The Game Center located next to the Recreation Building is Sandy Harbor Family Fun Center. Great games for all ages.

 

One of the many neat things That I really enjoyed at Ocean Lakes is the Ocean Lakes Nature Center Discovery Lab It is a wonderful place for rainy days or to take a break from the beach or pool. All kinds of interesting things have been found right here on Ocean Lakes’ beachfront, from a 6” wide sharks’ tooth fossil, to a bison’s tooth fossil, and you can see them at the Discover Center. Ocean Lakes guests are encouraged to bring items found on the beach for identification.

 
Fishing

With a mile of oceanfront and eight lakes, you will be able to find the perfect “fishing hole.”

 
Camptown Store

You will find all you needs at the 10,000 square foot Camptown Store, which includes groceries, snacks, ice, gifts, and souvenirs. Right next door to the camp store is the main snack bar they share the same parking lot! Where you will find great fast food and wonderful ice cream cones – I tried them and they are the best!! If you need anything for your RV, that is covered too at the Ocean Lakes RV Center.

 

 

Security

Security is a priority at Ocean Lakes Family Campground. The 24-hour security patrol offers guests customer service and peace of mind around the clock. The security gates are always manned and open 24 hours a day for guests’ convenience.

 

 

Maintenance

Due to the size of this oceanfront campground, an important aspect of customer service and operations is maintenance. Ocean Lakes employs a wide range of talented teammates from carpenters and electricians to plumbers and mechanics.
With six bathhouses totaling more than 150 toilets, dozens of showers, and handicap facilities Ocean Lakes puts a priority on hygiene. Ocean Lakes has a team of people to attend the bathhouses, checking each one several times a day.

 

 

Landscaping / Grounds / Appearance

As a destination campground, Ocean Lakes takes great care with its appearance and landscaping.The Horticulturalist, along with an experienced group of teammates, oversees the care of all 310 oceanfront acres. Ocean Lakes does all of its own planting and grounds maintenance, and grows many of its plants in their own greenhouse.

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Oh, how I love Sarasota Florida situated on the Gulf coast. It seems to have everything… great beaches, great shopping, great cultural activities, and just a fun and friendly place. The beaches are numerous, have beautiful white sands, and the azure waters make this a real Florida spot. Weather of course is excellent.
There are endless arrays of activities, with invigorating mixture of attractions, restaurants, shopping, and accommodations.

Sarasota is a very accessible place for all of us who are disabled, or who have limited mobility. I have found the folks of Sarasota to be helpful, thoughtful, and extremely welcoming. A marvelous place to visit.

 

Location:

On Florida’s west coast on the Gulf of Mexico, between Tampa to the north and Ft. Myers to the south.

 

Geography:
571.75 square miles of land area
35 miles of beachfront

 

Average Annual Air Temperature:
72.6 F average air temperature
82.8 F average high temperature
61.9 F average low temperature

 

Population:
City of Sarasota: 52, 715 residents
Sarasota County: 228,348 residents

 

Airport:
Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) is located at the intersection of US 41 and University Parkway.

 

Mileage from Florida Cities:
Miami: 223 miles (4 hours’ drive time)
Orlando: 129 miles (2 hours’ drive time)
Tampa: 57 miles (1 hour drive time)

 

Accommodations:
Wide varieties of accommodations are available, from campgrounds to luxury resort hotels. Rentals of privately owned condominiums and cottages are popular. If you are a camper, I highly recommend the award-winning Sun ‘N Fun on Fruitville Road, just east of 1-75 (see more about Sun and Fun below)

 

Arts & Cultural Community:
Sarasota is Florida’s Cultural Coast and is home to a professional symphony, ballet, and opera. There are 10 theaters and 30 art galleries A real treat is to visit the John & Mabel Ringling Museum of Art.
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Things to Do:
Visit Mote Marine Laboratory, G-WIZ (Gulf coast Wonder & Imagination Zone), Historic Spanish Point, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Warm Mineral Springs, and Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary. Always pick up a “What’s Happening” brochure which gives you all the latest doings in the Sarasota area.
State Parks:
Check out Myakka River State Park, with 28,875 acres of land, for bird watching, biking, walking, camping, or just communing with Florida’s natural setting of swamps, palmetto brush and towering pine trees. Myakka State Park offers guided boat and train tours that include informative narration of the area’s wildlife and history.

 

Golf:
If there are golfers in your group then Sarasota is the place. Sarasota offers more than 1,000 holes at public, semi-private and private courses.

 

Piers, Marinas & Boat Ramps:
There are over 15 area marinas and 12 public boat ramps in the region. Sarasota is a haven for water sports. I always love getting out on the water and am partial to boat cruises. You get a different perspective of a place from the water.

 

I recommend the Le Barge Tropical Cruises,100 yards south of Marina Jack restaurant in downtown Sarasota. This is a two-tier boat, so there is easy access to the lower level. Try to get one of the back seats so you can get an unobstructed view. If you have limited mobility, the ramp is easy to walk up. When a guest is using a scooter or wheelchair, the crew is more than happy to help. Get there early and advise the crew you need assistance.

 

They have several different tours but I recommend the Dolphin Encounter Cruise narrated by a naturalist / marine biologist, where you can meet many of their 120 full-time resident Atlantic bottlenosed dolphins. The narrated sightseeing cruise combined seeing Sarasota’s abundant wildlife with a little bit of history, as well as viewing spectacular shoreline homes.
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It was perfect day when we went out on Sarasota Bay, the sun was bright, the light breeze warm, and the dolphins very playful. The crew was friendly and extremely informative. The captain made sure we stayed close to the dolphins without upsetting them. They jumped and frolicked and everyone aboard got a real look at dolphins in the wild. You will come to understand their hunting techniques, physical adaptations, and social hierarchy. You will also learn of the effects brought on by humankind and what is being done to protect this magnificent species

 

With over 100 bottlenose dolphins living in the coastal area, Sarasota has become an ideal place to observe and understand these intelligent marine mammals. The Sarasota Bay Dolphin Research Program is the longest on going dolphin study in the world!
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I found the captain and crew so very ready to lend a hand. They made my cruise an incredible experience. Nothing I asked was too much of an effort. So, remember La Barge Tropical Cruises.

 

Two full bars and a light-fare menu are available on all cruises, Reservations are recommended. Call ahead for departure schedule Look for the big yellow boat with the palm trees on top

 

Come to Sarasota and enjoy yourself, whether for the beaches, the shopping, or the cultural activities. You’ll find it all and more in Sarasota, Florida.
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