Come relax and rejuvenate in our private peaceful oasis. Surround yourself with the tranquility of the woods and private river access in this very rustic, near amenity-less experience; home to towering pine trees, fluffy saw palmettos, soaring air plants, you name it! Looking to spot a few critters? You’ll likely encounter squirrels, rabbit and may even find an occasional d
Come relax and rejuvenate in our private peaceful oasis. Surround yourself with the tranquility of the woods and private river access in this very rustic, near amenity-less experience; home to towering pine trees, fluffy saw palmettos, soaring air plants, you name it! Looking to spot a few critters? You’ll likely encounter squirrels, rabbit and may even find an occasional deer or hog. Bird watchers welcome, it’s easy to spot real beauties in this quiet untouched gem. Make your way down to the river for tubing, canoeing, wading or just picnicking on the bank overlooking the pristine golden sandy bottom where the water is almost always just knee high. Need to pick up snacks? You’ll be pleased to find that delivery is just one click away via Walmart, Instacart, Amazon and more but you’re also just minutes away from shopping, restaurants, entertainment and the interstate is no more than a 10 minute drive from the property :-)
- Check in: After 12PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Strict
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 23% off
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Teepee Tent w/ queen air mattress
Sleeps 4 adults comfortably
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
River consists of brackish water, great for Snook and small flounder are present as well!
Large 2 seat canoe/paddles available upon request.
At your own risk
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We had a wonderful time on Kira’s land the river cool but not ice cold took are paddle boards up and down. Was lovely on the water. Camp sights are very close to the water. The hammock swings were fun and face the water. Good size fire rings cooked are food in the coals plenty of room to do so. At night the area has soft twinkle lights strung up for a fun relaxing mood. Host was attentive and available for communication the whole time of needed. Water is deep in some spots but shallow in manny for kids. Awesome for primitive tent camping. Farm fresh colorful eggs in welcome basket was a fun unique gift. A nice highlight is being able to drive right up to your campsite and leaving your vehicle parked there. Keeping in mind as long as you have the appropriate vehicle truck SUV non-low riding car if you can’t get your vehicle back there there is a cul-de-sac you can leave your vehicle if you want to hike roughly half a mile to your campsite with your belongings. Walmart is conveniently close if you forget something along with gas stations. Overall very enjoyable for campsite on the water secluded in the trees. Not far from the campsite there is a nice trail head north Manatee Trail with little bridges and water to walk along. Manage viewing center was only 30 minutes away I suggest going in the morning to see the manatees you guys should book and joy. 🏕
We loved the land and Kira was a very kind lady. We were on the water (There are 3-4 sites and only 2 currently have direct access to water. It seems to be first come first serve). The privacy is better than most established grounds. They are not as close to each other as most established campgrounds, but not as far as dispersed camping. My wife and spent two days and nights out there and we loved it. The water was great and we had room to play some yard games. It was extremely quiet most of the time. This place has a ton of potential. This is primitive camping, no water, electricity, or bathrooms so make sure to bring a bucket and privacy cover if tent camping (they are private sites, but there is still some line of sight). The grass is pretty high in all but one site. The land is still very rugged and being worked on, so this is a true to Florida plot. The most important upgrade, in my opinion, would be something to control the very tall grass on most sites, which would make a massive difference in the hangout space. A great addition would be a pathway cut through the brush to the water, between the two water campsites, which would allow all campers to access the water without going into other campsites. Less agile people may struggle getting in the water as it is a small ledge. 3 sites were full while we were there and it was still a very pleasant stay. Recommended highly for experienced, prepared campers. As the ground is cleared a bit it will be great for all levels
This little slice of paradise was great for a weekend getaway 🏕. Kira was very thoughtful, communicative, and kind! Plenty of privacy on this picturesque property📸. We saw Kira once on our way onto the property and felt no pressure to do a “grand greeting”. (if that’s your thing) She was accommodating in every way and provided some basic supplies to add convenience. No need to bring a tent either! Kira had one set up that housed 2 adults and 1 kid easily. She even provided a half-dozen local fresh eggs! 🍳You could even “glamp” it up by ordering local delivery! We enjoyed relaxing and even jumping into the cool “sandy bottom river”. I did see sun fish and bass 🎣We’ll be back again!
Not accessible for a 25 ft. rv
I was really looking forward to our stay at Sandy Bottom River Retreat based on the description & photos. We booked our stay with our 25' C Class RV, with the expectation that our site's host would have known what their property could accommodate. Since I drove in separate with our jeep, I decided to check out the site. The unpaved and ungraded road leading to our site was so uneven that I had to travel 2-5 miles per hour through several parts of it. I also had great trepidation about how we would turn around to get back out, since there wasn't a clear way to do that once arriving at our site. I immediately called the host and asked if it was possible to cancel, because I didn't think we could get the RV in the there safely. Ultimately, the host was willing to refund us if we couldn't get in. Once the other member of our party arrived with the RV, I explained the situation and we walked it out. Upon seeing the welcoming complimentary basket of goods & welcome sign, I think we both felt like we needed to make an effort to get in. Well, we went very slowly and got 2/3 of the way, and did not account for the angling in of a tree that ripped into the awning of our RV. It also ended up damaging the gas line to the generator underneath the RV. It took us quite a while to get freed of that tree, and about an hour and a half total to drive backwards and then do a 20+ point turn around at a sandy area to get out the rest of the way. We I incurred nearly $3000 of damage.
A beautiful isolated site, yet easy access from well paved roads and not too far (15 minutes) from town or main highway. Still under development, but a promising start with three sites well established with broad fire rings and hammock seats overlooking the creek. The road to the sites, maybe 200-300 yards long to the end, is rather rough and narrow (but as stated still developing) and my only caution would be to avoid if you are towing a trailer (pop-up may be ok) or big class A. Otherwise a car, truck, or class B (like our Roadtrek) would easily make it in and out. Kira was very responsive to communications, quite personable, and even set up some nice treats at the site to enjoy during our stay. All-in-all a very nice place and look forward to a return at some point to see further progress.
Very bad road
Well the worst part was the road. We went about 50' down the road and stopped walked to the end and decided not to try it. When we tried to back out we were stuck and could only go forward so we decided to try it. We made it but had to cut a few trees down to get through with 4WD pickup and 22’ travel trailer. Made it to the end and after 45 minutes of jockeying got turned around so we decided to put.
I don't see how this can really be called a "campground" it's more just a bad road through the woods. There's no water on site no electricity (except at entrance gate) no bathroom or even a portapotty. Though it's pretty and has potential.
So if you want to go you can make it in with a high clearance vehicle (SUV/pickup) 4WD if wet. Hardy any level spots, very small and hard to turn around. Really only suitable for vans and tents, it’s a work in progress, I am giving all these details so you don’t try it with a medium/large RV or a trailer much bigger than a pop up.
beautiful river and trees
Swings by river
Very wild and secluded
Nice big fire pits
You can kayak river outfitter nearby on river off hiway 301.
No facilities at all
Few level spots
Great little spot!
We had a beautiful little spot by the Little Manatee River. Kira was VERY accommodating! We pulled up, there was a sign welcoming us, our tents were already set up, there was firewood ready to burn in the firepit and a cute little Welcone written on the brocks around it. She let us use the canoe and air matresses, pillows and sheets. Even supplied an air pump. My husband and bots had a great time fishing non stop. They caught a 5lb cat fish, and a bunch of sunfish. It was peaceful being able to take an afternoon nap next to the river listening to the sounds of nature. Hope to be back soon.