We are a family of 3 who just returned from a 4 night (tent) camping trip at Searsport Shores. We had a great time and hope to return next summer.
Upon arrival, we were not 100% happy with the camping site that we were assigned and the owner was very helpful and accommodating, allowing us to change to an oceanfront campsite that better suited our wants and needs. The view from our campsite was fantastic, and we really enjoyed listening to the waves before falling asleep at night.
The grounds are very well-maintained and have pretty quaint touches (gardens, sculptures, etc...) throughout the site. Our son really enjoyed playing in the playground, visiting the goats, walking on the trails in the woods, exploring the rocky shore and searching for seashells. We did not participate in any of the collective activities offered at the campground (tour of the beach with a marine biologist, art activities for children, etc..) but hope to do so on our next visit.
To address the bathroom concerns in one of the previous reviews: I am a germophobe who avoids public bathrooms whenever possible. The bathrooms at Searsport Shores are as clean as any public bathroom could possibly be. I saw employees cleaning the bathrooms on SEVERAL occasions during my 4 night stay. The women's and men's bathroom are located beside one another and the entry to both bathrooms are facing the laundry machines. The previous poster is correct, there are no doors leading in to the actual bathrooms, but a curtain that comes down a bit (maybe a couple off feet?). There are three toilets located in stalls that have doors (the doors of the stalls do not reach the ground). Are the bathrooms private? Eh. Not really. But to be honest, I actually felt much safer sending my child alone to the men's room (while I used the ladies room or waited in the laundry area) knowing that the bathroom was more on the open side. Also, the little seating area in the laundry room faces away from the doors of the bathrooms. There is also one completely enclosed private stall next to the men's and women's bathroom for those with mobility issues, or for parents who would want to accompany a young child to the bathroom. As for the soap, it is a lovely smelling bar of goat soap. No liquid or antibacterial soap options. Germophobe that I am, I always carry a small container of Purell wherever I go, so I would just disinfect my hands after using the washroom. The showers are located in completely private and individually enclosed stalls in the same building as the laundry and bathrooms. Again, the showers were as clean as one can expect for facilities that are being used by a large number of people. Most mornings, my shower stall was immaculate. One morning, there was a bit of hair and dirt residue near the drain. The water was always warm and the pressure was decent.
Again, we were very satisfied with our experience at Searsport Shores and hope to return next year with another family. Thank you to all those who helped to make our trip so memorable!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Searsport Shores Oceanfront Campground is our home, passion and livelihood. We enjoy 40 acres of ocean gardens with 1/4 mile private beach. There are 125 sites...Some just for huge RVs, others for backpacking tents and most for else...Lobsters too. The campground also offers another 120 acres of wooded area with trails for hiking or mountain biking. Fishing and kayaking are also available from the campground. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Searsport Shores Oceanfront Campground Hotel Searsport
- Searsport Shores Oceanfront Campground Maine