Great Family Camping at Long Point Provincial Park #Review

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For the past few years we have camped in Norfolk County at Long Point Provincial Park, partially because we know it’s a great place to camp and also because the beach is awesome.

Long Point is about a 2.5 hour drive from Toronto and located on Lake Erie and when I say ON lake Erie I pretty much mean it.  Here’s a picture to show you…

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The Beach

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Okay so let’s cover the beach first.  The beach is covered in beautiful sand and goes on for miles and is perfect for making sandcastles.  Although the beach tends to get busier with day-trippers on the weekend, there is ample space for everyone so you don’t feel sardined as the beach is very wide.  Make sure to pack your frisbee, soccer ball or kite as there is lots of open area to play. There is no rocks or seaweed on the beach as it is well maintained but there is the odd fallen tree log that is great for taking a cute shot of the kids!  Sunsets can be seen perfectly on the beach and if the weather allows, I highly recommend you catch one while you’re there.

VWK - Long Point Beach The water is shallow which is great for younger kids or big kids like me that need to slowly get used to the water.  Many days there are great waves so be sure to bring your boogie boards to ride the waves.  Skim boards and kayaks are also a great way to have fun at the beach.   Although the waves can be fun, they also come with an undertow that can be dangerous on certain days.  Since the beach does not have lifeguards, it is the parents responsibility to watch their children carefully and especially when the undertow is strong.

The Campground

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Long Point Provincial Park is home to 4 different campgrounds.  Firefly, Monarch and Turtle Dunes are located in the newer section of the park while Cottonwood is set apart from the others and is considered the ‘old park’

Cottonwood is where we choose to camp as it a smaller park and the beach is only steps away from nearly every site.  The park is a beautiful sand dune environment, with very few sites having grass coverage.  

Water stations are located all over the park where you can find water for cooking, cleaning and drinking.  The water is tested daily and is cleared for personal consumption.

Washrooms are kept fairly clean and are always stocked with soap and toilet paper.  Showers are  located centrally in the park with roomy stalls with good water pressure a change are and the best part is that they are FREE

The Playground contains a teeter-totter and swings and is filled with more sand.  It’s a great place for kids (and adults) to make new camp friends and let out some energy.

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All sites are equipped with a fire pit with a removable cooking grate.  Wood can be purchased for cooking and campfires at the main camp store.

Fireflies – At night time the park is lit up with fireflies!  Watch for them in the bushes, one your tent or flying by your head.  They are sure to give you a cool show!

Check-out time is 2:00pm but you are welcome to move to the day-use area of the park until 10:00pm or use the public beach for the day

** NOTE: Cottonwood is a Radio-free park and non-electrical

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Tips for Camping at Long Point

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Non-reservable sites –  Cottonwood has 25 non-reservabe sites that are first come, first served. Check out the non-reseravbles before you set up camp as you may find one that is more suited to your tastes.  The camp office will gladly switch you to a non-reservable site upon arrival if you find one you prefer.

Bring your bikes – There are lots of places to bike and you can take a trip to the ‘new park’ to play on their bigger playground, go get some ice cream or just to check out the local cottages.

Port Rowan is the nearby town (about 10 mins away) and has a grocery store, LCBO, ice cream shop, general store and restaurant

Bring a beach tent – Due to the fact that the beach is quite big, there is plenty of room to set up a beach tent to take a break from the hot sun and shelter ou from the wind.

Watch for snakes, frogs and turtles – not that they are going to hurt you but because they are cool to watch and quite common at Long Point

Poison Ivy – Stay out of the grassy areas as there is lots of poison ivy throughout the park

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Long Point is a place not to be missed wether you are going for the day or staying for a week.  You will fall in love with the beach and keep coming back, like we do, year after year.

Feel camping challenged? Never fear, & have you covered with their Learn to Camp program

You CAN travel as a family of five (or more)

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A common thing I hear from friends that have 3 or more children is that it is hard to find a resort in the Caribbean that can accommodate their family without it costing them an arm and leg.  Well look no further my friends because I have done the research for you!  All of these resorts will accommodate your family and promises to be a great sunny getaway so that you can sit back, relax and make memories that will last a lifetime.  Happy Vacation planning!

Aruba

Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort

The Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort is centered on a large, sparkling freshwater pool, with views of the beach located directly across from the resort. Spacious studios, one, and two-bedroom suites surround the main pool area and offer fully equipped kitchens and private balconies with ocean and garden views. A unique collection of premium golf view suites are located along the course and fronted by a magnificent freeform pool with swim access bar.

Barbados

Almond Casuarina Beach 

Almond Resorts in Barbados offers three great all-inclusive resort destinations with one amazing Caribbean experience. For groups, weddings, couples, families and singles – for all those seeking a personalized experience without rules, without worries – we promise breathtaking views, lushly landscaped gardens, countless activities, exceptional cuisine and friendly, helpful people.

Cuba

Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa

Located beachfront in Rincon Francés, part of the Varadero ecological reserve. Five-Star Ultra All InclusiveEco-Resort with 510 rooms. This charming world is privileged with elegance, refinement and privacy, especially its Royal Service. Recommended for families, weddings, honeymoons, incentives and wellness/spa.

Sol Sirenas Coral

All Inclusive Four Star resort with 651 rooms. Located alongside the beach in Varadero. Hotel complex surrounded by tropical gardens which convey an informal atmosphere. The property excels for its superb entertainment program. Recommended for families traveling with children.

Sol Palmeras

All Inclusive Four-Star Resort, with 608 rooms. Privileged location alongside Varadero Beach. Spectacular hotel – bungalow complex with refreshing swimming pools surrounded by gardens, terraces and bars. The property excels for the comfort of its rooms, unique décor of its buffet restaurant buffet with gourmet- show cooking and fun-packed entertainment programs. Recommended for families, golf enthusiasts, honeymooners and groups.

Sol Río De Luna y Mares

Four -Star All Inclusive Resort with 464 rooms. Located beachfront in Playa Esmeralda, on the northern coast of Holguin province, where visitors will be amazed by the dazzling superposition of blues and greens from the sea, sky and costal shrubbery. This hotel complex is surrounded by extensive green areas and offers a wide variety of services and attractions. Recommended for families, weddings, honeymoons and tourist groups.

Dominican Republic            


Meliá Caribe Tropical 

This resort sets the standard for family oriented all-inclusive hotels in Punta Cana.  The beach at Meliá Caribe Tropical is simply spectacular, and is only one of the resort’s many impressive features. The Punta Cana hotel has over a dozen restaurants to choose from so you can have a wide variety of international dining experiences during your stay. With a world-class golf course right across the street, an exciting casino and the most thrilling activities in Punta Cana, Meliá Caribe Tropical is the perfect choice for your next family vacation. The Flintstones have found the perfect place for their holidays: they are staying with your family in one of our first theme hotels. Your kids can explore the Yabba-Dabba-Doo bazaar, gardens and swimming pools just like those Fred, Wilma, Barney and Betty enjoyed. Let yourself be surprised!

Dreams Punta Cana

Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa provides stunning palm-studded beaches surrounded by flourishing vegetation. This Unlimited-Luxury® resort is an undiscovered treasure offering couples and couples with children one of the largest pools in the Dominican Republic which flows from the lobby down to the beach, complete with a swim-up bar and venues throughout. Kids can enjoy activities and entertainment at the explorer’s club and teens can chill out in the core zone while adults relax poolside or at the full-service spa.

Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe

On the seafront of one of the 10 best beaches in the world,  Barcelo Bavaro’s beach is protected by a coral reef that makes the pristine sea perfectly calm. Fabulous hotel facilities include an incredible, luxurious spa swimming pools, gymnasium, shopping centre and a mini-club for the little ones. At night you can enjoy the lively nightlife at the hotel: shows, discos, casino.

Ocean Blue & Sand

Ocean Blue & Sand Beach Resort is a luxury 24 hours all inclusive resort, with private Jacuzzi in all Junior suites, a lovely beach, plus the finest selection of themed restaurants and an exceptional coffee house. The resort offers everything from a bowling alley and special sports to breathtaking free form pools with swing up bars, Jacuzzis and children area.

Jamaica

Beaches Ocho Rios

If you’re looking for a family beachfront getaway with an intimate private beach, a Pirates Island Waterpark, extra large accommodations, the only all-inclusive golf program for kids and near Jamaica’s best attractions, Beaches Ocho Rios is for you.

Beaches Negril

The vibe here is totally carefree and about spending time with those you love. Spread out over a lushly landscaped 20 acres, Beaches Negril epitomizes paradise with spectacular gardens beside the sea, a sprawling Pirates Island waterpark, and plenty of activities and amenities for the whole family. For those who want a little tranquility and a whole lot of cool, it all begins with a beach vacation at the best all – inclusive resort in Negril.

Franklin D Roosevelt

Your all-inclusive vacation in Jamaica at the Franklyn D. Resort & Spa will be a most memorable family experience!  From friendly, caring and interactive staff, including your family’s own Vacation Nanny, their all-inclusive  vacation packages include the best of food, drinks, accommodations and activities for families.

Riu Montego Bay, Jamaica

Riu Montego Bay offers deluxe accommodations and a wide variety of activities in a beautiful setting. Riu Montego Bay sits along a shimmering beach, in harmony with its tropical surroundings. This island oasis offers deluxe accommodations in a stunning setting surrounded by an unspoiled natural environment. Montego Bay continues to grow and provides a well-rounded range of services and shops in addition to tropical, turquoise waters. This is a wonderful vacation destination for both romantic getaways and family vacations! RIU Resorts prides themselves on customer satisfaction and Riu Montego Bay is no exception!

Mexico

Azul Beach Hotel

Azul Beach Hotel is a family-friendly, boutique-style property located on a gorgeous beach 20 minutes from Cancun International Airport. All suites are just steps from the beach, pools, restaurants and bars.  Azul Beach especially caters to families with young children with loaner baby equipment, kid’s club and parent support. The exclusive Family & Friends Vacation Planner coordinates family reunions. Romantic couples love Beachfront Sky Massages and Suite Scenes.

Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa

A perfect escape for the entire family!  This resort offers six gourmet restaurants, Gorgeous swimming pools, 24-hour room service, fantastic kid’s club and a friendly staff to ensure your vacation is relaxing and fun.

Dreams Cancun

Dreams Cancun exclusively situated at the tip of Punta Cancun and surrounded on three sides by the crystal-clear Caribbean, offers couples, singles and families Unlimited-Luxury® along with the exciting Delphinus, the on-site dolphin aquarium. Guests will surely be satisfied with a range of activities and entertainment ranging from world-class Dreams Spa by Pevonia and is located just steps away from shops and the nightlife of Cancun.

Gran Sirenis Riviera Maya

This resort is in a class of its own due to its spectacular design, which brings to mind the ancient Mayan buildings, yet at the same time of a modern, minimalist style which blends perfectly with the luxurious natural vegetation in the gardens. Set in a fascinating environment, your holiday there will be a dream come true…

Meliá Puerto Vallarta

Paradise for families and couples, where there is something for everyone and where everything is included. A wide variety of snacks and meals, domestic and imported drinks and recreational activities for all ages, spectacular evening shows performed by professional dancers, with a different program every night, and the largest pool in Vallarta! The Flintstones have found the perfect place for their holidays: they are staying with your family in one of our first theme hotels: Yabba-Dabba-Doo bazaar, Roca Flash, RocAdventure, Baby Rock Club, Bamm Bamm Club and Cool Club. Let yourself be surprised!

Melia Cozumel All Inclusive Beach & Golf Resort

Featuring an array of amenities, facilities and unlimited amounts of fun, this beautiful beachfront resort is directly across the street from the island’s premier golf course designed by the Nicklaus Design Group and just three miles from San Miguel, Cozumel’s main shopping area. The perfect place to enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea and the white-sand beaches for which Cozumel is well known; Meliá Cozumel offers a casual, comfortable and inviting resort experience that is certain to satisfy one and all. The Flintstones have found the perfect place for their vacation! They will be enjoying one of our first theme hotels. Look out for them at the Yabba-Dabba-Doo Bazaar as well as in the gardens and at the swimming pools!

Riu Emerald Bay, Mazatlan

Riu Emerald Bay dazzles guests with spectacular ocean views from almost every spot on the property. From the impressive lobby to the elegant guestrooms that feature signature RIU amenities, this outstanding all inclusive resort is the perfect place for couples, families, and singles seeking a beautiful retreat on the shores of the sapphire Pacific Ocean. Children will have the time of their lives at the supervised RiuLand Kids Club, while adults can pamper themselves at the world class Renova Spa or enjoy some quiet time alone.  Dining options are sure to please all palates with gourmet restaurants serving global cuisines. Featuring golden, sandy beaches and a laid back atmosphere, the Riu Emerald Bay is the perfect destination for all ages.

Sandos Caracol Eco-Resort & Spa

A Riviera Maya family resort located in the luxurious residential complex of Grand Coral, which has the most amazing facilities offering great Riviera Maya all inclusive family activities perfect for keeping the children entertained. A fun water park with colorful water slides and amazing kid’s club, are just some of the features that make Sandos Caracol, the ideal family getaway.

Turks & Caicos

Dive into a one-of-a-kind, unbelievably exciting all-inclusive for the whole family. A 45,000 square-foot waterpark; three magnificent villages, boasting the architecture and ambiance of Italy, France and the Caribbean; a 12-mile beach lapped by clear turquoise waters; endless fun activities for everyone, from tots to tweens and teens, featuring Sesame Street® characters, the new Xbox 360® Game Garage and a sizzlin’ teen disco, Liquid at Beaches-all located on one of the world’s best beaches.
St. Lucia
Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa (Depending on children’s ages you may need to be  in an adjoining room)

Guests of all ages will indulge in Splash, Coconut Bay’s family friendly wing with areas intended to delight the young at heart. Colorful rooms face the ocean and overlook CocoLand, St. Lucia’s largest water park featuring a large activity pool, lazy river and exciting water slides. Also on the Splash side is the Caribbean’s first paintball facility able to host 10 players.  The fully supervised Kidz Klub is nearby and easy to find by the gleeful sounds of youngsters enjoying its water feature, expansive pirate ship and air-conditioned indoor play room.

Morgan Bay Beach Resort

Morgan Bay Beach Resort is a vibrant, colorful, and refreshingly casual All-Inclusive resort, distinguished by its romantic waterfront setting.  The wide array of accommodations, activities, water sports, restaurants, bars, and amenities make Morgan Bay your ideal destination for a relaxing tropical getaway.