The owners had done a lot of work in the past year, adding new campsites, a park model village and various landscaping projects.
We started at site M22 and moved after a week because we had no shade at all and it was just too hot. So, they moved us to a premium site, O39. These sites had triple wide concrete pads and what was supposed to be a large grass site. Unfortunately, the grass was mostly in our imagination. Once the owners had placed sod around the edges, the rest was left to us take care of. After spending quite a sum on trying to transform our sandpit into a grassy oasis, we basically gave up. Some tenants had a wonderful lawn that was done with more work than we wanted to do. I felt that's what we paid rent for. And that was an ongoing issue. They also spent thousands putting in new palm trees and other landscaping and not taking care of them like they needed to be after being planted. The result was a sand covered campground in the new section with half dead trees.
Activities were plentiful at Paradise Oaks. We particularly enjoyed the Friday night Horse Races (with wooden horses and cards and .25 bets). I also enjoyed the water aerobics. We made some great lifetime friends at Paradise Oaks.
There was a grocery store, Winn Dixie right next door, which was very convenient. Within three miles was also a small Wal-Mart. But for more shopping choices, we had to go to The Villages or other towns 35-45 minutes away, which wasn't always convenient. Tampa was an hour away and I enjoyed a day at Busch Gardens with close friends.
We really enjoyed being at Paradise Oaks. We had great weather, afternoon shade and breezes and no bugs. Sage and I enjoyed many days, just sitting outside and enjoying the sunshine and warm breezes. One thing I did miss was a lake or pond near me that I could see. And while we enjoyed the park and all its amenities, we've decided that we would be happier at a smaller park. In addition, a lot of the prices were raised at Paradise Oaks, making it less beneficial.
So, for the next winter, we've made reservations at Belle Parc, a smaller, new campground in nearby Brooksville. There are many more shops and restaurants nearby, which will keep me happy. IN addition, we got a campsite with a 12x20 wooden deck at the back end of our rig, overlooking the small lake. It also has many amenities and is only half the size of Paradise. It also has established grass, which I really want. But the deck is what sold me. I can imagine many days of lazing and looking at the water. Below is a picture of our deck that we'll get to enjoy next year. The retaining ponds out past were not quite complete when I took this picture.