Torry Island Campground
Located in Belle Glade, Florida
Length of Stay: 1 month
City Water: Yes
Wifi Rating: Good
Month visited: October
Laundry on-site: Yes
Pull-thru Site: No
Cable TV: No
Mail Receipt: Yes
Gated Security: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes
Extra Amenities: On-site bait shop, Boat launch, Fishing on site, Social events
Torry Island Campground was the first stop on the journey. It was an interesting ride towards the Everglades into the city of Belle Glade, Florida. This campground really is on an island and you have to drive over a small bridge to get there. Upon driving in, there is a small bait/tackle shop on the left among many openings to the pier and picnic tables. Driving a bit further you get to the check-in office where you can pull the rig to the side and walk on in to check in.
Once you get your site number, you can move the rig towards the site. I noticed all of the sites in this park are all back-in spots. Our spot was #81, and had learned that it was a specifically requested spot by some. Probably due to the amount of space it had on both sides away from the neighboring sites, and the clear view of the lake.
The site itself was a great site, although some things to note. As the RV was located under a tree, often throughout the day and night, small acorns would fall on top. No damage was ever done but they were alarming to say the least, and quite messy. To be safe, when we departed someone climbed on the roof to sweep all the acorns away so none would get stuck in the slide awnings.
The amenities offered by the campground are up to par no doubt. The location offered showers/restrooms with adequate hot water, 30/50-amp hookups, wireless internet, laundry onsite, boat launch ramp, onsite tackle shop, and more.
The showers had hot water, were mildly clean, but it seemed that bugs such as mosquitoes, spiders, etc. infiltrated inside and would attack while attempting to shower oneself.
For the more techie soul, the wireless internet was not bad, gave it a rating of good as it was not the fastest, but was not slow as those 56k dial-up days. They had it setup as different wireless zones to connect to which would seemingly spread out the traffic.
There are those who always have security in mind. This campground is surrounded by a gate with key-card. Also, it has been noticed the Palm Beach county police often patrol through Torry Island campground.
The coin-laundry is just outside the gate near the check-in office near the dog park. I did forget to mention that this campground is pet friendly. Located just outside the gate are the fishing piers, multiple boat launch ramps, and a small bait/tackle shop.
There weren’t too many inconveniences for the most part. Lawn maintenance is done Wednesdays and Fridays, and they do start early in the morning so no chance of sleeping in those days unless you deep sleep. The biggest problem of all – mosquitoes. While it is no secret the swamp is filled with mosquitoes, this tiny fact should not be overlooked, go ahead and pack extra repellent of some sort. They WILL be bad.
Torry Island campground was a great campground to stay at kick starting the beginning of the RV Living journey. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Staying during the month of October, there were several social gatherings, and we especially enjoyed the Halloween Chili Cook-off. Lots of great food and pleasant people around. Which is why we hope to visit this campground the next time our rig happens to be in south Florida!
P.S. – Check out the watch tower across the lake, you can get some nice views from this point.