Great place. Although in my personal opinion many things need to be upgraded like the play sets, tennis courts, basketball courts, paved roads???. No activities from Monday through Thursday.....not great if your staying during the week. On activity days, one or two for the kids instead of filling the day up like many other five start campgrounds do. Activities director was not especially friendly either. Had a big disagreement with Security about having the fire going past 11pm...nuts on a weekend in the middle of summertime. Park overall is very nice and clean but when you compare it with pricing of almost 5k per year................NO WAY. I read some of the reviews from people "scraping" pennies to proudly stay. Not me....I sold my unit and moved over the rail road tracks to Beach Comber and saved 2k and love it. I can even have a fire at 2am if I desire!!!!!! Goodbye Cape Island. Hope you survive but for me and my family we are putting our extra pennies together for other good times rather than the campground!
Bottom line, too expensive a park. I did check out how many people are leaving by the sites for sale....even the units are ridiculously priced. I was seasonal for five years. I left to go over to Seashore. Great pricing, you can build or contract with anyone for site improvements, pools, lake, super clean, and you can have a campfire past 11pm.
Thought I would like to REVIEW my Cape Island experience. Our family loved the resort. Everything for the most part is well kept. I do agree with some of the comments regarding up keep. With what the campground charges, everything should be at it's tip top shape. The courts (basketball and tennis) need some TLC. The play areas are also in need of some upgrades. One unit is considerably newer (past ten years) than the old equipment by the bathhouse. My son cut his leg on the old set of swings last summer. I wish they had more activities than they do. Activities only run from Wednesday through Sunday. I wish the place kept it's campground heritage rather than try and crate a "retirement mobile home park" feel. My family left the park for the cost. The park is very expensive. When you compare what other campgrounds have to Cape Island and they are on average $1000 less for seasonal, it adds up. These other parks also have a longer season (two weeks), include cable, and allow for upgrades that the camper/owner can choose rather than be stuck using the campground and paying whatever they charge. Listen, Cape Island is a very nice place. I have experienced some "not so friendly" service in the office. One person wrote "you give what you get"....well I received some unpleasant attitude from the office and I did not deserve it. I am a big girl I do not let those things bother me however, I agree with some of the posters when they say they should be treated better when paying so much! Overall, Cape May is great and the camp is close so I overlooked allot. I just purchased another seasonal unit closer to Ocean City in a park that is significantly closer. For us, the decision was to be close to the beach and make up some monies moving away from Cape May area.
Well.....I read all of the postings. For the most recent postings, my only comment is this yahoo "write a review" page is for people to list their likes and dislikes. I am a newer Cape Island Resort resident. I've been in the park for 7 years. Overall, I do love it. I have had a deck and patio room installed by Cape Island. I don't believe the confusion lies with permit jobs. Most campgrounds will allow you to bring in other contractors to allow for competitive prices. I am not saying CI is overcharging but I must admit, it would be a nice option. Obviously, you want things built correctly and compliant with local codes. I do not think the rules are that stringent. I could stand to have a campfire burn longer than 11pm. If I am quiet, who should care if were outside. My family and I love the area and Cape May so leaving is not an option for now. People have noted the cost. The reality is CI is the highest priced park in the area. That is a fact. It would be nice to have a "freeze" for a year or two rather than a hike. I know other Parks such as Beachcomber and Seashore did freeze the rates. Nice. CI office staff have typically been nice and pleasant. At least for me anyhow. I think the park could look at some improvements. The playgrounds are getting old. Especially the one near the bathhouse. The basketball asphalt is bad. Again, not the biggest of deals. In closing, you will see even the people that were touting discontentment rated location and park cleanliness high. This is a rating site. People are allowed to say what they want. I can see where these tough economic times are hurting people. Their are allot of units for sale at CI! People are having a rough time. They want to feel that when they do spend money, they are getting the most from it. Their is nothing wrong with that notion. By the way, my name is Bob in the 200 section.
My "other" home is at Cape Island Resort. I love it more than the one I'm in the other six months a year. I have been there going on 22 years and have raised my kids there. I am in the VIP and when I came it had just opened. I looked at other parks and it was the cleanest and gave me the nicest area of any park in the area. I won't tell you what we paid a season but that was 22 YEARS ago! Things change. Prices go up. My taxes are more now than they were back then so I'm sure theirs are also. Things increase in cost. The rules around the resort, such as riding your bike past dark rule and the five miles per hour rule, are only for our children's safety. That is just how it is. My kids have made life long friends here and so have I.
Bashing people must make some people feel good about themselves as there seems to be a lot of it on here, but if I had to deal with some of you, you wouldn't like me either. You get what you give and I have always had a good relationship with the office and anyone working there. Even the workers that help out around the resort are always smiling and giving you a wave hello. I would never change a thing. This is my home for 6 months out of the year and I am never moving.
So to you that moved, goodbye. You really won't be missed....
OK, time for me to be bashed. I've read the unfortunate comments made about Cape Island Resort and I have a few comments of my own. Complaints were made about $10.00 for vistors - where else could a friend or family member go the shore for $10.00 a night. Construction - any construction would need permits. I know I don't have the time or the ability to draw up plans acceptable to the town, bring them to the town, pay for the permit, nor would I want to. I trust the staff at Cape Island to build by code and I know it will stand up to the weather and if something should happen they are right on site to take care of it. Unpleasant people - I deal with "customers" all day long and some of them put me in a not nice mood. Storage fee-our units are watched over all winter. $200 not $1000 as mentioned is a small price to pay to know my unit is safe while I'm not there. From what I've seen Cape Island is taken care of by the owners not solely for the money, but because they truly care about our safety. The standards and rules are set by the whole family, not just the "Carbones" as everyone keeps repeating. And again that is for our safety and convenience. My husband and I enjoy our "get away" place and would not think of being anywhere else. One last thing, I don't know if it was intentional or not, but not one bash signed their name. I have no problem in letting you know my name is Margaret W who resides in the VIP section. Enjoy you new place those of you who have left. I will continue to scape my pennies together to make sure I'm at the best place at The Cape - CAPE ISLAND RESORT.
Let me start by saying that I too loved the park originally. I just sold my unit last season. I know things are going up but they are the highest price park! They are out of touch with some of the current rules and regulations. Like for example, the new section which is a higher fee than the general section, you cannot even have a campfire. Is this a campground still! No carts allowed. Activities are dwindling. Hayrides dwindling. The general store has really nothing to offer at all. I understand they changed from a transient to seasonal park years back but that can allow at least better summer venues for seasonal campers. Not allowing the seasonal people to build decks and carports but only at their prices is awful. I know the Carbones. They have a right to make money...its their business but I do not want to hear about all of this overhead and necessary costs. They are millionaires. I am happy for them, its their business and they are entitled to make that but they could look around at the surrounding businesses to see where they are at. Holly Shores, Beachcomber, and Seashore are 500 to 1200 cheaper per season. In my opinion, these parks are just as good or even better. I will be at Seashore this next season and I am excited. I had to wait three years on a list for an opening but it's worth it. The place is beautiful, cheaper, and less regulated. Sorry Cape Island but I am not hanging around. Oh by the way, I will not mention the people in the office the the office folk are NOT NICE. One in particular......If you are smart....get on a waiting list and wait out your time.
As with everyone else on this site I too love Cape Island and I too believe that their yearly increases without failure are causing the good people of Cape Island to leave. I am sure they will tell us that the reason behind the increases is because there are less residence each year to help off set costs, but logic would dictate the these residence whould probably still be there if the yearly fees where not continously increased, in other words a decrease in fees would allow the people to stay which would bring in higher revenues. I too agree having to pay cape island double on any and all renovations to your units is terrible and does show pure greed, another reason for mass exodus of cape island. You have a beautiful thing going on in Cape Island and it saddens me to think that greed will end it to all those who love it, many I might add that have been there for years. I do believe every person who does have a unit there expect increases periodically but $100.00 dollars every year without failure and $200.00 this year is not reasonable. Plus the $1000.00 placed on all units for winter fees, units that cannot be moved and are not attended to during the off season is too high as well, cape island knows that these units are sitiing dormant during the harsh winters without heat or running water, we return to reopen our units only to find roof damage, pipe damage, sunroom damage, unit settliing damage, lots of repairs to get our homes back to being homes for our summer usage and again we have to hire and pay them to do all repair work.That is called taking advantage, I am sure the owners say for everyone who doesn't like it and leaves another will move in, well that isn't happening so you should care for those who are still there.
I love Cape Island Resort's facility. You can tell that the owners do not cut corners on the maintenance in the park. The activities are okay...it does seem like each year it's less and less. I do wish the season was also more typical to other campgrounds. Even two weeks on the front end would be nice. Again, the park is wonderful. The one office person... Linda, is not at all pleasant. Mr. and Mrs. Lapore seem nice but Linda on the other hand always looks like your a bother. I am not in the office much but someone that is paying such a high annual fee could have a little more reciprocity in pleasantness. The annual fee is extremely high compared to a few of the other campgrounds. Now this is a seasonal campground. It actually requires less work than one that has transient activity. I am referring to the office. I wish someone would answer the phone instead of leaving messages all of the time.
As a Cape Island resident, I have an idea that would make Cape Island a better value, due to it s high cost. First, internet and Cable Tv should be supplied by the campground, saving owners substantially. Secondly, how about a little longer season. Almost all Campgrounds open in April, Cape Island May 1. How about opening it just on Weekends starting April 1 until May 1. The cost to CI would be insignificant and make owners feel they are getting a better value.
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