We love Larry-Penny. We spend most weekends there and love it for its rustic nature, gorgeous pool, location, near the Zoo and all sorts of fun places, and its easy access. Our only criticism of Larry-Penny, and this is not about the facilities, is their policies regarding daily campers. In season, the camp is filled with seasonals, mostly from out of the state, and they have no sites reserved for locals who come on the weekends. We live in Miami and pay the taxes that support the park, and are dismayed that we are not even given decent treatment during the winter months. The seasonals treat the camp as their own little fiefdom and act like they have the same rights as those in membership only or private campgrounds. The county should wake up and realize that we deserve decent treatment because we live locally. Florida residents even get preferential treatment at Disney World, the biggest for profit tourist attraction in the state, perhaps in the entire country.
This is a Palm Beach County park. From the minute we pulled up, we were treated to the nastiness of the person in the office. She told us we should have parked in the spaces behind us and, when I told her we would back up, she snapped that there were people behind us. They easily got around us, but we chose to drive around the building, an option she didn't suggest. The camp is more like a parking lot with grass. The huge sites were all paved, not at all like the camping experience we love. We had no idea when checkout time was, but, as we do at all the other parks, public and private, that we camp at, after looking around and seeing most of the sites vacant, we assumed that they wouldn't give us a hard time about staying for a few hours past their 11 AM deadline. 11 AM is absurdly early. We regularly are granted late checkouts at the finest hotels, and they have to make the beds and clean the rooms. The nasty lady in the office called at about noon and asked if we were leaving. I told her we were intending to leave but asked if we could stay for a while. After a few minutes of unpleasantness, she asked how long it would take for us to pack up and leave and I told her we could be out in an hour. When my husband, normally mild mannered and always charming, went to the office to figure out what they were all about, the nasty lady called the park ranger, who paid us a visit while we were packing up. He agreed with us, that the treatment we received was absurd but said that they had their rules. This was the first and will surely be our last visit to John Prince Park. We love our weekend camping trips and never left anyplace with such a bitter taste. Even the people at KOA's profit making ventures, are more pleasant and reasonable. In addition to all that, there is no swimming at this enormous park, a real problem in South Florida where it was 85 degrees and humid. Camp in the Broward County parks or join us at our favorite, Larry and Penny Thompson park, a Miami-Dade campground, in South Miami. There are no swimming pools in the Broward County parks, only ridiculously expensive water parks, but Larry Penny has a gorgeous pool.