Saturday, December 30, 2017

Yuma, Part 2

We decided to go back to Yuma yesterday and check out a few more RV resorts.  We're trying to find something for next year.  We were thinking of going to Florida, but after talking to our daughter, Lisa, we decided we'd probably be happier in the California / Arizona area.

So, we first went to Cocopah RV Resort and Golf Course.  This was a nice resort right on the Colorado River.  It looks like it's on the California side of the border, but everything south of the Colorado River is Arizona.  The park is in a rural section of west Yuma out in the fields where the crops are.  While it isn't gated, it's so far out there that there isn't a need and you have to pass by a 24-hour guardsman to enter.
The park streets are named after legendary Golf Courses.  There is an USGA rated 5,731 yard, 18 hole golf course on site and the park models and RVs are located along the fingers of the gold course.  It's unique in how it's set up.  The pro shop was one of the nicest one I've ever seen; clothes, clubs, shoes, supplies - everything you could want to golf.  It also has a putting course, chipping course and putting green!
On the map below, the yellow section is the pet section for those with animals.  It's a bit farther away from the main happenings, but it has a nice pet area.  Most of the park is already filled up with park models so the RV area is limited to near the pet area and pet overflow areas.  You would definitely need a golf cart to rent to get around this resort.
As is typical with the southwest, there is little to no grass at your rig.  Here is what sites look like.  So, it's a little sparse.  But, people add things to make it more homey.
Amenities at this park included:
  • 19th Hold Restaurant (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Large heated pool and spa with grassy areas
  • 2 acre grassy pet park (not fenced)
  • Ballroom with hardwood floors for dancing
  • Ballroom stage for events
  • Round tables for social dining
  • Card room, Billiard tables and library
  • Ceramics and Craft/Quilt Rooms
  • Woodshop
  • Shuffleboard and Horseshoes
  • Tennis and Pickleball Courts
  • Archery Range
  • River Picnic Area
  • Fitness center
  • Mail service
  • ATM in the Pro Shop
  • Convenience Store
The pool was very warm and I liked that it had handicap access, which you don't often see and is overlooked.  The shuffleboard area was being re-waxed when we were there and there is an activities center with lots of excursions available.  Downside is that the sewing room is extremely small...
Cocopah's building were pretty old, though.  Decore was still from the 80's in the blue and pink color sceme and you can tell Cocopah is a Indian owned park.  It just needs some TLC although it was nice.  But, the views are beautiful!
After we left Cocopah, we went to about 8 other parks and while the Internet said they were 4.5 and above rated, we strongly disagreed.  For the price and money, they were low scale for sure.  We did, however, like Sun Vista RV Resort.  It's a large park right next door to The Palms that we visited last Wednesday.  Sun Vista doesn't have a golf course, but the other amenities made up for the lack of a course.  The park is cute in that the streets are named for legendary Hollywood movie stars.
Sun Vista has orange trees on practically every site that you can pick off and eat when ripe.
It also had a lot of GREAT amenities:
  • Large spaces with full hook-ups & 30/50 amp
  • Satellite TV
  • Locked Mail Boxes and forwarding
  • Notary Services
  • Fax and Copies
  • HUGE Laundry - the biggest I've EVER seen!
  • Spacious bathrooms with showers
  • Indoor AND Outdoors heated pools and spas
  • Movie Theater
  • Ice Cream Shack
  • Two story Recreation and Entertainment Center for classes
  • Top Entertainment with Dinner Shows - Live Shows weekly!
  • Two story fully equipped Fitness Center
  • 2 Fenced Dog parks (one with grass and one without)
  • Tournament Quality Shuffleboard and Horseshoe Pits
  • Music Room
  • Card Room
  • Library
  • Billiards Room
  • GOBS of resort activities
  • Ballroom for Dancing, Classes and Entertainment
  • Walking Path and Exercise Stations
  • Radio Controlled Car Race Track
  • Computer Lab and Video Library
  • Chipping and Putting Greens
  • Woodshop
  • Driving Cages
  • Organized tours
  • In-Park Hair Stylists and Massage Therapist
  • Arts & Crafts Classes
  • Pickle Ball and Bocci Ball
  • Sunday Worship and Bible studies
Just so much to do!!  I really loved their activity board with classes like harmonica, ukulele, yoga...all sorts of things!!  Class can include:
  • Bob Ross Painting
  • Paint and Brush
  • Scrapbooking
  • Quilting and Machine Embroidery
  • Needle Crafts
  • Card Making
  • Lapidary
  • Silversmithing
  • Genealogy
  • Singing
  • Wood Shop
  • Investment Club
  • Photo Club
  • Ceramics

The sites for RVs are getting low with a lot of park models, but the sites are double wide - just not as deep.  So, a typical site allows for your RV, pad and car parking.  The only downside is that the streets are quite narrow so parking would concern me a little bit since we have to back in.  While we were there everyone was very friendly and helpful.  We spent some time in the quilt room upstairs where about 100 ladies quilt.  The room was very large and spacious with books and tools to use.  Lots of tables are available to use and the room is generally set up for sewing when you arrive.
Outside, there is an indoor and outdoor pools, which are both very clean...and WARM.  And, a masseuse on site!  Heavenly.  My back is still hurting, so I wish I was there now!
The fitness center is great and they have their own set of amenities:
  • Water Exercises
  • Water Aerobics
  • Arthritic Aqua Classes
  • Easy Aerobics
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Pilates
  • Zumba Gold
This place seems to have it all - except a golf course.  I think we'd like this place a lot.  Now, it just depends on the price.  We also are going to head back one more day to see the last of the resorts we want check out.  So far, our order would be Sun Vista #1, The Palms #2 then Cocopah #3.  If The Palms gives us the buy one / get one (1/2 off) for next winter we'd do that.  If not, we'd probably like Sun Vista.

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