Just got back from this site, Upon arrival we were shown to our pitch, we took a twin axle caravan and we struggled to manoeuvre down the tree lined camp roads. And needed a couple if shunts on one of the corners. Once at the pitch then the problems really began getting on the pitch was a total nightmare even with motormover and people to assist, the people before us had to have a branch of a tree cut off to get off and during our stay we saw many people with large units struggling. That said the staff on site couldn't have been more helpful, they took us the easiest route to the pitch and did not leave us until we were satisfied with our pitch and assisted positioning the caravan.
The rest of the holiday was fantastic the pitches were actually once you manoeuvred round the trees were quite large and fully serviced. With enough shading to keep the caravan comfortable but still had sun spots. The facilities were great the pool complex is brilliant, you have towear speedos but everyone is in the same boat and also has a spa attached to it. The lake is lovely, warm and shallow for a considerable distance. The camp runs watersports on the lake and a top tip would be to buy the family week pass for the watersports, it is relative cheap and keeps the family amused for days a lot cheaper than the rip off aqualand waterpark closeby. Plenty of cycle routes from the camp that are suitable for all ages and fitness levels, including those that haven't been in a saddle for sometime.
The shop is good but as some have said quite expensive compared to the closeby supermarkets but the warm coissants are lovely in a morning.
As mentioned stay away from Aqualand it is a complete rip off 98 euros for family of 4 and you will spend an hour queuing for rides that are not much better than on camp. The zoo is well worth a visit as is Europes highest sand dune.
The toilet and shower blocks are clean and nice, French with no toilet seats in apart from 2 cubicles but stiff very nice only issue is that the blocks can be a good 5 minute walk from the furthest away pitches.
In all this was a fantastic site for a family holiday and the nightmare of getting on was soon a distant memory and after watching others getting off wasn't as long an effort and again the staff offered to come and help.
Spent 11 nights at La Rive and were very satisfied overall. We were given / booked a serviced pitch (j35) which was immaculately presented, green grass, shrub borders etc.
Shown to pitch on arrival.
Toilet facilities were spotless, there always seemed to be cleaning going on. The shop was reasonably stocked, although fairly overpriced, it sufficed for fresh bread. There are shops stocking newspapers, post cards, bits and pieces as well as numerous items for hire such as bikes, fridges, barbecue grills ( to use with designated barbecues points) as charcoal is not allowed apart from these sites, satellite equipment etc etc.
Pool complex was great, snack bar next to pool selling roast chicken, crepes, pizza, paninis, hot dogs, burgers etc which was reasonable value.
The only downside was the restaurant, limited choice, not particularly of great quality, however it was the service that mainly let's it down. We had to wait 90 minutes for three pizzas on our second visit which was to become our last, just not attentive at all.
Evening entertainment was fine apart from being in French, then what do you expect, you are in France after all.
The location is great, sited on the lake with various water sport facilities available.
There were large Rockley groups on site, however, these caused no problems. The site was generally quiet after 11 pm apart from the music / entertainment continuing till around midnight, not loud enough to cause any problems.
There is a Super U, E'Leclerc and Lidl in Biscarosse as well as an Intermarche in Sanguigan.
We were very satisfied overall and would rate this site 9/10.
This is a really nice site and the facilities and location make it well worthy of its 5 stars. We had a bit of a nightmare start to the holiday having booked through a holiday company who booked this site, the ferry and our overnight stops and apparently our list of pitch preferences hadn’t got through to them - we aren’t so fussy, a decent sized pitch, some afternoon sun and away from main access roads. Our pitch was tiny, so shaded it was dark and damp and one pitch away from the main access route! My husband could see from my face that if I didn’t at least try with reception then I just wouldn’t be happy so off I went. Reception were brilliant, considering site was full and technically it wasn’t their fault the receptionist plugged away relentlessly until she finally found us a pitch we could swap to the next morning – they genuinely seemed concerned that we be satisfied with our pitch.
Pitch was perfect, just what we wanted – our holiday could begin! Reception told me that they really do go out of their way to meet all pitch requests – so anyone thinking of visiting here do put your requests in early and direct to the site as grand comfort pitches do not necessarily mean spacious pitches!
The pool area is fantastic, there’s a slides pool, a swimming pool, a toddler pool, an infant pool and an indoor wave pool and lazy river style pool. The thing we found here which was so refreshing, is that 10am when the pool opened, no rush for sunbeds, yes people are arriving, but no running, no grabbing of sunbeds people just stroll in and it gently fills up! Restaurant of an evening, plenty of tables available all evening – the food was good here but service needed prodding but not as bad as some places we have been to. Theres a nice little bar serving drinks and snacks and an entertainments centre with table service for drinks. The site also has a take away bar serving chips, pizza, burgers and rotisserie chickens plus paninis and sandwich rolls throughout the day plus ice creams. All the facilities are top notch. There is also a small Casino supermarket which was well stocked selling basics, bread wasn’t brilliant but there is a massive Leclerc not far away and also in Biscarrosse there are some fantastic artisan boulangeries. There are a few little shops on site selling souvenirs, british papers, toys etc and there is wifi available but we found it to be pretty poor at our location on site so relied on our prepaid data bundles from home.
The site also boasts its own sea water lake with real sand beach. This is so child friendly as you can go so far out without ever going deeper than waist height. Pedalos, motorboats and other beach style trips can be arranged from here. There are also free sunloungers available.
If you book onto a fully serviced pitch you could need up to 15m of waste hose on some pitches, we had to go to Bricoland and get some more for ours.
The site is clean, not rowdy, toilet blocks were clean and tidy (no loo roll or hand soap though).
The entertainments and animation are all in French which was a bit of a downer for the kids but next time we go (yes will be returning) we will book through either Eurocamp Independent or Keycamp so that the children can join in on their kids clubs.
Have just returned from a 10 day stay at this site. The pitch we were allocated was not big enough for our unit - so had to get moved - after some trouble explaining what we had booked was not what we were given. Unfortunate to be located behind the bar area so was not able to get any sleep until after 1am when everyone had left the club/bar. The entertainment was okay - but could not understand any of it as they only spoke French - had to endure a whole night of karakoe in French - not one English song was sung.
The facilities were adequate - although the showers were tepid at best - they have tried to put too many pitches on this site and there is not enough wash facilities to cope with demand - often waited 15 minutes for a shower.
Overall an enjoyable trip - however would do more research on the site first - and would not return to one run by euro camp and keycamp.
Have been to La Rive three times and thoroughly enjoyed it each time. It is a lively site and quite noisy at night so if you're after peace and quiet this isn't the site for you. As with so many sites in France in high season the population is two thirds Dutch but we've always found them good natured and of course their english is perfect!
La Rive has a great pool and the life guards are very vigilant. We did find at times that the pool got over crowded and it appeared to us that French locals were using it. The man made beach is good but don't dig to deep, I'm not going to go into too much detail on that one but let's just say that the sand was going rather brown! The site is used by Rockley who do water events for kids so there are largish parties of kids in accommodation at the lake end of the site but to be fair they were no trouble.
Be aware if you're touring that there are no drains so if they do have a heavy downpour (as we got in 2006) expect to have to mop out your awning! The weather is normally 30 degrees so it drys out very quickly. It can also get pretty hot in the area, in 2003 it hit 43 degrees!
The restaurant on site is adequate and the entertainment is average but overall the site is great
Quite a large site with mix of static and touring units. We found the static vans were spaced a bit too close together for our liking, the touring pitches looked like they had a little more room. A well maintained site with good, clean facilities including a great pool complex but gents beware swimming shorts are not allowed and you will be told to change into speedos if you dare to break the rules.
Good choice of supermarkets nearby, onsite shops very good and reasonably priced as was the takeway. Direct access to a lovely lake beach that was ideal for paddling. Nice children's playground adjacent to bar so could watch over little ones whilst enjoying a drink. We found the staff very friendly. Bike and canoe hire onsite although we didn't use these.
The site has some sort of education centre so we did notice quite a few (generally) well behaved school groups. We were there out of season but as we were leaving the site was definitely getting louder with more activities in the bar at night. Probably would not recommend for a quiet getaway in high season but ideal for families with older children and teenagers.
Lots to do in local area, we enjoyed climbing to the top of Europe's biggest sand dune and the small zoo just outside Arcachon. Beach at Biscarosse Plage is a short drive away and ideal for hot, sunny days.
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