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Camping De La Rive
Route De Bordeaux
Aquitaine   (Browse area)
Tel: 0033 558781233
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Open: April To September

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 9 Reviews
                8/10 from 9 Reviews

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 Statics for Hire   Statics on Sale   No Seasonal Pitches   No Caravan Storage 
 Electric Hookups   No Hardstandings   Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point 
 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant On Site   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing On Site   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool On Site 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   Tennis On Site 
 Beach On Site   Watersports On Site   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Not Open All Year 
 Coastside Pitches   Public Transport   No Dog Walk 


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Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Other
Reviewer: Pennyred23 5 reviews from this member

 Our family of 4 stayed here for 2 weeks in a mobile home. The site is on the edge of a lake and about 1/2 hr drive away from beaches. It is a large site but fairly isolated and as such if you want to eat out you have to drive unless you want to eat at the on site restaurant - we didn't eat there so can't comment on the food. We did have drinks/ice creams/candy floss and the staff were friendly and helpful. Most speak very good English which is just as well as my French is not so good!

Our cabin was suitable for 4/5 people so we had plenty of space and it was well laid out. We did have a problem with ants but not enough of a problem to complain about, we just had to make sure nothing was left out that would attract them. We also had a leaky drainpipe which was slightly annoying as it dripped on us even without rain! Our cabin was about as far away from the main pool area as you can get so we weren't disturbed at all by pool noise or evening entertainment, however this also meant it was a longish walk to the pool/shop so I would recommend taking bikes as we had fortunately done.

There are BBQ areas and ping pong tables dotted around the site - they did all get busy but only on one occasion did we have to hike off across site to find a spare BBQ. You can hire BBQs and bikes from the shops at the site entrance. As well as the supermarket where we got our breakfast baguettes and croissants etc there are also shops selling clothes, wine, postcards etc. The bloke who sells the wine is very knowledgeable and I would recommend tasting some of his wines.

The pool area is pretty big and great fun for children of all ages. Most of the pools are inside so getting sunburned was less of a worry for the children. Getting a sun lounger was impossible if you turned up after 11am although toward the end of our holiday more loungers became free around lunch time. While the pool area is great for children there isn't an opportunity to relax in peace anywhere - not a problem for us but if peace and quiet is what you're looking for you will struggle. We usually spent the afternoon at the beach where it was busy but less noisy.

The area:

The cycle tracks as always in France are great, the only issue we had was that there were no circular routes - it's there and back!

We loved the beaches especially La Lagune - head towards Biscarrosse Plage and take a right at the big roundabout towards Archachon - there are 3 beaches up this road: La Salie, Lagune and Petit Nice. Lagune was great because as the tide went out it left a huge lagoon so brilliant for smaller children to mess around in. The sea was great with waves just big enough to play around and body board in.

Apparently Biscarrosse Plage is crazy busy with people almost sat on top of each other but the 3 beaches I mention above were fine and there are life guards at each of those beaches.

All in all we had a great stay but overall the site was a little too large for my preference. I would recommend this site if you like large places with plenty going on. 

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Tetchy100 5 reviews from this member

 We love this site, the pool complex is great, the toilets and showers were fine, the entertainment was great, although the venue was quite small and you had to be there early to get a seat, the on site restaurant was great, we had the sharing steak and fries twice and up there with the best I've ever had, the ice cream hut is brilliant you can get 2 different flavours from the same whippy machine the kids loved it and so did we, there is a lake on site with a man made beach, the water is very very shallow, we hired a small boat and went out onto the lake quite far, even in the middle I jumped out and the water only came to my chest.

We hired segways, there is a trail on site for mountain bikers we'll be taking ours next time.

The pitches are fully serviced and we had enough room on ours, the only thing that spoilt this holiday was the weather wasn't what we had hoped for in mid August.

This is the best site We've ever been to and we are booking again for this year. 

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: PEPSIFARR 4 reviews from this member

 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. 

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Ingin69 2 reviews from this member

 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. 

Date of Visit: June 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Mike_Person 3 reviews from this member

 We arrived at this site in early June without booking. There was plenty of room on the site so we didn’t have a problem. We were told to pick a pitch and let them know the number. We found what we considered a nice pitch with sun for my wife and shade for myself. The location seemed perfect until it rained, and boy did it rain. The pitch was getting a bit wet so I decided we’d move to another pitch. It was a Saturday but still we had no problems. The staff were very helpful and said we could move to where ever we wanted and to let them know the number. After spending 20mins looking I found what I considered to be the driest pitch around. It continued to rain through Saturday and on Sunday morning I was so glad we moved as after what was the heaviest rain we’ve ever know in France most of the site was flooded including our first pitch. The one we were on was still one of the driest on the site, even the pitches around us were flooded. I watched with great interest to see what the staff would do. They were amazing, the helped and worker tirelessly to sort things out. They hired a tanker to pump the water of the site and into a stream that went into the lake. We found out that this had never happened before and it was all new to them. The water was over 2 feet deep in some areas.

Saying all this the site was great although we did have noise from what appeared to be pumps or fans from the indoor swimming pool area. The pool complex is among the best we have seen with an indoor pool with wave machine and sliding doors with a sort of lagoon at the rear of it. It had a toddlers pool with all sorts of playing things, a swimming pool (not heated so I didn’t venture in) and a slide complex with slides of various heights ranging from low for little children to the higher ones. It had a massive bucket on the top which filled and emptied at regular intervals. The site is right next to the lake with a beach and water sports which we did not use. The food in the restaurant wasn’t especially good with not much choice and we only used it once. The main toilet block didn’t open until the 3rd week of June but there was no problem with queues or anything in the smaller one. The shops etc on the site were good although I found the baguettes etc were better (and cheaper) from the Intermarche in Sanquinet, about 10mins drive away. Cycling from the site was great with many off road routes near by. I would certainly recommend this site to families with children as there is plenty to do on site and not far to beaches etc. As far as value is concered we used camping cheques and had a 14 night stay for 11 nights paid. Excellent value I think. 


Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: FionaW1971 21 reviews from this member

 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. 

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Katejm 4 reviews from this member

 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. 

Date of Visit: July 2006 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Alan Dunt 5 reviews from this member

 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 

Date of Visit: June 2007 Unit:  Static
Reviewer: HermieOne 5 reviews from this member

 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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