Campground Review: Bayley's Camping Resort
After leaving the Boston area, our next stop was Bayley’s Camping Resort in Scarborough, Maine. Unfortunately, our entire stay in the Old Orchard Beach area was filled with rainfall. We did find a short weather window to walk on the beach (Thank you Mother Nature!). Lucky for us, the campground was nice and provided us with a level, gravel site to keep Charlie & the Big Tow’er out of the mud. Bayley’s Camping Resort is a fairly large campground with many sizes and sections of sites. Our site was in the big-rig section where most were long, gravel pull-thrus with back-ins along the pond in that area. The campground was really close to Old Orchard Beach and we could even hear the waves crashing at high-tide from our campsite. Just to clarify, that is HEAR the sea not SEE the sea! During the busy season, the campground offers a free beach trolley to both Old Orchard & Pine Points beaches.
Bayley's Camping Resort has 4 pools and 6 hot tubs, so there are plenty of places to splash if you find the ocean waters a little to chilly (me, me, and me)! The pools were not open for the season yet during our stay, but did appear to be well-kept. The pool complex closest to the big rig section was relatively new and was an adult-only area. Two of the pool complexes did have a cafe where breakfast, lunch, and dinner were served.
During the busy summer season, it did appear that the campground would be bustling with activities for kids and families alike. While outdoor activities didn't really appeal to us due to the foggy, rainy weather, there would be lots of opportunities for some sporting activities: basketball, volleyball, horse shoes, mini golf, kayaking, etc.
One unique aspect of Bayley's Camping Resort was its check-in office. It was located outside with the attendants behind a window. It was almost like a ticket window or an ice cream window. Made it easy to quickly check-in without needing to enter a building. While it wasn’t busy when we arrived, I am sure this would make those busy summer Friday check-ins much easier than usual for both the customers and the campground. Plus it made me crave ice cream, meaning a trip to Bayley’s Ice Cream was necessary. Not a bad thing!