Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Westwind RV & Golf Resort, Nov 20, 2015 to Jan 19, 2016

Rating:  4 on a scale of 5

Location: There are RV parks all over Yuma as it is a very popular snowbird location, particularly for folks from Canada and states in the Northwestern part of the US. This one is very large (over 1,000 sites) and is situated close to I-8 on the eastern part of Yuma in an area known locally as the Foothills. We were happy with the location for shopping and easy access to I-8. One of the best aspects of the location was our access to the desert for our daily morning walk with our doggy, Sadie. We saw lots of folks enjoying the area and met our new friends, Mike and Trini there. Sadie really liked them, too, and kept an eye out for them every day!

Lot size: All sites are back-in at Westwind, but are nice and wide. We had plenty of room to park our car and tow dolly at our site (795). The sites are gravel with a space to park the RV, a cement pad for the outdoor sitting area, then a space to park your vehicle. All sites have at least one tree or bush. 

There are primarily park models (modular homes) in this resort that are occupied seasonally by snowbirds. On one side of us was a unit that was for sale (so no one was occupying it) and on the other side was a 5th wheel unit that was only occupied for about a week of our two-month stay. It was nice not to have a revolving door of neighbors!

Amenities: This place has every amenity you can imagine. In addition to full hook ups, cable TV is available (although we found reception to be spotty at times). There is an additional cost for wifi (which we did not purchase). Free wifi (good response time) is available at the lovely library. There is a beautiful (heated)  pool and hot tub where barbecues are held Saturday afternoons.

In addition to the 3-par golf course, there were many other well-designed and maintained courts for activities such as horseshoes, bocci ball, shuffleboard, pickle ball, and volleyball.

The activity schedule has everything imaginable such as yoga, line dancing, woodcarving, lapidary shop, billiards, aerobics, card games (poker, cribbage, etc.), and many more. Dances are held every Friday night (cost of $5/per) and there are shows held in the ballroom a couple of times a month (cost $18/per).

The pet walk area is outside of the resort in a sandy area along the perimeter of the resort. There are two laundromats with lots of washers and dryers. Cards are purchased and credit added to them (by cash or credit card) at machines located at the laundromats to use for the washers and dryers. 

There are two massage therapists (one male, one female) that provide on-site massages by appointment. There is a separate unit set up for this purpose that is really very nice inside and very private. I got a fabulous massage from Gillian while we were there...highly recommend!

We enjoyed dining at the on-site restaurant multiple times during our stay. The prices are reasonable and the food is reasonably good, too. There are specials Monday-Friday with happy hour from 4-6 pm. On Tuesdays they have serve tacos for $1.25/each and margaritas for $2.50. What a bargain.

Cost: The cost for November or December is $600/month and it increases to $850/month. There is a $40/month fee for trash removal/water plus metered electric (our electric ran about $90/month). Since we did not take full advantage of the amenities here, I would chose a less expensive park if we return to this area.

Management: This is a very well-run business. Lots of folks that stay here work for the park, too. Everyone is provided with a key to a small mailbox so it is easy to pick up your mail. If you receive a package that does not fit into the box, they put a note in it and you pick it up at the office. FedEx or UPS delivers packages directly to your site. 

General Comments:  This park has everything you may want to do and is a 55+ community. It consistently gets very high scores from Good Sam and other RV clubs. The reason we rated it as a four is that everything is gravel and cement (except the golf course). A little more green-ness would be nice. Also, in our experience, the Canadians were very cliquish, but that is likely because many of them have been coming here for many years. We found Yuma to be a bit boring and were definitely ready to move on after our 2-month stay.

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