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Cruisin’ in Comfort: How Gulf Beach RV Resort Enhances the Cruisin’ the Coast Experience

Looking forward to the annual Cruisin’ the Coast event, enthusiasts and casual observers eye a haven at Gulf Beach RV Resort, which offers a blend of convenience and proximity for attendees of America’s Largest Block Party.

Cruisin’ the Coast has been a signature event for car lovers since its inception in 1996. The festival celebrating classic cars, hot rods, and nostalgia for America’s motoring past, has become a pivotal attraction on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. 

Spanning several towns and cities, the event draws thousands of participants and spectators in a week-long homage to vintage automobiles and the culture that surrounds them – with an “economic impact to the state of $36.1 million.” 

“Now it is considered one of the largest car shows in the U.S. Registrants come from 44 states as well as Canada, England, and Germany,” said Brad Lea, the resort’s manager, in an exclusive interview with Modern Campground. “There are now over 10,000 vehicles registered for the event.”

Gulf Beach RV Resort: A Preferred Pit Stop

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Situated within easy driving distance of the Cruisin’ the Coast festivities, Gulf Beach RV Resort has positioned itself as a strategic base for event-goers. According to Lea, the location is a significant draw for guests who wish to immerse themselves in the event without compromising on comfort or accessibility.

“So location was prime anyway… we’re just right across the street from the beach,” Lea explained how the resort’s location serves its guests. “We opened the RV park back in 2017 based on, you know, the land that we already currently owned and the location; we’re dead center right between Biloxi and Gulfport.”

The resort’s appeal is not merely its proximity to the car-centric celebration but also its robust array of amenities. Lea highlighted the resort’s offerings, which include: full hook-up sites, a swimming pool with a view of the beach, a clubhouse with modern conveniences, and a fitness center among others.

Lea emphasized the importance of providing a home away from home for those attending the week-long car show, saying, “The people that are coming in for us pretty much are I’d say 85 to 90% return guests that come every year.”   

He also pointed out the added value of having a friendly staff on hand to assist guests with event information and travel logistics, ensuring that every guest’s stay is memorable, from the moment they check in until they bid goodbye.

Understanding the importance of safety and comfort, especially during high-profile events like Cruisin’ the Coast, Gulf Beach RV Resort implements regular policies and safety measures that ensure a secure environment for guests as well as attendees. 

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Meanwhile, environmental stewardship is taken seriously at the resort, with effective waste management systems and pet policies that encourage responsible pet ownership while maintaining the cleanliness and sustainability of the resort.

For guests without their transport or those who prefer not to drive, Lea outlined the available shuttle services and public transport tips, emphasizing the resort’s efforts to make getting to and from the event as seamless as possible.

As for reservations, Lea advised that planning is crucial: “Our guests stay anywhere from 8 to 14 days for the event… In order to reserve a spot, you must make your reservation at least a year in advance, and will probably be on a waiting list.” 

As the Cruisin’ the Coast event continues to grow, so does the significance of having a reliable and enjoyable place to stay. Gulf Beach RV Resort remains committed to upgrading and adapting its services to meet the evolving needs of its guests.

IVEE Group’s Role in Steering Guest Experiences

The  IVEE Group, which manages Gulf Beach RV Resort, plays an essential role in ensuring that the guest experience is unparalleled during events like Cruisin’ the Coast. The management’s approach to hosting is detailed and guest-centric, aimed at creating memorable stays.

The management prowess at Gulf Beach RV Resort is part of a larger network of excellence. The park is a key property in the Turnstone-Blue Vista portfolio, a joint venture that boasts an impressive collection of campgrounds and RV resorts.

Each with its unique charm and amenities, the portfolio includes American RV Resort, Bonanza Camping Resort, Milton/Gulf Pines KOA Holiday, Sugar Sands RV Resort, Panama City Beach RV Resort, Pikes Peak RV Park, Navarre Beach Camping Resort, Port St. Joe RV Resort, and Basswood Resort. 

Building on this foundation of quality, Gulf Beach RV Resort has ambitious plans for the future.