Unique, eclectic, character, hospitality, diverse, friendly, active, crowded, basic, fun: what do all these words have in common? These are all words that describe the experience of staying at Betty’s RV Park in Abbeville, LA. Notice I used the word experience since that is what camping at Betty’s RV Park is all about.
Even the weather can be an event, changing from a sunny 70+ one day to a below freezing 23 for two nights in a row, so cold that we disconnected from the water so Betty could wrap the faucets.
When arriving at Betty’s, fellow campers will immediately greet you with open arms asking if you have been here before and then proceed to inform you about happy hour every day at 4:30pm. It is easy to feel comfortable right away.
Betty’s is not for everyone. Families with younger children will be disappointed in the lack of amenities and/or activities for kids. Some will not like how tightly they are packed in, but what better way to meet your neighbors. There are no public showers, restrooms, pool, hot tub, or other resort like amenities. The outdoorsy types won’t find enough nearby hiking trails, waterways, parks, biking or forests. But there are many cajun centric activities within a short drive including great restaurants, music, museums, cultural icons and the natural beauty of the land. Shrimp, oysters, poboys and music are dominant themes around these parts.
Happy hour, repeat campers, location: they all make camping at Betty’s an event that is close to unique and probably not found anywhere else. Betty, the owner and host, is all about accommodating her guests. She will make suggestions about where to go, to eat, shop or to sightsee. She also organizes events like Holiday parties and trips to dinner for crawfish. Betty makes it special for everyone.
Some of the happenings while I was there included: a White trash New Years Eve party, a potluck dinner on New Years Day, a surprise puppy shower for one of the campers and multiple group treks to local restaurants for meals.
It seems that more than half the campers at any one time are repeat visitors much like me. Many plan for a shorter stay but end up staying longer as I did, nine more days than originally planned. The saying is that you get yourself “caught in Betty’s Web”, a very appropriate analogy.
Finally departing, I can honestly say that I met many great people, many of whom I hope to see again. I guess it makes sense that by the nature of this campground as I have described would bring open minded, friendly, helpful and fun loving people from all walks of life. If you ever get to that part of the world in your RV make sure you stop and tell Betty that Pepperhead sent you.