Dates Of Stay: February 1 – 5, 2016
I am nothing if not a product of my times. Our country was at war with Saddam by the time I was in law school, and since that time we’ve never really been out of war in the Middle East. It’s no wonder, then, that when I decided to visit my friend Pearl in Yuma, and she told me she spent the winter at Suni Sands, I assumed the pronunciation was “Soonie,” not “Sunny.”
But of course the name is pronounced “Sunny;” Suni Sands was built in the 1950’s, and such an optimistic, intentionally, whimsically misspelled moniker was de rigeur back then.
I’d venture a guess that not much has changed at Suni Sands since the 1950s, including the electrical panels. I was disappointed to learn that my $56 per night did not even include 50 amp power; the box maxes out at 30 amps, and my particular box had a not-so-reassuring “bad” plug and “good” plug.
Now an Encore property, I got the distinct feeling that Encore would rather have a transient RV population paying hefty daily fees than snowbirds paying a pittance in park models from the 1960s and 1970s. I bet Suni Sands looks a lot different in five years.
Unlike its sister counterparts in Palm Springs, Suni Sands wastes not wants not, and there is no green grass to water. There is desert landscape only, complete with dull, sun-bleached façades, patio chairs and lawn ornaments. Frankly, it’s a little depressing.
Something is always going on at Suni Sands, from karaoke to bingo to soaking in the hot tub.
If you’d rather get your shopping on, there is a footpath directly from the RV park to Walmart. Push your items home in a cart, and the park will return the cart for you; a park golf cart pulls a train of carts back to the store every day.
Oddly, there is also a track adjacent to the park, which people use for walking. I’m not sure why it was put there in the first place, but I used it every day to walk the dog. Whatever you do, don’t let your dog poop or pee on the decorative gravel! Cranky signs are posted everywhere.
There are plenty of available lots and park models for sale in the park. The retired folk are aging out, and the snowbirds from Canada are complaining about the exchange rate. I was able to park my RV directly across from Pearl’s park model.
If it had not been for Pearl’s company, I would not have enjoyed Suni Sands at all. I would not return, even if I visit her again. Surely there are better parks with similar rates in the area!