You Said

"After several years going to France this was the best campsite we have stayed at so far. The water area was fab as were the shows at night."

10/10 - Patrick from Dungarvan, July 2017

  • Park Size
    Large - 764 Pitches:

  • Opening Dates:
    21/04/2018 - 01/09/2018

  • Nearest Airport:
    Bordeaux (BOD) - 67km

  • Recommended Port:
    St Malo - 596km

  • Nearest Beach:
    Biscarrosse Plage - 15km

  • Direct Access to Lake:
    Direct Access

  • Nearest Town:
    Biscarosse - 7km

  • Barbecue Information
    Gas BBQs are allowed


La Rive offers one of the largest indoor and outdoor swimming centres in the Aquitaine area and is a splash-a-minute family paradise not too far from the evocative vineyards of Bordeaux.

Families will find life on the park to be lively, with site-run Kids Clubs for 4-12 year olds. Naturally, one of the main draws will be the swimming complex, which features a lagoon, lazy river, Jacuzzi, kids pool (including a water spray park and fun characters including monkeys, parrots, and snakes), plus a 50 m² rectangular pool, classically shaped. 

Around the holiday park, families will find the nearest town is the delightful town of Biscarosse, which is only 7km away and is home to a stunning sandy beach. However, families will also find further afield Arcachon, Dax, and the port city of Bordeaux. The latter is ideal for a day trip to one of France's most famous cities. 

  • Near a Beach ( 15km )

  • Near a Town ( 7km )

  • Waterslides

  • Cycle Hire

  • Near a Lake

  • Tennis

  • Covered Pools

  • Spa

  • Near a City

  • Windsurfing

  • Football

  • Fishing

  • Table Tennis

  • Basketball

  • Horse Riding ( 0.2km )

  • Badminton

  • Scuba Diving ( 30km )

  • Surfing ( 10km )

  • Volleyball


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Swimming pool:
Value for money
Park overall score
Scores 8.4 out of 10 based on 58 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
8 out of 10


It's a great park if you have young children, as there are endless activities available. The park is kept clean and tidy and the staff are friendly and helpful. Well worth a visit.
Confirmed traveller: 02 September 2017
Published on: 14 September 2017
9 out of 10


Great facilities and a clean, well organised site. Excellent pool and lake and on site water sports. Pitches were quite close together. On
site restaurant was expensive and poor value for money.
Generally though would highly recommend.
Confirmed traveller: 02 September 2017
Published on: 11 September 2017
7 out of 10


The evening entertainment was hit and miss. On three nights it was fantastic, but the other four it was pretty dire.

The swimming pool has great facilities, with plenty of slides and pools for the little ones but a ridiculous swimming trunk policy for men that was more of a priority for life guards to enforce than it was to make sure people were safe. One guard who should have been watching the wave pool spent three minutes explaining to someone their trunks were not allowed rather than keeping an eye on the safety of guests in the wave pool. Couldn't he have waited until the wave pool cycle had finished. I was advised the rule isn't about the tightness of the trunks but the material they are made of, they must be 100% lycra. The irony is the approved ones sold in the shop weren't pure lycra, and the ones they said I was allowed to wear contained significantly less lycra than the ones they said I couldn't wear. They also didn't care what women wore. Very odd.

The lake is great, especially if you have little ones, because you can walk out for at least a hundred metres with the depth varrying between ankle and barely waist deep. So very safe for the kids.

Considering the rating of the resort it's surprising how unpleasant the main toilets are, as in no toilet seats, no toilet roll on many days, and no soap. Or course the lack of soap means people go in the swimming pool with unclean hands.

Overall we enjoyed our time at the resort, but not as much as previous resorts. We described it as good not great.
Confirmed traveller: 02 September 2017
Published on: 10 September 2017

Thank you for your feedback, we do use it to improve our service.
It's such a shame that you weren't entirely happy with the entertainment and some of the facilities, we will pass this information on to the relevant department. Many campsites have regulations regarding swimwear and we include this information on the website page and on each brochure page, where applicable.
Thanks again, Deborah

10 out of 10


Entertainment all in french. My kids chose not to partake because of this. Security should keep ontop of noisy families wandering back to their cabins at 1am/2am keeping everyone else awake.
Confirmed traveller: 02 September 2017
Published on: 10 September 2017
9 out of 10


Only drawbacks are there's only really one restaurant and the mobile homes are quite close together. But overall it's a great park and highly recommended.
Confirmed traveller: 30 August 2017
Published on: 14 September 2017
8 out of 10


The swimming pool complex is far too small in terms of the sunbed area. Unless you get there first thing it was impossible yo get a sunbed. The communsal toilet area etc around the pool was also inadequate and dirty. It was wet a d disgusting everywhere with people from the pool using it. Needs cleaning constantly.
Confirmed traveller: 30 August 2017
Published on: 14 September 2017
9 out of 10


Enjoyable park. Suggestions for improvement:
- entertainment at night is French speaking only, perhaps also some English is also valuable.
- the camping bracelets are quite sharp on the edges and caused some small injuries (paper like cuts)
Confirmed traveller: 29 August 2017
Published on: 22 September 2017
4 out of 10


Although I understand French my family doesn't and therefore entertainment was mostly advertised in French many holidaymakers couldn't understand. The bar opening hours were poor. The waiters weren't very helpful either. Restaurant food was not great and overpriced.
Confirmed traveller: 29 August 2017
Published on: 10 September 2017
10 out of 10

Confirmed traveller

We love this park it is well run and maintained and the team around the pool ensure people have fun but can't mess about. We do not use the evening entertainment and the restaurants as they are expensive compared to cooking e.g. pizza in your caravan! The overall holiday costs is expensive for a mobile home holiday but the standard of the park is excellent
Confirmed traveller: 27 August 2017
Published on: 24 September 2017
8 out of 10


We have done La Rive for the past three years but have outgrown it now.

The positives are;

It is generally a well thought through site especially the indoor kiddies pool which is big, well equipped and protected from the sun
The site is kept clean and the cleaning team are continually present across the day
The site is secure with a good security presence
Great variety of homes available
Al Fresco Reps onsite staff are very helpful
They are continually investing back into the site and there is something new every year
Easy access to the lake means a great alternative to the pool areas

The cons are;

There is not enough space and loungers around the pool for a site of this size
The bar prices are extraordinarily high eliminating this as a affordable social meeting place to use frequently
There is little available to keep older kids/teenagers entertained especially in the the evenings and will get bored quickly
Children and toddlers should be allowed to enjoy themselves but there should be cycling only routes that keep them away away from the more busy routes for cars across the site. When driving you need eyes in the back of your head and you often hear of visitors with scratched cars!
Confirmed traveller: 27 August 2017
Published on: 03 September 2017


Indoor Wave Pool & Tropical Garden

Open dates

21 Apr 2018
1 Sep 2018


Type Location Heated Size / Depth Features
Lagoon Retractable Cover
  • Size: 60 m²
  • a wave pool with a retractable roof cover
Lazy River Indoor
  • Size: 150 m²
  • with a tropical theme and flowing currents to walk against
  • no inflatables

Complex information

Complex features: Jacuzzi

Please note strollers, buggies and prams are not allowed within the pool area.

Outdoor Pool

Open dates

1 May 2018
1 Sep 2018


Type Location Heated Size / Depth Features
Rectangular Covered
  • Size: 50 m²
  • a classic shaped pool for swimming lengths
Lagoon Covered
  • Size: 125 m²
Children's Pool Covered
  • Size: 60 m²
  • a water spray park with cartoon style characters (monkeys, parrots, snakes and other jungle features)


Suitable for Length Minimum Age/Height Lanes Notes
All the Family 6 metres 4
  • a gentle slide
All the Family 6 metres 1
  • a gentle high sided slide

Complex information

No strollers, buggies or prams within the pool area.

Aqua Splash Theme Parc

Open dates

1 May 2018
1 Sep 2018


Type Location Heated Size / Depth Features
Family Pool Outdoor
  • Size: 200 m²
  • Please note the pool opening and closing date: 01/05/2018 - 30/08/2018
  • 200m2 of slides and spray ground with jets and water feature
  • 4 slides of various heights 10m - 14m, all approximately 50m long


Suitable for Length Minimum Age/Height Lanes Notes
All the Family 4 years / 1.02m 1
All the Family 4 years / 1.02m 1
All the Family 4 years / 1.02m 1
All the Family 4 years / 1.02m 1

Complex information

No strollers, buggies or prams within the pool area.

Spa and relaxation

Open dates

21 Apr 2018
1 Sep 2018
  • Jacuzzi
  • Balneo treatments
  • Body treatments
  • Facial treatments
  • Pedicure
  • Sauna

Minimum age for the spa and sauna area is: 18 years old

Charges apply for this Spa Complex

Extra information

  • Sunloungers available


  • Shorts not allowed
  • T-shirts not allowed
  • Inflatables not allowed
  • Pool passes are required to enter the pools
  • Parental supervision is required at all times



  • ID bracelets required

  • WiFi is available (charges apply)

  • Credit cards accepted: Eurocard, Mastercard, Visa, Debit Cards

  • A safe is available to use Charges apply

  • Languages spoken: Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish


  • Supermarket: Open: 21/04/2018 - 30/08/2018

  • Wine Shop: Open: 21/04/2018 - 01/09/2018

  • Newsagent: Open: 21/04/2018 - 01/09/2018


  • Number of bars: 2

  • Opening dates: 21/04/2018 - 01/09/2018 (bars may only open for part of this period)


Restaurant - L'entracte

  • Location: Close to the swimming pool entrance

  • Opening Dates:

    21/04/2018 - 01/09/2018

  • Terrace: The restaurant has a terrace area for dining


  • Opening Dates:

    19/06/2018 - 30/08/2018


  • Children's Disco

    01/07/2018 - 31/08/2018

  • Animation Team:

    Aqua Gym

    Evening shows


    Sports tournaments

    Theme nights

  • Games room

    Air hockey


    Pool table

    Table football

    Table Tennis

    Video games

Laundry and Sanitation

  • Toilets

  • Hot showers

  • Baby changing facilities

  • Dishwashing sinks

  • Laundry sinks

  • Washing cubicles

  • Washing Machines

  • Dryers

  • Laundry Service


Part of our promise is to provide families with plenty of fun in the sun and we've got multiple on-site activities to deliver on this. The beauty of our resorts is they're a launchpad into the local region, so whether you're in France, Italy, Holland, Spain, or Croatia, you can stroll out of our park into fascinating cultural and bustling metropolises. Or you can stay on-site and enjoy all the activities we put on, which can include kids clubs, restaurants, mini-golf, go-karts, and much more. It's entirely up to you what you want to do - there's never a dull moment!

These activities are, usually, available all season, but we've added a note if they're not:

Sports Information


  • 2 Tennis courts

Table Tennis

  • 3 Table Tennis tables


  • 1 Secondary pitch available



  • 1 Basketball court



  • 8 Boules pitches
Activities Information


  • Permit is required


  • Baby seats available
  • Helmets available
  • 'Cycle cars' for 2, 4 or 6 persons, segways, roller skates and skate boards can also be hired
Sports Information


The activities detailed are available all season, unless indicated otherwise. This information is subject to change and it is possible some may have a charge and/or may remain closed in low season. Please check at the time of booking if there is an activity or facility which is key to your holiday.


La Rive Site Run Kids Clubs

  • Available for: 4 to 12 years
  • Description: There will be inflatable fun days, face painting, make your own garden, pottery, with art and craft Days.
  • Languages: English
  • Available to all customers


Our range of mobile homes is suitable for couples, families, and large groups having a shared holiday. Whether it's a Bellini, Da Vinci, Rossini, Puccini, Toscanini, Vivaldi, or Verdi, you'll have the option to be fully decked out with multiple bedrooms, a shower, and kitchen featuring a fridge freezer, oven/microwave, and cafetière. There's also an open decking area with each mobile home, so you can enjoy a meal or two and catch up with your neighbours. 

Please note: Images used are representative of the mobile home type. The emplacements will vary across each holiday park.

Verdi Lounge 3 Bedroom

There's room for 8 people in this Verdi model, with 3 bedrooms and an extended decking area.

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A unique Vivaldi model with room for 8, 3 bedrooms, and extended decking with canopy.

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Vivaldi Riviera 3 Bedroom

Spacious 3 bedroom Vivaldi model with room for 8 people, plus extended decking and parasol.

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Rossini Riviera Lounge 2 Bedroom

With 2 bedrooms and room for 6 people, this Rossini model has extended decking with canopy.

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Rossini Riviera 2 Bedroom

There’s room for 6 in this Rossini model, with 2 bedrooms and extending decking area.

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Pitch Information

Pitches: 80 m2 - 100 m2


Due to hygiene regulations, many park owners have banned swim shorts. Please take conventional lycra-style trim swimwear, though these can usually be purchased locally. Jet skiing is not permitted in the area of La Rive.


  • There is a barrier in operation

  • The barrier has a charge

  • The barrier card costs: €20

  • The barrier card cost is refundable

  • Barrier closing time: 22:30 hrs

  • Customers are required to wear security bracelets on site


  • This park is suitable for customers in wheelchairs

  • The following areas of the park are wheelchair friendly:

    • Bar

    • Pool area

    • Reception

    • Restaurant

    • Sanitation blocks

    • Shop

  • There are disabled toilets on site

  • Access is available in the pools

  • There is a access doorway into the pool area via the spa and the access point into the water is a ramp