St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
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St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
I camped here for 4 days in the spring of 2013. I camped in the Gulf Breeze section just a few steps from the ocean. St. Joseph Peninsula is a very remote area of Florida. The nearest town Port St. Joe, which is about 25 miles away. There is a small store a couple of miles before the park entrance but the major food store is in Port St. Joe. Its best to get your supplies before you arrive.
The sites are hard packed coquina / gravel. They're fairly level. The sites have water and electric. There's a dump station nearby. The bath house is basic and kept clean.
The dunes and beach are some of the best in the US. It can be windy here since it's out in the Gulf. Sunsets can be spectacular. It blew 15-20 mph while we were there. Cell service is spotty and there's no TV reception. I camped here in a Class B motorhome.
We Have stayed here a Christmas for the past 3 years. The temps are usually in the 50-60 range. The beach is 9miles of beautiful sugar sand and the shelling is beyond compare. The only drawback is it's an older park some some of the sites are tight. Even when the park is full there is so much beach it doesn't seem crowded. We Love it here and at 24$ a nite it can't be beat.
A gem on the forgotten Coast
I have reviewed this park before and what a true gem of a park it is. Not because of the camping amenities and not because of any near by attractions, there are few of either here. If the beach is your thing and you like the more out of the way places with an unhurried pace, then this is the place for you.
This park is located at the tip of the peninsula which circling Port St. Joe bay. It is un-crowded save for campers with miles of power white sand. I call this a throw back park which reminds me of an earlier time when parks were destinations, the stuff where family life-time memories are made.
I give this state park a 5 star rating for its location alone. This park is all about the beach and being really close to it, like just over the dune from it close. There are two campgrounds and we always choose the Gulf Breeze loop because its a bit easier to get in and out and while it has plenty of trees and palms, it is not in dense pine woods at the second loop. Some of the camp sites are tight and if you've never been here before I suggest calling and talking to somebody in the park about which sites are best to accommodate your rig.
One of this parks naturally beautiful features are the sunsets. In a weeks stay, there are always one or two evenings when practically the whole campground goes down to the beach to watch the spectacular sunset. Kids are playing, people are fishing, most bring a beach chair or blanket and have a glass of wine in celebration of the day. What a great way to send off another memory that'll last a life time!
We Love it here!
We have stayed at the gulf breeze camp sites over Christmas for 2 years in a row. You can hear the waves from your camper. Short walk to the board walk over the dunes to the beach. There is miles and miles of beautiful sugar sand beach and it's a shell collecting paradise! There is also a bay side beach.
Some very nice hiking trails and if you have kids they have a really nice playground, but from either campground (gulf breeze or shady pines) you would have to drive over to it.
The only set back is you are on a time zone line so your time keeps changing and 3G goes in and out.... but if I plug in my kindle and download a book I do it before bed. Sometime during the night it will pick up enough signal and my book is downloaded in the morning when I get up.
A warning double check the size of your rig as some of the sites here are very tight.
Snug as a bug
The campsites in the Shady Pines Campground are, indeed, tight. Pine trees all over, which provide lots of shade but also lots of challenges getting in the site. The road is also narrow and people let their vehicles overflow onto the road, which makes it a bit challenging to get by.
The Gulf Breeze Campground is much more open, but I imagine that it is pretty hot come summer.
Also, be aware that they lock the gate at sunset, so if you are coming in later be sure to call ahead and get the gate code.
Miles of pristine, snow-white beach on the relaxing Forgotten Coast!
What a fabulous stop! For relaxing beach, white-sand beauty and remote nature this is a gem of a spot. Sites are packed sandy spots with a small selection of concrete pads, decent size and all within a short walk of pristine coast-line. The State Park has good hiking trails, lots of interest for birders and plenty of water activities. The Shady Pines camp-loop is a rather tight in trees, but interestingly is the only loop that allows big-rigs (on concrete sites #98-103. Max rig size 40-feet). The much wider and open Gulf Breeze loop limits rigs to 38-feet on the online reservation system. The only ding this place gets is for not allowing pets on the State Park beach. However there is open access for dogs only ~1 mile from the park entrance on the public beach. Overall this is a gorgeous, remote and totally relaxing place to stop. We could easily have spent several weeks here and would most definitely come back.
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Extra Info: No real connectivity here. For whatever (strange) reason we were able to get a weak on-line signal with our external antenna/amp with Verizon between 8AM and noon everyday. No signal rest of day. Sites are reservable $24/night with 30Amp/water. On-site dump and laundry.
Old Florida State Park
If you want an "old Florida" state park vacation, this is the one! 2 camping loops, Gulf Breeze (GB) and Shady Pines (SP). We have a 29' TT and Shady Pines is not the loop for us as it is tight with a lot of trees close to the very narrow road. The GB loop is much more to our liking as it is right over the dune from the beach and while more open also much easier to maneuver in. Though there are some real stinker campsites that our TT will not fit into, so plan ahead, do the research and get the site that is right for your rig!
If you are looking for a throwback State Park, this is the one for you! It is very close to the Gulf and isolated yet not too far away from Port St Joe or even better Apalachicola. The fishing is very good, there is a dump station and the bath houses are well maintained. It harkens back to simpler times.
st joseph's peninsula state park
There are two campground loops here, connected by a boardwalk over a marshy area, and I had a site in the loop farthest from the entrance (I forget the name of it). This loop was more shady and seemed more spacious. The other loop seemed more crowded and out in the open, but closer to the beach. Both, however had a boardwalk to the beach. My loop had recently undergone a controlled burn, so there was still a lot of charred vegetation. It's pretty remote, but my cell phone and USB modem just barely worked at my site. It was great here. Spacious, shady, peaceful and very friendly. Port St. Joe's, a 20-minute drive, is the nearest town with gas, groceries, post office and library, but not much of an attraction. It would have been nice to have a boat to be able to go out to the very tip of the wild peninsula, an 8-mile distance. There was also laundry on-site.