St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
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Additional Pet Information:Not allowed on Beach, wilderness area or in public building on leash at all time
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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.