Looking for a great winter escape? Try these 11 Florida Beach Campgrounds on the Gulf Coast. You’ll find RVing paradise.
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- 1Looking for a great winter escape? Try these 11 Florida Beach Campgrounds on the Gulf Coast. You’ll find RVing paradise.
- 2A word about the weather to expect at these Florida Beach Campgrounds
- 3We have an accompanying video on these 11 Gulfcoast Florida beach campgrounds
- 4Best Florida Beach Campgrounds on the Gulf
- 5Want more information about other Florida Beach campgrounds?
- 6Mike and Jennifer’s Favorite Places in Florida – all 3 ebooks!
But if you want to score a spot at them, realize you will have lots of competition and the time to plan your winter Florida beach campground getaway is RIGHT NOW!
Florida beach campgrounds are in great demand and you need reservations to snag that perfect spot.
Jennifer and I love the Gulf Coast. So we put together this list of our favorite Florida Beach Campgrounds on the Gulf coast.
Florida is one of the states with the most coastline There’s a lot of ground to cover and picking 11 of the best Florida beach campgrounds in the entire state would be unfair. So, for this post, we’ve narrowed it down to the western shores of the Gulf Coast.
We published this list of 15 of the best Florida Beach Campgrounds the other day. But in this article, we want to concentrate on the Gulf Coast.
Stretching from the Emerald Coast and Pensacola in the Panhandle all the way south to Naples and the Gulf beyond, this coastline is one of many contrasts, and ripe for exploration.
There are also plenty of Florida beach campgrounds. Crystal clear ocean waters beckon RV exploration and many of the highly-rated campgrounds we’ll mention here are right along these waters.
We’ve put together 11 of the best Florida beach campgrounds, with handy information on each one. Check them out, and then plan accordingly so you can roll up to your own slice of paradise!
A word about the weather to expect at these Florida Beach Campgrounds
Up in the Panhandle where several of these campgrounds are located, it is considerably cooler than it is in the southern part of the Florida peninsula.
Nights can dip into the 40s in January. Daytime highs range from the 50s to low 70s.
The further south you go the warmer it gets.
We have an accompanying video on these 11 Gulfcoast Florida beach campgrounds
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Ready for our list? Keep reading!
Best Florida Beach Campgrounds on the Gulf
- Pensacola Beach RV Resort. This is a full-hookup campsite and resort, with 72 spacious spots available. Each site has a level concrete for your RV and a grassy area for your fur babies. There’s even a tiki bar on the beach, with lounge chairs! Enjoy picnic tables, flush toilets, showers, laundry, a pool, and a playground. Even WiFi! Rates vary from $70-$130 per night.
- Navarre Beach Campground. There’s a nice little beach at the end of this campground, with pier access if you bring a boat. There’s a local seafood market about a mile away, and a nearby Turtle Conservation Center that’s fun for the entire family. Sites have full hookups and picnic tables, and the campgrounds’ amenities include flush toilets, and showers, laundry, a dump station, WiFi, cable TV, pool, and playground. Nightly rates at $64-95.
- Destin West RV Resort. Located right on the beach on Okaloosa Island, it’s a great place to kick back and let the ocean waves fill your ears as you drift off. All sites have full hookups, with picnic tables and there’s potable water, flush toilets, showers, laundry, a playground, WiFI, cable TV, and a pool. A full-service RV park with nightly rates at $114-139.
- Henderson Beach State Park. Located near Destin, FL, the beach here is amazing! With a short walk to the beach from most camp spots, it is located in the quieter area of Henderson Beach. There is good privacy in between campsites, and convenient shopping a short drive away. Most spots have electric-water hookups, with picnic tables, grills, flush toilets, and showers. There is a playground for the kids, as well. Nightly rates are $30, with a $6 fee to enter the park.
- Camp Gulf. This one is in Mirimar and a very popular private campground. If you want to splurge, this is the place to be! What you’ll get is crystal-clear ocean waters lapping up against white sugar sand. It is the full experience of living on one of the best beaches in Florida. Note: they don’t allow pets on the front row sites that are right on the beach. For those special front row beachfront sites, be prepared to pay about $200 per night. For many, it’s worth it! It includes private restrooms and showers, a community room, two swimming pools, and a full-service camp store.
- Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Located near Santa Rosa Beach, the campgrounds are very nicely landscaped and they do a great job of keeping the place clean. Mature trees separate the sites, contributing to a certain privacy. Great hiking trails and biking paths. All sites have electric-water hookups, and amenities include picnic tables, grills, flush toilets and showers, laundry, and a pool. There’s even WiFi and cable TV! Nightly rates are $42, with a $6 fee to enter the park.
- Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park. Located off Choctawhatchee Bay near Niceville, there are beautiful water views and nice trails here. Sites are separated by trees and/or shrubs, so there is good privacy, with great shopping nearby. Many of the sites have a water view. All sites have electric-water hookups, with picnic tables and grills. There’s flush toilets and showers, laundry and a playground. Great nightly rates at $16-20, plus a $6 park entrance fee.
- St. George Island State Park. Gorgeous white sand beaches await you here, just ¼ mile from the campsite. Enjoy kayaking in the bay, and the surrounding state park with a great trail system. If you like beaches, this is the park for you! Most sites have electric-water hookups, all 50 amp. There are picnic tables, flush toilets and showers, and dump station. Nightly rates are $24, plus the $6 park entrance fee.
- Sunset Isle RV & Yacht Club. This place is clean and more importantly (according to some) quiet! It is located near Carrabelle; it has 27 sites, all of them with full hookups, and the campground has such amenities as picnic tables, grills, flush toilets and showers, a pool, and dump station. There’s even WiFi and Cable TV! Nightly rates run at about $50-$60 per night on average.
- Ho-Hum RV Park. Located near Carrabelle, its near the water and many sites have great views of the bay, with a fishing pier. Pets are allowed, but since this is dubbed an “adults only” park, and is not family-friendly. All sites have full hookups with picnic tables, and there’s flush toilets, showers, laundry, WiFi and cable TV. Nightly rates are $29-$39.
- Fort De Soto Park Campground. Close to St. Petersburg, this is a highly-rated campground, with some waterfront sites, and all sites have electric-water hookups. Kayak on the water, or rent a bike from the camp store. You will find picnic tables, grills, flush toilets and showers, laundry and a playground. Nightly rates are $40-$45.
There are seemingly endless options to explore the beauty of the Gulf Coast with this list of the best beach campgrounds in Florida.
Here’s a separate video we did about an off the beaten path region of Florida’s Gulf Coast known as the Forgotten Coast:
Want more information about other Florida Beach campgrounds?
Mike and Jennifer’s Favorite Places in Florida – all 3 ebooks!
We RVers may wander far and wide but it’s true for most of us that we end up with some favorite “Go-To” places – places that draw us back again and again.
Florida is one of those places for us. And we know it is for many RVers looking to get away and explore during the winter.
That’s why we’ve created three guides, coveringFlorida’s Atlantic Coast, the Gulf Coast, and the Keys.
Each of these guides is a seven-day guided exploration of one of the coasts. And each stop is a curated view of the best things that we’ve enjoyed on this trip and want you to experience.
Altogether these guides are over 300 pages of content!
Get the Bundle – Florida’s Atlantic Coast, the Gulf Coast, and the Keys.
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- Ocala National Forest.
- Cayo Costa State Park.
- Myakka River State Park.
- Biscayne National Park.
- Jonathan Dickinson State Park.
- Bahia Honda State Park.
- Canaveral National Seashore.
- Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo.
The Bottom Line. So, you can live in an RV in Florida. You will need to find a campsite or RV park that has hookups for water, sewer, and electricity. Plus, you'll need to ensure that you have the proper insurance.What beaches can you camp on for free in Florida? ›
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Boondocking in Northwest Florida
There are designated campsites that you can turn into your temporary home away from home. The river runs through the conservation area, so there are plenty of opportunities for exploring on land and water.
We have seen monthly full time RV living budgets from fellow travelers as low as $1,600 and as high as $5,000. If you really want to go minimal, you can easily live this life for around $1,000 per month by finding a free spot to park your rig for extended periods or by becoming a camp host.Where can I park my RV to live for free? ›
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- National Parks. ...
- Big Box Stores. ...
- BLM Land. ...
- Backcountry Camping. ...
- Dry Camping.
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Canaveral National Seashore
You can camp right on the beach in this pristine paradise, from November through April. The campsites are a quarter-mile walk from the parking area, and there are restrooms within walking distance of the campsites.
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- Dinner Island Wildlife Management Area.
- Picayune Strand State Forest.
- River Rise Preserve State Park – Equestrian Campground.
- Mack Landing Campground – Apalachicola National Forest.
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- Pine Creek Landing in Apalachicola National Forest, Florida Panhandle.
- Seventeen Mile Hunt Camp in Osceola National Forest, Florida-Georgia Line.
- Potts Preserve in Central Florida.
- Murphy Island in Northwest Florida.
- Bluff Springs in the Panhandle.
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Most-Visited Ecotourism Destination
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Most-Visited State Park
More than a million people drive across the Dunedin Causeway just north of Clearwater every year to visit Honeymoon Island State Park.
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