15 of the Best Florida Beach RV Campgrounds

 15 of the Best Florida Beach RV Campgrounds

Looking for the Best Florida Beach RV Campgrounds? We’ve put together a complete list of the ones we like the most and can wholeheartedly recommend! 

Look at Jennifer in that photo above. Now you understand why we love camping in Florida so much!

Florida beaches make up some of the most unique and gorgeous beaches in the U.S. And friendly, accessible, and beautiful beach campgrounds for RVers abound.

We seek them out and return year after year.

We want to help you enjoy them, too, especially the best Floirda beach RV campgrounds out there, So we put together this very comprehensive article.

One thing to note is that when going on an RV camping trip through Florida, many campgrounds are in state parks, which require a separate fee to enter. Rather than paying a separate fee for each, you may want to consider getting an Individual Annual Entrance Pass (for about $60) or a Family Annual Entrance Pass (for $120, includes up to 8 people in a group). They can be purchased at any Florida state park or ranger station. For more info, visit the Florida State Park website.

With the breezy Florida vibes, the incredible beaches, views and perhaps a margarita in your hand, Florida is very much a place to “get away from it all” all year round.

The summertime in Florida is hot and very humid. Summer is also the rainy season. Still beautiful but unless you plan to run your RV AC 24×7,  it can get a bit uncomfortable. The exception is the panhandle and Northwest Florida. There, while still hot, the cooling breezes from the gulf make the beaches much more comfortable than either coast or the Keys in South Florida.

The best time to go in our books is October through the end of April.

Ready? Here is our list of the Best Florida Beach RV Campgrounds:

Gamble Rogers State Park

photo of our spot at Gamble Rogers State park
The beachfront spots at Gamble Rogers are spectacular! It’s at the top of our list of the Best Florida Beach RV Campgrounds

This is at the top of our list of the Best Florida Beach RV Campgrounds because it is probably our favorite. Officially, it’s known as the Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation areas. It has two loops. On the west side of US-1 is a riverside campground on the Intercoastal Waterway.

But our favorite is the loop on the east side of US-1, right on the ocean.

Gamble Rogers is on an area of the North Atlantic Coast known as the Historic Coast and it has absolutely spectacular beachfront sites just a few steps from the beach. The photo above is of our site, taken back in February.

Here is a video we did of the region with lots of video of Gamble Rogers:

CLICK HERE to read an article by an RV fulltimer who shares the joys of winter camping in Florida.

Grayton Beach State Park

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Grayton Beach State Park is on the Emerald Coast

Grayton Beach is in the Panhandle west of Panama City and east of Destin.

Its beach has gorgeous clear water and fine white sand. Book in advance for this one! Well-maintained sites with concrete pads and zen-like raked gravel among diverse plants and trees. All sites have electric-water hookups, picnic tables and grills. The sites are not on the water but the beach is a nice stroll or a short bike ride frpm your campsite.  There is potable water, flush toilets and showers, and a dump station. Nightly rates are $30, with a $5 fee to get into the park.

Henderson Beach State Park

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Henderson State Park

Located right in the midst of Destin in the Panhandle and just a few miles west of Grayton Beach is Henderson Beach State Park. A magnificent 30-foot white sand dune separates the camping from the beach but walkways make it easy to get to the water from the 60 campsites. This typically books up a year in advance. tat’s what happens when you are one of the Best Florida Beach RV Campgrounds!

Another huge plus of this beach is it is close to the excellent dining and shopping of Destin but is protected on all sides from the business.

Fort Pickens Campground

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Panorama of the Beautiful White Sand Beach of the Florida Gulf Coast near Fort Pickens Campground

This is located near Pensacola in the panhandle, right near the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

The general consensus is that Loop A has more spacious sites, if that’s what you’re looking for. Otherwise this is a great campground, with nice trails for hiking and abundant wildlife, and the beach is easily accessible. 136 of the 200 sites have electric hookups, with picnic tables and grills. There’s potable water, flush toilets and showers, and a dump station. Nightly rates run $26-40 depending on hookup needs.

The beach is a short walk from your campsite. That’s why it is one of the Best Florida Beach RV Campgrounds.

Camp Gulf

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This was our spot at Camp Gulf, one of the best Florida beach RV campgrounds

We are huge fans of Camp Guly. It’s a commercial park in the town of Miramar, a very desirable location along the Panhandle’s Emerald Coast.

If you want to splurge, this is the place to be!

What you’ll get at Camp Gulf as one of the best Florida beach RV campgrounds 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. For this special access, 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.

CLICK HERE to read our article about beach camping at Camp Gulf

Turtle Beach, Sarasota

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One of the Best Florida Beach RV Campgrounds is Turtle Beach Campground on Siesta Key in Sarasota

This is a smaller but very cute campground, with about 40 sites and beach access.

That means it is very hard to get in. But persistence pays off.

Located on the upscale and very beautiful Siesta Key, this is run by Sarasota County. A free trolley takes you into town if you can tear yourself away from the beach. Gorgeous sunsets here!

There are palm trees and shrubbery between the sites, providing some privacy and shade, and the grounds are well-kept. There is a restaurant across the way. All sites have full hookups. Amenities include WiFi, flush toilets and showers, laundry, a playground and picnic area with grills. Nightly rates are $50-$60.

Fort De Soto Park Campground

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Scenic sandy beach with sea oats and gulf fishing pier at Fort Desoto Park

Close to St. Petersburg, this is a highly-rated campground, with some waterfront sites, and all sites have electric-water hookups. Snowbrds in particular always rate this as one of the best Florida beach RV campgrounds. Kayak on the water, or rent a bike from the camp store. You will find picnic tables, grills, potable water, flush toilets and showers, laundry, and a playground. Nightly rates are $40-$45.

It is run by Pinellas County and is huge – consisting of 1,136 acres made up of five interconnected keys. These keys are home to beach plants, mangroves, wetlands, palm hammocks, hardwoods, and scores of native plants. Each of these species plays a vital role in the preservation and protection of the natural environment.

The campground is right near the beach and there are lots of places to fish. Over 328 species of birds can be found here.

Key Largo Kampground & Marina

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Right of US-1, the route from Miami to Key West, Key Largo is considered the gateway to the Keys.

Since this one is located along the marina, there is ample opportunity for boating, and even kayaking among the mangroves. Their 171 sites all have full hookups, and there are picnic tables, potable water, flush toilets and showers, laundry, Wi-Fi, cable TV, a pool and a dump station. Nightly rates run $85-$130, depending on how close you are to the water.

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

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A few off the beach at John PennekampVoral Reef State Park in Key Largo. The campground is small but look at the views from the beach!

John Pennekamp is the country’s first undersea park, encompassing 70 nautical square miles. While many visitors view the park’s colorful coral reefs and teeming marine life on a glass-bottom boat tour, one can get an even closer look by scuba diving or snorkeling.

Canoeing and kayaking through the park’s waters are popular activities; fishing is permitted in designated areas.

There are two beaches accessible to the 42-site campground.

This park is easy driving distance to Biscayne National Park and the Everglades. There are great kayaking opportunities, and snorkeling is available when the weather is nice. With 42 sites, all have electric-water hookups. Amenities include picnic tables, potable water, flush toilets and showers, a playground, laundry and a dump station. Nightly rates run around $36, with an $8 fee to enter the park.

Curry Hammock State Park

Sea oats on the beach at Curry Hammock State Park

Near Marathon, FL, the motto for this place is Unhurried, Untouched and Unrivaled. That’s why it is one of the best Florida beach RV campgrounds. It sits halfway between Key Largo and Key West and is 1,000-acres in size. It is, the largest uninhabited parcel of land between Key Largo and Big Pine Key. 

This is a smaller campground, with 25 sites situated in a loop. But if you can get in, you are in paradise.

Pets are welcome at the campground, but not on the beach. All sites have electric-water hookups, and each as a picnic table and grill. There is potable water, flush toilets and showers, a playground for the kids and a dump station.

This park is a favorite for kayakers and paddleboarders. 

Grassy Key RV  

Grassy Key RV Park and Resort

While this park is a bit on the pricey side, the views you will get are well worth it at this well-kept and clean RV park. Look at the photo above. See why it’s one of the best Florida beach RV campgrounds?

It is really an RV resort and has been recently renovated. It’s on the Gulf side of Highway 1. There are spots right on the water and even one coveted campsite where you are basically on your own little peninsula! All sites have full hookups with picnic tables. There’s potable water, laundry, a pool, WiFi and cable TV. Nightly rates run $69 – $198, depending on the time of year and proximity to the water.

Bahia Honda State Park 

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Bahia Honda State Park in the Lower Keys is truly one of the Best Florida Beach RV Campgrounds

This is just a few miles north of Key West on US-1, the Overseas Highway,

If you get a spot along the water, you can rent a kayak and set off for a relaxing afternoon of rowing, right from your campsite. The staff is welcoming and the campground is clean. You can also snorkel and swim. Hookups are electric-water, with a picnic table and grills. Amenities include potable water, flush toilets and showers, and a dump station. Nightly rates are $36, with $8 to get into the park.

Known for its iconic Florida scenery — palm-lined beaches, gin-clear waters and magnificent sunsets — visitors to the park enjoy balmy sea breezes that caress the shores year-round. We warn you, if you stay you will return.

Boyd’s Key West Campground

Boyd’s is near the top of the of the Best Florida RV Beach Campgrounds for many reasons It’s been around for decades and there is an awesome ambiance there, as well as the proximity of the water. Some sites back right up on it.

Here’s a video we did f our visit to Key West and our stay at Boyds that will give you a great idea what it’s like:

Spend a few nights here and you will get ALL your kinks out. The grounds are well-kept and the staff is friendly! Most of their sites have full hookups, with picnic tables and grills. Other amenities include potable water, flush toilets and showers, firewood, laundry, a pool, WiFi, cable TV and a dump station. Nightly rates are $80-130, depending on hookups and location to the water.

The Jetty Park Campground

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Jetty Park in Port Canaveral is on the Atlantic and one of the Best Florida Beach RV Campgrounds

Jetty Park Campground is located in Port Canaveral Florida, where giant cruise ships arrive and depart throughout the day. In addition, submarines can also be spotted docking there. And from the park itself, rocket launches from the Kennedy Space Center and Canaveral Air Force Station can easily be seen.

The Jetty Park Campground has rustic spots with no amenities ($27 in the summer, $37 during snowbird winter time), semi-improved sites with water and electricity ($34 summer, $44 winter) and improved sites with water, electricity, and sewer ($39 summer, $49 winter). There is a free dump station.

Here’s a video we did that shows Jetty Park and the things we did in the area.

CLICK HERE to read our account of camping at Jetty Park

With no reservations at the end of February, we were able to snag a Jetty Park Campground spot with water and electricity, a grill, and a very weathered wooden picnic table. There was plenty of room and it was relatively flat. The beach (no dogs allowed) is gorgeous.

HoHum RV Park

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See why the HoHum RV Park is on our list of the Best Florida Beach RV Campgrounds?

This is a small campground in the Gulf of Mexico in the area of the Florida Gulf coast known as “the Forgotten Coast.” This is Old Florida. No highrises. No traffic. HoHum is located just a few miles east of the tiny fishing town of Carrabelle and smack dab on the Gulf of Mexico. We camp here every time we can. It has awesome views of sunsets over the Guly and thus qualifies as one of the Best Florida RV Beach Campgrounds. 

CLICK HERE to read an article we wrote about Ho Hum

It’s a delightful little park. Nothing fancy. But clean, neat, and far from the overdevelopment that characterizes so much of the coastline of the Sunshine State. To the east, there were a couple of well-spaced beach houses. To the west, nothing but wild beach, bordered by scrub pine. 

The park boasts a lighted 250-foot long fishing pier and a narrow little beach.  Pets, on a leash, are welcome in the park, on the beach and even on the pier. Kids, not so much. It’s billed as an “adult-only” park.

Prices range from $29 a night off the beach to $39 on it.

That’s our list. But there is so much more!

CLICK HERE for another one of our articles on other great RV campgrounds in Florida

We have much more about RV camping in Florida!

We have so much more that we wrote three books about camping in Florida. 

Each one is a Seven Day Adventure Guide to a different region of Florida.

We have:

Each of these ebooks is a seven day guided exploration of a scenic area of Florida that we’ve explored and think would make an excellent RV trip.

In each location, we provide a suggested route and itinerary (7 stops in each guide, one for each day of a week trip!) as well as links to multiple campgrounds and boondocking spots, local tips, and interesting things to do at each location.

You can hit everything in seven days, do a whirlwind weekend tour, or you can take your time and explore the area over a 2+ week period.

Planning an RV trip can be very time-consuming so that’s why we’ve done the research for you! Just take our guides and use them, we’re sure you’ll have an RV trip for the ages!

Looking for other destinations? Check these articles:

Mike Wendland

Mike is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road. He enjoys camping (obviously), hiking, biking, fitness, photography, kayaking, video editing, and all things dealing with technology and the outdoors. See and subscribe to his RV Lifestyle Channel on YouTube, where he has hundreds of RV and travel related videos. His PC MIke TV reports, on personal technology are distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations.

4 Comments

  • Mike and Jennifer,

    We love your YouTube channel and subscribed almost immediately after watching the first one.
    This feature on Florida Beach camping struck a chord with us and know many on your list. We could not agree more!

    Our family started RV’ing when our 5 kids were very young. We borrowed a friend’s pop-up camper first, Outgrew that and bought a 1971 VW Westfalia for transportation and camping. Covered the east coast with it and opened our kids to experience they would repeat with their families.

    Later on we had an older Airstream and towed Florida to Colorado and Rocky Mountain adventures. One of our Florida in state vacations we stumbled upon Gamble Rogers State Park on Flagler Beach.Purely an accident as we drove the A1A Ocean Scenic route north and found an open space right on the beach, near where your photo was taken. Not only was this our kids favorite spot for the vacation, but it introduced us to the region.

    Many years later after the kids grew up, married and moved on to their own adventures, Linda and I retired and left our home in Miami and set up now in a condo right off A1A in Flagler Beach! It still has the charm and beauty it held back decades ago.

    Finding these unique places revealed in your travels and features can help RV’ers to life altering opportunities and we commend you for all the help your provide and the enjoyable format of presentation. We watch your videos weekly and learn as much as we can should our opportunity arise to get a B+ unit and revisit some of our past memories.

    Thanks for all you both do,
    Chip and Linda
    Flagler Beach, Florida

  • I have to disagree with your choice of Fort Pickens Campground. We were there a couple years ago and it was awful.
    We arrived during spring break and that might have been the problem. Other campers were rude, but the camp hosts were nice. The rangers were as rude as the other campers, except for the one at the main gate.

  • You missed Navarre,Florida Santa Rosa rv resort and Emerald Beach rv resort.
    Navarre has beautiful white sand beaches.

  • Mike,
    Pets are allowed at Camp Gulf on all sites except direct beach front.

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