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11 of the BEST Florida Beach Campgrounds on the Gulf Coast (PLAN AHEAD)

| Updated Dec 15, 2023

Looking for a great winter escape? Try these 11 Florida Beach Campgrounds on the Gulf Coast. You'll find RVing paradise.

But if you want to score a spot at them, realize you will have lots of competition and the best time to plan your winter Florida beach campground getaway is a year in advance… for the next year.

Florida beach campgrounds are in great demand and you need reservations to snag that perfect spot.

But don't give up. There are always cancellations and if you're diligent about calling and willing to make do with whatever openings you can find, you'll discover that where there's a will, there's a way.

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!

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 pad 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 are 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:

And you can use our nifty interactive MAP to get instant information on all the campgrounds we mention in this post! Give it a try – just click on any of the location points and then click Details. You’ll see the address, the phone number, the website link, the Ratings, and more!

This map was created with Wanderlog, a trip planner on iOS and Android

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. But the sun shines brightly most days, even if a bit cool.

We have an accompanying video on these 11 Gulfcoast Florida beach campgrounds

Go to our YouTube RVLifestyle Channel and you'll find it. We show lots of images of each of the 11 Florida beach campgrounds we describe. Or watch it right here!

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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 elsewhere on the blog. So 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.

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2023-12-15

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

10 Responses to “11 of the BEST Florida Beach Campgrounds on the Gulf Coast (PLAN AHEAD)”

January 28, 2024at8:49 am, Kristen Eldridge said:

What is the process to be a volunteer at any of these campgrounds?


January 29, 2024at2:33 pm, Team RV Lifestyle said:

That would be something you’d need to ask the campgrounds directly – Team RV Lifestyle


December 18, 2023at2:33 am, Irich Photography said:

Great article


December 19, 2023at10:27 am, Team RV Lifestyle said:

Thank you! Team RV Lifestyle


December 15, 2022at9:42 am, Marc Crolius said:

Have you been to the Navarre beach campground? It’s far from a RESORT style campground. The RESORT part is in their name only. There are 2 better campgrounds in that area than that one. Sorry, we have been to that particular one. Surprised you suggested it.


December 16, 2022at4:16 pm, Team RV Lifestyle said:

Mike and Jen have been there – if there is one you like better, please share! It might help someone else interested in camping in this area. Team RV Lifestyle


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July 25, 2021at3:23 pm, 11 Best Campgrounds In Florida For Families - 2boomersandababy said:

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October 29, 2020at9:18 pm, Sean Barton said:

I’m just wondering what rv you’re driving now ? Recently I saw your 2018 white Roadtrek (major) for sale on Was it a lemon ? Why did you get rid of it ? My wife and I are standing on the precipice of purchasing one and are trying to decide between Roadtrek or pleasure way . Any thoughts are appreciated . Thanks


November 02, 2020at9:09 am, Fran Bires said:

Sean, did Mike ever get back to you about what RV they currently have? Interested in hearing about the Roadtrek. We have a 2015 210 Popular Roadtrek. We really like it. If you want any insights or have questions let me know. Fran Bires


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