11 of the BEST Florida Beach Campgrounds [Gulf Coast]

 11 of the BEST Florida Beach Campgrounds [Gulf Coast]

Looking for a winter escape? Try these 11 Florida Beach Campgrounds on the Gulf Coast. You'll never want to come back to winter!

The time to plan your Florida beach campground getaway is RIGHT NOW!

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

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!

Image of the view from one of the best Florida beach campgrounds
Awesome and seriously beautiful Florida beach campgrounds abound in the Sunshine State

Best Florida Beach Campgrounds on the Gulf

  1. 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, potable water, flush toilets, showers, laundry, a pool, and a playground. Even WiFi! Rates vary from $70-$130 per night.
  2. 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 potable water, flush toilets, and showers, laundry, a dump station, WiFi, cable TV, pool, and playground. Nightly rates at $64-95.
  3. 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.
  4. 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, potable water, 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.
  5. 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. 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.
  6. 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, potable water, 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.
  7. 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 potable water, flush toilets and showers, laundry and a playground. Great nightly rates at $16-20, plus a $6 park entrance fee.
  8. 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.  
  9. 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, potable water, 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.
  10. 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 potable water, flush toilets, showers, laundry, WiFi and cable TV. Nightly rates are $29-$39.
  11. 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, potable water, 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 video we recently did about an off the beaten path region of Florida known as the Forgotten Coast:

 

Want info on more Florida beach campgrounds to check out? 

Try our seven-day adventure guides to Florida. There is so much for the RVers in Florida that we have written three 7 Day Adventure Guides that cover different regions of the state. There are awesome Florida beach campgrounds just waiting for you to discover. And we tell you where they are in our guides! Check out  our guides to:

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!

Curious about the gear, gadgets, accessories, and RV products Mike & Jennifer use and recommend?

On this RV Lifestyle Travel blog, our RV Podcast, and our RV Lifestyle YouTube Channel, we mention all sorts of RV-related products and gear that we use, So we created a special page links to them. We update this all the time.  CLICK HERE to go to it directly. 

11 of the BEST Florida Beach Campgrounds [Gulf Coast]

Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland 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 at RVLifestyle.com. He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.

2 Comments

  • Hi
    I’m just wondering what rv you’re driving now ? Recently I saw your 2018 white Roadtrek (major) for sale on autotrader.ca. 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

    • 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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