Why just go to the beach during the day? If you have ever wondered what it feels to camp away from the crowds, car beeping, and the city lights and just relax under a sky full of stars you are in luck. Florida is one of the state with award winning beaches and boasts over 900 campgrounds with more than 100,000 campsites. From primitive tent camping to hotel-quality cabins and sites, this floridian coastlines have something to offer for every single kind of liking. Here I will be listing a few of the top beach campsites in Florida for all the nature lovers out there.
SOUTH FLORIDA AND THE KEYS:
- Bahia Honda State Park: This is spot is considered one of the most scenic parks in Florida. Featuring award winning beach and historic bridge, Bahia Honda State Park at mile marker 37 in the Florida Keys has become a favorite destination for visitors to this island paradise. If you are looking for a place to camp, snorkel and relax with your family this is the place for you.
- Long Key State Park: This campground offers 60 campsites right on the Atlantic Ocean, both for tents and RV’s. The island and beach are narrow, but the water is absolutely gorgeous. The offshore coral reefs block the open ocean swells, resulting in calm, shallow water where you
- Curry Hammock State Park: Curry Hammock State Park is the largest uninhabited parcel of land between Key Largo and Big Pine Key. The shallow, protected waters of Curry Hammock State Park make an ideal place to kayak and paddleboard, with a beautiful mangrove creek and miles of pristine coastline. The 1,200-foot, sandy beach is perfect for sunbathing, launching a kayak or building sandcastles.
- Biscayne National Park: You can discover this undeveloped, scenic group of islands close to the booming city of Miami. Although most of the park is underwater, there are two islands of note – Elliot Key and Boca Chita Key – where camping is permitted. There are no cars, roads or bridges to these islands, so you’ll either need your own boat or you’ll have to arrange transportation.
Camping on these sub-tropical islands is for experienced campers. Mosquitoes and no-see-ums can sometimes be an issue, especially during the summer months. The beaches are small and tend to be rocky, but if you want to get away from it all in a beautiful place, especially if you like fishing and snorkeling.
CENTRAL AND NORTHERN ATLANTIC COAST:
- Sebastian Inlet State Park: Known as a surfing mecca, Sebastian Inlet has a campsite that spans both sides of the inlet where you can watch the pros catch some of the best waves in the state. The park’s campground is an easy walking distance to the beach, close enough to participate in one of the many activities offered in the area such as canoeing, kayaking, or fishing.
- Fort Clinch State Park: Located north of Fernandina Beach on Florida’s Amelia Island, Fort Clinch State Park has 68 campsites with a campground that overlooks the beach. This northernmost barrier island has 3 miles of beach, ½ mile of fishing pier, and 6 miles of wildlife trails, giving campers plenty of activities to fulfill their day.
- Anastasia Island State Park: Anastasia Island State Park offers 139 full-service campsites located within a gorgeous maritime hammock only a short walk away from its 4 miles of white sandy Gulf beaches. Nature lovers will keep busy with the world class bird watching, hiking, and swimming through the diverse ecosystems.
- Little Talbot Island State Park: Beach campers are sure to be impressed with Little Talbot Island State Park, one of Florida’s most scenic and undeveloped barrier islands in the Northeast. Situated in a shady maritime hammock forest, the short ½ mile walk to the campground is worth being able to explore 5 miles of pristine beach and undisturbed salt marshes.
CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST GULF COAST:
- Fort De Soto County Park: Certainly the most family friendly campground on the list, Fort De Soto County Park has 238 noteworthy campsites stacked with amenities such as picnic tables, grills, electricity, and modern restrooms. Grab the kids and explore the 7 miles of waterfront recreation with by canoeing, biking, or hiking the nature trails that are suitable for campers of all ages.
- Cayo Costa Island State Park: Consistently referred to as the Gulf Coast paradise, Cayo Costa Island State Park offers adventure and complete isolation with 9 miles of pristine beach surrounded by Gulf water on all sides only accessible by boat or ferry. Right behind a set of small dunes you’ll find a camping area, centrally located as you roam around the 2,426 acres of spectacular nature.
- St. George Island State Park: Located on the east end of the barrier island that wraps around Apalachicola Bay you will find 9 miles of pristine white sandy beaches at this state park, ideal for all types of outdoor activities such as camping. St. George boasts 60 campsites that are nestled near a canopy of pines and rolling dunes less than a quarter mile from the beach.
- Grayton Beach State Park: Located between Panama City Beach and Destin sits Grayton Beach State Park, one of Florida’s most scenic beaches. If you set up camp at one of their private campsites overlooking the lake, you’ll be able to explore the emerald green waters and breathtaking nature trails before catching one of their famous sunsets.
- St. Andrews State Park: Water sports enthusiasts will rejoice at the amount of water-related activities at St. Andrews State Park, where you can swim, snorkel, dive, kayak, and go canoeing. Set up camp at one of the 176 campsites for a chance to explore the pristine beach and emerald green waters.
- Fort Pickens at Gulf Islands National Seashore: Fort Pickens is located in Florida’s protected Gulf Islands National Seashore and holds 200 campsites on the west end of Santa Rosa Island. Camping here gives you access to blue-green waters, white sandy beaches, and historical forts that date back to the early 1800’s.
- St. Joseph Peninsula State Park: Home to the beloved Loggerhead turtles, camp at one of St. Joseph Peninsula State Park’s 119 campsites for access to both the Gulf and St. Joseph Bay waters on a kayak or canoe. Those looking for ultimate relaxation will find their stress easily melt away on the most pristine snow-white sand and tranquil aqua-blue waters found in Florida.
REMEMBER! Making reservations is a must. During the slower times of the year (winter in northwest Florida, and summer in the rest of the state), you may be able to get by without reservations on weekdays, but it’s better not to take the chance.
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