While some full-timers head southwest to spend their winter in places like Arizona and South Texas, others are flocking to the white sandy beaches of Florida where they can relax under palm trees and take in views of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean.
Even if you’re a frugal RVer you’ll find the Sunshine State has lots of inexpensive places to stay by the beach, especially on public lands like State Parks. On the other hand, if you feel like spending more on a luxurious RV park there are lots of highly rated resorts to choose from too. These eight RV parks and campgrounds are some of the most popular options.
1. Camp Gulf, Destin
On Florida’s Panhandle, Camp Gulf has 200 sites along Destin’s white sandy beach. This RV park offers beachfront and shaded sites, luxury cabins, and a beach house that can accommodate up to fifteen people.
The sites are not cheap but you get what you pay for in both views and amenities. Their Beachfront Sites are big rig friendly and have water and electric hookups only. Further back the Beach Sites have full hookups, stamped concrete patios, and picnic tables, and their Shaded Upper RV Sites are close to their pools and laundry facilities. Their last option, the North Upper RV Sites are the closest to the resort entrance. These sites are only a five minute walk to the beach, but golf cart and beach cart rentals are available to make the trip fast and easy.
After a day on the beach, unwind in one of their two solar-heated pools and spa, or lay back and connect to their newly-upgraded WiFi or cable TV. Camp Gulf also has 3 well-maintained bathhouses with 22 family-style restrooms.
2. St. Joseph Peninsula State Park (T.H. Stone Memorial)
Maybe you don’t want to spend $80+ a night on a luxury RV site but still want to camp by the beach. The many waterside state parks in Florida make it easy to avoid this. One such place is St. Joseph Peninsula Memorial Park, on a thin strip of land between the Gulf Of Mexico and St. Joseph Bay, across from Port St. Joe.
This park is renowned for its snow-white sandy beaches, easily reachable from the 119 campsites with water, electricity, picnic tables, and grills. The campground also has a tent area, bathhouse with showers, and seven furnished cabins. When you’re not laying back on the beach taking in the view, check out the hiking trails or head out on the bay for activities like fishing and kayaking.
3. Little Talbot State Park, Jacksonville
In northeast Florida, Talbot State Parks are divided into Big Talbot and Little Talbot, with Little Talbot Park the further south of the two and the only one with a campground. Sites for tents and RVs are located along the eastern salt marshes of Myrtle Creek with the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Access to the beach is a short walk across Highway A1A where the park’s front gate and check-in are located.
Look out for wildlife like river otters, marsh rabbits, bobcats, and various native and migratory birds. Daytime activities include hiking trails, kayaking, surfing, and fishing in the surrounding surf and tidal streams for bluefish, striped bass and more. Visitors can also use the beachside pavilions for picnics and reserve them in advance for an extra fee.
The roads in are narrow with low-hanging branches (not suitable for big rigs), but the sites are nicely shaded and level. Each site has water and electricity (30-amp), as well as a fire ring and picnic table.
4. Carrabelle Beach RV Resort, Carrabelle
This resort is just across the road from Carrabelle Beach on Florida’s Forgotten Coast. In addition to their full hookup RV sites with level concrete pads, Carrabelle Resort has oceanview lofts, cottages, and cabins. Their amenities include a pool, playground, pet area, WiFi, showers, and rec room.
Crooked River Lighthouse is only a minute up the road. You can climb the historic structure or just browse their Keeper’s House Museum and Gift Shop. Also nearby is St. George Island with lots of shops, restaurants, and biking/jogging trails.
5. Beverly Beach RV Camptown RV Resort, Flagler Beach
Beverly Beach Camptown is like parking in paradise with sites looking out over the Atlantic Ocean. Their pet-friendly resort spans along 1,500 feet of coastline in Flagler Beach, a short drive from Central Florida attractions like Disney World. St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest city, is less than an hour north and Daytona Beach is only about forty minutes south.
The sites are nicely spaced with full hookups and a picnic table for each spot. The resort includes four beach walkways, two laundry facilities with TVs, and full-service bathrooms. Of course the oceanfront sites aren’t cheap but with views like these you’re definitely getting every penny’s worth.
6. Sugar Sand Beach Resort, Matlacha
Sugar Sand Beach Resort has limited sites but they make up for it in their beautiful waterfront location and fabulous amenities. The resort only has eleven back-in sites total but all are big-rig friendly with full hookups and WiFi. Guests can rent kayaks (when available) and catch up on laundry in their coinless facilities.
The resort offers hammocks to relax in, a community fire pit with wood provided, and picnic tables. It’s also a short walk to a variety of shops and restaurants in Matlacha.
7. Pensacola Beach RV Resort
Pensacola Beach RV Resort has waterfront sites on the 40-mile Gulf Coast barrier island of Santa Rosa. The full hookup sites are roomy and level with concrete pads and picnic tables. The park has 24-hour laundry facilities, free WiFi, and a pool open daily.
The park is surrounded by eateries from a chowder house to a breakfast cafe. Nearby the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk has shops to browse. Also within a short walking distance is the Pensacola Beach Pier which juts out into the Gulf of Mexico.
8. Santa Rosa RV Resort, Navarre
Just across from Santa Rosa Island, this resort has waterfront sites along Santa Rosa Sound. Their level full hookup sites have concrete pads, and the upscale amenities include a heated waterfront pool and 300-foot-long fishing pier.
They recently added a 3,000-square-foot outdoor gathering area with a fire pit, a newly fenced-in dog park, and modern, upgraded WiFi. New kayaks and paddle boards are also available for guests.