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Beach campground recommendations?

Discussion in 'Camping at Disney World' started by dpdis, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. dpdis

    dpdis Earning My Ears

    May 19, 2009
    We will be bringing our RV to FW in January for 10 days, and are looking for our next destination after that - we were thinking of heading to a beach campground mid to south Florida. We are looking for any recommendations for fun, family friendly places on the beach - full hook ups, clean, direct beach access. If anyone here has a favorite place to stay before/after hitting Disney, let me know! We will be staying for a week or more.
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  3. sandieb

    sandieb DIS Veteran

    Jun 5, 2002
    We are staying at Fort De Soto State Park next year. It came highly recommended by friends, and it is listed as a beautiful beach. It is on the Gulf, not Atlantic Ocean (which we prefer), but we thought we would give it a try. We love that it is right on the water.

    The website says: A 238-site family camping area with facilities including picnic tables, grills, water, electricity, washers, dryers, sanitary disposal stations, modern restrooms, showers, play areas, and a camp store. Special camp sites for camping with pets.

    Good Luck with your search!
  4. kazlac4

    kazlac4 Mouseketeer

    Jan 22, 2010
    We have stayed at Jetty Park CG in Port Canaveral. There is beach access, great fishing, and the sights of the cruise ships passing behind the campground are amazing (The Disney ones play the first line of "When you wish upon a star" as they leave their dock!). We had a great time there. It is also very close to Kennedy Space Center which is a wonderful way to spend a day!:)

    Here is the link:http://www.jettypark.org/
  5. Disney Bunny

    Disney Bunny DIS Veteran

    Jan 14, 2010
    Please keep in mind that January may not necessarily be great beach weather in Florida. It can still be cool on the beach in January and water temps will actually be kind of cold.
  6. dpdis

    dpdis Earning My Ears

    May 19, 2009

    We are from Michigan and always stay for a couple of weeks at the ocean in January. We actually own DVC at Vero, but this is the first year we are bringing the RV. Most years we are able to enjoy the beach - but a couple of years ago there were frozen fish on the beach at Vero! Even "cold" days are better than the weather in Michigan in January!
  7. articfox676

    articfox676 Mouseketeer

    Jul 12, 2011
    Agree with Jetty Park. You can also go south to Coco Beach and shop Ron Jon Surf Shop open 24 hours.
  8. blackngoldinfla

    blackngoldinfla Earning My Ears

    Sep 1, 2012
    I can't help you with regards to beach camping in FL but if you ever have the opportunity you should check out Ocean Lakes Resort in Myrtle Beach. It is fantastic! Right on the beach with its own mini golf, pool and splash zone, nightly golf cart parades, mini mart, drop off or do it yourself laundromat, huge arcade and so many fun activities at the rec center. This will be our 5th year going! If you have kids and love to camp you have to check it out. There are even house rentals for those in your family who don't camp. Safe travels!
  9. amberlynn

    amberlynn Earning My Ears

    Feb 11, 2012
    I agree with Ocean Lakes! We always stay there on our way back from Disney to Pa, and are never disappointed!
  10. ynottony99

    ynottony99 Ask me about the Mickey Waffles!!!!!!!

    Jan 30, 2004
    If you are considering Fort De Soto I thought I would share this.
    Here is the website. There is a picture of each site there. Not all of the sites are on the water, and those that are usually are booked months in advance.

    The camp sites are not on the beach directly, but is in the bay. It is just a couple of miles or so to the beach, a fishing pier and the old fort.

    We have stayed there too many times to count (of course we live in the county), and love the park.

  11. Fort Mad Man

    Fort Mad Man Earning my Ears

    Sep 17, 2010
    If you want Beachfront camping, I would recommend staying at Red Coconuts in Fort Myers. Small campground, but has beachfront sites though you will need to book in advance.
  12. Cals dad

    Cals dad Mouseketeer

    Jun 13, 2011
    I spent a lot of time at Ft. Desoto growing up. My dad was the chief ranger there for many years. It is a wonderful place to visit. There are 3 camp loops there. One of those loops, the sites on the outside do not have direct access to the water due to a sea wall. This is section 3, the northern most section. Area 1 has the most sites with beach access(and the best beach sites), followed by area 2. Some days, due to the tide, the "beach" isn't much of anything. It may be ankle to knee deep water for as much as 50 yards out. It will feel like walking in mud. Since it is a park first, the water around the campsites is filled with seagrass.

    My personal preference is site 153. It is a very deep site, with only one neighbor, and extremely close to a comfort station. If you have kids that like to climb, there is a rather large tree that fell on its side a long time ago, but continues to live since it's roots are still in the ground.
  13. jbrostek

    jbrostek DIS Veteran

    Mar 16, 2011
    My recommendation would have to be for Beverly Beach Camptown. They have never let me down and I have enjoyed every stay there. We usually get Beach access, but Beach front is right on the sea wall which I will do some day. While Beach access is close to A1A, I never noticed the passing traffic, and to sleep with the window cracked and hear the waves is perfect to me.

    And there are things to do like St. Augastine or head to Daytona Beach or Raceway for a tour if thats your thing. If you do go there, you have to check out La Strada. Its a great small italian resteraunt and we enjoy it every time we are down there.
  14. jherauf

    jherauf Earning My Ears

    Aug 7, 2010
    After coming back from the fort we stay at Bryn Mawro campground. The location is everything. But you may want to be further north then St. Augustine. If you go, reserve the sites that back into the dunes. We like site 232 and you have to eat at O'Steen's. The best shrimp!! The beach in st.Augustine is fine white sugar sand, Ocean Lakes: dirty clumpy brown, but go to Ocean Lakes every year too. Won't be disappointed in either place


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