Florida February 11, 2018
13 Rustic Spots In Florida That Are Extraordinary For Camping
We’re lucky to live in a state where there is warm weather year round. This means that we can still appreciate the outdoor activities and slices of nature throughout the winter months, too, unlike many other states. So, if you feel like taking a weekend to get away and just disconnect from everything buzzing around you, then we have 13 perfect Florida camp destinations perfect for just that.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area — Flagler Beach, FL 32136
I don’t know about you, but waking up to views like this would have me feeling like I’ve died and gone to heaven. Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area has everything you could hope for — warm weather, perfect waves, and stellar camping that many people don’t even know exists.
2. Curry Hammock State Park — 56200 Overseas Hwy., Marathon, FL 33050
Curry Hammock State Park is the perfect place to bring the whole family for a nice blend of oceanside fun and rustic, camp-life. Reserve a spot in this beautiful campground and bring all your water toys. We’re talking jet skis, canoes, kayaks, paddle-boards — you name it. There are even fire pits to kick back and relax after a day in the sun.
3. Bahia Honda State Park — 36850 Overseas Hwy., Big Pine Key, FL 33043
There has been a lot of grumblings about this once-beautiful camping spot since Irma hit. However, let’s make Bahia Honda State Park great again! Just because it isn’t up to par compared to where it used to be doesn’t mean it still isn’t a neat place to stay. Bring your snorkel equipment because there is lots to see underneath the waves.
4. Anastasia State Park — 300 Anastasia Park Rd., St. Augustine, FL 32080
Some people have called Anastasia State Park one of the best campgrounds in the entire state. There are a nice mix of level sites, fire rings, beach access, plus you get to sleep under a canopy of trees. That sounds like pure perfection.
5. North Beach Camp Resort — 4125 Coastal Hwy., St. Augustine, FL 32084
North Beach Camp Resort has views of the best sunsets around. With access to both the ocean and the intercostal, you’ll have your choice of breathtaking scenery during your stay. Many campers end up enjoying the seclusion that each of these rustic sites provides.
6. Grayton Beach State Park — 357 Main Park Rd., Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
This rustic state park has consistently made the list for the most beautiful in the country. Filled with abundant wildlife, coastal dunes, endless views, and perfect sugar-white beaches, you can’t get much better than spending the night here.
7. St. George Island State Park — 1900 E Gulf Beach Dr., St George Island, FL 32328
It’s really not hard to fall in love with the rustic camping spot. When you have the sounds of nature to lull you to sleep, paired with the chirping of the crickets in the brush, it’s just the right amount of solitude. Plus, when you wake up to views like this, what more could you ask for?
8. St. Andrews State Park — 4607 State park Lane, Panama City Beach, FL 32408
Once you camp at St. Andrews State Park, you’ll never want to stay anywhere else. Featuring spacious sites, friendly camp hosts, and a bevy of activities for the whole family, this is one camping spot you do not want to miss.
9. Peanut Island — Riviera Beach, FL 33404
Many Floridians have a love/hate relationship with Peanut Island, especially during the summer months. But we're here to say that Peanut Island deserves to be camped at, and if you want to avoid the crowds and chaos, do so in the winter months, preferably during the week. It's an entirely different experience.
10. Long Key State Park — 67400 Overseas Hwy., Layton, FL 33001
Despite not all areas of Long Key State Park being opened after the hurricane, this is still one of the only places to offer access to the wonderment of the Middle Keys. You’ll be able to see everything in this turquoise shallow water and enjoy the swaying sea grass, oysters, sea urchins, conchs, and more. Wake up with a coffee and you'll feel right at home.
11. Sebastian Inlet State Park — 9700 South Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
Camping at Sebastian Inlet State Park is as dreamy as you would expect from being smack dab on the beach. Pitching a tent here means that you’ll have the ocean, the sand, and the surf throughout your entire stay. With more than 50 campsites and even an on-site fishing museum, this is the place to spend a weekend in Florida.
12. Little Talbot Island State Park — 12157 Heckscher Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32226
Spectacular beaches, stunning sunsets, a four-mile trail hike through the woods, and the beach — a perfect weekend away in nature. If you’re looking for a getaway with some peace and quiet, this park is for you. Swimming, beach strolling, and sleeping under the stars await.
13. St. Joseph Peninsula State Park — 8899 Cape San Blas Rd., Port St Joe, FL 32456
St. Joseph Peninsula State Park has been lauded as one of the prettiest beaches in the state of Florida. One visit and you’ll absolutely understand why. You can choose to camp in the more rustic cabins on the bay side if you’re feeling like you need to take a step up from the ol’ tent and sleeping bag.
Keep in mind that many of these camping spots above will require reservations in order to enjoy. Make sure to visit each website for available dates to stay. And if you’re looking for a camping experience that’ll raise your blood pressure a little bit, then check out
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