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Do you have to have water and electricity when you camp? Do you like to hike away from it all before setting up camp at a primitive site? Do you park your RV? No matter your preferences, you are sure to find a beautiful camping spot on the Gulf Coast. Camping on the Gulf Coast is a great way to stay within walking distance of a gorgeous beach without breaking the bank at a beach hotel. Here are some of Trekaroo’s favorite spots on the Gulf Coast:
Camping on Florida’s Gulf Coast
The Ft. Pickens campsite is located on the Gulf Islands National Seashore. While the campsites are not directly on the beach, the water is just a short walk across the street. Here family’s can visit the largest of four forts built to defend Pensacola Bay. There are full moon walks, ranger-led programs, and a camp store to pick up necessities.
Located in Destin, this private camp site provides tent and RV spots as well as fully equipped cabins. There are pools, a fitness center, laundry facilities, and more. You can try your hand at fishing at the casting lake and relax beachside while the kids splash in the water.
Read about family friendly activities in Destin.
Grayton Beach State Park is a perfect alternative to the pricey hotels and resorts located in this area. There are cabins available for daily or weekly rent if you don’t want to camp in a tent. There is a full camping facility with water, electricity and restrooms with hot showers.
St. Andrew’s is a full facility campsite on the beach away from the tourist area of Panama City Beach. There is a shuttle boat that leaves from St. Andrew’s to Shell Island. Shell Island can get crowded and hot in the summertime so be prepared with water and sunscreen.
St. George Island is an undeveloped beach with the Gulf Coast on one side and Apalachicola Bay on the other. The full facility campground is behind dunes and is not located directly on the water. It is only a quarter mile away.
This park is located on a barrier island and is accessible only by private boat or ferry. There is tent camping and primitive one room cabins. While you are camping, you can go shelling, snorkeling, fishing and enjoy hiking.
Camping on Alabama’s Gulf CoastPhoto Courtesy Alabama State Parks
Gulf State Park should satisfy even the most reluctant of campers! There are cottages that have three bedrooms, three bathrooms, screened in porches, a full kitchen, television, and more. There are also cabins that sleep six with screened porches, full kitchens and television. If you want to stick to the more reasonably priced tent camping, there are plenty of sites located only 1.5 miles from the Gulf beaches. Visiting the beach isn’t the only thing to do here. You can golf, hike, fish, visit the Nature Center and wander the Gulf State Park Pier.
Camping on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast
Buccaneer State Park
Devastated by Hurricane Katrina, this park has been undergoing a major reconstruction over the last five years. Be aware that construction is still going on but there are several tent and RV camp sites available. The campsites on the Gulf cannot be reserved and are open on a limited basis.
Davis Bayou Camp
The Davis Bayou Campground is located in the Mississippi District of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Camping is inexpensive but it is open on a first-come, first-serve basis. Explore the Gulf Islands National Seashore, tour Fort Massachusetts and attend a junior ranger program.
Camping on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast
Grand Isle State Park
Although the beach camping and beach access is currently closed, the premium campsites and lagoon are open. Visit the observation tower to see the coastal marshes, go for a nature walk or go bird watching.
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Jennifer Close is the Northern Florida and Gulf Coast Destination Guroo for Trekaroo. She loves to travel with her two children and blogs about her adventures at Two Kids and a Map and Pensacola with Kids.
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