Camping is a great way to get outdoors and experience nature. And what better way to experience camping then at the beach? Whether you want to experience the campgrounds in a tent or in the comforts of your RV, you can rest assured there is something for everyone. Check out these great beach-front campgrounds near Destin FL.
1. Henderson Beach State Park
By far, this beach camground has more amenities than any other beach in the Destin area. Of course, you do have to pay to gain entry so it is justified (Entry is $6 per vehicle). They offer access for RV, tents, and have running water, electricity, and even coin-operated dryers and vending machines. You get to experience the thrill of camping and isolation without actually being isolated – food and attractions are right down the road!
Also, check out the nature trail for some great opportunities to see wildlife. It is about 3/4 mile of high dunes and coastal scrub to grant access to some truly unique views.
You can also bring your dog. They are allowed on the trail or at the campsite but only on a leash and no more than 6 feet away from you. They cannot go on the beach, though. Keep that in mind if you intend on only utilizing the park for the beach. Don’t forget to clean up after your pet!
Lastly, enjoy campfire circles, picnic pavilions, and a playground for the kids.
2. Camp Gulf
Camp Gulf is a beach-front RV-park and campground in Destin,FL. They supply full hook-up RV arrangements, traditional camping, and even cabins. One of these cabins can even accommodate up to 15 people! Its also only a 5 minute walk to the beach from the campgrounds – perfect for those wanting to be as close to the beach as possible.
There are a ton of amenities at Camp Gulf:
If you’re looking for some fun outdoor things to do, check out these recreational activities. Some examples are golf carts, paddleboards, and segways. You can even bring your own personal golf cart but you must register it first in the main office.
The Pool and Slide
You can find two pools, a massive slide, and even a spa on the campgrounds.
If you’ve brought the RV, you will be pleased to know there are large assortment of utilities to assist with your stay. A few examples:
Finally, check out this park map to help you navigate around the campgrounds.
3. Grayton Beach State Park
Grayton Beach State Park is situatued of off County Road 30A in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. The park features 1,133 acres of land, accommodating wildlife, vegetation, beaches, and unique coastal dune lakes. The self-guided nature trail helps to enjoy every aspect of the park at your own convenience.
The park hosts many facilities, including:
- Camping Areas
- Picnic Area
- RV Hook-up
- Boat Ramp to the Western Lake
- Cabins with A/C and Electricity
A popular activity is canoeing on the lake with a guided tour. Canoes are available to rent or you can bring your own.
The cabins on the campgrounds are 800 sq ft with two bedrooms, a bathroom, a full kitchen, a gas fireplace, and a living room. And to top it off, it is only a few minutes walk to the beach from there!
Deer Lake State Park
Deer Lake State Park is right down the road from Grayton State Park. What makes it unique is that it is a 1/2 mile of beach front land with a coastal dune residing within. If you’re looking for something to do along the beach, Deer Lake State Park has 1500 acres of wildlife and vegetation along the beach to keep any avid nature lover satisfied.
Similar to Henderson Beach State Park, there is an admission fee. The fee is $5 per vehicle ($4 for single occupant vehicle). Pedestrians, cyclists, passengers over the 8 person limit per vehicle require $2 admission fee. Parking is simple and almost always available, unless you have an RV. If you are bringing an RV, it is a good idea to call ahead months in advance to ensure you get a spot!
4. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is a campground in Santa Rosa Beach, FL that is renowned for its massive, sail-like dunes that sprawl across the beach. It is also host to many salt-water dune lakes (like Grayton Beach State Park) and a variety of wildlife and vegetation.
The park is host to a plethora of facilities to take advantage of:
- RV site
- Beach access and canoe access
Topsail is slightly more difficult to enjoy the beach at. It is 1 mile from the campgrounds to the beach, but trams are provided to take you there, starting at 9 am. You can most definitely ride your bike or walk, too!
There are 32 cabins on site, with half accommodating 4 people and the other half accommodating 6 people. Wi-fi is provided (there are no phones on site), also. You can book a cabin up to 11 months in advance. This is a great idea, because booking gets harder and harder the closer to summer you get.
RV campsites are available and charge $42 a night. They include water, electricity, sewage, and cable connection.
You can enjoy a wide variety of activities at Topsail Preserve:
- Canoe Rental
- Bike Rental
- Beach carts
- Paddle boarding
- Guided tours
- Park ranger events
Check out this link for in-depth information on all activities.
I hope this guide provides you with the information you need to choose the right campground near Destin, FL for you, your friends, or your family. Happy camping!