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Old 12-24-2012, 10:44 AM   #1
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St George Island SP in February??

Wondering if anyone has camped St. George Island FL or St Joseph Peninsula state parks in winter.

We are heading south around the last 2 weeks in Feb.
Wish we could go further south but unable to find reservations on/near the beach.

We've stayed at Top Sail Hill preserve several times and just want a change
of scenery so to speak.

Other suggestions welcome!

Thanks!
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Old 12-24-2012, 05:23 PM   #2
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Last February, we camped for five nights at each of them. St. George Island state park was nice, but St Joseph Peninsula state park ranks as one of our all time favorites. The walk from the campground to the beach is only about 100 yards. Toward the end of the peninsula, you can walk for miles and not see another person.

If you don't need an electric hookup, you might also like Mack Landing campground in the Apilachicola National Forest. Of the seven nights that we spent there, we were completely alone for five of them.

One of the things that we like best about the panhandle, is just how uncrowded it is. For the entire time we were there, we never made a single reservation. I don't think we ever saw a completely full campground.

We expect to visit all three places again this year.

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Old 12-26-2012, 02:31 PM   #3
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We have 5 days reserved on Sanibel Island!!
We also have another 7 reserved on St. Joe Penn as you suggested.
Thanks for the info!!

We are excited and have our fingers crossed that weather will be seasonable in the panhandle and not below!

We appreciate your help!
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I went to graduate school at FSU and February on the Gulf Coast can be raw maybe not subfreezing raw, but you could get a cold front blow in and have temps in the 20s easily or it could be rainy and 40 degrees. I love those parks and visit them to this day as St. Joe is one of our family vacations we go to every few years. One of my favorite parks in Florida to camp in for sure. Count on packing some winter clothes for sure if you camp in the Florida Panhandle in the winter to be safe.
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My father had a condo in Hollywood, FL for over 20 years and he would say that Florida in the winter starts in West Palm Beach and south! He and my mother spent every winter in Hollywood, November 1st thru May 1st, I went to collage in Melbourne, FL for four years and it gets cold there but I don't remember it ever being cold in Hollywood? Even if it got cool, the next day the beach would be full due to the Gulfstream. My father loved his job at Gulfstream Race Track and he worked from early January for 90 days during the meet. He worked until he couldn't walk that much, for 19 years.
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This place looks nice.Carrabelle Beach
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We've spent a week each of the last 5 years in FL. Also one in Gulf Shores.
We've had good years when we walked in the afternoons in shorts and T-shirts and we've had bad years when we wore jackets and sat inside due to rain, drizzle and gray skies. Each year is a new adventure and each year we make
our reservations with fingers crossed! This year we'll be totally bummed if
it's cloudy and cold (by south FL standards) and windy in Sanabel Island.
I know the possibility of crummy weather is greater for our 2nd week which is St. George Peninsula SP in northern FL.

We took a 7 day Caribbean cruise in January 3 years ago. We had great weather but the cruise director kept talking about how lucky we'd been weather wise. He said the previous 3 cruises had clouds, rain and cool temps. January is the rainy season in the Caribbean. (Who knew?)

Top foto is why we go back to Top Sail Hill Preserve SP over and over!
Number 2 is why we go to Florida each winter over and over!
Last one is what it's like on the beach some years

Still rather be there than in KY in January!
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KyDan that looks nice right about now........Its 3 degrees right now in Michigan !!!!
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KyDan...that last pic on the beach needs to be your Christmas/New Years card! LOL
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We have 5 days reserved on Sanibel Island!!
We also have another 7 reserved on St. Joe Penn as you suggested.
Thanks for the info!!

We are excited and have our fingers crossed that weather will be seasonable in the panhandle and not below!

We appreciate your help!
St. Joe is the BEST. As you drive toward it from the northwest it first appears to be a tiny speck of an island around Mexico Beach. Camping is in semi private sandy sites. Beach is stunning and we had a hard time stopping to return. If I recall there is limited and pricy fuel, food stores and a restaurant or two on the peninsula. Otherwise it is a long haul out.

We picked St Joe over the other becuz that one looked like a long bridge crossing, I hate bridges.
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