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Old 11-08-2016, 04:28 PM   #1
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Who has stayed at this campground? I am looking to find a spot that is close to the Gulf, within easy walking distance for my kids. I have 40 feet of camper and slides on each side. If you stayed in a spot there what number and did you like it? What was the view like? I'm hoping to get a spot for July 4th 2017, roughly 7-9 days.
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Old 11-08-2016, 07:02 PM   #2
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We love Fort Pickens. Been many times when we lived in Louisiana. A few things to know: there are very few trees and the heat is brutal for the a/c in July and August. There is nothing nearby - you have to drive about 7-8 miles to get to shops and restaurants - speed limit is 35 mph due to wildlife protection and is strictly enforced.

Having said that, it is still worth camping there. The fort is cool and Santa Rosa beach is one of the best in the world. Not kidding.

40 ft with slides on both sides is pushing it but there are sites that would work. Look on their reservation site - there used to be photos of each site. 7-9 days is pretty long to stay there since the sun will take its toll on you.
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Old 11-08-2016, 08:16 PM   #3
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We love the sun and heat. Can't wait to leave Iowa winters. When we go camp long term like that with all the kids we don't go away from the campground much. We use fans and the AC as needed. We will be on the beach pretty much non stop so the heat is not a big deal. I want the kids to be able to go right to the beach whenever they want to.
I used satellite view on google Maps and looked like there were plenty of trails to both side of the peninsula.
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Old 01-10-2017, 08:39 AM   #4
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Just an update. I got my trip booked and a site reserved. I didn't get the loop I wanted but it's close enough. We can pretty much walk to the beach and the bath houses are fairly close. Google satellite really help me pick as spot out. While down there we will drive over to Destin and visit a few other campgrounds for future reference.
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Old 01-10-2017, 10:56 PM   #5
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It's a great campground, we stayed there for spring break a few times. If your lucky the Blue Angels will be practicing. Check schedule on line but worth visiting the museum even if they are not flying.
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Old 01-11-2017, 07:07 AM   #6
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We are staying there July 1st-8th so hopefully they will be flying.

How was the walk to the beach from there? Decent place for getting in the water? First time going to Florida so hopefully this all works out. My kids are ages 10-21 and all we want is sand, sun, and water.
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Old 01-11-2017, 03:18 PM   #7
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We are staying there July 1st-8th so hopefully they will be flying.

How was the walk to the beach from there? Decent place for getting in the water? First time going to Florida so hopefully this all works out. My kids are ages 10-21 and all we want is sand, sun, and water.

It's a great beach! And Not a bad walk from any loop. Allot of folks use a little wagon to carry beach supplies. We rode our bikes. There are multiple beaches in the park. Some mornings we drove the MH to the beach and stayed there all day! Not as easy with a fiver. My profile pick is Ft Pickens!

Depending which loop and where, the bay front beach may be a shorter walk.


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It's a great beach! And Not a bad walk from any loop. Allot of folks use a little wagon to carry beach supplies. We rode our bikes. There are multiple beaches in the park. Some mornings we drove the MH to the beach and stayed there all day! Not as easy with a fiver. My profile pick is Ft Pickens!

Depending which loop and where, the bay front beach may be a shorter walk.


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Awesome! Maybe we will snag a little wagon. When we hit the beach we plan on being there a long time and we were trying figure out coolers. A wagon might be the ticket. I probably won't bring bikes since there will be 7 of us. I am hoping to pick up some beach umbrellas as well.

The bay front loop was full already from people reserving the week before. I stayed up new years Eve to make sure I booked the spot I wanted but apparently the website doesn't really work till like 9am cmt. So I booked my second choice site in loop C.
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Old 02-03-2017, 07:53 PM   #9
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Just got home from Fort Pickens, stayed in C6.
C has 2 bath houses to choose from both close and convenient.
Walk to gulf beach is easy, about 200 yards through the parking entry (conveniently pass 2 dumpsters on the way) then cross the road (4th of July week will probably be the highest traffic of the year) then follow boardwalk to the beach about 200 yards across the dunes.
The beach is excellent and will be less busy than beaches cars can access.
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Old 02-03-2017, 08:15 PM   #10
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I'm not sure what the heat and humidity are like in Iowa, but don't under estimate it here in Florida. Sun screen, long sleeved swim shirts, hats, and beach umbrellas or other shade is essential. The water and sand reflect the sun and you will burn even in the shade. Water for staying hydrated is also important. Your A/C may not cool like you expect, depending on how many units you have. I'm not saying you won't have fun, but the sun and sand will wear you out! Have fun and keep everyone safe.
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