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10 Camping-Friendly Beaches in Florida: Your Ultimate Guide

Florida is known for its vast array of beautiful beaches, but did you know that many of these locations offer full-facility camping?


People in a camping tent on the beach

For those who love the great outdoors, combining beach fun with camping can be an unbeatable experience. Here are our top 10 picks for the best camping-friendly beaches in Florida:


1. St. Andrews State Park - Entrance, Bay County

What Makes It Great: St. Andrews State Park offers a spacious beach area, perfect for both relaxation and outdoor activities.

How to Arrive: The park is located east to Rt 392 to park entrance.

Interesting Fact: St. Andrews State Park is one of Florida's most popular parks, known for its beautiful sand dunes and clear waters.


2. St. Joseph Point, St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, Gulf County

What Makes It Great: Located on St. Joseph Peninsula, this beach is a fantastic spot for those who love a beach with a view.

How to Arrive: The beach is located at 8899 Cape San Blas Road on St. Joseph Peninsula.

Interesting Fact: The St. Joseph Peninsula is known for its rich biodiversity and beautiful natural surroundings.


3. St. George Island State Park, Franklin County

What Makes It Great: This beach is located at the east end of St. George Island, offering a more secluded beach experience.

How to Arrive: The beach is located at 1900 E. Gulf Beach Drive.

Interesting Fact: St. George Island is renowned for its serene environment and is a great spot for bird watching.


4. Cayo Costa State Park, Lee County

What Makes It Great: Located on Cayo Costa Island, this beach provides a unique beach experience and is a great choice for adventure lovers.

How to Arrive: The beach is located on Cayo Costa Island and is only accessible by private boat or ferry.

Interesting Fact: Cayo Costa Island is known for its beautiful natural environment, which includes not just the beach but also hiking trails and an abundance of wildlife.


5. Gulf Islands National Seashore, Ft. Pickens, Escambia County

What Makes It Great: Part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, this beach offers stunning views and a serene environment.

How to Arrive: The beach is located 7 miles west of West Santa Rosa Island.

Interesting Fact: The Gulf Islands National Seashore is a protected region home to a variety of wildlife, so you might encounter some unique birds or sea creatures during your visit.


6. Fort DeSoto Park, Pinellas County

What Makes It Great: Known for its historical significance and natural beauty, Fort DeSoto Park offers a great spot for camping.

How to Arrive: The park is located at 3500 Pinellas Bayway S.

Interesting Fact: The park houses Fort DeSoto, a historic fort that played significant roles in the Spanish-American War.


7. Long Key State Park, Monroe County

What Makes It Great: Known for its stunning sunrises and sunsets, Long Key State Park is a great place for a peaceful retreat.

How to Arrive: The park is located at 67400 Overseas Highway (Mile marker 67.5).

Interesting Fact: Long Key State Park was once the site of a luxurious fishing resort; now it's a wonderful spot for camping and nature walks.


8. Anastasia State Park, St Johns County

What Makes It Great: Located on Anastasia Island, this park offers a unique blend of beach fun and rich history.

How to Arrive: The park is located at Anastasia State Park on Anastasia Rd.

Interesting Fact: Anastasia State Park is home to the Coquina Quarry, an archaeological site where coquina rock was mined to help build the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument.


9. Grayton Beach State Park, Walton County

What Makes It Great: Known for its white sand beaches and emerald green water, Grayton Beach State Park is a beautiful location for camping.

How to Arrive: The beach is located at 357 Main Park Road, Santa Rosa Beach.

Interesting Fact: Grayton Beach State Park is consistently ranked among the most beautiful and pristine beaches in the United States.


10. Bahia Honda State Park, Monroe County

What Makes It Great: Known for its iconic Florida Keys scenery, Bahia Honda State Park is a great spot for camping and exploring the local ecosystem.

How to Arrive: The beach is located at 36850 Overseas Highway, Big Pine Key (Mile marker 37).

Interesting Fact: Bahia Honda State Park is home to the Bahia Honda Rail Bridge, a historic landmark that was part of the Overseas Railroad.


Florida's beaches offer more than just sunbathing and swimming. For the adventurers and the nature lovers, many of these beaches offer full-facility camping. With these options, you can extend your beach day into a beach weekend or even a week-long beach vacation!


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