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“Long, sugar white sands with no view obstructing”

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
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Owner description: One of the top beaches in 1995.
Reviewed October 29, 2012

This State Park beach is a hidden gem. We have been there many times over the past 3 years and seldom see more than a handful of people. You feel like you are on an island. This beach and its attached Cape San Blas have no hotels or high rises. It is for those who want laid back, uninterrupted, fabulous beaches and emerald waters. The State Park does not allow pets, but is pet friendly for miles outside the park. Do not expect the honky tonk of beaches in other parts of the country. This is the family beach where kids are entertained by building castles, playing in the gentle surf and collecting shells. It is a utopia for sunbathers or those who just want to read and listen to the waves as they roll in.

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Reviewed October 24, 2012

We just returned from 3 nights camping at St. Joseph State Park. We stayed in the Shady Pines camp area in slot #70 which was large enough for our 32 foot RV. We did have to back all the way in to be able to put the awning out because there is a tree at the edge of the site. We went mid week so it was very quiet and we did not have any next door neighbors. This camping area is quiet and very dark at night as they do not have a lot of lights around, which is perfect! There is a walkway at the campground that will take you right to the beautiful beach. We rode our bikes down to Gulf Breeze camp area and it seemed to be much more crowded that Shady Pines. Some of the sites are "tight" so choose your spot carefully when you book, especially if you have a large RV. The only complaint I had was the mosquitoes. All the reviews I read none of them mentioned this. They were so bad that we could not sit outside at night, even with candles and repellant. I don't know if we just happen to be there at a bad time or if I am the only one bothered by this. So, if you are easily bitten by mosquitoes take plenty of repellant and candles. I did notice several camp site had a screened in room set up along with their camper. Maybe they knew something I did not. Also, there is a store at the marina but they are only open certain days AND the check in station is quite a way from the campground so if you don't have transportation from your campsite buy your firewood or ice when you check in. Enjoy your visit.....

1  Thank jordan1954
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

If you drive all the way to the end of the park you can take a rather long walk down to the
beach and it is worth it. We had the beach all to ourselves! Beautifull white sand! Not a great place for shelling.
We tried to hike part way to the end of the peninsula but the path had pretty deep sand
so turned around pretty quickly. From what I hear you don't see much that you can't see just walking on the beach.
There is a fee to go to the park but it's worth it and not very costly. I heard great things about
the campground there and they have about 8 cabins to rent at about a $100 a nite but
they book up fast with fisherman.

Thank marygrace58
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

I have never seen such a pretty place that didn't require a flight to the islands! Kayaking was a blast to see all the little creatures. Biking was nice as well we were able to see turtles, deer, and birds. We will go back for sure!

1  Thank LoveTraveling3
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

We arrived after dark on Friday, August 14 due to some last minute fixes on the camper and truck. This was our first camping trip in 27 years with our new (used) 34 ft. 2007 Jayco travel trailer which we pulled with a new 2012 Toyota Tundra with a 5.7 engine. The ranger at the gate was just locking up, but took the time to sign us in and give us directions to Site # 17 in the Gulf Breeze section. Extremely friendly with great service. The roads are moderately narrow in spots, but no problems with getting to site. Backing into the wide slot was very easy. After setting up we walked out to the beach which was only about a block away. A nice board walk went up over the dunes and right down to the beach. It was a total black night with unbelievable view of the stars. The phosphorus algae was lighting up the waves like underwater flood lights. There were only four other persons on the beach for as far as you could see. The bathrooms and showers were immaculate. One was new and looked like the restroom in an expensive hotel. The campsites were very clean and the quiet hours at 11 pm were enforced. The boardwalk from the Gulf Breeze campsite to Shady Pines campsite was about 1000 yards across dunes and natural plant life. (Note: All boardwalks were wheel chair accessible.) It was like stepping back into time to a primitive area with lots of butterflies, birds, crabs, and other wildlife. If you desired to go to the other side of the peninsula to the bay, it was just a quarter mile walk along the road to a wide open beach and access area. We could see a lot of people out in the water looking for scallops. After a fantastic stay of two nights and one day, it was time to pack up and leave. As we left, the dump station was at the exit to Gulf Breeze camp sites and had easy access. It was very clean and taken care of. Thanks you Florida for giving us a fantastic two days for our joyful return to the camping world. We will be returning!!

3  Thank Curt1867
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