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“No dogs!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
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Owner description: One of the top beaches in 1995.
Indianapolis, Indiana
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66 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“No dogs!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2013

For a area that welcomes dog. This park does not! It was suppose to have marked paths. But we really couldn't find them. After paying to get into park. We were they maybe 45 minutes!

Visited November 2013
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Naples, Florida
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108 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Pristine Olde Florida”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2013

Take time to visit this State Park - you won't regret it!! There are hiking and biking trails; RV pads with water and electricity; primitive campsites; picnic areas; and children's play area.

Would love to visit during the bird migrations in October and early November.

Visited November 2013
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Baltimore, Maryland
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2013

We stayed at the Port St. Joe State Park in early November. The weather was beautiful and warm and we had the beach to ourselves! The white sugar sand is outstanding! I only put my feet in the water and it was comfortable and not too warm or chilly. We observed dolphins in the distance swimming by which is awesome! I loved the campground; it was very tropical with semi-secluded campsites. There is shrubbery and trees between sites and you are not terribly close at all to the next person. The restrooms were spotless and in very good repair. Our campsite was a short walk to the beach which is on a boardwalk path. I would love to go back again in a moment's notice! It is a long drive to get out on the peninsula but it is worth it! Make sure you bring everything you need because there are no stores close by. We were camping in a 30 ft motor home so we were comfortable with our needs.

Visited November 2013
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Saint-Beat, France
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372 reviews
181 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
“Breath-taking, stunning, beautiful, we loved it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2013

The park is so tranquil and beautiful - the beach Is pure - white sands, many different birds, wonderful sunsets. There are walking and biking trails and you can even rent a cabin overlooking the water. Wish we had known, we would have tried for a cabin here as it is just idyllic.

We saw many different birds including pelicans swooping down and gliding over the sea. Also saw a bob cat!!! How brilliant is that.

Wish we had more time to spend there. Well worth the $6 per car entrance fee - magical.

If you love flora, fauna, natural surroundings and nature you will love this place.

Visited November 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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274 reviews
74 attraction reviews
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“Two reviews...State Park and State Park Cottages”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2013

This review is for both the state park and for the cabin (we stayed in #1). Overall we loved both.

The state park is amazing from what we saw of it. The place is teeming with wildlife and of course native flora and fauna. The Gulf of course is the main attraction with the Ocean side on your left as you drive out and the bay side on your right. Both sides are amazing but the bay side is probably a tad warmer most of the year I would think, and definitely better for a swim. We were here in November and I wadded in the Ocean side an the temp was cold but not freezing (but I am from New England) and we never made it into the the bay side.

Expect tons of shells on the beach, which my friend said are illegal to take which sounds odd since they are a renewable resource but maybe they say that to keep people from harvesting them for sale?

Some good hikes and walks to take and if you have a bike you are even better off as you can completely get around that way except for crossing the portion of unrestricted sand dunes which I guess is one of the few places your legally allowed to walk directly on the dunes in the state of Florida. We loved the place and I am already planning a longer trip back as we had less the 24 hours there.

Review for the cabin: The cabins are amazing for the price and size. Just two of us stayed here but a larger family (2-4 adults and a few kids) would be fine here as they offer sleeping for up to 7. Keep in mind there is just the one bath and the kitchen and living room (downstairs) aren't huge. Downstairs there is a futon that opens to sleep two and a window bed that would sleep an adult in a pinch or maybe a teenager/young child fairly ok. It's probably the least comforable of spots since it has a thin mattress-an egg crate from bath store or Wal-mart may help.

There is an outside porch that is comfortable in size in bug season and there is a boardwalk with each unit that takes you out to a deck near the bay.

Upstairs is one large bedroom that opens up to downstairs so sound is definitely going to travel in the place. There were two full or queen beds (I think the latter) and a dresser and nice easy chair.

Recycling is done on site by the parking area and each cottage shares a lot with another cottage so keep in mind if you wanted to do a large family gathering get 2 paired up cottages if you can then you will have the parking lot and the 2-cabins to your clan.

There is also (it looks like it) a place to gut your fish by the parking lot.

There was no T.V. (good) but there is a gas fireplace that even though it was November was not set up to use as we could tell. A microwave, fridge and dishwasher make things easier. There are plates and other utensils, but if you have more than 4 I would bring some stuff particularly if you are coming for more than a few days.

All in all I love the place, the park and this part of Florida. It's lack of tourism for one of the more touristy states is appealing and the people that work here are great. I will be back within the next few years if I can help it.

Visited November 2013
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