SP Campground Review – St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, Cape San Blas, FL
An absolutely sublime beach stop on the Forgotten Coast of NW Florida.
- Site Quality = 4/5
Very decent sites here. Most sites are compacted sandy areas with 30Amp/water picnic table and fire-pit. There are 2 camping loops which are very different. Shady Pines is the older loop, very forested and rather tight (with trees). Most of the sites here are smaller, some are rather uneven and probably more suited for tenters or small campers, but sites #98-103 are concrete pads suitable for bigger rigs (as long as you can manage the narrow road). The Gulf Breeze loop is newer with wide roads and easy access, but interestingly enough doesn’t allow rigs larger than 38′. Sites in Gulf Breeze are large, but less private than Shady Pines. We camped in Shady Pines and we were by far the largest rig in that loop. No direct beach-view from either loop (beach is hidden by dunes), but only 30 sec walk to beach across the boardwalk.
- Facilities = 4.5/5
Very nice facilities. Bathrooms are just a tad older, but very nicely kept with very large shower stalls, good heat and water pressure. The surrounding area has miles of beach access, picnic areas, swimming, hiking, boat access and fishing. On-site dump and one laundry machine in each loop.
- Location = 5/5
You come here for the beach and for that reason you just can’t get any better location. The entire peninsula has stunning, wide white-sand beach on the gulf side with birding and nature on the bay side. Camping loops are directly behind the dunes from the beach, and hiking trails take you through the surrounding pine-forest. Nearby Port St. Joe has basic shipping.
- Pet Friendliness = 3.5/5
Unfortunately this place gets a big ding for not allowing pets on the beach. Doggie is allowed in the campground and on the gorgeous nature trails, but not on the beach within the State Park. There is a public beach access ~1 mile from State Park entrance which does allow dogs. Poop bags provided.
Overall Rating = 4.25
BONUS ALERT = Miles of pristine, snow-white beach on the relaxing Forgotten Coast
Summary: What a fabulous stop! For relaxing beach, white-sand beauty and remote nature this is a gem of a spot. Sites are packed sandy spots with a small selection of concrete pads, decent size and all within a short walk of pristine coast-line. The State Park has good hiking trails, lots of interest for birders and plenty of water activities. The Shady Pines camp-loop is a rather tight in trees, but interestingly is the only loop that allows big-rigs (on concrete sites #98-103. Max rig size 40-feet). The much wider and open Gulf Breeze loop limits rigs to 38-feet on the online reservation system. The only ding this place gets is for not allowing pets on the State Park beach. However there is open access for dogs only ~1 mile from the park entrance on the public beach. Overall this is a gorgeous, remote and totally relaxing place to stop. We could easily have spent several weeks here and would most definitely come back.
Extra Info: No real connectivity here. For whatever (strange) reason we were able to get a weak on-line signal with our external antenna/amp with Verizon between 8AM and noon everyday. No signal rest of day. Sites are reservable $24/night with 30Amp/water. On-site dump and laundry.