Beach Camping? Visit These 5 Great Dog Friendly Campgrounds in Florida, USA
Tent camping by the beach is one of the best ways to spend the summer vacation with the kids. You can enjoy the panoramic views of the ocean, swimming and splashing in the waves and being amazed by the sunsets as they turn the blue waters into a bright orange hue - all of these you can enjoy from the remote comfort of your tents a few feet away from the beach.
It is no secret that one of the bests places in America to go beach camping is in the sunny state of Florida. It has over a thousand miles of coastlines that boasts of pristine waters and fine sand beaches.
Do note that not all campgrounds and parks allow tent camping directly on the beach or even pets within their vicinities. So to help you in your quest of finding the best beach tent camping in Florida where you can take your family and pets, you should definitely take a look at the following five great beach campgrounds. Ready the big tents!
Fort De Soto
This is undoubtedly one of the best places that campers can go to in Florida, being rated as one of the best beaches all over the United States in the past few years, with the waterfront campsites located along the seawall in the outer banks of the campground. If you can't believe how great this place is, read the reviews from happy campers who have been there.
The beach provides for a wonderful fishing and shell collecting experience. You can also rent bikes and kayaks and go on a canoe trip on the bay.
The diversity of plant and animal life is one thing that makes this park so great. Birding is a popular activity here, since the place is home to many local and migrating birds that live or pass by the area. Checkout the various birds you can spot in the area in this brochure.
Pets are allowed in the campground, but only in sites number 86-164 only. Thus, to avoid any hassles, be sure to specifically mention to the online reservation staff that you want a site where dogs are allowed. There is also a pet section located inside the campground.
Pro Camping Points: Good campers are considerate of other campers. They keep their dogs and kids quiet so as not to disturb others, and respect the privacy of the other visitors in the campground by not snooping around. Mutual respect ensures that everybody in the park will have a great camping experience.
Grayton Beach State Park
Another beach campground that has pristine waters and wide white sand dunes is the Grayton Beach State Park campgrounds. It is brimming with marine and wildlife as well, not only because of the wonderful beach but also because of the lovely Western Lake.
There are many things to do in the in campgrounds and the nearby areas. There is of course the beach which is conducive for swimming and other water activities. There are also hiking trails in the area where you can go stretch your legs.
The “Hobbit Hole” trail is one that takes you through the dunes along scrub oaks and various plant life, and ends with a panoramic view (so famous that the view has been the subject of many photographs and paintings) once you reach the top. There is a two mile bike trail through the pine flatwoods forest where you will come across reptiles like snakes and lizards, with various rest spots for you to relax those tired legs.
The Western Lake is one of the main attractions in the area, where you can go kayaking and exploring the various ecosystem of the lake. You will see birds flying or wading along the shores of the beach like blue herons, royal terns, cattle egrets and so much more. You can catch fish both from the sea and from the lake. A fishing license may be required, so please check with the reservation staff if you need one or just bring one along just in case.
You can view the complete list of the campground amenities and make online reservations for your convenience. Also, learn why the campgrounds received high ratings of 4.5 and 5 from tripadvisor and yelp by reading the reviews. To make it more interesting, here is a video/slideshow that will take you to a virtual tour of the campground.
Pro Camping Points: Be sure to take precautions while camping, especially with the use of flammable materials or sharp objects like cooking knives and so on. Being cautious is necessary when camping in order to ensure the safety of not only our family and pets but also of the other campers.
Long Key State Park Campgrounds
Another famous beach campsite in Florida is Long Key State Park Campground. It has over 50 camping sites which are available for RV and tent campers. Pets are allowed on the family campgrounds, although forbidden from the beach and inside buildings. However, there is a dedicated dog park within the campgrounds, so your dogs can still enjoy running around on their leash. One of the best things to do in the park is canoeing that will take you through chains of lagoons with clear blue waters and sea grass. Like many other campgrounds, you can enjoy hiking trails that lead to scenic views of the beach and surrounding areas.
Read about the experiences of these happy and satisfied campers from these reviews.
Pro Camping Points: The environment and all things - plant and wildlife - that thrive on it are important for the equilibrium of the earth. Let us help conserve them by not just picking flowers and shrubs or by endangering the wildlife by feeding them. Practice LNT.
Cayo Costa State Park
First off, this park is only accessible through a ferry boat or a private boat if you happen to have one as it is a barrier island located in the south of Boca Grande, Florida. Read the getting here section to learn about the ferry boats that can take you to the island. You can have a great time while on the ferry just standing on the boat's deck and watching the waters. You may even see a manatee or dolphin swimming alongside your boat.
As it is an island, it has great beaches, along with miles of hiking trails that can be enjoyed. There is an abundance of wildlife in the area, especially birds like pelicans, osprey, and even bald eagles. You can also go snorkelling in the islands waters or enjoy fishing from your boats or from the surf. There is also off-road biking for those looking for some two-wheeled adventure.
The camping is primitive, as even the cabins do not have electricity in them. There are bathrooms and showers and flush toilets though, so it is not as remote as you may think. Pets are allowed, but be sure to read the camping rules and guidelines to avoid having any trouble with the management. Visit this website to make reservations and a complete list of their amenities. Tripadvisor awarded a certificate of excellence for 2013 for this state park given its outstanding reviews along with a rating of 4.5/5.
Pro Camping Points: It is important to make sure that our campsites are always clean. Don't leave food around because it can attract wild animals. We should clean up after our kids and pets. Lastly, we must make sure that the campsite is clean before we leave - try to leave a campsite you can be proud of.
Henderson Beach State Park
The Henderson Beach State Park campground is another famous campground with beach front tent camping. There are 60 campsites that can accommodate tent or RVs, and have amenities like outdoor shower and more. Accordingly, the best sites are numbers 11 and 25. There are picnic tables and ground grills for barbeques. Although you can tent camp in the area, it is not as rustic as remote camping, since a drive away are stores and restaurants.
There are many things to do in the park. You can enjoy the nature trails along the sand dunes which at the end of the trip will give you scenic views of the park and the Gulf of Mexico. The best part is you can bring along your dog for the walk. You can also go biking in the paved path, but not on the boardwalks. You can fish for red fish, flounder, catfish, whiting and others. A dip in the cool waters of the beach is of course the number activity in the area.
Camping in Florida is so much fun since there are many campgrounds that cater to kids and pets. The stunning views, our large family tents along, and fun-filled activities will surely make for a great and memorable beach camping experience.