We have been to this campground 3 times. Let me start out by saying I was less than enthusiastic about the thought of camping in a tent. However, my husband and kids were excited about it and since my in-laws had gifted us a tent and camping equipment that had stayed in the closet for 2 years without being touched, I gave in to the family's pressure and agreed to go. I am so glad I did.
The first time the kids and husband went alone and I did not go because I had another obligation, but they came back excited and had a wonderful time while there. The next two times, I went with them and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The camp ground has a few tricks and hints that you should know about. Certain loops and spots are less shady and much better for a RV than for a tent. My suggestion is look at the photos of each individual loop and spot available and pick the one you think would work best for you. Some spots are close together and some are fairly private, some have a lot of shade and some are full out sun, so make sure you look at the photos and keep in mind the time of year you are camping. We have been there enough that we now know our preferred spots and look for the availability of those when we are planning a trip.
The campground was clean, there is water and electricity on each spot, and the Park Rangers are super nice. There are FREE activities almost daily that are great for the kids and grown ups such as seining for sea life, beach treasures, fort tours, snorkeling, and of course the beach. We have had pretty great camp neighbors each time we have been although one night we had someone across the campground blasting music all night long which may not bother some people but kept me up all night. The campground allows dogs, but the beaches do not, there is a dog park outside of the campground area, but not one inside that I know of.
The beaches are absolutely gorgeous and overall you can not beat the price of the campground as compared to a hotel. We spent less for 4 days than we would have spent on 1 day in a hotel. That is important to me since I have a family of 5 and try to be frugal as vacations can get pricey very fast.
- Also Known As:
- Fort Pickens Campground Hotel Pensacola
- Fort Pickens Campground Pensacola Beach, Florida