We recently returned from Camp Gulf and it was a wonderful experience! We found the staff to be extraordinarily friendly and helpful and the overall condition of the property to be very good. My wife and I were there sans kids :-) but from what we saw, there was a lot of stuff for them to do....whole place seemed very kid friendly. We have a 40' Class A motorhome. Let's take the good and the bad further:
Good: the location!!!! Can't be beat as you're right on the water/sand depending on what you reserve. We also found the check-in procedure, staff, and layout of the park top-notch. Our site was, in my opinion, adequately sized and reasonably flat - we were just about in the dead-center of the beach parking. Neither of us enjoyed either of the two pools available, but both looked clean and a lot of fun for the kids. Likewise, the central fishing pond looked like fun! We also felt the park was safe, beautiful, and clean overall.
Bad: we felt the sites were lacking, in general. We had a beach-front site and the lack of grey water dump was a bit of a bother....stinks not being able to shower/wash clothes w/o worrying about filling the tank. I also had some issues with the power supply: I always check when I hook-up and I had one leg reading at only 112V and the other at 105V. Too low to be safe. I did show this to the staff and their electrician was able to boost it up to acceptable levels, however....not sure how he did that. In addition to that, we saw some camp sites that - in my opinion - we're dangerously sloped. There's no way I'd have parked my rig in some of those slots! I saw a few where the site slope was easily 10"-16" left-to-right....NOT safe for any sized RV!
A few more words: yes, you're gonna get sand everywhere. Get over it - you're on the beach! The water was cool, clear, and an absolute joy to swim in. I did feel that the park should make some sort of walkway or path in the center of the beach-front sites (there are paths on each side already) so that people wouldn't feel obligated to march through your campsite to get to the beach. Everyone we talked to was VERY friendly and we didn't mind so much, but I can see how it'd be a problem for some.
Final thought: if you're in a Class A (or larger Class C) motorhome and select a beach-front site, be aware that the hook-ups are at the front front of the site and not at the rear as is usual. Not a problem if you've got extensions, but make sure you bring them. The only good news is that the main office does sell extensions and they don't gouge you on the prices, either. I paid less than $120 for a "Power Grip" 30' 50AMP extension....about what I would have paid at Campingworld.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Camp directly on the WOrld's most beautiful beaches! There is no other private RV Resort like this. We offer full amenities and Deluxe cabins. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Camp Gulf Hotel Destin
- Camp Gulf Destin, Florida