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“Fantastic camping, calm beaches, abundant wildlife”

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
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Owner description: One of the top beaches in 1995.
Reviewed 26 September 2007

Visited St Joseph Peninsula State Park on Sept 15-16 2007. The park is really beautiful. We set up camp at one of the gulf side sites that have both water and electricity. The park's sites can be easily reviewed and booked on [--]. The gulf side sites had two bathrooms with showers that were very clean.

The camp area has an abundance of wildlife like ghost crabs, and lizards. The beaches have lots of little crabs, larger crabs, shells and birds. There were some fish but other than that i didnt see much in the water. If you head from the beach entrance by the camp sites south to the next entrance (across from the boat launch on bay side) and go out into the water there onto the sandbar you're likely to find sting rays which are really cool!. Turtles nest on the beach for several months a year but you can't really see anything and I didn't visit the beaches at night so as not to disturb any nests. On the beach side, if you choose to walk one entrance north and walk along the boards there you can see deer, snakes, and a lot of birds. On the Hammock Bay trail I came across a cottonmouth viper! It wasn't agressive, and my friend even walked right by it without it moving, but it was extremely cool. There is also a canoe/kayak put in down by the rocks on the bay side (out of park) where you can see literally thousands of tiny crabs running around.

If you're into nature you'll likely love this place. It's really relaxing, quiet, and just a great time.

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Reviewed 11 April 2007

Just spent a wonderful spring break at St Joesph Penisula State Park! It was our first visit to the park and we would certainly return for another visit! The weather was gorgeious except for the last morning when it turned rather cool.
The sand was great for making sand castles.
We loved the wildlife we observed; A family of Owls, Cardinals, squirrels , deer and cute racoons (weren't too pesky either)
The only draw back was the nearest piggly wiggly or other grocery was 25 miles away however there is a bp not for away with about all you would need and the prices were reasonable!

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Pensacola, Florida
Reviewed 8 September 2005

Be sure to check the status of the RED TIDE prior to arriving. We had to cancel our stay at the cabins 9-5-2005 due to the bad RED TIDE. If you dont know what RED TIDE is just imagine a million dead fish on the beach rotting with flies and maggots and a toxic gas flume that can make you sick and kill humans and other mamals. There were dead dolphins and sharks too. The smell of the RED TIDE is so bad as soon as we got out of our cars we had to cover our mouths to keep from gagging and within 5 min. begen coughing and having difficulty breathing. I have visited this area before many times and never had this problem. I think Hurricane Katrina is to blame for pushing the RED TIDE up into the bay. My suggestion to you is call ahead before arriving so you don't waste your time and have to leave as soon as you arrive.
Pensacola Florida Resident

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Reviewed 13 August 2004

This park is beatiful! The gulf side is clean with a lovely view without all the hotels and buildings. There weren't very many people at this beach either which was a big plus.

The bayside was interesting. The water isn't very deep close to the shore so it is great for snorkling. The water is a little cloudy and has lots of seaweed, but it is full of life. My son saw a stingray. We also saw a dolphin swimming around.

The woman at the entrance gate was very friendly and helpful.

I'd recommend this park if you are in the Port Saint Joe area.

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A TripAdvisor Member
Arlington, VA
Reviewed 9 June 2004

St. Joe's is truly a fabulous place. Quite remote and very beautiful. While the rest of the peninsula is being bought up and developed at an alarming rate, the state park is still quite pristine. They offer campsites and cabins, but my girlfriend and I decided to do "primitive camping", which requires you to hike in at least a mile from the main park area. You are not allowed to camp on the beach, but the ocean and bay are nearby. Very intense weather when we were there (Early June) - hot during day, and major tropical storm at night. One word of advice: Watch out for the Yellow Biting Flies!!! These suckers will attack you and chase you for a long distance. They are truly awful beasts... We found that repellant worked moderately well, but be prepared! Overall, beautiful dunes and wildlife. Saw maybe two people while we were there. Fabulous.

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