Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Monday, January 6, 2014

RV Park Review – Henderson Beach State Park (Destin, Florida)


Overall, this campground ranks as another great Florida state park campground.  Sites are large with plenty of space between them and vegetation to provide privacy.  Within a five-minute walk from our site (#44) we were on the white sandy beach staring at the emerald water.  And while you feel a bit isolated among the dunes and coastal scrub habitats, the park is located in the heart of Destin so there is shopping, restaurants, entertainment, and anything else you want within a two-minute drive.  Walmart is literally right across the street.


Campsites cost $30/night unless you are a Florida senior resident which gives you a 50% discount.  Our Verizon 4G phone and hotspot worked great and we had a clear view to the sky for our satellite television.  Our television antenna picked up a few channels but only one major channel (CBS). 

The park has 60 sites that can accommodate RV’s up to 60’.  There are 20 very long pull-thrus but most of the sites are back-in.  Pads and patios are packed gravel and offer 30 or 50 amp electricity and water.  There is free wifi and it worked pretty well at our site.  There are four loops and with bathroom/shower buildings with laundry facilities located conveniently between loops.  The bathrooms were clean but chilly (even though they claim to be heated and cooled).

bathroom/showers and laundry
There is no sewer at any sites but two dump stations are conveniently located in the park.  Roads are paved and wide enough for big rigs to maneuver.  Sites are level.

typical back-in site
typical pull-thru site
Patios are an extension of the gravel pad and come with a picnic table, fire pit, and clothes line (how fancy).  The patios are quite large and we enjoyed the privacy of our site immensely.

our patio
What we really liked about this campground was the proximity to the beautiful beach yet all the amenities Destin and the surrounding area has to offer.  We took advantage of shopping, restaurants and movie theaters that were all within just a few miles.  But the best thing about this park was the privacy that our site offered.  We backed up to a wooded area and felt isolated from the view of others.

the beach boardwalk
incredible beach with nobody on it during our winter visit
The not so good things about this park was the lack of sewer and the road noise.  The park sites right off HWY 98 makes for convenient access but some sites closer to the road may be bothered by the noise from this busy road.   Since we were here in the winter and experiencing record low temperature, we kept all the windows closed and did not sit outside much so the road noise was not an issue.  I also imagine the beach at this park could be very crowded at times since there is plenty of access for the public.

Spirit’s two cents:  She is always bummed when she cannot run on the beach but there is a very large dog park just 1 ½ miles away so there was no shortage of play time.  The park is large enough to take dogs for a long walk and has a ¾ mile nature trail.  

Spirit loves the Destin dog park


2 comments:

  1. Nice Review. Getting ready to start full timing and started making a list of places to visit and good RV parks to stop at. We'll also be traveling with a chocolate lab so nice to hear spirits take on things

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  2. Nice Review. Getting ready to start full timing and started making a list of places to visit and good RV parks to stop at. We'll also be traveling with a chocolate lab so nice to hear spirits take on things

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