Where to Pop Up Camp at the Beach

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  1. gradytracydavis

    gradytracydavis New Member

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    Looking for some great places to camp at the beach. Mississippi, Alabama, Florida pan handle, I have found multiple campgrounds on the beach with awesome things to do inside the campground, but the say "no pop ups or tents allowed". Does anyone know of some good places where pop ups are welcome on the Gulf?
     
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    Look into Ft. Pickens near Pensacola. They might allow PUPs.
     
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    Not familiar with the area, but it sounds like you've been looking at private, more resort-type campgrounds.
    Those often seem to have restrictions on tents and pop-ups (I've even seen listings where they limit how old a unit can be).
    While there may not be as many "awesome things" to do in the campground, you may want to check out public campgrounds and less resort-like ones. Looking at Ft. Pickens, which whitecastleman suggested, there looks to be no problem with taking a pup there.
    Check out KOAs, here's one on a bay:
    http://koa.com/campgrounds/gulf-shores/
     
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    We just returned from a week at Topsail Hill Preserve State park in FL. We enjoyed the park so much we booked another week as soon as we got home.

    The campground is not directly on the beach but it was a non-issue. Everyone just rode their bikes to the beach or took the tram that ran all day. All sites were full hookup and they even had a pool.

    The beach was picture perfect.
     
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    Gulf State Park - Orange Beach / GulfShores, Alabama

    It is very convenient to the beach (walking distance or short drive); but, not camping on the beach. They have their own beach area with a large pavilion. Other amenities:
    • Pool
    • Tennis Courts
    • Hiking/Biking Trails
    • Geocaching (day & night caches)

    We usually try to go there a couple times over the summer.

    Buccaneer State Park - Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

    Walking distance to the gulf beach; but, the better beach areas are a short drive away to the East. Other amenities:
    • Pool
    • Water Slides
    • Disc Golf
    • Close to Casinos (if you are in to that)
     
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    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    All the State Parks and Fed parks on the Gulf allow Pups
     
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    St andrews sp in panama city beach.. I got a site where you back right up to the water.
     
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    Thank you everyone. Goes to show that you can't find everything on Google. I don't think a single state park came up when I was looking. These are all wonderful recommendations.
     
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    So, why are PUPs banned at some beaches? Wind?
     
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    I have no idea. Several websites I visited bunched tents and popups together. If a location did not allow one, then the other was not allowed either. Unless they are afraid we may hinder the experience of all the huge RV's. Lol.
     
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    I'm thinking it is just the "resort" type campgrounds which are more set up for large MHs and TTs. I haven't run into too many other types that limit PUPs.
     
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    Most fancy campgrounds (Resorts) in FL ban popups. But not other states.
     
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    Highly recommend Ft Pickens. We've been there the past two years in our popup. Easy walk to the beach, sand and water is great. Facilities are nice and lots of fun things to do in the area. The Blue Angels practice right over the campground on Tuesday and Wednesdays around 11:30.
     

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