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Sugar Sands RV Resort

12 sites · RVs15 acres · Gulf Shores, AL
Sugar Sands RV Resort in Gulf Shores, Alabama, features roughly 80 sites including 5 stylish Tiny Homes for rent. All sites have full hookups, including 30/50 amp power, water/sewer, a picnic table, and WiFi!  Each site is a well maintained, spacious 22′ x 60′ concrete pad to accommodate even the largest RVs. You are sure to enjoy the beautiful, lush landscaping set among our coastal craftsman style buildings.Learn more about this land:Sugar Sands RV Resort offers full hookups with our 22’ x 60’ concrete spacious sites with privacy between , as well as power, water, sewer, cable, and Wi-Fi. Our Clubhouse is available for your use and is complete with kitchen, restrooms, sitting areas, tv area, library, and computer area. And did we mention our zero-entry pool? It is beautiful! You can also enjoy our fitness center. One of the many reasons to come and stay with us, if you love the beach, we are minutes away from Gulf Shores Beach and Orange Beach. Golfers can enjoy many of our pristine golf courses. Or if you wish to take in concert, a boat ride to see the dolphins or just sit and watch the boats, the Wharf is the place to visit. Just minutes away from the resort you will also find the new Park OWA, which features shops, dining, and an amusement park. At OWA, there are restaurants such Groovy Goat, Paula Dean’s, Trattoria Pizza & Italian, Rock n Roll Sushi. The Pensacola Naval Aviation Museum is only a 25.6-mile drive away. This is the home of the world-famous Blue Angels. Ft. Morgan State Historic Site is 25.9 miles from the Resort.Our list of attractions goes on and on! We have only named a few!All rigs over 10 years old will require photos to be submitted prior to approval of the reservation. 
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Colorful Camping at Beakertopia✨️🌈

21 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents2 acres · Bon Secour, AL
Come camp on one of the Southeast's most unique properties, Beakertopia! Our 2.4 acre artist compound is enclosed in bamboo and lush with hundred-year-old live oaks + native pollinator flowers we’ve planted. Choose any spot to pitch your tent and enjoy our magic oasis only 20 min from the beautiful white sandy beaches of Gulf Shores. You're welcome to use the "outdoor living room" as you please. This area includes a bar with rainwater catchment for washing hands/dishes, refrigerator, freezer, electric tea kettle, microwave, solar oven, 2 burner biogas stovetop with cooking equipment&utensils, games, aerial yoga silks, climbing wall, slackline, Iyengar yoga rope wall, trash/recycling, and filtered alkaline drinking water. Feel free to use our laundry facilities, communal picnic basket, and complimentary condiments, seasonings, sauces, etc found in the door of the fridge. Attached to the lounge is our air conditioned ecobathroom with hot shower, bio toilet, and complimentary toiletries if you forget anything. Please note that our growing community is not "finished" as we have many years worth of projects we intend on using this land to experiment with. With our 2 aircrete domes are under construction, there are lots of tools and materials on site. We do try to limit any loud work being done while campers are here, but we cannot fully clean up the construction site every single day. While many visitors leave with inspiration for their own homes & appreciate the chance to view our building process rather than just the final product, we understand it's not for everyone. Gulf Shores offers many nice, high-end condos+hotels if you're looking for a more luxurious experience. Just like ourselves, Beakertopia is a work in progress and we are happy to share our journey with those who resonate! Learn more about this land: Community. Art. Sustainability. At Yum Arts Collective we believe that the power lies in the collective, rather than the individual. A group of people working towards a shared goal can truly create magic out of thin air. We know this to be true because we've witnessed it time and time again through our business and life. We created Beakertopia to show that alternative lifestyles are indeed possible and can actually flow beautifully. We hope to inspire others to break out of the square boxes that society puts you in from the moment you enter this world. Beakertopia is a beautiful 2.4 acre piece of land in Bon Secour, AL that we purchased in 2020 to explore sustainability, alternative building methods, and permaculture. Due to the seasonal nature of this region we're able to devote half the year to our business and half the year to our land which allows for a symbiotic relationship for the 2 to serve one another simultaneously. ​ Our intention for this artist community is to bring like-minded people together and make the world a more beautiful place. It serves as our primary residence and also residence for seasonal workers&traveling artists when they come here. Every year we have the opportunity to employ about a dozen people to work with us during the tourist season, from March-October. Aside from our local employees, we also wanted to create a space that would allow for fellow travelers to join our crew. Beakertopia provides the possibility for friends from around the world to come live and work. Check out our website for more info ✨️
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Creekside RV Resort Lot 60

1 site · RV1 acre · Foley, AL
* * *This listing is for the RV LOT ONLY. No camper on site. * * * RV Lot with fully furnished outdoor kitchen and pavilion. Located in Foley, AL walking distance from OWA, 2 miles from Tanger Outlets, 10 minutes from the Wharf and beaches. Quiet owner managed RV Resort with pool, clubhouse, and
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Lanette W.’s Land

1 site · Tent1 acre · Lillian, AL
Stay in a primitive tent site near the bay no water or electric. Restrooms are nearby. Whispering Woods on beautiful Perdido Bay. Access to all KOA amenities pool, hot tub, fishing pier, dog park, clubhouse and kids playground. KOA store on grounds and Chubbies pizza. Have friends and family with an RV or would they like a cabin? We got it! Reserve at koa.com.
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Waterfront Cypress Grove

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Pensacola, FL
PET FRIENDLY! BRING YOUR BOAT to our private dock, or use our FREE KAYAKS - go fishing, watch the sunset, or dream with dolphins. Special SNOW BIRDS rates!! Location Location Location! Reconnect with nature at this unforgettable escape, located on Weekley Bayou & Perdido Bay, in tranquil tree grove, shaded by cypress, magnolia, and pine trees. Perdido Key white sand beaches, Johnson Beach National Seashore Park, Big Lagoon & Tarkiln Bayou State Parks are all within a 10-minute drive or less.
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Bay Forest Retreat

7 sites · Lodging, Tents11 acres · Navarre, FL
Explore 11+ acres of rustic and untamed woods. We are two military veteran families who enjoy the land as a place for family and friends to explore, camp, and relax at the 250+ feet of the East Bay beach. Primitive camping is permitted at designated wooded high grounds in the middle of the property. It is a 5 and 10-minute rugged hike in to the middle ground and waterfront, respectively. The trail remains under development, so please bring close-toed shoes or boots for hiking throughout the property (depending on rainfall, there may be mud and water). Our Glamper is a 10x12 canvas furnished tent located a short but rugged 2-minute hike from parking. It provides the opportunity to go camping without having to pack all the gear. Our location is minutes from the Emerald Coast - 7 mins to Navarre Beach, - 30 mins to Pensacola Beach, - 15 mins to Naval Live Oaks, - 45 mins to Fort Pickens, - 50 mins to NAS Pensacola, - 45 mins to Santa Rosa Island, - 35 mins to Okaloosa Island, - 40 mins to Destin. Recommended local restaurants: St. Michael's Brewery which has rotating food trucks and is family friendly, Ye Olde Brothers Brewery, Dewey Destin’s, Windjammers, TC’s Front Porch, Deb’s Coffee, The Eatery food truck park, Top’s Burgers, and New York Pizza Depot. Other sightseeing in the area includes: Museums: National Naval Aviation Museum, Air Force Armament Museum, Fort Pickens, Indian Temple Mound Museum, Pensacola Museum of Art, Museum of Industry, and Destin History & Fishing Museum Additional activities include: Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center, HH Arts Gallery, Emerald Coast Science Center, Gulf Breeze Zoo, and Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park.
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Gulf Shores Waterfront RV Getaway

2 sites · RVs1 acre · Gulf Shores, AL
WELCOME TO PLASH ISLAND'S "OSPREY LANDING" RV PARK ON OYSTER BAY. BRING YOUR RV AND FAMILY AND ENJOY FISHING, KAYAKING AND SWIMMING. FURRY FAMILY IS WELCOME! CANOE TO OYSTER BAY TO SEE BOATS, DOLPHINS AND WET A LINE. WATCH THE AMAZING SUNSETS, BIRDS AND THE MULLET JUMPING RIGHT FROM YOUR PATIO. PLASH ISLAND IS LOCATED IN GULF SHORES ON OYSTER BAY AND IS ABOUT 8 MINUTES FROM THE BEAUTIFUL SANDY BEACHES. ENJOY OUR BOAT LAUNCH! GOLF CARTS AND FURRY FAMILY ARE WELCOME. THIS SPOT IS CLOSEST TO THE WATER. WE ARE LOCATED 3 MILES WEST OF LULU'S. FULL HOOK UPS PROVIDED. WE OFFER 2 CONCRETE RV PADS. NO RV IS PROVIDED.
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Country near the Beach

2 sites · RVs, Tents3 acres · Pensacola, FL
The property is 3.29 acres. Surrounded on 3 sides by thick trees. The front of the property is open and great for letting the dogs run around. The back of the property has a pond and dock fed by a creek that is great to swim in that also feeds a major bayou in Pensacola Bay. Perfect for a kayak, canoe of paddle board trip. And also has about .75 acres of thick wooded area for a great forest feel on the property. Only one 50 Amp connection but if you have a generator or are tent canping I have many locations to camp
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Southern Charm RV

1 site · RV10 acres · Foley, AL
Covered campsite, full hookups 30 amp electric, dump hookup, and water hookup, outdoor shower available with hot and cold water (must have own toilet in RV). Property is located 8 miles from Gulf Shores Beach, extremely quiet location. On 10 acres, shared with a short term rental house. Monthly rental available through March.
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La Casa Boheme

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Pensacola, FL
One cozy home with a bohemian style near Perdido Key, Florida is the "La Casa Boheme" in Pensacola. This cozy and eclectic cottage is located adjacent to the Grande Lagoon State Park and just a short drive from Perdido Key beaches and is decorated with bright colors, bold patterns, and unique decor items. The outdoor space features a fire pit, outdoor grill, outdoor shower, and string lights, making it a great spot to relax after a day at the beach. Shopping nearby. RV hook-ups!
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Malakai campgrounds (Mal'akhi) 

3 sites · Tents12 acres · Milton, FL
Hello welcome to Malakai! I purchased this land several years ago after a loss of a child a daughter her named was joLisa, it was a life changing moment, teaching me that family and enjoying of life is what it all about... so I want to welcome you here to Malakai for a peaceful and relaxing time, it's even a place that may help you heal from life hardships... At 5 o'clock before the Sun comes up it is time for you to go out on to the deck and listen to the birds sing. As the Sun starts to rise on a new day we have dozens of species of birds from the great bald eagle which we have a mating pair that comes by, too blue herrings, bluebirds, blue jays, mocking birds, doves and several other species and occasionally a couple small black bears like walking through, we want you to have a peaceful and relaxing stay here while you visit everything the Garson Point and our beaches have to offer. It's official -- we are a park and a preserve.....9 acres of 🚶‍♂️ trails 👣 Please note only one site may be booked at this property at a time.
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Mermaids tail

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Foley, AL
Welcome to the Grand Riviera RV resort where you will have access to 3 pools, a clubhouse, pickle balls courts, an open green space and laundry facilities. This listing includes a stay in our Class A RV on a desired attraction area in Foley, Al. The location offers OWA theme Park next door, dinin
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The best camping near Gulf State Park guide

Overview

About

Picture yourself nursing a daiquiri on white sand beaches under a royal blue parasol. You're not in Jamaica, but close enough. Gulf State Park boasts a two mile stretch of idyllic beaches and pavilions to satisfy your every whimsy. Zoom down one of the park's zip lines or try your hand on the 18-hole golf course. PGA pro staff mean you'll pick the right club to swing, and the snack bars mean you'll never go hungry. Hike one of 10 trails and keep an eye out for wildlife like bobcats, alligators, and even black bears. Fishing enthusiasts have 900 acres of fishing from the beach or dock of Lake Shelby, and with everything from camping to cottages, your budget shouldn't be a road block here. State park? More like resort.

Notable campgrounds

  • Improved Campground: Features 496 sites with modern bathhouses, full hookups, and waterfront views for the ultimate camping experience.
  • Outpost Campsites: For a more rustic adventure, these sites offer a unique 'glamping' experience nestled in nature.
  • Primitive Campsites: Ideal for the traditional camper, these sites include fire rings and picnic tables amid the park's beauty.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early, especially for peak seasons, to ensure your spot in this sought-after natural retreat.
  • Consider weekday camping for better availability and a quieter experience.
  • Stay flexible with your dates and check for last-minute cancellations to snag a reservation.
  • Explore nearby camping options if the park is fully booked, ensuring you don't miss out on the area's charm.

When to go

The best time to visit Gulf State Park is during the spring and fall when the weather is mild and the natural scenery is at its peak. Summer offers warm beach days, but be mindful of the hurricane season. Winters are cooler and less crowded.

Know before you go

  • Check the park's website for any trail or area closures before your visit.
  • Remember to pack sunscreen and insect repellent for a comfortable adventure.
  • Accessibility is a priority, with wheelchair-friendly fishing spots and trails available.
  • Facilities such as restrooms and picnic areas are conveniently located throughout the park.
  • Keep an eye on the weather and dress appropriately for the season to maximize your enjoyment.

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