Since Easter always is during Spring Break, we usually go away to camp. Last year, sadly, I did not plan 365 days in advance and ended up camping where we could find an open spot. It was not spectacular! This year (2015), we were able to get a spot at Gulf Shores, AL State Park Campground.
There are 496 campsites within the park’s 11.5 square miles; all have electrical, water, and sewage hook-ups….plus rustic cabins on stilts! There are plans to build a small lodge and conference center. This has been delayed over citizens concerned about using Deepwater Horizon recovery funds from the Gulf Oil Spill.
TarTaruga at Gulf State Park
We paid for an “off water site with indirect water view”. That was the description we were given. Across the small camp road is a slight view of the campground lake in between other trailers, tents or RV’s.
This campground has enough to keep you busy: golf course, nature trails & hikes, nature center (live snake show!), pool, splash pad, dog friendly lake/beach (comes with alligators) and more!
The beach is about 1 mile away and fairly easy to bike to. There is a spot for you to chain up your bike.
There is some controversy amongst the RV people and somewhat local campers. Apparently, this campground allows “snowbirds”. I believe there is a limited quantity of snowbird spots and they book up fast. Some people prefer they go elsewhere so somewhat locals can use those spots. Face it….this area loves snowbirds for the off season revenue.
Let me put this out there now…
- There is NO cable TV here (or even a hookup for our TV for local channels)
- Wifi sucks. They say they are trying to improve but with over 450 sites, that might be a pipe dream.
- You can not reserve a specific spot in advance. It’s walk in, get a spot. Again, they are suppose to have a new system in 2015. NOTE: As of November 2015, you can now request your top three favorite sites.
We had spot 10 which is a back end site. Just a couple of yards away was spot 469, a pull in site, had a water view.
Every camper, trailer, RV or tent had bikes attached. Bringing a bike is almost mandatory here. It is so easy to bike to the pool, nature center, beach but not the golf course or zip line. Those are a bit further away.
Mike describes the golf course as “fast with medium difficulty”. It is important to remember that most Florida Golf Courses have a harder feel than ours in Georgia. The chipping and putting needs adjusting.
And when you travel with tween boys, you will have a need to do laundry! The wash is $2.00 and dryer is $1.25. Tip; add money to the dryer before it’s completed to save money!
This could be our Spring Break campground every year!!