Date of Stay: July, 2011
This was our first time camping at the park. I enjoyed the view we had of the Grand Lagoon. We were located across from the lagoon. Our site was very narrow next to the other camp sites. As far as PC goes, my wife and I went to PC for Spring Break in college in the '80s. Unfortunately not a lot has changed for the party atmosphere of the city. I would recommend staying away from Front Road. We enjoyed the family atmosphere at Pier Park. We also had a wonderful meal at Captain Anderson's. (It's expensive but worth every penny!) Shell Island is well worth the extra money and time to take a shuttle there. Snorkeling was great, and the waves on the gulf side were incredible. Watch the riptide though! The bathrooms were OK, they are renovating bathroom area #1. The staff was not overly friendly.
Date of Stay: August, 2010
Our first trip to this park. It is very beautiful! We stayed on the river side site #51. The showers and restrooms were immaculate and the AC was nice and cold! There are lots of trails and biking. We did neither because it was so hot. We went to the beach. There were not many people at the beach. It wasn't the most beautiful beach, but was fun looking for sharks teeth! The fishing was fantastic just from the surf, and the kids also enjoyed the waves, but not the jellyfish! There seemed to be almost no undertow. It rained some and was like being in a jungle because of the humidity. The state employees at the park were very friendly and helpful. The best bait was Atlantic Bait and Tackle. We did the candle light tour of Fort Clinch. It was well worth it, but very hot! Lots to do in Fernandina Beach historic district, a very old quaint town. A good pizza place is Moon River Pizza off 14th street. The only con was the long drive from the campgrounds to the front gate, but that is very minor. We plan to stay again at this beautiful park!
Date of Stay: July, 2010
Absolutely beautiful park! The campgrounds appeared to be carved out of the forest! We stayed in site #87. Very deep site, and totally covered in canopy oaks. Each site has a lot of privacy with underbrush and trees. The beach is beautiful, and a short drive from the campgrounds. There are two boardwalks to the beach from the parking lot. There is a restaurant at the beach which had some good Mahi Mahi sandwiches. The restrooms are older, but clean and easy to access. Some sites can flood when it rains, so you may need to ask which sites do that. The state employees were all very nice and helpful who we met at the campgrounds. There is a 3-lane dump station. The right lane did not have a nozzle on the end of the hose, but we just turned around and used the middle lane. It is a short drive from the campgrounds to St. Augustine. It was a wonderful first trip and we plan to go back again.
Date of Stay: March, 2010
We have stayed at this park several times before and it is always a fun and relaxing stay. The campgrounds are rustic. We stayed at site #102 this time. Very nice and close to beach and restrooms. The beach is beautiful. The restrooms are clean. The state employees we come across are very nice and helpful. One drawback is the long drive from the camprgrounds to the front of the park. Drivers needs to be careful with kids riding their bikes around the campgrounds, very limited visibility for drivers. Port St. Joe is a great city, and Joe Mama's pizza was a good place for dinner. Overall it was a great trip during spring break with the kids. We will be back again soon.