Mid Bay Shores Maxwell/Gunter Recreation Area Hot

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Wonderful spot. Each RV site can see the bay. Because it is the bay the water is calm (good for small children) and does not get deep quickly. Good distance between RV sites.
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Proxy Reviewed by Proxy December 18, 2006
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Jul 2006

Wonderful spot. Each RV site can see the bay. Because it is the bay the water is calm (good for small children) and does not get deep quickly. Good distance between RV sites.

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We were very pleased with the cabins. We were right on the bay so had a great view. Our older daughter wanted to travel to Destin to go to the beach, since the water is so beautiful. But our 10 year old son was very content right there at the campsite. Very relaxing. Nice staff. The only negative thing I can think of is the foldout couch was not very comfortable (but are they ever). Take your own pillows too!
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Proxy Reviewed by Proxy December 18, 2006
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Sep 2006

We were very pleased with the cabins. We were right on the bay so had a great view. Our older daughter wanted to travel to Destin to go to the beach, since the water is so beautiful. But our 10 year old son was very content right there at the campsite. Very relaxing. Nice staff. The only negative thing I can think of is the foldout couch was not very comfortable (but are they ever). Take your own pillows too!

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Wonderful place to stay. Would have rated it higher, but it needs some capital improvements (paved or at least level sites and better access to beach i.e stairs). Comfort station was very clean and well cared for. Rocky and Eggy Lorenzo (host and hostess) were extremely friendly. Lots to see and do in Destin area. Highly recommend renting boat from either Eglin AFB or Fort Benning Recreation area and exploring the bay and beaches. Would definitely stay again.
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Proxy Reviewed by Proxy December 18, 2006
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Nov 2006

Wonderful place to stay. Would have rated it higher, but it needs some capital improvements (paved or at least level sites and better access to beach i.e stairs). Comfort station was very clean and well cared for. Rocky and Eggy Lorenzo (host and hostess) were extremely friendly. Lots to see and do in Destin area. Highly recommend renting boat from either Eglin AFB or Fort Benning Recreation area and exploring the bay and beaches. Would definitely stay again.

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Made reservations arrived with 36' 5-er and they were going to put me in a spot large enough for a pop up. Suffering from the same problems every panhandle mil-camp - homesteaders and active duty living in Famcamps pushing out those that try to use the facility for what is was intended - RECREATION. Girl working the counter (if you would call it work) had three full size dogs in her trailer, living there...must be nice to get BAH and only pay the discount rate for an MWR facility ?? Been coming to florida every winter since 2001 for 4- 6 weeks . . . this is the worst this place has looked. CANNOT fit a multi slide unit in the spots due to trees and a host of other structures and pipes/electric service. Do yourself a favor, until the Air Force changes the rules to push those out that are full timing and living in these facilities all you will do is suffer. Two thumbs down and a serious plunger action for this place - will not go back !!!
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2retired Reviewed by 2retired February 08, 2007
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17 Jan 2007

Made reservations arrived with 36' 5-er and they were going to put me in a spot large enough for a pop up. Suffering from the same problems every panhandle mil-camp - homesteaders and active duty living in Famcamps pushing out those that try to use the facility for what is was intended - RECREATION. Girl working the counter (if you would call it work) had three full size dogs in her trailer, living there...must be nice to get BAH and only pay the discount rate for an MWR facility ?? Been coming to florida every winter since 2001 for 4- 6 weeks . . . this is the worst this place has looked. CANNOT fit a multi slide unit in the spots due to trees and a host of other structures and pipes/electric service. Do yourself a favor, until the Air Force changes the rules to push those out that are full timing and living in these facilities all you will do is suffer. Two thumbs down and a serious plunger action for this place - will not go back !!!

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Mid-Bay is 14 mi. from Eglin AFB (commissary/BX). Good for water sports, quiet area, (some sound from the bridge, but not bad). Grounds have only showers & laundry, no other Bldg. except a 15x15 office at the gate. It's about 4 mi. or so across the bridge to Destin, good for shopping, dining, & a larger beach with the larger boats & the gulf. Draw back that I can see is the toll bridge (2.50 each way, per car/M/C). Only a very small ground for kids, beach is about 30 feet wide. It is natural ground, no concrete pads. That said........I'll be back next Yr. :-)
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mohomac Reviewed by mohomac February 24, 2007
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Feb/Mar, 2007

Mid-Bay is 14 mi. from Eglin AFB (commissary/BX). Good for water sports, quiet area, (some sound from the bridge, but not bad). Grounds have only showers & laundry, no other Bldg. except a 15x15 office at the gate. It's about 4 mi. or so across the bridge to Destin, good for shopping, dining, & a larger beach with the larger boats & the gulf. Draw back that I can see is the toll bridge (2.50 each way, per car/M/C). Only a very small ground for kids, beach is about 30 feet wide. It is natural ground, no concrete pads. That said........I'll be back next Yr. :-)

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This is the best campground I ever have ever stayed in. It is rustic, with a fantastic view of the bay. The camp hosts Rock and Eggy, best yet. The restroom/shower facilities are considered tornado proof. I have a 38' fifth wheel and had no problems.
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areck12 Reviewed by areck12 March 22, 2007
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March 2007

This is the best campground I ever have ever stayed in. It is rustic, with a fantastic view of the bay. The camp hosts Rock and Eggy, best yet. The restroom/shower facilities are considered tornado proof. I have a 38' fifth wheel and had no problems.

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What a GREAT PLACE....Really neat and Clean, Eggy just superb. Only detracter was that there are no campfire fire rings (for us northerners). I assume there is a pretty good reason for that. We are definately going back, and soon.... BTW a great place to eat at is in Niceville, on Rte 20 called "PO FOLKS" absolutely great food ... Yum Yum!
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Reviewed by Big John April 10, 2007
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March 31 - April 5

What a GREAT PLACE....Really neat and Clean, Eggy just superb. Only detracter was that there are no campfire fire rings (for us northerners). I assume there is a pretty good reason for that. We are definately going back, and soon.... BTW a great place to eat at is in Niceville, on Rte 20 called "PO FOLKS" absolutely great food ... Yum Yum!

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We absolutely loved it here and will definetly be returning. We stayed in the cabins which were very clean and had all the ammenities. Very clean area and quiet. Very close to Destin and all the fun! But back at the cabins you were out of all the hussle and could relax right on the Choctawatchee Bay. So serene and relaxing. The price was right!! Can't wait to go back; would definetly recommend.
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scrapbookbeth Reviewed by scrapbookbeth May 26, 2007
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May of 2007

We absolutely loved it here and will definetly be returning. We stayed in the cabins which were very clean and had all the ammenities. Very clean area and quiet. Very close to Destin and all the fun! But back at the cabins you were out of all the hussle and could relax right on the Choctawatchee Bay. So serene and relaxing. The price was right!! Can't wait to go back; would definetly recommend.

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Needed a place for 2 days during our trip to Pensacola. Have a 34' Tagalong with double slides. Called Sat morn the 26th, Memorial day weekend, and got Eggy on the line. She said she might have a site and would call me back. We are in Atlanta and headed out. We got a call shortly after leaving and Eggy said there was one site that was available. We reserved it. Upon getting there just before 7, Eggy had all the paper work ready and we went to site. The area is rustic as mentioned by others but still very clean. As 2retire said the sites are not very forgiving to very large rigs but unless you stay in KOA's and other places that make their living off RV'ers, it exceeds expectations. The site 31 was definitly designed for a 26' or less with no slide's but we wiggled our camper so we were able to fully extend the main slide and the rear slide half way to make it usable. The covered picnic area's are great and the rest of the park is very clean and well maintained. There is, as mentioned by others, a lot of long timers using the park which does mean less spaces available to us retired travelers, but unlike most FamCamps you can make reservations and if you let them know what you have they will try to fit you into a spot. AND YOU CAN't beat the price, so either enjoy or use a KOA. Thank you to all for providing this facility. Jim
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jchelman Reviewed by jchelman May 27, 2007
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May 26 and 27th, 2007

Needed a place for 2 days during our trip to Pensacola. Have a 34' Tagalong with double slides. Called Sat morn the 26th, Memorial day weekend, and got Eggy on the line. She said she might have a site and would call me back. We are in Atlanta and headed out. We got a call shortly after leaving and Eggy said there was one site that was available. We reserved it. Upon getting there just before 7, Eggy had all the paper work ready and we went to site. The area is rustic as mentioned by others but still very clean. As 2retire said the sites are not very forgiving to very large rigs but unless you stay in KOA's and other places that make their living off RV'ers, it exceeds expectations. The site 31 was definitly designed for a 26' or less with no slide's but we wiggled our camper so we were able to fully extend the main slide and the rear slide half way to make it usable. The covered picnic area's are great and the rest of the park is very clean and well maintained. There is, as mentioned by others, a lot of long timers using the park which does mean less spaces available to us retired travelers, but unlike most FamCamps you can make reservations and if you let them know what you have they will try to fit you into a spot. AND YOU CAN't beat the price, so either enjoy or use a KOA. Thank you to all for providing this facility. Jim

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Great CG. The sites are spacious and pull through. There are a few that are back in but I saw a fifth wheeler pulled in with room to move the truck after disconnect. Have access to Chotawhatchee Bay to swim fish or crab. I walked about 20 feet from my RV door to the beach. There is a boat ramp next to a dock to fish from. While there we drove through the three other sites there, Hurlburt Field FamCamp, Destin Army Infantry Center Recreation Area, and Eglin AFB FamCamp. Hurlburt sites are spacious with vegetation separating the sites. Most were pull through. Destin sites were on top of each other, large rigs will have a difficult time. All sites were padded. Eglin sites were pull through except the back row. Well paved streets. The sites are packed gravel. My favorite is Mid Bay Shores.
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raywhartman Reviewed by raywhartman June 09, 2007
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June 1 - June 7, 2007

Great CG. The sites are spacious and pull through. There are a few that are back in but I saw a fifth wheeler pulled in with room to move the truck after disconnect. Have access to Chotawhatchee Bay to swim fish or crab. I walked about 20 feet from my RV door to the beach. There is a boat ramp next to a dock to fish from. While there we drove through the three other sites there, Hurlburt Field FamCamp, Destin Army Infantry Center Recreation Area, and Eglin AFB FamCamp. Hurlburt sites are spacious with vegetation separating the sites. Most were pull through. Destin sites were on top of each other, large rigs will have a difficult time. All sites were padded. Eglin sites were pull through except the back row. Well paved streets. The sites are packed gravel. My favorite is Mid Bay Shores.

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These sites are LARGE and rustic! Has grills, picnic tables and steel awnings (these were rusting out)on a concrete patio on each site. Very helpful staff. Bathhouse and laundry facility super clean but hot. Just wish the fans had been on... The laundry cost $1.00 a load to wash/ $1.00 a load to dry. Beach is steps away from the campsite and the waves were small enough for my 2 year old. Even though it was July, and we had a lot of bugs the first day, then somehow, they seemed to disappear. Each night was met with a cool seabreeze! Very comfortable! Eglin AFB has a great military only beach on the gulf side about 20 miles away from Mid Bay Shores, just west of the Destin Bridge.
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July 8-11 2007

These sites are LARGE and rustic! Has grills, picnic tables and steel awnings (these were rusting out)on a concrete patio on each site. Very helpful staff. Bathhouse and laundry facility super clean but hot. Just wish the fans had been on... The laundry cost $1.00 a load to wash/ $1.00 a load to dry. Beach is steps away from the campsite and the waves were small enough for my 2 year old. Even though it was July, and we had a lot of bugs the first day, then somehow, they seemed to disappear. Each night was met with a cool seabreeze! Very comfortable! Eglin AFB has a great military only beach on the gulf side about 20 miles away from Mid Bay Shores, just west of the Destin Bridge.

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The only reason I gave the overall experience a two is because of the biting flies that cover you and everything you own while we were there. Evidently, this occurance only happens two weeks out of the year but lucky us decided to camp there during that two weeks. We couldn't step outside because we would be covered from head to toe with biting flies. From what I could observe about the rest of the campground it is in an excellenct location and your camper is right on the beach almost. They have really nice big lots and a covered picnic table area. We would have loved to been able to enjoy the campground but the flies made it a miserable stay.
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pdvance Reviewed by pdvance September 19, 2007
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15 Sep 07

The only reason I gave the overall experience a two is because of the biting flies that cover you and everything you own while we were there. Evidently, this occurance only happens two weeks out of the year but lucky us decided to camp there during that two weeks. We couldn't step outside because we would be covered from head to toe with biting flies. From what I could observe about the rest of the campground it is in an excellenct location and your camper is right on the beach almost. They have really nice big lots and a covered picnic table area. We would have loved to been able to enjoy the campground but the flies made it a miserable stay.

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P.M. left this review using the Directory software: I love the place.
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Proxy Reviewed by Proxy October 08, 2007
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May 2007

P.M. left this review using the Directory software: I love the place.

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We thought we had a spot at Hurlburt but it turns out the guy we spoke to at Outdoor Rec had no idea what he was talking about. The site manager at Hurlburt Fam Camp suggested we try Mid-Bay Shores and he did us a big service. The wife called and got an immediate reservation for one of the overflow sites (all the full service sites were occupied). Our GPS took us right to the place and the office staff checked us right in. The site we had was a bit cramped but by carefully jockeying our 36 foot motor home we were able to get all three slides open. We were 15 feet from the water, we had no bug problems, and we were very comfortable. Even though the the campground is literally right next to the bridge toll booths, the sound barrier wall did an excellent job of limiting the road noise. Eglin is only a short drive away for your shopping pleasure and all of the other things you want to do or see are close by, but you need to have a towed vehicle to get around. We'd stay here again in a heartbeat.
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ellrock Reviewed by ellrock February 12, 2008
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Early Feb, 2008

We thought we had a spot at Hurlburt but it turns out the guy we spoke to at Outdoor Rec had no idea what he was talking about. The site manager at Hurlburt Fam Camp suggested we try Mid-Bay Shores and he did us a big service. The wife called and got an immediate reservation for one of the overflow sites (all the full service sites were occupied). Our GPS took us right to the place and the office staff checked us right in. The site we had was a bit cramped but by carefully jockeying our 36 foot motor home we were able to get all three slides open. We were 15 feet from the water, we had no bug problems, and we were very comfortable. Even though the the campground is literally right next to the bridge toll booths, the sound barrier wall did an excellent job of limiting the road noise. Eglin is only a short drive away for your shopping pleasure and all of the other things you want to do or see are close by, but you need to have a towed vehicle to get around. We'd stay here again in a heartbeat.

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Best kept secret I know of.....excellant hookups, cable availible, water is excellant, bathroom's are spotless.... the area is very very clean, people are friendly, loved it. Will travel back here again.....The park is an old mobile home gov't quarters area. The tress with the hanging moss is "FAB" I have nothing but good to say about the experience. Excellant golfing at the AFB courses.
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larrygranny1 Reviewed by larrygranny1 February 24, 2008
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23 Feb 2008

Best kept secret I know of.....excellant hookups, cable availible, water is excellant, bathroom's are spotless.... the area is very very clean, people are friendly, loved it. Will travel back here again.....The park is an old mobile home gov't quarters area. The tress with the hanging moss is "FAB" I have nothing but good to say about the experience. Excellant golfing at the AFB courses.

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