25-28 Feb 2018
We called about a week in advance and was able to get a four-day reservation in one of the new pull-through sites. We paid $30 per night for full hook ups, including 50 amp electric, sewer, water. We also had cable TV and very, very good WiFi service. We have a 36' Class A and dinghy toad and still had plenty of room in our pull-through site. The spaces are very tight; but, in the four days we were there, we felt like part of the family. Many campers had over-wintered; long-term stays are permitted in the campground and other housing areas. The campground has one large dumpster to deposit trash and one "dog station". There were plenty more of these stations around the entire Recreation Area but only one in the campground. For the limited number of camping spaces, one would seem to be enough but was constantly out of bags. The campground has pull-through and back-in sites. Check in was a breeze. Very friendly staff and very professional. This facility has a small conference/gathering area with restrooms and vending. It also has hotel rooms, villas, marina rentals, fishing options, a heated pool, and kid's splash park. Eglin AFB is close by. Several days we saw a variety of military exercises in the sky and could hear a few as well. I had a scheduled conference call one day and was able to conduct it in the conference/gathering room. The WiFi worked great and I was able to conference without potential noise pollution from Eglin. The bay is beautiful but there is no beach access at the Recreation Area. A Great Blue Heron named "Otis", according to the long-term residents, makes frequent appearances! Also, we saw plenty of brown pelicans. Very beautiful. Location: 4/5 because of its proximity to attractions in Destin and being near Eglin AFB for Commissary or other needs. Cleanliness/Hospitality: 5/5 no issues. The entire Recreation Area was very clean and very well maintained. Amenities/Facilities: 4/5 because although this is a great Recreation Area, it is small and is NOT contained within a military base. When you leave, you are immediately immersed in Destin homes and communities. It's a matter of personal preference. Value: 3/5 because $30/night is the most we have paid thus far at a military campground. Overall Experience: 4/5 because every campground could use some improvements. The rental prices are a bit high and tours/excursions rates are very high as well. We think both of these could be lowered to better support military families.