If you’re able to secure a campsite in this awesome Florida state park, count yourself lucky!!! This is another state park that is very popular for many reasons! Not only is the location ideal as it sits right along the coast, but it offers so many amenities that campers place at the top of their list!
The sites are spacious with good space in between along with a lot of vegetation that allows for a significant amount of privacy. All sites are level, many are paved with the balance having a fine gravel – all have a concrete patio and all are full hook up with 50 amp service. If you are not a camper, you can rent a really nice cabin bungalow if you so choose. Cable TV is provided with good over the air channels as well. There is no campground WiFi service but there is a hotspot right outside the store which you can use.
There is a swimming pool and several small lakes for fishing – but there are alligator signs posted. They have shuffleboard, a playground, a camp and gift store, a laundry and a good size bath house. There is a clubhouse and a coffee shop with a barista and the BEST maple bacon or Nutella croissants EVER. There are a lot of hiking and biking trails – if you didn’t bring a bike or canoe, you can rent one at the store. One of the best amenities is the free tram that will take you right to the beach. It leaves every hour and is actually kind of fun! They also recycle here!
The greatest attraction is the beautiful beach. It’s ideal with shallow, clear aqua water, soft white sand that extends into the water so you walk on nothing but softness under your feet. The dunes on the path to the beach are beautiful and interesting.
The first day here, we saw a LOT of large brown jellyfish in the water. Over the next three days, I saw ONE!! The one pictured was probably about 14″ across. HOWEVER, my last day at the beach I was treated to a shark!!!! It was not too far off shore – the water depth would probably have been about chest high on me. I’m going to guess that it might have been about 5 feet long. My pictures are a bit blurry as I had to enlarge them quite a lot for you to see it. I have one shot of its dorsal fin out of the water and the other shot shows it silhouetted in the wave.
As a Florida resident we paid $12/night, half of the usual $24. In addition there is a $7 utility fee per night. All in all, a GREAT DEAL!
We agree that Top Sail easily deserves a 9/10. The only reason it’s not a 10 is the absence of WiFi!.