Joan and I are on the final day from a week at North Beach Camp Resort. Before the RV, we spent many a summer vacation in St. Augustine doing the condo rental thing. This is one of our favorite cities to visit. So much to see and do – beautiful beaches (some of the few left that allow vehicle access), abundant history from the old Spanish fort, old town, tours and more. There are so many local, non-chain restaurants offering their unique twist on great Atlantic seafood. And the shopper has plenty to choose, from outlet malls, the old downtown Spanish streets with all the tourist stuff and the usual big box stores.
We pulled the 5’ver to North Beach Camp Resort. This is a unique camping experience compared to your typical beach area campground. Located a few minutes north of downtown St. Augustine on A1A, this campground is located directly across the beach. What’s more interesting is the campground itself. Best way I can describe it is “old style Florida Cracker”. The campground has well maintained sandy roads and most sites are protected from the oppressive Florida summer sun with mature water oaks along with ample space between units. It’s sandy with no pads, gravel or pavement, but it’s the beach! Put out the big plastic rug, take off the flip flops as you enter the camper and it’s not a problem. This is a large campground with over a 162 sites, but the way the sites are laid out makes it feel much smaller. Access in and around the campground is easy. The campground is big rig friendly seeing the largest of class As with everything in between to the small pop-up. There are a large number of pull-throughs, back-ins and several sites along the edge of the river. Our site has 50 amps, water, sewer, cable and is very level. We didn’t use the cable choosing our DirecTV and HD on the big screen. We did use off-air channels for locals and had a great picture for the major networks broadcast from Jacksonville.
If you’re a beach person you’ll love this area. We found the the beach area across the street very easy to access. There’s parking directly across from the campground and a minute walk to the sand. Sunday was the only time it was crowded with a large number of locals. Still plenty of space for everyone. The campground has a very nice pool that was well maintained and never crowded. There’s a public boat launch next to the campground and private fishing pier along the river in the back of the campground with a bait store just a few steps away.
The office staff was very professional and friendly. The office has a nice camping store with all of the typical things your forget or need if your don’t want to pack up and head down to the Publix that’s less than 10 minutes from the campground. There are 3 very clean and well maintained shower and restrooms located on the property and all offer a coin laundry.
The only complaint is WiFi. There isn’t any. You can see the node, but it doesn’t look to have any connection to the outside world. Our Verizon had a strong connection for cell phones and the trusty MyFi for our pay-as you-go internet.
Overall, we like this place and the $60 a day for the weekly rate including the sales and “tourist” tax were reasonable. We look forward to returning. Maybe not during the peak of summer, but try the off-season when temperatures are a little more manageable and rates are lower.
I love RV life. Jerry