There’s quite a lot of hurricane damage, but I get the impression it wasn’t that nice before the damage occurred. There isn’t much to do unless the water park is open. The whole area is basically a swamp and the hiking trail is therefore quite wet and sloppy. Fire rings are in some sites but not all. Same with picnic tables. The gulf view area is essentially a parking lot and there’s a road between the camping area and the water. Also, no beach. There’s a sea wall and then the water. A railroad runs by quite close to the park, though only a few trains a day go by. There are biting, swarming gnats that somehow manage to swarm and bit when it’s only 50 degrees.
The positives are full hookups, though the sewer on spot 129 was recessed into concrete at a weird angle and could not be connected. The concrete site was quite level and easy to get into. Cheap rates.
Large sites peaceful, staff very friendly. Also they have beach sites
Nice state park with full hook up sites with the exception of the sites across from the beach.
Price per night is $30. Each site has a picnic table and charcoal grill (with the exception of Royal Cay Loop). There is a pool, game room, water park and several bath houses, none of which were open due to COVID. The pool and water park both have extra fee's to use. They also have an 18 hole disc golf course and a playground for the kids.
We had planned to come here when we knew COVID may have an impact on the amenities and unfortunately it did not disappoint. Other than the playground (which due to days of rain was a mud bath) everything was closed. We were hoping at this point the water park would be open but understandably it is not.
It has rained a lot here and the park has so so drainage so although our site is a little higher, many others are not as fortunate. Our site also has a nice area behind it so if your looking for space go for site 80.
There is a beach about 2 miles up the road and we had a fantastic time there. We don’t tow a car so parading with 2 kid carriers and a wagon was an endeavor on our bikes it was worth it. There is a bike path of sorts that you can use to get there
We stayed here last week, our second time staying here. Nice state park with full hook up sites with the exception of the sites across from the beach.
Price per night is $30. Each site has a picnic table and charcoal grill (with the exception of Royal Cay Loop). Many are very sandy and slightly uneven. But then again this is directly across from the beach! There is a pool, game room, water park and several bath houses, none of which were open due to COVID. The pool and water park both have extra fee's to use. They also have an 18 hole disc golf course and a playground for the kids. Until next time….Happy Camping!
When we took our kids camping when they were young, they were lucky if there was a small playground at the state parks where we camped; they would have loved this place which is exactly why we wouldn’t come near here during the summer months! (Funny how our perspective has changed now that our kids are grown!) For families, this could be a reasonably priced getaway: camping, playground, disc golf, pool, and waterpark - all in one place. Note, however, that there is an additional charge for both the pool and the waterpark.
This is a very large campground with 276 sites. I’m not sure if we lucked out (or if I was advised by another reviewer) but we reserved in the Treasure Cove loop, farthest from the entrance. This loop appeared to be the only one with relative privacy/separation between the sites. All the others looked like they had RVs stacked up on top of each other. Sites include a bbq, fire pit, and picnic table. There is also a “premium” section by the waterpark overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. These are right on the road, but the road did not seem to be heavily trafficked (this might be different in the summer months). The cost for these sites is higher and they are not reservable. Beware that some of these sites are on pavement with no separation (and no view of the Gulf), while others are on the grassy area with a view of the Gulf. Since they are not reservable, you would be able to select one to your liking. There is, however, zero shade in these sites and there are no tables or grills and they may be unavailable during certain times of the year. There is also a primitive loop and it is exactly that. No restrooms or other facilities (although you could walk to one of the other loops) and no visible delineation of sites.
The bathrooms are reasonable. We drove past miles and miles of white sandy beach before reaching this campground, so I was eagerly looking forward to a long walk on the beach but near the campground, I was disappointed that there was no beach; the water came right up to the road (although there was a concrete sidewalk of sorts). I am not sure if this is because of hurricane erosion or by design.
Because we were not here with kids in the summer to enjoy the waterpark, there was not much for us to do so we were happy we had only reserved one night here.
Buccaneer State Park was an awesome little place. This would be a vacation spot for the family! Nice campground, good size sites, some shaded. The facilities are newer and it’s well maintained. Nice little water park, nature trail and beach across the road.
I didn’t spend any time at the water park but we did go to the beach. Unfortunately I found out afterwards that there was a red algae warning in effect. No adverse effects, just check out the local information when traveling. The nature trail was worth a hike.
Stayed in the primitive area and sites were well spread out. Primitive area is find your own place and set up on side of nice saltwater marsh.
Plenty of bath houses and they were all clean.
was there for a local event weekend and the place was at full capacity but never felt crowded
This park is giant! There are probably over 200 sites for camping in this park with beachfront sites and even primitive drive up sites for tent camping back in the woods. The park has 2 shower areas and 4 bathrooms on site as well as multiple playgrounds for the kiddos and even a water park! It is located directly across the street from the Gulf of Mexico and has its own private beach. I stayed in the primitive camping sites for 2 nights because all other sites were reserved for the weekend and it was great. No electric hookup or water but the sites are privately tucked away in the woods and only cost 15$ per night. If you want, you can stay beachfront for 48$ and I believe the regular sites with hookups and water are around $30 per night. The park itself is very well maintained and has ice and drinks for sale in the front office. The employees are extremely nice and helpful and will even tell you about fun things to do in town while you’re there. Definitely the biggest and one of the nicest campgrounds/state parks I’ve stayed in. Worth the trip!
Extra cost for wavepool and slides up front and pool. Lots of trees and shade, paved roads for kids to ride bikes, large playground area, some short hiking trails