Christina  E.
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2021

Mixed Feelings

The Hideaway Retreat is a quirky little place tucked between the Santa Rosa Sound and Navarre Hwy. I can’t say it was a horrible stay - there are some nice features: you are pretty much right on the water and the depth and calmness are perfect for younger children and parents who want to semi-chill on the beach without too much worry. The beach has some storm damage that needs to be repaired but it’s ok. Definitely not the white pristine sand like further down at the pier. You can’t have a campfire at your site but there is a charming “community “ fire pit available, with cornhole and some other games surrounding it (my grandson loved this feature). You can rent kayaks and paddle boards at the campground ($35/half day) which we did and enjoyed. Some of the negatives: if you are tent camping DO NOT let the put you in a site near the highway - the car noise is VERY loud & you will not sleep (I ended up sleeping in my minivan and then moved sites the next day). This site was also right next to the dumpster, which was overflow and very smelly. The sites closer to the beach are much nicer and quieter. The sites are VERY small - you are packed in like sardines - do not expect any privacy whatsoever. The bathrooms are pretty run down and not restocked frequently- plan to bring your own TP. There is a laundry facility on site that I did use ($2.25/load). Not sure if I would stay here again - definitely only if I had a spot close to the beach.

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