Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Five Star Campground

We have not found many RV campgrounds we would consider "Five Stars" in our 2 1/2 years of Full-Timing.  But Pelican Roost Campground at Mayport NS, FL is one that fits that category.  We don't stay at  expensive leisure resorts so our stay at Mayport was great.

It was great for a lot of reasons.

  1. The view from our campsite was great.  I was really cool to be 50 feet from the water and watch military and commercial ships go by. We saw destroyers and cruise ships, tug boats and autoliners and big cargo carrying ships.
  2. The campsite was on a concrete pad with full hookups and the spacing between rigs was fine.  
  3. The $20 fee/night was good.  (We had to pay all of $2.00 extra to be on the front row near the water!)  We have paid $20 a night for a lot less.
  4. Laundry at the campsite was free!  That was a big surprise and the facilities are new and well kept.
  5. The campground was clean and well maintained.
  6. Allowed to wash the RV at your campsite.
  7. Entry/exit on/off the base is easy.
  8. Staff is friendly.  No hassles or close 'over the shoulder scrutiny' of campers which is nice.
  9. Only a short 10 minute walk to a big beach.
  10. Within walking distance to shopette and post office.
  11. People are friendly.  For some reason (maybe it is Florida in the winter time?) people there were friendly.  Seemed like we got into a friendly conversation with folks 3-4 times a day.
Here are a few of my favorite pictures while there:
The view from our campsite (before we got set up):
The beach:
The beach at sunrise:
Washing the RV:
And trawlers:
And Navy ships:

We got to see a lot and we enjoyed our time at Mayport.  We intend to visit again and stay longer than three days!

So that is one place we would call a 'Five Star' campground.  

What is one campground you have been that you really like?

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  1. Wow, what a neat place! Is this a public campground? I ask because it's at the Naval Base. Sometimes these are just for retired and other military.

    We are just down the road in Georgetown, will be in Jacksonville, just down the street this weekend for the 250 Anniversary of Fort Caroline.

    Thanks for sharing a great place, will swing by and check it out!

  2. Yep, that sounds pretty good. And it looks like there's actually some room between the sites. I would enjoy watching the ships go by!

    We enjoyed Withlacochee River Park outside of Dade City. It's a county park...inexpensive, and hardly anybody there.

  3. looks like a five star to me too!! it a military only campground or can non-military stay for the same nominal fee?

  4. I want to know the same thing..military only, or public?

  5. We'll be looking for a place for December 2012 ... maybe January 2013 ... and this looks like a great place. Did you make reservations in advance or is it first come first serve ... and are there any limits to length of stay?

  6. wow gorgeous place...won't ask questions as the other posters asked all the questions I'd like the answers will just watch for answers...enjoy...its gorgeous....we're heading to fl end of this month

  7. All the military campgrounds were have stayed at requires an active duty or retired military ID card. A great source for phone numbers and military campground reviews is When I was researching the RV lifestyle years ago, I didn't see many RVers mention military campgrounds so I want to highlight that when we can. Thanks for your questions and comments!

  8. Looks like a wonderful spot and a great deal, free laundry, wash your coach and watching the ships go by , love it!

  9. Yep! Looks like a 5 star campground alright but with 2 star prices! Can't beat that.

  10. It is a great location and now that they have changed managers and policies we are planning to return in a few months:)