Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sebastian Inlet State Park Review

We just got back from our first time camping at Sebastian Inlet State park.

And have to say, We are "In Love" with this place. It reminds us of our other favorite place, Fort Desoto.

This is a little bit of a drive (3 hours) and is the farthest we have taken the Camper.  But the trip was wonderful.  We were able to take our 3 year old grandson with us for his first camping trip and he loved it. We bought him a fishing pole and taught him how to fish. He caught 2 pin fish, 2 grunt and 4 dog fish. He really enjoyed it.

We were in spot 6 which is a waterfront spot. You have a road that separates your spot from the water and its a pretty busy street as its the road to the boat ramp. So watch your little ones and pets. The sites are a little off so we had to use one yellow block under each tire on the door side. And also sits on a hill so make sure you chock it good. Spots are gravel with a little grass and fire ring and picnic table. No shade!

The park is open 24 hours a day. So someone is there around the clock if you ever need anything. And people come and go all night long to use the pier and boat ramp.  NOTE that they are doing construction under the bridge and it will be closed to fishing under the bridge in Oct.  And the Fishing museum that is on the campground is closed from this Sept 15 to Oct 1st to improve it.

The rangers are so nice, and we met some new camp host. And several neighbors came over to visit. One guy said he has been going there for over 50 years before it was even a state park.  We met another older couple that have been going there for years as well. They were in a head on crash with a semi truck last year and lost their truck and camper so this trip was their one year anniversary trip from the accident. And their 49th wedding anniversary.

There is a nice little playground on the north end of the campground for the kids to play, and place to fish down there, its by the boat ramp.

We saw several large Sea Turtles and Manates swimming in the inlet. So beautiful.

Bathrooms are clean. Camping is $28 a night or $14 a night if you're disabled. And only have 30 amp service so make sure you have a 50 to 30 reducer if you need it. And also make sure you have a surge protector. Ours kicked in one time the 3 days we were there. Same as Fort Desoto did. So be safe.

Make sure you have Gas and Food before you get there.  There are a few restaurants there but no grocery stores. We gpsed a Walmart and its about 16 miles away so went there. There is also other places on route 1 like publix, subway and other stuff. Gas is also cheaper by the walmart,  It was about 10 cents a gallon cheaper at the BP, Shell and walmart the it was in Vero and Melburn. Use gasbuddy app to check gas prices. If your needing gas immediately after you get to the campground then just cross the bridge and about 8 miles up the road is a small convenience store with gas but expensive.

Here are some more pictures of the trip.   Slide show Sebastian Inlet

We loved it so much we checked to see what was available in Oct so yep. We are going back this trip will be 4 days. That is all we could get open last minute. As the northerners are booking it up. They are changing the way you can book for 2015.  You can only book total of 8 weeks in a 6 month Period and you can only be in a spot for 2 weeks, leave one day and next spot 2 weeks and so on.

We took a drive over the bridge to Long Point county park and have to say, It was nice but not our kind of camping.  I was a little put off by the man at the desk. I walked in, said, "Hello, We are staying at the state park". And his reply was. "Im so sorry"  that put me off because we love state parks. So he handed me a map and said, to drive around. so we did, and decided we did not like it.  Yes, there is grass and you park right at the water, but you will be lucky to get one with a opening to fish.  And we also noticed that you share a post with electric and water meaning, the post is in between two spots. So you would have to make sure you get a spot on the left so you dont have to run your lines around to the other side.  And the water looks to be brackish water compared to the ocean water at the state park.  The fee here is $32 a night and NO Discounts! So I can tell you, we WONT be staying at Long Point. Its just not our kind of place.

Until next camping trip.  Get out and enjoy the cooler weather coming up.  Happy Camping!

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