Best guide: You won’t believe these camping sites in Palm Beach County!

By Julio Poletti

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

How does island camping sound?

Conveniently located in Lake Worth Lagoon with all the facilities you might want is Peanut Island Campground. There are 17 tropical reserved campsites that include a tent pad, a grill and a picnic table. Clear beaches, fishing dock, a hiking trail and opportunities to do water activities such as boating or snorkeling make this campground a gem to many county residents.

Camping ground (Photo Credit: Frank Mahle)

“Camped there every year for my birthday,” says Palm Beach Gardens resident, Frank Mahle. “It’s like camping on the beach. Roughing it, but still being connected in a sense.”

Note: Camping doesn’t have to be miserable for your lady. There are comfortable restrooms with hot indoor showers, a picnic pavilion and a large fire ring.

Details:
What: Peanut Island Campground
Where: 6500 Peanut Island Rd, Riviera Beach, Florida 33404
Contact for pricing and reservations: (561) 845-4445

“Go skinny-dipping — It’s the law

Sunsport Gardens.

Sunsport Gardens.

That’s right. If you’re really, I mean really free-spirited, there’s a place in South Florida where clothing is nothing but an inconvenience. Bare it all at the Sunsport Gardens campground in Loxahatchee. This 40-acre naturist resort is a nudist’s paradise. It includes all kinds of amenities and campground sites. You can choose to rent the campground that best suits your needs, whether it’s a tent site, an RV, a cabin or heck, maybe you just want to hang a hammock under a tree.

Kayak or canoe on the canal to the lake, enjoy a hike through the woods, ride your bike around 40 acres, play a volleyball match, work out at the fitness center and dip your corpus-temple in the heated swimming pool or hot-tub.

“This campground is the only one of its kind in South Florida. Nudity in common areas is REQUIRED, not optional,” says manager Morley Schloss.  They also host many festivals through out the year, check’em out.

Details:
What:
 Sunsport Gardens*Nudity expected.
Where: 14125 N Rd, Loxahatchee, FL 33470
Contact for prices and reservations: 561-793-0423 & Email: frontdesk@sunsportgardens.com
Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Here kitty, kitty!

Wake up to the roars of African lions at Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee! Combine the typical camping activities, such as hiking, bonfires, paddle boarding or wood picking with a safari adventure.  You can drive though wild animal preserves and catch wild beasts roaming about. There’s also a petting zoo, mini golf, dinosaur exhibit and more.

This place is ideal for kids and animal lovers. Feeling risky? Rent a primitive site, but make sure your party is 20+.

Lion Country Safari's annual pass holders receive free admission and parking, in addition to a discounts at the restaurant, gift shops and campground.

Lion Country Safari’s annual pass holders receive free admission and parking, in addition to a discounts at the restaurant, gift shops and campground. (The Palm Beach Post)

Note: The facilities here are great: Indoor bathrooms, full hook-up, shady pull-through sites with concrete patio, and picnic tables. There is a general store, gas-heated swimming pool, handicapped accessible restrooms, shuffle board, basketball, volleyball, playground, laundry, picnic area, pavilion and more.

Details:
What: Lion Country Safari KOA

Where: 2000 Lion Country Safari Rd, Loxahatchee, FL 33470
Contact: 561-793-9797
Reservations Only: 1-800-562-9115

Too many options!

With more than 17 square miles,Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Jupiter offers a huge variety of options. There are two different family-friendly camping sites. You have a horse? Bring it over and stay at the Equestrian campground. Cabins? Those are there too.

If your idea of camping is wiping your butt with leaves and walking miles to find water, try backpacking and finding the primitive camping site. (Please, don’t really.)

“My favorite part about Johnathon Dickinson State Park was the guided tour of the Loxahatchee River and the remnants of “Trappers Jungle Gardens and Wildlife zoo.” says South Florida resident, Tracy Devaney. “The excursion is serene and nostalgic of “Old Florida.”

There’s hiking, biking, guided tours, watersports, horsebackriding, sports fields, history ceminars, kids’ activities, the list goes on and on and on.

Details:
What: John Dickinson State Park
Where: 16450 S.E. Federal Highway, Hobe Sound, Fl, 33455
Contact: 772-546-2771 & Email: fsp.feedback@dep.state.fl.us
Reservations: 800-326-3521 & 888-433-0287

Note:
Facilities: Sites (except primitive) include water , electricity, table and grill, sewer hookup and a dump station.
Pets: Allowed
Rentals: Guided canoe/kayak tours and rentals, family education programs, ranger-led tours, and horse trails

Camp like Royalty

The sun rises over Lake Osborne at John Prince Park in Lake Worth.(Meghan McCarthy / The Palm Beach Post)

The sun rises over Lake Osborne at John Prince Park in Lake Worth.(Meghan McCarthy / The Palm Beach Post)

Paved roads, tennis courts, a golf learning center and a fitness zone are just some of the amenities at John Price Park in Lake Worth. So, if your idea of camping isn’t very primitive at all, this relaxing and beautiful 726-acre park provides plenty of comfort. There are also plenty of RV/tent sites in a 48-acre section of the park.

According to the Palm Beach County website, people often come here to bird watch and to do other animal sightings. You can launch your watercraft from a boat ramp and the beach is about 10 minutes away — driving distance.

Check out the last 4 reviews as of 11/07/16 3:21 p.m. ET

John Price Park (Photo Credit: Facebook)

John Price Park (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Details:
What:  John Price Park
Where: 4759 South Congress Avenue, Lake Worth, FL 33461
Contact: 561-582-7992 or Email: pbcgov.com

If you visit any of these sites, let me know how you like them! Send me your pictures!

Julio Poletti
Reporter at The Palm Beach Post
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