Henderson Beach State Park - Casa Rocinante

Henderson Beach State Park

March 24, 2015

State park full of wonderful

After working our way across New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana via a series of private RV parks, we were overjoyed to get a last-minute reservation at Henderson Beach State Park in Destin, FL.  The park has a stellar reputation, per many positive reviews on Trip Advisor and RV Park Reviews. Every positive word is true.  The place is absolutely stellar. Please keep reading this  post instead of booking a site for yourself, as that gives us a better chance at booking our next stay.

The park is perfectly situated on a sugar-sand beach, with a wonderful boardwalk over the dunes to the shore, and a shower to wash your feet on the way back.  The beach itself has no buildings for a stretch of a couple of miles - just delightful.  There's even a short paved nature trail between the campground loops.

Of course, we couldn't resist posing in front of one of the more interesting buildings for a post card!

Perfect Pitch

The campsites are equally fantastic with lots of space, plenty of privacy provided by the native plants, fire rings and tables, and gravel pull-throughs.  They even provide a line at every site for hanging out wet towels and bathing suits.

If we could have, we would have stayed here for a couple of weeks. However, this campground, like the nearby Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, is so popular that it is often booked up as much as 11 months in advance.  Grabbing even a single night on a few days' notice, as we did,  is completely unheard-of according to the friendly and helpful park hosts.  So, instead of wishing and wanting, we chose to be grateful and add this spot to our list for future visits.

Birds?  Shore!

Here's a quick video we took of shore birds running up and down the beach with the waves while looking in the surf for little crustaceans to eat for dinner.  We think they might be Sand Pipers.

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