Ok well, maybe more accurately four days at the beach.
We’ve crossed paths with the oceanfront campground at Gamble Rogers State Recreation area many times. We actually have stayed at other parks in the area, Tomoka and Faver Dykes, and very much enjoyed them.
As we would pass by via A1A, I wasn’t quite sure if beachfront camping would be worth being right along a major highway.
But it was high time we found out. Especially since beachside living hasn’t been as regular a part of my life since hitting the road.
At first, I made a reservation in the river campground of Gamble Rogers State Recreation Area (our review), as that’s all that was available. I figured walking across the street to visit the beach would be just swell.
I just happened to check Reserve America the day before we left Melbourne and spotted a cancellation in the oceanfront campground. It didn’t take me but a click to switch our reservation over.
While the river campground across the street is a very nice camping loop with all newer spots and great site separation, nothing quite compares to having the roar of the ocean right out our windows.
It was worth putting up with the closer sites, and tighter campground to maneuver.
And did I mention an all day long ocean view?
We stayed on the beach for four wonderful glorious days, only leaving for a grocery run. We enjoyed breaks from our work day with long leisurely strolls and playing in the waves.
Having lived beachside for 10+ years in Melbourne, it’s a part of my life I miss at times – that easy access to such a luxury. Life on the road is awesome of course, with always changing views and experiences.
But I had forgotten how calming the ocean is to my soul.
I’m so glad we made the stop, despite the climbing temperatures we so desperately wanted to escape. And we hardly even noticed A1A was behind us.
$28/night is such a bargain for living with such a view!
Tips for Staying at Gamble Rogers:
Not all of the oceanfront sites have an ocean view. The groves at some sites are quite overgrown. From about site 13 to the middle bathhouse are the best (we lucked out with Site #15!)
- If you’re in a motorhome and using the dump station, do not, and I repeat do NOT hook up your toad. The turn around at the end of the beach row is not wide enough to make the turn if you’re over about 30′. We had to unhitch to get turned around. In fact, if you can – hitch after leaving the park. Even the turn out of the camping gate to A1A is very tight, we almost had to unhitch again.
- Be sure to follow the directions that come in your Reserve America confirmation. Absolutely use exit 284 off I-95. Do not follow your GPS if it recommends the exit to the south. The only way from there to reach the park is via a road with a 8’6″ low clearance warning (that did not come up on any of our routing tools, including our Garmin RV 660LMT.). We made the mistake, and had to do a last minute scramble.
What’s Up Next?
We’re continuing our northward trek to New England for the rest of the summer. We were able to keep ahead of Tropical Storm Colin earlier this week as we passed through.
Our plans are still mostly unplanned, and we’re playing it by ear a stop at a time. Following our hearts and our desires.
In that spirit, we have cancelled our reservation at Escapade. As much as we love the organization, we’re just not rally sort of folks – it’s so far outside our comfort zone. Having something that big on our calendar was becoming draining and the cancellation date was fast approaching. Who knows, the reduced stress of no plans may just give us the energy to drop in anyway.