Originally Posted by Minnie's Mate
The site looks great right on the water. Was that a beach lake or tidal pool?
kmtyme is correct - the other pictures in my gallery that show water are from Fort DeSoto park on the Gulf side of Florida, but the linked one is from North Beach Camp.
The campground has beach in the front (you have to cross the A1A to get to the beach though), and the North River spans the back end of the campground. The pool is very decent as well - and nice vegetation throughout the park.
There's a beach restaurant right across the street from the campground - we didn't eat there but the parking lot showed good activity. We also crossed the street to the beach, but found ourselves more often than not driving down to St. Augustine beach and parking the truck on the beach.
And a word of advice if you want to drive on the beach there - when they say it's better to have a 4x4, and to park up up high where the sand is more packed - better follow the instructions. It's not like the sand in Daytona. We had the most interesting afternoon watching a yahoo ignore the warnings and drive his fancy truck down onto the softer sand. He was older, so we thought he should've known better, but maybe he was just trying to impress his girlfriend, who knows.
He drove back and forth, trying to find his way back up to the harder packed sandy area, to no avail. He kept getting more and more stuck - quite comical. I guess this isn't an isolated incident, because there was a fellow with a truck who had all the straps and whatnot to pull the guy out, ready and waiting. When the embarrassed dude finally admitted he couldn't get out by himself, towing guy took a bit of air out of his tires and proceeded to hook him up. By this time a bit of a crowd had gathered, mostly guys who were poking themselves in the ribs and enjoying the show (hubby and I sat well back on the tailgate in the shade, enjoying some frosty margaritas). Thing is - before Tow Guy hooked him up, Stuck Guy had it in reverse before he turned his truck off. Tow Guy positioned himself in front. Hubby and I looked at each other and said "Nah - there's no way he'd still be in reverse, would he??" Yep - he was. They both stomped on the gas - and nothing happened but an almighty Whap! on the straps as it was stretched to the limit. Like a tug of war with two big trucks. Funniest thing we saw in quite some time.
Lots of yelling ensued, Stuck Truck stopped, put it in drive and then it started up again. Tow Guy managed to get Stuck Guy out. As soon as they were on safe ground, Stuck Guy (now Un-stuck Guy I guess) gets out, shakes Tow Guy's hand, and gives him some cash. Just at that moment a sheriff's deputy was there, writing Stuck Guy a ticket!
You just can't buy that sort of amusement.