Indian Pass, Florida

Indian Pass CampgroundIndian Pass Campground near Port St. Joe, Florida, is in an area also known as The Forgotten Coast. The Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce registered the name as a trademark in the early 1990’s. The reason is because compared to the rest of Florida, the coastline that stretches from Mexico Beach on the Gulf of Mexico to St. Marks on Aplachee Bay is relatively quiet and undeveloped. In between the boundaries lie Simmons Bayou, Cape San Blas, Indian Pass, and the quaint city of Apalachicola which lies on the banks of the Apalachicola River.  Continuing east is Eastpoint, St.George Island, Carrabelle, Lanark Village, St.James Island, St.Teresa Island and Alligator Point. St. Marks Lighthouse and nature preserve is the easternmost place on the Forgotten Coast. All these little towns and beaches are uncrowded and picturesque. The nearest major city is Tallahassee, about 90 miles northeast of Apalachicola, and Panama City (home of Tyndall Air Force Base) is about 60 miles to the northwest.

IMG_4119The first thing I was told when we found Indian Pass Campground five years ago was: “The only rules here are: there are NO rules!” That sounded pretty good to us so we stayed for a couple of months. And then we came back, year after year. And so have most of the others who are here. It is one of the few campgrounds where one can have a campfire on the beach, run their dogs without a leash (most Florida beaches don’t even allow dogs!), drive their golf cart or vehicle (with a permit) on the beach; or for that matter, camp right on the beach. I watch pelicans dive, dolphin play, egrets, herons, loons, ibis, while I sip my coffee in the morning or sip my wine in the evening. Every once in a while a Bald Eagle flies overhead. At night, the Night Heron leave their perches around the campground and head out for whatever they do in the dark. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Bob and BoatBob keeps busy fishing from the shore, checking his crab traps or heading out in his little “port-a-bote” to his favorite fishing hole. The Raw Bar is just up the road, so when we get a hankering for oysters, we head there. Or, we buy a bushel of oysters at 13-Mile directly from the oyster men and bring them back to the campsite and shuck them there. The “Shrimp Lady” comes through once a week with fresh shrimp that we buy from the back of her truck. Occasionally we head out to town (Port St. Joe or Apalachicola) for fresh veggies and to stock up on liquor; and every couple of weeks we head to Panama City to get our Walmart fix,  but other than that, we have no need to leave!

View from our campsite.

View from our campsite.

6 thoughts on “Indian Pass, Florida

    • If you do come through in February look us up! We are in C10. We are planning on heading back to Arkansas at the end of February. It has been cold here, but the last few days have been beautiful. I think it has been cold everywhere, but Bob and and I are thinking next year we may try somewhere else where it is a bit warmer. Any suggestions?
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  1. Oh wow, I’m putting this campground on “the list”!!! Millie and I stayed at one of the CGs in Carabelle a few years ago that was right across the street from a nice rest area / dog beach, but the CG had lots of rules, etc and seemed a bit overpriced. Loved the Forgotten Coast though, especially the great food and ambiance of Apalachicola!

    Yes, a bit too chilly to stay the whole winter there (you’ll like Mazatlan, or anywhere in Mexico, much better for the coldest months), but panhandle Florida would seem perfect for the shoulder seasons!
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  2. I know exactly where you are talking about. We checked that one out when we first started coming here. It is expensive and it is right on the road. You will love it here, and it is very reasonable. Our site is directly on the beach, cable tv, electric, water and they come pump the tank once a week for $630. That is probably winter rates and it may be higher in the spring, but still very reasonable for the area, and if you take a site that is not on the beach it is less. We are getting excited about Mazatlan!
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  3. You will be driving right by here! I so agree, we are missing warmer weather as well. I have heard that Cedar Key is great. I would love it if you let me know what you think about it after you get there. I am going to head to Contessa’s blog and check out your reply about Mexico!
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