City/State: St. Augustine, FL
Season: Year round
Rates (as of 2014): Full hookup sites (water, sewer, 30-amp electric): $40; 50-amp electric service sites are $45
Pellicer Creek is beautiful. Having the opportunity to see and take photos of this awesome black-water creek, was worth missing some of the family-friendly amenities that other campgrounds offer. Besides, we planned on taking our boys to the St. Augustine beach for their first look at the ocean, so we didn’t really need a lot going on at the camp site.
We chose Pellicer Creek because it participates in the Passport America camping club, which means the nightly rate was only $20. It was also close to the beach and the highway–two big pluses when you’re traveling cross country during the family vacation. Pellicer Creek was easy to find and peaceful. In fact, aside from the owners, I don’t think we saw any of the other campers during our overnight stay.
This campground is small (only about 30 sites) and doesn’t have all the amenities you’ll find at a lot of others. For example, since there are no on-site restrooms, Pellicer Creek only accommodates RVs equipped with their own. My first impression was that this was no place for kids. If we weren’t in St. Augustine and heading for the beach, I would have felt bad for bringing the kids to a campground where there was nothing outside our camper to do.
Despite its small size and minimal amenities, Pellicer Creek is one of the most beautiful places we were able to see on our trip from Ohio to Florida and back. There is a quaint swing overlooking a small dock. Both provide an excellent view of the sheet of black water. The dock is open for canoers and boaters who want a closer look at the creek.
Before we headed out, I took the boys down near the water, and we rocked on the swing and absorbed the tranquility. Then, we walked around the campground’s paths a few times to stretch our legs and check the place out. We stopped at the main building, where we chased some little lizards inside. Pellicer Creek does offer a laundry room and large hang-out space behind its office. Patrons can enjoy free wireless Internet and cable television during their stay.
The owner was great at providing minimal-turn directions to a public beach. We couldn’t wait to take our boys for their first view of the ocean, and we could not have picked a better place to do that. St. Augustine beaches are beautiful and big. There was enough space to settle our family in to play in the sand and water without imposing on other families’ activities. It also allowed us to keep a bit of distance from the edge of the water for this nervous mom’s peace of mind.
This Florida town has much more to offer than beaches, even if we didn’t have the time to do everything. Pellicer Creek is close to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum, outlet malls and other attractions. It’s also just about 45 minutes to Daytona Beach, just in case you want to head down there for some races.
When you’re looking for an inexpensive place to park your RV while you enjoy all that St. Augustine has to offer, take a look at Pellicer Creek. When you return from a day of doing this and that, and eating there, and rounding up the family for that, the relaxing atmosphere at this campground may be just what your family needs to get back to center.