Beach Camping On Johnson Beach

Johnson Beach at Sunset

Johnson Beach at Sunset

Looking for a place to pitch your tent right on the beach?

Imagine awaking to the sounds of the ocean and watching dolphins catch their morning breakfast in the emerald waters. There are only a few places where you can have that opportunity.

Camping on the beach is a rarity in Florida. Johnson Beach  is one the few places you can pitch your tent directly on the sugar white sands along the Gulf of Mexico. Johnson Beach is located on Perdido Key and is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Entrance fee into the park is required but free primitive camping is available on the eastern end of the park.

Campers must register at the entrance station of the park and carry their gear a half mile in from the road. You may want to pack light. Hiking on sand can be a bit tiring.

Camping Details

  • No camping fee but entrance to park is $8 or $25 for an annual pass that is good for Fort Pickens and Opal Beach as well.
  • Camping starts 1/2 mile past the end of the road
  • No camping on the dunes
  • Campfires are allowed in certain areas. Please inquire at registration.
  • For more information call 850-934-2600


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