Naval Support Activity Panama City Family Campground and Marina

Naval Support Activity Panama City Family Campground and Marina

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Naval Support Activity Panama City Family Campground and Marina

Location

Installation
Panama City Coastal Systems Station, Naval Surface Warfare Center, FL
GPS Coordinates
30.18214, -85.753944
Location Information
Panama City, FL
RV Gate Coordinates
30.1756, -85.75971

Directions

Directions
From US 98 after crossing over the Hathaway Bridge as you travel West, turn south onto Thomas Drive. At Crag Road light intersection turn onto the base at the main entrance. Stop at the Visitor/Information Center on the right to obtain a pass for your vehicle prior to proceeding to gate entrance. After showing your ID at the main gate, proceed around the curve and go to the blinking stop sign. Turn left and follow the road until you come to the marina entrance. You will need to check in at the marina for either campground.

Contact Information

Phone Number
(850) 234-4402
Mailing Address
Quality of Life, Division, Attn: Outdoor Recreation, 6703 W Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32407-5000

Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active, National Guard, Reservists, Retired, 100% DAV, DoD Civilians.
Season
All year
Reservations
Required with 50% deposit.
Internet Access
WiFi available in parts of the RV PArk.
Mail Forwarding
Mail can be forwarded to the campground office.
Pet Information
Pets allowed with usual leash and cleanup rules. There is a 2 pet limit. South Point CG which is the off base CG has a very nice dog run.
Campground Information
60 day stay limit. Two campgrounds available. One is on-base, the other is off-base. Check-in at on-base campground to get key card for off-base campground. Higher rates are for civilians. Off Base Location: 30.1596, -85.74
Big Rig Friendly?
Yes
Facilities
Bowling, Outdoor equipment rental.
Amenities
  • Dump, Sewer
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Playground
  • Picinic Area
  • Fishing
  • Boating, Boat Rentals
  • Boat Ramp
  • Fitness Center
  • Shoppete
  • Swimming
  • Snack Bar
  • Marina

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Hardstand
24
W/30,50A/S/CATV
$19 - $23
N/A
$450 - $550
Concrete Pad
21
W/30A/S/CATV
$19 - $23
N/A
$450 - $550
Concrete Pad
4
W/30A
$19 - $23
N/A
$450 - $550

Other Information

Dining Hall Policy
Firearms Policy
Weapons are not allowed on Nave Base. They must be declared and checked in at Security Gate.
Weather Information

The beautiful St. Andrews Bay area offers many leisure activities including boating, camping, fishing, and picnicking. The Marina and Outdoor Recreation Center can provide all that you need to enjoy the best of the bay area. Our rental department offers 17 ft Capehorns, pontoon boats, canoes, kayaks, and waverunners. We also have a selection of party, home and garden equipment, as well as camping and outdoor equipment available for rent.

Our full service marina can handle all of your boating needs. Available boat storage options include wet, covered, and uncovered outdoor space.

The waterfront picnic pavilion and playground are ideal for large groups or family outings.

The Outdoor Recreation Center sponsors day and overnight activities ranging from canoe trips to sight-seeing excursions.

Our two RV campgrounds offer 43 RV campsites with full hook-ups. We also offer towable campers for rent on or off site. These comfortable units sleep three or four and some include shower, gas stove and a microwave.

For real campground luxury, enjoy all the comforts of home in a campground cabin. These log cabin style units are spacious and attractive. With one bedroom, a sleeping loft, and a futon, they sleep up to six cozily. The modern well-equipped kitchens make preparing a meal or snack a breeze. Speaking of breezes, relax on the screen porch or deck and enjoy the view of the bay and the cool sea breezes.

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Feb 2017

Didn’t start out well; had made reservations for South Side, but when we checked in we were told they had us at mainside and that was the only opening. Mainside is small and tight. Mostly homesteaders. We were given Site 3, which is middle row inside down by wash rack. This site is Pull Thru, sort of. You can pull in, but if in a Class A, I doubt you can make the turn to pull out. We backed out of the spot and then could navigate without major issue. (Rig is 38’). Wifi is great as not only was Gowifi strong, but there is also an Xfinity hot spot there so had no problem using all devices. With slides out could not use awning as it hung over next site’s pad. Pads are concrete, but only 20’ long with the rest inn gravel. Total site length was 40’ at most. Amazingly with half on half off; site was level. Water pressure was really low while we were there. It is nice that they have a pull thru wash rack the will fit RV’s. Must say that Mainside does have a lot more to offer with watercraft rentals, small NEX, beach pavilions and all hands club on beach. Laundry was tired & small, $1.50 for washer or dryer. They made us put our trailer at overflow parking but there wasn’t an extra charge. One night was 2-3 “s rain and sites drained well. All the staff were very helpful and friendly.

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27 Nov 2016-28 Jan 2017

Location was good, close to beaches, restaurants, and shopping. The camp host and family were very nice and helpful. The laundry room and bathrooms were clean. We had good water pressure. Sites were spacious. Mail delivery good. When we arrived we were in Site 11 and had no WiFi so they moved us to Site 6 where WiFi worked but we got bumped off at times. Unless the WiFi issues are fixed suggest you not stay in Site 11 if you require WiFi. The campground was quite dark at night. The dog park is nothing but sand about 8 inches deep, no grass. The base has a small Navy Exchange but no commissary. There is a Winn Dixie and Publix nearby for groceries or you can drive to Tyndall AFB (approx 40 min) for their commissary and BX. There were no planned functions at the campground for the holidays. 

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March 30 - April 7, 2015

We stayed at the South Side park off base. It was a little inconvenient to go on base, check in then have to travel further down the road to the park, but was easy in the end. The sites are level concrete, very wide and easy to back a 35' fifth wheel into. The location is gravel roads with mostly sandy grass. Lots of sand burrs made it tough walking the dogs and the road outside the gate was busy with no sidewalks. Wifi was down the entire time we were there, even though we were told it would be up the second day of our stay. Had to use our Verizon Hotspot which had a great signal. Cable was ok, but would blank out every so often. The laundry facility was small, 3 washers and 2 dryers. We washed 2 loads of clothes, which didn't come clean at all, the washers barely agitated, so we had to use a coin laundry out in town. The location is great in regards to all Panama City has to offer. If you are looking for Exchange or Commissary services, its about a 40 minute drive to the AFB for those. Great value for the location, but amenities could be improved on.

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Dec 29, 2014 - Jan 3, 2015

Great place to stay - we parked our 25 ft travel trailer at the Marina campground on base and had one of the four spots on the grass area right near the beach/water. There is no sewer hookup at these four spots but it was worth it to us to be close to the water. The other sites behind the cabins seemed a bit tight, hidden, and boring. We probably would not have picked one of these four spots in the warmer months due to lots of people but it was relatively quiet while we were there. All of the people working here are very friendly and helpful even taking the time to help us back into our spot. Everything was kept very clean and tidy. Checking in is easy and there is a nice big temporary parking spot for your rig while you do that and plenty of room to go from there. The base itself is very small with a tiny exchange and no commissary but Tyndall AFB is nearby. There is nowhere on base to get decent food but a zillion places in the area. I am a little confused why this website labels this installation as "Panama City CSS" when all of the signs, brochures, etc call it "Naval Support Activity Panama City". Regarding finding the main gate - the GPS coordinates given above worked but my GPS tried to take me into a disused gate before the main gate on Thomas Drive. This street address works well - 1029 Thomas Drive, Panama City, FL (main gate on Thomas Drive). You will turn left onto Crag Rd off of Thomas Ave into the base (Crag Rd would not come up in my GPS). Also, in case you didn't know, the Navy has now stopped requiring you to get a pass at Visitor/Information Centers. All you need is one military ID. There is a 100% ID check so everyone in your vehicle needs an ID - military or civilian (not sure about kids...). The Wi-Fi in the Marina area is now available everywhere and is called gowifi. You have to completely sign out of it each time and sign back in - otherwise you will be redirected to a page that wants you to create an account, etc. Signal strength is great. Again, nice place to stay. We like that they take reservations. I wish all military campgrounds would wake up and at least take some reservations.

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27 Dec 14 - 2 Jan 15

My review is strictly about the Southside NAS Panama City. WIFi was pretty much available throughout the campgrounds. Bathhouse was kept clean. Other than horseshoes (horseshoes provided), there are NO activities for children. No walking or biking trails available at the site. Hardly any vegetation between sites for seclusion, but also none for shade in the summer. Great location for Panama City activities. We attended the Beachball Drop at Pier Park New Year's Eve night. That was fun. Each site was occupied pretty much the whole week we were there. Each site is paved with water, electric, sewer and cable. There's a nice fire pit for the campground and wood is provided. Total of 24 sites there.

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26 Nov 14- ?

Check in called us beforehand to make sure we were still coming and to let us know they were closing early the day before Thansgiving, (which was good on my part). Can't add to much more to what all others have written. We like the South Side alot better than the Base Side. Base Side awful tight quarters, South has plenty of room,concrete pads, full hookups , wifi, and cable, and a key card gate. Camp host met us at gate, took us to our site, give us info and handouts on everything around, even come back around and said the mess hall on base was going to serve Thanksgiving dinner to retirees and dependents. Never had a holiday meal that good for $7.50 a person anywhere. Everybody we have met has been very nice, didn't seem to mind working the holiday at all. Might cancel every where else and stay here rest of winter.

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Nov 6-12, 2014

Beautiful facility, well maintained, nice group of people both at the marina, visiting and acting as camp host. Bath house was as clean as I could have made it myself. Wild herds of deer wander throughout the base and helicopters take off and land thru the day. The SAND BURRS are WICKED and positively crippled my pooch when we went on walks This was my inaugural RV trip and I didn't take a car- big mistake because there is nothing to do- other than enjoy the sun and scenery. The Exchange is about the size of a 7/11 with similar offerings and prices, but it is within walking distance of the marina. I thought that a fishing boat would be available for rent, based on the description of the marinas services, but, no joy there. Canoes, paddle boats, etc. are available but both of my shoulders need surgery and I'm not going to hasten that event by rowing around the bay. I would go again, next time with a car. Rockb19

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Sep 26-29 2014

We have a Class B Sprinter RV which fits perfectly in this campground. The facility was the best campground we have stayed in so far. It was very clean and well organized. Checking in was great and easy, someone helped you set your RV to your site. The staff was all helpful and jolly, which helped make our stay pleasant. Beach, picnic area, and playground were clean and well setup. We will definitely be back to this campground...we loved it...

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Sept. 20, 2014 to Sept. 27, 2014

This campground is very nice and our stay was very comfortable. Concrete slabs were great to keep things clean and the full hookup was great. They also provided Wi-Fi and cable. the restrooms and laundry were very clean. Convenient to downtown and area attractions. the campground is secure with a gate that you need a key card to get into. While we were there this gate was broken and they were waiting on parts. Camp host was very nice and helpful. The only downfall we had was the check in process. We had to go to the main Naval base to register and getting through the gate was a little tricky. Staff at the gate seemed to be "put out" that they had to move the cones and use another lane to get us through. Other than that all other staff were very helpful. When we come back to Panama City Beach we will not hesitate to stay here again.

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April 1-8, 2014

R.L. left this review using the Directory software: - We have a 37' fifth wheel and didn't have any problems checking in at the marina or getting into Southside. I can see if the marina was very crowded it would be hard to maneuver but you can pull off to one side and circle around back out. Wouldn't care to stay there...too crowded for us. Southside is great. The host is the most ambitious personable one we've encountered. She came around our first night handing out literature on the area and providing information. She does a great job keeping the grounds in shape too. One day there will be shade trees and privacy planting between sites. If the base had a commissary things would be complete. Wifi at the camp is outstanding and there are many cable channels. We'd stay again.

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15 Mar - 5 Apr 2014

First time stay. Stayed at the marina campground. Cannot say enough about what a great experience this was. Staff were great and facilities were very clean. Free wifi and great beach facilities. Sites are tight but the staff were there to help me with my 5th wheel. Will stay again.

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April 12-19

We stayed at the Marina campground, other than the campground being a tad bit tight we really liked it. The Bay is beautiful, the campground is clean and the staff was great. The camp hosts were very friendly and kept us up to date if bad weather was coming in. We will go back it's a great place to stay to see the sights in Panama City. I do think next time we will asked to stay at the off base campground. The sites are easier to get into and roomier.

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Dec 29, 2013 - Mar 31, 2014

Returned for fourth winter stay to Southside RV Park. As usual the stay was great in spite of the weather! Great to return and meet old friends and make new ones. Sheila is the best host of all the places we have visited.

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Dec 18 - 21, 2013

We stayed at the Marina RV park in a 30 foot motorhome. Concrete pads make leveling easy, staff met us and showed us to our site. Great beach, very clean campground, good wifi and cable.

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January 2013

R.L. left this review using the Directory software: - We stayed in the Marina campground. Nice location and the staff treat you great. It's a bit tight among the pine trees but we really enjoyed this park. Nice restaurant/club across the street from the marina. We'll be back.

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Jan 13, 2013 to Mar 20, 2013

Returned for third winter at Southside. Things are about the same, we are very happy with this facility. Sheila is still there and as usual she is the greatest host. Didn't seem to be as many people wintering in the area this year as there was vacancies in many of the RV parks in the area. The secret to entering the gate at Southside, if you think you can't make the turn, is to enter through the first turn then open the entrance gate and then use the metal plate and open the exit gate and pull through it.

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(Updated: February 07, 2013)
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December 8-9, 2012

The location is good (close to the beaches in Panama City), but I would not call this location "big rig friendly". We pull a 43 foot fifth wheel and checking in at the marina was tricky given some tight turns. The South Point campground (where all of the pull-thru sites are located) has a very narrow gate at the entrance. To make matters worse, there is a V-shaped planting area in front of the gate which prohibits you from pulling straight in or straight out of the gate. Bottom line: it is very easy to scrape your coach on the way in or out of the campground. Given the aforementioned facts, I would probably not stay here again because of the size of our fifth wheel.

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June 15 - 18, 2012

G.G. left this review using the Directory software: - Stayed at the Southside (off base) campground. Getting to the Marina and checking in was inconvenient. This was our first visit and will probably visit again now we know where to go and there is space to pull the camper down to the marina for check in. Convenient to beaches, etc. Was met by camp host with maps and info for the area. Had difficulty parking truck out of road. Have a 42 ft 5th wheel and a F550 to pull with. Have to stay on gravel because of soft sand all around the area. Had planned to do laundry, but all parking spaces were being used by other campers as overflow parking. No one was in bathhouse or laundry, but every space was full with the same vehicles for the three days we were there.

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22 - 29 Jun 2012

Stayed at the Southside CG based on prior reviews concerning issues with larger campers at Main CG. Plenty of shade at the Main CG, but none at the Southside CG. We were there during Tropical Storm Debby so it was nice not having to worry about tree limbs and such from the high winds. Shelia was just as helpful as others have said. The facilities were great and the people were friendly. Very close to all PCB has to offer. We will definitely visit here again.

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June 2012

Very nice campground. Small, but nice marina and very small beach area on the bay. Staff did a nice job cleaning out the seagrass in the beach area, but what we found out is that the water is only about 1-2 feet in depth. Not even deep enough to float around, but great for kids to play and checkout the sea life. You would have to walk half way across the bay for it to get deep to swim or float. Staff are friendly and sites are good.

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