Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 9, 2017
May 14-22, 2017
27 Nov 2016-28 Jan 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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