Yes, it’s possible to go to Florida during spring break time and see almost no one. Phyllis and I spent the past week at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, about four miles off the mainland near Appalachicola, Fla. The park is made up of white-sand dunes and, in parts, a pine forest.
Seven miles of the park is designated a primitive area, where camping is allowed, but campers must haul in all their gear and water. We hiked 1 1/2 miles to one of the seven campsites in the primitive area and made camp. Bringing enough water is the challenge, and we hiked back out to our car twice during our stay to bring in more water.
The park, designated in 1968, also has two vehicle campgrounds with a total of about 120 sites. Here’s a link the park website.
Shrimp and oysters are plentiful in the Gulf, and we bought some shrimp on the way to the park. We cooked them for supper that night:
During the day, we would hike the beaches or a trail that ran for 7 miles through the primitive portion of the park. We saw only a few other people each day.
The weather was unseasonably cool during our visit. Swims in the ocean were brief at most. Mornings were chilly.
The dunes on the peninsula are substantial and rise probably 30 or 40 feet above the beach. The sand is soft and sugary, and walking up steep dunes is a good workout. (Sam Cook photo)
We were lucky. During our stay, the weather was clear every day and every night. The moon was full or nearly full every night, throwing a lot of white light onto the white sand.