Destin Army Infantry Center Recreation Area

Destin Army Infantry Center Recreation Area

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Destin Army Infantry Center Recreation Area
Hot tub and pool.
Destin Recreation Center

Location

Installation
Fort Benning, Destin, FL
GPS Coordinates
30.4107, -86.4986
Location Information
Destin, FL

Directions

Directions
From US-98 turn north on Benning Drive and go to the end. Turn left onto Calhoun Ave. Campground is immediately on the right. If coming from the North, DO NOT follow your GPS. There's a new approach to the bridge that isn't in the GPS yet. The toll bridge is $3 for one vehicle (2 axles) and $3 more for each additional axle.

Contact Information

Phone Number
(850) 837-6423
Mailing Address
Destin Army Recreation Area, 557 Calhoun Ave., Destin, FL 32541-5000

Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active Duty, Retirees, Reserves, National Guard, 100% DAV, DOD Civilians, Guests.
Season
All year
Reservations
Accepted 1 year in advance.
Internet Access
Limited free WiFi available.
Mail Forwarding
Must use Destin general delivery.
Pet Information
RV area is pet friendly. There are limited pet cabins, please ensure while making reservations you specify if a pet cabin is required.
Campground Information
30 day stay limit, then out for 30 days in the summer (Mar 1 - Sep 31). 120 day stay limit in the winter (Oct 1 - Feb 28). Lodging prices are dependent on rank and the season. RV Site prices vary on size of RV (and site). Sites are very close together and road is narrow. Big rigs will fit, but MUST use extreme caution.
Big Rig Friendly?
Yes
Facilities
Charter boat, Entertainment room.
Amenities
  • Dump, Sewer
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Playground
  • Picinic Area
  • Beach
  • Fishing
  • Boating, Boat Rentals
  • Boat Ramp
  • Swimming

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
RV Site
46
W/30,50A/S/CATV/Tele
$19 - $22
N/A
$480 - $540 (Winter only)
Hotel Room
34
Full
$55 - $75
$280 (winter only)
$1500 (winter only)
Studio Rooms
20
Full
$70 - $95
$210 (winter only)
$750 (winter only)
1 Bdrm Suite
?
Full
$85 - $105
$280 (winter only)
$900 (winter only)
2 Bdrm Villa
13
Full
$100 - $120
$350 (winter only)
$1200 (winter only)
3 Bdrm Villa
5
Full
$110 - $140
$455 (winter only)
$1350 (winter only)

Other Information

Firearms Policy
Keep firearms in your personal vehicle.
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Weather Information

The RV park is closed until early 2018 for renovation.

The Destin Recreation Area's 15 1/2 acres of land located on the shores of the Choctawhatchee Bay provide active duty and retired military personnel, their families, and DA civilians many ways to unwind and enjoy a tropical vacation just 220 miles south of Fort Benning. The recreation area is located only a short drive from Florida's breathtaking beaches and the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

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May 9, 2017

We enjoyed our stay. The only thing was the upkeep of the camping area as far as the grounds are concerned..the weeds needed cutting around the sites.. sand spurs where growing in this stuff and then your pets get these things in thier hair. The staff at check in on Saturday thru Wedesday not very friendly..but the staff that came in the Thursday thru Saturday were Great and very helpful. Over all its a nice place to camp...just need a few tweaks...

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May 16-20, 2017

This place is awesome! Didn't think anyone in the office was rude--perhaps just busy. Being able to mke a reservation for our stay in the RV park was an assuring bonus. We had Enterprise pick us up for a rental car, the beaches are not that far, and the dining opportunities in the area are fabulous--we had a blast; so, we'll definitely be going back :-)

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Mar 20, 2017

Great campground! The grounds and facilities are well maintained. There is so much for children to do including the splash pad, pool, and two playgrounds. There is a fishing pier and affordable boat rentals as well. RV sites are pretty close but we were able to get our 36 ft RV in with no problem. One thing I noticed was how kind and respectful everyone is here. There are many retirees who are just the sweetest and a lot of children, all of whom have been respectful and kind towards adults, the facilities and each other. You are a short 3 minute drive from the main drag. Henderson State Park is about 5 minutes away once you hit the main drag and it is beautiful, much prettier beach than the packed beach and brown water we saw over by the Boardwalk/Gulfarium area. This is definitely an amazing value, we plan to come back for sure! 

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Sep-Oct 2016

just returned from a week here and had a great visit to the park and the area!! we did make reservations and also called ahead when we were to arrive one day earlier and had no problem getting in, not that i should have considering there were a dozen open spots... as for the spots they are right next to each other all in a row around a circle, i had no problems backing in, but if you have a 40footer or bigger and they assign you a space that has someone in front of you, your backing skills need to be up to par?? there is plenty to see and do in town and and everything you need, there is a pool and kids play areas and marina and laundry on the grounds so no worries there, my only complaint is that the grass around the rv sites had a lot of stickers in it and the dogs have issues with that :( the other grass areas away from there were ok?? we would stay here again but there are other parks in the area and we might try one of them next time just to go somewhere new? if anyone has any questions about the area just send me a msg and i would be happy to answer, happy camping!! 

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5.0

Jun 12-17, 2016

Great for RV it is a little tight but great we will be back.

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April 2016

Very happy with our experience at the Destin Army Infantry RV Park. it's a small park, and parking bigger RVs can be tricky but quite doable. The park is maintained beautifully, it's clean and quiet. There is a great children's play area, and a nice pool. the park is situated on the bay but it's not a swim area. There is a nice fishing pier and charter fishing boat trips are available. Cable and WiFi both great. In fact, the WiFi is much better than most I've encountered in RV parks elsewhere. We really enjoyed this RV park and thank the Army for doing such a great job staffing and maintaining it. We'll be back!

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4.7
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5.0
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4.0
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4.0
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5.0

Feb/Mar 2016

We didn’t use the toll bridge indicated in the directions, but came down Rt 133 from I-10, a 4-lane road with non-toll bridge, which I would recommend using instead unless you are coming from the west. Access to the CG is very straightforward. There is a lot to do and see within a few miles either direction from the CG. The CG was very clean as were the restrooms & laundry. Ice was $1.50 a bag in the small shop, but there are a Walmart & Publix within a mile or so of the CG if you don’t want to go the 15 miles to Eglin. Wi-Fi was great and much easier to use than the Navy Go Wi-Fi. Cable was good. We didn’t experience any concern about ‘tightness’ in the sites themselves, but more from the campers. They park their trucks partway on the road, which is only single-lane pavement, making it narrow and limiting room to swing around into sites. The sites are concrete pads, but ours had settled somewhat into a lean and we had to block up to get level. Pool and marina looked nice, but were all closed for the season.  We stayed in a motorhome.

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3.0
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5.0
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2.0
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2.0
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3.0
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3.0

December 2015

We stayed in one of the studio apts. The furniture was totally uncomfortable and stained. The TV was mounted too high on the wall. Why have a stove with an oven when there isn't enough counter space. The refrigerator was dirty, rust on the door and a thick piece of ice in the freezer. Also the oven itself had dried oven cleaner all over the interior. We did get this cleaned by a very polite worker. There needs to be a table of some kind in the bathroom for supplies and more towel racks. The ice machine in the laundry room was inop most of the time and we reported it. When we took walks on the grassy areas,  we stepped in piles of dog waste. I actually saw people out there letting their dog go on the ground and walk away.  I must say the staff was very professional and the cleaners were very polite and helpful.

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5.0
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5.0

10 Feb - 13 Feb 2016

Our first visit to this Famcamp, and nothing really new to add to all the good things reported in previous reviews....just an affirmation.  Strong WiFi, good cable TV, exceptionally friendly and helpful staff, and yes - very tight maneuvering with spaces close together, but workable for big rigs if you're careful. The campground really occupies a beautiful and private bay front location with quick, easy access to the gulf, Eglin/Hurlburt AFB facilities, and shopping/restaurants in Destin or Ft Walton Beach.  Even though we were there in what should be the heart of Snowbird season, we were able to get reservations with only a weeks' notice.  If you're planning a longer stay/vacation on the NW Florida beaches, or just passing through for a few days, I can strongly recommend this Army Famcamp/recreation area....kudos to Ft Benning!

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5.0

January 18 through January 25 2016

Destin Army Recreation Area. We're here for a week and as other reviewers have stated the RV spaces are "tight" but it's the price you pay for a great location, excellent rates, cement pads and an overall super facility. The WiFi actually works and is strong, cable provides lots of channels.  Personnel here are very courteous the RV community during our visit was very "homey" very social.  Everything was clean, well maintained, even the sand box for the kids to play in was taken care of - overall an excellent value.  Only caution would be if you have a behemoth of a RV there are some spaces you'd never get in and some turns you might not make.  I'd say anywhere north of 42 feet would be too much.

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23 Oct - 21 Nov 2015

Love this Famcamp!  Another great visit and now the WIFI is throughout the park and is very reliable.  The staff is very friendly and does a great job keeping the park clean and all the amenities in good working order.  Can't wait till our next visit.

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4.9
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5.0
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0

4-11 April 2015

This was our second visit to this Campground and we may just make this a yearly Spring visit. The Staff is very friendly and the park is very clean. On this visit we got the last large site (next to the bath house) and it was a little difficult getting our 39 foot 5th Wheel into it because of the angle of the site. WIFI is only available in the office, but it worked real well there. We rented a pontoon for a few hours at the marina and just cruised the Bay and enjoyed ourselves. This park is worth visiting if you are in the area.

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5.0

March 18-20, 2015

Great facility, great Staff, Awesome location and amenities. Our first time there, but we will visit on every trip to Florida in the future. Rates were very reasonable for the services provided. Thanks Destin Family and Ft Benning.

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April 13-16, 2015

Second stay here. Still tight quarters especially as Class A's and 5th Wheels get longer. Surprised that at this time of year, after spring break, there were an average of 13 unoccupied sites every night. So, same-day reservations may be possible at this time of year. You can't find a better deal in Destin.

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Feb. 16-23, 2015

Very nice and clean located in a very nice tourist beach people area. I did not max the score because of the tightness. This place and this area speaks for itself so I will not go into detail… boardwalk, cafés, wining, dining, shopping, white beaches, very clean and so on.

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Feb 2015

BEAUTIFUL!! Everyone was very very friendly!! The grounds are very well kept!! It was rainy and chilly when we were there and want to return when it is warmer so we can take advantage of the pool and beach!! I want to bring my grandkids here. A BIG thank you to the office personnel for making us feel as a valued camper!! Very very clean!! Spaces may be small but there are places with less space for more money!! We have a 34 ft 5 th wheel and had enough space.

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3.3
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3.0

Oct 14-20, 2014

Small and tight to get into, felt like we were on display for our fellow Rv neighbors to enjoy. It was like a look at me location, staff was not well informed about anything no matter what you asked them. This sight price was not correct, so do not be surprised when you check in at the desk. For the price you will pay for long term stay, there are much better Military Rv parks out there trust me. Ft. Benning MWR is just taking advantage of active duty and retired Military Vets the should be assumed of themselves.

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February 2014

This is one of the nicer military parks we have stayed in. Located on the bay but very near town makes for an ideal location (see comments below). The park is clean and very well maintained. There were lots of things to do.. swimming, fishing, etc. The prices were very reasonable and the folks very helpful. There are only two drawbacks. 1) the spaces are small and very close together. Difficult to get into with a larger rig. 2) if you are sensitive to loud noises you might think twice. Eglin Air Force base is across the bay and the touch and go jet fighter training make for a lot of daytime noise. At night there was quite a bit of bomb practice going on. Our dog was not a happy camper the first week. But did get used to it as we did. We recommend the park very highly and most certainly will go back.

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May 2014

Not what it used to be!!!! We stayed there for a full month and had ample opportunity to observe. The people that work there just don't care - the exception to that attitude is the marina workers, they were great. We would point out a problem area that needed some attention and were always told the same answer - "Oh,ok." Nothing was done to resolve the issue. It was an attitude of It is not my job. I don't think you could grow a better crop of sand burrs. They are everywhere. If you and your dog go out, plan on coming back with burrs in the dog's paws. In short, the place was great at one time - but the lack on management has let it become very disappointing. The Destin area is still great - it is a shame this facility has been allowed to get to this condition. They have a set or rules for guests, but nobody follows them. People walk by the no smoking sign at the pool and sit down to have a smoke by poolside. There are rules about noise, but again nobody cares and the staff will not do anything to solve a problem. One has to question why have the rules if none of them are enforced. I will not be back!!!!!!!!!!!!

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