Long Point County Park – Melbourne Beach, Florida

Coming in Second

We normally stayed at state parks while visiting Florida.  We were hoping to continue that trend by staying at Sebastian Inlet SP after leaving Jonathan Dickinson SP and heading north along the Atlantic coast.  But, of course, Sebastian was fully booked – so we did the next best thing – we stayed at the quirky county park down the road.

 

Long Point Campground (and Sebastian Inlet in the bottom right)

 

Long Point Park is managed by Brevard County and sites are reservable online.  The park itself is essentially a small island in the Indian Ocean, which is part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.  This means you’re extremely close to the ocean with essentially a barrier island to protect you (and boats) from the open sea.  That gave us quick beach access and several dolphin sightings right from our site.

 

Our site as seen from the playground

 

There are electric/water only sites around the perimeter of the park.  Many sites have water access, some even with enough space to pull a pretty large boat up to the edge of your campsite. The park also has a few interior sites that offer full hookups, but who wants to sacrifice the water access right at your site?

The water access was too tempting – I ended up buying a used kayak on Craigslist so we could check it out (and the seller drove it down and dropped it off right at our campsite – what a gentleman).  I was able to paddle around with dolphins – it was great!

 

I think I can, I think I can

 

I did it!

 

Odds and Ends

Let me start by saying that we liked Long Point.  It’s a cool place to stay and I’d go back.  It’s just weird.

First off, they let you park your rig anywhere on your site (the sites are all grass with no RV pad).  The same goes for your car/truck, all of your visitors’ cars and trucks, your boat, your trailer… you get the point.  It gets pretty crazy, particularly towards the end of the park where larger boats can approach the park and the campsites are tiny.

 

Is this a storage facility or a county park?

 

The sites are also weird.  A lot of them are small or odd sizes, forcing people to park diagonally.  And the utility hookups (which look like little lighthouses) are “shared” – meaning the post has electricity and water on both sides of it.  This means that at every other campsite the utilities are on the wrong (well, abnormal) side of the rig.  I knew this when I chose our site was sure to scope out the pictures and figure out which sites had the “normal” hookups.  We probably would have been fine on either side, though.

We arrived on a Saturday and the park was packed.  There were lots of tent campers and lots of light partying going on.  The park cleared out on Sunday and became much quieter.

We ended up showering in the bathhouse since we didn’t have a sewer hookup) and were somewhat disappointed by them.  They were pretty dirty and had some broken mirrors, etc. inside.  It was at this point that we finally decided to ante up for a gray water tote tank from Amazon.  The UPS truck pulled right up to the site with the giant box – it was quite the sight.  We’ve since used the tote tank frequently.

 

A very nice site at Long Point

 

There’s a footbridge to Scout Island – the only way to access the island besides by boat – that gives campers access to that island’s nature trails.  The bridge was closed when we were there, so we didn’t check it out.  There were also signs prohibiting campers from bringing alcohol onto Scout Island and from visiting after dusk.  However, fitting in with the theme of our visit, we saw several people walking over the closed bridge…in the dark…with beers.  Rebels!

 

A dolphin’s view (note the tent camper neighbors for Saturday night)

 

Overall the weirdness of the park isn’t an awful thing, it’s just different.  We were used to state parks which have specific rules and places where RVs are to be parked.  Going to Long Point was a drastic change from that!

 

Visiting Sebastian

We still visited Sebastian Inlet State Park a few times since it was so close.  The park spans both sides of Sebastian’s Inlet with lots of piers, jetties and water access.  It’s a fisherman’s paradise and was fun to visit.

 

Don’t get washed off the pier!

 

It was windy when we were there and the large waves were crashing on the piers, spraying everyone on top.  It reminded us of how powerful the ocean can be but was fun to experience.

 

Calla exploring the rocks near Campbells Cove at Sebastian Inlet SP

 

Sebastian Inlet State Park – looking at the inlet itself around sunset

 

Melbourne Beach Attractions

We visited the Barrier Island Sanctuary in Melbourne Beach a couple of times.  Hannah and Calla were able to check it out one day and were the only visitors.  Calla got to do some arts and crafts and check out the exhibits inside.

 

Lunch! (don’t worry, it was unoccupied)

 

Calla making a craft at the Barrier Island Sanctuary

 

The Barrier Island Sanctuary also has beach access and some cool boardwalks though the vegetation.  It’s worth checking out if you’re in Melbourne Beach.

 

Calla on the loose on the Barrier Island Sanctuary boardwalk

 

Overall we enjoyed our stay at Long Point and would recommend it as long as you’re comfortable with the park’s uniqueness.

 

Watching for dolpins

 

Date Visited: Mid-November 2017

 

2 Comments

  1. Hi guys—I am thoroughly enjoying reading your accounts of parks in Florida. We last wintered in Florida in 2015/16 and visited and/or stayed at alot of the same parks you have. One question—-you have mentionned seeing snakes. Has there been alot of sightings (aside from the photo of the large one that crossed the road in the campground at Topsail)….snakes are by far my biggest fear. With a toddler, any advice to share? Thanks.

    1. Hi Theresa,

      I understand being afraid of snakes, I am, too! We have seen them a few times during our travels but they always get out of the way before we get too close. I don’t think they want to see us any more than we want to see them. Also we don’t let Calla run off the main path or into high brush or anything. We try to be as careful as we can without being paranoid. She got a tick in FL, so there ya go – a ‘predator’ we didn’t even see until it was too late! I’ve also gotten less fearful of wildlife the more we travel. After all, we are in their home, not the other way around. Hope this helps.

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