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    Blue Angel Recreation Center is located on the site of the former Bronson Field, a WW2 seaplane training facility. It's about 12 miles west of downtown Pensacola off Hwy 98, and about 6 miles west-northwest of NAS Pensacola There are two campgrounds at the Rec Center: Anchor Cove, older and a tad more primitive; and Battleship Row, a newer full-hookups area.


    Reservations are not accepted here, and it appears that although there's usually a wait to get into Battleship Row, there generally are sites available in Anchor Cove.

    Update: In 2014 Blue Angels Rec Area began accepting reservations.

    That's where we ended up, on site 26.

    Date of visit: Mar 2010

    As one enters the Anchor Cove CG, one sees sites 3-6 on the left. These are the only water-front sites.

    Site 5 backs up to the bay.

    A little further into the CG, sites 9-12 look across the road toward the water.

    Sites 28-32 are on the second road in from the water.

    Further back in the campground are some sites that are a little more sunny; these are sites 48-52.

    There are several little, with emphasis on "little", cabins available for rent. I think our old truck camper was bigger than these things.

    The bathhouse in Anchor Cove is nothing to write home about. It consists of two facing trailers - one for Women, the other for Men. They weren't in very good shape inside - rather run-down and shabby looking. On the plus side, it has hot showers.


    Battleship Row is located at the south end of the former seaplane ramp and hangar area, with the front row of sites looking out across the ramp to Perdido Bay.

    After two nights in the Anchor Cove campground, we were able to move to a delightful site in Battleship Row, site 8. We were in about the middle of the front row, facing the bay.

    Roads and sites are all completely paved in the Battleship Row campground. Sites 30-32 are straight ahead as one enters the campground.

    Sites 5-11 are the best sites, being in the trees at the edge of the old seaplane pad.

    There's a perfect balance of shade and sun here. These are sites 1,2 and 4 (l) and 12-15 (r).

    The big MH is on site 12, with the fiver on site 23.

    The clean bathhouse provides hot showers and has a small laundry room ($1.00 per load). It's a little confusng at first, as the Men's and Ladies' rooms are off the laundry room.

    One of two swimming beaches is located in front of the Anchor Cove campsites.

    There's a very unique mini-golf course located near the marina. It has a military theme with holes dedicated to the verious services.

    Located near Anchor Cove, the Marina has a variety of watercraft for rent: kayaks, Sailfish, sailboats, fishing boats and party pontoon boats.

    Over in the back row of Anchor Row was this trailer in the process of being dissembled - not sure what happened to it. But it sure doesn't inspire confidence with that flimsy 2x2 construction. That easily explains why you all you see is a pile of splinters after one of these things is involved in a highway accident.


    Anchor Cove (grass/dirt): 83 sites W/E(15/30A) - $13-$15

    Battleship Row (concrete): 75 sites W/E(30/50A)/S - $20-$22

    Tent platform: 7 sites - $13-$15

    Tent: 7 sites - $7-$8

    Dump station available

    Showers, laundry

    Verizon Broadband Access (EVDO) service

    Coord: 30.385096 N, 87.416134 W

    Activities/Nearby Attractions


    Naval Aviation Museum

    Gulf Shores National Seashore