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Friday, December 18, 2009


Looking for a unique gift for someone who loves Destin and owns an RV? How about a Christmas gift certificate from Bayview RV Camground? Any amount can be specified and with rates as low as $25 per night and $100 per week through the month of February (think "Valentine's Day!") why not give a gift that everyone in the family will love? Rates include full hookups (power, city water and sewer, and no tax).
Order yours online at and pay in seconds using a credit card via Paypal! ( Your gift certificate will arrive in a beautiful greeting card mailed to your recipient, or you may have us deliver it via email. Call us today! 850-837-5085 or 850-785-2252 or text after hours 1-850-333-8202. Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Experience Christmas at Bayview RV Campground

Stay in the merriest little campground in Destin for Christmas and New Years! Off season means plenty of room to stretch out and a great home base to explore the season's many offerings of fun and festivities in Destin and beyond. See the light shows, go to plays, concerts and parades. Visit a living nativity or a new church for services or midnight mass. Walk on the famous white beaches and breathe in salt sea air. This Christmas, give everyone in the family an Experience of Christmas in Destin. Rates as low as $25 per night or $100 per week, no tax. Call 850-837-5085, 850-460-6862, or (850)785-2252, email: or visit Text us at 850-333-8202.

Monday, November 16, 2009

The History of Bayview RV Campground in Destin, Florida

Bayview RV Campground dates back many years...some say to the post-war 1940s and 1950's "Happy Days." The 1/2 acre land, before it was subdivided and given its name, may have been under water, specifically, Choctawhatchee Bay, meaning "Big Water," named by the local Choctawhatchee Indian tribe. Today, Joe's Bayou is the inlet across the street on 749 Beach Drive, and the City of Destin built the existing boat launches. Joe, many believe, was "Indian Joe," a single native- American who lived in Destin during the time of the earliest settlers. No one knows for sure what became of him, or if he had family. Bayview RV Campground used to be what was called a "fish camp." At that time, in the off season, the captains of Destin hand built their fishing boats of all sizes on the shores of Joe's Bayou. It was a natural choice because the depth of the water was perfect for launching the vessels and sailing to Destin's Harbor where there was an outlet to the Gulf of Mexico. Joe's Bayou was also used as safe harbor during Destin's frequent unnamed hurricanes. One can imagine the construction noise of hammering and hand saws echoing through the pine scented woods under a deep blue winter's day. Maybe the busy captains bought coffee or purchased "fast food" at Bayview where icecream and sandwiches could be ordered through a small window inside a screened porch with a few small tables and chairs. Athena Marler Creamer remembers visiting the tiny restaurant when she was perhaps 3 years old with her Dad, Capt. Ben Marler. Researching its history, one of the first names of the park was "Patty's Campground", and then "Bayview Courtyard Camping." In 1979, the place was renamed "Bayview Camping," by the Lapinskis, it's managers. Dr. Tom Toomey owned Bayview Camping for a few years. Finally, in 1990, the name was expanded to "Bayview RV Campground." Underground renovations revealed traces of electrical wiring that was used in the 1940s, confirming its past at a time whe the village of Destin was actually being introduced to electricity in homes. Ms. Creamer says that God told her that she would own the campground one day in 1979 when she lived there briefly. "The managers kept asking me for suggestions for improvements," she remembers, "and I would give them ideas of where to place the washers and dryers, and coke machine. One day I told them that what they really needed for the hot sun and grass was shade trees. What kind, they wanted to know. I said long needle pines like there are in Ft. Walton Beach. Soon after, I returned home to find them brushing soil off their hands and they had just finished planting 42 waist high pines saplings that day. In 1990 when we acquired the campground, a tree survey had to be done, and guess what- there were exactly 42 giant 60 foot pine trees! Every one of them made it."
"The Lord is good, says Ms. Creamer. He has been very good to me."//

Monday, October 19, 2009

HOLIDAY HIDEAWAY RATES November 1 - January 1

From now until further notice, rates are dropped the lowest in ten years in celebration of our upcoming 10th Year Anniversary in January, 2010. Daily rates are $25 for all RVs and $35 for BIG RIGS (40 ft. and over). $20 for popups. There is no tax. Weekly rate is $100 per week (7 days, 6 nights) and an additional $35 for Big Rigs. The monthly rates are $400*, $500 or $625 depending on size of RV, (0 - 19 ft*, under 20-29 ft., and 29- 39 ft., 40 ft. - $42 ft. max.) This is a great opportunity for business professionals working in our area to establish a home base. A $100 security deposit and first month's rent, and passing a background check is required for all long term rentals. Rates include full hookups and local cable channels (24 channels). There is a coin laundry room and beautiful shower rooms on site, and parking for up to 2 vehicles per site. In additional, extra space for a trailer or boat is available at $4 per day or $60 per month. Stay by the Bay! And enjoy Destin's off season charms and seasonal bliss.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009


for immediate release

One truly wonderful small RV park graces the heart of Destin, and right across from the Bay boat launch, so you may even bring your boat. Only 10 sites, lovely trees, beautiful showers and convenient coin laundry are offered. Bayview is well located in the multimillion dollar waterfront neighborhood on the end of Beach Drive. Campers are only 2 miles to beaches and the Harborwalk Village festivities at the Destin bridge. Destin offers year round casual and five-star dining, discount designer shopping, and opportunities for relaxation and overall excitement. Destin is consistently a #1 tourism destination in the U. S. Off season rates are $500 per month for RVs under 30 ft., and $600 for RVs 30-36 ft., and $625 for very large RVs and motorcoaches up to 42 ft. max. This includes full hookups (power, city water and sewer, and local cable tv)and rates are tax exempt. The owner, Athena Marler Creamer, states, "Stay a month or longer, and get involved in clubs, churches, fishing, golf, library groups, Community Center classes and more. Please email us for free online brochure. Our blog is As a special gift, I am offering a bonus- a free e-book on Destin with historical photos which may be downloaded at and info at Our address is 749 Beach Dr, Destin, FL 32541, and there are interactive maps, videos, and beach and harbor webcams on our website at"//

Thursday, October 1, 2009


Bayview RV Campground invites all Fishing Rodeo enthusiasts to visit our Open House at 749 Beach Drive and receive a door prize. There is no better place to set up RV camping...we're across the street from "Joe's Bayou"- the City of Destin boat lauches. Be in the Gulf in just 20 minutes. Rates are reduced to $45-$60 (no tax) per night and $500-$600 per month! Leave your boat for $4 per day or $100 for entire month of October. Free boat parking with RV. Take advantage of our $25 move in credit towards the first month. Call 850-837-5085 or visit for more details!//

Monday, September 28, 2009


Bayview RV Campground is offering a one time $25 fall move in credit for long term (one month and more) customers. Callers may request a Move In Kit. An Open House is underway, with door prizes for all.
Bayview RV Campground offers 10 very pleasant sites by the bay in Destin, Florida. Monthly rates are $600 ($500 for smaller RVs), including power, city water and sewer and local cable service. There is a coin laundry room, and beautiful bathhouse. Boat storage is available for no extra charge or as an addition to the standard two vehicle limit for $100 per month. The location is original Destin makes for easy accessibility to the beaches, harborwalk, and businesses of the neighborhood.
Bayview RV Campground won the Best of Destin 2009 Award in Trailer Parks and Campsites category by the U. S. Commerce Association. For reservations 850-837-5085 or

Monday, September 21, 2009

Book Us for the October Fishing Rodeo

Make History. Win Prizes. Join the fun and excitement of participating in the famous 36th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo. Enroll at the link above, and then stay conveniently near all the official action at Bayview RV Campground at Reduced Fall Rates. Even if you stay elsewhere, you can keep your boat with us near the city boat launch on Joe's Bayou for the entire month for only $100, or for just $4 per day.
Fall Nightly Rates are $45 for popups, $50 per night for RVs and $60 for RVs over 40 ft. in length. Weekly, 6 x daily rate. $600 monthly, (or with discounts of up to $50 for part time use.)
We are only 2 miles to the Rodeo Docks and Harborwalk Village. For more details, call 850-837-5085 or email:

Sunday, September 20, 2009


Due to popular telephone demand and rainy conditions, our Open House is extended through this week until Saturday, September 26. If you were one of our out of town callers who could not attend, we are saving your door prize!
The off season is here...Monday is the first day of fall, and nothing beats "Indian Summer" for
warm, sunny days on the beach and beautiful cool evenings at Bayview RV Campground.
Send us an e-mail and we will send you our online brochure and photos to dream by!
Whether for a one night stay, or a whole year, you'll be glad you did. Ask for a move-in kit.
e-mail: Phone 850-837-5085 or Text 850-333-8202.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

My Book is Free Online

If any readers of the Destin Log's recent articles on my father, Capt. Ben Marler, would like to download a free copy of this book, please go to
You will need Adobe Reader, but you may freely download this program at
Libaries are encouraged to download a free archival copy. Many of the 130 historial and family photos were taken by myself or my family and I will give written permission to use them if you will contact me at
The County libary system has a printed copy. Several local elementary schools are using this book as a fifth grade level "A. R. Reading" book, and at last count, 140 children had checked it out for school credit at my "alma mater" (1966-1972) Destin Elementary School. I regret that I don't have any more printed copies to donate, but I will be producing the book on CDs and hope that eventually Amazon will have printed copies for purchase. God bless you for reading this book, and please share it with your own children. - Athena//

Monday, September 14, 2009

Free E-Book on Marler Family

If you are enjoying reading about Capt. Ben Marler in the Destin Log and want more details and photos, a free copy of the e-book, The Impressive Art of Straightening the Home (2002), authored by Ben Marler's daughter, Athena Marler Creamer, may be downloaded today. The book features 130 rare and historical photos of Destin and the W. T. Marler family. Libraries are strongly encouraged to make a archival copy. The e-book may be downloaded free of charge at
Most of the photos are owned and copyrighted by Heiress Arts Publishers and are available with the author's written permission. For more information, e-mail or visit


Bayview RV Campground is having an Open House Saturday, September 19 at their location at 749 Beach Drive, Destin, Florida 32541. All are Welcome. Visitors may drive through or tour the property and will receive a door prize. RV, boat and tent sites are available for this Fall and the approaching 36th Annual October Destin Fishing Rodeo. Long term RV sites are ready. Local businesses and merchants are invited to participate with a free booth, or to bring literature or samples by the campground this weekend for our display and distribution. For more details, please contact Athena Creamer, 850-785-2252. (IN CASE OF RAIN, OPEN HOUSE WILL BE HELD ON THE FOLLOWING SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26) Check out The LOG for further details.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

2009 Economy Makes RV Living Attractive to Some

Bayview RV Campground in Destin, Florida ( offering monthly RV rental sites for $500-600 per month, all hookups included (power, city water & sewer, and cable with 24 channels). Larger rigs 40-42 ft. in length are slightly more at $635 per month. Corporate rates are available based upon duration of stay.
Spokesperson Athena Creamer says that fall is the time she sees campers arrive for the annual month-long October Fishing Rodeo, and her location adjacent to the Destin city boat launch on Joe's Bayou is a natural draw. Bayview offers boat trailering for $7 per day or $100 per month, but boat trailering is free with an RV site.
The location and small size (10 sites) makes Bayview unique in Destin. Creamer says that she embraces HarborWalk Village as an attractive feature because of the wide array of events and activities held there, and it's close proximity to the campground. Original Destin she roughly defines as the area from the Destin bridge to one mile east of the bridge, is where she grew up. It's a microcosm of a now larger community and its many churches, shops, post office, movies, banks, restaurants, boats, businesses and beaches fulfill practically every need of the RVing resident and lover of Destin, Florida.