Are you a beach babe or a trekking enthusiast? Or your idea of vacationing is to relax over fruity sangria soaking up the sun and the bliss? Well, Florida, with its green waters, rich fauna, natural springs and clear blue skies, offers it all. If you are in search of well-equipped camping grounds in this tropical paradise where you can head out to on your motor home, we have some brilliant suggestions etched out for you. Pick up the plan that suits you best and hit the roads on your plush abode on wheels.
Of bird watching and more: If you are looking for a mix of fun and relaxation, be it for a week or a day trip, head out with your RV to the St Lucie Campground adjoining the St Lucie Canal on the south. It being a part of the Okeechobee Waterway, you can spend your day fishing, watching boats or perhaps a manatee, amid the clear water. If you love bird watching, step out to nearby Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge to take a glimpse of a variety of bird species. The highlight of St Lucie, however, is the pretty waterfront tent sites that lets you sit under the open sky, and you wouldn’t have to sit within the confines of your RV through the day in search of comfort. Most sites have both electric and water hook-ups. Food freaks can make the most of the many restaurants lined down the road. The campground is open round the year.
A sporty retreat: Adventure junkies, if you thought that RV-ing is not for you, here’s a reality check. A host of camping destinations across Florida offer opportunities to give you that adrenaline rush through various activities such as snorkeling, canoeing, kayaking and more. We lay our bets on the US’s first undersea park — the John Pennenkamp Coral Reef State Park that covers around 178 nautical square miles of coral reefs, mangrove swamps and sea grass. While you can indulge in a host of adventure sports here, you will also be able to avail all the usual facilities that are common on camping grounds. Right from water and electricity hook ups, flush toilets, hot showers to picnic areas, barbeque grills, restaurants, campfire programs and overnight pet stay facilities, this place has it all. However, there are certain restrictions with respect to pullouts and awnings so find that out before starting your journey.
The call of the wilderness: If going wild on an exciting trek is what thrills you, the Florida Keys RV Park and resort could be the right choice. Home to a large variety of endangered animals and plants, it’s located at the heart of Florida, and the 15 miles of path by the camp ground lets you hike, bike and trek from morning to sundown. The easy location also lets you explore some of the hottest food, shopping and sightseeing hubs. This place accommodates only self-contained RVs and motor homes – right from smaller rigs to large class A motor homes. Be it waterfront, premium or standard sites, all of them are well equipped with electric, cable, water, sewer and free WiFi hot spots.
Getting beach-y: Needless to say, Florida beaches are divine, so you can’t ignore them for long. Whether you want to lie back and watch the sunset or trek down the coastal forests, there’s something for every RV enthusiast. St George Island State Park is one such camping spot that promises to leave you enthralled. Featuring 60 campsites with electricity, water, two bathhouses and a dump station, this place has six big picnic shelters with all amenities. The oceanfront campgrounds, on the other hand are a visual delight so be assured to be charmed by the glittering white sand coves, salt marshes and shore birds or your feet be kissed by sea turtles.
Eat, sip and relax: Don’t want any adventure or activities? Just want to lay back, sip of your favorite red wine over Beatles, and the grill smoking up the steaks and the asparagus? Well, there are plenty of such campground options, too, where you can head out to escape from your mundane routine for a much-deserved break from work, without keeping any particular plan of action in mind. You could stop by at the St Andrews State Park by the Gulf of Mexico and Grand Lagoon, and watch the sunset over the emerald green waters as you enjoy a relaxing lunch at their picnic pavilion. The Colt Creek State Park, the Silver Springs State Park and the Ravine Gardens State Park, all of them in Central Florida, are also good options with similar camping and parking features.
Costs and reservations
For a hassle-free stay, it always makes sense to make reservations in advance at least during the peak camping season — November through March. Rains are common during the afternoon in between June and September. Cost of staying in public parks may range between 8 to 25 dollars per night while private park rates may shoot up to 50 dollars.