10 of the top RV campgrounds in Florida
If your goal is to get away and see the world, nothing matches traveling in an Airstream. Airstream road trips and camping let you have all the comforts of home in your own personal space, and unlike impersonal flying, you are on the ground through all your travels, soaking up everything the world has to offer. Florida is a worldwide destination for a reason, and below are some of the best RV parks to experience the amazing weather and awe-inspiring sights in the state.
Manatee Springs State Park
An hour out from Gainesville, Manatee Springs State Park lies in the heart of the Florida wilderness. The main draw is the water activities: in addition to open water for swimming and snorkeling, the park also offers cavern scuba diving. Just under ten miles of nature trails and, if you arrive between November and April, the calm packs of friendly beasts for which the park is named make it a peaceful getaway. Stays cost $20 per night, plus admission.
Big Cypress National Preserve
Big Cypress boasts of being one of the first national preserves created by the U.S. National Park System. Located about 45 miles out of Miami and adjacent to the Everglades, Big Cypress is home to many of the same animals you find at that well-known park: alligators, manatees, and cranes among others. Doubling as an Indian Reservation for the Seminole and Miccosukee tribes, some of the best wading grounds in the country can be found here for only $16 per night at the Midway Campground.
St. Andrews State Park
It should be a crime to visit Florida and not stay at at least one of its famous white beaches. St. Andrews State Park encompasses two and a half miles of pristine coastland connecting to emerald water, available at $28.00 per night. As any good ocean campground should, St. Andrews includes snorkeling and scuba diving, with plenty of rocks and coves to harbor fantastic-looking wildlife. A highlight is the boat tour the park offers during the spring and summer, where guests can see Shell Island, home to one of the largest populations of bottle-nosed dolphins on the planet.
Sunset King RV Resort
Sunset King is set right on King Lake, renowned locally as a fishing destination, and only forty miles out from Fort Walton Beach, one of the premier resorts on the Gulf of Mexico side of the state. Sunset King also offers a full suite of amenities to hook your RV into, including water and sewer, wireless internet, electrical power, and cable television.
Silver Dollar RV Resort
Situated in Odessa, FL, Silver Dollar is an excellent place for couples looking to enjoy more traditional activities in the greater Floridian weather. The men can make use of nearby golf courses and skeet shooting ranges, while the nearby shopping center provides a fun diversion for the ladies. A good pit stop to meet with friends and family before moving on, Silver Dollar offers repeat customer rates for frequent visitors.
Pine Lake RV Park
Located just outside of Panama City, Pine Lake likes to present itself as “Your home in the country,” a place for travelers to meet up and make friends. Wireless Internet and a business hub with fax machine, copier, and scanner help keep you connected while you rest. Other home-like amenities include garbage collection and a gymnasium.
Silver Palms RV Village
Located deep in South Florida in Okeechobee, Silver Palms is through and through a luxury destination. With the option to purchase or lease lots, your spot in Silver Palms can be secured as long as you need it, without the normal struggles of finding an area to set up.
Playa Del Rio RV Resort and Yact Club
One of the northernmost RV parks in the state, The Playa Del Rio is an excellent destination for those looking to enjoy the Florida beaches and sail along the Gulf of Mexico on their travels without making the long trip down the Florida peninsula. All amenities are available, and pets are allowed for those with furry friends.
Sunshine Key RV Resort and Marina
All the way down in the Florida Keys for those making the grand state tour, the resort in Big Pine Key, Florida, calls home a 75-acre island right on the edge of the ocean. A heated outdoor swimming pool presents an option for those a bit skittish about open water, and the resort boasts courts for shuffleboard, tennis, and basketball for those with a competitive edge. The Keys are an excellent winter destination for those looking to stay out of cold weather.
Bull Creek Campground
Nestled in the northeast corner of the state, Flagler County boasts that it has preserved “Old Florida” in a way the rest of the state has neglected. Its Atlantic natural beaches present as attractive an option as anywhere else in the state, but the real attractions are the well-preserved nature trails and bird watching opportunities – the park being a national destination for the over 470 identified species that call the area home. Bull Creek offers a different experience, and is not far out of the way for anyone in the southeast United States.