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Old 11-09-2015, 06:17 PM   #11
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Just spent a long weekend at Sun-n-fun in Sarasota for a rally put on by the dealer where we bought our motorhome, and can highly recommend it. It's huge but the facilities are excellent. Jetty Park in Cape Canaveral is one of my favorite campgrounds ( and very close to me also )


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Old 11-10-2015, 08:03 AM   #12
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Good stuff, everyone. I do appreciate the ideas.

I saw Sun-n-fun in Sarasota. I think it'll work well for a 2-week stay.
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Old 11-10-2015, 02:54 PM   #13
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Ocala National Forest area is one of our favorite places - try the Lake George area. Easy ride to Daytona/Ormond Beach areas and Volusia Speedway Park if you like a little dirt track racing.


I know you said South Florida, but this area is still worth checking out.
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Old 11-10-2015, 03:11 PM   #14
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We are going to Ft Myers at the end of March and staying at the San Carlos RV park. Nothing spectacular, but is close proximity to the beach (just over bridge, by foot or trolly) Made reservations last week. It's on the inner waterway and has docks right at your site. We usually stay at Red Coconut, but that's hard to get into and SCRV was almost 1/2 the price at prime season.
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Old 11-10-2015, 03:17 PM   #15
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If you are talking Feb. to May, north Florida is also the place to be. Spring hits the end of February, so it is not too cold after that. Highs probably in the 60's. As you move toward May, the temps will creep up slowly to the 70's (probably end of March) to the 80's and even 90 in May. Old Florida is found in the Ocala area, north to Gainesville. Micanopy is a small town south of Gainesville, which is a quaint half-a-day stop. There are museums and the beautiful campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville. There are several rivers in the area that make great day-trips. You can rent canoes and kayaks from outfitters. The Suwanee, Santa Fe, and Ichetucknee rivers are all located within and hour drive of Gainesville. Gainesville also has Paynes Prairie State Park and there are walking trails that allow you to get up close and personal with alligators on the east side of town. Just keep your distance! There is a nice biking trail from Gainesville to Hawthorne that takes you through the area. Williston Crossing RV resort in Williston, FL is a nice resort. They let kids in starting in April, so if you come this way in April or May, the snowbird season will be over. In south Florida, don't miss Alligator Alley. It is a drive across from East to West or West to East and goes through the Everglades.
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Old 11-10-2015, 03:28 PM   #16
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A nice place to stay in the central southern part of FL is the Ortona Lock Campground just east of LaBelle, FL.
It's on the Caloosahatchee River portion of the Okeechobee Waterway and a U.S Army Corps of Engineers campground.

Really nice sites (no sewer) and you can watch the boats come through the locks on the river. Not a lot else going on in the immediate vicinity but is centrally located between the coasts for easy back and forth driving to either side of the state.

Great place to just relax and get away from the hustle & bustle that South FL can be at times.

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A nice place to stay in the central southern part of FL is the Ortona Lock Campground just east of LaBelle, FL.
It's on the Caloosahatchee River portion of the Okeechobee Waterway and a U.S Army Corps of Engineers campground.

Really nice sites (no sewer) and you can watch the boats come through the locks on the river. Not a lot else going on in the immediate vicinity but is centrally located between the coasts for easy back and forth driving to either side of the state.

Great place to just relax and get away from the hustle & bustle that South FL can be at times.

Find out more information HERE.

Except its totally booked solid from January until almost the end of March, like every other campsite in Florida from about Daytona on south. I spent some time there for work a few years back, and could not believe what its like trying to get campsites in the winter. It easily surpassed everything I was ever told and believed about Snowbird season. Insanity. Even the state park campgrounds turned into packed parking lots. It takes talent to have a fast enough reservation finger that you can schedule campsites 11 months in advance consecutively for the entire winter, when they have a 14 night maximum at any one park.

Good luck ependydad, finding things to do will not be a problem but finding a campsite may be.
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Old 11-10-2015, 04:21 PM   #18
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Florida State Parks win awards year after year. But most of them are hard to get into in the winter. You have to book nearly a year in advance for Anastasia in St Augustine and Bahia Honda in the keys must be booked years in advance. I have been trying to get in there for four years with no luck. I love the wildlife in Florida. Disney's animatronic animals just don't do it for me. Oscar Sherrer in Osprey is close in to Sarasota but its an older Park with tighter sites.
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Doesn't state parks have a 14 day rule or most anyway
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Check out the KOAs. You will be paying more but more than likely get a spot. You might want to visit the Florida keys. Boyd's campground is good and so is the KOA on sugarloaf key. KOA is parking lot spaces though, but only 20 miles from Key West, clean and friendly. I think Key West is good for 2 week stay, lots to do in Key West and from Homestead Fl to Key west. Also like Homassasa(sp?) for the Manatees; but not for two weeks. The Everglades was great. Plenty to see and do; but not 2weeks worth. We did the "buggy" ride in the glades and an airboat ride. Plus visited wide life parks. If you are traveling with pets, makes sure they're up to date on shots and tags. Some places don't even ask while others want to see paperwork before you hook up. A lot of Florida Parks have insurance that does not cover bulldog breeds(boxer, pit bull, American Bulldog), German shepherds, Dobermans, Chow chows etc. be sure to ask before making reservations. I have seen people be evicted. I carry letters from two separate vets stating that my dog is an American bulldog - not a pit bull. The breeds look similar to a lot of people. Enjoy your trip no matter where you decide to go. Stay safe.


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