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Old 11-08-2015, 03:02 PM   #1
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Exploring Southern Florida

We are avid Disney-goers. And, I know that makes some people roll their eyes so hard that they see their brains. So, I'm trying to figure out plans for a "real Florida" tour from late February to early May.

Problem is, I don't really know what "real Flordia" is... nor do I have reservations so most state parks are out. Additionally, a 42' fifth wheel is limited in what parks can take us. But, we are good with RV parks and don't mind paying up to $60-70/night (though, my ideal is sub $50/night for hookups). I know it's snowbird season, but figure I can find places to squeeze in. We'll look to spend 2 weeks in each location.

But, things that in Florida that I know of...

We may need to rendezvous with family around Sarasota for our first stop.

I'd like to do something with Miami and the Everglades, but I don't know if that is 2 weeks each or together. I do know that I definitely want some Miami beach time. I miss the salt and playing in waves. We didn't get that this past year like we usually do and I'm jonesing.

I've read of crystal clear waters in rivers and manatee watching. That sounds like something my family would enjoy.

For warmth, I think I'd like to mostly spend it south of Orlando. But, I really don't know when that warms up.

So... ideas? Possibly itineraries?
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Old 11-08-2015, 03:08 PM   #2
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Kennedy space center? Jetty park campground is near there. You can watch cruise ships come and go. I know , not real Florida , but still fun. 😃


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Old 11-08-2015, 03:22 PM   #3
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Kennedy space center? Jetty park campground is near there. You can watch cruise ships come and go. I know , not real Florida , but still fun.

I think we'd definitely like that.
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Old 11-08-2015, 06:57 PM   #4
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For manatees in the winter, go to Homosassa Springs and Crystal River (rent kayaks). Contact Lake Rousseau RV park nearby.

Miami Beach may be famous but east coast Florida beaches got nothing on the west coast (gulf) beaches. Anything between Clearwater and Naples is like being in the Caribbean. If you can get into Hillsborough River State park just outside Tampa, that is a great stay.

There is a ranger led day tour of the Everglades I've heard is good. Earlier this year we did 4 days in Highland Hammock state park near Sebring. Small, but very nice. If you stay near Sarasota, I recommend a day trip to Stump Pass park - without the camper. (walk the whole trail)

If you are a KOA member, that might be the only chance you have of finding a site in Florida during the winter.
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Old 11-08-2015, 07:21 PM   #5
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The Keys and Blue Water RV is excellent. We are in Fort Myers and there is so much to do. I think its very busy January and February. You are right to stay south if you want an almost 100% chance of warm. We have stayed at Silver Palms in Okeechobee before and its a beautiful park but not much going on in the area. We are in Cypress Trail and love it. Nice park and again so much in the area.
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Old 11-08-2015, 07:22 PM   #6
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We did Key West last Christmas, so I'm good with skipping it. The other suggestions are excellent- keep 'em up!
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Old 11-08-2015, 07:31 PM   #7
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We have stayed at Blueberry Hill Just north of Tampa. It is a very nice park. Very friendly. Also Tampa East on I 4 across from Lazy days is ok. We stayed a week the last two years and its very convenient to attend the Tampa RV show in January. Also we have stayed at Sun and Fun in Sarasota. Nice park but huge. Great water water park.
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Best time of year for fishing in the Keys can arrange that in Marathon don't have to go out far since it's all reef down there cost is cheap usually 6-8 people to charter they clean the fish and you can have restaurant to cook them for. The Everglades has nothing in it any more we stayed a week in the deepest campground in there pythons have destroyed it took some tours in the park seen a few saltwater crocs no wildlife at all in the park to speak of I was there about3 years ago in November could see more probably around Miami, Homestead area we didn't have any problems getting into RV parks as far as being full
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Good manatee viewing @ Blue Springs SP in Orange City; we go every year. Just wait for cold weather. Also Wekiwa Springs SP in Apopka. Fort DeSoto near Sarasota really nice; they have sites right on the water. Also try web site RV Park Reviews; lots of good info there.
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Old 11-08-2015, 10:07 PM   #10
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Manatee Springs (~40 mi north of Crystal River) is nice. You rent canoes and kayaks and go out on the Suwanee River.

Ravine Gardens State Park in Palatka, south of Jacksonville, is kind of unique.
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