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Old 11-03-2013, 09:28 AM   #11
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You say your coming from Ohio, why the Florida panhandle? Isn't that kind of out of the way? How long is your trip? Are you looking for overnight stops or are you in no hurry? How far down in the Keys?
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Miami and the Keys remind us of Padre Island, the panhandle of Florida reminds us of St. Thomas in the Caribbean
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:30 AM   #12
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North of Clearwater, called the "Treasure Coast", you will find a lot of rivers but not much beach. We love to kayak, and this is our favorite area to camp.

One favorite of ours, about 1/2 hours north of Tampa in Homosassa on the Homosassa River, is Nature's Resort. We will kayak the Homosassa River up to the head springs where you can swim and see manatee (you could also visit the State Park, but not via kayak), and then down to a little dive called the Manatee Pub. http://www.naturesresortfla.com/

Down at the very southern tip of Pinellas County is Fort De Soto. https://public.co.pinellas.fl.us/parks/ParksMain.jsp Excellent for hiking, visiting the beach, snorkeling, kayaking. You can visit the old fort. You can also take a ferry over to Egmont Key for more snorkeling, gorgeous beach, and another fort.

Then farther south is Koreshan State Park on the Estero River for more kayaking and hiking. Welcome to Florida State Parks

The only place in the Keys that we've camped is Curry Hammock State Park. LOVED it and highly recommend it. Very small campground, but great location.

Next we want to try Long Key State Park.

I have heard great things about Bluewater Key (like an RV timeshare and you can rent sites from owners), but never stayed.
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:38 AM   #13
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There are several great state parks along the panhandle area, Henderson S.P. on the beach in Destin, Grayton Beach S.P. close to Seaside, Topsail S.P. on beach, and St. Andrews S.P. on the beach in Panama City Beach.
Topsail Reserve State Park is our favorite...

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Old 11-04-2013, 04:05 PM   #14
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Been to both TopSail and Bluewater Key ... both excellent ... different ... but outstanding!
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Old 11-05-2013, 04:41 PM   #15
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Yes, we are finding it very hard to find a place in the Keys.

We may try Everglades (Flamingo) and maybe focus on Southern FL Gulf Coast

Thanks for all the suggestions and we are researching all
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Old 11-05-2013, 06:24 PM   #16
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we stay at rock crusher canyon in crystal river fl clean and friendly half price if member of passport America
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:04 PM   #17
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Better hurry with the reservations. The roads are starting to fill up. Traffic is heavy from the Georgia boarder to Naples then over to Ft. Lauderdale/Miami via I-75.

Try the Corps of Engineer parks at W.P. Franklin or Ortona locks along the Calooshatchee river, east of Fort Myers. COE parks are built to industrial strength. You park along the waterway and watch the boats go thru the Okeechobee Intracoastal waterway and locks.
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Yes, we are finding it very hard to find a place in the Keys.

We may try Everglades (Flamingo) and maybe focus on Southern FL Gulf Coast

Thanks for all the suggestions and we are researching all
If you want to stay in the everglades call the Glades it also has a web site. The frogs stayed there last year. Just got an email saying they have plenty of room yet. South of Tampa, about the middle of the state.....Good Luck
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Great state parks are St.George Island and T.H.Stone Memorial St.Joseph Peninsula. We think that they are the most spectacular camping places in Florida. Will be back this winter.
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Better hurry with the reservations. The roads are starting to fill up. Traffic is heavy from the Georgia boarder to Naples then over to Ft. Lauderdale/Miami via I-75.

Try the Corps of Engineer parks at W.P. Franklin or Ortona locks along the Calooshatchee river, east of Fort Myers. COE parks are built to industrial strength. You park along the waterway and watch the boats go thru the Okeechobee Intracoastal waterway and locks.
These sounded interesting to me as last year I never got much further south then Ocala Nat'l forest. Alas, I just checked and they are all booked until march!!! Oh well.
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