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Old 07-09-2015, 09:25 PM   #1
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We are planning a Florida trip this winter (Dec 26-Jan 1) with some friends and I've been beating my head against the wall trying to nail down a place. Don't really want any surprises once we get there and want reasonable weather along with about 16-17 hours from here in SE PA. Was dead set on Fort Desoto, but was out of the country without internet and by the time we got back it's all booked. Looking for a place on either coast from say Spring hill to Sarasota on the gulf side and from Cocoa Beach to Fort Pierce on the Atlantic side. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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Old 07-11-2015, 06:43 AM   #2
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Just finishing my "Discover Florida Tour".
So far I have found the West Coast the Best Coast
East Coast too congested and traffic a nightmare.
Turtle Creek on Siesta Key small. Close n intimate
State n County Parks reasonably priced but lack amenities
Really depends on what you are looking for.
Stay away from FLEETWOOD in Jacksonville!
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Old 07-11-2015, 03:10 PM   #3
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We like the Florida State Parks. If you are interested check out Gamble Rodgers State Park around Daytona Beach. Just opened up a new campground section and I see there are quite a few openings. The main campground on the beach is booked as usual but the new campground across the highway is now open and I'm sure you can get in. This
is a bit unusual for a Florida State Park so close to the water. Good luck
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Old 07-11-2015, 06:35 PM   #4
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State parks are probably your best bet because snow birds migrate down and fill up the campgrounds for the winter months. It makes it hard for us residents to camp during our nice weather months. Our local resort is filled up during the winter with a waiting list.
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We are planning a Florida trip this winter (Dec 26-Jan 1) with some friends and I've been beating my head against the wall trying to nail down a place. Don't really want any surprises once we get there and want reasonable weather along with about 16-17 hours from here in SE PA. Was dead set on Fort Desoto, but was out of the country without internet and by the time we got back it's all booked. Looking for a place on either coast from say Spring hill to Sarasota on the gulf side and from Cocoa Beach to Fort Pierce on the Atlantic side. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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Call Treasure Coast RV in FT Pierce, openings till mid Jan. Don't wait much longer. Winter 6 mo. every year.
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Old 07-12-2015, 07:30 AM   #6
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try Road Runner Travel Resort in Fort Pierce on the east coast.
Wintered there this year and they always had several sites that kept turning over after a few days or a week stay.
They do pack them in though.
Another location we stayed at was in Cedar Key RV Resort in Cedar Key Fla on the west coast, above Orlando. Not sure what the weather will be like that time of year, but the sites are nicely spaced apart and landscaped.
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Old 07-12-2015, 08:31 AM   #7
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We decided and booked Manatee Hammock park in Titusville. It's just a hair farther north than I wanted to be but the info I've found shows an average of 70 in Jan and that will work for us. Sites also look to be bigger and less cramped than most of the private parks, which I prefer. Right on the indian river so we can drop the kayaks right in. Only time will tell now if we made a good call. I read about Road Runner and really like the area as my grandmother lives right off 95 and Indrio rd, but I like spacious sites. Probably just head to Ft Pierce without the trailer for a day.
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FYI. You'd probably be happy in either. Manatee Hammock used to be a commercially owned CG that was taken over by the county. That made it a step above the normal county/state parks as far as facilities. I have been there a few times and it was nice. I am not sure that it is more spacious than Roadrunner (one of our favorites), but the river access is nice. Convenient to grocery stores, etc., only about a mile away. Winter water temps are high 50's to low 60's. Should be nice.
BTW, we are headed to Roadrunner this weekend for our annual family camp out. Family loves it, too.
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Been to Manatee Hammock several times & really like it. Not the fanciest, but nice. Correct on the kayaks, they have a ramp within the campground. Need any info on the area, drop me a PM.
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Just looked at Manatee Hammock. I like the fact that it is close to the Space Center and on the water. I have been wanting to take the kids to Kennedy. I'm thinking a October camp date for the family.


We just got back from Ft. Desoto south of St Pete. This is county owned and taken care of with very private sites. Can be a little tight for larger units but on the water and close to the fort and a few beaches. No sewer hookups but dump stations available.
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