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Old 05-13-2015, 09:53 PM   #11
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Those pesky snowbirds must not pump too much money into your state's general funds, what with the 6% sales tax (that local municipalities can pump up to 7.5%.) Wish they'd all just stay home. At least I'm sure the business owners feel that way.
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Old 05-14-2015, 04:23 AM   #12
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Live in NE FL. Can easily get campsites at most state parks during weekdays, but more scarce when you include weekends. Even more scarce during winter months at a lot of parks. According to ranger @ our local state park, they do hold some sites back for people passing through, but you can only stay on these for 2 nights I believe. Also the longest you can stay one 1 site is 2 weeks, then you must move.
Being retired, we always try to book Monday thru Thursday. Also, it is ALWAYS very difficult to get a site at any of the state parks in the Keys; always booked for months in advance.
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Old 05-14-2015, 06:31 AM   #13
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Any state park along the Gulf Coast in northwestern Florida is fantastic. Must also include Fort Pickens near Pensicola at the far, west end of Gulf Islands National Seashore. They offer some of the most beautiful beaches in Florida. Our favorite is on St. George Island near Apalachicola where oysters are king. A little on the cool side January to April, but sure beats the sub temps up north!
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Old 06-03-2015, 02:39 PM   #14
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It is a waste of time for us to book state parks, they are 100% full on weekends 11 months out. I don't plan that far in advance.
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Old 06-07-2015, 05:20 PM   #15
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Have to agree with Ashley. Been camping in Florida State Parks for 27 years and have never heard of the only 50% reserved policy. Do not believe this is true. Yes, it is shame that Floridians cannot book sites in their own state parks. They should revise the policy to only allow bookings 90 days in advance. That being said, you should also check out county parks. Some very nice ones in Lake and Orange counties. Need to go to the individual county's website to view their campground info. Usually, can only book county parks 90 days in advance, so somewhat easier to get into. Also, Federal Campgrounds are very nice (recreation.gov). Can only book six months in advance, but they do fill up fast.
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Old 06-07-2015, 08:25 PM   #16
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Some of the private Florida campgrounds are extremely difficult to get into during the winter season. However, we were able to make an almost last-minute reservation for 10 days last February at the KOA on Pine Island (Fort Myers area). It was nice enough that we're going to stay there again next February.
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Old 06-08-2015, 05:39 PM   #17
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We were able to book a nice RV spot at Silver Palms in Okeechobee, Fl just last week without any trouble. We booked from Dec-March and a reasonable price. Everything we could research online along the coast was booked but Silver Palms looks nice and only about 1 hour to the coast. Looking forward to finding out!
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Old 06-16-2015, 08:26 PM   #18
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That seems to be a good plan. Stay in center of the state. Cheaper--sites available- one hour to the beaches & traffic. Drive to the beaches & big name stores. Much less traffic in middle of the state.

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Old 06-16-2015, 08:29 PM   #19
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That seems to be a good plan. Stay in center of the state. Cheaper--sites available- one hour to the breaches & traffic. Drive to the beaches & big name stores. Much less traffic in middle of the state. Russell
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Well, you're partially right. One hour from the beach area then add another hour for local traffic.. Been there done that....
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We did that last winter. Have site rented to do the same this winter. It worked well for us.

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