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Old 07-08-2016, 02:02 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Witch Doctor View Post
You got to get pass Orlando for good weather been doing it for 5 years...
Not true...lived in the Panhandle for 38 years and have seen PLENTY of beautiful days in February. I will freely admit though that I do spend a week in the Keys every February for windsurfing without a wet suit!

The Panhandle beaches are beautiful in Feb...Grayton, St. George, Cape San Blas, Topsail, Pensacola, PC, plus tons of others. Don't rule them out just because you might need to wear a jacket occasionally...

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Old 07-08-2016, 02:06 PM   #12
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How do you go about planning your trips? What apps, atlas, or other do you prefer and why?
We went from Richmond to St. Augustine (Anastasia SP) then over to Crystal River in 2014. I used Google maps and the Good Sam trip planner. We discovered we're good for about 350 miles a day. So, about 350 miles down I-95, I look for a park close to the interstate. And there it is, Santee Lakes CG. I call and ask if I can get a spot on such-and-such a day a can I stay hooked up. They say "yes" and we're good for day one. Day two gets us to Anastasia SP (Reserve America for booking). I've found that phoning private parks is the best way to get what you want and have all your questions answered. I also phone the ranger stations at govt. parks if I'm not familiar with them.
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Old 07-08-2016, 02:15 PM   #13
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If you are a military retiree, you can try some of the military bases in Florida. I have stayed at Pelican Roost at the Mayport Naval Station just up from Jacksonville Beach. Advance reservations advised. Excellent place, waterfront.
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Old 07-08-2016, 02:32 PM   #14
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Have been snowbirding since 2012. Make reservations for Feb,Mar 11 months in advance.
Has been getting harder and harder to get them even that far in advance. We like Fl. State Parks. It is a little easier to get reservation at the St. Parks inland rather than on the coast. There many nice ones inland. We do Destin area in the fall. Still busy but not as bad.
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Old 07-08-2016, 04:43 PM   #15
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Try Orange City RV Resort for a stop over.Its right off of Rt4 about 22 mile south of 95 & 4 split. I stay there for 3 1/2 months. Further south you go it cost more money anything below Orlando.
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Old 07-08-2016, 06:14 PM   #16
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We stay at JOHN PRINCE COUNTY PARK CAMPGROUND in Lake Worth, FL in Palm Beach County. Only way to make a reservation is call on the phone at 7 AM 90 days before your day of arrival. We stay from the end of Oct. to March 1. It is mostly filled with French Canadians, it costs $840 a month (did last year). They have full hook-up sites for 5 months only and they have full hook-up sites for 2 weeks only. They have sites for electric & water only for 5 months, also. Those are easier to get. But again, you can only call on the phone 90 days before arrival at 7 am!! We used to go beginning of January - took a couple of weeks of phone calling before we got a site - so then we were in the middle of January. They will tell you how many sites are available for the day you want (usually one of 2) - then they will tell you that tomorrow 75 people will be calling!!! It's like being a winner on a radio program "you are the lucky 10th caller!!" That is why we go in Oct. now!! Good Luck, it's really hard to get any site in Florida for the winter.
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Old 07-08-2016, 06:57 PM   #17
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I love Gamble Rogers but you have to book it 11 months in advance to get a beach side site. The other side of the park is okay too but you have to drive or bike ride to the beach. I also like Fort Clinch SP north of Jacksonville. Again, hard to get a beach side site. Great place to ride bikes, tour the old fort etc. Look at some of the Corp of Engineers sites in Florida. They book 6 mon in advance so you still have time to get February sites. On the panhandle, Feb can be chilly but highs are often in the 60s. I like St. George SP, and my very favorite, Topsail SP. Topsail is not cheap but has full hookups and other amenities. I'm retired and meander around wherever I want to visit so have been to many campgrounds. Have fun on your trip!
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Old 07-08-2016, 07:00 PM   #18
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Also, in Savannah, Skidaway Island State Park is an easy drive to downtown and some days even has a trolley available to take you on a tour. Wormsloe Historic site is nearby as is a grocery store, drug store, gas station and restaurant.
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Old 07-08-2016, 08:01 PM   #19
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I live in Florida as well and get a little frustrated trying to find a place to camp in the winter. I have however had some success by checking availability at my favorite parks on a daily basis. They get cancellations and a site will open unexpectedly. I even have reservations for Christmas at Stephen Foster Cultural Center. They have a fabulous light display. I just kept checking over and over. Also, don't forget some of the counties have camping parks.
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Old 07-08-2016, 08:09 PM   #20
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Thanks everyone for your quick responses. ependydad - thanks for the heads up on rv it's a great app, and really helped me visualize where and how long we would be driving and staying. I think we were planning too much in to short of a time frame. I really don't want to be driving every other day. Love that it links directly to the campgrounds. I appreciate all the suggestions from everyone on where to stay and will definitely be checking those out. Awellis3 - I agree 350 mi. being the most we would want to drive in a day, I'd really prefer 250, so back to the drawing board but this time with more tools at my disposable and some great suggestions. Thanks again - maybe we will cross paths in Florida this winter!

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