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Old 03-19-2012, 07:45 AM   #1
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Wintering In SW Florida

I would love to hear of what parks folks have found for their winters. Location, price, amenities - it would be nice to start a bit of a review (this is meant to be a good - you'd want to stay here).

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Old 03-19-2012, 02:46 PM   #2
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We are planning next winter in Florida going down one coast and up the other. Would also be interest in places to camp and where to avoid. heard that booking early is highly recommended. have checked into state parks, but one's with full hookups are limited.
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Old 03-24-2012, 02:09 PM   #3
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We visited Florida with our camper in January 2011 with the purpose of finding some nice campgrounds to winter at. We finally settled and fell in love with Miami Everglades RV resort and campground. Their website has since changed to miamicamp.com. The campground is owned and run by Legacy. The snowbirds (campers) are what makes this a fantastic place to winter. The place is close to the everglades and key Biscayne and of course the Florida keys. Miamicamp has several packages that offer lower rates for either monthly, 3 month or 6 month stays. You're not really in Miami but closer to Homestead and only about 30 miles from the Keys. The CG is in the Redlands Agriculture district and is in a very safe location. We love all of the fresh inexpensive vegetables grown in the area. You can try what we did and that is to stay and visit numerous CG's your first year until you find what you are looking for. Another nice place was treasure Coast RV park near Fort Pierce. Less expensive, but the weather is not typically as warm.
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Old 03-24-2012, 03:13 PM   #4
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For the past five years we have stayed at the Lakeland Carefree RV Resort right off I-4 at exit 33. During the months of Jan, Feb, and Mar there are planned activities, a dinner every Wednesday night, fish fry once a month, daily activities, cruise, casino weekend, etc. etc. Daily, weekly, monthly, 3-month, 6-months and 12-month fees. Daily and weekly include electricity, other fees are plus electricity. Nice park. Does have some truck and motorcycle noise from I-4. Forty-five minutes from Disney World, 30 minutes from Tampa.
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Old 03-24-2012, 03:18 PM   #5
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you can also check out the Florida state parks thru reserveamerica.com
some have restrictions on length of stay.
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Old 03-24-2012, 04:30 PM   #6
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This should be an interesting thread,we are thinking of doing this next winter,we did five weeks this this year but it was more of a vacation than a get south to avoid the cold,it will be nice to read peoples recommendations. We stayed at Whispering Pines just east of Ocala and it was very nice also quiet,we also stayed at Hide A Way in Ruskin and it too was nice (by nice I mean we would go back there). Right now we are in Fort Wilderness in Disney World probably the Cadillac of camp grounds.
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Old 03-26-2012, 04:26 PM   #7
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Our favorite in FL is Topsail Reserve State Park. It is in the panhandle Destin/Santa Rosa Beach. Not SW part of the state but worth a visit. It's a 10 in my book.

Three lakes in Hudson, a little North of Tampa, is a little more reasonable than most, has ok amenities. I rate it a 6.

Pine Island KOA just west of Fort Myers is remote and quiet. A bit far from anything but the people are nice. A 7

For a real treat, check out Gulf Waters in Fort Myers Beach. Expensive but worth it.... another 10

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