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Old 04-07-2011, 01:49 AM   #11
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Some of the state parks are hard to score during your high season months. I love Bahia Honda and scored a week there at the end of August, begin of Sept. You have to be diligent about booking 11 months in advance. Sometimes you can get lucky and and grab a few weekdays at that time, but mostly the key Parks are booked solid. They are John Pennekamp, Long Key, Curry Hammock and Bahia Honda. They have dump stations, no full h/u. Anything near water will be harder to score.

I like the area around Lake Okeechoobee, especially the western side of the lake. There are quite a few RV parks around Palmdale, Fisheating Creek, Lake Placid and all along the Route 27 corridor. This is all south of Orlanda in what would be considered So Central FL. Yes, there are a lot of lakes. They have critters and the leave you alone. I wake to the sound of a gator croaking in his pond every morning. Most important rule is to never feed them. It's also citrus season and you can but fruit all over the place during those months. I bought a half box of Valecias last year for $3 and made 9 jars of orange marmalade. It's a quiet and peaceful region with friendly people and lots of resort style CGs. We get cold snaps every now and then. I went through #60 of propane to keep the camper slightly toasty during Jan and Feb. I've been doing chemo for months though and my thermostat has been way off. The northerns ran around in shorts and t-shirts while I've dragged a blanket with me everywhere. It's really nice now. Mostly warm and sunny and just before rainy season begins! Good luck making your plans. I know onw place that I pass that always looks busy called MT Resort in Palmdale.


2009 F150 Supercrew - 2007 Shamrock 23RS Hard Slide -buh bye!
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Old 04-07-2011, 04:18 PM   #12
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Lakeland Carefree RV Resort

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Lakeland care free resort looks very nice, It seems to have everything we could want , How are the prices in Jan, Feb , Mar ??
We've made our reservations for next year and the rate is $765/month plus electricity. A month is considered 30 days. If staying for less than a month, it is $228/week includes electricity (don't know the daily rate). This will be the third year we've paid this rate. Don't know what "newcomers" are charged, but you could give them a call and ask. I think you would enjoy staying here. The only downside is that it is next to the Interstate, so road/car/truck/motorcycle noise does get loud at times. Pool is heated, but it's not open unless outside temperature is above 65 degrees.

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Old 04-07-2011, 05:08 PM   #13
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Thanks to All of you that have given me some ideas about Florida campgrounds. Momma Tac.. I called carefree its $795 a month for me.. I sent them a resume to be considered for a work/kamper spot (nothing wrong with keeping busy... and keeping the rent down ) As far a gators go.. We have a 9lb Pomeranien who thinks hes 90lbs !!! but hes going to be on a leash so..we shall see how that goes..
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Old 09-17-2013, 02:59 AM   #14
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We live on the west coast of FL and enjoy the Sarasota/Bradenton area quite a bit. Lots of nice parks here too. Horseshoe Cove is off I-75 in Bradenton; lots of great amenities, nice winter programs (although we tend to camp there "off season") our favorite thing about this park is 1- location. Lots of things to go and do, beaches, museums, shopping, etc. 2- they are on the Braden River and the park is situated in such a way that there is a bridge to an island owned by the park. You can walk your dog, ride bikes over, etc. They have nice picnic shelter that's screened in as well as a gazebo with porch swings to sit and enjoy the water. Also, the manatees come visit in the winter months. Nice pool and rec hall as well.

Just thought I'd share it with you. Sun n Fun is very nice too but a bit more pricey. I think Horseshoe Cove is a Passport America Park too.

There are lots of parks along 41 around Apollo Beach south to Bradenton. As well as north of Tampa on the I-75 corridor ~ Blueberry Hill comes to mind, been there a few times, more parking lot than not but the sites are well appointed and the buildings, etc were nicely kept with lots to do. There's a room for playing cards,etc that was very nice and cozy.
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Old 09-17-2013, 07:12 AM   #15
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Outdoor Resort of America - Melbourne Beach

This is a five star resort with all the amnities you are looking for. All private sites, rentals available. Really is a five star resort, website:

Melbourne Beach Outdoor Resorts of America

We liked it so much we bought one. Barrier island, one side on ocean, one side Indian River/Intercoastal. Fishing pier (red fish spawning ground), three pools, sauna, whirlpool, two sets of tennis courts, workout facility, boat ramp, etc.

Send me a private message if interested, I can get you started.

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