Now that summer is in full swing, you might be itching for a chance to plan a summer getaway. But if you’re concerned with spending too much, you might think your options are limited. One destination you might not have considered before is Florida. While sometimes thought of as a tourist trap home to overpriced theme parks and crowded beach resorts, Florida is also home to several charming destinations perfect for anyone looking to take their RV down to the Sunshine State.
Curious where you should go if you’re craving a Florida getaway? Here are a few suggestions for some great RV destinations.
Pompano Beach, located on Florida’s East coast just outside of Fort Lauderdale, is considered the “Heart of the Gold Coast.” Well known for its boating and fishing, Pompano Beach features a living coral reef that’s perfect for snorkelers and scuba divers. With more than 50 local parks, there’s plenty of outdoor activities to keep you occupied during your stay.
The Breezy Hill RV Resort is located 2 miles from the Atlantic Coast and features proximity to swimming, fishing, nature trails, and more. The RV resort is also dog friendly as long as your pooch weighs less than 20 pounds. The cost for 30 amp service for RVs up to 26 feet is $34 per day, with 30 to 50 amp service starting at $37 per day.
Located on a 7-mile long barrier island, Fort Myers Beach is well known for its sugar sand beaches, fishing, and close proximity to Sanibel and Captiva. Fort Myers Beach also features Times Square, which is located at the heart of Estero Island’s downtown area. The square features outdoor dining, close proximity to the Fort Myers Beach Pier, and offers street performers throughout the year to entertain visitors.
The Gulf Air RV Resort features a trolley that will take you to the beach so you don’t have to worry about moving your RV when you get into town. The RV park is walking distance to groceries and shopping, and in close proximity to golfing, fishing, and museums. The park also features activities like beach yoga, sea shelling, sand sculpting, and more for visitors to take part in. Plus, the RV park is dog friendly for pups under 25 pounds. Sites start at $38 per day, depending on amp services and provided your RV is less than 40 feet.
Home to waterfront shopping and palm tree-lined streets, Punta Gorda offers natural attractions and reminders of the state’s old Florida charm. The city’s historic district features Fisherman’s Village, a waterfront village that features shopping, restaurants, furnished villas, a military heritage museum, and a full marina.The Gulf View RV Resort is located only 4 miles from Fisherman’s Village and features a dock perfect for fishing. The RV resort also features a boat launch and nature trails for anyone looking to make the most of this historic city. Rates start at $30 a day for 30 and 50 amp service, and guests who book for longer than a week can receive cable television for an additional cost.
Pine Island is about 30 minutes away from Fort Myers and features great fishing and excellent grounds for kayaking and canoeing. As the largest island off Florida’s Gulf Coast, it offers three aquatic preserves, fruit groves, and a haven for birdwatchers, fishers, and nature lovers. Although Pine Island is a 17-mile island, it features very little sand and is instead lined with mangroves. Legislation also prohibits developers from bringing high rises to the island, ensuring that the island feel will remain preserved for years to come.
Pine Island’s Pine Island RV Resort is a great place to for fishing, and the RV park features angling from the resort. The waterfront park offers bus trips to beaches, historic attractions, and flea markets. Plus, the park is pet friendly, so you don’t have to leave Fido at home. RV hookups run from $35 to $38 a day, with patios available by request and wireless internet available.
Home to one of the best known spring break destinations in the world, Panama City offers 27 miles of white, sandy beaches and water that offers dozens of artificial reefs perfect for fishermen and scuba divers. Nearly 6 million visitors come to Panama City Beach each year, and after visiting this city you’ll see why. The area has the highest population of bottlenose dolphins, and fisherman can admire them while reeling in blue marlin, red snapper, mackerel, trout, and more.
While not considered an RV park solely, St. Andrews State Park features RV parking for RVs up to 40 feet. The park itself boasts 1.5 miles of beach, 2 miles of paved roads perfect for cycling, a boat ramp, boat launch, and boat tours to and from Shell Island. There are also ranger-led campfire circles, hiking trails, playgrounds, scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, and more. Rates run about $28 per night, a modest price tag to take in all the natural benefits the park has to offer.
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