Florida is perhaps one of the most diverse places to RV. In the state you can find sunny beaches covered in palms, swamps lined with trees and underbrush, beautiful springs and parks, and even some great surfing spots. In total, there are well over 150 state and national parks, and most of them allow RVs or campers.
Before you sit down to plan your next vacation or RV trip, it would help to know a few great spots. Take it from a Florida native, we have some of the best campgrounds in the entire country.
Withlacoochee State Park
Wynnhaven Riverside RV Park, 8271 CR 48, Bushnell, Fl 33513
Withlacoochee is a beautiful area nestled in central Florida. If you’ve never heard of it before, or you’ve never been there, it’s well known for the Weeki Wachee springs nearby, featuring live mermaids.
Of course, this RV camp offers primitive camping with water and electric and several RV sites close by. The area is covered in a thick canopy of trees, including oak, hickory, magnolia, cypress and more. Besides all the plant life, there are tons of animals roaming about too, including turtles, dozens of birds and gators.
Port Saint Lucie
Port St. Lucie RV Resort, 3600 SE Mariposa Ave., Port Saint Lucie, Fl 34952
Port Saint Lucie is an attractive, ocean-side area with plenty to do including the lovely Jensen Beach. Port Saint Lucie RV resort is located on a scenic lake and has a lot of room to park your RV. It also features a sizeable clubhouse and pool, and pets are welcome.
There are annual rates and seasonal rates available depending on how long you wish to stay.
Sebastian Inlet State Park, 9700 South Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach, Fl 32951
If you want to shred some waves, then Sebastian Inlet is the place to go. First Peak is commonly voted as being one of the best surf spots in Florida, and is a great place to learn how to skimboard, go water-skiing, or just go for a swim. The campground isn’t bad either, and it just happens to be docked right next to one of the finest saltwater fishing spots in the entire state. You can catch just about anything here such as snook, redfish, bluefish, and even Spanish mackerel.
There are two historic museums nearby for those interested in the past, and plenty of other activities for those who prefer the great outdoors. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.
Bluewater Key-Clarks’ RV Lot, 2950 Overseas Highway, Key West, Fl 33040
Key West offers a slice of island living, with Bahamian-style locations. If you’ve never been, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Bluewater Key RV offers seemingly spotless and private RV lots that are close to Key West — the largest and most popular Key — yet far enough so as not to be crowded.
The park offers a community pool, showers, a clubhouse, and of course a coin laundry mat. If you’re looking for a place to fish, there are even private docks for the lots and great snorkeling areas nearby.
You will have to make reservations beforehand, so plan accordingly.
Ocean Pond Campground
Ocean Pond Campground, Sanderson Fl 32087
Ocean Pond is a gorgeous campground right in the middle of Osceola National Forest. It’s on the north side of a 1,760-acre natural lake. There are over sixty different campsites around the park, many of which offer support for tents, trailers and RVs.
Campground amenities include a beach, boat ramp, water supply, showers, toilets and more.
Anastasia State Park Campground, 300 Anastasia Park Road, Saint Augustine, Fl 32080
Saint Augustine is one of the oldest cities in the entire country, with tons to see. There are quite a few old Spanish forts in the area, Castillo de San Marcos National Monument being the largest.
Anastasia State Park Campground is the best place nearby to park your RV. It’s conveniently located near the beach and popular activities including downtown Saint Augustine. The campground has community access to showers, picnic pavilions, boat ramps and tons more.
Scott Huntington is a traveler, writer, and blogger. Follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington.