The sun is shining, the air is fresh, and you’re eager to hit the open road. What better way to experience the natural beauty and magnificence of the country than from behind the wheel of your RV? You have your heart set on a place that has a little bit of everything – beaches, swamps, forest, streams, balmy weather, and stellar entertainment. Your destination is Florida.
But you’re tired of pulling up to ridiculously over-crowded campgrounds where reservations must be made months in advance. You yearn for the freedom and intimacy of a smaller campground where you aren’t treading on someone else’s toes every time you leave your RV. You want your vacation to be truly memorable. Fortunately, there are some RV friendly campgrounds in Florida that offer all the amenities of a large park, but have somehow managed to keep the crowds at bay.
Campground: Ho-Hum RV Park
Location: Carrabelle, Florida (Lanark Village)
Why it’s a Hidden Gem: Do you want to wake up in the morning and see dolphins frolicking in the water just outside your window? Then Ho-Hum RV Park is the place for you. All camping sites are within a mere 250 feet of the beach. It’s location on the Gulf means that you and your family can enjoy activities like fishing, shelling, bird watching, or simply taking a relaxing stroll along the beach as the sun sinks slowly beneath the waves.
Campground: Miami Everglades Resort
Location: Miami, Florida (30 miles north of Key Largo)
Why it’s a Hidden Gem: Admittedly, this campground is a bit on the large side, but its spectacular accommodations and location make it worth mentioning. You can pull your RV into the shade of gorgeous palm, avocado, and mango trees. The camp site is a mere ten miles away from Everglades National Park, and thirty miles from Key Largo. If you prefer to do your exploration in an urban setting, the heart of Miami and Bayside shopping area is a short drive away.
Campground: Juno Ocean Walk RV Resort
Location: Juno Beach, Florida
Why it’s a Hidden Gem: This cozy RV resort is all about creature comforts and having a good time. It is just a short walk from the beach, but you don’t have to leave the campground to take a dip – the site has both a heated pool and a hot tub. The clubhouse has a variety of fun activities including billiards, shuffleboard, darts, and more. There are spacious and well-kept volleyball courts, and two dog walk areas to keep your pooch content. In season, there is also a weekly happy hour – that’s definitely something to smile about.
Campground: Horseshoe Cove RV Park and Resort
Location: Bradenton, Florida
Why it’s a Hidden Gem: Situated in a peaceful oak grove along the Braden River, this is the ideal site to unwind. Full hook-ups, concrete pads, and reliable availability of picnic tables and outdoor areas mean you and your family will be more than comfortable. Their recreation center boasts dart boards, billiard tables, a sewing room, and a card room. And you don’t have to be concerned about being bored if you happen to visit during the winter months because they have a packed activities schedule that includes potluck dinners, woodworking, coffee breaks, and movie nights.
Campground: Wild Frontier RV Park
Location: Ocala, Florida
Why it’s a Hidden Gem: This campground is perfectly situated to allow its visitors to enjoy all that central Florida has to offer, which is quite a lot. The site has beautiful, clean facilities and a caring staff that treat you like family. Local attractions include Ocala National Forest, a horse farm, a myriad of great restaurants, and fishing in the nearby lakes and rivers. They also offer full hook-ups for your RV camper, Wi-Fi internet, laundry facilities, and a swimming pool. You’ll be camping in style and comfort at Wild Frontier RV Park.
Written by Cody Douglas. Cody loves to travel around the United States in his RV.