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Old 09-23-2016, 11:26 AM   #1
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Nice campgrounds on gulf coast of Florida

Hi,
We are looking to spend a couple of weeks in Florida in either January or February.
This will be our first time doing Florida in our 28 foot Flying Cloud.
I would appreciate any ideas of nice waterfront campgrounds.
Any input would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Susan
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Old 09-23-2016, 11:43 AM   #2
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Choose a location and make reservations as soon as possible. Most people reserve a year in advance, so your choices may be limited.
I suggest looking south of Tampa if you want to be in bathing suit weather in January.
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Old 09-23-2016, 12:43 PM   #3
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Top Sail is the premier State Park on the pan handle. a mile of beach. Bike to beach

Ft De Soto is the premier on the west coast. Voted #1 beach int the country. Drive to beach

My favorite is St George Island if you want to be removed from the world and 8 miles of beach. Walk to beach

All 3 are north of the normal snow birds and can be cool.

Anything south of Tampa will be full by now
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Old 09-23-2016, 12:47 PM   #4
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I'd check around Naples, ft Myers in January. It's a long coast line.
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Old 09-24-2016, 11:31 AM   #5
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Check out Turtle Beach Campground on Siesta Key owned by Sarasota County. Great location on a great beach. Only limitation is no pets are allowed.
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Generally speaking, if you have not made your reservations one year in advance...you won't find much. Snowbirds start arriving in October and leave in April. They come from anywhere north of Georgia as far west as Montana... Many Canadians.

We live in Venice and have sold our home to escape the madness of snowbirds and moving to a secluded lake property in Texas.


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Hi,
We are looking to spend a couple of weeks in Florida in either January or February.
This will be our first time doing Florida in our 28 foot Flying Cloud.
I would appreciate any ideas of nice waterfront campgrounds.
Any input would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Susan
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Old 09-24-2016, 11:38 AM   #7
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As a Florida resident, i must agree with other postings about looking at a Southerly park. It is very cold in North Florida in January & February. The further south you can go, the more pleasant the weather will be. I assume you plan to spend time on the beach? That's no fun when it's 20 degrees outside. I recently searched State Parks in Florida. Many to choose from. Enjoy!
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We live on Sanibel Island and the traffic can be a problem in Jan and Feb. But the new causeway to Sanibel includes some beautiful beach spots for day camping---closed at night, so no overnight camping. Sunrises on the east water and sets on the bay water toward the west. Beautiful sunsets and nice beach walking. And its free once you pay 12 bucks to get on the causeway. Good luck.
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My husband and I are planning a sojourn through the Florida coast in January/February as well. We finalized all our arrangements about 2 months ago, but if you're willing to work hard I think you still have time. If you are members of Good Sam, they have a fabulous "trip planner" tool that allows you to map your journey. We are going to stay 3-7 days at each location and make an easy go of it -- about 125-200 miles when we move to the next stop. Our preference tends to be State Parks and we found a number that look amazing. We are also at a couple of City Parks (who knew?). Before finalizing any bookings, we went to TripAdivsor and checked the reviews, but you'll likely have your own spots. P.S. If you message me back with an email address, I'll be happy to send you a copy of our itinerary so you can get a sense of our journey at least! :-) Good luck and happy 'streaming!!!
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Best advice is south of Tampa for warmer weather but fronts can make it cold all the way to the keys, daytime temp would still be pleasant for you as your blood from the north will keep you warm We have been here 40 yrs and try to go on cruises to the southern Caribbean in Jan to stay warm. If you don't have luck beachfront try inland, a short drive can make for an easy day at the beach and keep the salt off the aluminum.
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Paradise Park in Punta Gorda , Fort Myers area. It's an X Airstream only park. It's a nice spot plenty to do. They also have a 9 hole golf coarse. The park has a guest area you can stay as long as you like. Been going there for years never seen it full.
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South Florida Camping in Winter

Here is the view from our campsite in Key Largo.... Beautiful place to spend winters. Likely booked for this January but search for any cancellations....Cheers..
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try this link on the forum

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...era-37772.html
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Hi,
We are looking to spend a couple of weeks in Florida in either January or February.
This will be our first time doing Florida in our 28 foot Flying Cloud.
I would appreciate any ideas of nice waterfront campgrounds.
Any input would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Susan
If you do not find a commercial waterfront campground you could possibly stay at Koreshan State Park just south of Estero, FL. They have water and electrical power at most sites. You can rent a kayak to see nearby Estero Bay. There are many nice beaches nearby, including Lovers Key and of course our (usually) warm Naples beaches. Stays at FL State Parks are limited to 2 weeks.
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