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Old 07-17-2015, 07:48 PM   #1
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Best spots on FL left coast?

Hi All,

We're looking for any suggestions on where to camp in the Tarpon Springs region south to about Sanibel Island. We live in Orlando and have camped at many of the state parks in central FL which we have enjoyed. We're trying to avoid the "Carefree," or semi-permanent-style of camp site (no offense to those that enjoy those spots!). One of our favorite spots on the east coast is Beverly Beach campground near Flagler Beach (the non permanent beach side of the camp ground). Anything similar on the other coast?

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Old 07-17-2015, 08:04 PM   #2
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Ft. Desoto near St. Pete in Pinellas County is a really great place!
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Old 07-17-2015, 08:22 PM   #3
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Lovers' Key between Bonita Springs and Ft. Meyers Beach.


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Old 07-17-2015, 08:58 PM   #4
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There are lots of commercial RV campgrounds between Tarpon and Dunedin. We have stayed at Sherwood Forrest and Bay Air.
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Old 07-18-2015, 11:58 AM   #5
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There are a lot of good State parks. Oscar Scherer, Myakka River, Lake Manatee are a few. Some are located where they don't get a signal for phone? Corp of Engrs have some nice parks along the Caloosahatchee (WP Franklin and Ortona). One loop at Myakka has sewer.
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Old 07-18-2015, 12:33 PM   #6
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When you decide, let us know. I would love to spend the winter in SW FL.
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Old 07-18-2015, 12:39 PM   #7
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The list rbowen gave is a good one. You can even camp a a little private campground on Sanibel Island - Periwinkle CG. But contrary to lewster, there is no camping on Lovers Key; although, it is a great day-visit. They have a great dog beach. Maybe he meant Koreshan SP which is between Ft Myers and Bonita Springs. Sites are not large, but they are fairly private. We enjoy Lake Kissimmee State Park a lot.
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Old 07-18-2015, 12:59 PM   #8
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Koreshan SP with kayaks you can get to Lovers key. We also enjoyed touring the property formerly a commune of progressive women of long ago, then the property was turned over to the state.
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[ QUOTE=FL Crackers;1654220]The list rbowen gave is a good one. You can even camp a a little private campground on Sanibel Island - Periwinkle CG. But contrary to lewster, there is no camping on Lovers Key; although, it is a great day-visit. They have a great dog beach. Maybe he meant Koreshan SP which is between Ft Myers and Bonita Springs. Sites are not large, but they are fairly private. We enjoy Lake Kissimmee State Park a lot.[/QUOTE]


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I'm not telling!

The Better coast has lots of spots:


ok. just noticed you are from Orlando, FL peeps. I find Oscar Shearer State Park is great. It is in the woods with the Scrub Jays and not on the beach but really nice. The great beach is just south of there Nokomis beach with crystal clear water and nice beachfront. For dinner, Casey Key Fish house. There, I spilled the beans!

If you want beach frontage, Turtle Beach Campground is on the beach but perpendicular to it not for a view per se. The spots are close and the maneuvering tight but hey, you walk right on the beach!

If you like beachfront with more an urban or party feel (close to crowded places and hustle bustle of beach town area) the Red Coconut RV park is right on Fort Myers Beach. I have not stayed there but people like it.
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What do you think for most private, walking ,kayak etc.... We like our two Heelers to have quiet so they can be quiet ;we are Grandparents on our own no children activities needed for this trip! We are headed out after Christmas, hitting Anastasia Campground and then could cut across Florida if we liked , then down to Key West and back. I was looking at Flamingo yesterday...anyone been there ? So far we have Fort Pickens Campground, St. George island, and Anastasia SP. If you are in the Pan Handle and have never been.. Henderson campground. Nature at her best.
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What do you think for most private, walking ,kayak etc.... We like our two Heelers to have quiet so they can be quiet ;we are Grandparents on our own no children activities needed for this trip! We are headed out after Christmas, hitting Anastasia Campground and then could cut across Florida if we liked , then down to Key West and back. I was looking at Flamingo yesterday...anyone been there ? So far we have Fort Pickens Campground, St. George island, and Anastasia SP. If you are in the Pan Handle and have never been.. Henderson campground. Nature at her best.
There's also Collier-Seminole State Park in Naples......at the top of the Everglades. The offer great guided canoe and kayak trips into the 'Glades too.
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Jazgrass - I recommend eating at Peg Leg Petes when you're at Ft Pickens and you're in luck for some wonderful oysters and scallops when you're at St George. You might consider adding time at St Joseph on way to St George or backtracking when done. Cape San Blas is very peaceful and relaxing. You might look at Rainbow Springs SP in Dunellon on way across state.
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