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Old 09-17-2015, 05:32 PM   #1
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Florida Campground Recommendations

Our 10 month search for an AS culminated a couple weeks ago with the purchase of a Classic 31. We were reluctant to make reservations for a January trip to Florida until we located what we wanted, and are finding many parks are full in the Sanibel area. (Our first newbie lesson.) can anyone recommend areas along the Gulf Coast, including nice campgrounds? We would like to start around Tarpon Springs and move South, staying along the Coast. Primarily looking for the warm temps, good food and interesting scenery. Great shelling would be a plus. It's our first trip. We'll be out for about 4 weeks and might experiment with multiple locations.

P.S. I hope it isn't a violation of protocol to piggyback another inquiry, but has anyone ferried their AS across to Martha's Vineyard? There is one campground there that looks interesting. Thanks.

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Old 09-17-2015, 05:57 PM   #2
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I recently was able to get s reserved site at Fort Desoto Park near St Pete's.

I haven't been there before, but it comes highly recommended and looks t have good big sites - no sewer connection though.


We will be there for ten days, then I also have reservations near Orlando, and also at the Land Yacht Harbor Airstream Park in Melbourne on the Atlantic coast. Have stayed before several times.)

I would get going and make reservations sap. We used to go to Florida without reservations but i recent years have found that is not a good idea!

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Old 09-17-2015, 06:48 PM   #3
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Salt Springs Rec Area inside the Ocala National Forest, full hookups, nice park, clean, friendly camp hosts and very cost effective.

I lived in Clearwater and St. Pete, I still don't understand how Fort Desucko is so highly recommended, but it's average compared to much of the other offerings of Florida. Maybe I just have high standards.
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Old 09-17-2015, 06:59 PM   #4
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Closest sp to Sanibel that might have space is Koreshan sp, we had to wait last year until March before the snowbirds thinned out Forget SP's in FL in winter without reservations booked at least 6 mo in advance. Keys fill up even faster.
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Old 09-17-2015, 09:21 PM   #5
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We're staying at Anastasia and Topsail SPs in February. Learned, to our chagrin, that Keys fill up literally milliseconds after reservation window opens! Oh well, we'll "suffer" our away through a month in the northern part of the state.
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Thanks so much for the replies. We are reserved at Ft. Desoto for 10 days.
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Old 09-19-2015, 09:39 AM   #7
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Thanks so much for the replies. We are reserved at Ft. Desoto for 10 days.
Hope you enjoy it ...... and I hope we do! I'm getting a bit concerned after reading "Boldadventure's" comment!

We have not been there before,cbut friends who had visited several time spoke well of it!

In any event, at least we have a spot and also if nothing else, it seems a decent location for exploring that part of Florida!

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We have camped at Ft. Desoto and think its great. We are headed back this Jan for 6 nights. We reserved a waterfront campsite, we can kayak right from our site. Its a bit pricey vs state parks but we think it's worth it.
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In Sarasota, Fl there is Sarasota Sunny South, located just 4 miles from Siesta Key Beach off SR #41 (Tamiami Trail). It's a clean we'll run place located near everything. It's probable already booked for most of the upcoming season but it's worth a phone call.
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Salt Springs Rec Area inside the Ocala National Forest, full hookups, nice park, clean, friendly camp hosts and very cost effective.

I lived in Clearwater and St. Pete, I still don't understand how Fort Desucko is so highly recommended, but it's average compared to much of the other offerings of Florida. Maybe I just have high standards.
If I understand the NPS reservation schedule, they take RV site reservations only 30 days in advance. I'm looking at them today and starting on 10/15/15, it's Walkup. Prior to that it's Reserved or Available.

With the Senior Pass it's very affordable at $12 plus electric, but it's difficult to make plans for winter
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Ft deSoto is one of our favorite campgrounds. We always get a site on the water and can leave our kayaks right at our site ready to go. Even the non water sites are nice too. There is great biking right outside the campground by the beaches too. Sites have varying amounts of foliage in between - some are great but most are pretty good. No amenities which doesn't bother us as we're not looking for them.
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Hope you enjoy it ...... and I hope we do! I'm getting a bit concerned after reading "Boldadventure's" comment!



We have not been there before,cbut friends who had visited several time spoke well of it!



In any event, at least we have a spot and also if nothing else, it seems a decent location for exploring that part of Florida!



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Don't worry too much about Bold's comment...he can be acerbic at times. 😉
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Don't worry too much about Bold's comment...he can be acerbic at times. ��
I don't think it's a nice park.
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I don't think it's a nice park.

I think "Fort Desucko" MAY have given that away.
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