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Old 02-16-2006, 10:56 AM   #1
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We will be in the Naples area of Florida next week visiting friends who winter there. One of our planned activities while there is to scout for possible campgrounds in the region since we are hoping to spend a month there in our Airstream next winter to try out "retirement living away from home." Thinking that several of you on the forum live in this area or have camped there, I'm asking for advice on some campgrounds that you would recommend for a month or longer stay. What do we hope to find? Reasonable space (privacy from neighbors-I'll bet that's an impossible in southern Florida in winter!); all utilities; scenic; proximity to gulf. . .having never been to Florida, I really don't even know what is possible to find there for camping! Thanks for making some recommendations or comments about staying in the region. ~G
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Never been to Florida but we just spent the past month in South Texas (San Antonio, Laredo,Harlingen,Corpus Christie, back in San Antonio right now) probably the most fun we have had in a long time. We have never met friendlier people in our travels. Lots of really nice,reasonable campsites with enough activities to make your head spin. Highly recommend this area.

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We will be in the Naples area of Florida next week visiting friends who winter there. One of our planned activities while there is to scout for possible campgrounds in the region since we are hoping to spend a month there in our Airstream next winter to try out "retirement living away from home." Thinking that several of you on the forum live in this area or have camped there, I'm asking for advice on some campgrounds that you would recommend for a month or longer stay. What do we hope to find? Reasonable space (privacy from neighbors-I'll bet that's an impossible in southern Florida in winter!); all utilities; scenic; proximity to gulf. . .having never been to Florida, I really don't even know what is possible to find there for camping! Thanks for making some recommendations or comments about staying in the region. ~G
Hello Max and Georgia,

I have not camped in Naples, but have in Bonita Springs.

It will be very crowded with our Canadian friends.
I don't think you will have a real big choice, your selection will come down to where you can find a site.

I will be in Naples, exhibiting my painting on Feb 25-26

Sorry I could not be of more assistance!

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Hello Max and Georgia,

We have stayed several times at Franklin locks east of Fort Myers. It is an Army Corps of Engineers park, and very clean. The only problem is you can only reserve and stay for 2 weeks. There are many KOA campgrounds and a couple of private ones. Some of the mobile home parks have seasonal spaces for campers. Best thing to do is look around, and call around when you come down. I'm positive you can find a nice place to stay.
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Old 02-19-2006, 06:44 AM   #6
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There is an Airstream park in Punta Gorda - I haven't been there, but it sounds really nice. The sites are owned, but there are some available for rentals. It's called Paradsise Park - their number is 941-639-2680.
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Old 02-19-2006, 07:49 AM   #7
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There are a few campgrounds in the Naples area, but be prepared for them to be full, and to pay through the nose for any available ones.
There are several campgrounds in Lee county, just North of Naples, that will be a lot less money, and will probably be less crowded.
Here is a list of campgrounds in Collier county. Note the area code has changed from 941 to 239 in the phone numbers:

Chokoloskee Island Park & Campground - Chokoloskee - 941-695-2414
Club Naples RV Resort - Naples - 888-795-2780
Collier-Seminole State Park - Naples - 941-394-3397
Enchanting Acres - Naples - 941-774-2059
Endless Summer RV Park - Naples - 941-643-1511
Greystone Mobile Home & RV Park - Naples - 941-774-4044
Harmony Shores Mobile Home Port - Naples - 941-774-7001
KOA Naples - Naples - 800-562-7734
Kountree Kampinn RV Resort - Naples - 941-775-4340
Lake San Marino RV Resort - Naples - 941-597-4202
Marco Naples Hitching Post Travel Resort - Naples - 800-362-8968
Outdoor Resorts/Chokoloskee Island - Chokoloskee - 941-695-3788
Palm River Mobile Home Park - Naples - 941-597-3639
Paradise Pointe Luxury RV Resort - Naples - 941-793-6886
Pelican Lake Motorcoach Resort - Naples - 941-417-1600
Port of the Islands South - Naples - 800-319-4447
Rock Creek RV Resort & Campground - Naples - 941-643-3100
Silver Lakes RV Resort - Naples - 800-843-2836
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And here is a list of campgrounds in Lee county. Note again that the area code is now 239, instead of 941:

Bonita Lake RV Resort - Bonita Springs - (941)992-2481
Cypress Woods RV Resort - Fort Myers - 800-414-9879
Fort Myers Beach Resort - Fort Myers Beach - 800-553-7484
Garden RV Park - Fort Myers - (941)995-7417
Gulf Air Travel Park - Fort Myers Beach - 941-466-8100
Gulf Waters RV Park - Fort Myers - 941-461-0903
Imperial Bonita Estates RV Resort - Bonita Springs - (941)992-0511
Indian Creek Park - Fort Myers Beach - 941-466-6060
KOA Fort Myers Pine Island - St. James City - 800-562-8505
Koreshan State Historic Site - Estero - 941-992-0311
Lazy "J" Adventures - Fort Myers - (941)694-5038
Orange Grove Mobile Home & RV Park - Fort Myers - 941-694-5534
Orange Harbor Mobile Home & RV Park - Fort Myers - 941-694-3707
Pioneer Village Resort - Fort Myers - 941-543-3303
Red Coconut RV Resort on the Beach - Fort Myers Beach - 941-463-7200
Raintree RV Resort - Fort Myers - 800-628-6095
San Carlos RV Park & Islands - Fort Myers Beach - 941-466-3133
Shady Acres Travel Park - Fort Myers - 888-634-4080
Siesta Bay RV Resort - Fort Myers Beach - 941-466-8988
Sunseeker's RV Park - Fort Myers - 941-731-1303
Swan Lake Village Manufactured Homes & RV Park - Fort Myers - 941-995-3397
Tamiami Village RV Park - Fort Myers - 941-995-7747
Tropic Isle RV Resort - Bokeelia - (941)283-4456
The Groves RV Resort - Fort Myers - 941-466-4300
Upriver Campground - Fort Myers - 941-543-3330
Woodsmoke Camping Resort - Fort Myers - 941-267-345
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Old 02-19-2006, 08:52 AM   #9
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Max and Georgia,

I live in Naples and work the campgrounds here, so I guess that qualifies me as the forum's resident expert on the areas 'RV Resorts'. Some are truly resort-like while others are just name only, or perhaps they are 'resorts' in the minds of the owners . Anyway, it depends a lot on what you are looking for, how much you want to spend (up to $75 a night), what type of camper you have, and the most important factor.......IS THERE ANY SPACE LEFT?!?!?!? Some of these parks are vehicle restricted and will accept class A motor homes ONLY or trailers of a certain minimum length.

It IS the middle of the big 'season' which lasts from Dec thru April and these parks are usually full for this time period. Feel free to PM me or give me a call at 239-601-8650 so I can get the details from you and point you in the right direction for your seach, or give you the 'truth' about a particular park that you have picked.
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Max and Georgia,

I work in most of the parks that Terry listed and I can let you know exactly which ones are 'RV Resorts' and which ones are wanna-bes. Some are Class-A MoHo restricted, some have minimum length restrictions and some charge up to $75 a night!!!

Anyway, give me a call or PM me for the 'skinny' on which ever ones you pick. Be prepared to get a lot of 'no vacancy' replies as it IS the middle of the big season. 239-601-8650
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