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Old 12-27-2015, 02:04 PM   #1
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Help...first Florida trip...overwhelmed

Hello folks, me my wife and our 6 year old or planning a trip to florida around mid January for about a month. We have a 1966 tradewind. Looking to be able to reach Websters flea market in about an hour. Friends stayed in Zepher hills, but we were hoping to be closer to beaches for morning walks & some metal detecting. Any campgrounds that can be recommended would be very appreciated. We have not been there yet and the internet is overwhelming. Thanks in advance
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Old 12-27-2015, 02:24 PM   #2
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It may be a little late for the State parks in Fl. as they tend to fill up early.

I am sure you could get into Travelers Rest, the Airstream Park, as I just made my reservations last week. About a 1/2 hours from Websters.

Cedar Key is a very different area and Sunset Isle campground is in keeping with the area.

My favorite beach is St George Island SP just south of Apalachicola. 8 miles of State Park beach and removed from civilization. No problem during the week but the weekends may be filled
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Old 12-27-2015, 02:32 PM   #3
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What Howie said, good advice.
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Old 12-27-2015, 06:19 PM   #4
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State parks are full, unless you're lucky enough to find a cancellation. That's really not very likely. Zephyrhills' population in summer is like 30,000, double that in winter. Avoid the main street through town, it's bumper to bumper traffic. There are side streets that will get you through it faster.

We stayed in Zephyrhills and a couple of state parks. Zephyrhills is a nice small town, with commercial places to stay. Check out the site for Carefree Resorts. It's mostly full time residents but it's very quiet. There are restrictions, like age (55) or minimum stay (2-3 months). We stayed at Settler's Rest. It's age restricted but no minimum stay. It's on the south side of Zephyrhills so little traffic down to I-75 or back.

It's also close to Hillsborough River state park, which is very nice. It's also not too bad a trip to Disney, Lakeland or Tampa. There's a Camping World not too far away. You might be lucky to find a space for a day or two in the park. You can check with the Ranger station at the entrance.

We went to Indian Rock beach several times. Parking is a problem but spaces can be found, some are free but there are pay lots too. It's a bit of a drive but if you go to the beach for several hours and then find a nice place for dinner or a show, you can easily spend a day there.

Lots of retirees in Zephyrhills. Be prepared for the questions 3:
Is this your first time?
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Everyone seems to be very nice, very friendly, except behind the wheel of their car.
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Old 12-27-2015, 08:02 PM   #5
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Your only hope is to work the phones calling campgrounds as this is high season in Florida, we get a few million tourists here in the first quarter of the year, your best chance for what you want is a cancellation. Don't loose faith but be realistic.
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Old 12-27-2015, 08:57 PM   #6
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Salt Springs Campground, run by a concessionaire for the Forest Service in Ocala National Forest, always has some "first come - first served" sites.

Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound sometimes has sites when all else is full.

Phipps Park, in Martin County is available regularly. Well located but not a great campground. The price is okay.

Forget the Keys unless you are willing to spend big bucks.

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Old 12-27-2015, 09:29 PM   #7
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The area you plan to visit the flea market is somewhat central. The beaches in that area I am not familiar with -are you able to venture away from Bushnell area? If so, I would highly recommend to venture south of Tampa for some nice beach area. The Gulf beaches are white sand and still water (warmer this time of year than the Atlantic). Sarasota is beautiful as beaches go. One of my fave beaches is Nokomis beach. Like shark teeth? Go to Venice beach. It all depends on if you can move away from Bushnell (Webster) area. It is about 2 hours from Sarasota. If you are up for a tight squeeze RV parking, I know of a few places to camp ON the beach!
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Old 12-28-2015, 05:52 AM   #8
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Thank you everyone, very helpful. This gives me a great start to follow up on. Last time I was there was 41 years ago, a twelve year old in the back of the family wagon.
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Just my thought

I like St Augustine, and Anastasia State park is very reasonable. But, as noted, it may be sold out..... The nice things about St Augustine is the historical aspect is phenomenal.....and of course the scenery is beautiful. There are a couple other RV Parks, quite acceptable in the past, but one needs to check out current reviews as things do change.

And, Nove Scotia is a beautiful spot for those of us who have ridden motorcycles up there...about ten years ago...LOL. But, this is a very significant pull all the way to Florida. If you do not need the very warm weather, the Carolinas' coastal regions and Outer Banks have a lot to offer. Much closer.
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Travelers Rest Resort. Check the website.
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Manatee springs state park, O'leno state park, several cg around Ocala near the interstate and Webster.
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Old 12-28-2015, 07:49 AM   #12
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I am really enjoying the great tips I am getting here. I should also mention that the old snailers air conditioning isn't working yet and the old girl is a work in progress so we may stand out like a sore thumb in some of the upper crust parks, also my son is 6 and fancies himself as a showboat so a family friendly park would be great. I certainly dont mind the drive distance but not a big fan of traffic.I was thinking the rates are much better for a 1 month stay instead of two places for a couple weeks each. How much is the average electric charge for a one month? or does it work out about the same as the week rates with electric included.
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Old 12-28-2015, 08:00 AM   #13
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There are a couple of county parks and private that are on the west coast, and then about a 30 min drive to Webster. Chass is about 5 miles from my house. The campground is on a spring feed river, and it has full hookups and a play ground. check them out.

Beaches are fairly close. South is Hernando Beach and there is one North in Crystal River.


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Contact Sertoma youth ranch near Brooksville. Tell them your situation.
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