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Old 11-10-2013, 07:26 PM   #15
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John Pennekamp and Bahia Honda State Parks in the Florida Keys are my favorite, but you will need to make resevations in early 2014 for winter 2015. Reservations are hard to get but well worth the effort. Don't worry about making reservations 11 months in advance as the cancellation policy is very liberal.
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Old 11-10-2013, 08:25 PM   #16
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We like a sense of community and friendly atmosphere as well as a great deal of amenities and activity. Voyager RV resort in Tucson (55+) does that well at a great price. We sign up early for the season getting a large discount, then arrive and come and go as we wish.

We travel far out of the way to see as much as the changing weather allows on our journey to and from these winter destinations.

We have also gone to Florida and other destinations, but our preference is surely the less-populated Southwest.
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Old 11-10-2013, 09:05 PM   #17
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Wingeezer,

Remember meeting you 2 or 3 winters ago in AUSTIN , Texas.....

The AMERISTAR Casino in VICKSBURG is absolutely First Class and at about half the cost of what you'd expect to boot.

Don't miss LAFAYETTE , Louisiana. I stayed there for three weeks on that trip. This is, as you already know, the heart of Cajun America. Their music and food are everywhere. BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO is from there, as are the PINE LEAF BOYS often seen at the BLUE MOON downtown.

Let the good times roll....


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Old 11-11-2013, 11:57 AM   #18
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I read on another thread not on this site that all fl parks are required to save at least one and in some cases up to 20% of sites for walk ins and not allow them to be reserved. Anyone have
Experience getting these? Any tips?
Our experience is that these places do take reservations for short-term travelers, and that the RV parks do keep out a small percentage of sites for the short-term stays. These parks can fill up if the other short-stay travelers get there first.

I don't know why this is the case, but possibly it affects their zoning or taxes, if it's essentially a permanent mobile home park vs. an RV park.
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Old 11-11-2013, 02:23 PM   #19
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Wingeezer,

Remember meeting you 2 or 3 winters ago in AUSTIN , Texas.....

The AMERISTAR Casino in VICKSBURG is absolutely First Class and at about half the cost of what you'd expect to boot.

Don't miss LAFAYETTE , Louisiana. I stayed there for three weeks on that trip. This is, as you already know, the heart of Cajun America. Their music and food are everywhere. BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO is from there, as are the PINE LEAF BOYS often seen at the BLUE MOON downtown.

Let the good times roll....


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Hi Sergei,

I do indeed remember meeting you in Austin - who could forget that fantastic rig of yours!

Thanks for the tips, Th campground run by the Ameristar Casino in Vicksburg is the spot I had selected for our stop there. I believe there is a shuttle to the casino. Looks like the campground should be an easy bicycle ride to downtown to visit museums etc.

I should take a closer look at maybe staying near Lafayette when we stop in La. - my original thinking had been a place called Cajun Palms RV Resort at Henderson La. maybe 20 miles east of Lafayette. The other spot I had considered was Breaux Bridge La.

Would like to visit the Tabasco Sauce place at Avery island while in the area.

Hope we may meet up on the road again one day, nice meeting you in Austin. I think it was three winters back, we have been in Florida the last two winters.

Cheers . Brian.
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Old 11-11-2013, 09:18 PM   #20
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Brian,

One of the entrances to The Vicksburg Military Park is just down the road from the Ameristar. As a matter of fact, one of the Civil War Lookouts over the Mississippi, again associated with the Military Park, is right across the street from the RV lot, next to the Casino! Only in America…

The Military Park is a giant thing, I’m guessing bigger than the entire city of Vicksburg, so miles and miles of lovely biking if you are up to it. There are over 1300 monuments and commemorative plaques along the route so you’ll not have time to stop to read them all, except maybe if on a bicycle.

In the old downtown, WALNUT HILL in a historic home is a good place for real Southern dining. Ask for the MAGNOLIA beer, from Kiln, Mississippi.

I stayed at a place called Frog City at DUSON near LAFAYETTE, about the same distance from town as Henderson or Breaux Bridge. It was OK but they peed me off, not having the good grace to offer a discount when I, fascinated with Lafayette and Cajun Country, kept extending my stay until it was over 3 weeks long.

(Most places in my experience comp you a seventh night if you stay six).

A place I kept hearing about everywhere I went, including far, far away from Louisiana, was:

Betty's RV Park

People just rave about it. Like the PECAN GROVE in Austin it’s an absolutely unique experience. Betty’s is apparently a small RV lot in a lady’s back yard, where everyone gathers over drinks at the end of the day to trade Cajun Country discoveries.

The place is at Abbeville, a nice town about 30 minutes south of Lafayette, so not much more driving distance than the other towns mentioned. …

This part of Louisiana is unique and very special. You feel a culture alive there, much like when going to Newfoundland and being among Newfoundlanders.


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This part of Louisiana is unique and very special. You feel a culture alive there, much like when going to Newfoundland and being among Newfoundlanders.


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Some great tips, thanks again!

I hope we do make it this year. I had this trip planned for last winter but some prescription meds changes screwed up our travel insurance and by the time we got things sorted out - and paid quite a bit more $$! - we had lost a few weeks and decided to cut our trip shorter and headed to Florida instead.

Never mind, that allowed us to make stops at Charleston and Savannah, two of my favourite cities to visit!

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Side note, all Louisiana State Parks are open year-round, and they take the America the Beautiful Access Pass and Senior Pass for half-price discount rates.

Palmetto Island State Park, near Abbeville, LA is the closest LA State Park to Avery Island. In addition to the Tabasco factory tour, you can also visit the Jungle Gardens while on the island.

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Old 11-12-2013, 10:37 AM   #23
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A place I kept hearing about everywhere I went, including far, far away from Louisiana, was:

Betty's RV Park

People just rave about it. Like the PECAN GROVE in Austin it’s an absolutely unique experience. Betty’s is apparently a small RV lot in a lady’s back yard, where everyone gathers over drinks at the end of the day to trade Cajun Country discoveries.

The place is at Abbeville, a nice town about 30 minutes south of Lafayette, so not much more driving distance than the other towns mentioned. …

This part of Louisiana is unique and very special. You feel a culture alive there, much like when going to Newfoundland and being among Newfoundlanders.


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We have been to Betty's a couple of times. Totally unique and very fun.

Betty knows everyone, everything and every place in the Abbeville area, and can guide you to whomever, whatever and wherever you need.

She goes out to dinner with her campers regularly, too, getting reservations at hard-to-get-into places, special tours of the kitchens and crawfish pots, etc.

Everyone visiting Louisiana needs to go to Betty's at least once.

Don't miss Homochitto NF in southern MS, too. A beautiful spot.

And, Natchitoches, LA, one of our favorite areas in the USA.


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We have found the State Parks in Louisiana to be very nice . As of last year, they no longer accept a Senior Pass from out of State.
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We are big fans of camping near some of the major springs in Florida. There is a bunch if campgrounds that are NOT listed on reserve America site. Many offer weekly and monthly rates. We enjoyed otter springs, Ginny Springs ( just avoid the holiday weekends) and Manatee Springs.

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We are big fans of camping near some of the major springs in Florida. There is a bunch if campgrounds that are NOT listed on reserve America site. Many offer weekly and monthly rates. We enjoyed otter springs, Ginny Springs ( just avoid the holiday weekends) and Manatee Springs.

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We stayed there in Airstream No.1 when we lived back east. Nice place, but the gators will have your dog if you aren't watchful.
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We stayed there in Airstream No.1 when we lived back east. Nice place, but the gators will have your dog if you aren't watchful.
Yea you pretty much have to assume there is pet eating gators by any fresh body of water, ditch, etc. Also at night coyotes have become a problem. Small dogs and cats are a tasty treats for them. Every fall we get coyotes in my area, and they clean out all of they stray cats.
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We stayed at Paradise Park, Punta Gorda, FL last year and are going back this year. The good or the bad it is about 20 miles from any town. It is not a problem for us. The rates are good and there are places for rent and for sale. Phone #941-639-2680.
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