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Not to worry no political talk here.  It did give me a great Idea. We are always traveling out of Florida to different destinations. Why not travel Florida?  Going to try to travel  down the west coast around the Everglades to the keys back up the East coast  hopefully zigzag  East to West trying to use back roads. While heading north then west around to the pan handle then home.  It may take some time, there are a lot of new Harvest Host sites just added to Florida, most of them are Winery’s and Distillery’s. 😳  Any one who has traveled Florida I like to hear some of your favorite destinations Campgrounds, State parks, attractions etc.  I’ll make a list of your suggestions and try to do most of them hopefully.   It will be much appreciated. Thanks 

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We spent a week camped in the Destin area.  We would like to travel the rest of Florida, so I’ll be watching for replies!  Mike

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If you were EVER going to do this kind of trip then NOW is the time.  With our Canadian snowbird neighbors basically prohibited from making the journey this year, finding camping spots should be a bit easier.  Good luck and can we assume that you will report back here on exactly where you went?

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I am going to break into Florida in the near future. Any respite in demand due to our northern neighbors restrictions on travel seems to be more than filled by everyone else not tied down to a job or otherwise engaged. 

Perusing all the reservation sites - anything close to the coastlines are simple brimming full. If one checks every day, you can piecemeal a trip together. Ahh freedom.

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1 hour ago, topgun2 said:

If you were EVER going to do this kind of trip then NOW is the time.  With our Canadian snowbird neighbors basically prohibited from making the journey this year, finding camping spots should be a bit easier.  Good luck and can we assume that you will report back here on exactly where you went?

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Yes it is. We’re looking at a target date April - June most of the snow birds will be gone not many this year. Weather still not to bad before the real rainy season severe storms start and the 90s plus and high humidity start.  And yes  i will report back  with map locations and photos. This will be somewhat no real plan trip just going to follow recommendations and have fun with it.

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Two out of the way, and interesting state parks: Oleno SP. ..a CCC training camp, 6000 acre town that was abandoned when the trains went to that new swamp called Miami.

The other is Kissimmee Prairie SP. Well known to astronomy buffs, as there is minimum light pollution. The stars and the Milky Way jump off the sky. Even the park has red filters on bath house lights to preserve night vision. Deer, gators, trails, stables. Eleven miles in on dirt roads. No plastic faces or neon..love it..

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We've camped less in Florida than many other states, unfortunately.  Winter season is camper repair and upgrade season, and sailing time. In the summer, we usually head north with the Ollie.

The Florida state parks we've visited have been lovely, like Wekiwa Springs and Blue Springs, but often difficult to get a reservation.  Should be easier in April and May, when the manatees are no longer hanging out in the springs .

We've not camped there, but our daughter enjoyed camping at Rainbow springs State Park. 

Many counties also have some very nice campgrounds.  Pinellas county has Ft. DeSoto, which has beautiful, treed waterfront sites, but is often booked, and has really gone up in price in past years.

Pasco County's Withlacoochee River has been upgraded over the years.  (Used to be $5 a night, now around $25.) Not far off i75, it's a beautiful park, with nice walking trails. We haven't been there in several years, but the Mexican restaurant in San Antonio was really good. (Pancho's Villa) In the early Oliver days, we once had a mini rally there, with 4 Ollies. (Doesn't sound like many, but there were probably only 25 on the road then. 😀)

Good luck. It should be a fun trip, and I'll look forward to your reports.

 

 

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5 hours ago, BackofBeyond said:

Perusing all the reservation sites - anything close to the coastlines are simple brimming full. If one checks every day, you can piecemeal a trip together. Ahh freedom.

There are a lot of charming places in Florida that are not on the coast, or at least not the sand beaches that everyone thinks of when they hear the word, "Florida. "

We have a real fondness for some of  the sleepier, old Florida towns, like Homosassa. (Home to one of the most "interesting " restaurants,  the Freezer Tiki bar,  literally in an old seafood freezer, on the river. Everything is cash only, ordered at the window, and served in paper or takeout boxes, but you'll enjoy some if the best shrimp anywhere. Really.  Their smoked fishspread comes with a sleeve of definitely "not" fancy saltines. 

 

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59 minutes ago, SeaDawg said:

The Florida state parks we've visited have been lovely, like Wekiwa Springs and Blue Springs, but often difficult to get a reservation.

I'll second that on Blue Springs.  For 15 years in a row, I camped at Blue Springs during Daytona Bike Week.  Even if you are not going to camp here it is worth a stop for either the manatees or simply the varied assortment of fish that hang out between the Springs and the St. John's River.

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Being Floridians, we, too, have seldom RV camped here. Places we have stayed & enjoyed are:

Jacksonville- Kathryn Hanna Park

St. Augustine- Anastasia SP 

High Springs- O'Leno SP 

Sopchoppy- Ochlockonee River SP (Only stayed 1 night.)

Pensacola- Top Sail SP

Chipley- Falling Waters SP (1 night, not much to do once you've seen the falls.)

Lakeland (home)- Sanlan RV Resort (it's where we taught ourselves how to use camper. Nice pools & trails through reclaimed phosphate pits.)

Pre-camper days we enjoyed tent camping with our boys at Fort De Soto CP, Hillsboro River SP, Lake Kissimmee SP, & Myakka River SP.

Friends whose opinions we trust like Hardee Lakes CP, Colt Creek SP, & Kissimmee Prairie Preserve SP.

We're looking forward to seeing where you go!

 

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Blackwater River State Park in Holt (east of Pensacola) is nice.. So is Camp Venice Retreat in Venice. 

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That's for sure a great idea. You can also get some cool views along the way. With all the restrictions coming to an end soon if the vaccination program continues to roll out well. I'm thinking already of other possible destinations abroad and in particular Europe. My best and ideal destination is always Greece as we have been postponing a trip to the islands for years now. My aunt has some great stories to share and thanks to the info I got here I found out with whom she took all these amazing pictures!

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