Who doesn’t love the sun? Florida is always a great place to venture to anytime of the year. It’s a state full of adventure, diverse landscape, culture and water activities galore. It’s a go-to van lifer’s destination, and that’s why today we’ve mapped out ten top-rated campgrounds and resorts that have plenty of activities to keep you busy.
The Sunshine State has tons of scattered bodies of water so be sure to pack your fishing gear, bathing suits, and a lot of sunscreens. Feel free to bring along your favorite four-legged friend, because all these parks are pet-friendly and some even have designated dog-walking areas. Read on to find out all about the best van spots in sunny and beautiful Florida!
Guest Post by Brianna Walsh-Earp
Located about 25 minutes from Florida’s fabulous beaches, like St. Petersburg, Sarasota, and Bradenton lies your next home-away-from-home experience. Fisherman’s Cove RV Resort is a top-rated full-service RV campground that offers plenty of activities and amenities to satisfy you during your stay. There are many walkways along Terra Ceia Bay, that offer many magnificent views like dolphins playing tag or fishermen reeling for their catch of the day while the sun sets. The grounds offer many great activities like swimming, grilling, kayaking, paddle boarding, and a game room for the kiddos!
When trying to find a campground while traveling through any state, you’ll want to keep your eye out for any state parks. Almost all state parks in Florida have a campground that will accommodate any RV or van size. Anastasia State Park is perfect for your nature-loving travel crew with over 1,600 miles of beautifully diverse ecosystems. The park offers tons of activities like canoeing, paddleboarding, hiking, biking, and even sail boating. If you decide to spend a day outside the grounds, there is a private beach within walking distance, or head into town for a day filled with exciting St. Augustine fun!
Endure all that Gulf Coast living has to offer at The Waves RV Resort in shining Naples, where you and your family will never want to leave. This 56-acre RV park is a gated community with over 380 sites, with amenities including full hookups, laundry room, pool, and spa. The resort is also conveniently close to Naples’s stunning beaches, Marco Island, and Everglades City. You can enjoy your day soaking your muscles at the spa or venture out into town where you’ll find boutiques, restaurants, golf courses, and so much more!
While Florida has many exciting adventures to offer you and your family, one of its most popular attractions is the magical Disney parks. So, while you’re planning your trip, consider reserving your next stay at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. The resort provides many activities like kayaking down the river, horseback rides through the forest, and archery. When it’s time for you to head to the park, choose any form of transportation provided and you’ll be at the Disney parks in no time.
Although you won’t see a flamingo in sight, the Flamingo campground is your ideal spot if you’re balling on a budget. Located in the southernmost part of the Florida Everglades, the grounds accommodate RVs and vans of any size. The land sits on a big open field surrounded by water, making it the perfect spot to unpack your grill and start cooking. Take a family stroll around the park before dusk but you’ll want to look out for neighbors such as crocodiles, manatees, and various species of birds.
About an hour away from Orlando is Camp Margaritaville RV Resort and Cabana Cabins, a proper campground, and resort for an introduction to the Sunshine State. The grounds come equipped with full hookup sites that accommodate RVs of any size, whether you’re traveling in a big rig or a camper. Embrace the natural Floridian ways and spend the day at the brand-new pool complex which features a 147-foot water slide! While your children splash around, treat you and your spouse to a well-deserved cocktail at the tiki bar!
Located in the panhandle of Florida, with a unique twist, is Florida Caverns RV Resort. The resort sits upon a crystal-clear spring-fed pond, Merritt Mills Pond, where you can either relax beside it or go explore. There are a ton of activities just waiting for you to indulge in, such as fishing, kayaking, hiking, snorkeling, swimming, and a bunch more. Florida Caverns is a full-service, 22-acre Big Rig and pet-friendly RV resort that is waiting to accommodate you whether you’re dropping in for a quick stay or planning to stay awhile.
Have you ever dreamed of camping in wild Africa and falling asleep to the sounds of lions roaring? Lion Country Safari KOA is like no other campground you’ve ever been to. Though it is much safer than camping in Africa, you’ll still be able to hear the sounds of the wild. The RV Park is adjacent to the Lion Country Safari animal preserve and theme park, so if you’re trying to entertain some younglings, then this is the spot for you.
Step into a luxurious old Floridian oasis at Coastline RV Resort, with fully modern amenities, you won’t want to leave! With easy access to local towns like St. George and Carrabelle, you can spend a whole day touring around and appreciating the rich history of each unique town. Featured on the grounds is a clubhouse with a pool and fitness center, allowing you to lounge around or keep active throughout your stay. After a quick workout, help yourself to the fully equipped kitchen at your expense located inside the clubhouse.
If you and your spouse have just entered retirement and have been looking to book a 55+ RV resort to best suit your needs, then we’ve got you covered. The Tides RV Resort is the epitome of luxury Floridian living with tons of modern amenities and exciting activities. Some amenities include a 15,000-square-foot Grand Clubhouse, Pickleball Courts, Heated Pools, Fitness Center, Billiards, and the list goes on. You’ll think to yourself, retirement can’t get much better than this while you play a game of Pickleball and then soak your muscles in one of the heated pools.
Whether you’re planning your next big road trip or just looking for a weekend getaway, Rec Van is always here to help you find the best hot spots around. Florida is filled with so much to do and see, while always having a great place to stay that’ll make you feel at home.