Best Camping in Florida

Camping in Florida

By Nathan Swartz

Florida has long been a mainstay for RVers seeking that ideal camping location to wait out the winter months. Few other places in the United States remain as consistently warm as what you’ll find while camping in Florida, and the Sunshine State has an abundance of camping available, in a variety of forms.

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Florida RV Parks

Whether you've come this far south in search of decadent, resort-style RV parks or primitive camping amongst the palms, Florida certainly doesn't disappoint, Campendium's guide to Florida RV Parks will help you find exactly the experience you're after. Fishing meccas like Lake Okeechobee, the family affairs to be had in Orlando and historic sites in our nation's oldest city, St. Augustine, all let you define the perfect camping trip on your terms.

National Parks in Florida

In Southwest Florida, recreation areas like Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve keep the thermostat kicked up high enough to make any dad angry all year long. The Everglades are a birding paradise, where exotic creatures like alligators and even monkeys play in the cypress forests and swamps just outside of your RV site. Big Cypress is home to Florida’s remaining panther population, and along with two other national parks in Southern Florida, offer millions of acres to explore.

Florida National Forests

Respite from the relentless heat of the state’s southern tip can be found in Central Florida's Ocala National Forest, where in addition to a little shade from the forest canopy, one can find free tent camping and sites suitable for RVs as well. Along the panhandle, camping can be had along the Gulf of Mexico and in Apalachicola National Forest, where small towns and beach resorts alike await travelers from the world over.

Florida State Parks

Beyond the national forests and parks, Florida's various water management districts and wildlife management areas also offer camping opportunities, but the truest gem the state offers--its state park system--is coveted above all else. While they often require reservations placed months in advance, Florida's State Parks are exemplary, featuring unspoiled beachfront or natural springs to rest your weary rig awhile.

Free Camping in Florida

Where the state parks can be difficult to get into and private RV parks often dangle a pricey nightly rate, free camping across the state is luckily abundant. From complimentary overnight parking at local Walmarts, casinos and Interstate rest stops to free spots at county parks, fishing docks, and national forests, the thrifty RVer is never far from free camping in Florida.

For generations, travelers in search of a destination like no other in these United States have flocked to Florida, and the state’s economy and culture has risen up to meet their needs. From the Panhandle to the Keys, Florida promises a place to pull up next to a picnic table and a fire ring and call home.

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Recent Florida Campground Reviews

Jan 26, 2022

"Decent campground "

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Overall we enjoyed our stay here! Pros: - friendly staff and fellow campers - nice pools and hot tub - big dog park - good size sites once you make it in - lots to do in the area - small boat launch - good cell coverage - lake in the middle - clean Con: - tight roads/hard to get in our spot - quite a bit of traffic noise -...
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Jan 26, 2022

"RV Resort in Country Setting"

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Well kept, safe place to spend a few days. This RV Resort is loaded with amenities; Olympic size pool, shuffle board, hot tub, pickle ball court, pool tables etc. The RV sites are fair sized, but are scattered among quite a few tiny homes(trailers)...which definitely occupy a majority of the park. Only real complaint was lack of cell phone...
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Navarre, FL

Bayside Campground

Jan 26, 2022

"Still closed as of 1/26/2022"

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Called 850-265-3676. Nice lady on the phone. Ongoing work on improvements due to past weather events. Still closed w unknown opening date. Bayou side is open, but it is for tents only.

SelenaH
17 reviews
Saint Petersburg, FL

Fort De Soto Park Campground

Jan 26, 2022

"Beautiful, no ATT"

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This campground feels like a little paradise, but I expected based on the reviews to have two bars of ATT which would enable me to work. This was inaccurate. I either had zero bars, or one spotty bar, throughout the campground. The boat launch area was a little better, but on most days I just drove into town to work. The showers are an odd...
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Taubs
9 reviews
Jan 26, 2022

"Nice spot to break up drive"

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You go online to check availability and get a permit that includes the pass code to a very strange gate lock. From there the 3.5 mile gravel road was no problem with the trailer except when we had to pull aside for an oncoming. Check in with the camp host then select any available site. Although it was only about half full, many of the available...
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RichardTC
10 reviews