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

May 23, 2022

"Peaceful "

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Great campground. Spacious sites and are paved on Pine side. 30/50 amp with FHU. Clean restrooms with washer/dryer. Mikes of walking and hiking, and massive bike trails.

Lauren
14 reviews
May 23, 2022

"Peaceful "

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Excellent park. Very spacious sites on Pine campground. Paved sites with 30/50 amp with FHU. Restrooms very clean and maintained. Mikes of walking, hiking, and massive bike trails!

Lauren
14 reviews
May 23, 2022

"Nice Spot, Lake, Kayak Launch To River"

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Stayed here for 7 days. We were working from the RV for a portion of that time. Cell service on T-Mobile was poor (1 -2 Mbps) without the directional antenna attached to our MoFI 4500. With the directional antenna we could get 16 Mbps down and 5/8 Mbps up (Band B26). We did notice that from time to time we would loose signal all together but...
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2Dogsnus
4 reviews
May 22, 2022

"A lot of room for structural improvement "

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This was the second time we visited the park, as we could not find sites available anywhere at the time. While the evenings were quiet, we were greeted by confusion and irritation from the volunteers at check-in. (Partly due to the terrible new reservation system Florida parks have installed.) When we went to our site (#43), it was in a road I’d...
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May 22, 2022

"Close to I-10 but tough to dump"

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Sewer connection was really high and the water pipe was broken so no ability to rinse. Not worth $10 fee

David H
7 reviews