Florida Hosts in Fantastic Areas

As the RVing season starts to head into full swing, many RVers already have their spring, and maybe even their summer vacation spots chosen, and some RVers may even start to think about where to head for the cooler months of the year. For many RVers, this destination is Florida. Florida and RVing are a perfect match. With warm temperatures year round and plenty of RV-friendly areas and amenities, it’s often considered an RVers paradise. Who wouldn’t want to sit by the beach in December sipping a mai tai? Purchasing a Boondockers Welcome membership offers the perfect addition to a road trip, allowing RVers to switch up their campground stays.

Boondockers Welcome is built by RVers, for RVers. By definition, RVers love to travel, and want to do so comfortably and affordably. We know first hand that many RVers will welcome each other to stay on their own property only moments after having just met. Kindness and generosity abound. Boondockers Welcome is a venue where RVers can connect and welcome each other to camp on their individually-owned properties for one to five nights, with no expectations of being paid in anything more than gratitude and a pay-it-forward spirit. At the time this article was written, there are nearly 150 Boondockers Welcome locations found all throughout Florida. Let’s check out some of the fantastic areas in Florida and what’s fun to do nearby.

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Orlando

Known as the theme park capital of the world, there is no shortage of fun in Orlando. However, there’s tons to do outside of the popular Universal Studios and Disney World, as well as many places to camp in your RV.

Things to Do

Orlando is full of things to do and places to visit, both indoors and outdoors. Some favorite attractions include kayaking through the Brevard Zoo, witnessing the manatees at Blue Spring State Park, enjoying an airboat ride, partaking in the Crayola Experience in The Florida Mall, or even visiting the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Lastly, a visit to Orlando isn’t complete without a trip to Gatorland. 

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Places to Stay

There are several campgrounds near Orlando that offer great places to stay. They each have different amenities, and some are in closer or further proximity to Orlando. Be sure to book well in advance of your trip to ensure you have a place to stay.

Campgrounds

Bill Frederick Park – Orlando, Florida

Located inside of Bill Frederick Park and bordering Turkey Lake, this campground is surprisingly scenic and peaceful. Aft just twenty-two minutes from Disney, thirteen minutes from Universal Studios, and seventeen minutes from downtown Orlando, this campground is affordable and centrally-located.

Moss Park – Orlando, Florida

Moss Park campground is situated between Lake Mary Jane and Lake Hart, offering plenty of access to water activities. They also offer partial hookup sites, with access to a dump station on site. This affordable campground sits further away from many of the more-popular Orlando attractions, but provides a scenic and relaxing escape.

Lake Magic RV Resort – West Clermont, Florida

Part of the Thousand Trails locations, Lake Magic RV Resort is a great find. They offer more than enough amenities and activities within the park, as well as a distance of only twenty minutes from Disney World.

KOA – Kissimmee, Florida

The Orlando/Kissimmee KOA offers all of the traditional amenities that one would expect from a KOA. Their pool is open year round, and they also feature a dog park, a fitness center, and a nearby bus stop or taxi service. This campground is located a little further from downtown Orlando, but still not too far from many nearby fun activities.

Boondockers Welcome

At the time this article was written, there are over twenty Boondockers Welcome locations within a forty mile radius of Orlando. You can check out all locations here.

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Crystal River

Named for being located on Crystal River, this town is adjacent to Crystal Bay. The area is famously known as the Manatee Capital of the World.

Things to Do

Manatees are an imperiled species that are protected by the state of Florida. Interacting with these gentle giants is a privilege not many get to experience. Crystal River is the only place in Florida where people are permitted to swim with manatees. Be sure to check out some of the accredited businesses here that will give you this opportunity. In addition to swimming with manatees, when you visit this area, you can also check out any of the nature preserves or refuges or pay a visit to the Crystal River Archaeological State Park.

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Beaches

Crystal River is home to two gorgeous, sandy beaches. Fort Island Gulf Beach is off-the-beaten path and offers a boat ramp, several pavilions, and a beautiful pier. Likewise, Pine Island Beach Park offers white sand, volleyball courts, picnic tables, and canoeing and kayaking opportunities. 

Places to Stay

Near Crystal River, there are several amazing places to stay and enjoy the beauty. Be sure to check out any of these for an amazing experience and a comfortable place to stay.

Campgrounds

Lake Rousseau RV Resort – Crystal River, Florida

This campground is so comfortable that you may never want to leave! Situated right on Lake Rousseau, this is the perfect place to launch a boat or go fishing for the day. The resort offers an on-site tackle shop, a heated pool, boat rentals, and regularly-scheduled events.

Rock Crusher Canyon RV Resort – Crystal River, Florida

This pet-friendly resort is located on a gated property. They offer amenities such as a pool, a playground, a hot tub, and plenty of activities. 

Boondockers Welcome

At this time, there are over twenty Boondockers Welcome locations within a forty mile radius of Crystal River. Many include hookups, and they allow various sizes of RVs and other allowances. You can check out all of these locations here.

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St. Petersburg

Located on the Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg holds the title of “most consecutive days with sunshine” at 768 days. Here, you will find no shortage of things to do in the appropriately-named “Sunshine City.”

Things to Do

Affectionately known as St. Pete by the locals, this town is famous for The Dali Museum, which highlights all phases of Salvador Dali’s art and life. In addition to The Dali Museum, there are several other museums and exhibits in St. Pete. Take a walk through one of the many nature preserves. Lastly, don’t forget to pay a visit to any of the gorgeous beaches.

Beaches

St. Petersburg is teeming with gorgeous beaches. Honeymoon Island State Park is always a favorite, with its white sands, wildlife sightings, and massive dog beach. Caladesi Island State Park Beach, Sand Key, and Redington Shores are also local favorites. 

Places to Stay

St. Petersburg offers a variety of great places to stay, including both campgrounds and Boondockers Welcome locations. Be sure to book your stay(s) well in advance, as this area tends to stay pretty busy!

Campgrounds

Roberts RV Resort – St. Petersburg, Florida

This pet-friendly resort features a pool, a hot tub, regularly-planned events, and more. They also offer a variety of sites with different amenities, all of which come with full hookups.

KOA – St. Petersburg, Florida

The St. Petersburg/Madeira Beach KOA offers all of the the traditional amenities that many have some to expect from a KOA. These amenities include a year-round pool, a fenced dog area, a hot tub, and more. For additional fees, they also offer mini golf, a snack bar, and bike rentals.

Fort De Soto Campground – Tierra Verde, Florida

Fort De Soto Park is located across five interconnected islands for a special adventure. This campground offers a variety of awesome sites, with only some areas being pet-friendly. Some sites are waterfront, and they each feature different specifications. Be sure to read more about each of all the different sites before selecting one. 

Boondockers Welcome

At the time. there are fourteen Boondockers Welcome locations within a forty mile radius of St. Petersburg. You can check out all locations here.

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Miami

Miami is one of the world’s most popular vacation spots. As one of the southernmost cities in the United States, there’s no shortage of sunshine and warm weather to be found here. 

Things to Do

In Miami, you can get outside to check out some art by visiting Wynwood and Miami’s Design District. Zoo Miami and The Dolphin Mall are some family-friendly activities enjoyable to all. If you’re looking for a bite to eat, be sure to visit the Little Havana neighborhood. Miami isn’t too far from Everglades National Park or the Florida Keys. Be sure to check out these spots if you decide to visit the Miami area.

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Beaches

Lummus Park in Miami’s South Beach neighborhood offers a perfect look at picturesque Miami culture. This region is so beautiful that some films have even been shot here. Crandon Park is a quieter beach with shallow waters and gorgeous scenery. If the family pet wants to visit a beach too, be sure to check out Haulover Beach Park, which is a pet-friendly beach.

Places to Stay

No matter where in Miami you choose to stay, it’s sure to be a wonderful time! Check out any of these incredible campgrounds or Boondockers Welcome locations for a trip you’re sure to never forget.

Campgrounds

Miami Everglades Resort Campground – Miami, Florida

This Thousand Trails Resort offers WiFi, a pool, a hot tub, a dog park, and more. With amenities like morning coffee on the deck, movie nights, and moonlight shuffleboard, you’re sure to make some new friends.

Larry and Penny Thompson Memorial Park and Campground – Miami, Florida

Located near the zoo, this park and campground is situated on 270 acres of woodland. Here, visitors receive access to numerous hiking and biking trails, as well as a beautiful freshwater lake with a beach. These full hookup sites are both affordable and scenic, offering the ultimate Florida experience.

Aztec RV Resort – Margate, Florida

At Aztec RV Resort, visitors can enjoy two heated pools, two spas, a fitness center, a putting green area, daily events, and so much more. Aztec caters specifically to Class A motorhomes and is located about an hour from the Miami area.

Boondockers Welcome

At this time, there are five Boondockers Welcome locations within a forty mile radius of Miami. You can check out all the available locations here.

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No matter where you head to in Florida, you are bound to have plenty of fun in the sun. There are so many things to do, places to stay, and beaches to relax on. Be sure to consider ditching the hotels or Airbnbs in favor of staying at a campground or Boondockers Welcome location instead. You’ll be glad you did!

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Where in Florida have you visited? In what area can one find your favorite Boondockers Welcome location? Feel free to share in the comments below!

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