Camping is one of the best ways to relax and to spend quality time with people you love. When most people think about camping, they conjure up images of mountains and forests, but there are other places to camp that are just as fabulous. For instance, everyone should experience camping in Florida, and here are eight reasons why.
8 Reasons Everyone Should Experience Camping in Florida
The Fishing Is Fabulous
A major part of camping is participating in outdoor sports that can give you the opportunity to connect with nature. Fishing is one of those activities, and you’re not going to find anywhere better to fish than Florida, especially at our campground near the Everglades National Park. Boat rentals are an easy way to get out on the water, where you’ll find a variety of fish, including tarpon, bass, snook, grouper, snapper, pompano, mackerel, and many more.
Chokoloskee Island is considered an angler’s paradise, so when you’re camping here, you will also want to experience the fishing, which will be like no other fishing expedition you’ve ever been on. Even if you don’t have much experience with the rod and reel, you’re sure to catch your fill of fish from these packed waters. For experienced fly fishermen, you’ll discover clear headwaters and numerous feeder creeks full of fish just waiting for your bait.
Exploring the land of 10,000 islands by kayak is one of the most serene ways to explore dozens of mangrove clusters and historic Everglades City. A day of paddling on the calm waters will leave you relaxed and revitalized, and of course, you can always drop a fishing line from your kayak as well, if you feel like fishing away from shore. If you stay on Chokoloskee Island, we offer kayak rentals that can be launched from our convenient ramp.
If you’ve never paddled a kayak before, or you want to take a tour of the area by kayak, there are also companies in the area that offer full- and half-day kayaking tours that are guided by an experienced naturalist. You’ll be instructed how to paddle and will get to explore the scenic Everglades in a safe and controlled manner. You’ll see all the alligators, wading birds, and dolphins you can handle, all from a one- or two-person kayak.
There’s a reason Florida is known as the Sunshine State, and when you spend some time camping here, you’ll get to soak up all that wonderful vitamin D that’s necessary for your body to feel energized and healthy. Approximately 40% of Americans have a vitamin D deficiency, which can increase feelings of sadness and stress. Getting out in the sun is good for you, as long as you take precautions to keep your skin protected.
Whether you spend the day fishing, relaxing on a beach, or paddling in the middle of a serene lake, you’ll be soaking up the rays, and replenishing your body’s vitamin D levels. After a couple of days in the sun, you’ll not only feel more cheerful, but also be more relaxed, focused, and calm. When you’re ready to return to civilization, the energy you gain from the Florida sunshine will help propel you back into your everyday life.
Let’s face it: Florida can be expensive, with all the luxury hotels and fancy resorts available to cater to your every need. However, when you camp in Florida, you’re going to save a bundle of money. The average price for two people sharing a hotel room in Florida is $208 per night, but if you camp in your own RV, you’ll pay just $59 per night during the off-season and just $69 per night in our peak months.
If you don’t have your own RV, you can rent one of our rental units, which will still save you money. A one-bedroom is $130 per night during the off-season and $150 per night during our peak season. Our two-bedroom units are still below the average cost of a hotel room at $155 during the off-season and $175 for the peak season. What’s even better is that the longer you stay, the cheaper your per-night rate becomes!
Close to Activities
Maybe you don’t want to spend your entire trip camping, fishing, and kayaking, even if these activities are some of the most fun you’ll ever have. Fortunately, our campground is just minutes away from fantastic restaurants, diverse shopping areas, and as much entertainment as you want. We’re just three miles south of Everglades City, where you’ll find delicious food options like City Seafood, Camellia Street Grill, and Island Cafe, among others. Come enjoy some of the freshest seafood around!
In about a 45-minute drive, you can be in Naples, which is where you’ll discover live music venues, community theater productions, and plenty of nightclubs and bars. You can even spend a night gambling at the opulent Seminole Casino Hotel, which is open 24 hours a day. Great retailers are also plentiful in Naples, with eclectic shops like Tin City, The Island Company, and Tickled Pink. Don’t miss out on Fifth Avenue South, where even the locals love to shop.
Of course, one of the best reasons to camp in Florida is the weather. You don’t have to worry about freezing at night or that you’ll wake up to several inches of snow the next morning. In the Everglades, the average temperature in winter is 79 degrees Fahrenheit, which is ideal for any outdoor activity you want to enjoy while you’re here. There might be some rain, but even that is warm and usually passes quickly.
In the summer, our temperatures average 91 degrees Fahrenheit, a perfect temperature for activities that involve water. Go swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking, or just hang out on the beach, soaking in the sun. No matter what you decide to do, you can usually count on the weather to cooperate, meaning that’s the last worry you’ll have on your mind.
Florida is so much more than Mickey Mouse and theme parks. The natural beauty of the state, combined with the fantastic weather, abundant fishing, and boundless entertainment options make Florida a great option for a camping trip. Head out in your RV to Chokoloskee, a little piece of magic in the Florida Everglades, for your next camping excursion and make memories that will last.