If you love camping in the great outdoors, you haven’t taken it to the next level unless you’ve done it in Florida. Camping in Florida is unlike anything you’ll experience in the rest of the country.
Why Everyone Should Experience Camping in Florida
Outstanding Fishing Opportunities
Nothing frees a camper more than being able to eat from the land (or sea), consuming what nature has to offer at its freshest state. Florida offers some of the best fishing grounds in the nation with an almost endless variety of catch available both inshore and offshore. Catch a different meal for every day of the trip and enjoy your fresh catch over a warm campfire in the cool of the day.
Some campgrounds even offer boat rentals so if you wanted to catch something a little heftier than what you’re finding near the shore, you could do so without having to bring your own boat. Feel free to bring and use your own fishing gear, but if you’re lacking, you can expect to find all the fishing equipment you’ll need for sale or rent at these locations. Just make sure to call ahead before you travel to check availability.
With one of the longest stretch of coastlines in all 50 states, Florida has a vast number of campsites that allow boaters to dock their boats overnight and camp on land. Many of these campsites offer water and electricity hookups for campers. Because several marinas in the state sell supplies for boaters, it’s not uncommon to find a variety of boat captains frequenting them.
Campers near these marinas have the unique opportunity of being able to charter sailing trips for tours or other activities, like fishing excursions, through these captains. And though some of these trips may be endorsed by the establishment, these marinas also offer smaller boats, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, and bicycles. Campers can sail out on a larger boat under the care of an experienced captain, enjoy the serenity of exploring the local area in a solitary canoe or do both.
Florida is the best state to visit if you are looking for the chance to do waterfront camping. Camping on beaches is permitted in certain locations around the state and on some privately owned campsites. Campers can experience the unique pleasure of watching the sunrise or sunset over the open waters, something that’s not possible from most campsites in the country.
Some waterfront campsites have cabins situated very close to their marinas, which is extremely convenient for campers utilizing boats during their visit. Other sites allow guests to pitch tents near their white sand beaches, which can be a great experience when done during certain times of the year, especially if you plan on surfing during your stay. And many sites limit the number of folks on the campsite, so you won’t experience crowds.
Larger Variety of Camping Options
Florida has very affordable campgrounds that support the variety of camping experiences users may be looking for. Depending on your needs as a camper, you will be able to find plenty of campsites that support primitive camping, RV camping, boat camping, and cabin camping. And depending on the camping type, costs range from zero dollars to under $200 a night with the higher-cost locations providing the most amenities.
Most primitive campsites are located inside Florida national parks, and they are free to use because they offer few amenities, if any. Campers need to provide their own shelter, water, food, and must be prepared to bring their own fun. To lessen the impact on the environment, campsites encourage campers to use previously utilized campsites.
State law requires campers who use these sites to follow strict guidelines and, in most cases, campers must obtain a permit to use these sites and display their permits on the outside of their tents or RV. Though these types of sites are accessible by vehicle, most require campers to leave their vehicles in designated areas and hike to their actual campsites. The locations are generally secluded and can offer campers the greatest escape from civilization.
RV Campsites support RVs and camper trailers by providing parking locations for their vehicles equipped with water, and electricity. Most also have RV dump sites. Campers using these sites can expect to find a public shower and sometimes even laundry facilities on site.
These campsite perks aren’t free, however. Campers can expect to pay daily fees for every night of their stay. But the cost is worth the convenience.
Boat camping is like RV camping except instead of parking an RV on the site, the campers may arrive by boat or may haul a boat to the site for launching during their stay. Campers without boats can arrive by vehicle and in most cases, rent boats while they’re camping in these locations. These campsites tend to have robust marinas complemented with shops that sell all types of boating and fishing supplies.
Sites that offer cabin camping tend to have the most amenities to support its campers during their stay. Cabins at these campsites are extremely comfortable, being fully furnished and loaded with all the essentials guests might need during their stay including a modern kitchen, washers, and dryers within the cabin, and in some places, extras perks like T.V’s and video players.
Cabin camping is typically the most expensive camping option available. But cabin campers are getting what they pay for and experience the highest degree of comfort during their visit.
Florida Camping can be one of the best ways to decompress, relax, and enjoy getting back in touch with nature all while remaining socially distant. There’s no better place to do that than at our campsite located on 10,000 islands where we offer support for RV campers via our RV park, boat campers from our marina, and cabin campers with our spacious, fully furnished cabins. Contact us at Chokoloskee Marina and Island park to make your reservation today.