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Old 09-13-2018, 07:27 AM   #1
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Florida Wintering

Last winter we spent the winter in AZ. We would move to a different city and RV park every 2 to 3 weeks. We just wanted to get a taste of different locations in AZ. I would usually not have any trouble finding a park a week or so ahead of our move.

This year we would like to do the same thing in FL. I have been looking at parks in Fort Myer area to initially head down to. Most places I look at indicate they are full for Jan - Apr.

I would appreciate input from others that go to FL and give me some insight on what to expect. Is it going to be difficult finding short term sites not only in Ft Myers area, but also all of FL? Thanks.
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Old 09-13-2018, 07:44 AM   #2
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Friends of ours winter in Florida and they always look for new parks to stay at the year before because they do fill up quickly.
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Old 09-13-2018, 08:05 AM   #3
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Have you checked state and county parks? Also try COE. Last year I was able to book into those when the commercial campgrounds were booked.
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They are all busy during the winter. You can call around and find cancellations but often planning ahead is the only guarantee of short or long term stays.
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Pretty much all the Florida state/county CG's are booked 11 months before the date you want. We have found sites by going on line, with the scheduling sites for these CG's and finding cancellations. This is probably the only way you will get a site here in Florida during the winter. That is how we get our sites in the Key's. The bigger your RV the less camp sites you will be allowed in. Don't be surprised if you book a smaller site on line (they list them by RV size in most cases) and you arrive with a bigger RV, you may be asked to leave or not admitted. Seen this 2x, in the Key's.

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We stay at a place called Travelers Rest in Dade City, just off of I75. They have all the amenities including 110 avtivities, 9 hole golf course and live shows wednesday and Sunday. We really like it.

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We spent a week at Shady Acres RV Park (Shady Acres RV and Camping Park - Mobile ) last winter... we found an opening a few days in advance without any trouble.

This park has lots of activities in their outdoor pavilion / fire pit almost every evening...
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Thanks for info. I will check those. I'm not sure what COE means. Please explain.
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COE Army Corps of Engineers. These are generally along waterways (locks and dams). Nice and spacious generally with good facilities.
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COE Army Corps of Engineers. These are generally along waterways (locks and dams). Nice and spacious generally with good facilities.
Most COE's we camp in do not have sewer but are usually large sites with strong 30 and 50a power and water. If you have a Golden Age card, you camp for a big discount.
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