The Best Camping in South Florida

The Best Camping in South Florida
With a multitude of state and federal parks as well as many privately owned campgrounds, South Florida offers camper many opportunities to see the Sunshine State. There are beach parks and campsites tucked away in forested areas. When planning a camping trip to this region of Florida, it's best to consider going during the cooler months of November through March. Otherwise, the mosquitoes and bugs may dampen your experience.

Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Jonathan Dickinson State Park offers the camper 135 wooded sites to choose from, and this beautiful park is situated on 11,500 acres. The Loxahatchee River flows through this park and is the only river designated by the federal government as "Wild and Scenic." Tours can be taken to experience a 1930s homesite located within the park. Campers can also enjoy a tour of the Loxahatchee River on the parks riverboat the Loxahatchee Queen II. Recreational activities include, hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, boating and picnicking. The park also offers a concession area where campers can purchase basic supplies.

Jonathan Dickinson State Park
16450 S.E. Federal Hwy
Hobe Sound, FL 33455
(561) 546-2771
www.floridastateparks.org/jonathandickinson/

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

If water activities are your cup of tea, then John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park located in the Florida Keys, is the place for you. This park is made up of 2,350 acres of uplands and 53,661 acres of submerged land, and it offers 47 campsites. Visitors will enjoy the 30,000-gallon saltwater aquarium in the park's Visitor Center and its other education exhibits. Recreational activities include swimming, snorkeling, boating, biking and picnicking. The park also offers canoe, sailboat and motorboat rentals and has concession areas located within the park for your camping needs.

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Mile Marker 102.5 U.S. Highway 1
Key Largo, FL 33037
(305) 451-1202
www.floridastateparks.org/pennekamp/

Collier-Seminole State Park

If you're looking for a taste of the Everglades and of Floirda's "wild" side, Collier-Seminole State Park is your best bet. Campers will find themselves surrounded by the lush tropical hardwood hammock. Rare species of both plants and animals reside within the park. Everything from black bears, bald eagles and mangrove fox squirrels to alligators, manatees and crocodiles can be seen within the confines of the park. Recreational activities include hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing and boat tours. Campers can launch their own boat at the park's boat ramp or rent a canoe.

Collier-Seminole State Park
20200 E. Tamiami Trail
Naples, FL 34114
(941) 394-3397
www.floridastateparks.org/Collier-Seminole/

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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