The Best Tent Campgrounds in Florida

The Best Tent Campgrounds in Florida
Florida is best known for being surrounded by some of the world's most beautiful beaches. For tenters and outdoor enthusiasts, finding a campsite right along the beach can be the perfect place to relax, experience the outdoors and ocean life up close. There are several campgrounds to choose from that are also close to nearby activities such historical landmarks, outdoor activities and water-recreation activities.

Fort De Soto County Park

Fort De Soto County Park is one of the largest parks in Pinellas County on Florida's Gulf of Mexico coast. Fort De Soto beach in Tierra Verde has been ranked the No. 1 beach in America in 2005 by Dr. Beach and America's top beach in 2009 by The upside to this campground is that the tent sites are located on the backwaters of the Gulf of Mexico--offering a calm and relaxing water source to campers.

This campground has mature and thick vegetation and trees that provide shade and comfort. There is a nearby museum and fishing pier within the park vicinity. Rates start at $30 a night as of March 2010.

Fort De Soto County Park
3500 Pinellas Bayway S .
Tierra Verde, FL 33715
Park and Campground Office

Canaveral National Seashore

The city of Titusville is located on the Atlantic coast. At the Canaveral National Seashore, campers can enjoy tent camping right on the sandy beaches of the oceanfront. Just above the high-tide line, campers can enjoy the salty seaside air with pristine views of Kennedy Space Center.

The National Parks Conservation Association notes that the beach area is unspoiled and contains many remnants of an the old deserted town that once flourished on the seaside. This makes the Canaveral National Seashore a great place to beachcomb for treasures while walking the beach and taking in the ocean breezes.

There are two beach-camping locations, and most sites are situated along the 24-mile undeveloped shoreline. This offers campers a backcountry retreat away from commercialized beach areas. There is a $3 fee to enter the park, and a backcountry permit is required for tent-camping stays.

Canaveral National Seashore
212 S. Washington Ave.
Titusville, FL 32796

Bahia Honda State Park

Tucked down in the Florida Keys, the Bahia Honda State Park is an island gem. Located at Mile Marker 37, this is one of the most scenic and tropical campgrounds and parks in the state. White-sand beaches scattered with towering coconut palms make it an oasis for beach-loving campers. The waters are crystal clear with an aqua undertone.

"Conde Nast Traveler" named Bahia Honda State Park The Best Beach in the continental United States in 1992. This gives the beach worldwide recognition and prestige in the travel and tourism industry.

There are 80 campsites to choose from that can accommodate RVs as well as tents. For those who want to get as close to the beach as possible, there are primitive tent sites available. Sea turtles, Key deer and coral reefs are popular and natural attractions in the surrounding area. This campground is about 12 miles south of Marathon, where one of the area's closest airports is located. Tent camping fees start at $36 a night as of March 2010.

Bahia Honda State Park
36850 Overseas Hwy.
Big Pine Key, FL33043

Article Written By Julie Boehlke

Julie Boehlke is a seasoned copywriter and content creator based in the Great Lakes state. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. Boehlke has more than 10 years of professional writing experience on topics such as health and wellness, green living, gardening, genealogy, finances, relationships, world travel, golf, outdoors and interior decorating. She has also worked in geriatrics and hospice care.

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