Florida Camping Guide

Florida Camping Guide
Florida's summer climate might seem unbearably hot to some. But, although campgrounds elsewhere in the United States are likely to be seasonal, most in Florida never close, and the state is full of attractions. Whether you want to visit Disney World or the beach or snorkel in the Florida Keys or take in the majesty of the Everglades, Florida's campgrounds are inexpensive places to do it from.

National Parks

There are three national parks in Florida: Everglades, Biscayne and Dry Tortugas. All three have campgrounds, but Biscayne and Tortugas are "front" country campgrounds that allow tents only. Only Everglades permits RV and back-country camping. Biscayne is practically within sight of the Miami waterfront, with activities like boating, fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling at your doorstep. Dry Tortugas National Park is also a good spot for snorkeling and scuba diving. It's located in an old fortress in Key West. There are three campgrounds in the Everglades: Chekika, Flamingo and Long Pine Key. There are no fees for camping from June through August, but there are plenty of mosquitoes.

Biscayne National Park
9700 SW 328 Street
Homestead, Fla. 33033
(305) 230-7275
www.nps.gov/BISC

Everglades National Park
40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, Fla. 33034-6733
(305) 242-7700
www.nps.gov/ever/

Dry Tortugas National Park
P.O. Box 6208
Key West, Fla. 33041
(305) 242-7711
www.nps.gov/drto

KOA

It is hard to imagine a place in Florida that is not a short drive from a KOA campground. There are 25 throughout the state. KOAs have full hook-ups for RVs, sites for tents, free wireless Internet, hot showers, flush toilets and coin laundry. Almost all of them also have rustic cabins for rent and a swimming pool, and many have a motel-style lodge as well.

koa.com/where/fl/

Disney World

Disney World has its own campground, called Fort Wilderness. Shower and toilet facilities come with air-conditioned comfort stations, RV sites have hook-ups that include cable television and the campground is pet-friendly. It's also a bit costly, with sites beginning at $43 per night in 2009.

Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
4510 North Fort Wilderness Trail
Lake Buena Vista, Fla. 32830
(407) 939-7429
disneyworld.disney.go.com/resorts/campsites-at-fort-wilderness-resort/

State Parks

The Florida State Park system is extensive, with 160 state parks scattered around the state. Of these, more than three dozen have campground facilities. Much like KOA, there are not too many places in Florida that are far from a state park campground. Facilities vary from park to park, but most offer tent camping with showers and toilets, RV sites with hook-ups, rental cabins and back-country camping at primitive sites.

www.floridastateparks.org/campcabinlodge.cfm

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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