Brr! Most of North America is experiencing winter weather by now and even some snow in the northern regions. If you’re searching for warmer weather, or have migrated south for the winter already, then you may be seeking some of the best places to stay in south Florida. With a Harvest Hosts membership, there are even more possible places for you to stay for absolutely free. If 80 degree weather in the winter sounds appealing to you, then cruise on down to south Florida with us as we find the best RV camping locations.
1. Faded Bistro & Beer Garden
Our first stop borders on central Florida, but we couldn’t pass up including this fun find in Sebring, Florida. This lakefront town is famous for the Sebring International Raceway that hosts the twelve-hour Grand Prix, which takes place in early December each year. The Faded Bistro & Beer Garden also calls Sebring home and is a Harvest Hosts location. They offer five reservable spots for rigs of any size and have free WiFi for your convenience. This unique eatery provides craft beer, live music, and lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. If you choose to eat outdoors, you will be enveloped by plants in their garden/nursery.
2. Summer Crush Vineyard and Winery
Heading to the coast brings us to the quaint fishing village of Fort Pierce, Florida, otherwise known as “The Sunrise City”. This city is tourist-focused with lots of activities such as the National Navy SEAL Museum, a golf course, a botanical garden, a manatee center, an aquarium, and a local theater. They have events all year long, including throughout the winter. After a long day of exploring, kick back with a glass of wine at the Summer Crush Vineyard and Winery. This Harvest Host location has four reservable spots for rigs up to any size, and is pet-friendly (only Harvest Host members may bring pets). They offer a healthy selection of summer-themed wines, host weekly yoga sessions on Saturday mornings, and have live events throughout the year and into the winter. Talk about a never-ending summer!
3. Cape Coral
Developed in 1957, Cape Coral, Florida is a little slice of paradise. While this area is known for water sports in the summer, it still offers plenty to do in the winter. In addition to strolling the pier and enjoying the view of the shimmering water, there is an beautiful ecological preserve that rents kayaks in the winter. This town also offers a marina, military museum, and a famous rum distillery. While visiting Cape Coral, we recommend staying at the Sugar Sand Beach RV Resort. This small campground boasts huge amenities, such as a private beach, kayaks (when available), free laundry, free firewood, hammocks, giant movie screens, WiFi, and full hookups.
4. Everglades National Park
While in south Florida, be sure to visit Everglades National Park. With over 1.5 million acres, this is the largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S. This park offers the traditional activities of any of the national parks in a unique wetland setting. While you’re visiting, we recommend taking a guided boat tour and visiting the sixty-five-foot observation tower. If you’re feeling sprightly, then put on your galoshes and try out “slogging”, which is off-trail hiking through the wetlands. There are two RV campgrounds in the Everglades: Flamingo Campground and Long Pine Key Campground. Flamingo has partial hookups, so this campground is recommended if you do not have experience with dry camping. If you’re visiting during the winter, then there should be campsites available, but it’s always recommended to call ahead for reservations.
5. Biscayne National Park and Dry Tortugas National Park
While not as popular as the Everglades, these two National Parks are located deeper into south Florida. Biscayne is located right below Miami and is home to beautiful coral reefs and a rich cultural history. If it’s warm enough, we recommend going on a guided snorkeling tour or casting a line out into the waters. Be sure to do some research before fishing, as there are strict laws protecting certain areas and species. There is no RV camping in this park, but since it’s so close to Miami, we recommend staying at the Miami Everglades Resort Campground. This pet-friendly resort offers full hookups and lots of activities, such as bingo, potlucks, and nightly games.
Dry Tortugas is located seventy miles west of the Keys and is only accessible by boat or seaplane, so you’ll need to park the RV elsewhere to access this one. This unique park is comprised mostly of open waters and spans across seven islands. Snorkeling here is also highly recommended, along with touring Fort Jackson and the nearby lighthouse. When you return to your RV, we recommend staying at Leo’s Campground in Key West. They offer full hookups, including cable, and can accommodate rigs up to forty-two feet in length.
6. Boynton Beach
Our south Florida journey wraps up with the family-friendly Boynton Beach. In addition to the gorgeous beaches and marinas, there is a wildlife refuge, and lots of little places waiting to be discovered. There’s a brewery, great local coffee shops, waterfront restaurants, and Bedner’s Farm. This Harvest Hosts location is fun for the whole family with weekend tractor rides, and U-Pick available year round. Be sure to view their business website for more information on which produce is in season. They offer four pet-friendly, reservable spaces for rigs of any size.
It’s never a wrong time to visit south Florida, especially when everywhere else is cold. After all, a break from the snow can be just what you need to make it through the winter. Travelling is even better with your Harvest Hosts membership. Not a member? View our homepage to gain more information and enhance your RV experience.
Do you like to head south for the winter? Which Florida national park is your favorite? Tell us about it in the comments!
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