With the rise in our housing markets, stagnation of incomes, and the mounting cost of college debt, the middle-class dream of owning a home may seem daunting. But one must not give up! The dream is changing from the big house with the white picket fence to traveling nomadic style. #GoRVing
Recreational Vehicles, also known as RVs, are not utilized in the traditional sense of camping. But are now being used as an alternative living space for families everywhere. What better place to pursue the dream of RVing than right here in Florida. We have spectacular places that offer parents an opportunity to teach kids about the world and reconnect with their families. Seniors have been coming to Florida, RVing and exploring, for decades and now it’s the younger generations who are recapturing and joining in on the fun.
RVs have become luxury liner homes on wheels with fireplaces, full kitchens, bedrooms, showers, and laundry rooms. The average cost of a Class A style RV ranges between $50,000-200,000.
Before you invest, you can always test drive one on your next camping trip via rental by using Outdoorsy.
Places to Stay When You Go RVing
Everglades Isle is one of South Florida’s best-kept secrets. This award-winning luxury RV resort has an on-site spa, movie theater, resort-style swimming pool, and much more. Flamingo Campground is located on the east end of Cape Sable, near the 99-mile Wilderness Waterway. This basic campground has 234 drive-in sites that are perfect for those looking to go off the grid for a few days.
The Florida Keys are the jewel of the Cape. Picture lush white sandy beaches, palm trees swaying in the breeze, and more umbrella drinks that you can drink in one night. Key West is the place you want to go for a little fun in the tropical sun. Key West is more than a charming, colorful party town. With heaps of outdoor activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, art galleries, and tons of amazing restaurants and bars, it’s sure to keep you moving. Don’t forget to take a Key Lime Pie-making class to make this town’s renowned desert!
Leo’s Campground in Key West is the most affordable campground in the Florida Keys. With RV sites that can fit RVs up to 42’ in length, this RV park has full hookups, WiFi spots, and hot showers to wash the sand off your feet. This campground makes our “10 Best RV Parks in Florida” list!
Price: Prices vary depending on activities
Florida is more than just golf courses and amusement parks. It has a deep history that dates back before the United States was even a country. Castillo de San Marcos National Monument is the country’s oldest masonry fortress and is an excellent example of the “bastion system” of fortification (which originated in Italy during the 1400s). Castillo de San Marcos was considered a remote outpost but experienced many attacks during the early day of American colonization. History buffs will love spending an afternoon exploring the old fort and surrounding area.
Address: 11 South Castillo Drive, Saint Augustine, FL 32084
Contact: (904) 829-6506
Price: $15 per person 16+
Discounts: Children under 15 and younger are free
The Compass RV Park in St. Augustine has been recently renovated with lots of great new amenities from a new swimming pool to improved WiFi services. The new Oasis campsites are going to be some of the best in Florida.
The St. Augustine Beach KOA is another wonderful option that is closer to the beach.
John Pennekamp Reef State Park is the first undersea park encompassing more than 70 nautical square miles. The upland area of the park is home to mangrove swamps and tropical hammocks. If you love to scuba dive or snorkel then this is the state park for you! With tons of amazing dive sites, you’ll get to see tons of tropical fish and turtles up close and personal. If you would prefer to stay above the water, there are great kayaking and canoeing options as well.
Address: 102601 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037
Price: $8 per vehicle
Contact: (305) 451-6300
Kings Kamp RV Park and Marina in Key Largo is located just 200 yards from the Cross Keys Waterway, which is the gateway to the John Pennekamp State Park. Adjacent to the marina, the RV park has roomy campsites that can fit rigs up to 40 feet in length. There’s free WiFi, a beautiful view of the beach, and plenty of activities to keep you busy.
Miami and South Beach
Miami is one of Florida’s largest and most diverse cities. Located on the southeastern tip of the state, Miami has a major Cuban influence and lots of glamorous neighborhoods and beaches. Biscayne Bay is home to famous beaches like Miami Beach and South Beach. You’ll see all the hottest people here during the day and night. Miami is home to legendary nightlife so those looking to party into the wee hours of the next morning will love this international city. Enjoy the art at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, salsa dance at Ball & Chain, or take a run along South Beach in the early morning light.
Address: 701 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL 33131
Contact: (305) 539-3000
Price: Varies on the activities you chose
Miami Everglades RV Resort was selected as 2010’s “Best Campground in Miami.” Located just 30 miles south of downtown Miami, 10 miles from the Everglades National Park and 30 miles to Key Largo and the Keyes, Miami Everglades RV Resort is the perfect location to stay for your South Florida RV adventures. This RV park has all the modern amenities you need at a reasonable price.
If you’re looking to get away from the big city lights and the crowded amusement parks, head over to the Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna. It is one of the few state parks with dry caves and the only state park in Florida to offer daily fun cave tours to the public. Discover the dazzling limestone formations, like stalactites, stalagmites, and more. Guided tours last for 45 minutes and are an adventurous way to discover Florida’s underground. The Florida Caverns State Park is also a wonderful place for those interested in fishing, canoeing, hiking, and horseback riding.
Address: 3345 Caverns Road, Marianna, FL 32446
Contact: (850) 482-1228
Price: $5 per vehicle
Enjoy The Journey!
So enjoy the ride and explore RV style, where the journey to your dreams could be just a mile away. # GoRving