Explore America's Campgrounds
Florida has an average of 300 days of sunshine every year. Because the state's climate is generally warmer during the winter months, Florida attracts large numbers of winter "snowbirds," or temporary residents from cooler states like New York and Ohio. Snowbirds flock to Florida for an average of five months every year, with many of them arriving in their RVs and choosing to live in RV resorts for the entire winter season.
Pecan Park RV Resort is a 183-site year-round resort located near Interstate 95 in Jacksonville. Park sites are on average 40 feet wide, which can accommodate even the largest RVs. This pet-friendly park features full hookup sites, 30 and 50 amp electric service, wireless Internet and cable television. Park amenities include coin-operated laundry facilities, a swimming pool, clubhouse, on-site convenience store, propane sales and a catfish pond. Extended stay sites with discounted rates are available.
Pecan Park RV Resort 650 Pecan Park Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32218 888-604-6770 pecanparkrvresort.com
North Beach Camp Resort is a beachfront RV park located near downtown St. Augustine. This four season campground is big-rig friendly and features extra wide RV sites with full hookups, including 30 or 50 amp electricity service. Located next to the North River, the park owns a private pier where guests can fish for red bass, flounder and other species without possessing a license. Other amenities include an on-site restaurant, playground, pool and hot tub, shuffleboard and basketball courts. There is also a library, game room, convenience store, restrooms and hot showers. North Camp Beach resort also owns a cruise ship which, offers park guests discounted sightseeing cruises through the waters around St. Augustine.
North Beach Camp Resort 4125 Coastal Hwy. St. Augustine, FL 32084 800-542-8316 northbeachcamp.com
New Smyrna Beach
In Florida's Daytona Beach area, New Smyrna Beach RV Park features 200 large pull through sites that can accommodate RVs as long as 60 feet. This beachfront campground is open year-round with facilities that include full hookups, 50 amp electricity, free wireless Internet, a swimming pool and fitness center, recreation building, playground, restrooms and laundry facilities. Potential guests should note that during major events, such as the Daytona 500 or Bike Week, a seven night minimum reservation is required.
New Smyrna Beach RV Park 1300 Old Mission Rd. New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 800-928-9962 beachcamp.net
Juno Ocean Walk RV Resort offers ocean front accommodations in a tropical setting. The park features 246 RV sites with full hookups and 30 or 50 amp electricity. Guest amenities include a pool and hot tub, recreation room, playground, laundry facilities, wireless Internet and cable television, dog walks and a private fishing pier. This pet-friendly park is within walking distance of shops and restaurants, a large public beach, numerous golf courses, sport fishing boat charter companies and Roger Dean Stadium, the spring training home of the Florida Marlins baseball team.
Juno Ocean Walk RV Resort 900 Juno Ocean Walk Juno Beach, FL 33408 561-622-7500 junooceanwalkrvresort.com/outside_home.asp
Paradise Island RV Park is located in an urban setting in Ft. Lauderdale. This year-round resort features 232 full hookup sites with shade trees and wireless Internet access (for an additional fee). There is also a recreation hall, laundry facility, restrooms and showers, lighted shuffleboard courts and a heated swimming pool. Management welcomes pets and also offers guests extended stay options.
Paradise Island RV Resort 2121 NW 29th Ct. Oakland Park, FL 33311 800-487-7395 paradiserv.com
Rene Agredano is a traveling journalist and entrepreneur based in Fort Collins, Colo. Since 1998, she has covered travel, home-and-garden, fitness, animal care and other lifestyle topics for publications such as "The Times-Standard" newspaper of northern California. Agredano holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Chapman University.