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Florida has more senior citizens than any other state, according to the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. Many of the 3.9 million people aged 55 years and over in the Sunshine State are seasonal "snowbirds," who travel to Florida to escape the harsh winters of cold climate states where they permanently reside. Snowbirds often travel to Florida in their RVs, saving money by staying in affordable accommodations, such as RV retirement campgrounds.
Rainbow Village RV Resort, Central Florida
Located 22 miles northeast of Tampa, Rainbow Village RV Resort, Central Florida is an active community for senior citizens. The resort is within minutes of major shopping and entertainment. It features 382 full hookup RV sites, cable television, high speed Internet and wide paved roads for biking and walking. Amenities include an indoor heated Olympic-sized swimming pool, two recreation halls, video and DVD library, showers and laundry facilities. Activities range from bingo to crafts and dancing, and the park frequently hosts performances by top named entertainers. Reservations can be made on a daily, weekly, monthly or seasonal basis.
Rainbow Village RV Resort, Central Florida 4150 Lane Rd. Zephyrhills, FL 33541-3658 813-782-5075 rainbowvillagerv.com
Shell Creek RV Resort
Adults 55 and over are welcome at Shell Creek RV Resort in Punta Gorda, a senior citizen resort located on Florida's Gulf Coast. The park has 239 sites for RVers, as well as permanent sites for park model homes. Retirees enjoy many activities at the resort, such as aquatic exercise in the heated swimming pool, dances, billiards and crafts. High speed wireless Internet is also included in RV space rent, which can be paid by the day, week, month or season. Discounted rates are available for long-term stays.
Shell Creek RV Resort 35711 Washington Loop Rd. Punta Gorda, FL 33982 941-639-4234 shellcreekrv.com
Enchanted Lakes Estates
Enchanted Lakes Estates is located on Florida's Atlantic Coast, near Cape Canaveral. The lushly landscaped property is situated in a country setting with lakes, fountains and wildlife. There are 71 RV sites with individual patios, phone, cable television and wireless Internet. The park features amenities including a recreation center, heated swimming pool, hot showers, a picnic area and a variety of social activities to keep residents busy. The park has long-term RV and boat storage for an additional fee. There is an additional charge for RVs 36 feet and longer.
Enchanted Lakes Estates 750 Malabar Rd. Malabar, FL 32950-3140 321-723-8847 enchantedlakes.net
Golden Pond Village 55+ Manufactured Home Park & RV Resort
Seniors looking for a quiet resort in a rustic setting will find that Golden Pond Village 55+ Manufactured Home Park & RV Resort meets their criteria. The park is surrounded by oak trees and lush rural horse properties, and is situated less than a mile from access to the Florida Greenway, a connection of hiking, biking and horseback riding. Residents keep busy with activities ranging from shuffleboard to bingo and shopping is less than one mile away. Some residents live there permanently in mobile homes and park model homes, but the park also caters to snowbirds who reside there seasonally in their RVs.
Golden Pond Village 55+ Manufactured Home Park & RV Resort 3233 SE 110th St. Ocala, FL 34480 352-245-2334 goldenpondvillage.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.