Sanibel Island RV Campgrounds

by Nicole Schmidt
Hunt for the perfect seashell along the beaches of Sanibel Island.

Hunt for the perfect seashell along the beaches of Sanibel Island.

Sanibel Island is a tropical-lover’s paradise along the west coast of Florida. The barrier island is known for its white sand beaches that are covered with pastel seashells, and is surrounded by the J.N. “Ding Darling” National Wildlife Refuge & Bird Sanctuary. While those with RVs will only find one campground on the island itself, they have several to pick from in nearby Fort Myers and Pine Island. Escape the humdrum of daily life and take your RV to one of the resorts near this island oasis.

Head to the Island

Just half a mile away from the shell-laden beaches, and the only RV park on Sanibel Island, Periwinkle Park & Campground offers RV campers sites with complete hookups and Internet access. Restrooms, showers and laundry facilities are nearby for added convenience. Enjoy lunch at one of the picnic tables on-site or host a group gathering beneath the pavilion. Bring your bike for a scenic ride, or take a leisurely stroll to the beach, shops, restaurants and golf courses. Daily and monthly reservations can be made online or by calling the campground, and children under 6 stay for free.

Get Social

Park your RV on one of the grassy sites at the pet-friendly Groves RV Resort in nearby Fort Myers. Sites can accommodate RVs up to 45 feet long and have room for slide-outs. All sites include full hookups, Wi-Fi and a picnic table for meals outdoors. Go for a dip in the heated pool, or take advantage of the resort’s many amenities including a shuffleboard court, laundry facilities, arcade, horseshoe pit and billiards table. The resort also offers planned activities such as exercise classes, magic shows and potluck dinners.

For Your Generation

Also in nearby Fort Myers, Indian Creek RV Resort caters to those 55 and older, and can accommodate rigs up to 40 feet long, with additional room for slide-outs. Full hookups with 30- and 50-amp service are included at each site, and you can relax with a meal at your picnic table on the concrete patio. For those seeking connectivity, cable and Wi-Fi are available for an additional fee. The pet-friendly resort has seven bath houses, three laundry facilities and two kitchens available for your use, and you can mail postcards from the on-site mail center.

Show Off Your Talents

Pet-friendly Fort Myers/Pine Island KOA is in the tropical setting of St. James City. The campground features spacious RV sites that can accommodate rigs up to 50 feet long. All sites include full hookups, while Wi-Fi is available for an additional fee. Cast for fish in the lake, lounge around the pool or soak your weary muscles in the hot tub. Enjoy friendly competition on the tennis and shuffleboard courts, or take part in the planned activities such as water aerobics, dances, talent shows and bingo.

Wake to the Waves

Red Coconut RV Resort in Fort Myers Beach is on 450 feet of beachfront and features 41 sites. All sites are on concrete slabs, and include full hookups, cable and Internet. Watch the waves as you dine at your picnic table or head to the nearby restaurants for a meal. Mobile home rentals are available, which can sleep up to four people, and include a full bathroom, kitchen and living room. Spend the day lounging, boating or fishing, then head to the recreation building for a game of shuffleboard. A pool and laundry facilities are also available on-site.

About the Author

Nicole Schmidt has been a professional writer and editor since 1999. Previously, she headed the start-up of two trade magazines, and her work has appeared on websites such as Coast360.com, Hipmunk, USA Today, LIVESTRONG and AZCentral.com, as well as in magazines including "Nuclear Decommissioning Report," "Utility Products Magazine" and "Electric Light & Power." Schmidt has traveled extensively and studied journalism at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

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