Florida campsites you’ll love


Temperatures in Florida are comfortable for camping right now, and you don’t want to be left without camping this winter. Most sites are already booked on weekends, but if your boss is okay with you taking a few days off, there should be plenty of availability in the middle of the week. Make sure to call before driving anywhere and make reservations well in advance. Here’s a list of the best camping spots to enjoy winter in Florida, South Florida, and across the state.

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Conveniently located in the Lake Worth Lagoon with all the facilities you could possibly need, Peanut Island Camping has tropical campsites that include a tent mat, barbecue and picnic table. Clear beaches, a fishing pier, a hiking trail, and plenty of space for boating or snorkeling make this campsite a gem for many county residents. Before visiting, call and visit the website as conditions change due to weather or renovations. Note: There are comfortable restrooms with hot showers inside, a picnic pavilion, and a large fire ring.

“I camped there every year for my birthday,” says Palm Beach Gardens resident Frank Mahle. “It’s like camping on the beach. Confuse it, but still be connected in a way.

If you are going to: Peanut Island Campground. 6500 Peanut Island Road, Riviera Beach. Call for prices and reservations: 561-845-4445

Note: When manatees enter springs, campgrounds may choose to close swimming areas to provide a safe environment for these native animals.


That’s right. If you are truly free-spirited, there is one place in South Florida where clothes are just an inconvenience. All naked at Sunsport Gardens campsite in Loxahatchee. This naturist resort is a paradise for nudists. It includes all kinds of amenities and campgrounds. You can rent the campground that best suits your needs, whether it’s a tent pitch, motorhome, chalet, or just want to hang a hammock under a tree. . Kayak or canoe the canal to the lake, enjoy a hike in the woods, cycle 40 acres, play volleyball, work out in the fitness center and take a dip in the pool heated or hot tub.

“This campsite is the only one of its kind in South Florida. Nudity in common areas is MANDATORY, not optional, ”explains manager Morley Schloss. They also host many festivals throughout the year.

If you are going to: Sunsport Gardens naturist resort. * Nudity expected. 14125 N Rd, Loxahatchee; 561-793-0423; e-mail: frontdesk@sunsportgardens.com; It is recommended to book by phone in advance.


Wake up to the roars of African lions at Lion Country Safari KOA in Loxahatchee. This place is great for kids and animal lovers. Do you feel risky? Rent a primitive site.

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If you are going to: Lion Country Safari KOA. 2000 Lion Country Safari Road, Loxahatchee; 561-793-1084. Reservations only: 1-800-562-9115.

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Jonathan Dickinson State Park offers many options for camping and enjoying nature. There is an equestrian campground with seasonal horseback rides. They have “primitive” cabins and campsites. It’s a huge park with so much to do, like biking, hiking, and bird watching, or just chilling out. There is plenty of space for everyone.

“My favorite part of Johnathon Dickinson State Park was the guided tour of the Loxahatchee River and the remains of Trappers Jungle Gardens and Wildlife Zoo,” says South Florida resident Tracy Devaney. “The excursion is serene and nostalgic for” old Florida “. “

If you are going to: Johnathan Dickinson State Park. 16450 SE Federal Highway Hobe Sound, Florida; 772-546-2771 & e-mail: fsp.feedback@dep.state.fl.us. Reservations must be made with Reserve America at 1-800-326-3521.


Paved roads, tennis courts, a golf learning center and fitness area are just a few of the amenities at John Prince Park in Lake Worth. So if your idea of ​​camping isn’t primitive at all, this beautiful, relaxing 726-acre park offers plenty of comfort. There are plenty of RV and tent pitches in a 48 acre section of the park. According to the Palm Beach County website, people often come here for bird watching and other animal sightings. You can launch your boat from a boat launch and the beach is about a 10 minute drive. Call ahead and visit the website as things could change due to the weather or renovations.

If you are going to: John Prince Park. 4759 South Congress Avenue, Lake Worth; 561-582-7992 or e-mail: pbcgov.com.

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RIVER FOREST GROUP CAMP – Ocala National Forest

Don’t be afraid to throw a big party at River Forest Group Camping in the Ocala National Forest. This campsite can accommodate up to 125 people. The camp is located along the St. Johns River, surrounded by large holm oaks on flat, grassy terrain down to the river. There is also an armored group pavilion and restrooms.

If you are going to: River Forest Group Campground inside the Ocala National Forest. FL-40, Silver Springs. Reservations are required prior to arrival. Call 1-877-444-6777 or visit Recreation.gov

LAKE SHORE GROUP CAMP – Ocala National Forest

Not as big as the Forest River but still allows 50 people to camp. According to the USDA, this campground is a favorite spot for Boy Scout troops, religious and civic groups, as well as large families. Amenities include: accessible, boat launch, camping tent, picnic tables, washrooms, drinking water and parking.

If you are going to: Lake Shore Group Camp in the Ocala National Forest: FL-40, Silver Springs; Reservations are required prior to arrival. Call 1-877-444-6777 or visit Recreation.gov.


Wekiva Springs State Park This is where I first saw a wild manatee when I was a child in Orlando. This park is less than an hour north of Orlando, so it’s not a bad drive. The water is crystal clear and there are canoes you can hire and see alligators, ducks, and other animals. There is a path to walk along the springs. When manatees are in the water, humans are not allowed to accompany them.

If you are going to: the sources of Wekiva; 1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka, Florida; 407-884-2009

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Sally J. Minick