Florida Camping Guide
Whether you prefer primitive camping in the woods or tent camping on the beach, Florida has it all. There are a multitude of campgrounds, RV parks, and cabins, you'll find the right type of camping in Florida.
Floridians or Florida tourists looking for an opportunity to get away from it all should consider camping in one of Florida's many campgrounds. Campers have many options to choose from within the state. And thanks to the sunny weather and the natural beauty of Florida, camping is possible nearly all year long. There are plenty of sites to explore and fall in love with.
Florida is a natural playground. It is rare in other states to be able to camp on a sandy, white beach one night and the next night camp in the middle of a secluded forest. Because it is a peninsula, Florida provides the opportunity to choose any number of these geographical features. All around Florida's coast are also secluded islands that are perfect for a scenic and private camping experience. These are often only accessible by water, so you might want to dock your boat or hop aboard a kayak or canoe to explore these locations.
Florida has hundreds of campgrounds to choose from. Some are Florida state parks, others are privately owned sites. Some offer primitive camping options for the experienced camper, some allow RV hook-ups and public restrooms. The warm Florida climate allows campers to experience all of what Florida has to offer year round. No matter where you are in Florida, you are never more than 60 miles from a beach. This means fishing, boating, kayaking and surfing are often a short drive from your campsite.
If you are a Florida resident, you'll likely find camping options a few miles from your home. Should you want to explore some place more remote, there are plenty of options, including central Florida's dense forests, south Florida's marshy Everglades or the panhandle's sandy beaches and preserved wildlife refuges. If you are not a Florida resident, there are plenty of top tourist attractions such as Disney and Universal theme parks.
Florida is a subtropical in most of the state and a true tropical climate toward the southern part of the state and the Florida Keys. Therefore, weather should be a consideration when planning your trip. For example, camping in the middle of July in the Keys is not for the faint of heart because the heat might be overwhelming. Research the campsite thoroughly before planning your trip. Be sure to call and ask park administrators any questions you might have pertaining to camping. Ask about, for example, rates per night, accessibility to Florida destinations, fishing and hunting options, possible RV connection and busy seasons.
Regardless of the season, you might want to bring warm weather gear, especially for breezy nights by the ocean. Another large factor is the potential for hurricanes and tropical thunderstorms. The hurricane season in Florida extends from June 1 to Nov. 30, but don't let this deter you from planning your camping trip. Whether you are camping during Florida's hurricane season or not, bring mosquito repellent, battery-operated fans, battery-operated fans, umbrellas and water-resistant clothing and ponchos. Also have a fly for your tent to keep it as dry as possible during a storm.