Anastasia State Park is a stone’s throw from historic St. Augustine and offers 139 shady, secluded campsites near a 4-mile long white-sand beach that shimmers in the sun.
Articles written by: Bob Rountree
Exploring Florida sometimes requires more than just a sense of adventure and the time to travel. These guides are essential tools to help you find paddling and hiking trails, campgrounds and where to experience the authentic Florida.
EVERGLADES CITY — One of my favorite Florida getaways is to boat out to the outer islands and camp for a weekend on a remote, pristine beach fronting the Gulf of Mexico.
After crossing the state line, you likely have many miles to your RV’s winter haven. Take a breather and lay over a night or two in one of these scenic state parks along the I-95 and I-75 corridors.
Witness 5,000 years of history through a glass wall at this Indian midden at Spanish Point, and learn about the Palmer family’s profound impact on Sarasota County.
Hidden among tidal marshes, Tomoka River State Park offers a shady campground, miles of paddle trails, biking and hiking, productive fisheries, launch ramps and a well-stocked park concession with music on weekends.
Tucked into in a corner of Hillsborough County is a quiet, well-shaded campground that packs a lot of nature into a small 160-acre preserve along the Alafia River. And the camping is among the best in the Tampa Bay area.
Fort Myers Beach is a quaint little beach town on Estero Island, often overlooked by tourists who flock to nearby Sanibel and Captiva. With three state preserves nearby, including two accessible only by water, there is ample opportunity for kayaking, canoeing, hiking, biking and camping. Or hide out in a classic Florida mom-and-pop cabin right on the beach.