What to See When You RV - Florida Edition

Posted on March 23, 2018

The architecture and cuisine of Florida reflect heritages of many cultures. The state is fairly flat, so your RV will handle the roads perfectly well. Florida is a mecca for those interested in viewing different types of wildlife: birds and both marine and land-dwelling mammals. From its luxury resorts to basic campgrounds, the Sunshine State takes advantage of its coastal position. The tropical weather, scenic waterways and beautiful countryside provide motorhome owners with a picturesque backdrop.

Fifteen miles south of Miami are the Florida Keys, comprised of 800 islands connected to the mainland with a myriad of bridges. You can island-hop your way across the Keys and experience year-round temperate weather. In addition to Key Largo, where you can visit the famous Coral Reef State Park, known for its marine wildlife, you will find just 30 minutes away, Islamorada Island, one of the main fishing centers in the country. There you can enjoy snorkeling and fine seafood restaurants. To see a bit of history, meander over to the original fishing village of Marathon, founded in the 1800s and swim with the dolphins at the Dolphin Research Center. Bahia Honda Key and Key West will round out your adventure in the Keys with beautiful beaches, Ernest Hemingway’s house, exciting nightlife, and to-die-for seafood.

Leaving the Keys, go north to Miami and experience a tour of the Everglades, historic Deering Estate, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, tropical parks with jogging lanes, equestrian trails, and picnic areas. Visit Little Havana for classic Cuban dishes and jump on the Big Bus for a hop-on-hop-off tour of the city. Some of the best campgrounds in the area offer acres of woodlands with first-rate sites for RVs.

In the central part of the state, the master destination for the motorhome-bound family is Orlando, where the theme park is king. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Islands of Adventure, Magic Kingdom Park, and the piece de resistance, Disney World, all create a fantasy world which will delight the entire family.

Families with motorhomes will have no problem finding areas to camp. You might want to check in advance to be certain of the ones that can accommodate the sizes of a Class A motorhome or a Class C motorhome.

If you are driving cross country for a long period of time, you may carry more equipment than normal. A Class A toy hauler with space for all the extras you bring along, as well as any souvenirs you purchase along the way, will be advantageous. Think about whether an RUV (recreational utility vehicle) may be a good solution if you want a more rugged adventure and plan to stray from the usual highways.

Discover St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States, where you can soak up history as you take in a ghost tour, visit the oldest wooden schoolhouse, or see Fort Matanzas National Monument, which is only accessible by boat. Campgrounds around St. Augustine provide RV owners with the best places to stay while they enjoy all the city has to offer.

Whether you fancy rugged wilderness or excellent cuisine or refined city life, Florida will not disappoint.


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