4 Great Florida Camping Spots to Drive To
If you’re ready to take your new Land Rover on its first camping trip, you’re in luck. With so many breathtaking landscapes and unique ecosystems in our state, you won’t have to go far from Fort /new-vehicles/ to find some great options¬. Here are four great Florida camping spots to drive to.
Located off I-75 in North Fort Myers, Seminole Campground offers 129 wooded campsites. Pop Ash Creek flows among the oak, pine, and cypress trees on the property, and the Caloosahatchee River sits nearby. Amenities include free Wi-Fi access, a heated swimming pool, a new bathhouse, and laundry facilities. You will also find a general store, exercise room, recreational hall, and game room. Pets are welcome on leashes, and there is a dog park on-site.
To get there, take exit 143 East onto Bayshore Road, then turn left onto Wells Road and again onto Triplett Road. Reservations can be made online.
Turtle Beach Campground
With the Gulf of Mexico so close, beachside camping is another option. Turtle Beach Campground (8862 Midnight Pass Road in Sarasota, Florida) offers 40 RV and tent sites with full hook-ups, as well as free Wi-Fi access, shaded picnic areas, and laundry facilities. Turtle Beach Park includes 2,600 feet of coastline where sea turtles often nest, as well as a variety of recreational opportunities. To protect the sea turtles, pets are prohibited. If you want more to do, the restaurants and shopping of Siesta Key Beach are not far away.
To make a reservation, call 941-349-3839. Rates range from $32 to $60 per day plus tax, depending on the camping area and season.
Fort De Soto Campground
Pinellas County boasts several parks for camping, including the Fort De Soto campground. This family camping area is divided into 238 sites. On-site facilities include picnic tables, grills, modern restrooms, showers, play areas, and a camp store. You will also have access to laundry facilities, water, and electricity. Special campsites are available for those with pets. Reservations can be made online or in person at the Parks and Conservation Resources administrative office on 12520 Ulmerton Road in Largo, Florida. Rates vary depending by date and location.
Periwinkle Park and Campground
Located on Sanibel Island, Periwinkle Park and Campground sits about a half-mile (about a 10 minute walk) from the white sand and shells of the beach. Complete hook-ups are available for RVs and campers, as are restrooms, showers, picnic tables, laundry facilities, and a pavilion. Tent campsites are also available. In addition to the beach, you will also find shopping, restaurants, and a golf course within walking distance.
You can get there from either I-75 (take Exit 131) or US 41. In either case, you will end up following Summerlin Road to Sanibel. The address for the campground is 1119 Periwinkle Way in Sanibel Island, Florida. Daily rates are $55 for two people, which drops to $40 from June 1 to October 31 during the off season.
You didn’t buy a Land Rover so it could sit in your driveway, right? Don’t miss out on your vehicle’s full potential. Get out and experience the natural beauty of Florida with a weekend trip to one of these camping spots. Maybe you’ll find your new favorite retreat.