Travel Guide to Florida

2014 Travel Guide to Florida

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CAMPGROUNDS Canoeists and kayakers at Oleta River State Park in North Miami Camping on the beach in Fort Myers T hank the Tin Can Tourists. In the 1920s, they rumbled along rough roads to Florida and found their way down the coasts, living out of their cars and eating warmed-up meals from tin cans. Since then, a predictable migration of campers comes to Florida every winter, with flocks of RVs taking over vast swaths of campgrounds throughout the state. Luckily, Florida has plenty of campsites to go around. Whether you're looking for somewhere to plunk that RV near an urban area or want a real in-the-woods experience under the shade of old oak trees, Florida's diverse inventory of campgrounds includes more than 50 at Florida State Parks, hundreds more on other public lands, and private sites of every stripe. Bring a tent, drive down in your RV, book a cabin, or pull that fifth wheel—Florida has you covered. 70 2014 TRAVEL GUIDE TO FLORIDA SOUTHEAST Sunlight shimmers over blue-green waters as you look out of your tent over the calm shallows of the Atlantic Ocean in the Florida Keys. At Long Key State Park, all 60 sites are right on the beach for tent and RV campers to enjoy. Wander along nature trails, kayak through mangrove tunnels or learn about marine life at a ranger program. At John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park on Key Largo, it's not far from its 47 campsites in a tropical forest to board a boat for snorkeling and diving adventures on the offshore coral reefs. Renting for less than US$60 per night, the rustic cabins at Oleta River State Park might be the least expensive place to stay in Miami. You'll need to bring your own linens and bathrooms are down the trail at the bathhouse. In the heart of C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke CLOCKWISE FROM BOTTOM LEFT: LEE COUNTY VCB/FORTMYERSSANIBEL.COM; GREATER MIAMI CVB; VISITCITRUS.COM; BAKER COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BY SANDRA FRIEND BUNKING WITH NATURE

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