Renting an RV in Florida

A very unique blend of pure wilderness and sprawling modern metropolitan areas, Florida is an excellent choice for your RV vacation. The Sunshine State boasts nearly eight and a half thousand miles of shoreline, thousands of lakes, and thirty-five state forests covering more than a million acres. In the wintertime, Florida is America’s go-to choice to escape the chilly temps and snow.

There aren’t many places where you can go on a forest hike, lie on the beach, and have a top-notch dinner all on the same day. Consider renting an RV in Florida to get you everywhere you want to go in comfort and style.

Why Renting an RV in Florida Is the Way to Go

Florida is a very RV-friendly state with over seventy public-run RV-approved campgrounds and more than three hundred private facilities to service all of your lodging needs. Especially in the winter, hotels can be full or extremely expensive. Renting an RV can end up being more cost-effective and gives you and your family the freedom to travel however you please.

There is plenty to see in Florida. Traveling in an RV is one of the best and easiest ways to get around everywhere from the panhandle to the southernmost tip of the state.

10 Recommended Places to See in Florida in Your Rental RV

Along with natural, tropical beauty, Florida also has some of the country’s oldest history. There are so many incredible destinations to visit while you’re in Florida that we’ve assembled a ‘can’t-miss’ list to make planning your trip easier. Here are ten of the top attractions in Florida that any RVer would be sorry to miss.

1. Florida Caverns State Park

Florida Caverns State Park features 1,300 acres of fun for the whole family. Its primary feature is a series of dazzling caverns that offer amazing views of stalactites and stalagmites. Also, keep an eye out for some of the more unique cave-dwelling denizens such as blind crayfish and salamanders as well as roosting bats. Other available activities include boating, kayaking, picnicking, horse trails, campfire circles, and geocaching.

There are 28 ‘back-in’ sites for your RV with either full hookup or electric-only availability. Bear in mind that the maximum length for these sites ranges between 30-40 feet. Reservations are needed so plan ahead.

2. Walt Disney World

At Fort Wilderness, you can enjoy the family-friendly magic of Disney World while camping in the middle of a beautiful forest. Over 750 acres of evergreen forest offer great hiking trails, community pools, and ample wildlife viewing. After long days exploring Mickey and Minnie’s kingdom, come back to relax at this incredible woodland retreat. A wide range of RV-friendly campsites is available to accommodate units up to 60 feet in length with full hookup access. Some sites are even close to the marina, so don’t forget to pack the kayaks. Keep in mind that Disney World is one of the most popular attractions on the planet, so the park has limited campsite visitation to 10 people per site and you’ll have to make reservations.

3. Everglades National Park

The most well-known park in Florida, Everglades National Park is simply massive. More than 1.5 million acres of wetlands are home to an astonishing variety of species including birds, turtles, snakes, dolphins, manatees, and of course, alligators. Boating, fishing, hiking, and geocaching are some of the favorite activities at Everglades. For the more adventurous, also consider a 99-mile canoe trip along the Wilderness Waterway for an unmatched opportunity to view the abundant wildlife. 

RV camping is available onsite at Everglades. Both the Long Pine and Flamingo Campgrounds offer RV campsites, but Flamingo has more available and offers electric hookups. No water hookups are available; however, you can access water fill stations near the dump station.

4. Florida Keys (Key West)

Off the southern tip of Florida, you can find a gorgeous chain of islands known as the Florida Keys. Luckily for travelers and locals, alike, state highway FL-1 actually connects all of these islands to the mainland. At the very tip of the keys lies Key West, a watersports enthusiasts’ dream. Enjoy unparalleled snorkeling, fishing, sailing, scuba diving, and plenty of nightlife. Even way out on this little island, you can find two RV parks. Look for either Boyd’s or Leo’s Campground. Boyd’s specifically has full hookup availability and can accommodate vehicles up to 45 feet.  

5. Castillo de San Marcos

Step back in history and learn about the tumultuous beginnings of Florida’s history. Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fort within the continental U.S. (constructed in 1672) and in its early years, was a point of conflict between colonizing Spanish and British forces. In later years, it was sadly used as a tool to combat Native Americans in the region. Its important place in history is reason enough to visit the fort, but other forms of entertainment such as weapons demonstrations and historical reenactments are offered by park staff.

The fort offers no camping on-site, however, more than a dozen RV-friendly campgrounds can be found within 10 miles. The bustling city of Jacksonville is also less than an hour away if you’re craving some modern nightlife.

Learn more about Castillo de San Marcos.

6. Juniper Springs National Recreation Area

Part of the Ocala forest and situated along Florida State Road 40, the Juniper Springs National Recreation Area was created by the efforts of the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression in the 1930s. Beautiful natural springs abound in this forested oasis and travelers can find plenty of swimming, hiking, bicycling, boating, and off-road vehicle activities.

RV camping is allowed within Juniper Springs at four different campgrounds within its borders. Not all sites offer full hookups so double-check availability, depending on your needs. Learn more about Juniper Springs National Recreation Area.

7. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Enjoy the rolling, sandy dunes and their unique ecosystem during your stay at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Located on the gulf coast, the preserve features striking white quartz dunes that hold small freshwater lakes. Adventurers will have the opportunity to see a rare combination of over a dozen endangered plants and animals. Bring your binoculars as well because the birdwatching here is excellent.

RV camping is welcome at Topsail and its Gregory E. Moore RV Resort is one of the top-ranked RV resorts in the nation. You can find 140 available sites with full hookups that can accommodate rigs up to 45 feet in length.

8. Anastasia State Park

Florida is synonymous with beaches and Anastasia State Park has some of the best around. The park sprawls over 1,600 acres and features impressive sand dunes and tidal marshes that attract an incredible diversity of bird species. The spoonbill, in particular, is a visitor favorite for its bright pink color and curious affinity for photographers. Travelers will also have opportunities to try their hand at surfing, shore fishing, geocaching, and seashell hunting.

Anastasia is a great place to set up your RV camp for the night. The park offers 139 campsites just a short walk from the beach, all with electrical and water hookups. The maximum RV length at Anastasia is 38 feet.

Learn more about Anastasia State Park.

9. Fort Pickens

Up in the Gulf Islands in Florida’s panhandle, you will find Fort Pickens situated in Pensacola Bay. Built in the early 1800s, Fort Pickens was an important defense post for the shipping industry as America expanded. In addition to fascinating historical tours offered by park staff, there are many watersport activities available, including swimming, snorkeling, fishing, waterfowl hunting, and boating. If you’re lucky, you may even be able to observe the elite naval flight demonstration squad, the Blue Angels, as they practice above their base in nearby Pensacola. 

The Fort Pickens RV Campground is very reasonably priced and offers 137 sites with electric and water hookups. Community amenities also include a showering facility and flush toilets. Learn more about Fort Pickens.

10. Dry Tortugas National Park

A visit to Dry Tortugas National Park is a great pairing with your Key West visit. Only 100 square miles, the park includes seven small islands and an old military fort (Fort Jefferson) and is only accessible by ferry or seaplane. The coral reef within the park is home to many vibrant species of fish and seabirds, making it a great choice for snorkeling and diving. For obvious reasons, RV camping is not possible at Dry Tortugas. It would be best to leave your RV at its campsite in Key West and take the ferry out to the park for a day trip. Take a close look at the ferry schedule to make sure you get back to the dock on time.

Learn more about Dry Tortugas National Park.

Campgrounds and RV Parks in Florida

Camping is very popular in Florida due to the high tourist demand, so you will never be too far from RV accommodations. Most national and state parks also offer RV parking on-site. If you’d like to stay nearer to one of Florida’s many major cities, take a look at these Good Sam campgrounds.

If you are camping in late summer or fall, also be aware of the hurricane evacuation protocols for your campground. These wicked storms are notorious for their unpredictability so being prepared is very important to ensure a fun and safe RVing experience.

Things to Know About Renting an RV in Florida

Things to Note About Camping in Florida

Although welcome in the wintertime, Florida can get very hot and humid. Travelers with heat-sensitive conditions should consult their physician regarding travel during particularly hot summer months.

Florida is also home to an incredible variety of wildlife. Some of this wildlife, however, can be dangerous. If you are anywhere near a fresh body of water, which is in Florida, you need to be on the lookout for alligators and pythons. These large reptiles are notorious for making themselves welcome in unwelcome places, so exercise caution during your outdoor activities. See our list of Good Sam campgrounds in the area to check out while you're there.

Dry Camping or Boondocking in Florida

If you are looking to get away from it all, dry camping, or boondocking is your best RV option to isolate yourself. Boondocking means that there are no hookups available (e.g. sewer, electrical, water), and your RV unit is operating independently.

A great place to do this is on public land identified by the Bureau of Land Management. Unfortunately, Florida does not have any of this type of land available for RV camping. Not to worry, though, many campgrounds (of which there are plenty throughout the state) will let you dry camp if all of their hookup spots are taken and they have additional space.

Additionally, many businesses in the state will allow you to boondock in their parking lots overnight. You will have to obtain permission from the business in most cases, there are also rest stops where you can camp overnight. These options give you plenty of places to stay in your RV.