08 Feb

Campground Review: Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground in Disney World, Florida

On this episode of Campground of the Week, we are reviewing what may be America’s favorite campground of all time: Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground in Disney World, Florida.

After camping at Fort Wilderness, we can honestly say that it has earned every bit of it’s stellar reputation. Simply put, we will never stay anywhere else on return trips to Disney World.

If you are planning a trip to Disney World, one of the most important things to know is that Fort Wilderness is considered a Disney Resort property, which means that you will enjoy the benefits of staying ‘on property’: early dining reservations, early Fast Pass booking, and access to daily extra Magic Hours. You will also have access to Disney transportation: busses and boats connect Fort Wilderness to all the other Disney properties and parks.

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01 Feb

Campground Review #66 Fort De Soto Campground near St. Petersburg, Florida

Campground Review: Fort De Soto Park Campground

On this episode of Campground of the Week, we review the Fort De Soto Park Campground, about 20 miles south of St. Petersburg, Florida. Fort De Soto Park Campground is a perennial favorite for native Floridians and for the snow birds that flock down to the Sunshine State every winter.

And it is easy to see why. Simply put, this is one of the most beautiful campgrounds we have ever seen, and we can imagine returning again and again if it was in our own backyard.

Campground Details: Fort De Soto Park Campground

The campground is located in Fort De Soto Park, part of the Pinellas County Park System. There are 238 camp sites, spread out over three loops. This is one of those campgrounds where it pays to study the map–each loop has distinctive characteristics and rig requirements:

  • Area 1 allows tents, vans, pop ups, and trailers under 16 feet.
  • Area 2 allows all rigs and is pet friendly.
  • Area 3 allows all rigs and NO PETS.

Make sure you pick an appropriate site for your family! This campground document is very helpful…

The great news is that all three areas offer waterfront sites and spacious pull thrus. Every site also has water and electric hook ups, with dump stations easily accessible from each area.

Sites become available six months in advance, and you actually need to book that far ahead if you want your pick of spots. This campground routinely sells out, so don’t expect to show up and park on a waterfront site on a whim. Take a listen to the episode to hear about the other amenities available in Fort De Soto Park Campground.

Surrounding Activities and Attractions

On this episode of Campground of the Week, we only talk about the activities available within Fort De Soto Park itself. This is because we have an entire segment on the St. Petersburg/Tampa area on our RVFTA podcast this week. Head on over to RVFTA episode #127 to hear our interview with native Floridian, Courtney Parish, who shares all the best attractions in this area.

Fort De Soto Park is over 1,000 acres and is beautifully arranged for visitors who want to enjoy the natural beauty and historical significance of this location. While you are here, check out:

  • North Beach, East Beach, and the designated dog beach
  • Boat ramps and fishing piers for easy water access
  • 7 miles of paved, multi-purpose trails, perfect for walking and biking
  • 2-mile, self-guided canoe and kayak trail
  • Historic Fort, with self-guided tour available here.

After our brief visit, we can see why so many people say this is one of their favorite campgrounds in Florida. Make those reservations way in advance, and enjoy your stay at this gem in the Sunshine State!

See you at the campground!

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07 Apr

Campground #22: Lazydays RV Resort near Tampa, Florida


Lazydays RV Resort Tampa FLorida

You may have seen it on TV, but this week Keith and Tia Sims are taking us behind the scenes at Lazydays RV Resort located about 15 miles east of Tampa, Florida.

Lazydays in Florida is the closest thing you can get to an RV village, hosting a huge dealership, service center, and camping supply store in addition to the campground. You will want to make reservations far in advance if you will be visiting during the Florida RV Supershow that takes place nearby in January.

In addition to the pool, tennis courts, and playground, Keith and Tia enjoyed the meal vouchers that are provided to all campers. You will have to listen to hear them share the very best campsite in the entire campground…

Pet lovers rejoice–the doggie playgrounds are top notch!

What else did they explore in the area?

  • Legoland
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium Museum of Science and Industry
  • Ybor City
  • Tampa beaches

The Tampa Bay City Pass will help you save money if you are going to check out a lot of the area attractions.

Good eats?

  • Columbia Restaurant
  • Charley’s Steak House
10 Dec

Campground #4: Beverly Beach Camptown RV Resort, Florida

On Campground of the Week #4, our Southern correspondents Keith and Tia Sims are reviewing Beverly Beach Camptown RV Resort in Flagler Beach, Florida.

beverly beach camptown rv resort florida

This private campground, located directly on white sands of the Florida Atlantic Coast, is a Good Sam member and a wonderful destination for either a family vacation or a romantic getaway.

Keith and Tia recommend splurging on the premier Oceanfront sites, but there are also more affordable options in Camper’s Village, the sites located on the other side of Highway A1A.

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