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Old 07-01-2015, 04:18 PM   #1
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Snowbirding in South Florida without reservations

Is this a practical approach? want to visit Daytona, Tampa, Fort Myers, Naples area, maybe get to Homestead? about a week or so at each location. from a RV newbee.
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I suppose you could do it if you had a very large list of potential parks you could call to see if they had any vacancies. A few years ago we went down in the late spring after the snowbirds headed north. Our goal was to check out areas, parks and possible things to do in the winter. We found the nicer parks were very high priced compared to the southwest, and although there were less elaborate places, they appeared to be all circa 1950 and we could not have possibly fit in the room they called a space. Finally, talking with others and doing on-line research seemed to indicate that folks going to Florida seemed to go to one place and not move for the whole winter. Not the way we like to operate. We'd rather move every 2-3 weeks. Further, they had reservations nailed down for the following year before they headed north. Perhaps you can find what you need, but we could not, so we were back in Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico.
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From a long time resident of the area: You can do it but you must remain flexible.


Sites long term (a month or more) are tight, but a week (or less) at a time are often available.


Sometimes though it may be just a day or two of availability.

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Is this a practical approach? want to visit Daytona, Tampa, Fort Myers, Naples area, maybe get to Homestead? about a week or so at each location. from a RV newbee.

In Fort Myers check out Cypress Trail. We bought a lot there last year and it's very nice and two years old. They just added more lots and a week or two there wouldn't be a problem.
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Many parks in south Florida had last year had no vacancies in February. The harsh northeast winters are forcing more folks south. Best to have reservations in advance.
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We did it. A week in the panhandle of Florida in early Feb, a week in Orlando, couple of weeks in Tampa area, a week in ft. Myers, a week in Ocala area, a week in st. Augustine, then up to Savannah and then home. No reservation more than a week in advance and no problem getting a spot. None of these were state or national parks. We had a great time and looking forward to this coming winter again. We don't care to sit in one park for 4 months.
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Is this a practical approach? want to visit Daytona, Tampa, Fort Myers, Naples area, maybe get to Homestead? about a week or so at each location. from a RV newbee.
Personally, I would not do it, but then again I am someone that always travels with reservations.

I would get on the reservations NOW. Winter spots can be difficult to find because you seem to have an itinerary.

I know the park were in was 100% full for January and February.
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For the last few years we spent mid January through mid March in Florida. We start in Big Cypress National Preserve, and then Everglades National Park for a total of about four weeks. Then we use some state parks, Ocala National Forest, and Apalachicola National Forest.

We have not had any reservations for the national forests. For all of the others, we have made reservations no more than one week in advance. We have sometimes needed to be flexible about which stste parke we would go to.

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I suggest you create a signature that describes your RV, it can help in responding to questions posed. It would be, for example, much easier to find last minute sites for a popup than a 45' motorhome or 5th wheel.

That said, through December I think it would be fairly easy as long as you are flexible, especially if only looking for a week or two at a time. Past January 1st those that wanted to stay home through the holidays start to migrate down and empty sites become much more of a premium. The farther south you go, the higher the premium. Of course you only need one and there's likely to be that one, someplace, just maybe not at your first, or second, or third choice.
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I suggest you create a signature that describes your RV, it can help in responding to questions posed. It would be, for example, much easier to find last minute sites for a popup than a 45' motorhome or 5th wheel.

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That is something that I'll do.
Just need to figure it out how to do it!
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lets see if it worked, my signature that is....and yes!
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Good job "oldeguy".
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You should have no problem after mid-March getting something in South Florida.
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Daytona, Orlando, and Tampa are usually not considered southern Fl. More like central or north central. Stay north of a line between Tampa and Orlando and you'll find reservations easier to get and less costly to boot. The down side is you may see some frost on the ground for an hour or so first thing in the morning. By noon that day, it will generally be in the mid to high 60's or lower 70's, though frequently it will make it to 80.

If that sounds too cool for your tastes, you'll need to go further south (Sarasota, Fort Myers, Naples). Fort Myers and Naples would be southern Fl.
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