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Old 08-03-2007, 02:52 PM   #1
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Betty and I are NEW to motorhomes, and just purchased our first. Now both retired, we are at a loss as to where to go this winter. Last year was the worst winter on record here, and now that we have the time and means to do so, spending winter away sounds great.
Betty likes water, so someplace near a large lake or ocean would be great. Florida was our first choice, but the campground we picked, Ja-Mar in Port Richey, just had too many bad ratings and issues that we don't want to deal with. If you can suggest a park where it is reasonably quiet, near water, and warm, and above all clean, we would like to hear about it.
Our first choice is the west coast of florida, then South Padre Island area, or Arizona. Maine and Alaska are out the question.
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Betty and I are NEW to motorhomes, and just purchased our first. Now both retired, we are at a loss as to where to go this winter. Last year was the worst winter on record here, and now that we have the time and means to do so, spending winter away sounds great.
Betty likes water, so someplace near a large lake or ocean would be great. Florida was our first choice, but the campground we picked, Ja-Mar in Port Richey, just had too many bad ratings and issues that we don't want to deal with. If you can suggest a park where it is reasonably quiet, near water, and warm, and above all clean, we would like to hear about it.
Our first choice is the west coast of florida, then South Padre Island area, or Arizona. Maine and Alaska are out the question.
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Old 08-05-2007, 02:03 PM   #3
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Instead of planning to stay somewhere the whole winter, try several parks. I didn't like Ja Mar because we swim and are active, you might. There are parks in Sarasota, Punta Gorda, all along the coast, try a month at several. The further south along the coast you go , the higher the price. If you like lakes, there are thousands in FL, You can make a park your home base and visit other parks. Don't worry most smowbird parks are clean or they wouldn't be in business. Also many FL state parks are full hook up and allow you to stay 2 weeks, you can use one like Lake Louisa in Clermont to visit other areas. Good Luck
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Old 08-05-2007, 02:22 PM   #4
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I moved around FL for 3 months; Jan, Feb, and March, and I had no problem finding sites.

That was from Bushnell to Venice.

As Beabop noted, the farther south you go, the higher the price.

It's a bit dicey committing to a park long term without ever having been there.

We all have different tastes, and what one likes could be unacceptable to another.
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I agree with what has been posted. Also, consider joining several RV clubs, at the national level. Good Sam, FMCA, the Holiday Rambler Owners club, etc. This gives you additional insite into the Winter events going on in the Florida area. Staying a month here and a month there is a great way to get to know the state. Between the one month stays, consider attending a rally or two from the above mentioned organizations. Their monthly publications are full of rally events to choose from. Carefull planning might allow you to leave a one month stay, attend a rally and then move on to your next one month stay. The rally may even be on your way to your next one month stay.

There is a big difference in Winter tempeture between central and South Florida. That's one reason why the price gets higher the farther South one goes.

Florida is a looooooong state. It take fuel and time to get here. So, if you decide to try it, while your here, don't forget the Florida Keys. There are many CGs to choose from. No matter what the price for a one month stay, it is an experience you will remember.

Plan and reserve now. Over 11 million RVs travel to Florida every winter.
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