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Old 02-07-2015, 08:31 AM   #1
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Many thanks to all of you who have given us such good advice. We are off on our first visit south from now frozen and snowed in Boston, MA.

We are in Jensen Beach, Florida on Hutchinson Island at Venture III.
We leave tomorrow for a week at Miami Everglades which is really in Homestead. After that we have a two week reservation in Marathon Key.

We had planned to start home in March first stopping in Cape Canaveral for a two day look/see and then on to Skidaway State Park in Georgia near Savannah for a few days. We then planned to visit Monticello, President Jefferson's home on our way through Virginia.

The devil of it is that our home area has over three feet of snow with more being added all the time. We are having our home plowed out and my DH sister lives next door to keep an eye on things. We park our fiver next to our barn/garage usually but if the piles have not diminished by the time we arrive home we will not be able to park our 35 foot fiver at our house.

As a solution we are thinking of staying south a while longer. We are thinking of trying to see a bit of the west coast of Florida. I am sure that RV parks near Naples are very crowded but maybe we can get a few days here and there. We stayed in campground recommended by others here on our way down the PA, VA, SC and FL.

We like more of a campground atmosphere than being surrounded by small houses as we are here in Venture III. An RV resort would be OK in order to experience that sort of situation.

Would any of you have experience with places near Naples or any other west coast area and would recommend a spot for us? It would be nice to have a bit more space around us than we have here on our canal front site.
It is pretty but the wind has been blowing so hard that we can sit out only once in a while in the two weeks we have been here.

Also if anyone is interested in knowing, there are no laundry facilities in either Nettles Island or Holiday Out or Venture III. You have to go to the very nice Laundromat in town near Publix. The smaller Windmill down the street does have laundry facilities. This Laundromat does have very good WIFI. There is no internet here. We have our mobile hotspot. There is also no cable.

Thank you all for any suggestions you may have for campgrounds on the southern west coast of Florida. We would like to be warm if possible. Everyone here keeps telling us that this winter is colder than usual.

We booked through Nettles Coastal Realty as we were booking rather late. If we wanted to return here we would use the owner numbers we have collected off of the bulletin boards. We have met many nice residents here but have been calling the place (to ourselves) "No Village" because everywhere you look there are large signs saying no this and no that. We are traveling with our small dog and are sensitive to cleaning up after him and only using approved areas. We do not want to skateboard, rollerblade or drive a golf cart or park overnight in unapproved areas or walk into the office without shoes and a shirt. Still, we find it a bit off putting.

Nettles Island has a guard house besides having a gate. We spoke with the real estate people yesterday about returning our keys and gate clicker when we leave. We were hoping to walk around a bit to see any lots for rent perhaps for next year. The real estate agent had told us to simply walk in on the footpath but the guard threw us out since we were not residents. My DH explained that we were staying in Venture III and looking to maybe rent a spot for next year and so wanted a look/see of the place. He said we had to go back to the real estate office. We decided then and there that the place was just a little too snotty for us. It was mid afternoon and we are a nicely dressed couple in our mid sixties. As a resident I guess I would appreciate the security.

Also when we arrived to check in for Venture III we had to go to the RE office at Nettles Island. We were towing out fiver and their parking lot is really not well set up to register you and then send you on your way down the street to HO and VIII. HO is closest to the street and VIII is behind it closer to the river.

We visited Johnathan Dickson State Park and would really prefer to stay there in the future. You can only reserve for two weeks and have to be online at 8:am 11 months ahead of time to have a hope of getting a reservation.

We like this area but may find that we like other areas even better so are reserving judgment for a longer stay until we see other locations.

Thanks again for you advice,


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Old 02-07-2015, 09:41 AM   #2
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Ramblers Rest near Venice always seems to have a space available even in high season.

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Old 02-07-2015, 11:11 AM   #3
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Wanted to add that when you see an online ad for a site for rent through Nettles Coastal Realty the price you will see offered is not the full price. The RE agency charges an extra 20% or so (will have to look it up to be sure). FL state taxes are then computed on the whole amount.

When you get to Nettles Island the RE office collects an additional fee to list you as a renter if you are staying at NI. If you have a dog it comes up to $20. At Venture III you must register with their office and be charged $15 with $5 of it being for the dog. They copy the dog's vaccination record. It is cash only.

Today it is lovely at site number 617 in V III. Our awning is out and we are able to rock in our new chairs from CW.

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