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Old 03-22-2023, 01:08 PM   #1
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Help, please! Suggestions for next winter camping spots

Hi all, I've called at least 25 places in Florida to try to secure an RV spot for February 2024. I thought by calling this far ahead I would have some success. NOT!!! The main problem I'm having is that so many are now requiring a 3-month stay. We only want 4-6 weeks. So I thought I'd get on here and ask for suggestions. We aren't 'married' to Florida. Corpus Christ, TX or Tucson or Green Vally, AZ are also possibilities. And we're open to other suggestions. We just really need 2 things......somewhere with nature nearby (I'm a birder), and golf courses nearby for my husband. We'd prefer to be somewhat close to amenities, but as long as we aren't too far off the beaten track, we would be fine. I'd appreciate any suggestions or guidance. Thanks so much! (BTW, we're from Indiana)
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Try for 2-week stays in state parks then you won't run into the long-term commitment. Move after 2 weeks to another area for different birding and different golf.

We're partial to the Tucson area.
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Old 03-22-2023, 09:37 PM   #3
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There are a lot of good options along the Texas gulf coast, even the upper Texas coast, and some on into Louisiana, if you don't mind risking the chance of a few days of cold weather some years.


Take Galveston, Texas as an example. see weather averages https://weatherspark.com/m/9621/2/Av...-United-States showing average daytime temperatures in the upper 60's rarely dropping below 50 degrees, which does not tell the whole story as there will be many days with warm southerly winds off the gulf, interspaced with cold fronts that come through about every 8-9 days followed by the warm southerly wind returning within 1-2 days.
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Hi all, I've called at least 25 places in Florida to try to secure an RV spot for February 2024. I thought by calling this far ahead I would have some success. NOT!!! The main problem I'm having is that so many are now requiring a 3-month stay. We only want 4-6 weeks. So I thought I'd get on here and ask for suggestions. We aren't 'married' to Florida. Corpus Christ, TX or Tucson or Green Vally, AZ are also possibilities. And we're open to other suggestions. We just really need 2 things......somewhere with nature nearby (I'm a birder), and golf courses nearby for my husband. We'd prefer to be somewhat close to amenities, but as long as we aren't too far off the beaten track, we would be fine. I'd appreciate any suggestions or guidance. Thanks so much! (BTW, we're from Indiana)
We just spent the month of February in Corpus Christi, and it was windy. But we were on the Naval Air Station, and we backed right to the bay.

You can go and stayed on Mustang Island, right on the beach, if you can boondock for that length of time. There was also, the North Padre Island National Seashore area, and inside there was a couple of campgrounds. I don't remember them having any hook-ups, you would need to check.
Coming down to Corpus from Galveston, we did see several campgrounds.
There are also quite a few campgrounds around Port Aransas area.
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We like the Lazydays KOA in Tucson. Don't know for sure about a month in February. Try them.
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Sun Outdoors Orange Beach in AL is very nice with trails into Gulf State Park. They just did a major expansion. I was there for 2 wells in Feb. For winter they require 3 months but Iím sure you can at least get the weekly rate. Lots to do in that area.

As someone else mentioned, FL State parks very nice but likely youíre too late to get reservations now. 11 months in advance at 8:00 am.
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We have stayed at Bentsen Palm Village in Mission Texas for the last six years. It is right next to Bentsen Palm state park which is a birding park. It has miles of bike trails. Mission is about one hour inland from the coast which makes it warmer. There are several golf courses in the area. There are many activities in the park and the city has any thing as far as shopping or restaurants. We spent seven winters in Florida and some time in Arizona and we found we really like the Rio Grande Valley the best. We like to be warm in the winter so you must get away from the coast some and down South in Texas. There are many RV parks in the area and you would not have any problem getting a site. I think you would also like the prices. This area is very safe with a very low crime rate.
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Yes, some of the state parks are really nice. I've checked with several of them and they are already full, for big rigs like ours anyway. We can't count on them, although we're going to keep trying to get into Ft. DeSoto and/or Myakka River State Park. We finally found a permanent place for the month of Feb. on the panhandle, but we'd like to spend some time farther south as well. We'll keep checking on the state parks and hope for a cancellation. Thanks!
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I posted this same question in another forum and got some replies there as well. We finally found a spot on the panhandle of FL for the month of Feb. I wanted to go to Texas but my husband wanted FL. He won! :-) I want to lobby hard for Texas next year because we've never been to that part of the country. So we'll keep all suggestions. Thanks!
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We were just in Florida in Feb. and it was really windy most of the month. And we weren't even ON the water. I assume it's the same in Texas. We're interested in checking out all of those areas you mentioned. I didn't know Mustang Island was boondocking only. We could only do that for a few days. Thanks for the tips.
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See my other responses. RE: FL versus AZ. We finally found a place in FL but would really like to try TX or AZ next time. Thanks so much!
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Well, funny that you should mention that. I wish we had known about it sooner. We finally found a place called Coastline RV Resort in Eastpoint, FL. It's on the Gulf east of Pensacola. We'll be staying there for the month of Feb., but we want to spend the last week of Jan. exploring other places on the panhandle. So we'll check out this location. Thanks! And I wish we could plan far enough in advance to get into the State Parks. Maybe one day! :-)
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I really wanted to go to TX. I'm a photographer and have heard how great the birding is down there. My husband wanted FL, and he won this time. :-)
Hopefully next time we'll try Texas. We have relatives down there also, and I've always wanted to see Big Bend National Park (I know it's a trek), but spending enough time down there would make that possible. Good point about being away from the coast. Thanks so much!
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We were just in Florida in Feb. and it was really windy most of the month. And we weren't even ON the water. I assume it's the same in Texas. We're interested in checking out all of those areas you mentioned. I didn't know Mustang Island was boondocking only. We could only do that for a few days. Thanks for the tips.
No, not all of Mustang Island is just boondocking. If on the beach it is boondocking. I mean, really on the beach. If you can get into the State Park there:
https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/m...ties/campsites

But there are campgrounds around Port Aransas for you.

There is another beach area, I think Magnolia Beach Texas
https://lets-see-america.com/free-ca...olia-beach-tx/
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