Florida is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the U.S. — the state averaged a record-breaking 126 million visitors in 2018. The Sunshine State is also a favorite destination for RV’ers since it has a nice variety of accessible RV parks. RVing is an exciting yet inexpensive mode of travel ideal for all walks of life — from young families and working couples to retirees and solo travellers.
Renting an RV
Before you set off on your Florida adventure, you’ll need an RV. If you don’t already own one, consider renting — it’s a cheaper option than buying. Rental prices differ depending on the RV size, where you live, and the length of your vacation. However, you can expect to pay somewhere between $150–$200 per night on average. If you want the most affordable option, go for camper vans and Class B’s over larger and typically more expensive vans like Class A’s and 5th wheels.
Boyd’s Key West
Key West is situated at the end of the Florida Keys, a long chain of coral islands. Boyd’s is a tropical waterfront campground with plenty to keep you entertained — from fishing, boating, and snorkelling to lounging on the beach. There’s also a heated pool, picnic pavilion, game room, camp and souvenir store, charcoal grills, and free wireless internet. The camp is also close to the bus route, so you have easy access to Old Town Key West. Bear in mind, Boyd’s was built a long time ago and if you have a larger, modern RV, space may be tight.
Planning a visit to Disneyland? Disney’s Fort Wilderness campground — located between the Magic Kingdom and Epcot in Florida — is a great place to stay while visiting the amusement parks. The cabins and campsites (there’s four in total, all suitable for RV’s) are arranged in loops spanning an impressive 750 acres in total. There’s plenty of amenities, including, a swimming pool, arcade, boating, waterskiing, archery, volleyball, basketball, nightly dinner show, and pony rides for the kids. There’s also a Wilderness Back Trail Adventure via Segway.
For budget-conscious travelers, if you’re willing to be a little creative and are willing to put in some extra time and effort, you could get an RV for free. It may sound like an impossible task, but trust us, it’s possible using the tips and techniques outlined in the article above.
If you’re a nature-lover, Florida Caverns State Park is a must-see hidden gem. Explore the underground caves, go hiking on one of the many trails, or play a round on the 9-hole golf course. Whichever destination you visit, you’re bound to have a well-rounded, affordable experience your whole family will enjoy.