Our land route begins in South Florida. After a sweet going away bon voyage bowling party with our friends in Miami we are off on a new adventure in an RV. With no definite route only one that leads us to our family and friends in Southwest United States we take to the open road winging it. No reservations, only plans of visiting “fun” spots this is our route thus far….
Our first camping spot – The Florida Everglades.
There are quite a few places to camp around here and all have their own special touch of all natural swamp territory. Do not count on cell phone service in this area. But do count on seeing a couple of gators.
Monument Lake. In the heart of the Florida Everglades this is a great place to camp by a lake. With few spots available, we were lucky enough to get one on the sprawl as we were passing through. Not much for hiking in the area but it makes for some awesome gator. Great internet and cell service (only if you have Verizon) since AT&T owns the tower. But that’s ok because you come here for nature! Or if your like us and need to work for a bit at least you will get a good wifi connection on your hotspot device. With no hookups for water or electrical you are one with nature. They do have showers, and if you need water there is a water source where the hosts camp. *This lake is an excellent place to see your first gator, but always remember to respect nature and keep your distance.
The West Coast, Venice Island = Awesome Dog beach!
With the RV headquarters here in Ft. Meyers, meaning there are lots of places to buy and fix RV’s here. We chose to drive by the West coast to get some work done. While passing through we looked into dog beaches and found an awesome spot that was pure dog heaven!
Venice Island, Bohard Paw Beach. Located on the West coast a sweet view of the sunset, this beach is perfect for you and your furry one(s) 😉 There is plenty of room to park on the dirt lot, even seen some RV’s there. One there you will enter a fenced area (one for small dogs and another for larger) They can first get acquainted with other furry ones and also a when they are done playing on the beach they have a shower area to rinse off! Pretty sweet. You will walk down a fenced walkway that leads to the beach and its off lease pure doggy bliss. *Nice beach with a really great vibe, I def recommend stopping here.
Moving inland. Ocala national Forest.
This place is located in the middle of Florida. With lots of history there is lots to see and learn here. With plenty of national parks to stop at you will find one can spend weeks discovering and adventuring through these parts.
Alexander Springs. A magical location with a forest full of camping spots. Connecting to the Florida trail offering lots of recreational activities like mountain biking, canoeing, hiking for the adventure enthusiast, this is a prime spot to be. Not to mention you can also dive here! The Springs that is within a short walking distance from the campground! A nice beach to tan and explore the treasures under the water. A water temperature of 73 degrees year round taking a dip in February can be exhilarating! There are also some really beautiful short and sweet trails around the springs itself if you rather work up a sweat. The campgrounds have no hookups for electrical or water for your RV, but there is a spot you can pull up to for water and sewage. Which is all you really need in a place like this. *If you plan on coming here on the weekend make sure to call and reserve ahead of time. This place is a hidden gem.
Currently we are in “docked” in Jacksonville awaiting some packages to arrive by mail. We plan to leave here at the end of the work week to make our way out of Florida and keep heading towards family and friends. We still have not yet decided exactly where we are going to take our home on wheels next, but hey that’s the fun part right!?!?! 😀