Southern Florida Tent Camping... whole winter?

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  1. Flipflop

    Flipflop Been here awhile

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    Hi Guys,

    We've spent the last two winters camping down in the Florida keys. I tow a pop up behind the harley, and it lets us get set up fairly quick. The keys are a wreck, so this year I'm looking for some suggestions for places that allow folks to get set up for an extended time.

    We don't mind a KOA type atmosphere if we are moving every few days, but prefer to find an old florida fish camp type of feel that backs up to the water... and make some friends that winter over instead of transient turnover.

    A lot of the camp grounds I've been looking at have a 2 week maximum on tent camping. We like to get set up and get to know the area, tend to stick around for a month or three in any one spot if the snorkeling is good. Sticking around a while makes it a bit easier to get into a groove of cooking dinners and acquiring a fire pit, as it takes a bit of leg work to get iced down and cooler set up just on the bikes.

    We'd like to be close enough to be a day trip to the Keys, and Tampa being about the cut off line where it stays warm enough not to want to burn a heater at night. Both of us telecommute for work, so we need access to power and maybe wifi... But don't need water/power at the tent. Running water within a hundred yards is nice, makes cooking cleanup a bit nicer.

    Thanks for any suggestions...
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  2. Jack Daniel

    Jack Daniel See Ya At The Swamp

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  3. pmooney

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    Yup, Weeki Wachi, Homasassa area. That area is worth looking at for that kind setup. It is a hair north of Tampa though. Its old Fl out that way. I'm not as familiar with anything further south.
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  4. kitesurfer

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    Ocean pond national park. but it's close to lake city...and meets your stated needs.
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  5. Jack Daniel

    Jack Daniel See Ya At The Swamp

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    Actually know the owners there at Mary's. Have no idea just how busy they expect the campground to be so have no idea how expensive a winter campsite would be either. But I could ask I suppose. Post up a pic of last years camp and I'll forward it via facebook to the owner
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  6. Flipflop

    Flipflop Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the suggestions guys.

    Jack, photo attached to this post.

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  7. Jack Daniel

    Jack Daniel See Ya At The Swamp

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    Message sent. Asked how much for three months. We'll see what happens :beer
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    I have been all over Florida. Tough set of requirements. I don’t know if anything that meets all of them. One place that may be worth checking out is Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield FL.

    http://www.broward.org/Parks/QuietWatersPark/Pages/Default.aspx

    They only allow 2 weeks but the park is great and the free diving off the beach from Ft Lauderdale to Boca Raton can be good when conditions are right.


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  9. Jack Daniel

    Jack Daniel See Ya At The Swamp

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    The actual owner of Mary's Fish Camp is checking on pricing

    He's got so much chit going on that he doesn't have any idea what the costs are

    But he lives about two miles west and our camp is two miles east
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    Thanks guys!
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  12. Jack Daniel

    Jack Daniel See Ya At The Swamp

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    What tent trailer is that anyway?

    Looks like a good one :thumbup

    There was about ten of my friends that went in and bought Mary's Fish Camp

    I'll have to figure out just who's in charge of running the campground

    Apparently not the guy that set the whole purchase up

    Still haven't heard back from him
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  13. Flipflop

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    Hi Jack,

    It is an Aspen Classic, king size bed in there! We've had it for four years, and spent 5-6 months of the year bombing around the country with it. Bought it used, the tent is a little worse for wear, but still holding together even though it is a 2001 model.

    Cheers,

    Zach
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