Tent camping South Florida for the winter?

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Flipflop, Nov 30, 2017.

  1. Flipflop

    Flipflop Been here awhile

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    Hi Guys,

    I tow a little motorcycle camper behind the harley, and we try to spend a few months over the winter bumming around down in the warm parts of Florida. With the florida keys destroyed, looking for some recommendations to hop around and see some new things. We spent the last two winters down in Marathon, but the place we stayed shut down prior to Irma.

    We do require a power cord, and wifi as both of us telecommute for work... Gives some flexibility, but only lets the state park dry camping happen on the weekends.

    Thanks!
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  2. eakins

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    South Texas coast?

    My parents place in Marathon is going to months to get back up working again.
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  3. eakins

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    How about San Felipe Baja?
    Plenty of gringo tourist camps north of town for people doing exactly what you are doing. Gotta be cheaper than the US too.
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  4. Flipflop

    Flipflop Been here awhile

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    Thanks Eakins,

    We've talked about Baja, but just got back from a Maine/Sturgis/California trip in September so week of riding super slab is fresh in mind. Grin. I've done the run cross country on 10 and 20 in December before and while it is doable, I've had some snow storms chase me on the bike. Baja is on the bucket list however!

    South Texas looks real nice. We've got a few friends that ended up there this winter with the keys in the shape they are in.

    We haven't toured down through the area between Sanibel and Marco Island on the west coast, as being in NC 95 is the quicker way down. May take our time and move every week or two... The state parks down through that area look amazing. I've been debating a big enough battery to run a pair of laptops and a couple hundred watts of solar power, but the extra weight keeps me sensitive. No trailer brakes...
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  5. kantuckid

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    Given your NC location you can get around the Gulf w/o winter issues (snow chased you on I-10?) that make it harder for us in snow & ice country?
    I'm no "Keys fanboy", so I suspect Mexico will lack the other refinements that appeal to you when dry camping, aside from using solar power?
    Sanibel/South Texas sounds more like the place?
    We do FL SP's in Jan/Feb and make our reservations the eleven month window ahead and even then there has never been one time!!! that I could get into any FL SP, zero, zilch, nada, that is on the beach-exception is Anastasia SP near St Aug,FL given it's more northern location, thus colder.I can and do get in warmer south FL SP's but not on the beach. Everglades area is not hard to get into either.
    The Keys, a crowded camping spot, elbow to elbow, costs more than the Holiday Inn, which I don't like so much really...:lol2
    What about a VRBO in Mexico in a beach house villa with AC? and ditch the HD?:-)
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  6. ERRN

    ERRN Huh! What?

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    Depending how well healed you are a co-worker of mine just rented a RV pad about 10 miles north/east of Key West on 1A for about $200 a night. Expensive but its got its Chikee hut with bar/running water ect. She also looked into campgrounds and some are open so you may be able to luck out. Check Tamiami trails west towards Naples,, theres a couple of parks out there where you can camp and the night sky is awesome.
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  7. Sjoerd Bakker

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    If Baja is on your to-do list it shows you are not totally averse to travel in Mexico and you have southern Texas in your sights ... sooo... if in that area why not ride down into eastern Mexico and spend your time there without camping.
    Judging by the ridiculously high prices mentioned for vacationing in the Keys ( $200 per night !?!?!?! before Irma) and the silly high prices and silly high crowds at Texas beach resorts , as in spring break , you could for that same money stay in a nice locally owned hotel every night , have wifi and all the juice to run your electronics ( okay, occasional power failure excepted) and have money left over at the end.
    Leave the trailer at home , not needed when not hauling all the camping gear and the kitchen sink, and you can do all sorts of leisurely touring and sight seeing in really nice weather and different scenery .Or, if you insist on cooking your own meals bring the trailer to haul your computers and cooking stuff , then unhook it and leave it at a longer -stay hotel while you do day trips radiating into every direction on paved roads. If you find a nice location you really like you can rent the room for days or weeks at a time.
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  8. Cal

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    Sjoerd has the right idea!
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  9. Flipflop

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    I like the idea of baja, on the hit list for sure. Grin.

    $200 is way, way outside our realm. We try to stay less than $1k a month total for campsites and lodging, further south you get, the less propane at night as that adds up quick if you want to burn any before bed. If we are under $35 a night, it is doable with both of us working during the day and any side jobs I can pick up in construction and maintenance. That is one of the reasons we park for a month, as there is normally a 30-60-90 day rate that drops $5,8,10 a night.
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  10. strom thingie

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    Just got back from Florida a few days ago. Went to Sanibel and Captiva Island. Nice places but camping is $$$ ($58 per night). Marcos Island is just a little south and that's a great place as well. I'm sure there's lots of camping around the area (Fort Myers) as well.
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