When Don and Diana Ketelaar met on the shuffleboard court at Southern Palms RV Resort in January 2012 they weren’t looking for a relationship. Both were widowers, and as Diana…
For many Canadian snowbirds, heading south—whether it’s to Fort Lauderdale, Scottsdale or Palm Springs—is an annual affair, one that takes careful planning and organization. Of course, before you can even begin to pack up, you’ll want to make sure your RV and its tires are ready for this epic journey.
2017 marked the 150th anniversary of Canada! Encore RV Resorts celebrated Canada 150 by throwing several appreciation days across the Sunbelt to celebrate this major milestone!
So, you have 30 days to explore Florida; lucky you! But it’s a big state, with lots of activities, sights and resorts to choose from, so where do you start? Check out our roadmap below, which takes you through the top must-see areas of Florida. But, before you book your accommodations and activities, we encourage you to take the season into account. Rates are often higher at peak tourist times, not to mention there are more crowds and limited availability.
Every year hundreds of thousands of Canadians winter on the southern side of the border. They’ll go to Texas, Arizona, California, or even fly to Hawaii. But Florida remains the most popular destination, with half a million Canadians spending at least a month in the sunshine state each year.
When you’re looking for a place where you can park your RV at any time of year, look no further than Orlando RV Resort in Clermont, FL. Located on 255 acres in the heart of Florida’s orange grove country, nature is just a step away.
When you find an RV park with the right mix of people, it’s hard to leave. That’s the sentiment at Riverside RV Resort and Campground in Arcadia, Florida. With 602 sites, this pet-friendly, close-knit community is a popular destination amongst RVers, especially Canadian snowbirds, many of whom have been wintering in the park since it first opened twenty years ago.
Close to the Most Beautiful Beaches
The west coast of Florida, with its white sand beaches lapped by the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, has been attracting a growing number of Canadian tourists in the past few years. The Fort Myers area, located in the southern part of the state and blessed with a lush subtropical vegetation, is no exception to this trend.
Just across the Caloosahatchee River from Fort Myers, you will find one of the places where visitors from up north are best represented in the vicinity: Pioneer Village RV Resort. This popularity should come as no surprise, since at only 25 minutes from the renowned beaches of Sanibel and Captiva, guests of this vast resort can unwind in a relaxed and friendly venue – which comprises over 500 RV sites and is home to more than 200 permanent residents. Any time of the year, fun is always there!
This 120 mile stretch of island chains is home to North America’s only living coral barrier reef. It’s a great place to spend your winters, stay active, have fun and meet wonderful people!
Finding the Fabulous Florida Keys
The Florida Keys are located off the southern coast of Florida. While we may think of them as a series of islands, they are actually exposed portions of an ancient coral reef. The southern part of Key West is only 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba. Many of the islands are connected by an astounding 42 bridges! Getting here is easy. Take US 1 Florida City (south of Miami) to Key Largo and you’re on your way. You can also fly into Miami International Airport and rent a vehicle there.
When Spanish explorer and conquistador Juan Ponce de León set out in 1513 for the fountain of youth, he reportedly discovered DeLeon Springs, located west of Daytona Beach, Florida. Although the story of Ponce de León and the fountain of youth is supported by very little historical evidence, it’s not hard to see why people link the Daytona Beach area to that idyllic, mythical location.