The Ultimate Roadmap for Your 30 Days in Florida!

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.

Days 1 – 5: Crystal River – Homosassa Region

Where to Stay

Crystal Isles RV Resort offers the best of Florida’s scenic West Coast including beaches,
golf courses and fishing in nearby rivers and streams. But book early, because Crystal Isles boasts waterfront sites that are in high demand.

With plenty of restaurants and nearby shopping, plus fishing, golf and beaches there’s lots to do during your time here. Depending on the time of year you visit we suggest making time for…

 

Manatees

Did you know that Crystal River hosts a year-round population of Manatees? Although you can see them any time of the year, the best time is January – March. During the winter season the manatees crowd around the warm water springs that are unique to the Crystal River area. Also, the visibility is better during the winter months because the water is clearer. Plan to visit mid-week (when it’s less busy), and book your viewing in the morning, when the manatees are more active. River Ventures and Plantation are a few of the region’s top manatee tour operators.

Scalloping

Scalloping is a popular activity in Crystal River during the summer and early fall. The scalloping season generally runs from mid June to the end of September. With some basic snorkeling equipment, you can dive for scallops and enjoy the sights of fish, plants and coral that inhabit the Gulf of Mexico’s coast. Again, check out River Ventures and Plantation, which offer scalloping tours along with a number of other local operators.

Days 6-8: Tampa

Tampa is only 2 hours from Crystal Bay, and offers so many attractions, it’s a definite must-stop on your trip south. Top tourist spots include Busch Gardens, The Florida Aquarium, The Tampa Museum of Art, Adventure Island Water Park, and Big Cat Rescue.     

Where to Stay

There are a number of RV resorts and Parks in the Tampa area to choose from like Topics RV Resort in Spring Hill, although golfers may prefer the Silver Dollar Golf, Trap Club & RV Resort in Odessa.

Days 9-13: Fort Myers

Fort Myers is one of the top stops in Florida, and it’s only a 2.5-hour drive from Tampa. With lots to do here, you’ll want to give yourself time to explore the area.

Where to Stay

The Fort Myers Beach RV Resort provides the friendly, fun atmosphere of a close-knit RV community, while also giving you the opportunity to explore the barrier islands of Sanibel and Captiva. Located just three miles from Fort Myers Beach and pier, you may be tempted to spend your week on the beach, but there’s lots more to do in the Fort Myers area, including:

Golf

There are too many top-notch golf courses in Fort Myers to choose from, so if you like to golf this is the place to be. You could also consider staying at Clerbrook Golf & RV Resort, which boasts its own exceptional, 18-hole golf course.  Check out this article from Golf Advisor, which lists some of the top ranked golf courses of the area.

Edison and Ford Winter Estates

Whether you’re into history, architecture, or are just curious, plan to spend time visiting the winter estates of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. You’ll be amazed at what you learn and see.

J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge

If you like wildlife, then this is a must do on your trip to Fort Myers. On Sanibel Island you can take a tram tour where you’ll have the opportunity to see birds, dolphins, manatees and alligators in their natural habitat at this wildlife refuge.

Days 14 – 20: The Florida Keys

It’s quite a trip south to the Florida Keys, but it’s worth the 5-hour drive from Fort Myers to stay in this tropical paradise. If you visit during lobster season make sure to try some fresh lobster, or consider experiencing the thrill of hauling in lobster traps on a fishing charter.

Where to Stay

Fiesta Key RV Resort & Marina is a spacious 28-acre resort located on its own island in the Florida Keys. Sunshine Key RV Resort & Marina is located on the 75-acre island of Ohio Key, and has an adjoining marina that offers unprecedented water access to a tropical island environment that’s perfect for fishing, swimming or relaxing on the water. Stay at one, or both resorts and enjoy a tropical paradise adventure that includes days of swimming, beaches, fishing, and snorkeling, all from the comfort of your RV.

Although it’s tempting to stay on the beach during your time in the Florida Keys, there’s lots of sights to visit should you get tired of sitting around relaxing. If you’d prefer to explore, consider visiting:

Day 21: Miami

From the Florida Keys, you can make your way north to the Orlando area, which is a 7.5-hour drive, but we suggest breaking that up with a stop in Miami, which is just 3.5 hours from the Florida Keys area. Miami is known for it’s shopping and world-class restaurants, so it’s the perfect place to enjoy lunch or an early dinner before traveling to your resort in Orlando.

Days 21 – 25: Orlando

There’s lots to do and see in Orlando, but Disney is one of the most famous attractions. From Universal Studios to Epcot, there are lots of amusement parks in this area and you could easily spend a day or week (or more) exploring them, but there are also lots of great golf courses, restaurants and shopping areas nearby, so give yourself time to fully explore the Orlando area.

Where to Stay

Clermont, Kissimmee and Winter Gardens are all close to Orlando, and offer a wide range of RV parks to choose from, including Orlando RV Resort,  Winter Gardens RV Resort, Tropical Palms RV Resort, Lake Magic RV Resort, and Sherwood Forest RV Resort.

Days 26 – 30: Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach is only a 1.5-hour drive from the Orlando area, and it’s a great place to end your Florida adventure. This beach, which has been called the “world’s best beach” since the 1920’s hosts an abundance of shopping, dining and golf options.

If you love speed and cars, then make sure you schedule a visit to the Daytona International Speedway, which hosts the Daytona 500 and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

Where to Stay

There are a number of excellent RV resorts in the Daytona Beach area, including Sunshine Holiday Daytona RV Resort (which is just minutes away from the Daytona Speedway), and Rose Bay RV Resort which is located next to Daytona’s famous white, sandy beaches, and is well-known for it’s amazing fishing.

Whether you choose to follow this itinerary, or create one of your own, if you’re looking for tips about where and when to visit Florida, give our customer service team a call at 1-877-570-2267. They know all the ins-and-outs of the Florida area and can give you the insider information that will make your trip extra-special.

Did you find this road trip plan helpful? Do you have any suggestions? Let us know in the comments below!

Come Discover the Florida Everglades!

everglades

People have been coming to the southern tip of Florida, specifically to the Florida Everglades, for centuries. Snowbirds have tried to keep this area a secret; however, something this great has a way of becoming known.

Subtropical Wild
When some people hear the word Everglades, they think swamps and dangerous creatures. While the Florida everglades are one of North America’s unsung wild places, there’s plenty of amenities here too.

birdsYou’ll marvel at the subtropical landscape that is both beautiful and rugged. This mostly untouched wilderness has plenty of wildlife that will delight and surprise. You can take wildlife tours via plane, boat or airboat, by vehicle or on a bicycle or walking tour.

There are several parks in the Everglades to enjoy. Spend a day exploring the 11,000-acre Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary where you’ll find the largest remaining stand of ancient virgin bald cypresses. There’s no trekking through the jungle here, it’s an easy two-mile walk along a boardwalk that passes through marshes, wet prairie, pinelands, hardwood hammocks and cypress swamps.

Fishing and Boating
Fishing is one of the main attractions of the Everglades. A fishing trip into the Ten Thousand Islands is an experience like no other. Imagine a land where there are no roads, no stores, and no signs of civilization. Now imagine yourself venturing into the tidal creeks and rivers and the mangrove islands and landing the catch of a lifetime.

fanAnglers of all ages and experience love the guided fishing tours here. Remember to bring your camera too. This land is flush with osprey, pelicans, herons, egrets, white ibis and roseate spoonbills. Don’t be surprised if a bottlenose dolphin or manatee tries to capture your attention.

There are several guided tours in the area that offer up both fishing and boat tours. Choose from guided kayak and canoe adventures, an airboat tour, or rent a boat for the day to explore the beaches and islands of the area.

Fresh Feasts
As you can imagine, being this close to the water means great seafood. There are as many types of restaurants in this area as there are variations on seafood dishes! Cafes, delis, family dining and five-star cuisine are all within minutes of wherever you’re staying. Some eateries even offer views of alligators while you eat!

There are several ethnic restaurants as well that serve Chinese, Italian, Cuban, Colombian, Peruvian and Caribbean food.
Learn More About the Everglades

One must see place is the Museum of the Everglades in Everglades City. Step through the doors and learn the story of the past 2,000 years in the Everglades. There are pierartifacts, period photographs, programs, lectures and events. While the museum is small, it contains a thorough history of the area from the native tribes, to the Tamiami Trail, and the Big Cypress Swamp.

There is loads of information here as well as a rotating gallery near the entrance where you’ll see great local art.
Where to Stay
Although there are motels, hotels, cottages and B & Bs in this area; this subtropical paradise was made for RVers.

Pull in and park your home on wheels amongst the avocado, mango and palm trees. The Miami Everglades RV Resort near Miami, Florida was voted “Best Campground in Miami.”
famSet yourself up in a spot that feels just right for you in the 34-acres of tropical camping surrounded by tropical floral nurseries and farms. From here you are only 10 miles away from Everglades National Park. Key Largo is located 30 miles to the south.

Travel a bit further south and you’ll come to the Florida Keys RV Resort. This 28-acre resort is located on its own island! Picture yourself waking up in a place where you are surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico. Ocean views in every direction, an onsite marina and plenty of amenities are right here for you to enjoy. Venture out and enjoy Long Key State Park, the Dolphin Research Center and the Bud ‘N’ Mary’s world famous fishing marina.

Both Miami Everglades RV Resort and the Florida Keys RV Resort also have lodge and cabin rentals for your convenience.

No matter where you go, or where you stay, you are sure to find plenty of great adventures, and ways to relax in the Florida Everglades.