[quote name='dpierce4' date='Jan 10 2010, 02:15 PM' post='20612']
DW and I are thinking of camping in Florida in March. ....
Can we travel freely or must we make reservations for the whole month.
I'm a 50 yr resident of FL, & have camped all my life, FL & all over.
Yes, March is a busy tourist month, but you should not have any problems. It is true that most parks that normally fill up are down 10-30 % in occupancy this year. True, many really nice parks & those close in to big cities or especially popular tourist spots may be full, but if you are flexible and are staying a few days to a week here & there, you should find plenty of open spots. having a large rig, you might want to call ahead to check if they can accomodate you (some older parks have smaller, tight spaces). State Parks may show no availability, but they all have 20-50 % of sites as first come, first served, non-reservable. Show up 2pm Sunday afternoon and you'll get a site that a local weekend camper just left. With well over 100 state parks, plus some county parks that have campsites, always one fairly close. Orange County(Orlando area) has a couple great parks. We like Moss Park (but no pets allowed), $23/ $17 for seniors, large sites, ultra nice bathhouse, lots of wildlife. http://parks.orangecountyfl.net/dept/cesrv...s.asp?ParkID=29
Ocala area has tons of campsites, many in Nat'l Forest. Silver River is nice. Lots of sites in Crystal River area, and you can swim with the manatees. Fort DeSoto(St Pete) has great beaches, but better get reservations there , also anything in the Keys require reservations. C'mon down. You'll love it.