Date of Stay: March, 2014
North Beach was a pretty nice campground. It’s located a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean - literally right across highway A1A - a two lane road. You cross that lightly trafficked road and - BAM! - you’re staring at the Atlantic. Really cool. The campground backs up the a bay (?) where they offer fishing and a nice pier/dock. Great sunsets. Streets and sites are graded sand/dirt. This was OK on day 1 and 2 for us and not so great on day 3 and 4 when it started to steadily rain. We had one really muddy RV and breaking camp was a messy affair. My poor storage bins are a mess. Gorgeous campground though with very private sites, very lush with canopies of trees overhanging the streets and sites. Really nice staff. Great, nicely stocked camp store. There are two restaurants affiliated with the campground. The Reef is a more upscale affair (folks were dressed quite nicely) right on the Atlantic Ocean. Aunt Kate’s is a family style seafood joint that you can walk right into from the back of the campground. We ate here - really good food and service. Overall, you could do way worse than this place. It was beautiful, nice and priced right. I’d stay again in a heartbeat (especially if the forecast is for dry weather).
Date of Stay: November, 2013
Myakka was great! We stayed in the Palmetto Ridge campground which is tailored for modern motor homes with full water/sewer hookups - a rarity for State Parks. Hookups were fine, but sewer connection was a little loose on our site. Site was enormous. It was a bit overgrown but in a nice, natural way. We had a pull thru spot right across from the bathhouse which was kept very clean. Our 35 foot RV almost got lost on it. Campground is isolated and quiet. Great opportunities for hiking, birding, biking, etc. Sadly, my wife and I are new to RVing and we don’t have a tow car or bicycles yet. As such, Myakka is a bit limited as it is a really long (5 miles or more) walk from the campground to the bird trails, etc. We made it about halfway but still had a great time. There are many trails throughout that are close to the campground. We saw TONS of wildlife. All in all a wonderful place to spend some time.
Date of Stay: September, 2013
Fort Wilderness was, quite literally, amazing. The park is beautiful and kept in absolutely pristine condition. Garbage and recycling are convenient and collected multiple times daily. We have a motorhome, but often check out the bath houses when we are camped. Both my wife and I used the bath house at Fort Wilderness’ 1300 loop multiple times this trip - it was the cleanest facility we’ve ever encountered at a campground. So much to do here even if you didn’t go to the parks. Free activities include a beach, pool, Electric Water Parade (and a view of the Magic Kingdom Fireworks!) at night. You can rent bikes, canoes and kayaks for a very low cost. They have golf cart rentals, carriage rides, multiple dinner shows and a buffet restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. We were absolutely in heaven.
Date of Stay: August, 2013
Gulf Waters was a very nice campground. It’s an ownership park, so most folks here own their space and, judging by the Ghost Town level of emptiness on Labor Day weekend, most owners are seasonal. I can’t comment on how good or bad this part is during season (in Florida, roughly October - April/May) as I imagine it’s quite a different park. However, off season, it was pretty great: especially if you’re looking to get away and enjoy a bit of privacy. Our site was very wide and extraordinarily long. Even with our Toad on the spot we had 15 or 20 feet in the back that was nicely paved with brick. Pool and clubhouse facility was really nice and looks like there is even a Tiki Bar during more brisk months. Facility was nicely kept and manicured even though almost everybody was gone: I think that is a great sign. Park was really convenient to Fort Myers Beach (with no traffic getting in the way, probably just 5-10 minutes from RV to Beach) but still close enough to “town” if you need supplies, diversion or want to grab something to eat. Summer rates were very reasonable at about 40 bucks out the door counting tax and a Good Sam discount. Check-in was a breeze and office staff were super accommodating in helping us choose a perfect site. Would camp here again and would highly recommend.
Date of Stay: August, 2013
WP Franklin Locks was a phenomenal campground. There are only 30 spots and, at first glance, they look a bit close together. However, most of the sights offer pretty good space and they are easy to get in and out of. There is water/electric at each site with a convenient central dump station. The camp hosts were incredibly nice and they had all kinds of suggestions for us rookie campers. Plenty of parking and easy in and out if you have visitors in the area that want to come by for a BBQ or something. Very clean restrooms and a spotless laundry facility as well that takes credit cards. All sites have water views. We were in site #10 which was right on the point and looking out at the Caloosahatchee River. Phenomenal. Each campsite has a fire ring, charcoal grill, and little covered picnic table enclosure. Wonderful campground!
Date of Stay: August, 2013
Woodsmoke was pretty nice. We reserved a pull-thru spot. That area of the park is fairly spacious to get in and out of, and feels like a campground - lots of trees and foliage. 52 bucks for the summer was a bit steep considering that the pull thrus were right on top of each other, especially if you had a bigger coach. However, the park was, nicely maintained in this area, which is towards the front, near the office, pool etc. However, walking through the park at night almost all the other areas were overrun with VERY old park models catering to permanent or "snowbird" residents. So many of them were on the dilapidated side and unoccupied in the summer that it was a bit unnerving. Having said that, if you stick to the pull-thru area you'll be close to the amenities which included a pretty decent fitness room, ping-pong/pool/air hockey tables, cable in the rec room, an access to a pool & hot tub. Plus we felt a bit more at home being with other folks in motorhomes, TT's, 5er's and the like.