There is reason to listen to the hype that surrounds Florida when it comes to a destination worth visiting. This state is as diverse as it is long, creating unparalleled camping potential for vanlifers of all ages. From the swamps to the gulf coast, the tropical paradise that are The Keys, fresh water springs, and the east coast, you will have endless opportunities to see some of the best bodies of water the U.S. have to offer. Below we’ve complied a list of the top 10 van campgrounds and resorts in Florida. Get planning and don’t forget sunscreen.
Address: FL-12, Sopchoppy, FL 32358 (near Sumatra, Sopchoppy, or Fort Braden in the Florida Panhandle)
The Apalachicola National Forest is a magnificent, tranquil place with an abundance of activities. This is a camping favorite because it has five different van camping options with camping fees that start at free and go up to $20 per night. Dispersed camping is allowed in some areas. Always check the USDA website for more information before you go.
- Wright Lake
- Hickory Landing
- Porter Lake (free – no fees – first come, first served)
- Whitehead Landing
- Mack Landing
To view the camp-specific amenities, policies, and recreational maps, click the links provided above. And don’t forget to check if your chosen campsite is open before you go. Some of these are known to close periodically.
Address: 24874 US-90, Sanderson, FL 32087
This is another national forest van camping location. Here you will enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature in the flatwoods and swamps. This tranquil setting will take you back in time while you relax and enjoy the activities.
- Horse Riding
- Nature Viewing
- OHV Riding
- Motorized and Non-Motorized Boating
Additionally, the Osceola National Forest also allows dispersed camping in some locations such as Big Swamp Wilderness, Cobb Hunt Camp, West Tower Hunt Camp, Sandhill Hunt Club, and several more. Click Here and scroll down almost to the bottom of the page and look under the Dispersed Camping heading for a list of all the dispersed camping locations in the Osceola National Forest.
Address: 23500 SW Kanner Highway, Canal Point, FL 33438
Dupuis Management Area is a 21,875-acre multi-use natural area located in northwestern Palm Beach. It is a favorite among van campers because it’s free and has showers, a recreational trail, and more. However, you do need a permit to camp there. They offer two campsites, one equestrian (only for those with a horse) and one non-equestrian.
Other activities available include:
- Birdwatching, Wildlife Viewing, Wildflower Viewing
- Canoeing and Kayaking
- Equestrian Trails
- Visitor Center
Address: 102601 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
The John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park has 47 campsites with plenty of amenities and activities for you to enjoy.
- Accessible Restrooms and Showers
- 24-Hour WiFi at the Concession Building
- Boating Excursions
- Canoeing and Kayaking
- Fishing (in designated areas)
- Swimming at the Beach
- Visitor Center with a 30,000 Gallon Saltwater Aquarium and Theater
Address: 101551 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
This is another Key Largo campground. And since you will be in the area, you might want to experience both the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and Key Largo Kampground & Marina.
The Key Largo Kampground has two beaches on Newport Bay, 24-hour security, lots of family-friendly amenities, and other fun activities.
- Heated Swimming Pool
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Laundry Facilities
- Two Bath Houses with Showers
- Horseshoe, Shuffleboard, Volleyball, Boccie Ball, and Basketball Courts
- Covered Picnic Area with TV and Large BBQ Grill
- Clubhouse Activities – Bingo, Square Dancing, and Parties
- General Store
- Open-Air Lounge
Address: 20675 SW 162nd Ave, Miami, FL 33187
This resort is perfect for people who love to stay active while enjoying a little slice of paradise. The Miami-Everglades Resort is a well-maintained 30-acre campground with loads of activities. And, it’s a 2020 Tripadvisor Hall of Fame!
- Restroom, Shower, and Laundry Facilities
- WiFi SS with High-Speed Internet
- Pet Friendly with Dog Park
- Within 10 Miles of the Coast
- Cable TV
- Volleyball, Basketball, Pickleball Courts
- Mini Golf
- Whirlpool, Spa, Hot Tub
- Click Here to See the Other 26 Activities (scroll almost to the bottom of the page)
Address: 900 N. Flamingo Rd, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028
C.B. Smith Park Campground is another location that has loads of activities and fun things to do. This campsite is part of a 300-acre park with about 80 spacious campsites. Every campsite comes with a fire ring, picnic table, and there are showers and restrooms nearby.
- Paradise Cove Waterpark (not exclusively for campsite guests)
- AllGolf a Family Golfing Center (including miniature golf)
- Tennis Complex
- Special Event Areas (capacity of up to 22,500)
- Basketball, Racquetball, Volleyball, and Pickleball Courts
- Batting Cages
- Biking, Jogging, Walking Paths
- Fitness Facility
- Shelter and Room Rentals
Address: 36850 Overseas Hwy, Big Pine Key, FL 33043
Bahia Honda State Park is a Florida Keys treasure with sandy palm-lined beaches, beautiful sunsets, and gentle sea breezes. If you want quiet and relaxation, this is the place for you. They offer kayak and snorkeling gear rentals, boat trips out to the reef for snorkeling excursions, and more. You might also enjoy watching the shorebirds, animals, and viewing the island’s plants.
- Boating and Boat Tours
- Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
- Three Beaches
- Restrooms and Bathhouses
- Concession and Restaurant
Address: 1843 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229
Oscar Scherer State Park is surrounded by neighborhoods and highways but is a hidden tropical oasis with plenty to offer. This little piece of natural Florida has plenty of fun things to do.
- A Variety of Trails
- Fishing Dock
- Nature Center
- Lake Beach Access with Swimming
- Picnic Pavilions and Benches
- Fire Rings
- Tram Tours
- Interpretive Exhibit
- Restrooms, Shower Station, and Laundry Facility
- Roller Blading
- Wildlife Viewing
Address: 3500 Pinellas Bayway South, Tierra Verde, FL 33715
Fort De Soto Park is on the Gulf of Mexico side of Florida and has miles of pristine sandy shorelines. The park covers five islands and 1,136 acres. You can also ferry out to Egmont Key from the Fort De Soto fishing pier. It has a small lighthouse and the ruins of Fort Dade, built in 1899. It also offers fantastic snorkeling.
There are 236 campsites with grills, electricity, water, picnic tables, modern restrooms, and showers,
Fort De Soto Park also offers plenty of activities.
- Fort De Soto Historic Fort and Museum
- Paved and Natural Trails
- Laundry Facility
- Dog Beach (off-leash) and Paw Playground
- Campground Store
- Special Campsites for Camping with Pets
- Play Areas
- Gift Shop and Snack Bar
- Sanitary Disposal Stations
Let Your Adventure Begin!
Regardless of which van campground in Florida you choose, there is one thing for certain, you will have a great time! Just don’t forget to call ahead or book online to make sure there will be a spot available to you.