One of the most popular RV trips ever is taking a scenic route down Florida’s eastern coastline. There are many attractions and of course, the beautiful Atlantic Ocean stretching to the horizon. The Intracoastal Waterway offers the adventure of traveling on a barrier island with water on two sides and incredible views.
The A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway is your best bet for the entire trip to Miami. Pick it up in St. Augustine, Florida, stopping here for a while to see the sights. This historic city is the oldest U.S. settlement. You should take time to visit the famous landmarks, such as Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth and the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse.
Before leaving St. Augustine be sure to visit the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum where if you are up to it, climb 219 steps to the top. Looking over the city you will be amazed and awed by the fabulous view. Then take a break to map your way down the coastline. Don’t forget to allow time to go and wade in the tide rushing in from the Atlantic. There are miles and miles of beaches to take advantage of.
First major stop is Marineland. An amazing adventure awaits you, and you will hold in memory for many years to come the fun you have watching the marine life entertaining and enlightening you. As you drive from Marineland to your next stop in Flagler Beach, be sure to enjoy the unobstructed views of the ocean. When you get to Flagler Beach, go walk down the pier and watch some more dolphins and whales, this time in their natural environment.
As you travel on, you will want to ensure Gamble Rogers Memorial Park is on your list of stopping places. This is a perfect place to snorkel and treasure hunt. Then when you carry on down the coast, plan a visit to the Canaveral National Seashore and the Kennedy Space Center. No visit to Florida would be complete without exploring these two popular vacation destinations.
Whether you like ocean side fun, golf, tennis or simply relaxing over a fine dinner, Cocoa Beach has it all. Head further south and go to the Fort Pierce Inlet State Park to enjoy some beachcombing. You should try your hand at scuba diving here too, as it is a wonderful place to explore the depths. St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park is another natural wonderland with forests and beaches in a lovely balance.
Finally you reach Miami, and the beaches really do beckon you to get out there on the sand and wade in the water. Get yourself over to Everglades National Park and be sure to see the shows, exhibits and have animal encounters at the Seaquarium.
The Florida Keys are like another world. RV camping is great on the Keys, and you have a wide choice. Some campgrounds you might like are the Sunshine Key RV Resort and Marina on Big Pine Key or the Sugarloaf Key Resort KOA Kampground on Summerland Key. When you come to Key West, you’ve hit the end of the line, but it isn’t really the end. You can work your way back up the coast and pick up on any sights you’ve missed.
Picture credits: The picture of the A1A Scenic Byway is public domain by A. E. Crane from the National Scenic Byways website.