Two Central Florida Scenic Byways by RV

Are you and your favorite RV camping buddy itching to discover the beauty of Central Florida? You’re in luck! Central Florida’s scenic byways are sure to reveal the kind of unforgettable vistas for which the Sunshine State is famous. We’ve picked two short jaunts lined with scenic spots you’ll want to slow down and enjoy. Here’s our plan for an RV camping tour of two Central Florida scenic byways.

Palma Sola Scenic Highway by RV
An hour and a half south of Palm Harbor on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Palma Sola Bay is the scene of our first scenic highway. Stretching out in splendid ‘Old Florida’ style between Bradenton and Anna Maria Island, the ten mile long scenic highway crosses the bay on SR-64 and comes to an end in the city of Holmes Beach. As you cross to the island, keep your eyes open for brightly-colored waterfowl and playful sea manatees.

Palma Sola Scenic Highway by RV
An hour and a half south of Palm Harbor on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Palma Sola Bay is the scene of our first scenic highway. Stretching out in splendid ‘Old Florida’ style between Bradenton and Anna Maria Island, the ten mile long scenic highway crosses the bay on SR-64 and comes to an end in the city of Holmes Beach. As you cross to the island, keep your eyes open for brightly-colored waterfowl and playful sea manatees.

This ten mile byway is filled with opportunities for RVers to experience the peace and quiet that is Central Florida. On this leg of your RV camping vacation, plan plenty of time to play at the beach, because the white sands and aquamarine waters along the Palma Sola Scenic Highway are wonderfully tempting.

Anna Maria Island’s three cities, Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria, each boasts miles of white sand beach and easy access to the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. A bonus for RVers – two mile long Bradenton Beach Scenic Highway leads south through the city of Bradenton Beach to the southern tip of the island. It’s an oceanside drive you won’t want to miss!

Boating, fishing from the piers, strolling the beach at sunset and, of course, eating as much freshly-caught seafood as possible are prime activities for RV campers who cross Palma Sola Scenic Highway to the island.

The Ridge Scenic Highway by RV
If you drew a line across the center of Florida from Tampa to Palm Bay, you’d intersect an area rich in early Florida farming history. Citrus orchards, historic towns and lush nature sanctuaries fed by the area’s many lakes line the Lake Wales Ridge that gives the Ridge Scenic Highway its name.

To follow this picturesque route go north on SR-17 from just south of the town of Frostproof. At the south end of the byway, Lake Arbuckle Park has an RV campground and is conveniently located to hiking trails in the state forest that skirts the lake.

The sandy, rolling hills of the Lake Wales Ridge offer views of countryside not seen elsewhere in Florida. You’ll notice many unusual plants and animals if you stop to take advantage of trails like the section of the Florida National Scenic Trail that winds through Lake Wales Ridge State Forest. This ‘Florida Scrub’ preserve was created to protect numerous endangered plant and animal species.

Speaking of Lake Wales, the charming town of that name has several notable historic attractions. A stop at Spook Hill will teach you about local Native American lore while leaving you scratching your head at an interesting local phenomenon. A step back into Florida as it once was is as simple as a stop at the Historic Bok Sanctuary or Chalet Suzanne. The downtown district, though diminished, will also bring to mind another time.

There’s plenty for you and your RV camping buddy to see and do as you continue north on the Ridge Scenic Highway. Not only will you pass through the highest elevations in the State of Florida, you’ll also have a chance to visit such Central Florida classics as Davidson of Dundee Groves and Citrus Candy Factory.

Although only about an hour north of the Orlando tourist attractions, the towns along this route move at a less hectic pace. To put the final flourish on your RV camping tour of Central Florida, campgrounds like Oak Harbor RV Campground on Lake Lowery allow one more glimpse at life in this historic region.

We’ve got your Florida RV rental ready and waiting; get ready for a different taste of Florida!

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One Response to Two Central Florida Scenic Byways by RV

  1. Sandy says:

    Traveling by RV is a great way to really explore our nation the proper way-by the road! Florida is so beautiful, you don’t want to miss a piece of it! I just did an East Coast Road trip and my final destination was Florida and we had so much fun. We went all over but our favorite were all the little beach cities. Palm Bay was so adorable and right on the beach and a great time as well! We left the RV a few times and got a room-the Palm Bay Hotel (www.palmbay-hotel.com) was great and really affordable as well!

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