The Florida Coast is Ideal for an RV Vacation in the Spring

An RV trip down the Florida coast is the ideal getaway for a spring vacation. The weather is just about perfect, not too hot yet and not chilly. As you drive south you will be surrounded by the sparkling waters of the Atlantic and a fascinating waterway on the other side of the highway. Take in the sights and stop at many famous attractions.

Jacksonville, Florida is the starting point for your trip down the Florida coast. Stunning beaches and many cultural attractions make Jacksonville a real wonderful destination in itself. No matter how long it took to get here from your home, you can unwind and enjoy the nightlife that this Florida city has to offer. You will find RV camping in many great campgrounds in the area but you may wish to try the Flamingo Lake RV Resort in North Jacksonville. They have a large number of full hookup sites and free wireless Internet. The best part? A lake right there.

Ponte Vedra Beach

Ponte Vedra Beach

The place to go biking is at Ponte Vedra Beach or you can do some deep sea fishing if you hire a guide to take you out into the ocean’s expanse. This is not far from Jacksonville and on your way down the coast to your next stop. The sand dunes are something extraordinary, with sometimes forty feet of sand stretching toward the blue skies. Plenty to do here!

Now for one of the main stops along the way! St. Augustine, Florida is an amazing place indeed, with history, outdoor fun and so much more. The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum should be on your list of things to see. Discover just gorgeous views and more history to educate you on this intriguing region. Then for some outdoor exploration, make your way to Anastasia State Park. There is four miles of pristine beach, plenty of room for surfing or fishing or swimming.

Some other stops you need to make are the ones ranking high on tourist lists. One of those is the St. Augustine Wild Reserve where rescued wild animals have their home. You need to make an appointment to visit, but it is worth the time and effort. Fort Matanzas introduces you to more of Florida’s history. Taking a ferry to the island where the fort is built is half the fun. And of course, when in Florida, you can’t miss seeing some alligators. At the St. Augustine Alligator Farm there is not just one alligator but a multitude! Zip lining is also a great activity here as you sail over the gators below you, just like in some James Bond movie.

As you move further south, stop at Marineland to visit all sorts of sea animals, and then continue down to Gamble Rogers Memorial Park for some water fun. It’s right on the beach where you can snorkel or lay out in the sun. Then a memorable stop at the Canaveral National Seashore! The fun never ends!

As you come to the end of your RV journey, you may be sorry that all these good times are going to end. But stay a while in Key West and soak up more Florida sun before heading back the way you came. You can take some time for more sightseeing as you go.

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Drive down the Florida Coast on an RV Excursion

The Florida Coast offers a visitor such a wide diversity of sights and activities, it is worth it to take some time and just relax your way through a winter’s vacation. Sparkling waterways, the surf creeping up the sandy beaches, museums and historic sites – all await you on the coast of Florida. Get away from the blustering wind, rain or snow and make your way to Jacksonville, Florida in an RV for the best getaway ever!

The ideal holiday destination, Jacksonville will keep you busy for a few days, with all there is to see. Then you can head down the coast to St. Augustine to finish your vacation in style. There are always plenty of options for RV camping along the way. You may want to stay at Fleetwood RV Park in Jacksonville, which is very centrally located to all the sights you have on your itinerary. Bryn Mawr Ocean Resort in St. Augustine offers an ocean-side campground where you will find plenty of amenities.

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens will be a treat for anyone of any age. From mid-December to the end of the month, the annual ZOOLights is a celebration of the holidays that can’t be beat. The zoo becomes a winter wonderland ablaze with thousands of lights. Special animal exhibits are available for those who come for this event.

If you want to get in some shopping and take part in other holiday events, stop by Jacksonville Landing in downtown. At Kingsley Plantation, admission is free, so take the whole family to tour the plantation house, slave quarters, waterfront and garden. Experience a ranger program where you will learn so much history, you’ll be amazed.

Engage your sense of the arts by visiting the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens at your first opportunity. There are almost five thousand artworks, and this riverfront area also has historic gardens to tour. Then on to the Museum of Science and History where you will step back in time. Learn about Florida starting with events of more than 12,000 years ago right up to present time. Don’t miss the JEA Aqua Expo Experience. Here you won’t get wet while you learn exactly how water works.

If you can tear yourself away from Jacksonville, you will want to take Highway 1A down the coast along the Atlantic Ocean to St. Augustine. This is the oldest continuously occupied settlement in the continental U.S. And the sights here are abundant. First there is Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth which no one wishes to miss when in St. Augustine. Get some lovely views by visiting the St. Augustine Light. And speaking of light – try the Lightner Museum for its fabulous collections of furnishings, instruments and costumes from the 19th century. Stand at awe in front of a real shrunken head or look up at the crocodile hanging from the ceiling.

Visit the animal kingdom at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park! This is a must-see for all ages. All kinds of shows fascinate and intrigue, with alligators, rainforest animals and more. Another famous sight is the Castillo de San Marcos which is a national historic monument, one of the favorite attractions in St. Augustine.

Now you are ready to head home, but you have seen some of the Florida coast in all its glory – and escaped from those cold winter winds.

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Jacksonville by RV – Top 10 Places to Go

Jacksonville, Florida, an RV-friendly city, is home to outdoor recreation, natural wonders and RV parks that demonstrate pure Southern hospitality. An RV rental is the beginning of fun in the sun, and here are ten exciting places you’ll want to go.

  1. Beaches Town Center, at the heart of Atlantic and Neptune Beaches, is the gateway to days of adventure. Restaurants, shops and, of course, the beautiful Northeast Florida beaches offer your RV camping crew the chance to do it all.
  2. Boating the Intracoastal Waterway is a wonderful way to get to know Jacksonville. The Intracoastal actually runs from Norfolk, VA all the way to Miami, with plenty of ways to experience the southern Atlantic Coast if you’d like to venture beyond Jacksonville. For Intracoastal angling action, charter a Jacksonville fishing excursion and get ready to reel in the big ones!
  3. Cumberland Island National Seashore – Run across the state line to historic St. Mary’s, Georgia and take the ferry to Cumberland Island. Much more than just a scenic island, this site offers RVers the chance to bike, hike, visit historic sites and photograph a wide variety of wildlife. May we suggest a stay at Jacksonville North/St. Mary’s KOA?
  4. Daytona Speedway Racing – An hour and a half down the road in Daytona, race fans will find the home of the Daytona 500. Daytona International Speedway hosts blazing NASCAR action, thrilling bike racing events and some of the top IMSA events in the country.
  5. Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area, seventy miles south of Jacksonville at Flagler Beach, is a delightful place to play in the waves. Fish, surf, swim or sit in the sun at this beautiful park tucked between the Atlantic and the Intracoastal Waterway.
  6. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is located just north of Jacksonville at the Georgia State line. The granddaddy of all marshland preserves, it is a four hundred thousand acre wonderland of cypress forests, canals and wildlife-studded prairies. Come watch for alligators and sandhill cranes on a boat tour, hike the boardwalks that wind through the park or put a canoe in the water and paddle through unforgettable scenery. This is a “must-see” when you come to Jacksonville!
  7. Osceola National Forest – The bright blue waterways winding through this national forest west of Jacksonville set the stage for hiking, paddling or fishing. Camp at Ocean Pond Campground and slow down the pace to experience the cypress swamps and other unusual ecosystems that combine to create Osceola.
  8. Pecan Park Flea & Farmer’s Market – Love to shop for a bargain? Your North Florida shopping excursion isn’t complete without a stop at Pecan Park. Open weekends, this 700-plus vendor marketplace is North Florida’s largest. Stay right next door at Pecan Park RV Resort!
  9. Riverside Avondale District is an historic Jacksonville neighborhood filled with vintage architecture, the Riverside Arts Market, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and many other charming attractions throughout the district. Take the podcast guided walking tour to get the flavor of “Old Jacksonville.”
  10. Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve is a National Park Service site celebrating the coastal wetlands of Northeast Florida. You’ll find hiking trails, historic sites and places to paddle, swim and learn about Native American, early Florida and Civil War history. Campsites can be found within the Preserve’s boundaries at Little Talbot Island State Park. Don’t miss the beautiful beach at Huguenot Memorial Park, also part of the Timucuan complex.

All this and more are waiting for you in Jacksonville, Florida. Affordable RV camping makes this trip one we recommend to all our readers!

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