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Old 12-03-2018, 02:07 PM   #11
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Thanks for the Ft De Soto tip. We had one night booked inland at Little Manatee St Park while we are on the road to our winter rental on Longboat Key. We much prefer being out by the ocean and nabbed a site for Friday night in January. Looks like a great place!
FWIW - we prefer the sites between like 180-209. You can see on the map.
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FWIW - we prefer the sites between like 180-209. You can see on the map.
Yes I can see why! This year we will check it out and nabbed the last one available right now (122) for the night we need. This year we are spending some time on the east coast before getting to LBK but I think next year we will see about getting a water site at Ft De Soto if it is as nice as it looks.
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Old 12-03-2018, 03:10 PM   #13
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Yes I can see why! This year we will check it out and nabbed the last one available right now (122) for the night we need. This year we are spending some time on the east coast before getting to LBK but I think next year we will see about getting a water site at Ft De Soto if it is as nice as it looks.
Great - if you find yourself in the keys and like snorkeling etc this is nice.

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

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Old 12-03-2018, 03:32 PM   #14
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Yes that is a beautiful park. We wintered at Knights Key in Marathon for a number of years until it closed, and I have always loved the Keys. Because we were always "heading to the Keys" we never really explored the rest of Florida's coasts. Now that we rent a cottage on LBK and driving a much smaller RV, we are taking time before and after to enjoy the State and County parks.
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If you don't have pets, they have an entire island, many sites on the water. If you have pets, the Ft DeSoto Dog park & Dog beach are only a mile away and your campground sticker gets you past the ranger station without an extra fee!
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We have snowbirded in FL for 6 years now mainly at FL state parks. The inland state park campgrounds in the northern half of FL will have more space than the coastal ones. In the Panhandle, check out Fort Pickens near Pensacola. The central interior parks like Highlands Hammocks always seem to have space. If you go to the southern third of the state, make sure you change your side rear screens to no-see-um screens because those critters easily come on thru mosquito screening. Alternately, buy some no-see-um Skreenz for the front doors so you can run your fan at night.
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