Summer has officially arrived in Florida, and we’re going to take advantage of the gorgeous weather we have been having! After being cooped up in the house for almost half the year, we are ready to get some relaxing outdoor time. There are hundreds of places to camp throughout Florida but here are 5 that seem to provide the best vibes.
- Ichetucknee, Fort White
If you are due for some crystal clear water, this is the campsite for you! The campgrounds offer electricity and are large and secluded. You can rent kayaks and paddleboards and head down the river to see any number of wildlife including manatees, fish, snakes, and birds. They even offer a shuttle service back up the river for ultimate convenience. Remember, we are on vacation, so this shuttle is great if you’re just trying to chill out after your paddle down the river.
- Fort De Soto
Beach camping is a must! and Fort De Soto seems to be the perfect place to do it! With over 200 campsites along the white sand beaches, you'll be sure to find the perfect spot. There is a great nature trail to take morning and evening strolls and you can even bring your doggie friend! Manatee sightings are also very common, and if you know anything about manatees, you know these gentle creatures have the most chill vibes. Be sure not to touch or feed them, as they are protected by the state of Florida.
- Wekiwa Springs State Park, Apopka
Located in central Florida, this state park is the perfect place for kayakers and chillaxers alike. There are 13 miles of trails that you can hike, bike or paddle down! Don’t have a kayak? No worries! The concierge will help to accommodate you and your group. For the chillaxers there is a bubbling spring that rests at a nice 72 degrees all year long. What’s more relaxing than a bubbling spring bath?
- Ocala National Forest
Would you like to go camping but don’t exactly want to ‘rough it’ in the wilderness? Ocala National forest offers campsites with electricity and water, as well as primitive sites for our more experienced campers. You could also splurge on a cabin and make it a glamping trip! Who doesn’t prefer an enclosed sleeping area? With lots of freshwater lakes, this spot is great for skiing, fishing, boating, kayaking and canoeing and is home to 3 of Florida’s top natural springs!
- Manatee Spring State Park, Chiefland
We know animals lovers will appreciate this beautiful state park and all the creatures it has to offer. As you could guess from the name, this park is home to...manatees! The gentle giants migrant to the park anywhere between the months of November and April. This park offers activities like snorkeling and scuba diving if you want to get up close and personal with the wildlife!
Before you embark on your trip, be sure to pack the essentials! Here’s a quick list of mine:
- Refillable water bottle (for thirst purposes)
- Sun screen (ahh hot sun)
- Tent (oh so we’re camping camping)
- Chillax’n Organic CBD Oil (camping should be relaxing, right?)
- Flashlight (the woods are dark)
Comment below if you take a trip to any of these parks! I’d love to hear about your chillax’n experiences!