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Old 03-21-2013, 08:21 AM   #15
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We too are targeting Collier-Seminole State Park for some camping in Winter 2014. Drove through for a little look see a month ago and it all looked nice.............but, what are the negatives we should know about.

Camp sites 1 - 14 are for tents and small trailer/rv's 13' or less. We really liked the privacy of these sites and are thinking of taking a chance with our 16' Scamp and try to squeeze it in there.

Anyway............let us know what your experience was there.

Tim and Janice
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:04 AM   #16
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If you can get one in the 1-14 loop, you're better off, but there'll be more mosquitoes in that section. But that's only a matter of quantity. There are mosquitoes throughout.

The real problem is the restrooms. They were old and falling apart, not to mention, filthy. The higher-numbered section is very crowded.

On the plus side, the Everglades areawesome!

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Old 03-21-2013, 03:44 PM   #17
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Thanks for the info on Collier-Seminole. I never checked out the bathrooms. We are self contained and may not need the facilities there.

The Everglades are definitely on our radar as we plan to camp there at least a couple of times during winter 2014. We are here for the winter in Florida and have used the opportunity to scope out the many campgrounds we wish to use next year. The Ocala National forest looks very nice but no hook ups available where we want to be, same with the Everglades
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The Salt Springs CG in Ocala National Forest has hookups, including sewer and it's less expensive than the state parks with a geezer pass. The reservation window is 6 months, instead of 11 for state parks. All the other Ocala NF campgrounds are wilderness.
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Tim...There are no tricks. Craig even called the camp to see if there was a better way and their answer was only that online was more successful than phoning.

FINALLY...after two weeks of hovering at 7:59 ayem, 6 windows open on the computer and family doing same we finally snagged a site for Feb. 2014 at Long Key.

It's like a lottery....ya just gotta keep trying and be as flexible as you can both in the site you will take and the dates you want to be there. Once you hit it you can reserve up to 14 days then figure your actual plan. 18 days later you can call and cancel any of the days you don't want for a $10 fee---read the fine print for details.


Good luck.

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Salt Springs

Salt Springs is a great campground....all the hook-ups (including a built in grey water drain if you don't use the slinky) are very conveniently located. The campsites are grassy with the drive paved and plenty large enough for us little guys even so they are close together. If you need the facilities, they are quite nice. Wi-fi is available at "the barn", but we were close enough in the first 3 aisles to pick it up right in the rig. (ooorah)

What makes Salt Springs so spectacular to us is...the Spring. It's magnificent and the water is a comfy 72 all year. You can swim or not, fish or not, boat or not.

As you can tell we loved it.

It's a gem in the Ocala National Forest and the "old geezer" cards makes it a bargain.

The challenge with Collier-Springs is close enough to Miami that it is slam packed on weekends and holidays. The volunteers (who are great, btw) simply cannot keep up with the keeping the facilities clean. During the week in non-peak times it's quiet with the bath house almost always clean even if it's a bit dirt tracked...the sand there is dark and seems to stick to your shoes awfully. What attracted us was the access to the Everglades...the 'Glades are really something special and it made it worth it for us to tolerate the weekend noise and mess.

We also loved Manatee Springs. The access to seeing the Manatees up close was awesome (they are in residence from October thru early April)...you are even allowed to swim in the spring pond and there's scuba diving allowed in the Catfish Hotel Sink that accesses a 5 mile crystal clear cave system (that last from a diver...we're don't scuba )

We've discovered Florida and can't wait to keep exploring.
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Got this in a Sam's Club Newsletter by e-mail........

Boyd’s Key West Campground: 50 Years of Southernmost Hospitality in the Sunshine State

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Old 03-22-2013, 05:55 PM   #22
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Craig,

I was bidding on site 41 at Long Key this morning right at 8:00...............no luck. Congratulations on winning a camp site. My wife wants to keep trying but I'm ready to give up and maybe try the Power Ball Lotto............win $250,000,000 and then go buy me a Florida Key!

I like your determination and the use of multiple open windows or any other Internet devise ready to pounce at 8:00. We will be giving that technique a try next.

We will be camping at Ocala next winter in January. We like Alexander Springs where there are no hook ups. The place was 90% empty when we visited this year. We much rather prefer remote uncrowded camping and this one fits the bill. Nice bathrooms and beautiful park surroundings.

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