Secluded RV Sites in Florida
Florida is one of the top vacation sites in the US, and if you love nature, it’s easy to understand why. Florida’s tropical and subtropical climates feature an incredible amount of biodiversity. It’s not uncommon to spot alligators, iguanas, turtles, and manatees in or around the water here. Put on a snorkel and you’ll see Read more...
Secluded RV Sites in Florida
Florida is one of the top vacation sites in the US, and if you love nature, it’s easy to understand why. Florida’s tropical and subtropical climates feature an incredible amount of biodiversity. It’s not uncommon to spot alligators, iguanas, turtles, and manatees in or around the water here. Put on a snorkel and you’ll see tropical fish, sharks, rays, and shellfish off most of Florida’s shores. And as the winter hub of the Atlantic Flyway, Florida is visited by over 500 species of birds each year, including ibises, roseate spoonbills and sandhill cranes.
Not all visitors come to Florida for the nature, though. The theme parks draw families, the beaches and party towns attract college students for spring break, and the year-round warmth lures so many Northerners to Florida each winter they have their own nickname — Snowbirds. All of which is to say, from November to April, parts of Florida can get pretty crowded.
Fortunately, there are many secluded RV sites across Florida that are smaller, local, and never too full. Most Hipcamp RV options in Florida have between 3-6 sites total, and a few have only one. This list is curated with our favorite RV sites well off Florida’s beaten path, where you can find nature all to yourself, even in peak season.
RV Sites on Hipcamp
The RV sites on this list are on private land owned by local Hipcamp Hosts who are committed to preserving and sharing nature. That means that each site is totally unique and built with love. We recommend that you check out each listing to see what specific amenities are provided, such as picnic tables, WiFi, and/or fire pits. The “Camping vehicles details” window will inform you if electric, water, and sewage hookups are available, as well as the maximum vehicle length and surface details for your site.
How to time your Florida trip right
Florida is especially nice to visit in the fall, winter, and spring, when high temperatures throughout the state hover between 65-85 degrees. Summers are hot and humid in Florida. The rainy season is roughly May to November, when daily rainfall is possible. During the summer months a brief, heavy downpour is almost guaranteed daily, which is an excellent reason to travel the state by RV. Another good reason to be inside a recreational vehicle: summer brings mosquitoes. If you like sleeping with the windows down, you may want to invest in insect screens.
The Atlantic hurricane season usually peaks between mid-August and late-October. Depending on where it’s headed, the path of a hurricane can bring day-long downpours or a full-on evacuation to particular parts of Florida. The National Hurricane Center typically issues a “Hurricane Watch” 48 hours before things get this serious.
In terms of the crowds, Florida’s highways begin to fill up with out-of-state plates in early November. Since many Snowbirds drive down for extended stays in the Florida winters, this is when you can expect commercial RV parks and campgrounds to start to feel more crowded.
Where to RV camp in Florida
In Northern Florida, there are still some hideouts to park your RV on the “Forgotten Coast” near Panama City. Visitors to these white sand, Gulf Coast beaches can spend their days fishing, scalloping, kayaking, snorkeling, and swimming in the water year-round. You’ll also be next door to the Apalachicola National Forest, the largest National Forest in Florida.
For RV camping in Central Florida, there’s nothing better than Hipcamp RV and campsites near the Ocala National Forest. South of Gainesville and northwest or Orlando, this region contains ancient trees dripping with Spanish moss and natural springs that manatees, river otters and even some invasive monkeys call home. The swimming, snorkeling, and boating here is world-class. This is also a great region to get your boots on the Florida Trail, Florida’s state-long through hike.
If you push west, you’ll find more secluded RV sites near Tampa. Along this section of Gulf Coast, you’ll have a chance to visit the diverse estuaries where the spring-fed rivers of Central Florida mix with the saltwater of the Gulf. Check one out at the Crystal River Preserve State Park.
For Southern Florida, you’ll find some relaxing RV outposts inland from West Palm Beach, right before the Broward/Dade County sprawl crowds out the countryside. This is a great location to visit Lake Okeechobee and underutilized parks like Jonathan Dickinson State Park.
To experience some of the most secluded RV camping in south Florida, head west towards the Fort Myers region. Here you will be adjacent to the Big Cypress National Preserve, and the Everglades National Park below it. Through these parks, water from Okeechobee’s springs cover the land in a continuously-flowing wetlands that enter the Gulf at the tip of Florida, a natural phenomena of mangroves, marshes and pine lands that exists nowhere else on Earth. As environmental activist Marjory Stoneman Douglas put it in the famous first line of “The Everglades: River of Grass:” “There are no other Everglades in the world.”