Camping in Florida

With its 1,100-mile coastline and year-round sun, Florida is tailor-made for a beach camping trip.

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Wilderness Shores Ranch_Campground!

108 sites · RVs, Tents750 acres · Lakeland, Polk
NOW OPEN!!! WINTER SALES GOING ON!!! 750 acres of Ranch, Water and Islands to explore! Wilderness Shores is an active Texas Longhorn Ranch with 3 beautiful miles of Shoreline and 750 acres of Ranch, Water and Islands to explore! Lake View or Oak Forest RV sites available with (20/30/50 amp) along with double water hookups and dump station on site! Shoreline tents sites available right along the lake shoreline! Or chose a primitive tent campsite or RV boondocking! Picnic table, fire ring, water and charcoal grills provided with RV sites and Shoreline tent sites! We also have 2 beautiful RV Camper Rentals on site to book a stay as well, sleeping 4 or 8 guests! Don't have a tent? We rent those too! Tent rentals medium/large are $35-$45. FREE HIGHSPEED OPTIC WIFI ON THE RANCH FOR ALL! Come see the beautiful scenery and breathtaking sunsets! We are Florida's Best Kept Secret! Non-Urbanized, Solitude and Family Fun Recreation! Join us for our exciting Texas Longhorn Cattle drives and kid Hayrides! Pet and feed snacks to our herd of friendly Nigerian Dwarf goats, beautiful Ranch Horses and our amazing Longhorn Cows! Grab a kayak (we rent them) and hit the lake to explore our dozens of islands and vast waterways! Walk or bike ride our many ridge trails! Along with fishing galore on our 3 miles of Lake Shoreline! Sit on our relaxing 3 person swings throughout the property and enjoy a beautiful nature filled sunrise or sunset! End the day with cookouts, music, fun, laughter and family time around the Campfire! Country Store on site with our grass fed hamburger meat/steaks for sale! Along with other food items/ essentials to purchase. Firewood cut on site/large round tubful's for a great price to last all weekend! Friendly pets are welcome! Our Ranch and Campsite is a designated Agritourism by the State of Florida combining its two largest industries, Agriculture and Tourism. Feel free to inquire with us! wildernessshores.com Centrally located! 18 miles to LEGOLAND, 37 miles to Busch Gardens and 32 miles to Disney World! Enjoy all the Parks! In addition, we are 6 miles to Super Walmart for shopping needs.
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Cotee River Bend

15 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · New Port Richey, Pasco
Our RV Campsites are located in a grassy field next to dense woods. Electric and water hookups are included in the RV/Camper sites, but not the Tent Site. All sites have a picnic table. Cell phone service is not a problem, as we are not that remote (although it sort of feels like we are when you are here) - we are 5 min from downtown New Port Richey, 2 minutes from groceries, gas, restaurants. This beautiful slice of Old Florida is named for the Pithlachascotee River that bends along the back side of the property. Pithlo is the Creek word meaning canoe, and chaskita means to dig or chop out, together signifying "place where canoes are chopped or dug out". Seminoles of this area used canoes dug out from the great cypress trees found along Florida rivers. From the 1980s until 2014, this property was owned by the Cotee River Lions Club. They held a popular monthly pancake breakfast fundraiser in the large pavilion along the river. We purchased this 4.9 acres of land in late 2019. It is now where we live and have a woodworking shop. It has been a magical place for us, with no shortage of wildlife, rich jungle forest, a lazy winding narrow river, and even the occasion river otter sighting. We are grateful to all the humans who have occupied this place over the centuries before us for keeping it as nature intended it. It is our intention to do our part to conserve and protect its natural beauty as long as possible. We hope you find it to be as restful and rejuvenating as we do.
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Rasayana Cove

2 sites · Lodging25 acres · Ona, Hardee
Rasayana Cove is a 25-acre eco-retreat located in the heartland of west central Florida. An hour's drive east of Sarasota surrounded by vast tracts of orange groves and ranch land, Rasayana Cove has been operating as a small retreat center since 1995. The long eastern boundary borders Horse Creek, a major tributary of the Peace River. The property features two spring-fed ponds - one small and the other large.  The cabins are accessible by well constructed shell-topped roads with good drainage and a variety of nature pathways.  A natural ecosystem remains undisturbed in the middle of the property - a Florida bay head of native flora and wildlife. While most of the state is crowded and overdeveloped, this eco-retreat offers a haven of peace in the pristine nature of Florida
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Area 61 Camping

5 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents5 acres · Arcadia, De Soto
Area 61 is a natural 5 acre property with a creek that feeds into the Peace River. We have many different types of wild life that visit including white tail deer, turkeys, alligators, otters, armadillos and all types of birds including owls. We also have access to the Peace River for canoeing and kayaking trips. Along the creek we also have several terraced waterfalls that provide a wonderful wetland area for the wildlife.
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North Shore Relic Ranch

7 sites · RVs, Tents80 acres · Mount Dora, Lake
This property is called relic ranch because we have actually found a ton of old relics. such as arrow heads, old pottery, etc. you are welcome to roam over most of the 80 acres and search for yourself. just leave the land as you found it. We have goats, cows and chickens as well. All super friendly.
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Bayside beach, fishing and camping

2 sites · RVs2 acres · Key Largo, Monroe
Circa 1954 an old fishing camp unforgettable memories the way the keys used to be the good old times and memories fortunately I still preserve some of that nostalgic era , however, it’s changed for better or for worst .. but still hold the same charm.. I’m fortunate to manage it and continue with the same old traditions. We are excited to have you learn more about our beautiful Bayside Beach Kamp and sunsets in Key Largo, Florida, at mile marker 106. Located just 1 hour from Miami, and 2 hours from Key West, you will find the amazing beautiful Florida Keys within your reach. Situated on the Florida Bay you will quickly come to appreciate and enjoy the incredible beauty that surrounds you at Bayside Beach Kamp and Sunsets As our guest, you will enjoy beautiful amenities, a private sandy beach fishing pier and kayak rentals great trails to cruise along the shoreline, direct access to the Florida Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, and a short ride away from the Atlantic Ocean. Thanks to year-round sunny skies, makes for an amazing weekend escape, holiday vacation getaway or seasonal extended stay. While nature may have provided the perfect sunsets and fishing adventures it makes it possible for you to enjoy it from your own coach. back-up partially shaded sites. Captain. Jack
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Hidden Gem

11 sites · RVs, Tents11 acres · New Smyrna Beach, Volusia
Welcome to our HIDDEN GEM which is tucked away in 11 acres of beautiful oak trees. Splashed with Spanish moss this tropical paradise offers a serene experience and creates a perfect environment for the Monarch Butterfly to thrive. We offer hot outdoor showers and flushable toilets. Our sites are large and secluded. We are 10 minutes from the white sandy beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. Bring your boat if you like to fish. We are 3 minutes from the boat ramp which accommodates boats large and small to access off shore fishing at the Inlet or flats fishing at Mosquito Lagoon. If you are a motorcycle enthusiast we are 30 minutes from Daytona Speedway and NSB Speedway. Kayak and surfing with your own or rentals are available. All the popular attractions are one hour drive time from us. There are 5 Golf Courses in NSB as well as an array of fine dining, art shows and of course lots of sunshine. As lifelong campers it is a pleasure to share our Hidden Gem with you. We love animals so bring your best friends along.
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Pure Paradise Lebanon station

25 sites · RVs, Tents23 acres · Inglis, Levy
Learn more about this land:Beautiful area with waterfalls observation Tower 23 beautiful acres to roam plenty of fishing and water sports in the area as well as other activities , tent and self-contained camping starting at $25 per night full hookup $50 per night
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Taste of Old Florida

12 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Palm City, Martin
A small but unique piece of land that was given to a family in the 1920s by the Florida Railroad Company. It stayed in the family until we purchased it. It is unique because the surrounding area does not have much tree coverage. This is due to the ground underneath, which is a vein of grey marl. This is why the area is called the Allapattah (an Indian word for Alligator) Flats. We are hoping that our county stays the way it is so people will know what Old Florida really looks like. Minutes from I-95, but surrounded by the Allapattah Flats Wildlife Management Preserve. Located on Martin Hwy, which was recently designated as a Florida Scenic Hwy. Fifteen minutes to Stuart and thirty minutes to West Palm Beach, a world away from the hustle and bustle. We realize that people also love Florida for Disney and tropical paradises but if that is what you want than this may not be your kind of place.
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Happy Campers Rescue Ranch

11 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents10 acres · Dunnellon, Citrus
🏕 Experience nature's beauty while saving nature's beings @ Happy Campers Rescue Ranch, a peaceful 10 acre homestead turned into a serene glampsite located just 10 minutes away from the breathtaking Rainbow Springs. Our glampsite offers a wide range of accommodations, including several camp sites with power, water, restrooms and cozy campers with central A/C and Heat. One of the unique features of our campground is the opportunity to interact with our friendly farm animals. Whether you're a fan of cuddly pigs, curious goats, or colorful chickens, you'll have plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with our animal residence. 🐐 🐓🐤 🦆🐢🐒 🛶🚴‍♂️ But that's not all – we also offer a range of exciting extras to enhance your camping experience. Rent an eBike, Kayak or Paddle Boat to explore the area and crystal-clear waters of Rainbow Springs, or choose our cooler with built-in air conditioning ❄️ to stay comfortable during hot summer days inside your tent. And for a unique outdoor movie experience, we offer a projector screen with any movie of your choice - just imagine enjoying your favorite film under the stars! 🎥 Guests are welcome to gather fallen branches on the property for free to use as firewood during their stay. Alternatively, they can bring their own firewood or purchase a bundle from us at checkout to ensure they have everything they need for a wonderful camping trip. 🔥 🐶😺 For guests traveling with pets, our pet sitting services ensure that your furry friends are well taken care of while you enjoy all that our town has to offer. So what are you waiting for? Come join for an unforgettable camping experience filled with nature, farm animals, and plenty of extras to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. At Happy Campers Rescue Ranch; Every camper supports a paw print.🐾 👍P.S. See More/Meet the Animals on YouTube @HappyCampersRescueRanch
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Honey Bunny’s Urban Oasis

2 sites · RVs1 acre · St Petersburg, Pinellas
🐝 👀check out our EXTRAS👀 🐝 Elderberry/Hot Sauce/Bug Spray/Pickleball/surfboards 🦩WE ONLY HOST VANS/CLASS B vehicles/very small travel trailers🦩 🌈 Everyone Welcome 🌈 As a family who has towed campers across the US a couple times utilizing Hip Camp we know others will appreciate the ease of pulling into our little 1 acre urban oasis just a couple miles off the interstate in Floridas Coolest City. It’s an ideal location to explore St Pete (5 miles to St Pete beach, 4 miles to downtown -$12 Uber ride), Sarasota and/or Tampa. We have a paved circular driveway overlooking our beehives, henhouse and seasonal garden where you’ll find a table with chairs and plenty of space to cookout & enjoy a quiet evening with a great sunset under the bamboo. This is one of South St Pete’s oldest neighborhoods- it surrounds an active former PGA golf course and lively country club. It’s a great place for safely biking or walking with playgrounds and dog parks nearby. There are many owls, raptors, green parrots and osprey overhead as we’re just a few blocks from the beautiful Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. - not to be missed! The Pinellas Trail is just a short bike ride away too and can lead you to downtown.
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Smokey Acres

14 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Brooksville, Hernando
Welcome to Smokey Acres! This property has been in my family for decades. My Husband and I were married under the oaks and have had our share of campfires out there. Down a hidden gravel drive with wetlands on either side you will find a completely fenced in field surrounded by pine, oak, and swamp maple trees. There are two ponds located on the property both stocked with bass, bluegill, and sunfish. The front pond is home to many natural Florida wildlife and is a great location to bird watch. Located a few miles from Brooksville and the Suncoast Parkway, this quiet and peaceful setting is just 5 minutes from the parking area and trailhead for the Suncoast Trail and 10 miles from the famous Weeki Wachee Springs, where you can spend the day at the local park or float down the river with the manatees. Withlacoochee State Park and other natural preserves with trail access and kayaking are only a short distance away, and Dames Cave, Homosassa Springs, and Chasawiska Springs are all within a ~20-minute drive as well. Spending a day at the beach is easy with plenty of options along the Nature Coast. We’re also less than an hour from Tampa and Clearwater and two hours from Orlando. A perfect weekend get-away for anyone looking to “unplug,” Smokey Acres is also a great stop for those passing through the area. We are a close distance to many racing, livestock, boating and fishing events. We have no problem accommodating whatever you’re towing! Whether you'd like a leisurely day on the river or an adventure in the Gulf, there are plenty of boating options nearby. Be sure to make it back to the property in time to enjoy amazing sunsets that bring peace and tranquility to your experience. Our neighbors, JG Ranch, offers U- Pick Fruit and Vegetables or a great selection of local harvest at their roadside stand. This 10-acre property has been in my family for decades. My Husband and I were married under the oaks and have had our share of campfires together out there. I've recently moved back home with my own family and as much as we enjoy the land for ourselves we'd love to share it. Any profit from hosting campers will help us maintain our sustainable farm that we're hoping to expand onto Smokey Acres. Just in! Our dirt road has been repaved. So no worries about a bumpy drive in!
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Camping in Florida guide

Beautiful beaches, world-famous theme parks, and tropical islands—you probably think you know all there is to know about Florida. But the Sunshine State is also a five-star destination for outdoor adventurers with natural attractions to rival its theme parks. Campers can cruise wildlife-filled wetlands, snorkel coral reefs, hike through national forests, and explore historic forts. Some of the best RV camping is found in the 175 Florida state parks, and with balmy winter temperatures, tent camping is possible year-round. Avoid heart-of-summer camping if possible, though—the heat can be extreme, and it’s hurricane season along the coast. 

Where to Go

Panhandle and Big Bend

White-sand beaches and laid-back beach towns fringe the Gulf of Mexico in Florida’s north-western county. Panama City, Destin, and Pensacola are gateways to the Panhandle, where you can pitch your tent right on the beach along the Gulf Islands National Seashore or check into an RV resort at one of the seaside state parks. The Apalachicola National Forest, just outside Tallahassee, is another favorite for campers, with everything from primitive tent sites to RV sites with electric hookups. 

North Florida

Most visitors to North Florida make a beeline for the Atlantic Ocean, where the hubs of Jacksonville, St Augustine, and Daytona Beach are dotted with sandy beaches and historic monuments. Campers looking to escape the beaten track can enjoy backcountry camping along the Canaveral National Seashore or park up by the beach in Anastasia State Park. Inland, the sprawling Lakelands of the Ocala National Forest are camping nirvana, surrounded by state parks and natural springs. 

Central Florida

Fun-seeking families probably have Orlando’s theme parks at the top of their Central Florida to-do list, but there are plenty of ways to get back to nature too. There’s great hiking and primitive camping in Seminole State Forest and Kissimmee State Park, both just outside the city. Other popular camping spots include the Jonathan Dickinson State Park in West Palm Beach, Lake Okeechobee, and Cayo Costa State Park, just off the coast of Fort Myers.

South Florida

The vast Everglades National Park is the star attraction of the Gulf Coast, where boating, biking, and canoeing tours will take you through the UNESCO-listed wetlands. Look out for manatees and American alligators along the way. Over on the Atlantic Coast, the buzzing beach resorts of Miami and Fort Lauderdale draw sun-seekers year-round. Intrepid campers can escape the masses in the Biscayne National Park, where the tent camping sites are reachable only by boat or kayak.

Florida Keys

If kayaking around tropical islands, and snorkeling and scuba diving along remote coral cays sounds like your idea of fun, look no further than the Florida Keys. The Overseas Highway runs all the way to Key West, and campers will find RV sites and tent camping grounds peppered around the many islands. Campgrounds in Bahia Honda State Park have boat launches and hammock camping, while the remote Dry Tortugas National Park has backcountry camping far from the crowds.

Frequently Asked Questions About Camping in Florida

Can you camp on the beach in Florida?

Yes, you can go beach camping in Florida in certain areas, typically on some BLM land and in dozens of state parks including Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys, Grayton Beach State Park outside Destin, and eastern Florida’s Sebastian Inlet State Park. Campers in Florida are generally not allowed to camp in the sand unless expressly stated otherwise in the areas above. Most Florida beach campgrounds are set behind sand dunes with picnic tables, electric hookups, and toilet access. Remote, primitive, boat-in beach campsites can also be found on Elliott Key and Boca Chita Key in Biscayne National Park. Find more beach camping in Florida.

Is primitive camping allowed in Florida?

Yes, primitive camping is allowed in Florida in some state parks, national forests, state forests, and on the US Forest Service’s Florida Trail, usually for a small fee. Primitive camping, typically described as dispersed camping away from designated campgrounds without facilities, is available for backpackers and campers at more than 25 Florida state parks, including Cayo Costa State Park near Fort Myers, Wekiwa Springs State Park outside Orlando, and Jonathan Dickinson State Park near West Palm Beach. BLM land does not exist in Florida, though you can find more private, secluded camping in Florida with Hipcamp.

Where can you camp for free in Florida?

You can find free camping in Florida in its national forests: Apalachicola National Forest, Osceola National Forest, and Ocala National Forest, each of which spans thousands of acres and is made up of diverse landscapes. These campsites are generally primitive and dispersed with no facilities, so you’ll need to come prepared.

How many state parks in Florida have RV camping?

Florida has an incredible number of state parks (190 and counting!) and about 52 state parks offering RV campgrounds and campervan campsites. Myakka River State Park, Rainbow Springs State Park, Blue Springs State Park, and Silver Springs State Park are among Florida’s most popular state parks with RV camping. Find more Florida RV camping.

What is the best month to go camping in Florida?

The very best months to go camping in Florida are March and April, when the weather is best for tent camping and RV road trips with temperatures hovering between a low of 65°F and a high of 85°F. During these months, humidity is at its lowest, rain is unlikely, and ocean waters are warmest in south Florida’s Miami Beach and Key West. Hiking and backpacking are best suited for the cooler months of January and February. August, September, and October are the worst months to go camping in Florida thanks to wet weather, high humidity, and potential thunderstorms or hurricanes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can go beach camping in Florida in certain areas, typically on some BLM land and in dozens of state parks including Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida KeysGrayton Beach State Park outside Destin, and eastern Florida's Sebastian Inlet State Park. Campers in Florida are generally not allowed to camp in the sand unless expressly stated otherwise in the areas above. Most Florida beach campgrounds are set behind sand dunes with picnic tables, electric hookups, and toilet access. Remote, primitive, boat-in beach campsites can also be found on Elliott Key and Boca Chita Key in Biscayne National Park. Find more beach camping in Florida.

Florida has an incredible number of state parks (190 and counting!) and about 52 state parks offering RV campgrounds and campervan campsites. Myakka River State Park, Rainbow Springs State Park, Blue Springs State Park, and Silver Springs State Park are among Florida's most popular state parks with RV camping. Find more Florida RV camping.

The very best months to go camping in Florida are March and April, when the weather is best for tent camping and RV road trips with temperatures hovering between a low of 65°F and a high of 85°F. During these months, humidity is at its lowest, rain is unlikely, and ocean waters are warmest in south Florida's Miami Beach and Key West. Hiking and backpacking are best suited for the cooler months of January and February. August, September, and October are the worst months to go camping in Florida thanks to wet weather, high humidity, and potential thunderstorms or hurricanes.

Yes, primitive camping is allowed in Florida in some state parks, national forests, state forests, and on the US Forest Service's Florida Trail, usually for a small fee. Primitive camping, typically described as dispersed camping away from designated campgrounds without facilities, is available for backpackers and campers at more than 25 Florida state parks, including Cayo Costa State Park near Fort Myers, Wekiwa Springs State Park outside Orlando, and Jonathan Dickinson State Park near West Palm Beach. BLM land does not exist in Florida, though you can find more private, secluded camping in Florida with Hipcamp.

You can find free camping in Florida in its national forests: Apalachicola National Forest, Osceola National Forest, and Ocala National Forest, each of which spans thousands of acres and is made up of diverse landscapes. These campsites are generally primitive and dispersed with no facilities, so you'll need to come prepared.

Boondocking, or camping on public lands without amenities, is legal in Florida in certain areas. While Florida does not have any BLM (Bureau of Land Management) lands, there are other options for boondocking, such as national forests, wildlife management areas, and water management districts. These areas typically allow dispersed camping, but you should always check the specific rules and regulations for the location you are interested in. Additionally, you can find private landowners who offer boondocking sites through platforms like Hipcamp. Just always practice Leave No Trace principles and respect the land and property owners when boondocking.

Yes, Florida has a wide variety of excellent camping options, thanks to its diverse landscapes, beautiful beaches, and unique ecosystems. From beach camping to forest camping, there's something for everyone. Some popular camping destinations include Everglades National Park, Bahia Honda State Park, and Grayton Beach State Park. You can also find glamping options, fishing spots, and RV parks throughout the state. Explore more Florida camping options.

There are numerous state parks in Florida where you can camp. Some popular options include:

These are just a few examples of the many state parks in Florida that offer camping. You can explore more options by visiting the Florida State Parks page on Hipcamp.

Free camping in Florida can be found in its national forests, such as Apalachicola National Forest, Osceola National Forest, and Ocala National Forest. These campsites are usually primitive and dispersed, with no facilities or amenities, so you'll need to come prepared. Keep in mind that free camping sites may have restrictions on the length of stay and may require a permit. Always check with the managing agency for the latest information on regulations and availability.

The cost of staying in an RV park in Florida for a month can vary significantly depending on factors like location, amenities, and time of year. On average, monthly rates can range from $500 to $1,500 or more. Some RV parks may offer discounts for longer stays or during off-peak seasons. It's essential to research and contact individual RV parks to get accurate pricing information for your specific needs. You can find a variety of RV parks in Florida on Hipcamp to get started.

Free RV camping in Florida can be found at dispersed campsites in national forests and some public lands, in addition to Walmart parking lots, Cracker Barrel parking lots, and some rest areas along highways. Here are a few options for free RV camping in Florida:

Keep in mind that these free campsites are typically primitive and dispersed, with no facilities or amenities. It's essential to practice Leave No Trace principles and come prepared with your own water, food, and waste disposal systems, and you'll also need to check with any specific location's management before parking overnight, as rules and regulations may vary. For a more comfortable and secure stay, consider staying at one of Florida's RV campgrounds or state parks that offer affordable RV camping options.

In Florida state parks, the maximum length of stay in an RV campsite is typically 14 consecutive days within a 30-day period. However, some parks may allow longer stays during the off-peak season. It's essential to check the specific park's rules and regulations for any variations in their stay limits. You can find more information on Florida state parks and their RV camping policies on their individual websites.

Free beach camping in Florida is limited and rare due to the popularity of the state's beaches. However, there are a few places where you might be able to camp for free, though they may be more primitive and require some research to ensure legality and availability:

  • Shell Island (near Panama City) - Accessible by boat only, and camping is allowed on the west end of the island. Be sure to check local regulations before camping.
  • St. George Island State Park (Apalachicola) - While camping at the state park itself is not free, you may find free primitive camping options on the nearby Apalachicola National Forest land. However, these sites may not be directly on the beach.

Please note that free beach camping is not guaranteed, and it is essential to verify the legality and rules of each location before setting up camp. Additionally, always practice Leave No Trace principles to preserve the environment and respect the local wildlife.

In Florida, you can sleep in a tent on the beach in certain designated areas, typically within state parks and campgrounds. It is essential to follow specific rules and regulations, as camping directly on the beach is often prohibited in most locations to protect the environment and wildlife. Some popular beach camping destinations in Florida where you can sleep in a tent include Bahia Honda State Park, Grayton Beach State Park, and Sebastian Inlet State Park. These campgrounds typically offer designated tent sites behind sand dunes, providing amenities such as picnic tables, electric hookups, and restroom facilities. It is always best to check the specific regulations of the beach or park you plan to visit before setting up your tent. Browse more beach camping options in Florida.

The cost to camp at a Florida State Park varies depending on the type of campsite and park you choose. In general, camping fees range from approximately $16 to $42 per night for tent and RV campsites. Some parks may also charge an additional utility fee for electric and water hookups. Keep in mind that these prices are subject to change, and it's a good idea to check the specific state park website or contact them directly for the most accurate and up-to-date information on camping fees.

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