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10 Minutes From Anna Maria

1 site · RV1 acre · Bradenton, FL
Are you seeking a tranquil retreat near the finest beaches in Southwest Florida? Look no further than this spacious RV pad, nestled within a lush fenced yard in a serene West Bradenton neighborhood. Our RV pad provides: Privacy Full drainage Easy water hookup 20, 30, and 50 amp power outlets -- extension should reach 35 feet to hookup. Convenient access to both Downtown Bradenton and Anna Maria Island in either direction Experience the perfect blend of relaxation and convenience at our secluded oasis.
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St Pete Micro Farm

1 site · Tent1 acre · St. Petersburg, FL
Founded in 2018, the St Pete Micro Farm (SPMF) is an ambitious project located in Saint Petersburg Florida. Resting on just 1/10th of an acre, this 1957 mid-century modern home hosts over 80 different species of fruiting tree and shrub. With the goal of blending natural beauty and innovative design, it's an ever-evolving space that is both inviting and surprising. During your stay, we invite you to enjoy an open-air shower under the bananas or relax back into the "big enough for two" garden tub under the olive tree. A large outdoor kitchen area with a gas burner and grill will also be available for your use. An 8' x 7' yoga deck is a great place to stretch out, and doubles as your tent's platform when it's time to set up camp. If you're bringing your own tent (standard), please ensure it will fit on the available deck. Or, if you'd like for us to provide a tent for you, please select it in the add-ons section before completing your booking. In the outdoor shower area there's a "Nature's Head" composting toilet just a few steps away from where you'll be staying. On chillier evenings, you can toast marshmallows by the fire pit, or just star gaze and let time trickle by. During the day, you'll be free to get online and catch up with the work world, or walk the garden and discover one of the many hideaways scattered around the property. You never know what will be in season, but with the guidance of one of your hosts, you can try a variety of fruits, greens, and berries if they're ready for harvest. A rich variety of wild birds visit regularly, recognizing it as a safe haven for wildlife. And though we can't guarantee you'll see a rare one, we can guarantee you'll see CHICKENS! Six of them in fact, Salty, Sleepy, Jet, Little Comb, Tapatio, and Dutchess. These friendly, curious, and fearless little marauders are guaranteed to make your acquaintance, and if you're not looking, invite themselves to share your breakfast. They free roam the backyard during daylight hours, so please help us keep all gates shut to prevent them from going on an unscheduled field trip. They will also leave "landmines" on the pathways, so be sure to watch your step. We do our best to keep everything clean and tidy, but chickens abhor tidiness. And will go out of their way to unleash chaos at every turn. Still, we love the little bird brains and they are an entertaining addition to the grounds. They're also the reason we ask that all pets, and children under 12, be left at home. We thank you for your understanding and help in preserving the safety of our flock, and as thanks, please help yourself to any fresh eggs in the chicken coop. This is only a brief description, there's so much more to see on-site, but you'll also want to make your way out into the city (15 minute drive) for some of the unique flair St Pete is known for. Check out the Salvadore Dali museum and see his famous surrealist paintings. Visit some of the best beaches in the country, like St Pete Beach (15 minutes drive due West). Wander the Fort Desoto historical park area. Or play ultimate frisbee at a local course located 10 minutes down the road. Stop by the Morean Arts Center and see live glass blowing demonstrations, or just walk along Central Ave to soak up the cool vibe and rich city art scene. Complete with murals, sculptures, and a pier scene that's not to be missed.
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By the Pond...

12 sites · RVs, Tents33 acres · Ruskin, FL
Stay by a lovely pond on 33 acre fruit and ornamental tree nursery property with great vibes. Located near I-75 just 20 miles South of Tampa, 35 miles east of Saint Petersburg, 35 miles North of Sarasota, 2 hours West of Orlando. This property is home to a farm/nursery operation and has a large pond on the west side. Approximately 33 private acres allows for space and social distancing. Site is loaded with hundreds of fruit trees Lychee, Mango, Starfruit, Papaya, Guava), and thousands of banana plants. Fishing can be great, wildlife and bird watching too. Fenced and gated for safety, this old historic nursery property has good vibes and plenty to offer. Until you see it - you really may not understand. Part s of property are wide open, other areas are rugged and difficult to walk through including some wetland areas. The nursery has plenty of trees, & some fields - large pond is surrounded by cattails and marsh/wetlands and has fish (Bass, Tilapia, Sunfish, Catfish). Several species of wildlife have been seen on the property. We think the property is lovely, and definitely want you to enjoy your camping experience!
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Honey Bunny’s Urban Oasis

3 sites · RVs1 acre · St Petersburg, FL
Send Van Type and Length with Request to Book 🐝 👀check out our EXTRAS👀 🐝 Elderberry Tonic/Tropic Spice Hot Sauce/Shoo Fly! Bug Spray 🦩WE ONLY HOST VANS/CLASS B vehicles/very small travel trailers🦩 If you need to book for longer VanLife stays just message me 🌈 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 as we are right between the beaches and downtown (5 miles to St Pete beach, 4 miles to downtown -$10 Uber ride), Sarasota and/or Tampa. Ours is an urban spot based on ease, safety and location, not a wilderness "experience" 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 and enjoy a quiet evening with a great sunset by the blowing 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 green spaces, tennis courts, playgrounds and dog parks nearby. There are many owls, raptors, green parrots, purple martins 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. It is a cyclists favorite! We love our city - happy to give recommendations.
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Tamiami Trails

2 sites · RVs, Tents23 acres · Ruskin, FL
RV sites located at an established petting zoo with common and exotic animals. Horseback riding is also available on site. Our property is centrally located with easy access to Tampa, St Pete, and Sarasota. Horse and hiking trails are all through native Florida landscaping. Short drive to well maintained boat ramps and marinas.
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Heart of Cortez

1 site · RV1 acre · Cortez, FL
RV parking spot in the heart of historic Cortez, Florida. Walk to 12 local restaurants, the Cortez Maritime Museum, enjoy a self guided walking tour to see the many historic homes. Cortez Market with grocery items within 2 blocks. Kroger refrigerated grocery delivery is also available in Cortez. 3 blocks to Cortez bridge, with free trolley on Anna Maria Island, running from 6am to 10pm daily. 2 houses from the bay. Private home with shell driveway. 50 amp or 30 amp RV plug in, hose spigot for potable water hook up, wi-fi included, ROKU stick with local cable, HBO, Showtime, The Movie Channel, Cinemax, EPIX, STARZ, and sports for use on your television. Quiet, dead end street. Dump station located 3 blocks away.
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Sandy Bottom River Retreat

5 sites · Tents8 acres · Wimauma, FL
Learn more about this land:Come relax and rejuvenate in our private peaceful oasis. Surround yourself with the tranquility of the woods and private river access in this very rustic, near amenity-less experience; home to towering pine trees, fluffy saw palmettos, soaring air plants, you name it! Looking to spot a few critters? You’ll likely encounter squirrels, rabbit and may even find an occasional deer or hog. Bird watchers welcome, it’s easy to spot real beauties in this quiet untouched gem. Make your way down to the river for tubing, canoeing, wading or just picnicking on the bank overlooking the pristine golden sandy bottom where the water is almost always just knee high. Need to pick up snacks? You’ll be pleased to find that delivery is just one click away via Walmart, Instacart, Amazon and more but you’re also just minutes away from shopping, restaurants, entertainment and the interstate is no more than a 10 minute drive from the property :-)
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DragonFly Island 5/0

1 site · RV15 acres · Terra Ceia, FL
Pristine property located on US 19 in Terra Ceia. Surround yourself in a canopy of Oak Trees, Cattle, and Old Florida Charm...Park your RV under our covered awning which can accommodate a large 40'+ rig with sliders...site includes Water and Power. No Internet Service available on property. This property is Private with Owner on Site. Conveniently located near St. Petersburg, Bradenton, Sarasota, and Anna Maria Island. Come experience the Serenity that this Private Property Gives!
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Boo's Dog Bar Heaven

1 site · RV1 acre · Sarasota, FL
Our property is the site of our unique Sarasota business, Boo's Ice House & Dog Bar, a restaurant, bar and off-leash dog parks! Grab a drink, order a wood-fired pizza, listen to some music, and let your dogs play and make friends. Your dogs must qualify and be registered with us to access the off-leash parks, but we will waive the day pass fees for all Hip Campsters staying with us. Learn more about us at BoosDogBar.com. We're located on the north edge of downtown Sarasota in the upcoming Rosemary District. Walk to The Bay or into downtown, or rent a scooter and head into downtown or St. Armands shopping or Lido Beach. We typically have free live music Friday and Saturday nights until 9p (rarely until 10p) and Sunday afternoons. So if you need quiet before then, we're not the right place for you. Your RV will park in our outer yard. We are fully fenced in at night and you will have access to come and go as you like. No hookups.
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Bayou Bliss

1 site · RV1 acre · Sarasota, FL
Only 2 miles (5min drive) from downtown Sarasota. This neighborhood has old-Florida charm: lots of lush tropical greenery, on Whitaker’s Bayou. It’s the best of both worlds: peaceful nature on the creek, and easy access to all the best restaurants, beaches, and charming Main St atmosphere. Biking to Main St takes 8-10minutes if you have bicycles! Ten minute drive from St-Armands Circle and Lido Beach; 20-25 minute drive from Siesta Key Beach. The Bayou goes all the way out to the Gulf, in about a 30+ minute paddle. The Bayou is tidal, and paddling at mid to high tide is recommended as some spots get shallow at low tide. We see large schools of mullet here, occasionally turtles, hawks, and herons. We have a 36” campfire pit you are welcome to use that sits near the creek. We are still working on getting seating for the campfire pit, but if you have camping chairs, it’s perfect! We have an amazing location to share AND we also have neighbors to the left, and across the creek. We value and respect them. We wish to share our space with quiet and mindful campers. Back your RV or camper into the property. Depending on the size of your van/rig, you could park to the right or left of the oak that centers the driveway area. We can provide 15amp and 30amp electricity/plug in - plz bring your own adapter if you require one. An extension cord is also needed to reach the plug. We can fill your water tank (city water), but can’t leave you connected to the water. We *do not* have bathroom/shower facilities, which is why we are only accepting RVs/campers who have their own facilities on board. The property is 0.5 acre. As you will be parking in part of the large driveway area, or under one of the oaks near the fence (depending on the size of your rig). We can be available to help/welcome you, and offer local guidance if you like. We will send you a code for the gate the morning of your check in. **A sweet but fearful rescue dog lives here and at this time we are not allowing any other animals to camp or stay on the property.** NO DOGS WHATSOEVER. You will be made to leave if you violate this condition. We work so hard to help him progress - thank you for respecting our needs, at our home. ***Our acceptance rate is lower because people with dogs, 5 people in their party, or no onboard facility of their own submit booking requests, which we must decline.
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Costa Myakka

4 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents20 acres · Myakka City, FL
Welcome to the "Wild and Scenic Myakka River"! Our 20 acre ranch has everything from Longhorn cattle, to a white sand beach. We like to say our sand is like Siesta Key, except it's...in a swamp. Our property is not too far upstream from the Myakka State park, and parking is never a problem. ;-) We have a beautiful homestead, and you have the choice of a furnished camper with water and power hookups in our pasture, or 2 primative tent or RV spots on the edge of a beautiful stand of Live Oak trees and Sabal palms along the river. We have a porta potty on site that is regularly maintained. Bring your family, bring your dog, bring your friends.....and don't forget to bring a fishing pole!
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Bell Oaks Ranch

6 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Englewood, FL
With a year under our belt we are so excited to finally have the chance to host on our property. This land is very special to us and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do. The perfect place to unwind and disconnect from the busy day to day surrounded by nature, farm animals and wildlife. Located in one of the best spots in Florida near top hiking trails, horse farms, and near the beautiful FL beaches.
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The best camping near De Soto National Memorial guide

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Spanish conquistadors set their sights on North America long before the English arrived. In May 1539, Hernando De Soto made landfall near present-day Tampa Bay. He was in search of gold and glory. This memorial site showcases where De Soto's crew landed and met fierce resistance from the natives.

The most unique aspect of this park is ranger-led kayak tours. Each tour takes about 90 minutes. You see the site as De Soto would have encountered it nearly 500 years ago. You'll travel into Tampa Bay and the Manatee River. If you're lucky, you might see one of these gentle giants in the water.

Nature trails take you through Florida's varied ecosystems. A mangrove forest looks similar to the one De Soto saw when his crew landed. You also see where the river and bay meet. Ranger-led tours along these trails last around 45 minutes. Signs on the sides of the trails interpret what happened back in 1539.

Camp Uzita is the site's living history section. People dressed in period costumes welcome you from December through April (basically during non-hurricane season). Some re-enactors showcase weapons used at the time of the landing.

Grab a picnic lunch after you're done exploring. All of this walking, kayaking, and history will make you hungry. A 10-table picnic area is near the parking lot for convenience.

Campsites in the Tampa area provide year-round accommodations. Pick one near the beach to have the waves lull you to sleep at night.

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