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The best camping near Caladesi Island State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Caladesi Island adventure.

It’s not actually an island (at least, not anymore) but this Florida Park is a lil' scoop of bliss.  

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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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Smokey Acres

15 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents10 acres · Brooksville, FL
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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Honey Bunny’s Urban Oasis

2 sites · RVs1 acre · St Petersburg, FL
🐝 👀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 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 & 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 & location. 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 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!
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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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Yurt & Treefort

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Tampa, FL
A magical space designed to give you peace and serenity from the hussle & bussle of the city. Formally, a yoga studio, this yurt is 30 ft round which is about 800 square feet w/ 30 ft high vaulted dome. The ancient cultures who lived in yurts lived longer happy lives due to the closeness to nature the round design & Nomadic lifestyle. We invite you to enjoy this perfect getaway space, affordable accommodation w/ outdoor dining & treefort for bird watching or meditations. No parties. RV parking.
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Cotee River Bend

15 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · New Port Richey, FL
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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Near Beaches, Pool, RV Site #1

2 sites · RVs1 acre · Seminole, FL
Our unique little hideaway 2 miles from the beach, we have 2 camp sites #1 has full hook ups, water, sewer, electric, Wi-Fi, and can be 22ft max., small motorhomes or vans prefered for this spot, its very tight. Camp#2 has electric and water only and RV can be up to 28 feet max. We have a large saltwater pool to relax (not heated), read and sunbathe. A lot of privacy on our 1 acre lot, we keep it quiet, no kids staying or visiting. Set back from the road in a very nice and safe neighborhood. Jeff and I live on the property that is also shared with other vacationers. We have 3 rooms as short term rentals, each have a separate entrance and bath. All guests share outdoor common areas, pool, fire pits grill area and gas grill. When requesting to book please let us know the type, size of RV or TT, and tow vehicle to help us understand how much room you will need. This is a one of a kind in our area, come check it out! Come check us out!
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Just Like The Beach

1 site · RV1 acre · Tarpon Springs, FL
Tarpon Springs Suites has been landscaped with the feel of being in the Florida Keys. We are meticulous about the maintenance of the property and the residences. You will feel like you are at the beach, although it is a short distance away. A little known historical fact is our property and the neighborhood are the site of the old Tarpon Zoo. If you look closely while walking the neighborhood you might notice some old remnants that were left behind. Tarpon Springs is steeped with history with many sites on the National Register of Historic Places. The Sponge Docks and the adjacent Greek community is quite unique. Greek residents take great pride in their culture. Local and cultural activities abound, including festivals, Greek Orthodox religious ceremonial celebrations such as Epiphany are all open to the public. Tarpon Springs Aquarium, Suncoast Primate Sanctuary, performing arts, museums, award-winning art festivals, music festivals, microbreweries, pristine beaches, waterside parks with fresh and saltwater boat ramps that can accommodate boats of all sizes, as well as outdoor movie nights can all be found within Tarpon Springs. The Pinellas Trail is also just a few blocks away to go for a nice walk, jog, or to ride a bike. The trail runs from Tarpon Springs to St. Pete allowing for an all-day adventure with many shops and restaurants along the way. For those who want to relax, or not worry about parking, take the Trolley. The Trolley runs from Tarpon Springs to St Pete with stops including the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and the top-rated Clearwater Beach and St Pete Beaches. The space is private and fenced. A 12' wide gate for entry and has room for a 45' motorhome, fifth wheel, or travel trailer slide-out. You will be parking on an area made of limestone and crushed shell which provides a great surface to park on and allows for easy leveling. Full hookups are conveniently located at the back of the space and include a sewer hookup, 50 Amp RV Receptacle with breaker, and potable water hose. NOTE: if your rig does not have 50 amp service you will need to buy an adapter to transition your rig's connection to the 50 amp service connection, There is a Walmart across the street and a Camping World a few miles north that can sell you a 50 amp to 30 amp or 50 amp to 15 amp adapter. Please note pictures of the receptacle plug-in to be sure you buy the correct adapter. You will be sharing the common area with the guests of the four pet-friendly, spacious, clean, 2 BD /1 BA apartments that are also located on the property.  The grounds are landscaped, with plenty of seating consisting of a large picnic table, chaise lounges, tables, and chairs that make it perfect for relaxing while visiting with friends and family, catching some rays, or grilling out. There is a large oak tree that provides lots of shade for when you want to kick back and relax.
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Joyce's Place

1 site · RV1 acre · Hudson, FL
Welcome to our one-half-acre property, where you'll find a haven of convenience and comfort. Complete with full amenities, including electricity, water, and sewer (EWS), this fully fenced lot provides a secure and welcoming space for your stay. Enjoy the convenience of a packed asphalt milling parking area, ensuring easy access and a neat environment. Three grocery stores within a mile and the presence of CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens Pharmacy nearby offer added convenience for your essentials. Nestled just one hour from Tampa, our property provides proximity to the vibrant city life while offering a tranquil retreat. For those who enjoy fishing, the opportunity awaits, and nearby freshwater springs provide a refreshing natural escape. Venture a bit further, and you'll find Orlando just 1 1/2 hours away, offering access to world-famous attractions and entertainment. Feel free to bring your canine companions along, as dogs are permitted on leashes, making your stay a complete and enjoyable experience for everyone. Join us on our well-appointed property, where the blend of convenience, accessibility, and natural beauty promises a delightful and memorable stay.
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EQUESTRIAN ESTATE - for sale

1 site · Tent4 acres · Tampa, FL
EQUESTRIAN ESTATE - for sale
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Tampa Heights Urban Camp

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Tampa, FL
Thank you for considering Tampa Heights Urban Camp for your stay. Situated in the heart of Tampa Heights, our camp offers a unique experience. The camper accommodates up to four guests and includes a shower, stove, and microwave for your convenience. Step outside to discover a bar area equipped with an additional fridge, sink, and grill. Enjoy the ambiance of a fire pit and hammocks surrounded by expansive camphor and bamboo trees. Ample space is available for tents as well. Our prime location allows for a walking distance to Armature Works and the Tampa Riverwalk. Within a mile, you'll find five breweries and numerous restaurants to explore. In addition to accommodations, Tampa Heights Urban Camp is available for yoga sessions, photography, and other small events. Whether you're looking to relax or engage in activities, we invite you to explore Tampa Heights and downtown with us.
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Cozy Camper

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Clearwater, FL
Our cozy camper is set up on the side of our front lawn on a private driveway. We are about 15 minutes from beautiful Clearwater Beach and 25 minutes from the much quieter Madeira Beach. Nearby are also several gorgeous parks with beautiful walking trails. If you want to hit the town nearby are several towns with cute downtown areas with plenty of yummy food
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The best camping near Caladesi Island State Park guide

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Just off the coast of Tampa, this place hasn’t really changed much in the last few hundred years. Although everyone still calls it an island, a hurricane filled in the Dunedin Pass in 1985. It's now possible to walk to the island from neighboring North Clearwater Beach. You can also catch a ferry from the mainland.  

The beach here is out of this world: ribbons of perfect white sand framed by turquoise water. In 2008, it was rated the best beach in America by Dr. Stephen Leatherman, AKA “Dr. Beach”. Dr Leatherman is a coastal ecologist by day but spends his free time rating America’s beaches. Receiving “beach of the year” is a high honor; he’s seen a lot of beaches.

There are miles of waterways crisscrossing the mangrove forest. A kayak is a perfect way to explore these channels and can be rented from the visitor center. There’s also a three-mile hiking trail that winds through the interior of the island. See if you can spot snow-white egrets or speckled ospreys up in the pines. 

If one day at Caladesi isn’t enough and you brought in your own boat, dock at the marina and stay overnight. You’ll wake up to a deserted island paradise—so worth it.

Nearby attractions

Envision a camping adventure near the stunning Honeymoon Island State Park. With its white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, it provides a dreamy setting for camping, perfect for anyone seeking to experience the bliss of island life.

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