Winter KOA Kamping In Florida by Bonnie and Bill Neely

We drove about halfway down the west side of Florida and easily followed the KOA signs from just below Naples. The Marco Island/Naples KOA  Kampgrounds are surrounded by a thick boundary of beautiful forest of mangroves, palms, pines and other trees I do not know. These form a protective barrier and beautiful backdrop for any activity, keeping the camp very quiet.  Grassy areas were between each of the level and well-groomed gravel sites, and many have palm trees or beautiful flowering shrubs.  The park is beautiful and the large staff friendly and helpful.

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The large, sparkling swimming pool behind the office is a popular place for most of the day and evening, especially since the temperatures here on New Year’s Eve are about 85 degrees, setting most records. These warm temperatures are welcome, especially by the Snow Birds, who come here from colder climes to winter. About half of this KOA is for these semi-permanent owners and migrators. They seem to make good friends and everyone keeps his site clean and tastefully decorated for the holidays. Most of these have lanais (screened porches) so they can live outdoors-in.

The popular clubhouse was filled for the New Year’s Eve party, which was fun for all. Everyone enjoyed food and drink and music of the Dock Boys Band. On all Saturday mornings breakfast for a nominal fee is served here from 8 – 9 a.m.

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There are many beaches, boat rentals, fishing charters, shopping, museums, restaurants and entertainment quite nearby, and the west coastal barrier islands are beautiful to discover by land or water. We highly recommend this KOA to anyone who loves warm weather activities. In addition to RV sites there are tent sites and cabins, a few of which are for sale for permanent residents.  Come play in the sun!  (Phone: 1 239 774 5455 or  FAX 239 774 0788 or email: Address:1700 Barefoot Williams Rd. Naples, FL 34113)

KOA Near Orlando Attractions

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TITUSVILLE/KENNEDY SPACE CENTER KOA, FLORIDA  is a park perfectly located just off highway 95/46 and only a few minutes’ drive to the National Park Seashore’s beautiful public beaches (and also a nude beach!)  There are so very many attractions near this quiet KOA it is hard to imagine that this location is so peaceful.  Our destination was Kennedy Space Center at NASA’s Cape Canaveral, which was just a few minutes’ drive away. The many attractions in Orlando are just a bit farther, but the savings you have in staying at this KOA are great, and we know from experience you can be staying in nearby hotels or RV campgrounds just a few miles away from destination theme parks and it can take over an hour to get to those parks. There is no way to avoid traffic jams in Orlando, so you will benefit from staying in this peaceful KOA and enjoy the savings!

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This KOA near Orlando is beautiful with its numerous ancient hardwood trees towering overhead, their Spanish moss hanging down in weirdly soft, welcoming fashion. If you have never seen these aerophytes growing on giant trees, this park is worth the stay just to enjoy this typical Old South sight.  You will like the asphalt drives and cement pads for your vehicles since the grass is all around for walking and playing. The large swimming pool is heated by the solar panels above it, so it is comfortable even in winter. (Yes, Florida can have very chilly winter weather and temperatures can fluctuate widely from week to week.) For couples or families traveling without a camping vehicle we recommend the lovely smaller cabins or the larger deluxe cabins. They even have Kamping Lodge for larger groups. Please call first to see what furnishings are provided in each. (Phone: 1 321 269 7361  FAX  1 321 269 1123  Email:  Location: 4513 W. Main Street, Mims, Florida 32754.)

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Of course you’ll have easy access to a clubhouse, game room, and huge, clean laundry facilities. You will even find a beauty shop on site! Children enjoy a wonderful playground and the Pet area is very clean and well-kept. The store is adequate with necessities, and the staff is friendly and helpful. We had come from the Everglades where we were eaten up with insect bites, but we found no mosquitoes or other pests here. Thank goodness!!!

There is a large, adjoining area for long-term campers who stay for more than six months and seem to have a friendly community of group get-togethers, with large gathering places and covered picnic area to use. Of course all the facilities and amenities are open to any campers, for long or overnight stays. We found this KOA to be an excellent choice for the conveniences of home while having access to some of the most famous attractions in the world.