Take a Florida Gulf Coast Road Trip
Attractions and RV Destinations to Fit Every Budget
Are you thinking about heading south in your RV this winter? Well, Sun RV Resorts has some incredible RV trip ideas along Florida’s Gulf Coast that are too fun and affordable to pass up. THE NATURE COAST
Start your journey in the middle of the beautiful and lush Florida wilderness off of Florida’s Nature Coast near Crystal River. Visit Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and Crystal River State Park, open year-round so guests have plenty of opportunities to spot West Indian manatees, the occasional alligator, and adorable river otters. The crystal clear water makes boating a blast, so bring your own, rent one for the day, or take part in one of the many river cruises. Just around the corner from these state treasures, travelers can stay at Rock Crusher Canyon and Homosassa River RV resorts, both nestled within this unique area of protected natural wonders. Enjoy lunch on the Homosassa River, go kayaking with endangered manatees, or explore the many hiking trails nearby. You can also take a road trip to discover the famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids perform live or laugh out loud watching all of the fun happening on Monkey Island.
THE SUN COAST
Continue down Highway 19, which runs parallel to the Gulf Coast, and make a slight detour to view the world famous sunsets at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach, which hosts nightly celebrations featuring street performers, artisans and crafters. Within 30 minutes of the pier, you’ll find great lodging options at Dunedin and Rainbow Village of Largo RV resorts, conveniently situated near many local attractions in this popular vacation destination. Continue south and make your way across the famous Sunshine Skyway Bridge, an iconic landmark of the St. Petersburg/Tampa area. Travelling in an RV will give you an even grander view of Tampa Bay as you ride almost 200 feet above Tampa Bay.
THE CULTURAL COAST
Make your way into Bradenton, where you will be at the perfect jumping off point for enjoying a variety of Bradenton and Sarasota beaches as well as the Gulf Islands that line the coast. Anna Maria Island sits right off the Gulf Coast and is an ideal stop for some good ole’ R&R . The island offers visitors over 11 km (7 mi) of white-sand beaches and turquoise waters with a range of leisure activities such as golfing, fishing and dining. With fresh seafood caught daily and a variety of shops and family-owned businesses, visitors may never want to leave. For the active
traveler, there are bikes, paddleboards, boogie boards and kayaks all available to rent in this area, too. Keep your home base close with a great variety of nearby RV resorts that include Sun N Fun, Ellenton Gardens, Horseshoe Cove, Pleasant Lake, Arbor Terrace, and Vista Del Lago while you explore this popular area.
THE LEE ISLAND COAST
Take Highway 41 to the popular area of Ft. Myers, known for its deep-sea fishing, golfing, white-sand beaches and, of course, shelling at the nearby barrier islands of Sanibel and Captiva! The Edison & Ford Winter Estates, located less than thirty minutes from the world-class RV accommodations available at Indian Creek, Siesta Bay and Groves, is a historic Ft. Myers gem that gives you a glimpse into the personal lives of two great minds of the 20th century. The estate boasts over 20 acres of botanical gardens with nine historic buildings, including Edison’s Botanic Research Laboratory and the Edison Ford Museum.
Just south, in lovely Naples, is the historic Naples Pier located right on the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. This pier is a favourite for sightseers and fishermen alike with plenty of room to cast your line – and there’s no need to buy a fishing license since a bulk license is provided for the pier by the City of Naples. Take in the gorgeous view of a spectacular sunset or enjoy lunch under the covered eating area with a convenient concession stand on the pier. Centrally located near many Naples attractions, including the pier, you’ll find Lake San Marino, Club Naples, Marco Naples, and Naples RV resorts to relax at after a day of fun-filled activities like world-class golfing, high-end shopping, and delectable dining options.