Cheap Florida Vacations

Tent in State Park Campsite
Spend the Night, Save Your Money

Wanna spend big bucks in Florida?

We have plenty of five-star hotels and top-notch restaurants that can help you do just that in a grand, regal style.

A visit to any of these places--as expensive as it might be--can be most memorable and enjoyable. So, I'm not knocking luxury. In fact, I look forward to it from time to time.

But what about those times when cheap Florida vacations are more in order--those times when you wanna get away and have some fun, but you don't want to spend a king's ransom doing it?

If your aim is to enjoy a Florida getaway at low cost, you're in luck. It just so happens I know a number of fun, yet relatively cheap Florida vacations that might suit you, and maybe even your entire family as well.

If you enjoy this site, I suspect you're more adventurous than are a lot of folks.

In fact, I also suspect you wouldn't mind sleeping in a tent or rustic cabin, and eating your meals on a picnic table by a cool evening's fire. If you're like me, many times--not always--you'd prefer that to a five-star ritzy hotel.

If that's you, my friend, read on because Florida can be just the place for adventurous, budget-minded travelers who don't mind that their lodging has wheels, or the only thing separating them from the endless night sky is a thin sheet of nylon or canvas.

Camping -- Your ticket to Cheap Florida Vacations

Cut your lodging and food costs, and you have drastically reduced the cost of your vacation.

What better way to spend less on lodging and food than to pitch a tent, or if you already have one, set up an RV?

You can then use your camping spot as a base to visit things nearby you might want to see.

Then again, many times you might camp just where you want to spend your time--like when you're staying in one of our award-winning Florida State Parks which happens to be situated on miles of to-die-for beach.

The Beach at Anastasia State Park
The Beach at Anastasia State Park in Saint Augustine

Florida State Parks can help you reduce your travel costs. Camping usually runs around $25 or so per night.About 50 Florida State Parks have family campgrounds. Each site has running water, electricity, and a sturdy picnictable.

The Beach at Bahia Honda State Park

The Beach at Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys

Plus, there are conveniently located washrooms in the campgrounds, complete with hot showers and sometimes even laundry facilities. In my estimation, you're pretty safe in our state parks, and they are enjoyable places to spend some time.

Now, that we've covered the basics, let's look at some specific cheap Florida vacations you might want to enjoy:

Collier-Seminole State Park

Think of this as your Everglades trip. If you're the wild, outdoors type, you can enjoy an adventurous, but cheap Florida vacation at Collier-Seminole State Park. The best time to visit here is in the year's cooler months, say November to April. Nearby are lots of wild Everglades places you're going to want to see.

Anastasia State Park

How'd you like to stroll three or four miles of one of north Florida's best beaches? You can do that and more here at Anastasia State Park. Plus, Saint Augustine, Florida's oldest city and one of its most charming, is just across the Bridge of Lions. When you want a break from the sea, sand, and surf spend an afternoon on St. George Street in the city's old section. And don't miss Castillo San Marco--the old Spanish fort.

Almost every campsite is shady, wooded, and cozy. And there's a Publix Supermarket less than four miles from the Park's entrance.

Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys

Changes in latitutes...Changes in attitudes. Maybe what you need is a not-too-costly Florida vacation to the Florida Keys. Get away for some sand, sun, and saltwater snorkeling to Bahia Honda State Park. While you're there check out Key West and Marathon.

Hontoon Island in the Saint Johns River

Imagine your own very inexpensive cabin on a large, wild island in the middle of the Saint Johns River. Hike, bike, or paddle while exploring the island, including the ancient Indian Shell Mound. This just might be that wild and inexpensive Florida vacation you're looking for.

Suwannee River Camping at Yellowjacket

Spend a few days down upon the Suwannee here at Yellowjacket Campground.They have a complete campground with swimming pool, boat slips, and boat ramp. This is a fine place to play and relax in the real Florida.

Key Largo Camping

Key Largo is the "Dive Capital of the World." If you like the water, you're going to LOVE Key Largo. Plenty of shallow coral reefs make for excellent snorkeling and SCUBA diving. Plus, you're close to Everglades National Park. You might even want to make the 100-mile trek to Key West. Key Largo camping can make this trip more affordable and, in my opinion, no less enjoyable. Stay at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park or one of the other campgrounds I've reviewed for you.Pack your swim suit and your flip-flops, and you're half-way there.

Panama City

Head to Florida's Emerald Coast an enjoy camping, snorkeling, swimming, and one of the nation's best beaches. To create your own thoroughly enjoyable Panama City vacation you won't need to spend much since you'll be enjoying the real Florida camping at Saint Andrews State Park.

Cheap Destin Beach Vacation

On Florida's beautiful Emerald Coast, the waters at Destin attract many people, especially in the warmer months. Enjoy your own low-cost Destin Beach Vacation here at Henderson Beach State Park.

Cheap Florida Island Vacation

For a great getaway to the "real" Florida, head for Saint George Island on the Florida panhandle's "Forgotten Coast." Enjoy the beaches here, hike, kayak, relax, shop, eat seafood, and more.

Cheap Florida Panhandle Vacation

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, located about 12 miles east of Destin is quite unlike any other state park. It started out life as an RV resort, and was later acquired by the State. For a Florida Panhandle vacation it offers three miles of beautiful Emerald Coast beach. Stay in a tent or RV. Or for bit more, you can rent a bungalow or a cabin.

A Fernandina Beach Florida Cheap Vacation

Enjoy one of the best cheap Florida vacations here at quaint and charming Fernandina Beach Florida. See historic Fort Clinch State Park and discover other adventures this area has to offer.

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