4. Avalon State Park, North Highway A1A, Fort Pierce, FL, USA
5400-5434 Florida A1A, Fort Pierce, FL 34949, USA
Animals & Wildlife
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The park is home to a variety of wildlife. You can spot migrating herons, egrets, osprey, and bald eagles.
You may even see threatened and endangered sea turtles, like the Loggerhead, Atlantic Green, and Leatherback. They nest on the beach during the spring and summer.
It’s fairly remote and there’s over a mile of undeveloped beachfront along the Atlantic which makes it a great spot to set up for the day.
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Visit some of Florida’s best beaches on the Treasure Coast at Jensen Beach and Stuart Beach.
An interesting bit of history you’ll find here is that from 1895 to 1920, Jensen Beach was known as the “Pineapple Capital of the World”.
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We do not recommend traveling around an RV in Key West. We recommend camping at Boyd’s Key West Campground on Stock Island which is about 2 miles outside of Key West proper but almost 5 miles from Key West staples like Mallory Square and Duval Street.
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Because there’s only one road in and out (Angela St) and it’s hidden behind the Naval Air Station Truman Annex, this gem is not as well known to the parades of tourists that visit Key West each year and only visited by people who seek it out.
You can take a self-guided tour or there’s a daily free guided tour at 11am (check this as they are currently not running tours). On the third weekend of each month, local re-enactors run historic demonstrations (check this before you go).
The beaches in Key West are a bit lackluster however the beach at Fort Zach is considered the best! The water is a clear aquamarine blue with lots of shaded area near the beach.
The bottom is quite rocky if you’re going swimming but the advantage to that is there is great snorkeling.
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Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, 3109 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, USA
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A short walk from the Bonnet House and the hustle and bustle of local restaurants, shops, and beachside condos is another gem in the Florida state park system, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park.
In 1893, Chicago attorney Hugh Taylor Birch came to South Florida in search of a secluded area for his home. He settled in a small village called Fort Lauderdale that included a store, a few houses, and the remains of the old Fort Lauderdale Army Post.
Purchasing ocean-front property for about a dollar per acre, he eventually owned a three-and-a-half-mile stretch of land along the beach.
In his twilight years, Birch wished to preserve his subtropical paradise from the development springing up around it. He donated his estate for use as a public park on December 31, 1941.
Today, the park is one of the most unique features in Fort Lauderdale. It is frequently compared to Central Park in New York City as both are seen as an island of peaceful green vegetation in the midst of a bustling city.
There are several hiking and biking trails throughout the park as well as spectacular beaches.
The Exotic Trail runs through the middle of the park and traces a path through the exotic gardens of the former estate of Hugh Taylor Birch, Terramar. There are more than 200 species on display and the trail leads you past interesting botanical species such as Arjan from India, natal plum, and a Zulu fig tree.
To read more of the best things to do in Fort Lauderdale, head to our website: https://rvlifestyle.com/7-best-things-to-do-in-fort-lauderdale-fl/
Sombrero Beach, 2130 Sombrero Beach Rd, Marathon, FL 33050, USA
Off the Beaten Path
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Also on Marathon is one of the best public beaches in the Florida Keys, Sombrero Beach. This beach is a little off the beaten path so it’s less known by tourists.
To get there turn off the Overseas Highway toward the Atlantic Ocean side at Mile Marker 50 and wind along Sombrero Beach Road until you reach it.
There’s a lot to love here with soft white sand, shallow water, and lots of amenities. Grassy lawns shaded with palm trees, changing rooms, restrooms, showers, picnic tables, grills, and a playground.
To read more of our Marathon, FL recommendations, head to our website: https://rvlifestyle.com/7-best-places-to-go-in-marathon-florida/
This luxury RV resort can be your home away from home. Enjoy Key West's year-round perfect weather, where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Atlantic Ocean.
If you enjoy the water, then you have come to the right place. Crystal clear waters are the perfect place to fish, snorkel, dive, boat, and do other water sports.
Enjoy golfing nearby, or visit the Shipwreck Museum in town. After that, run by Hemingway's House or visit the famous Duval's Street. There you can enjoy a night out, including the well-known Sunset Celebrations.
To find more of the best Key West RV Parks, head to our website: https://rvlifestyle.com/best-key-west-rv-parks/
The campground only has 59 sites and is one of the nicest camping areas along the Gulf Coast. Each site comes with electricity and water and some sites have sewer hook-ups. See why it's our favorite place to visit on the Emerald Coast: https://rvlifestyle.com/one-of-our-favorite-go-to-places-the-emerald-coast-part-1/