Southwest Florida is full of camping sites that every traveler needs to visit. The camping sites vary from being in the Everglades to even secluded islands. Here are a few campgrounds that every person needs to take in at least once when visiting southwest Florida.
Koreshan State Park
Koreshan is open at 8 a.m. daily and is located off of I-75 Exit 123 Corkscrew road. The park has a camping fee of $26.00 per night plus tax that includes electricity and water with ample parking.
The park is known for water activities like canoeing, and kayaking in a river heading out to the Estero Bay. One amenity that many locals enjoy is a boat ramp that fits up to a 24 foot boat.
Koreshan is an excellent place to take in some of the history of southwest Florida. Eleven buildings from the time the founder, Cryrus Reed Teed, first settled on the land are still intact according to their website.
Guided tours for a small fee are available for the both the buildings and waterways.
Collier-Seminole State Park
Collier-Seminole is the farthest southwest park campground on the Florida map. It’s located about 17 miles south of Naples in the Everglades. This park is open at 8 a.m. each day and has a fee of $22.00 per night plus tax. Currently the park is undergoing maintenance so parking is on a first come first serve basis according to their website.
Florida’s legendary Everglades are the main attraction to this 7,271 acre park. The three different types of mangroves can be seen here as well.
Many locals in the area flock to the park for their vast hiking and biking trails. There are three different trails including a 6.5 hiking Adventure Trial that can challenge any camper.
Cayo Costa State Park
Cayo Costa is one that every camper needs to visit. The park is only accessible by boat about four nautical miles west off of Pine Island Florida. A ferry is available for those who don’t have their own boat.
The park opens at 8 a.m. and fees vary starting at $22.00 per night plus. There are 12 cabins and 30 camp sites on the island, it’s recommended to call in advance to reserve a site.
The beaches are the main attraction for both visitors and locals especially with the hopes of seeing dolphins and manatees on the shores of this 2,426 acres park. Cayo Costa is one to enjoy with the whole family and the beautiful sunsets seen form the beaches are like no other.