Winter is just around the corner but you haven’t booked your Florida campgrounds yet! It’s too late? Maybe not! Here’s how to book RV spots in Florida at the last minute…
It’s early fall and you realize you want to winter in Florida. You don’t know if it’s too late to make a reservation at an RV park, but you think it can’t hurt to try.
Unfortunately, most Florida campsites are full for the next few months. It’s no surprise with all the beautiful beaches, fishing, shopping and varied recreation. However, all is not lost!
There are still ways for snowbirds (or any RVer) to find a place to stay in Florida this winter. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how you can book last minute RV sites in Florida and find campsite cancellations.
Florida RV Parks to Escape the Cold Winter
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Like thousands of other snowbirds, Jennifer and I love to travel to Florida during the winter months. We stayed at dozens of popular camping destinations, from private campgrounds to state parks.
In the video, we share some of our favorite RV parks to get away from. You can also check out 5 other parks and campgrounds in Florida that we recommend.
But is it too late to book for this winter? Can you still make a last minute camping reservation? What about last minute camping cancellations?
Yes, let me tell you how…
How to Book Last-Minute Florida RV Sites
At this point of the year, it will be difficult to secure beachfront camping and other prime destinations in Florida. In fact, most places are going to be difficult to book.
Since the pandemic, people are booking several months in advance, even more than a year. So you should know the following tips for finding last minute campsites.
1. Be flexible with your timing
You should be as flexible as possible to make last minute reservations. This means having a date range that you can come and go.
On that same note, you should start by looking for midweek availability. You’ll likely have better luck finding a Tuesday-Friday reservation than a weekend.
2. Look beyond popular camping destinations
Just like being flexible with your timing, you have to be flexible with your campsite and even your destination. The most popular places book first, but there are plenty of other places to camp in Florida.
Here are some ideas:
– Ocala National Forest
– Big Cypress National Reserve
– Florida Caverns State Park
– Withlacoochee State Forest
There are also plenty of private RV parks and campgrounds worth considering. We have MANY articles on Florida campgrounds that you should check out.
Mike and Jennifer’s summer t-shirts for your next adventure
3. Look for first-come, first-served campsites (state parks!)
Some campsites reserve “walk-in motorhome” sites or only offer first-come, first-served campsites. These are the perfect places to look for last minute reservations. Many state parks (if not most) offer them.
First-come, first-served campsites are just that – whoever shows up first gets the spot. They are great for last minute bookings as you don’t have to worry about reservations.
To find these types of campsites, try searching on websites like Hipcamp or Campendium. Hipcamp displays “Campground Types” in the description, which will indicate if the campground has first-come, first-served locations.
Campendium offers great advice on how and where to get first-come, first-served camping. Many first-come, first-served campsites are in national parks and only do dry camping. Which brings me to my next tip…
4. Go Boondocking (Avoid Campgrounds!)
Instead of fighting for a reservation, you can go boondocking instead. Boondocking is dry camping on public land away from serviced campgrounds.
This is a great option for last minute bookings as you don’t need a reservation! You can find boondocking spots on websites and apps, like Harvest Hosts and Boondockers Welcome.
You can see what RVers are saying about Harvest Hosts, which has thousands of private campsites. Plus, you can get a discount! using this link and the discount code: RVLIFESTYLE15 you get 15% off Harvest Hosts Annual Membership.
Boondockers Welcome is a network of caravanners who invite others to spend the night at their home for free. They were recently acquired by Harvest Hosts.
We also have a discount for them! You can receive 15% off your annual Boondockers Welcome subscription using discount code: RVLIFESTYLE15
5. Use a camping app
There are other great apps besides Harvest Hosts and Boondockers Welcome. These apps will help you explore campgrounds all over Florida.
Some of these applications also offer an alert service for last minute reservations. Look for an “Alert Me” or “Watch This Campground” or similar feature.
Here are some of our favorites:
If you receive an alert, book immediately! These go fast.
Many apps also allow you to check a box indicating that you are flexible with your dates. This way you can get an alert for a campground you want, even if the dates don’t match exactly.
You want that campground sold out (More tips)
Do you still want a campground that is full? My first piece of advice would be to make camping reservations for next year and find an alternative this year.
But! If that’s not an acceptable option, then I have More Camping Booking Advice for you. Hopefully one of them will help you lock in that coveted destination.
You don’t have to give up this year either. You can still continue to check for undos by following the tips in this article. Just be sure to remember that there is hundreds incredible places to camp in Florida.
Not good at planning ahead? We did it for you!
Busy schedules and too many options make it difficult to plan ahead. Believe me, we have been there!
That’s why Jennifer and I have used our extensive RV experience to create comprehensive RV itineraries for you.
Since Florida is one of our favorite destinations, we have a whole suite of Florida RV travel guides. You can select one or get the full set.
Check them out here…
Mike and Jennifer’s favorite places in Florida – all 3 ebooks!
We RVers can wander very far, but it’s true that for most of us we end up with favorite places to go – places that draw us in again and again.
Florida is one of those places for us. And we know it’s for many RVers looking to get away and explore during the winter.
That’s why we’ve created three guides, covering Florida’s Atlantic Coast, Gulf Coast and the Keys.
Each of these guides is a seven-day guided exploration of one of the coasts. And each stop is a curated view of the best things we enjoyed on this trip and want you to experience.
In total, these guides represent over 300 pages of content!