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Jennifer A.
Thompson's Station, TN
Joined August 2018
Interesting scenery!

We stayed at Jetty Park on our way up the East Coast of FL. I don't know what I was expecting. As we drove up I realized how large the area is because it is right next to the port. With that being said, traffic flowed with no problems. No worries there! As soon as we parked our RV a huge disney cruise ship sailed right by. They were just leaving port. That was cool to see! And then later that evening a huge tanker came by. There is great playground for kids, a fishing pier, and a beach. There is also a day use area if you just want to spend the day there with plenty of picnic tables.

Adequate

We were stopping in Cullman County to be with family. Since we were driving through with our RV, we stayed at Smith Lake for the evening. It was ok. The pool was nice. The lake is always nice, but the camping area itself feels like more of a trailer park than RV Park. It looked like the majority of the campers there were for the long haul.

RV Parks have uped their game!

Miami Everglades RV Resort is in the Miami area but it doesn't feel like Miami at all. They have a really nice big pool, shuffleboard, putt putt golf, arcade and walking trail. It's off the beaten path but worth the drive. The front office staff was so helpful. We arrived after an afternoon storm had blown their power. They still checked us in with now problem. We stopped here for 2 nights while exploring The Everglades on our way to Key West. Close to Miami Everglades is a fruit stand called Robert Is Here. Don't miss it!

Island Camping - do not miss this!

**somehow my review ended up on here twice

We camped for 2 nights this June at Dry Tortugas National Park. It’s a little out of the way, yes. But don’t miss it. You visit the island by boat or seaplane. You have to bring everything with you including drinking water. No gas, so only charcoal cooking. If you take the seaplane or the Yankee Freedom, you can use their snorkel equipment. A couple things to consider when planning your trip. Summer time is the off season. Summer is hot. Don’t plan on sleeping. But that is ok, because this is a once in a lifetime camping trip. Also, you won’t eat as much as you think you will. Again, it’s so hot. But bring plenty of water. There is a “group” campground which is out in the open, and then there are individual sites in the trees. In the group campground, there is a breeze. In the trees there is amazing shade. So you have to decide. We went group and made our own shade. Again, it was June so we needed the breeze. We were there during a full moon, so we missed the big star show, but the moon was incredible, beyond description!! And to see the fort and the moon and the reflection of both off the water, wow!! The sun sets and sun rises are unforgettable. And since it’s so hot you’re not sleeping, the sun rise is easy to catch! As for things to do there is Ft Jefferson and it’s amazing history. So you can explore the fort or spend time snorkeling around the sea wall. The coral and the color under the water is so vibrant! If you have a kayak, bring it. If you can get out to the lighthouse on Loggerhead Key, there is even more snorkeling. A kayak will do the trick. We only had an inflatable one and the park ranger warned us against it because of the currents. So make sure it’s a legit kayak. You can rent them in Key West and transport it on the Yankee Freedom. It’s also probably the only place you’ll camp where the park rangers tell you to alert them in case a boat load of Cubans show up!