RV campgrounds in the Orlando and St. Petersburg, Fla., areas were profiled in a recent article appearing in the Toronto Sun.
The article recommended that Canadians, particularly those with young children, rent RVs and drive to Florida. That’s certainly not impractical because Toronto, Canada’s largest city, it is about as far from Florida as most parts of Michigan.
Disney’s 700-acre Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground was highly recommended by the Sun for its Old West theme, lush campsites equipped with all the utilities, a barbecue, a picnic table and, in some cases, cable TV.
“The downtown area of the resort is fashioned after a typical small western town and has a general store stocked with Disney products, food and other supplies,” according to the Sun. “Two western style restaurants — Trail’s End and Crockett’s Tavern — cater to the cowboy in all of us, while the Hoop-De-Doo Musical Review transports diners to the wild west in a way only Disney can do with a foot stompin’, western vaudeville-style dinner show.”
Efficient bus service is available to Disney theme parks and the campground’s rates are $35 to $89 per night (in U.S. currency), depending on the season, the type of RV and the hook-ups required.
Meanwhile, the Sun reported that finding an RV park in the St. Petersburg area “proved to be a challenge. If you’re not careful, you can end up in grounds that make TVs Trailer Park Boys home look like a 5-star resort.”
However, the author found the St. Petersburg KOA to be “quiet and well-kept with manicured lawns, spotless grounds and pristine laundry and bathroom facilities. There are three hot tubs, a swimming pool and a beach. Volleyball, mini-golf and other activities are also available.”
The only hook-up lacking is for cable TV, but the St. Petersburg KOA is located only a few miles from the Gulf of Mexico making it “ideal as a home base for our beach-hopping escapades.”
Rates at the St. Petersburg KOA range from $36 to $70 per night (U.S.).
The Sun rented a Class A motorhome from Outdoor Travel, a dealership in Hamilton, Ontario, which operates a 24-hour help line for renters, which the author used at midnight one day for help with turning on the refrigerator in the coach.