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Margate, Florida

Southern Florida: Soak up the Gulf Coast Scenery



Stellar beach towns beckon RV travelers to a Sunshine State joy ride. Pack the sunscreen, because you’ll be spending lots of time outdoors when you’re not dining in one of the area’s fine restaurants.

Drive 71.8 miles, 1 hour, 32 minutes

 

1. Port Charlotte    

Starting Point

Visitors will delight in the 165 miles of waterways located here, making Port Charlotte the perfect destination for aquatic fun. Cast your line at Charlotte Harbor Flats Fishing and take the opportunity to hook redfish, snook and tarpon. The harbor beckons for exploration by scuba divers and snorkelers, but if you prefer to stay above the surface, you can rent a canoe or kayak for some enjoyable downtime on the water. Set sail on an evening cruise to witness dolphins frolicking in the water and the sun dipping below the horizon. It’s a great way to end the day.

RECOMMENDED STOPOVERS 

Riverside RV Resort & Campground
Port Charlotte, FL
(800) 795-9733
Sun N Shade RV Park
Punta Gorda, FL
(941) 639-5388
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2. Fort Myers

29 miles, 40 minutes

Visit Fort Myers’ charming River District and stroll through shops and boutiques before you embark on a fishing charter or go parasailing over the water. Get close to nature at the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, with over 3,400 acres of wetlands that invite explorers to amble along the boardwalk for great views of the local wildlife. Situated on 20 lush acres, the Edison and Ford Winter Estates are stunning, with several historical buildings to explore, including both Main Houses and the Edison Botanic Research Laboratory. At the Edison and Ford Museum, travel with the “vagabonds” as they camped their way through Florida in a 1918 Model T camper.

RECOMMENDED STOPOVERS 

Groves RV Resort
Fort Myers, FL
(877) 540-1931
Indian Creek RV Resort and Manufactured Housing Community
Fort Myers Beach, FL
(877) 741-8212
Red Coconut RV Park
Fort Myers Beach, FL
(888) 262-6226
Siesta Bay RV Resort
Fort Myers, FL
(877) 326-4261

3. Bonita Springs

28.9 miles, 29 minutes

Kick off your shoes and head for Barefoot Beach Preserve County Park. This stretch of shore is the definition of the perfect beach, with sugar white sands you can sink your toes into while watching dolphins frolic in the emerald green Gulf waters. Then it’s off to Estero Bay for an amazing day with Manatee Guides, certified Florida master naturalists who will take you on a kayaking adventure into the world of manatee, dolphins and turtles. Step back in time at the Everglades Wonder Gardens, one of the last of Florida’s roadside attractions, but now getting a much-needed upgrade to be more educational and family-friendly. See butterflies, alligators and pink flamingos in their natural habitat.

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4. Naples

13.9 Miles, 23 minutes

Naples is the crown jewel of southwestern Florida, a region that’s often referred to as the Paradise Coast. Take a stroll in a community that evokes Old Florida as well as today’s sophisticated Sunshine State. Enjoy a 1-mile walking tour through Old Naples and see the history of the region come to life; discover where the general store was located, what happened to the first movie theater and where the grand Naples Hotel originally stood. Learn about the well-to-do city founders, including the Briggs, Haldemans and DuPonts.

RECOMMENDED STOPOVERS 

Club Naples RV Resort
Naples, FL
(888) 898-6463
Lake San Marino RV Resort
Naples, FL
(877) 720-1982
Naples RV Resort
Naples, FL
(877) 361-5197