Florida’s coastline offers the perfect setting for a beach camping trip. When choosing the best campground, you will want to keep the time of year and the choice of shelter you will have in mind. A lot of beach campers search for the best place to set up their camp where they can be partially protected from the wind and tide. Most of the time, campers are not permitted to camp too close to the water for safety reasons. Activities on a Beach Camping TripThere are plenty of things to do when you are on a beach camping trip, including swimming and fishing. Ten Thousand Islands is an angler’s dream because of all the fishing spots and opportunities that are presented. There are mangrove islands and shell mounds and even smaller and more hidden away keys and areas that prove to be the best spots for catching fish such as redfish, trout, and snook. You can even take advantage of exploring the areas around camp with your kayak, canoe, or fishing boat. Study the Area’s Camps and Regulations Some islands such as Lulu and Panther Key are popular camping destinations in the Ten Thousand Islands area, and are easy to get to by boat. These islands are located just outside of the borders of the Everglades National Park. Search online for info and regulations of these and other camps. A good source of information can be found at www. fws.gov/southeast/pubs/TenThousandIslands tearsheet.pdf.
If you want to camp on the beautiful island camps within the Everglades National Park, you will need to reserve a site and pay the camp fee in advance. You can research the rules and regulations at www.nps.gov/ever/planyourvisit/backcamp.htm.No matter where you decide to set up your beach camping experience, remember to take all your essential gear and remember to have fun, respect nature and others’ privacy, and most of all… enjoy the scenery.
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