Florida’s Snowbird Season is about to begin and the first migration will soon be heading South. A popular destination area for many on Florida’s West Coast is the Clearwater Beach Area. We decided to do some research and visit some of the RV Parks to see what was available.
There are many Parks to choose from and it’s fairly easy to find the higher priced “Resort” parks but not so easy to ferret out the economical destinations. We’re all about economical for ourselves and other Snowbirds. RV Parks run the gamut from golfing resort quality to what Niki calls “Deliverance” quality.
The area we concentrated on stretches from Clearwater and Dunedin North along U.S.-19 through Tarpon Springs and on up to Hudson. This is an area with many great beaches and most of the RV parks are within 5 miles of those beaches.
It’s important to note that the longer you book – the lower the price per month – and a stay of 6+ months. will save you the 9% Sales Tax.
Most of the Parks we looked at started at $500/month and up. Many offer free Wi-Fi and some also offer cable. All have sewer, water and electric hook-ups.
Where to begin? To find RV Parks and campgrounds in any area we suggest using rvparky.com. Pop in a city you are interested in and a map will appear showing many places of interest to an RVer. From the list you can pare down to what you are specifically looking for – in our case it was “Public and Commercial RV Parks” in and around Hudson, FL.
Click on any park in the listing for more information and you will also be able to find a link to the RV Park’s website in most cases. I would also suggest you look up any selections that interest you on rvparkreviews.com.
You’ll find reviews from campers who have stayed at the Park with their comments pro and con. Often times you have to read between the lines to weed out the “sour grapes” but they can be very useful in your search.
Another step we often take in looking for a new campground is to have a look at the address on Google Maps. The settings allow a 360 degree view at street level as well as enabling you to “travel” up the frontage road in any direction.
The answer to the question of which is the most economical RV Park along or near this stretch of US-19? Our winner would be Lakewood Travel Park at 11517 SR 52 in Hudson, Florida, pictured at the top of this article. The Park is approximately 5 miles East of US-19. which places it also within 5 miles of some great local beaches, restaurants and shopping. On a 6-month stay the monthly price is $385 and includes electric, sewer, water and WiFi. We met with the managers. Deborah and Roby Tate. who are really nice, nice people. The sites are close together but we are told it is a very friendly park with many activities and potlucks during the Winter. This is a rustic campground which they have been working on diligently to restore to its full potential, they still have a ways to go, but judging from the number of beautiful motorhomes in storage waiting for their Snowbird owners to arrive for the Winter, the Park certainly has something to offer.
Find Lakewood Travel Park on the Web at http://www.lakewoodtravelpark.com/.
Safe travels and enjoy the journey,
Jack and Niki