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Temperatures in Florida are comfortable for camping right now, and you don’t want to be left out without a camping site this winter. Most sites are already booked on the weekends, but if your boss is cool with you taking a few days off, there should be plenty of availability in the middle of the week. Make sure you call before you drive anywhere, and make your reservations far ahead of time. Here’s a list of the best camping sites to enjoy Florida's winter, in South Florida and across the state.

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HOW DOES ISLAND CAMPING SOUND?  PEANUT ISLAND

Conveniently located in Lake Worth Lagoon with all the facilities you might want, Peanut Island Campground has tropical campsites that include a tent pad, a grill and a picnic table. Clear beaches, a fishing dock, hiking trail and plenty of room for boating or snorkeling make this campground a gem to many county residents. Before visiting, call and visit the website as conditions change due to weather or renovations Note: There are comfortable restrooms with hot indoor showers, a picnic pavilion and a large fire ring.

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“Camped there every year for my birthday,” says Palm Beach Gardens resident, Frank Mahle. “It’s like camping on the beach. Roughing it, but still being connected in a sense.”

If you go: Peanut Island Campground. 6500 Peanut Island Rd, Riviera Beach. Call for pricing and reservations: 561-845-4445

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Note: When manatees enter the springs, campgrounds can choose to close swimming areas to provide a safe environment for these native animals.

SKINNY-DIPPING IS LEGAL AT SUNSPORT GARDENS NATURIST RESORT- LOXAHATCHEE

That’s right. If you’re really free-spirited, there’s a place in South Florida where clothing is nothing but an inconvenience. Bare it all at the Sunsport Gardens campground in Loxahatchee. This naturist resort is a nudist’s paradise. It includes all kinds of amenities and campground sites. You can rent the campground that best suits your needs, whether it’s a tent site, an RV, a cabin or maybe you just want to hang a hammock under a tree. Kayak or canoe on the canal to the lake, enjoy a hike through the woods, ride your bike around 40 acres, play volleyball, work out at the fitness center and skinny dip in the heated swimming pool or hot-tub.

“This campground is the only one of its kind in South Florida. Nudity in common areas is REQUIRED, not optional,” says manager Morley Schloss. They also host many festivals throughout the year.

If you go: Sunsport Gardens Naturist Resort. *Nudity expected. 14125 N Rd, Loxahatchee; 561-793-0423; email: frontdesk@sunsportgardens.com; It is recommended to reserve by phone in advance.

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HEAR LIONS WHILE YOU CAMP AT LION COUNTRY SAFARI- LOXAHATCHEE

Wake up to the roars of African lions at Lion Country Safari KOA in Loxahatchee. This place is ideal for children and animal lovers. Feeling risky? Rent a primitive site.

Check out their website for a full list of amenities and available activities.

If you go: Lion Country Safari KOA. 2000 Lion Country Safari Rd, Loxahatchee; 561-793-1084. Reservations Only: 1-800-562-9115.

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CAMPING AT JONATHAN DICKINSON STATE PARK- HOBE SOUND

Jonathan Dickinson State Park offers so many options for camping and enjoying nature. There's an equestrian campground with seasonal horse-back rides. They have cabins and  "primitive" camping sites. This is a huge park with so much to do, like biking, hiking, and bird watching, or simply relaxing. There's plenty of space for everyone.

“My favorite part about Johnathon Dickinson State Park was the guided tour of the Loxahatchee River and the remnants of “Trappers Jungle Gardens and Wildlife Zoo,” says South Florida resident, Tracy Devaney. “The excursion is serene and nostalgic of 'Old Florida.'”

If you go: Johnathan Dickinson State Park. 16450 S.E. Federal Highway Hobe Sound, Fl; 772-546-2771 & email: fsp.feedback@dep.state.fl.us. Reservations must be done with Reserve America at 1-800-326-3521. 

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GLAMPING AT JOHN PRINCE PARK- LAKE WORTH

Paved roads, tennis courts, a golf learning center and a fitness zone are just some of the amenities at John Prince Park in Lake Worth. So, if your idea of camping isn’t very primitive at all, this relaxing and beautiful 726-acre park provides plenty of comfort. There are plenty of RV and tent sites in a 48-acre section of the park. According to the Palm Beach County website, people often come here to bird watch and for other animal sightings. You can launch your watercraft from a boat ramp and the beach is about 10 minutes away — driving distance.Call ahead and visit the website as things could change due to weather or renovations. 

If you go: John Prince Park. 4759 South Congress Avenue, Lake Worth; 561-582-7992 or email: pbcgov.com. 

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RIVER FOREST GROUP CAMP- Ocala National Forest

Don’t be afraid to have a big party at River Forest Group Campground at Ocala National Forest. This campground can handle up to 125 people. The camp is situated along the St. Johns River, surrounded by large live oaks on a flat and a grassy patch down to the river. There’s also a screened group pavilion, and a restroom facility.

If you go: River Forest Group Campground inside Ocala National Forest. FL-40, Silver Springs. Reservations are required prior to arrival. Call 1-877-444-6777 or visit recreation.gov

LAKE SHORE GROUP CAMP- Ocala National Forest

Not as big as the River Forestbut it still allows 50 people to camp out. According to the USDA, this campground is a favorite for scout troops, church and civic groups, as well as large families. Amenities include: accessible, boat ramp, tent camping, picnic tables, toilets, drinking water and parking.

If you go: Lake Shore Group Camp at Ocala National Forest: FL-40, Silver Springs; Reservations are required prior to arrival. Call 1-877-444-6777 or visit recreation.gov.

If you decide to stay in Ocala National Forest, you can't leave without going to Alexander Springs. It's so clear, you'll be able to see if a gator is coming for you.

WEKIVA SPRINGS STATE PARK

Wekiva Springs State Park is where I first put eyes on a wild manatee back when I was a kid living in Orlando. This park is less than an hour north of Orlando so it’s not a bad drive. The water is crystal clear, and there are canoes you can rent and see alligators, ducks and other animals. There's a path to walk along the springs. When the manatees are in the water, humans aren't allowed with them.

If you go: Wekiva Springs; 1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka, FL; 407-884-2009

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