Cheap Florida Vacations
Vacationing in Florida doesn't have to be expensive. Cheap
Florida vacations for the whole family are possible. There
are two basic ways to make it happen. The first is to find a
great package deal, use ticket coupons for the amusement parks,
and time the trip so the hotel rooms are cheaper. You can pursue
this way through websites like Discount-Tickets.us.
There really are some great travel deals to be had through
discount sites and careful budgeting. You can sometimes cut the
cost of a trip to Disney World in half, for example, by booking
an Orlando hotel during off peak months. But this isn't the only
way to have cheap Florida vacations. The other way is to change
the way you think of Florida vacations.
The Beaches and Parks of Florida
last time my wife and I were in Florida, we stayed for eight
days on beautiful Lake Talquin, camping in our conversion van,
which is always cheap. It is a great place for vacations in winter.
There is a boat launch, hot showers and nice decks and docks
that jut out into the lake. The host, it turned out, was from
near where we lived in Michigan. He sold fire wood, if we wanted
to have a fire.
Our day usually started with a shower and breakfast. This
allowed enough time for it to warm up. Then, when the sun was
high enough, we would quietly sneak down to a corner of the lake
to watch for the "monster." We never did get a photo,
but several times we were within a few yards of the ten-foot-long
alligator, before he slipped into the dark water to hunt us properly.
Throughout the day we saw wildlife. Armadillos walked through
the campground, and an owl was nesting over our heads in a tall
oak tree. Squirrels, raccoons, and possums were regular visitors.
We regularly watched the Great Blue Heron that came to fish offshore
from our van. There were also turtles (one huge snapping turtle),
fish, frogs, ducks, cranes, and more.
In the evenings we sat around the fire with new friends from
Texas and England (married to each other) and their two-year-old.
We drank a few beers and traded travel stories. They even made
an "Alligator Hunter"- style movie of us searching
for our big toothy neighbor. Together, the five of us went on
short excursions, like the one to Wakulla Springs to jump off
the big diving platforms, and the trip to CCs Pizza, to eat all
we could eat for $2.99.
The name of the park, if you are interested, is Williams Landing.
It is twenty minutes west of Tallahassee, on Lake Talquin. The
cost to camp there? Zero. There is no charge, and you can stay
for up to ten days per month.
So it is possible to have cheap Florida vacations in. Before
we stayed at William's Landing, we had stayed a couple nights
at another free campground, half-an-hour south in the National
Forest. Prior to that, we stayed on the beach, in one of the
state parks along the Gulf of Mexico. We thought $22 was expensive,
but there was that beautiful sunset, and the thousands of incredible
sea shells just waiting to be picked up.
Free and Cheap Florida Camping
There is a catalog that Woodall's puts out for RVers, that
lists all the campgrounds, including the free ones. For more
on that, you can go to the page "Free Camping Cataog."
Also, to help you plan your cheap Florida vacations, use the
link here to the Florida State Parks Website. You can find the
park you want on their list, and click through to the website
for that park.
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