Vacationers looking for an affordable, refreshing escape will be packing their tents and breathing in fresh air in Northeast Florida's green spaces. For the outdoor enthusiast, what could be better than casting a line with the kids or snuggling close to someone special by an open camp fire?
Some of Jacksonville's best campsites are just steps from white, sandy beaches along the coast. Huguenot Memorial Park has more than 70 primitive campsites on a 295-acre horseshoe-shaped peninsula surrounded by the Fort George Inlet, the St. Johns River and the Atlantic Ocean. Wake up early for a romantic stroll as the sun rises over the clear waters. Or take little explorers out for great fishing and bird watching. The park has incomparable wildlife watching as one of the Great Florida Birding Trail sites. The locals flock here, as it's a favorite spot for soaking up the sun, and it's the only stretch of coastline in Northeast Florida that permits driving on the beach.
For a glimpse of unspoiled Florida with beaches on one side and salt marsh and maritime forests along the other, visit Little Talbot Island State Park, one of seven islands that make up the Talbot Islands State Parks. This quiet campground invites you to take a step away from it all, but features many amenities to make even the apprehensive camper comfortable. There are two full-facility bath houses and each of the 40 campsites has water, electricity, an in-ground fire ring and a picnic table. Bike or hike five miles of pristine beaches or meander along a wooded nature trail. Bike rentals and canoes are available at the Ranger Station.
For the ultimate family experience head to Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, offering a refreshing experience in a natural playground. Create your entire vacation within this 447-acre park showcasing the best of Jacksonville landscapes, from rolling sand dunes to shady wooded trails. Put a roof over your head in Hanna Park's cozy cabins and then explore Florida flora and fauna on biking and hiking trails. The kids' will be entertained for hours at the lake with fishing docks, paddle boat rentals and a nearby children's play and splash park. Don't leave the beloved family pet; at home; leashed pets are always welcome on the beaches of Hanna Park.
Enjoy the luxurious side of camping at Flamingo Lake RV Resort. Relax in the comfort of your motor vehicle with the resort's 288 full hook up sites including water, electricity, cable, sewer and free wireless Internet. Families will enjoy time on the lakefront beach and swimming in the spring-fed blue waters. There's a restaurant and general store on site as a convenience and family attractions like the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens are located minutes away. Bring the entire family for a reunion. The resort has a mess hall on site with a kitchen, dance floor and outdoor space for lakefront activities. For affordable, unique accommodations, stay in the park's furnished cabins that can house up to six adults and four kids.