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In Florida, camping doesn't stop in winter. "What winter?" you may ask. Being a New Englander myself, I totally agree with you. Winter camping in Florida is actually preferred by some campers to avoid the annoying ever-present flies in the hot, humid summer months.
Bahia Honda State Park, Big Pine Key
Bahia Honda is one of the best beaches in South Florida. It is located along both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Popular activities include swimming, snorkeling, and fishing. Camping, cabins, 2 exceptional boat ramps, a certified "Clean Marina," and a concession and gift store make Bahia Honda an outstanding recreational destination. Click here for the park photos.
Honeymoon Island State Park, Dunedin
Originally called Hog Island, it became Honeymoon Isle in 1939 when a New York developer built 50 palm – thatched bungalows for honeymooners. Today, visitors can drive across Dunedin Causeway to enjoy the sun – drenched Gulf beaches, mangrove swamps, and tidal flats. Nature lovers will find osprey nests, a wide variety of shorebirds, and one of the few remaining virgin slash pine forests in South Florida. The park boasts several nature trails and bird observation areas. Visitors can fish, swim, and snorkel in the warm waters of the Gulf or picnic while they enjoy the beautiful scenery. Showers are available and the park's concession has a gift store and snack bar. Click here for park photos.
Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, Homosassa
Homosassa Springs is one of the a very few places where you can see endangered West Indian manatees, Whooping Cranes and Key Deer up close. There are many special events planned for the winter and spring seasons, from monthly bird walks to spring gardening workshops and a Birding Basics Class, Homosassa Heritage Day and an Easter Egg Hunt. An elevated boardwalk system provides a great view of the wildlife including deer, cougars, bobcats, bears, otters, alligators and a wide variety of wading birds, songbirds and birds of prey . Click here for park photos.
Below is a video slideshow of the beautiful beaches of Bahia Honda State Park: