Planning a road trip with your family? Your best bet will be to buy a recreational vehicle. But if you do not want to invest in a brand new motor home, you can also opt for a pre-owned one. You are sure to find many used diesel motor homes available with the dealers in your area; so get hold of one that is still in a sound condition, fits your budget, and takes you one step closer to an adventurous trip. However, if you are wondering where to visit, we can offer some help. If your kids want a theme park getaway while you secretly crave for the white sand beaches, we suggest you plan for an unusual destination that would cater to both your likings. And what better place on earth than Florida for this beautiful combination? The Sunshine State is home to some ‘hidden’ spots that can take your breath away. Take a look at the following list:
- Boca Grande, Gasparilla Island
Nicknamed as the ‘Tarpon Capital of the World’, Boca Grande is a historic town on the quiet Gasparilla Island. This quaint historic town enchants its visitors with its vast stretch of beaches, bicycle trail, a state park, and swarming wildlife. The main attractions of the beaches include pelicans, osprey, manatees, dolphins, and a number of fishing and shelling spots.
- Fort Walton Beach/Okaloosa County
Situated on northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast, Fort Walton Beach is a summery beach with white sands and emerald-green waters, ideal for the winters. Okaloosa County is also well-known for turtles, sandpipers, dolphins, and more. You can enjoy diving and snorkelling near 100 Fathom Curve, and canoeing and tubing in Elgin Reservation and Blackwater River State Forest.
- Stuart/Martin County
Famous as the ‘Sailfish Capital of the World’, Stuart features more than 800 species of fish and is ideal for the sport fishing opportunities. Stuart also offers parks, nature preserves, peaceful beaches, and golf courses.
- Bahia Honda State Park, Florida Keys
Are you looking to explore the rustic charms and the tropical wilderness? Bahia Honda State Park is the destination for you. Its extraordinary beaches provide opportunities for kayaking, snorkelling, and tarpon fishing.
- Crystal River/Citrus County
About an hour-and-a-half from Tampa and Orlando, a visit to Crystal River in Citrus County will give you an out-of-the-world experience. Away from all the theme parks, this place is an epitome of nature’s virgin beauty. Manatees are the main attraction of this river; you can even swim and snorkel with them!
- Apalachicola/Franklin County
A part of Florida’s ‘Forgotten Coast’, Apalachicola still holds the old Floridian charm and Southern hospitality. Attractions include more than 900 historic structures and homes, Victorian shops, inns, restaurants and galleries, fresh oyster harvest, boating, fishing, and camping.
- Ocala/Marion County
Known as the ‘Horse Capital of the World’ for its equestrian culture, Ocala in Marion County is famous for its horse farms and equestrian venues. Take a ride along the trails or enjoy the scenic beauty in a slow-paced, horse-drawn carriage.
- Caladesi Island State Park/Pinellas County
Approximately 45 minutes from Tampa and St. Petersburg and accessible by private boat or ferry, Caladesi Island State Park offers you tranquillity. You may spot terns, gulls, ospreys, egrets, and herons along the beaches.
- Marco Island/Collier County
On the lazy days, just relax on the beaches or take a laidback nature tour to watch the crocodiles, alligators, dolphins, sea otters, and exotic birds. On days that you crave for some activity, opt for a canoeing or kayaking excursion The mangrove-bordered estuaries of the area also deserve a visit.
- Clewiston/Hendry County
Clewiston promises peaceful relaxation, historic tours and freshwater fishing. You can also take a Sugarland Tour of ‘America’s Sweetest Town’. However, the main attraction is Lake Okeechobee, where you can find largemouth bass, speck, crappie, blue gill and bream.
Away from the many run-of-the-mill destinations, these places are worth a visit. If you are planning to buy a used diesel motor home or have one already, include these places on your list. Hit the road and explore the unknown.