During the right time of year, camping in Florida can be the perfect escape. Fall is when mugginess subsides and the temperatures dip to a comfortable warmth for a peaceful night under the stars. Southwest Florida offers a variety of camping styles, depending on how rustic you’re looking to get. Here are a few to check out.
Koreshan State Park is known as the former home of the religious cult from which its name came, but it’s also prime camping territory. It features 60 campsites, each with electricity and water, a nearby bathhouse and laundry facilities. Twelve of those sites are along the tranquil Estero River. Just a short walk away is the Koreshan homestead, which features restored buildings that have been transformed into mini-museums. $26 per night
The journey to Cayo Costa State Park is worth it. This remote island north of Captiva is only accessible by boat, but that’s what makes camping so nice. Though electricity isn’t available on its tent sites or in its cabins, you will have excellent stargazing at night and 10 miles of beach to explore during the day. Fishing and snorkeling tend to be popular ways to pass the time on the island. $40 for cabins; $22 for tent sites per night
Myakka River State Park is one of the most popular camping destinations along the Gulf Coast. You’ll be comfortable in one of its 90 sites that feature electricity, water and a fire ring, and you won’t be far from a restroom with hot showers. The park also features more primitive campsites, located along its hiking trails, intended for backpackers. $26 per night, $70 per night for cabins, $5 per night for primitive sites
Everglades National Park has a little bit of everything. It has multiple campgrounds with hundreds of sites that have easy access to running water and electricity. Or, if you are feeling particularly adventurous, you can go backcountry camping in the Everglades wilderness. Be forewarned: Backcountry camping comes with no amenities, and many sites are accessible only by kayak or boat. $30-$55 depending on campsite and amenities.