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Old 01-11-2019, 09:59 AM
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I am looking for ideas on spots where we can camp and fish (preferably accessible only by boat to get away from the casual camper). Last October we spent two nights at Hontoon Island on the St. Johns and the family loved it. I have young kids (2 and 5) so we need somewhere with facilities (bathrooms, showers, etc). We are willing to drive but would like to stay within a few hours of Orlando. I thought about going down to the keys but that might be too long of a haul right now as my wife wants to go sometime in the next few months. Any ideas are greatly appreciated.
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Spoil island in the inter coastal near Sebastian, FL.
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I am looking for ideas on spots where we can camp and fish (preferably accessible only by boat to get away from the casual camper). Last October we spent two nights at Hontoon Island on the St. Johns and the family loved it. I have young kids (2 and 5) so we need somewhere with facilities (bathrooms, showers, etc). We are willing to drive but would like to stay within a few hours of Orlando. I thought about going down to the keys but that might be too long of a haul right now as my wife wants to go sometime in the next few months. Any ideas are greatly appreciated.
Check out Peanut Island in WPB. Beautiful ocean water on high tide and great sandbars on low.

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Check out Peanut Island in WPB. Beautiful ocean water on high tide and great sandbars on low.

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Long point state park and Sebastian inlet had facilities and certain sites have boat spaces.
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Old 01-11-2019, 03:29 PM
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Tomoka State Park in Ormond Beach. It is between the Tomoka River and Hailfax River.

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Cayo Costa state park about 3 hours from Orlando. Remote bt water and flush toilets
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Old 01-14-2019, 06:35 AM
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Thanks for the all the info!
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There are hundreds of spoil island in the icw around ft pierce. No water , no bathrooms, no shower. The kids wont mind. It sounds like the wify is insisting on all that stuff. For a toilet you can buy a seat for a 5 gallon bucket. Or dig a pit when you get there and fabricate a seat out of wood so you can fill hole when you leave and burn seat in your fire. Bringing along water is not a big deal for a few days. Shower in the salt or buy one of the many fresh water shower bags that heat up in the sun.
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Peanut island was one of my first stops when I came to Florida, and that place is incredible, the amount of life along the shores and in the lagoon is just mind blowing and well worth the trip just to snorkel around. I now live an hour from cayo Costa and it's also very nice, much more old Florida feeling, and great fishing and shelling. Can't go wrong with either.
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Looks like I was late to start my planning as most places are already booked for this winter/spring. I was able to get a site at Ft Desoto for the end of February. Thanks again for everyone's input.
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Originally Posted by blake0723 View Post
I am looking for ideas on spots where we can camp and fish (preferably accessible only by boat to get away from the casual camper). Last October we spent two nights at Hontoon Island on the St. Johns and the family loved it. I have young kids (2 and 5) so we need somewhere with facilities (bathrooms, showers, etc). We are willing to drive but would like to stay within a few hours of Orlando. I thought about going down to the keys but that might be too long of a haul right now as my wife wants to go sometime in the next few months. Any ideas are greatly appreciated.

If you do wind up in the keys, Bahia Honda State Park is really cool, and I'm thinking they have camping.
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If you do wind up in the keys, Bahia Honda State Park is really cool, and I'm thinking they have camping.
You have to book a year in advance at Bahia Honda. However sometimes if you pull up to the gate they will have a cancelation.
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If you do wind up in the keys, Bahia Honda State Park is really cool, and I'm thinking they have camping.
You have to book a year in advance at Bahia Honda. However sometimes if you pull up to the gate they will have a cancellation. A better spot is just to the south as you come onto Big Pine the "fish Camp" on your left.
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Teach your family how to get by without bathroom and shower facilities. You can use a portable head and a solar shower for instance.
Then you can go everywhere.
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You have to book a year in advance at Bahia Honda. However sometimes if you pull up to the gate they will have a cancellation. A better spot is just to the south as you come onto Big Pine the "fish Camp" on your left.
A friend mentioned to me a few weeks ago that most of Bahia Honda is still under sand from Irma.
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I have been to Bahia Honda before just for the day and it is really nice. We will probably book something there next year as spots become available.
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Most of the good places reachable by boat, require no reservations.
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FIRST (to avoid a divorce) what r u camping in? tent, Prevost, toy hauler, travel trailer, etc.? do not want to steer u in divorce direction.
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FIRST (to avoid a divorce) what r u camping in? tent, Prevost, toy hauler, travel trailer, etc.? do not want to steer u in divorce direction.
A tent or a cabin (if available). We will be towing our boat so we couldn't tow any sort of camper.
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