RV Resorts Built, Expanded in Florida

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Florida will be home to at least 15 new RV resorts with over 3,700 new campsites by early 2023 as campgrounds respond to rising consumer demand.

Meanwhile, at least 13 other RV resorts across the state are collectively adding almost 1,500 RV sites as private park operators and developers respond to the ever increasing demand for RV sites across the Sunshine State.

Bobby Cornwell, Florida RV Park and Campground Association executive director and CEO, said Florida has been a wintertime favorite of snowbird campers for decades, but the expansion of RVers in North America has changed the demographics from just retirees. Now, the crowds also include mobile workers who can enjoy a Florida winter from their RV.

Nearly 5,300 campsites will be added to Florida’s inventory by early 2023 as a result of the opening of 15 new RV resorts and the expansion of 13 existing parks taking place between 2021 and early 2023, Cornwell said.

The locations are in addition to the seven new RV parks that opened in Florida between 2017 and 2020 and the expansion of 14 existing parks during the same period, which collectively added over 2,100 RV sites to Florida’s inventory by 2020.

While there are waiting lists for Florida’s most popular snowbird parks, Cornwell said there are many other RV parks and resorts that continue to have availability.

But as growing numbers of RVers hit the road, demand for campsites at RV parks and resorts continues to grow, adding more fuel to an RV park building boom that was underway in Florida before the pandemic.

Information about the latest trends involving campgrounds, RV parks and resorts is available from the Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, which markets privately owned and operated parks in Florida through CampFlorida.com, a travel planning website. The association also publishes a free printed camping guide, which can be ordered though CampFlorida.com.

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