The Most Scenic Florida Beaches

This winter when the weather gets too cold up north, just point your RV down south. Florida is the perfect winter getaway. The weather’s warm, the beach is welcoming, and the views are spectacular. Here are some of the best beaches for snowbirding in Florida.


The white beaches and emerald waters of the Destin area, located in the panhandle, draw many tourists; the sand dunes are considered some of the whitest in the world and contrast strikingly with the water.


There’s no better place to escape the cold this winter than in Florida’s Keys. Islamorada, located just beyond Key Largo, offers turquoise ocean waters that are ideal for snorkeling, scuba diving, paddle-boarding, fishing and just about any water-based activity. The tropical town’s cool seaside restaurants, famous bars and cartoonish palm trees are enough to create an unforgettable spring break.

Pensacola Beach

Pensacola has gorgeous beaches, art galleries, shops and restaurants in historic buildings. The area’s also home to military attractions, including the National Naval Aviation Museum and Naval Air Station. Pensacola is full of history too, being one of the oldest cities on the continent. In addition, you can climb 177 steps up the historic Pensacola Lighthouse for matchless views of the Gulf Coast.

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Stop by RV Connections before you hit the road on your next trip or before you put your RV in storage. In either case, the techs at RV Connections in Panama City can help you get your RV ready for the road or for storage. If you don’t feel comfortable prepping your rig for storage, let a technician take care of it all for you.

Camping at Disney World’s Fort Wilderness

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Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground is the Disney World of RV parks, which is fitting considering it’s technically a part of Disney World. The massive campground takes up 700 acres of the park’s land and is so massive that you may feel like you’re in the middle of a forest somewhere rather than a short walk from one of the country’s best amusement parks.

It’s a full RV park with all the amenities and comforts you’d expect, including private sites, full hookups, two heated pools, several restaurants, stores, playgrounds, tennis courts, bike rentals, fishing, marinas, and more.

Here’s what else you should know:

Guests Have Easy Access to the Park

Guests at Fort Wilderness have an unprecedented level of access to Disney World. The campground itself is basically an actual fort: it’s blocked off and restricted except to those who are staying there. You’ll need your MagicBand on your wrist to access it and the park, which is a short walk away if you’re staying at Fort Wilderness. You’ll also gain access to park transport systems, like the buses or ferries to get to other portions of the park quickly, like Epcot or Animal Kingdom.

Feel Free to Bring Your Pets Along

Fort Wilderness is the only pet friendly resort that Disney World offers and has a leash-free dog park for guests and their pets to enjoy. Better yet, you don’t have to worry about your dogs when you head out to enjoy the park. Just make arrangements with the onsite Best Friends Pet Care facility and leave your pets with qualified pet sitters.

Don’t Wait to Reserve Your Spot

While Fort Wilderness has almost 800 sites available for all sizes of RVs, those spots fill up fast, especially in more tourist-heavy seasons. If you’ve got the intent to go to Disney World this upcoming year, see about making reservations soon. Make note that there are no pull-through spots available: you’ll have to back your RV up into your site. Sites run from $50 for the smaller sites to $90 a night for the larger ones. These prices are subject to change without notice, but they’re generally what you can expect to pay.

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Stop by RV Connections before you hit the road on your next trip. The techs at RV Connections in Panama City can help you get your RV ready for the road.

Tips for RV Camping in the Florida Keys

With fall setting in and winter hot (cold?) on its trail, if you’re not packing away your RV, you’re probably at least setting your sights on some warmer destinations.

While there’s always SoCal or the Southwestern deserts, we prefer the sunny beaches of the Florida Keys. If year round blue skies, breezy warm weather, and refreshing water sounds like your idea of a great fall or winter, point your rig towards the Keys and enjoy some time there. Even as late in the year as December, you can catch some temperatures in the low to mid 70s.

Remember to Book a Site Well in Advance

One downside of the Keys is that you’re not the only RVer who will think to go there in the fall/winter. Know when you want to go and make sure that you reserve a site for your RV lest you find yourself roving the area in search of a spot to drop anchor. Even if you find that it’s too late this year, it’s still worth it to begin planning for next fall/winter. The sooner you try, the better chance you’ll have.

Don’t Go Without Your Trusty Tow Vehicle

If you’re in a motorhome, bring along an additional vehicle to get around with. It’s handy to have one almost anywhere, but it’s basically mandatory in the Keys. Major sites are spread out, so it’s not walkable. Additionally, there are some areas in the Keys where a big RV won’t fit. It’s best to drop your RV off at your camping site and then leave it there until you’re ready to move out.

Don’t Forget to Sightsee

This probably goes without saying, but there are multiple Keys in the region and each is worth the time it takes to visit and explore it. Don’t hone in Key West, for example.

Also, while the Keys are rightly known for watersports and seafood, don’t neglect to search for other activities and cuisines during your stay. You’ll be surprised at what you find when you look. Ask other RVers who’ve been in the area for a few weeks if they’ve got any recommendations.

Visit RV Connections in Panama City

Stop by RV Connections before you hit the road on your next trip or before you put your RV in storage. In either case, the techs at RV Connections in Panama City can help you get your RV ready for the road or for storage. If you don’t feel comfortable prepping your rig for storage, let a technician take care of it all for you.

Explore Econfina Creek

Located in Florida’s northwest panhandle between Panama City and Marianna, Econfina Creek offers paddlers and other watercrafters an at times languid and at other times harrowing route full of scenery and pristine springs.

Part of the route is great for beginners or those looking to enjoy a languid trip while the rest of the creek is extremely difficult and fast-moving and only suitable for experienced water-goers.

Stretching about 26 miles starting near Panama City and heading to Deer Point Reservoir and the Gulf of Mexico, there are a number of pullovers to enter the river or to picnic along its side.

There are a total of 11 springs along the creek’s length and very little human development to spoil the natural beauty. You can snorkel in the gentle parts of the creek or in the springs themselves. The creek is also good for tubing.

There’s one canoe outfitter situated on the creek just north of the Hwy 20 bridge. They can provide canoe, kayak, or tube rentals and will even shuttle visitors to and from access points along the creek. Even if you’re not renting watercraft from them, they still offer the shuttle service.

Vegetation along the creek isn’t typical Florida foliage, and includes mountain laurels, magnolia, beech, cypress, sweetgum, and white oak, among others.

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Stop by RV Connections Super Center before you visit Econfina Creek to find your perfect summer RV or to schedule service for your current RV.

Spring Break Trip Ideas Along the East Coast

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Here in Panama City, we know that spring break is all about fun in the sun, and while Panama City is certainly a spring break hot spot, we hope you’ll check out these awesome East Coast RV destinations that are guaranteed to make this spring break the best one ever.

Outer Banks, North Carolina

March is the month it really starts to heat up in North Carolina, and that means it’s the perfect time to visit the Outer Banks. Whether you’re seeking sun-bathing, surf, shopping or seafood — the Outer Banks is an uncrowded East Coast gem that boasts some of the most beautiful untouched coastal scenery in the country. If you’ve got a four-wheel-drive RV, you’re welcome to camp right on the sand in certain areas of the Outer Banks. And if not, there are a variety of RV parks stretching from Kitty Hawk all the way down to Ocracoke Island.

Charleston, South Carolina

If you’re looking for a spring break destination that combines culture and nightlife with the serenity of East Coast beaches, you’ll love Charleston. Spend your days exploring historic downtown Charleston and indulging in some of the nation’s best dining and shopping or just kick back and relax at a scenic campground near the beach. The Oak Plantation Campground on John’s Island is just moments from all of the action, and the James Island County Park gives easy access to the quaint and serene town of Folly Beach as well.

Cocoa Beach, Florida

You don’t have to venture out of our home state to find some of the best spring break destinations in the country. Cruise over to Cocoa Beach, and you’ll be relaxing on the beach with a cocktail in no time. Stay at the Jetty Park Campground and enjoy all of your favorite amenities from bathhouses to laundry facilities, a convenience store and a playground — all just steps from the Atlantic Ocean.

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Before you hit the road, don’t forget to stop by RV Connections here in Panama City. We’re your local Florida RV dealer, and we’re here to help with all of your RV lifestyle needs from sales to parts, accessories, advice and so much more.

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East Coast Vacation Spots

Kancamagus Highway

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Whether your travel plans are for fall foliage observation, seasonal winter festivals, spring outings or summer beach destinations, the best way to see it all is in a RV. For a new or used recreational vehicle, visit RV Connections and travel the east coast in style and comfort.

Chincoteague Island, Virginia

One of the most beautiful scenic destinations is the quaint town of Chincoteague along Virginia’s eastern coast. From interesting shops to fresh seafood, the cozy town is a picturesque step back in time with a relaxed and serene atmosphere. Chincoteague Island is well-known for its long expanse of ocean shoreline, abundant aquatic and aerial wildlife, and its herd of wild horses that roam freely in protected areas. Assateague Island in Maryland and divided from Chincoteague by a wire fence, has another herd of wild ponies.

During the spring, the 35th Annual Easter Decoy & Art Festival takes place in April. In July, the 89th annual Pony Swim takes place drawing thousands to watch the wild ponies from Assateague Island make the swim to Chincoteague guided by the Saltwater Cowboys for the traditional pony auction. During October, visitors relish fresh seafood at the annual Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival. Several RV campgrounds in Chincoteague include Tom’s Cove Park, Pine Grove Campground and Waterfowl Park and Maddox Family Campground. Each has full hook ups.

Kancamagus Scenic Highway, New Hampshire

Relax and enjoy the ride along this scenic highway takes you through the White Mountain National Forest. The 34.5 mile highway has the designation as an American Scenic Byway because of its long history and for its stunning views especially the brilliantly colored leaves and fragrant scents during the fall season. Along the highway, there are numerous hiking opportunities and you can get plenty of pictures of the Sabbaday Falls, Rocky Gorge, Lower Falls and the White Mountains.

There are six campgrounds along the highway. Several accept RV’s and provide bathrooms, showers, fresh water, and picnic table but none of the campgrounds has water, sewer or electric hook ups. Some campgrounds are only open mid-May through mid-October and some allow winter camping.

Visit RV Connections for all of your recreational vehicle needs. From service to accessories, the customer friendly staff will get you on your way to exploration and discovery of east coast destinations.

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Florida’s Best Fall Events for RVers


Florida RVer’s have plenty of events available throughout the year and it’s never too early to start making plans.

In preparation of anticipated traveling, a visit to RV Connections, a Panama City, FL, new and used RV dealer, has the inventory to satisfy every situation.


Consider two music festivals scheduled at the Dixieland RV Park in Waldo. Bill Bailey’s Fall Gospel Jubilee is set for Thursday through Saturday, October 24-26 and features over 10 artists performing at the open-air pavilion. Shows begin at 7:30 on Thursday and Friday and 6pm on Saturday. Bring a lawn chair.

On October 30-31 and November 1-3, toes will be tapping at the 2013 Dixieland Fall Bluegrass Festival with multiple bands and solo artists performing. Dixieland RV Park has more than 300 campsites with full hookups, 30/50 amp, shaded sites, free WiFi and pull-thru sites. Pets are welcome and there’s a restaurant onsite if you don’t feel like cooking.

The Suwannee Hulaween Festival celebrates Halloween October 31-November 2 with 3 nights of musical performances at the Suwannee Music Park and Campground near Live Oak. The 500-acre park offers hiking, canoeing, wildlife observation, exhibits, an Arts and Crafts Village, and an onsite restaurant. RV sites have full hookups with water and electric and bath houses with hot showers.


The Lake Mirror Classic Automobile Festival is celebrating its 14th year in downtown Lakeland October 18th through October 20th. On display will be over 600 show vehicles at the Lake Mirror Promenade. For car enthusiasts and collectors, this show is one not to be missed. The classic draws more than 35,000 spectators and features ongoing events over the 3 day event. Several RV campgrounds are less than 15 minutes away from the downtown area.

No matter where you plan to travel for an event, stop by RV Connections and take a look at the new and used RV’s, schedule a service check, or visit the parts and accessories department and select an outdoor lawn chair to take to a concert.

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