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RV Rental Florida: Motorhome, Camper, & Trailer Rentals FL

Florida is one of America's top destinations. It is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. With 1,200 miles of coastline, it's a popular place to visit if you enjoy the beach and other outdoor activities, such as surfing, snorkeling, boating, and fishing.

In addition to its tropical vibes, Florida is a theme park mecca, and more than 50 million tourists visit Disney World every year. But the state is much more than just the home to the world's most famous mouse. It has a rich cultural history and some pretty amazing architecture that draws visitors to its sunny shores throughout the year.

The best thing about RV rentals in Florida is that you get to travel where you want, whenever you want. You can stay a few nights in one spot or hit several highlights on a day trip. Our guide features some of the best attractions, events, and campgrounds to get you started.

Popular RV Destinations in Florida

Clearwater Beach, South Beach, Cocoa Beach & More

The Sunshine State has a variety of beaches, so you really can't go wrong no matter where you go. Clearwater Beach near Tampa is known for its white sand, dolphin-watching cruises, and famed Pier 60, where you can see some beautiful sunsets.

South Beach in Miami is one of the state's most renowned. There's a vibrant nightlife scene, some neat Art Deco architecture, and excellent options for shopping and dining.

If Orlando is your home base, consider a day trip to Cocoa Beach, a great surfing spot. Or check out Daytona Beach, which is known as the Festival Capital of Florida for its various events, including BikeWeek, the Halifax Art Festival, and its summer concert series.

Walt Disney World & Universal Studios

The state's biggest attractions are by far its theme parks. Walt Disney World is fun for kids of all ages and draws visitors to four parks: Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios, which features the hugely popular brand-new Star Wars Land. You can spend days exploring just one of the parks (as well as its water parks), so plan ahead if you want to see them all.

Universal Studios is also a lot of fun, especially if you're an adult or have older children. It features several thrill rides and attractions based on popular movies and shows. Its biggest draw is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which recreates the magic from the books and films.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

If you're planning on visiting Cocoa Beach, a good side trip is the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Merritt Island, less than 20 miles away from the popular Atlantic-coast beach. Should you time your trip just right, you may be able to watch a launch from the complex’s grounds.

Make sure you don’t miss the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour, which is included with daily admission. You get a behind-the-scenes look at NASA's spaceport before visiting the Apollo/Saturn V Center. Other fun activities include the Shuttle Launch Experience and the Heroes and Legends featuring the Astronaut Hall of Fame.

Everglades National Park

The southern tip of the state is home to 1.5 million acres of wetlands known as Everglades National Park. A World Heritage Site, it's a great place to see a variety of wildlife, including alligators, crocodiles, and manatees, and to go hiking, biking, canoeing, and kayaking.  

The park has several guided boat tours as well as narrated tram tours that make a 15-mile loop. You can also visit the historic Nike Hercules missile site that was built just after the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. Plan on staying a few days? There are two campgrounds that can accommodate nearly all types of RVs.

Events and Entertainment in Florida

Daytona International Speedway

Daytona International Speedway is the home of NASCAR's Daytona 500 and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. It hosts several racing event weekends as well as concerts, car shows, and police motorcycle training. You can visit the track throughout the year and take a tour.

The speedway was built in the mid-1950s after race organizers realized that racing on the beach was becoming more difficult to manage due to growing crowds of spectators. Now known as the "World Center of Racing," the speedway was extensively renovated in 2016 and sees hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

Orlando Dinner Shows

If you want to take a break from camping cuisine and are eager for some entertainment while you dine, then an Orlando dinner show is a fun way to spend an evening. There are several options in the area that are guaranteed to please the entire family. 

We recommend Capone’s Dinner & Show, which is set in 1930s Chicago. The show features audience participation, stand-up comedy, and musical numbers. The buffet has Italian and American options as well as salad, dessert, a meat-carving station, and more. 

Other popular shows are the Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows, and The Spirit of Aloha at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

Music Festivals

Florida hosts a variety of music festivals throughout the year that appeal to a broad range of musical tastes. There’s the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, which features music, food, shopping and more. If you like Caribbean music, check out the Best of the Best Music Fest in downtown Miami at Bayfront Park.

The St. Petersburg Seafood & Music Festival has arts and crafts vendors as well as yummy dishes prepared by some of the area's top restaurants. Classical music lovers flock to the Sanibel Music Festival, while the Celtic Music & Heritage Festival in St. Augustine appeals to those who enjoy whiskey tastings, Highland Games, and Celtic performers.

Sarasota Film Festival

Every April, the Sarasota Film Festival hosts an international film festival that celebrates the art of filmmaking. It takes place in conjunction with year-long programs held throughout the community. The festival has been going on since 1999 and currently presents a couple hundred films each year.

The festival's advisory board consists of numerous well-known names in the industry, including Steve Buscemi, Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Geena Davis, Jon Favreau, and Stanley Tucci. It's an excellent event for cinephiles and also includes smaller programs, such as YouthFEST and the UN Women's Through Women's Eyes film festival.

Campgrounds and Parks in Florida

Coastline RV Resort

Located in Eastpoint on the Apalachicola Bay, this RV resort provides spectacular views of St. George Sound, St. George Island, and Dog Island. The park has spacious full-hookup sites with views of the bay, 20/30/50-amp service, Wi-Fi, and cable TV. There's a fitness room, recreational building, bath house, gift shop, swimming pool, laundry facilities, and a private pier for fishing. 

Local attractions include historic landmarks, restaurants, shops, and galleries. You can visit the John Gorrie Museum, the Camp Gordon Johnston World War II Museum, or the Apalachicola Maritime Museum. Or you may want to take a tour of historic homes, such as the Orman House and Raney House.

There are also several places to hike, including the Apalachicola National Forest, Tate’s Hell State Forest, and the St. George Island State Park.

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

If Disney is your thing, then the best play to stay is Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. It features several types of campsites, some of which accommodate 45-foot and longer motorhomes. Each site has electrical hookups, water, cable TV, a picnic table, and charcoal grill. Most feature sewer hookups, and some are pet-friendly.

You can rent golf carts to explore the campgrounds or relax at Meadow Swimmin’ Pool. On-site activities include archery, horseback riding, and canoeing. One of the perks of camping at a Disney resort is guests get extended hours at theme park attractions, free transportation to the parks, and exclusive access to a variety of other fun activities.

Compass RV Park

Compass RV Resort in St. Augustine is located next to some excellent attractions, such as Old City, the Fort Matanzas National Monument, the Augustine Wild Reserve, the World of Golf Hall of Fame, and Anastasia State Park. You can also visit the Lightner Museum, Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, or Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

The RV resort is divided into three sections, each of which provides a different experience. Amenities include a dog park, swimming pool, fitness center, laundry facility, nature trail, back-up and pull-through sites, 30- and 50-amp service, Wi-Fi, cable TV, on-site storage, fishing, a recreational field, and planned activities.

Lion Country Safari KOA

Located in Loxahatchee next to a wild animal preserve and theme park, this full-service KOA campground is geared towards adventurous families. The 320-acre Safari Park features a petting zoo, giraffe feeding exhibit, dinosaur exhibit, paddle boats, mini-golf, and more. There are over 1,000 animals from around the world for visitors to observe.

Amenities at the KOA include full hookup pull-through sites, picnic tables, a heated swimming pool, playground, basketball, volleyball, laundry facilities, and a dog park. Even better, the campground is not too far from Palm Beach, which is a great destination for fishing and golfing.

RV Storage and Dumpstations in Florida

If you plan on staying overnight in a place other than in your RV, you may need to find a storage facility for your camper. Florida has plenty of options for travel trailers, campervans, motorhomes, and more.

  • Adult Toy Storage, Altamonte Springs
  • Matanzas Boat and RV, St. Augustine
  • Bonita Storage Inn, Bonita Springs
  • Cape Meyers Storage, North Fort Meyers

No matter how long your plan on traveling in your RV, you will eventually have to find a place to dispose of the black and gray water. There are several options available in Orlando, Miami, West Palm Beach, Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Ocala. You can also try the following locations:

  • Del-Raton RV Park & Trailer Sales, Delray Beach
  • Sun-N-Fun, Sarasota
  • Lazydays RV, Seffner
  • Pilot Travel Center, North Haines City

FAQs

1. What are RV rentals?

Many people rent RVs to travel around the country and see some of America’s top natural and man-made attractions. It’s a great way to experience the RV lifestyle without worrying about the costs associated with ownership.

2. How much are RV rentals?

RV rental rates vary depending on the size of the camper. Smaller ones can cost as little as $75 to $150 per night, while bigger motorhomes may cost as much as $250 per night. You can save money by renting for longer periods of time.

3. Do I need to be a certain age to rent an RV in Florida?

You need to be at least 25 to rent most RVs. You may be able to find a company or owner that will rent to people younger than that, but there will be extra fees involved. 

4. Do I need insurance when I rent an RV?

Yes. Insurance is necessary because it will protect you if you are involved in an accident. 

5. Do I need to return my rental RV with a full tank?

Check with the RV owner/company. Some require a full tank upon return, while others may not.

6. Are RVs pet-friendly in Florida?

Generally, RV rental companies permit pets, but you may have to pay a deposit or an extra fee to travel with your furry friend.