Road travel has increased dramatically when other forms of traditional travel were not an option due to the pandemic. Millions of households have taken to camping and discovered what many of us have known for a long time. Camping is for everyone, young and old. It’s a wonderful way to connect with family, create memories, reduce stress, enjoy the outdoors, discover new places, and exercise.
RVshare, the world’s largest peer-to-peer RV rental market, recently released its Travel Trends 2022 report. Almost half of respondents who plan to travel next year said that ‘They were planning on taking a road trip or RV vacation within the next 12 months. Of the travelers surveyed, 59% said they found an RV trip attractive and 53% said they would likely consider renting an RV for a trip in the future. It looks like our kind of people!
The report also revealed the best campgrounds for RV rental, which we explore below. Since camping is so popular now, campgrounds fill up fast. Some campgrounds operate on a first come, first served basis, but reservations are recommended when possible. Half of RV rentals are pet-friendly – just be sure to check the campground is pet-friendly too before you take your furry kids. Here are the 10 best campgrounds for RV rental in 2021.
1. Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground
Lake Buena Vista, Florida
As per data from last year, family-oriented destinations, such as Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, still top RVshare’s renter list. According to the RVshare report, 81% of travelers are excited to travel with their family next year. Additionally, “more than half of the likely 2022 travelers are looking to spend some quality time with their families or explore and discover new places next year, both of which have increased in appeal since 2020.”
Located just minutes from Disney, The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness is a great place to do just that. Go horseback riding, canoeing, swim in the pool or try your hand at archery. Rent a golf cart to explore the 750 acres of this scenic backcountry resort. Planning to go? Discover Camping at Fort Wilderness from Disney World: 11 expert tips.
2. Campland on the bay
Located on the shores of Mission Bay, Campland on the Bay® is just a 15-minute drive from downtown San Diego. In addition to RV camping by the water, Campland on the Bay offers activities for all ages. You can rent just about any toy you want to play with on the water – there are pontoons, jet skis, water skis, paddleboards, kayaks, and more. There is also a marina so you can bring your own boat.
Relax on the beach, have a splash in the pool or unwind in one of the two hot tubs. Rent a bike and cycle around Pacific Beach or Mission Bay Park. The property also offers beach sports, a skatepark, a games room and a basketball court. You can even have a campfire on the bay!
3. Ginnie Springs outside
High Springs, Florida
For water lovers who enjoy scuba diving, kayaking, canoeing, tubing, swimming or snorkelling, Ginnie Springs Outdoors is the perfect campground for you! Located off of I-75 just outside of Gainesville, Florida, the park offers seven crystal-clear springs and 200 forested acres. The water stays at a perfect temperature of 72 degrees all year round. An extensive system of underwater caves makes the park popular with cave divers as well. Check out his Instagram account to see what we mean.
The campground offers 129 sites, many of which are located along the south shore of the Santa Fe River or its freshwater springs. Although water and electricity hookups are available, there are no sewer hookups at the sites, but there is a dump station. This campsite does not accept animals. Rent everything you need for snorkeling – masks, fins and snorkels – at the Ginnie Springs store.
4. The Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park & Campground
Live Oak, Florida
Nestled along the banks of the Suwannee River, The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park & Campground is conveniently located between Tallahassee and Jacksonville, offering 800 acres of entertainment in the Sunshine State. Launch your canoe or kayak from the on-site boat launch or take a stroll among the cypress trees. Go freshwater fishing, explore wildlife habitats, and hike or bike miles of trails. Explore the disc golf course or just take a ride in a golf cart.
5. Lazy L&L Campground
New Brunswick, Texas
Conveniently located between San Antonio and Austin, the German town of New Braunfels is a fun weekend destination in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Kids love it for “The World’s Best Water Park,” Schlitterbahn, while adults love its proximity to the Texas Wine Trail. It is also home to the Guadalupe River.
If you are planning a boat trip on the Guadalupe, the beautiful shaded riverside at Lazy L&L Campground is the perfect place to park your motorhome. Tube or raft down the river, or get off in an inflatable canoe. With long term reservations available, this is also a fabulous place for snowbirds to spend the winter months. Note that animals are not accepted from May to September.
6. Cherrystone Family Camping Resort
Cap Charles, Virginia
About an hour from Norfolk, Virginia and Virginia Beach Cherrystone Family Camping Resort offers over 300 acres of natural waterfront on Chesapeake Bay. Several of its more than 700 campsites are shaded by tall trees. It also has five swimming pools, four fishing docks and a beautiful beach. Don’t hesitate to bring Fido – he will feel right at home with his own dog-friendly beach.
With a cafe / lounge, a general store, and a bait and fishing shop, everything you need is on site. Watch the sun set over the water, go crabbing, and admire birds and wildlife. Cherrystone organizes themed weekends and activities for the whole family throughout the season.
7. Vail Lake Resort
With over 200 acres of world-class hiking and mountain biking trails, the Vail Lake Resort (also known as Temecula / Vail Lake KOA) is conveniently located between LA and San Diego. Enjoy the sunny Southern California weather from its three swimming pools: a 25-meter pool, a children’s paddling pool, and a large heated pool. There is much more to keep everyone entertained, including disc golf and mini-golf courses, pickleball and basketball courts, and horseshoe pits. Golf cart rental is also available! Plus, you’re just 15 minutes from Temecula Valley wineries and nearby casinos.
8. Reunion Lake RV Resort
Conveniently located off the I-12 corridor, the Reunion Lake RV Resort is across New Orleans’ Lake Pontchartrain, about an hour from The Big Easy and Baton Rouge. The amenities of this gated lakeside resort will blow your mind! There’s a tiki bar in the pool, a man-made river, a huge hot tub, and a floating obstacle course (open April-October), as well as poolside cabanas, miniature golf, and games. volleyball and pickleball courts. But that’s not all! There’s also an outdoor amphitheater, playground, dog park, and fitness center. No wonder it’s on RVshare’s top 10 list. Explore Reunion Lake by kayak or paddle board, and cast a line in the fishing area.
9. Newport Dunes Resort
Newport Beach, California
Escape for the weekend to Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina in sunny Newport Beach, California. Kids can splash around in the paddling pool, while adults can take advantage of the jets while bathing in one of the two on-site spas. Bring a good book and relax in relaxed luxury in the privacy of your own poolside cabana. From water sports and the Newport Beach Inflatable Water Park to the Beach and Duffy Boats, there are also plenty of ways to enjoy the water at this waterfront resort.
10. Fort De Soto Park Campground
Pinellas County, Florida
Located in St. Petersburg, Florida at the mouth of Tampa Bay, Fort De Soto Park is made up of five interconnected (key) islands. In addition to the historic fort that gave it its name, the park is home to award-winning beaches, including one of the best dog-friendly beaches in the United States.
Visitors enjoy fishing, kayaking and swimming. One of our Florida writers, Fred Mays, suggests paddling to Shell Key, where you can search for seashells in quiet seclusion. Divers should take the ferry to the undeveloped Egmont Key. Due to all of these amazing things to do, reservations for the 238 sites at Fort De Soto Campground can be hard to find, especially during the peak winter season, so book early!
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