With all the sunshine and great weather, Miami is an ideal place to go camping!
Yes, there’s a little bit of heat to this kind of camping, but it’s better to camp in warm weather than the bitter cold. If you’re looking for a great place to pitch a tent and sit around the campfire, then read more to learn about the Best Places To Go Camping in Miami!
John Prince Park – While this park isn’t EXACTLY located in Miami proper, it is in South Florida and it’s definitely worth mentioning. Located in sunny Lake Worth, Florida, the John Prince Memorial Park is a great place to go camping. This park encompasses over 700 acres of fun! The park borders the shores of Lake Osborne, and services are provided by the PB County Recreation Dept. Call 561-582-7992 – or click here to learn more.
Biscayne National Park – Elliott Key and Boca Chita are located in the heart of South Florida, and Biscayne National Park is actually in an area just South of the city Miami. As most of the park is actually water, plan to be wet most of the time! You can see coral reefs here and the many species of fish and aquatic life everywhere.
Elliott Key and Boca Chita are amazing spots to see when you’re visiting the Biscayne National Park! Elliott Key was once a destination for shipwrecks from the Bahamas, and there are myths and legends about pirates that used this as a hideaway… but you can visit here and enjoy the scenery anytime. This is a part of the FL keys, and is the largest key found north of Key Largo. Read more.
Boca Chita is likely the most well-known spot of the two, and certainly a picturesque place to take photos with the family. It features a lighthouse built in the 1930’s, and minimalist amenities. There is no running water here, nor any outlets to plug in (anything). Be prepared to leave it exactly as you found it! Read more
CB Smith Park is part of Broward County’s Parks and recreation system, and is one of the more economical places to camp. The park’s nickname is Paradise Cove and it’s conveniently located off of Florida’s Turnpike, you can easily get there and enjoy. You can even bring your family pet! Some of the big highlights from CB Smith Park is the BIG water park, RV campground, golf courses, and all of that space – almost 300 acres of outdoor fun! Learn more
John Pennekamp Park – Coral Reef State Park
As I have personally camped out here, I can attest how amazing this really is. There are places to fish, places to watch people fish, swimming, and so much more. They have a nice array of amenities here which can make your visit more enjoyable too! Over 40 campsites for either Tents or RV’s, hot water, and electricity! Learn more
Hollywood-Miami KOA – Located centrally between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, this KOA site is a great place to setup camp on the way to or back from the Florida Keys. Stop in here for a night or two, and branch out and take in some of the local favorites that are within driving or Uber’s distance.
Like other KOA sites, they have amenities and staff that can make your camping visit a good one. They even have a general store and WIFI! … but you’re not going there for the wifi, are you?
Part of any successful camping trip is being prepared! Yes, they teach this in scouting troop meetings all the time, being prepared is what makes the difference between a good camping trip filled with great memories of cooking outdoors… and that bad camping trip everyone can’t forget 🙁 Don’t forget the SMORES!
Some of the important things you need to bring:
• Clean drinking water! Bring a case of small water bottles that you can bring with you for hikes and more. Try to keep these in a cooler that is stored out the sunlight.
• Cell Phone Battery Backup Power! The point of the trip is to disconnect and unplug – but that doesn’t mean you should let your phone go dead! MyMe has a Power On The Go Battery Backup that can keep your phone charged and ready to use in case of emergency – and when you get back into the car…. To help get you home (and a pizza too)!
• First Aid Kit – stop by your local Walgreens or CVS and pick up a complete kit or an assortment of band aids for the cuts and scratches along the way. Not a bad idea to have a roll of gauze and some medical tape too!
• USB Chargers – Ok, back to the phone again… you’re going to have several people that want to charge some kind of device or even an LED flashlight while you’re camping out. Don’t let a line form to get access to your car’s single outlet. With a three-in-one you’re good to go, charger kits are a hit! Get an extra cable too! Wait – Do you have a Waterproof Case for your device? No? And you’re going camping in Miami? Buy a Waterproof Phone Case before you leave.
• Camping Tunes! Have a Bluetooth Speaker for some camping music? How about a Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker?! Want to tune your family out? MyMe Headphones work great for that!
• TP – They make a joke about a bear doing this in the woods, make sure you’re ready for your group to do the same. You might need a small shovel to go with it – #NuffSaid
Enjoy Your Camping Trip in Miami!