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When the weather outside is dreadful with super cold temperatures and ice, sleet, and snow, making your way to the warmer climate of the Gulf Coast is on many RV itineraries. But what are the best destinations in the winter? We’ve compiled some for you:
Long Key, Florida
The Florida Keys are an adventure with many interesting places to see, waters to fish, state parks, a Civil War fort, and much more. One place in particular is known for warm weather, even in December and January: Long Key. The tiny location is home to Long Key State Park with fully equipped campsites. Just two miles long, you’ll enjoy the quiet away from the more tourist locations. Enjoy fresh seafood at local restaurants or drive the short distance to Islamorado and Marathon.
St Petersburg, Florida
On Florida’s west coast, you’ll find the beaches and mild temperatures of this city on the Gulf of Mexico a pleasant respite from cold winter regions. There’s plenty to keep you busy such as visiting Sunken Gardens, the Dali Museum, Mahaffey Theater, and enjoying fresh Florida seafood. Nearby attractions include the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Busch Gardens and Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa.
Grand Isle, Louisiana
Grand Isle is a cozy island and home to some of the best fishing in the area. Visitors enjoy miles of beach, the Butterfly Dome, wildlife and birding observation at Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge, trails, and fishing pier at Grand Island State Park. Visit on December 2 and get into the holiday spirit at the 13th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. Several campgrounds offering RV hook-ups are located on Grand Isle.
Galveston Island State Park and the West Beach area are prime locations for watching the sunset, trolling for seashells, or enjoying walks along the beach. For shopping, the nearby Strand district with its vintage renovated buildings offers travelers multiple choices in shopping, dining, art galleries and antique stores. If indoor water sports is your idea of fun, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Indoor Waterpark offers plenty of activities on a cool day including the giant hot tub and swim-up bar for adults and slides, chutes and wave pool for kids.
Stop by the showroom at Clem’s RV to see their inventory of new and used recreational vehicles ready and waiting to take you to warm destinations for the winter season.