Escape the harsh Canadian winter at any of these RV Parks across the sunbelt of the United States.
By Steve Sansford
Space Coast RV Resort
Florida’s Space Coast is a hot destination any time of year, but for snowbirds looking to move their RV south for the cold Canadian winters, you’ll find plenty of amenities and attractions at Thousand Trails’ Space Coast RV Resort. Located in Rockledge, Florida, this full-service RV resort is just minutes from the Kennedy Space Center and the amazing Cocoa Beach district. Orlando, and its myriad of attractions, is less than an hour from the RV park. There are 270 sites in the resort, with 50-amp service, WiFi and laundry facilities. Pets are welcome at Space Coast. The swimming pool, library and ballroom will ensure there is plenty to keep you entertained on those days you don’t want to venture far from your site. For the angling enthusiast, both fresh and saltwater fishing can be found within a short distance from the resort. The Cocoa Beach Pier is a popular spot to wet a line and the beach offers a great place to surf fish after the bathers have left for the day.
Visit https://rvonthego.com/florida/space-coast-rv-resort/ for more information
Located 20 minutes east of Phoenix, Arizona, this desert oasis is home to an excellent 55+ mobile home community surrounded by thousands of acres of natural beauty. The Usery Mountain Regional Park spans over 3,600 acres and offers hiking, camping horseback riding and stargazing. There’s even an archery range to sharpen your aim. Inside the resort, pickleball is not only entertainment, but it’s also a way of life with spectacular outdoor courts and frequent games. There’s a pet park onsite to provide a safe environment for pets. The pool and spa are great spots to relax on a quiet day, or after a busy day of shopping, attending the theatre or dining at restaurants in the city. Mesa is the third-largest city in the state and home to hundreds of attractions and amenities. Springhaven RV Resort offers an ideal mix of both urban and natural adventures and is an ideal spot to make your winter home.
For more information, visit www.treehousecommunities.com/communities/springhaven-rv-resort
Homestead, Florida is about as far south as you can go on the east coast without needing a bridge. Part of the Miami-Dade Metropolitan area, Homestead is primarily an agricultural area and fashions itself as the “Winter Vegetable Capital of America.” With a name like this, it should serve as no surprise the resort is surrounded by u-pick farms and plenty of roadside produce stands. The Goldcoaster RV Resort is a pet-friendly destination park, open to full-time residents and seasonal visitors. The resort features an impressive shuffleboard complex, with six lanes, fully lit for both day and night enjoyment. The heated pool and spa are the centrepiece of the clubhouse complex which includes a craft and card room for socializing with old friends and meeting new ones. Children are also welcome at Goldcoast and will enjoy the community playground and family atmosphere. The expansive Florida Everglades are only minutes from the resort offering countless outdoor adventure. For the motorhead in the family, Homestead-Miami Speedway is a short 15-minute drive from the park and is home to the final race of the NASCAR season each November.
Visit www.goldcoasterrv.com/ for more information.
When a resort chooses to put Spa ahead of RV in its name, you know they’re going to take rest and relaxation seriously. At the Catalina Spa and RV Resort, they’ve got five odorless mineral hot springs sure to rejuvenate body and spirit, and that’s just the start. With 482 RV sites available in this gated community, Catalina caters to daily, short-term and season visits. Electricity and water are free for your entire stay. All of the standard resort amenities are on hand including swimming pools, mini-golf, fitness center, and restaurant. The city of Palm Springs is a short 20-minute drive away offering shopping and attractions including a Wet n’ Wild waterpark and the Palm Springs Air Museum. The San Bernardino National Forest and Joshua Tree National Park offer plenty of activities for the outdoor enthusiast.
Be sure to check out all the relaxation this resort has to offer at https://catalinasparvresort.com/
If your snowbird adventures include a large Class A motorcoach and a taste for the absolute best in luxury and amenities, the Motorcoach Country Club in Indio, California is for you. This ultra-luxurious resort caters to 30-foot and larger coaches in the Palm Springs area of SoCal. This five-star resort is home to 400 lots on an 80-acre spread with stunning views in every direction. The waterfront lots feature private docks floating on two miles of waterways navigable by electric boats only. The ten-thousand square foot clubhouse features a private restaurant, lap pool, spa, tanning pool and bar. A nine-hole executive golf course and three lighted tennis courts offer even more recreational options, along with two additional outdoor pools. Indio is bordered on the east by Joshua Tree National Park and on the west by the San Bernadino National Forest, both offering plenty of outdoor adventure. For the more urban-orientated, the cities of San Diego and Los Angeles are only two hours away.
Be sure to check this resort out at www.motorcoachcountryclub.com/
The Cocopah RV and Golf Resort is located just outside Yuma, Arizona and offers 800 sites intermingled with 18 holes of USGA-rated golf. The unique layout of this RV park alternates between rows of RV sites and long, green fairways. There’s a large and fully-equipped onsite pro shop, 30-tee driving range, a practice chipping area and a couple of putting greens. The resort runs regular golfing events and the course is open daily for play. While golf is at the heart of the resort, there are plenty of other amenities to keep everyone entertained. One section of the park is pet-friendly and offers a 2-acre pet exercise area. A heated pool, spa, and ballroom are among the many other attractions on site. If you have a flair for the creative, a ceramic shop with a kiln and a well-equipped woodshop are on hand. The resort also employs a full-time activity director to make sure everyone is entertained. Nearby you’ll find the Cocopah Speedway, Cocopah Casino and Cocopah Museum, along with a second golf course and the Wild River Family Entertainment Center.
Visit http://www.cocopahrv.com/ for more information.
Outdoor Resorts Indio is an exclusive class-A motorcoach resort in the heart of the Coachella Valley in Southern California. The resort is owned and operated by its Home Owners Association (HOA). Members can purchase (deeded) lots in this five-star resort and enjoy every amenity you could imagine. Rental spaces are also available for a three-night minimum stay for travelers with a 28-foot or longer coach less than 10 years old. Included with the rental rates is 20, 30 and 50-amp service. Lots are spacious and each rental visitor is assigned a host/member to guide them around the resort and help them start enjoying the activities. The on-staff activity director makes sure there are plenty of events for everyone. Pickleball, tennis and golf are the headline sports attractions. The resort includes an 18-hole professional course with league play and putting clubs. There’s a fitness center, Zumba classes, and Aqua-fit to keep you in tip-top shape. If you’re looking for a permanent sun belt winter home or just passing through SoCal, Outdoor Resorts may be your spot.
More information about “The Ultimate Motor Coach Resort” can be found at https://orindio.com/
Way down in the Florida Keys there is a tiny little island called Ohio Key. It’s considered to be a part of Big Pine Key, but this small dot of land measures just 500 metres from end-to-end, and almost the entire island is occupied by the Sunshine Key RV Resort & Marina. With ocean surrounding the park, this is about as close to the salt water you could park your RV and still stay dry. At 75 acres, this tropical resort is a beach lover’s paradise. There are 399 sites to choose from, including ocean-front sites. The on-site marina and bait shop will cater to angling enthusiasts, while the arts and crafts classes, swimming areas and card games ensure a welcoming family environment. This resort also houses four rental units for those travelers who just want to stop by for a short visit, perhaps on a winter vacation drive from Miami to Key West.
Visit https://bit.ly/2AbtO5D for more information.
Nestled between the Sam Houston National Forest, and the City of Houston, which also bears his name, is a small city of fifty-thousand people called Spring. Just outside spring is a 115-site luxury RV resort built for rest and relaxation. Every site is equipped with a concrete pad for your rig and full hookups. You can choose from premium, deluxe and standard pull-through sites or opt for a standard back in site and enjoy the included picnic table. All the sites are extra-long and extra wide to ensure you have plenty of space to enjoy your winter getaway. Rayford Crossing offers a host of onsite amenities, including a fully-stocked fishing pond, pet area, large playground, BBQ pit, and fully-equipped event rooms. The resort also includes free WiFi Internet access and free DirecTV. The resort’s “Winter Texans” are a group of snowbirds that host monthly meetings and organize special events for all guests to enjoy from potluck dinners to offsite excursions.
Visit www.rayfordcrossing.com/ for more information.