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cheiftan23

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Just got back to Indiana and it is already time to start planning next Christmas vacation.
Watching sites disappear every morning on Reserve America.
Anyone else frustrated with how fast all the sites are reserved each day?
Seems impossible to get a site, but we'll keep trying!

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Make you wonder if it is rigged - I tried to get one in 2011


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It's the Walmart of RV sites.

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We are planning a trip in April 2014. I have been told, we will be lucky to get a site. We are going to try. Good luck.

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You book a site for whatever date you get then plan your trip around those dates.

Florida State Parks charge about a third to a fourth of what commercial parks charge in the area, have three times as many employees with full benefits and are on pieces of properties that a commercial venture couldn't afford.

Sometimes I think as a Florida tax payer, they should charge full market value.

At least I could get in occasionally.


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Private CG in the Keys are very expensive. The State parks, especially Bahia Honda are very nice. Camping in the Keys is very popular. So mix all that together and you get what you are seeing, it is very difficult to grab a SP site and has been for as long as I can recall. Last time I got to camp at Bahia Honda was when we were heading down expecting to to get a private CG site. This was in the off-season. As we came up to BH I just pulled in on a whim and asked if they had any cancellations and Lo! they did. Not something I would plan on getting however.

It would be better maybe if they went to a Yosemite type lottery system.

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We book our sites for Topsail Hill SP exactly at 12:01 AM 11 months in advance every year. It's the only way to get what we want. Have never been denied.


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Check everyday for cancellations. That is the only way I have been able to get spots at Curry Hammock. Been there twice, very nice park! We were able to snag a cancellation both times for the week between Christmas and New Years.


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cindik wrote:

Check everyday for cancellations. That is the only way I have been able to get spots at Curry Hammock. Been there twice, very nice park! We were able to snag a cancellation both times for the week between Christmas and New Years.


Exactly what we did last year. Scored 7 nights at Pennekamp. Enjoyed staying in one place so much, thought we'd try for 14.
Will definitely watch for cancellations if we don't get them now.

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I booked at John Pennekamp for 10-17th June a month ago......but was tough then to find a site there!


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