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Posted: 03/13/19 09:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Both Hickory Point and Iona Ranch, where we stayed in Ft. Myers, are actually senior mobile home parks that have empty sites with amenities. Fortunately, Iona Ranch is located on the far western edge of Ft. Myers about a mile from the Sanibel Island bridge, and that more than made up for our lack of satisfaction with that park. Overall, I can see the advantages of parks like that if you're staying for some time, like swimming pools, group activities, and senior social life, but for travelers like us they were just too expensive for what we got.
We were very lucky to get in on some last minute cancellations in the state parks, they do occur, particularly if the weather falls apart, so if you watch the Reserve America site closely, you might get lucky. We did-even got a third night out of Collier/Seminole, but we had to move from one site to another.

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I live just south of Ft Myers and have since 1983. Every year the traffic gets worse and the prices get higher during snowbird season. It seems that everyone wants to be south of I-4 for the warmer weather, which leads to the overcrowding. I head to the northern part of the state to camp for less traffic and lower prices. I have stated before and I’ll state it again, 68 degree temps and no snow is still better than 5 below and snow.


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