We took a winter and spring break trip to Florida this year… the reason for this? We needed warm weather and sunshine and boy did we get it!!
The winter trip was just over a week long and we stayed near Crystal River outside Tampa, Florida. We wanted to have the rest of the finishing touches promised by Lazy Days. It didn’t go smoothly and we basically wasted our time. But rather than dwell on that I’ll share about the nice little spot where we stayed. Crystal Isles RV Resort was a nice spot for us. We stayed in the back of the park, and the site next to us was completely empty. There were trees and a picnic bench and it was a nice spot! Unfortunately, I had pneumonia, but I loved the site so much I was happy to lay around in our hammock and just chill for most of the day. The pool and whatnot looked nice, but I was sick so I avoided most public areas. There was a new owner and they seem to be trying to make improvements. The water access is only for a few sites and they seemed to be long term residents.
The food we loved here was at a small Italian Restaurant, La Casa di Norma. We were here for Christmas dinner and the food was awesome and it seemed as if only family worked here. The plaza is pretty ugly, but the small dining room was warmly decorated with holiday cheer and the food was AWESOME!! We had vegetarian lasagna, which melted in our mouths, delicious coffee and Key lime for desert. If we re ever in this area again, we will be back!
The second trip was to the opposite coast. We stayed just outside of St Augustine, Florida at Bryn Mawr Ocean Resort. We LOVED it! Here’s what we said on Trip Advisor: This was one of the nicest places we’ve stayed. We have a 35 foot RV. The site we were on was a cement pad and had a small patio space and a large covered deck. The community is quiet and we liked that there were not tons of kids riding around in golf carts (we like kids, but not in golf carts). Others posted that they disliked the “permanent” homes but we found them to be pretty well kept and each unique depending on rental or the owner. Honestly that’s what set this park apart from the others we’ve stayed at. There is a good sense of welcoming community here. We never use many amenities… There is a heated pool as well as hot tub in one area and a large pool in another area. The dog play area is very large, with shaded and sunny areas. We walked our dogs many times a day and were greeted with smiles and hellos throughout. The beach gates are easy to access with a simple code (three roman numerals and printed on the flier we received at check in) and the ease of getting on and off the beach made our trip such great fun. The beach itself is very wide and allows dogs. Just beautiful!
We also liked it so much we booked for next spring break!!! Looking forward to going back.