Florida Guide & Information by The Dacrons

Velma: Florida is a place with its own reality, a place where people come to live out their "golden years", a place of engineered wishes and fantasy, a portal to freedom and the pursuit of a better life. Florida has also been a haven for grifters, rapacious "land developers", outcasts and outlaws. The geography is flat--barely above sea level in some places--and paved mile after endless mile with roads that seem to go nowhere.


Its 58,664 square miles--despite cloned strip malls and chain stores--contain several distinctive regions, which we'll describe throughout our travel guide. It's a place that has inspired--and continues to inspire many writers--from Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Zora Neale Hurston to Susan Orlean and Carl Hiassen.


It's miles of white sandy beaches, the fragile ecosystem of the Everglades, gated retirement communities, spring break mania, orange groves, refugees, smugglers, palm trees and, of course, giant theme parks. It's where northerners (like us) flee the ice and snow of winter, if they're fortunate--leaving friends and co-workers grinding their teeth in envy. We'll go back, that's for sure.


This Florida guide is the culmination of all the Florida trips we taken. Hopefully you can get a sense of what this place is like from our travails as a Florida tourist.

Florida favorite spots

The Dacrons Favorite Florida Spots!

What? You think we complaned about everything? Not so - bucko! Check out what we REALLY like about Florida.


Jimbo's on Virginia Key | Cedar Key | Anastasia State Park | The Everglades

Floirda RV campgrounds

Dacrons Florida RV Campgrounds

We stayed at the larger ones because we were towing a 34' 5th wheel trailer. We'll be your Florida guide and will give you plenty of information on what's out there.

cedar key florida guide

Cedar Key, FL

So quaint you'll want to pull your eyes out. Nothing obnoxious about the place, what's not to like?


Museum State Park | Sunset Isle RV Park | Suwanne River Refuge

The everglades information

The Everglades, FL

Flat, grass and wet - but damn are there bunches of critters everywhere!


Chokoloskee Island | RV Resort | Everglades City | Fakahatchee Strand

Shark Valley State Park | Havana Cafe | Lucky Cole's

Key Largo guide

Key Largo, FL

Do you like boating? How about fishing? Drinking too? OK, then you're all set.


Bay Harbor Lodge | Camp Calusa | Dolphin Cove
John Pennekamp State Park | Crack'd Conch

Key west information

Key West, FL

Do you care less about boating and fishing, but just drinking? We found your spot!


Sugarloaf KOA | Blue Parrot Inn

Lake Okechobee guide

Lake Okeechobee, FL

One, giant puddle comes to mind. How does bass grab ya? No really, do you like bass fishing? Sure hope you like bass.


Clewiston | Okeechobee KOA | Tropical Island Restaurant

Miam beach information

Miami Beach, FL

Cool architexture. Never saw Don Johnson once.



Jimbos Place | Lombardy Inn | Metro Zoo | Greenview Hotel

Naples Florida guide

Naples, FL

Ever see old salmon go up river to spawn and then die? Well there's no spawning going on here.


Flamingo Island Flea | Golden Gate Estates | Kountree Kampinn | Marco Island

Caribbean Gardens Zoo | Sanibel Island | Naples/Marco Island KOA

Disney World information

Disney-Orlando, FL

We've done the sacred pilgramage to the temple of Disney. You've supposed to be having fun, so as long as you think that, you're fine.


Ft. Summit KOA | Hard Rock Cafe

Panama City beach guide

Panama City Beach, FL

The good ol' redneck riviera.



Emerald Coast RV Resort

Rockledge information

Rockledge, FL

Voted "Most Boring Place in Florida" by The Dacrons! OK, they've got rockets, that's cool.


Space Coast RV Resort

St. Augustine guide

St. Augustine, FL

You're index finger will start to cramp up after taking so many shots of the downtown area.


Anastasia State Park | Castillo De San Marcos | St. Augustine Beach

Eric: This Florida guide is the outcome of multiple visits to the sunshine state. Our first Florida tour was to Daytona Beach back in 2002. We had stayed in a cheapy time share condo off of my mother's nickel as a Florida vacation. This was the start of gathering our Florida information for this site.

Realizing that there must be more to Florida tourism than skee ball and stock car racing, we did another Florida visit in 2005 and focused on Miami and the Florida keys. If we were going to travel to Florida, we felt that we should avoid staying in hotels if we wanted to really get a sense of what the place was about.


Armed with a pick up truck and a 5th wheel RV trailer, we did another Florida tour in 2006 while staying in campgrounds and RV resorts. This time with the thought in mind, "if we were to move to Florida, where would it be?" We basically circumnavigated the state starting at St. Augustine. We traversed down the east coast through places like Rockledge and Lake Okeechobee, up and back on the Florida keys, then up the west coast through Naples, Tampa then a very cool spot called Cedar Key.


You would figure that we had all the Florida information that we would need, but no - we came back in 2008 with our RV vehicle and stayed in the Naples area for a month before heading back home.


This Florida guide is the culmination of all the Florida trips we taken. Hopefully you can get a sense of what this place is like from our travails as a Florida tourist.

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