Spring started on March 20, but few in south Florida noticed. No crocus buds popped up through snow, no cherry blossom scent filled the air. In Florida’s panhandle thousands of college students stream to the beaches, but here in Martin County, our 40-feet building height restriction means fewer large hotels, and in turn, no noticeable annual spring break madness.
But nature provides plenty of clues that it’s springtime in Florida. Last month we wrote about the annual arrival of our gentle giant, the manatee, to our rivers and inlets. They are followed by the annual shark migration, a trek considered to be the largest migration in U.S. coastal waters. The usual count is around 15,000 blacktip sharks arriving from the north, but this year numbers are down, leading scientists to worry because blacktip sharks help keep coral reefs and sea grasses healthy by “cleaning out” weak fish species.
Above the beaches, birds are flying in formation heading northward. Sea turtles are nesting along beaches. Near swamps and bogs, Florida’s male alligators are bellowing and fighting over the females. Butterflies flitting about are more plentiful and the bald cypress trees are contemplating their summer foliage.
Spring in south Florida is all around us…if we look, listen and learn. Happy spring!
There are as many reasons RV owners choose any particular RV park as there are reasons to choose the lifestyle itself. We thought we’d share a few of the reasons you might want to choose Floridays RV Park on your next trip to south Florida.
- Location: Floridays is located along the historic Highway 1 that rambles along the eastern seacoast of south central Florida. Just like Route 66 that helped settle the west, Highway 1 brought the early snowbirds to south Florida. Nowadays, I-95 carries the traffic. Just past the congestion of the Palm Beaches, southbound RVers note how traffic thins a bit before mile marker 96. This is the Hobe Sound exit. A short drive east on State Road 708 connects to Highway 1 (locally called Federal Highway). There are no high-rises, crowded malls, or congestion here—just homey restaurants, a beautiful uncrowded beach, and thousands of acres of untouched nature preserves. Easy to find, easy to call home.
- Park Layout: Floridays has 84 generously-spaced sites with driver-side utility hookups, gravel interior access roads, and angle-in pads that can accommodate side rooms. Site lengths vary to accommodate different sized RVs and all have concrete patios. Our full-timers are assigned back-in sites, and overnighters or short-termers can request pull-throughs. We’re an old park under new management as of 2010, so we’re becoming a “new park,” one project at a time. We move slowly, because that’s what we do in Hobe Sound, and because we don’t want to disturb the lifestyle of our guests who choose us because we’re a quiet, safe, and friendly place to stay.
- Landscaping: Since 2010, hundreds of new plants have been planted and it’s beginning to make a huge difference in the park. New trees, shrubs and grasses are being used to create a park-like natural setting that closely matches Mother Nature’s ideas for this part of south Florida. Plantings give guests a sense of privacy and a measure of separation without blocking visual access between sites.
- Amenities: We have both 30- and 50-amp service and free Wi-Fi, and we don’t discriminate between fancy diesels and towables—love them both. The laundry and shower rooms are undergoing a major rebuild. Guests will enjoy 12 brand new sparkling washers and dryers and huge bath/shower facilities for men and women in late 2016. There are BBQs, bingo, and ping-pong tournaments. Potlucks and pizza nights. Spontaneous guitar strumming and organized open-mic nights.