Our visit to Collier Seminole Park got off to a bad start when we were greeted at the check-in station by a somewhat confused and uninformed staff of volunteers. They did not have a clue on how to check us in to our reserved site and could not provide any FACTUAL information about the park itself to help our stay. Our site was literally right on top of our neighbor's tent. They had to park their car 3 feet from our RV door. This is one of Florida's older state parks and their facilities show it. Although they were fairly clean, they sure need to be refurbished and updated. After checking out the park, I would recommend that you try and reserve sites 1-19. These sites are more spacious and secluded from the rest of the campground. The park does have a brackesh water river (Black River) that you can boat, kayak, canoe or fish on. After the first couple of hundred yards of the river you have seen it all. It's all the same for miles mangrove after mangrove, we saw no wildlife at all. And after our trip the park ranger informed us that the fishing on the river was not very good. I wish he would have told us before we set out. We were at this park in January and did have a little bit of a problem with mosquitos at night. I can imagine they are a real threat in the summer months. A small convenience store outside the park is nice since the park itself does not have a camp store. This park was OK for a short visit, but I don't think it is worth a return trip.
If you like central Florida, you will like this park. Acres and acres of srub oaks...boring. Not much to do for kids. If it wasn't for the river this park would have received an even lower rating. The Little Manatee river is a wonderful and peaceful canoe or kayak trip. We saw plenty of turtles, gators, fish and birds. And as an added bonus you can stop along the river and pick oranges and tangerines that are growing wild. This is an easy trip up or down stream without fighting any current. The actual campground is small, but the sites are wooded private and spacious. The only problem is that everyone who camps there on a sandy site, their camper will become infeasted with ANTS. You can't stop them from coming in...what a way to ruin a trip. Everyone at the park had this problem during our stay. After talking to the campground host he said that this was a common problem at this park. This was enough to count me out for coming back.
This park is designed for those people who never want to leave the property. They have plenty of scheduled activities for their guests everyday such as bingo, shuffle board, poker, swimming pool, pool table, pot luck dinners, etc. But you pay for it in the long run with the steep nightly fee. We used the campground as a home base for our visit to Miami. The park had clean restrooms but the sites were very compacted in: very close to your neighbors. The park did have a excellent store on the premises and for a bonus a pizza joint inside the campground: this sure was nice. The park is quite a way from Miami. On my next visit I will stay at a less expensive and closer to Miami park.
If you are a social type of person you will love this park. All the sites are right on top of each other so you really get to know all your neighbors. The water front sites do offer a great view of the bay and great sunsets every evening. This park is an old park, but on the other hand it is a very unique park. The staff is very friendly and treat you like you are staying at a bed and breakfest, they have some kind of food and drink treat every morning and evening for all the guests. The whole park is decorated in the Jimmy Buffet-Margaritaville style, which makes you smile all the time. These were some of the cleanest bathrooms that I have ever encountered. Each one is seperate and contains all the conveniences just like at home. We used this park as a home base for our visit to Cedar Key, which was very convenient to bike to the historic district from the campground: about 1 1/2 mile. The campground does not have much to offer children to keep themslves occupied. If you want to do a little fishing and kayaking at Cedar Key this is the place to stay. I feel it was reasonably priced at $35 a night.
This State Park is one of Florida's newest campgrounds, it is a rather small campground offering only 28 sites. But all the sites are extra large and they all offer a view of the ocean if you are not lucky enough to get an oceanfront site. All the facilities are very clean and up to date. The park offers a small beach, swimming area and a play ground for the children. There is unlimited biking and walking due to the Over Seas Highway biking/walking trail route which is directly across the street from the park entrance. We had a great time fishing and kayaking right off the campground beach. If there are any drawbacks to this park it is that there are no shade trees in sight, but this was no problem the time of year that we were there (January). I imagine it would be another story in the dead of summer. And remember down on the Keys fresh water is a precious item, so they do seem to have some form of flow restrictors on the shower heads: not a lot of pressure. Overall this is a wonderful park, but remember if you plan to visit in the winter months, you will need to book it way in advance. It is hard to get a site, like all the parks in the Keys.