Florida Campgrounds Honored with Park of the Year Awards – RVBusiness

The Florida and Alabama RV Park and Campground Association (FRVCA) presented awards Thursday during the association’s annual Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo in Orlando.

Prizes were awarded for the Best Park and Best Supplier categories.

Fisherman’s Cove RV Resort in Palmetto (Photo: Jeff Crider)

Criteria for the best park prices

The Best Park Award winners must have standards for their business, their staff and the way they treat their customers, all of which must be reflected in the park’s reviews and ratings. Award-winning parks must also be well maintained, have high-quality facilities, amenities and services for guests, and demonstrate a track record of guest satisfaction and higher occupancy rates. These parks must also demonstrate the implementation and use of new technology or innovations or recently completed updates or improvements that enhance the park and the guest experience. This year’s Best Park Award winners include:

— Fisherman’s Cove RV Resort in Palmetto: This resort won a Best Park Award in the small size category for parks with 50 to 150 spaces. The private resort features a waterfront pool, private boat ramp and a private 300-foot fishing pier with a cleaning station, kayaks and paddleboards, as well as a bayside putting green, clubhouse and fitness center. The resort is surrounded by 24,900 contiguous acres of tranquil water preserves, as well as county and state parks such as Robinson Preserve, Emerson Point and Terra Ceia State Park. As such, the resort can serve as a base camp for hiking, biking, boating, fishing and kayaking trips. The resort has created a video to highlight the activities on site and in the area.

— Turtle Beach Campground in Sarasota: This Sarasota County campground won a Best Park Award in the size category for parks with fewer than 50 locations. The campsite is located on Siesta Key and has 39 camper and tent sites. A complimentary open-air trolley is available to take guests into town and to the white sands of Siesta Beach, previously recommended by TripAdvisor and Dr. Beach was rated the number one beach in the US. Turtle Beach Campground was founded in 1921 as Gulf Beach Campground and was acquired by Sarasota County in 2006. Loggerhead and green turtles typically nest on the shores of Turtle Beach from May 1 to October 31.

Zachary Taylor Waterfront RV Resort in Okeechobee (courtesy photo)

— Zachary Taylor Waterfront RV Resort in Okeechobee: This campsite has a Award for Best Park in the Medium category for parks with 151 to 300 locations. The 210-site park features half a mile of frontage along Taylor Creek, a tributary of Lake Okeechobee, and offers canoe and kayak rentals as well as boat rentals for fishing. Park amenities include a 100-foot lighted fishing pier, fitness room and planned activities.

– The Surf RV Resort in Palmetto: This Zeman Signature RV Resort with 449 locations and 55 locations and more won a Best Park Award in the large parks category for parks with more than 301 locations. Amenities include an elegant clubhouse with a yoga and aerobics room, game room, library, business center; ballroom; food and drink; an outdoor kitchen; an infinity pool and spa; a pool bar; several dog parks, a dog wash station and illuminated sports fields.

Criteria for the best supplier

Award recipients must be members of the Florida and Alabama RV Park & ​​Campground Association in good standing; have supported the industry and the association by participating in events for four years or more; have demonstrated a consistent history of providing quality products and/or services that help improve RV parks and the camper/guest experience; bringing efficiency and innovation to the RV park owner and operator; and be good stewards of the RV park and camping/outdoor catering

— This year’s Best Supplier Award was presented to Wild Energy, a provider of advanced submetering and utility monitoring solutions.

Information on the latest trends in campgrounds, RV parks and resorts is available from the Florida RV Park and Campground Association, which markets private parks in Florida through, the trip planning website. The association also publishes a free printed camping guide, which can be ordered through