Reunite With Nature At This Relaxing Southeastern RV Resort Perfect For Water Activities

When you think of enjoying that sweet van life, you likely think of the great outdoors, being surrounded by tall snowcapped mountains, or maybe even the American southwest along the otherworldly moon-like destinations of Utah. But van life and RVing aren't entirely limited to the cliche images in our heads, and water enthusiasts will find they can indeed get the best of both worlds at one particularly tranquil Floridian RV resort.

Florida Caverns RV Resort, located in Marianna, in the northwest part of the Sunshine State, quickly and efficiently debunks the theory that all van life is created equally. Sitting on the edge of spring-fed Merritt's Mill Pond, you can plan an off-grid getaway in your RV or book a cabin and wake up to the impeccably crystal-clear waters of Florida. The resort has plenty of amenities, and with it being pet-friendly, you won't have to leave your furry friends behind. It's also close to a beautiful state park, so there's lots of fun to be had for the whole family. So grab your tubes, snorkels, and paddleboards and head to Florida Caverns Resort for a refreshing RV getaway.

Take your pick of water activities

If you're looking for water adventures, you're in luck. Florida Caverns RV Resort is not only located directly on Merritt's Mill Pond, but it's also home to a swimming pool where you can relax and take a dip to fight off that inevitably hot Floridian sun. If you want to get out on the water, which is an understandable desire, there are private boat launches available, and kayak, canoe, and paddleboard rentals. It's also an ideal destination for scuba diving, snorkeling, and clear kayaking as the clear spring water offers great visibility.

And what's the point of embracing nature if you're not going to meet some of the friendly critters that call the water home? Here you'll have the opportunity to see multiple species of fish, turtles, and some aquatic birds, as well. It's a great U.S. birdwatching destination whether you choose to go out on the boat or stay on dry land. Make sure to take in some of the natural settings in and around the resort, where you can frolic along paths featuring magnolia flowers, crepe myrtles, and plenty of towering pines. 

Explore Florida Caverns State Park

When you want to venture away from the resort, you'll luckily be close to one of the most underrated state parks in Florida: Florida Caverns State Park. Exactly as the name suggests, the park is home to plenty of caves, where you'll be greeted with dramatic stalactites, draperies, and stalagmites as soon as you enter. The caves inside are often a nice way to cool down from the typical Florida heat, with an average temperature of 65 degrees Fahrenheit year-round.

There is an entry fee that varies based on your means of entering; for example, a vehicle that can hold up to eight people has a $5 entry fee, and pedestrians and those on bikes pay $2 to enter. For the most educational experience, learn from a guide by joining a tour, offered Monday through Thursday from Labor Day to Memorial Day.  If you're feeling really adventurous, you can swap one night at Florida Caverns RV Resort for a night spent camping in the state park. The cost for camping overnight is $20, plus a few additional fees if you choose to stay in your RV instead of a tent.