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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Buttonwood Inlet RV Resort, Cortez, FL - Passport America Participating Park

Picture yourself on the white sandy beaches of Anna Maria Island. It’s a seven mile strip of pure paradise just waiting for you. Besides a lawn chair, cold drink and sunny day, what could be better than staying within walking distance of this award-winning beach? 

Buttonwood Inlet RV Resort offers RV campers the perfect Florida vacation. With delicious seafood restaurants, fishing charters, sunset dinner cruises and boat rentals all in your backyard. If you’re in the mood for shopping, Anna Maria Island is home to dozens of artisan shops where you’ll find everything from unique gifts to clothing and more. 

The active, lively RV resort features roomy sites that can accommodate anything from fifth wheels to big rigs, and many sites have brick pavers.  Once you’re settled into your new home you can dock your boat and get ready for some authentic Florida fishing. Cast your lines directly into the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Rent kayaks and relax along the water, or stay closer to home and jump in Buttonwood’s sparkling pool.

After a long day of fun in the sun, we encourage visitors to get together for activities such as BBQ’s, dance’s, live music and more. The activity center is a great place to gather with neighbors and friends to relax, where you’ll find cable television, computers with high-speed internet, and a kids area with an X-Connect gaming console.

Tucked away in Cortez, the RV resort is hidden from the hustle and bustle of city life, but still near great attractions. All within less than five miles from Buttonwood, you can snorkel with dolphins, go on a cruise, and participate in water sports of all varieties. If you’re looking for something more relaxing there are wonderful local museums, golf courses, parks, shops and much more. St. Armand’s Circle of Shops is just a few miles across the bridge and down the beautiful Long Boat Key. The metropolitan cities of Tampa and St. Pete are less than an hour away, so you can enjoy everything those cities have to offer. 


The manager of Buttonwood is friendly and is always on hand to provide a welcoming atmosphere for all guests, including your four-legged friends who are welcome at the resort. Visitors enjoy coming back to Buttonwood year after year for the friendship and camaraderie they experience here.

We love the location, the people, the serenity within the park,” said Doug and Sher, visitors at Buttonwood. “Having a small pond where we can watch the birds and the wildlife is the extra bonus. This park is beautiful!”

Passport America Member Testimonial:

"What a great campground! We attended a wedding just across the Bradenton Beach bridge and the location of this CG could not have been better! We took bike rides miles long, went kayakig in the canals (didn't see a manatee, though), walked across the bridge, ate at some great restaurants, and generally really enjoyed the area. Hope to go back again in the near future!!!!" - Barbara Seago

Find your happiness and corner of paradise at Buttonwood Inlet RV Resort in Cortez, Florida. 

12316 Cortez Rd W
Cortez , FL - 34215

Rates: Regular - $35-79*
NOTES: All Age Resort. Rule # 1: Everyone MUST have fun! P.A. discount is valid up to 7 days. PA is not valid December 1st through May 1st. PA not valid on Holiday Weekends and/or Special Events. PA cannot be combined with any other offer. Pet restrictions, call for pet site when registering or checking-in. Cash or Check Only. *Rates are based on two people, add'l charge per night per each extra person. Summer Rates: $35.00-55.00, P.A.: $17.50-27.50. Winter Rates: $45.00-79.00, P.A.: $22.50-39.50.
For info and reservations call -  (941) 798-3090

Clearwater Travel Resort, Clearwater, FL - Passport America Participating Park

Clearwater, Florida. The name just speaks for itself, with images of sandy beaches and sparkling blue water. In this bustling city there’s never a dull moment. The perfect tropical vacation is right at your fingertips and whether you’re looking to be thrilled or chilled, Clearwater has it all.

This beautiful city should be on any traveler’s bucket list, and with so much to see and do you’ll need to stay for a few days. Clearwater Travel Resort is the perfect place to set up camp. This 163 site RV resort is ready to accommodate anything from big rigs to fifth wheels and slide-outs. The large RV sites include a concrete pad, picnic table and of course, our high speed internet. 

Centrally located near Clearwater’s best attractions, this RV resort is perfectly positioned for the explorer in you.  Check out Pinellas County’s number 1 tourist attraction, John’s Pass. With over 100 merchants featuring everything from unique shopping to delicious cuisine, it’s a location you don’t want to miss. And how could you forget to stop by and see Winter the Dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium?

If all the fun and excitement of the city isn’t enough, Clearwater Travel Resort is brimming with activities and amenities. The clubhouse is the hub of activity, with events going on every month to bring the community closer together. During the winter months, you’ll find anything from bingo and darts to line dancing and ice cream socials. 

Play horseshoes or shuffleboard with new friends. Hang out and grill burgers at our new tropical-themed picnic area. Or just relax in the Florida sun by our large sparkling pool. Enjoy free high-speed internet throughout the community, so you can stay connected while you vacation. 

This family-friendly resort is the perfect place to spend your Florida vacation. Learn more about rates and reservations by visiting our website at

Clearwater Travel RV Resort 
2946 Gulf To Bay Blvd
Clearwater , FL  - 33759 

Rates: Regular - $39-45*
NOTES: Rule # 1: Everyone MUST have fun! P.A. discount is valid up to 7 days. P.A. discount is not valid January, February, and March. P.A. discount cannot be combined with any other offer. Credit cards accepted. Pet sections with restrictions, call for pet site when registering or checking-in. *Rates are based on two people, add'l charge per night per each extra person. 
For info and reservations call -  (727) 791-0550 or (800) 831-1204

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

River's Edge Campground, Holt, FL - Passport America Participating Park

Our campsites are big rig friendly, accommodating the largest motorhome and trailering combinations without having to unhitch. We were designated by Woodalls as having some of the largest campsites in the state of Florida. Each campsite has ample room to enjoy outdoors without feeling “on top of” your neighbor. We offer campers a nature based atmosphere amongst tall shady trees. Many campsites have fire rings and a few select sites offer screen room porches, garden boxes for planting flowers or vegetables, or views of the Yellow River. A community garden is also available in spring/summer.

Wi-Fi is complimentary to all campers and powered by Century Link, the local internet and telephone provider for Northwest Florida. Repeaters are situated throughout the park to give customers access from any campsite. Private service is available through Century Link at campsites with phone jacks.

Other services available to campers: propane refill for cylinders and onboard tanks, laundry, bath house, and dump station. The camp store sells wood, ice, and limited non-perishables. Staff in the office will be glad to help campers secure on site mobile RV repair or direct them to nearby RV stores/maintenance facilities, tire specialists, etc. Camping World and Dixie RV Superstores are major dealerships nearby for parts, accessories, sales and repair.

River’s Edge has limited tent camping available by reservation only and approved at management’s discretion. Bicyclists on cross country are always welcome without reservation or prior approval.

Yellow River:
Campers are allowed to bring their own fishing boats and utilize the boat ramp. The campground is situated in the Yellow River Wildlife Management Area across from Eglin Air Force Base. Campers can keep their boats parked at their campsite. Campers without boats can bank fish. River conditions and fishing reports are posted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for the Yellow River. A fishing license is required. 

River’s Edge has a short nature trail along the river bank perfect for finding a good fishing hole which ends at a sandbar in the river bend downstream. Kayak and canoe enthusiasts can put in from River’s Edge and pick up at the public boat ramp a few miles downstream.

Other On-site Activities:
Children have a small playground with open field for games and a horseshoe pit. During winter months the clubhouse is open for morning coffee and planned social events like game night and potluck dinners.

For complete listing of parks in Okaloosa County and Public Beach Access in Fort Walton Beach please visit the Okaloosa County Online Parks List Holt and the surrounding towns and beaches are situated around the Eglin Air Force Base. Holt and Baker are the quiet small towns to the north of the base. The Yellow and Black Water Rivers offer lots of opportunity in this area for fishing, hiking, canoeing and kayaking, hunting, and taking auto and motorcycle rides along highway 90 and the surrounding countryside which features lovely ranches.

Area Attractions:
Okaloosa County and Emerald Coast Beaches East Holt, Baker, Crestview, Niceville, Fort Walton Beach and Destin.
Attractions/Activities in Holt/Baker:

Family Owned Restaurants

All campsites are full hookup and have the same daily ($30.00) and weekly rate ($150.00). Monthly rates vary by their location in the park and site features. Monthly rates start at $265.00 and up plus tax and metered electric. A $50.00 deposit and the first month’s rent is all that is required to get started. No long term commitments required. Local residents can take advantage of our weekend camping program (part-time monthly). Select sites are available for local residents to set up their RV campsite permanently while visiting to camp on the weekends. No need to break down, tow and store the RV. It is set up and ready for use each weekend for $159.00 plus tax and metered electric per month plus deposit.

4001 Log Lake Rd
Holt , Florida - 32564
Rates: Regular - $30.00*

Notes: Park is open year round. P.A. discount is not valid during holidays. Pets are welcome, but must be kept leashed and picked up after. *Rates are for 2 adults and children 15 and under. $2.00 additional for over two adults.  
For info and reservations call -  (850) 537-2267

New Book Covers the Pros and Cons of Full-time RVing with Children - Passport America Member Spotlight

San Diego, California (Barefoot Running Press, May 13th, 2014) - Want your kids to experience the freedom of the open road? Jason Robillard, author of several popular running books, and his wife Shelly and their three young children have been living in an RV for three years while they travel the country seeking new adventures. “Must Have Been Another Earthquake, Kids” covers their experiences along with an honest discussion about the pros and cons of full-timing with small children.

Jason tackles all topics, from long, boring drives through the Nevada desert to dealing with black water tanks to managing “sexy time” in a home that transmits the tiniest movements. This book is a necessary resource to any family considering this unorthodox lifestyle.

When planning to hit the road, Jason was dismayed that most of the resources seemed overly positive. “If it were this good, why doesn't everyone do it?” he reasoned. It only took a few weeks to understand: Those resources didn't tell the whole story. Over the next three years, the couple ironed out the difficulties to create a truly awesome experience.

In “Must Have Been Another Earthquake, Kids”, Jason touches on topics unique to parents, both good and bad. He offers practical advice that will help others plan similar journeys. He also discusses the trails and tribulations of their own adventure, often with humorous results.

"This is the best book on RV Living that I've read. Jason makes no effort to hype up or justify this lifestyle. He is objective and brutally honest about every single pro and con. If you’re a curious parent who wants to give your children a healthy worldview, you’ll appreciate Jason’s insights. If you’re seriously thinking of taking your family on the road, you’ll pour over Jason’s detailed logistical tips. Well done!"

-Vanessa Runs,

About Jason – Jason has authored several books, including The Barefoot Running Book (Plume, 2012), Never Wipe Your Ass with a Squirrel (Barefoot Running Press, 2013), and The Ultimate Guide to Trail Running and Ultramarathons (Skyhorse, 2014.) Jason has been collecting hobbies for years, which have included blogging, ultrarunning, magic, minimalism, building computers, Brazilian jiu jitsu, and mma training among other weird, random things.

Learn more about the Robillards here - 

Forest Ridge Campground & RV Park, Ellsworth, ME - Passport America Participating Park

Forest Ridge is a 60 site campground located in Ellsworth,Maine. We are 1 mile from downtown Ellsworth, 19 miles East of Bucksport, 15 miles North of Acadia National Park, 18 miles from Bar Harbor and 25 miles from Bangor.

We are centrally located in the heart of Down-East Maine, with easy access to Blue Hill, Castine, Deer Isle, Stonington, Lubec, Eastport, Schoodic Point, and Campobello Island. These towns offer you an array of tourist attractions, such as, fine dining, boat excursions, antique shops and lots of sightseeing.

The majority of our sites are drive-through sites with 50 amp electric, water and sewer and cable TV. We have an on-sight laundry room, FREE showers, a public dump station,  FREE Wireless, EXCELLENT Cellular reception (US Cellular, Verizon and AT&T). 

Whatever your destination, you're certain to find your stay at Forest Ridge relaxing and enjoyable. We welcome travelers, vacationers, tenters, bikers, seasonal campers, large groups, caravans and rallies, or those just passing through to Acadia National Park.

The Down-East & Acadia Region is extremely diverse with a beautiful and dramatic coastline as well as inland areas with rich forests, meandering rivers and sparkling  lakes carved out by the receding glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age.  

The region boasts everything - from the 1,530 foot Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the eastern seaboard north of Rio de Janeiro- to the beauty of Passamaquoddy Bay, the first place the sun rises in the U.S. to the natural splendor of Grand Lake.  We also have more lighthouses (24!) than any other region in Maine.  

Forest Ridge Campground 
& RV Park 
40 Flockamoosen Way
Ellsworth , Maine - 04605

Rates: Regular - $50.00

Notes: Open May 1st thru October 31st (Weather Permitting). PA is valid Mon thru Weds for 2 nights max. Credit cards accepted. No smoking. Pets welcome.

For info and reservations call -  
(207) 664-7070 or (855) 299-6969

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Since 1992, Passport America is the original 50% Discount Camping Club. With our Discount Travel Card, members of our club receive 50% Discounts on nightly camping fees for campsites at over 1,800 participating campgrounds, RV Parks and RV Resorts in the US, Canada, and Mexico! Membership is only $44.00 USD for 1 year and pays for itself with just a few nights stay. Please contact us (800) 283-7183 M-F 8AM-6PM CST SAT 9AM-4PM if you have any questions regarding our services. We are always very happy to help you!