Florida accommodations are as varied in personality as the weather is in mid-July. All sorts of stays line the Sunshine State, ranging from swanky, five-star luxury hotels and beach resorts to cozy one-room cottages, posh penthouses, B&Bs, and beachfront high-rise condominiums to back-to-nature-style Everglades cabins and campsites. For sports or nature lovers there are hotels and motels located on golf courses, marinas, or surrounded by nature preserves and hiking trails. For families and admirers of kitsch, there are themed hotels that transport you from Florida to, say, Colorado, or even the Cartoon Network. For the hipster, there's the requisite boutique hotel with mandatory celebrity sightings. And for those who just want to get away from it all, there are countless hidden hotels, motels, and cottages, even a few on private islands.
Easy Rider: Camping Out Old School
As time goes by and the remnants of Old Florida become as rare as natural blondes on South Beach, it's nice to jump on the vintage bandwagon -- or in this case, the vintage Volkswagen, when the opportunity presents itself. Thanks to Florida Oldschool Campers, your nostalgic journey through the Sunshine State begins on tricked-out VW mini RVs, complete with two-burner propane stove, icebox, table, cabinet space, and two surprisingly comfy beds with clean linens. Owners Mike and Dixie keep the rides stocked with cookware, linens, and flashlights, and even a water tank.?Each of the two buses has full hookups including water and standard 110-volt outlets.?Even the prices are pretty vintage and, uh, far out, at?$80 a day,?making for a trippy way to explore?what's new and old in the state of Florida. Florida Oldschool Campers, Tampa (no street address), www.floridavwrentals.com.
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