Updated: Mar 8
We've heard buzz from fellow campers about Jimmy Buffet's Camp Margaritaville for over a year, so we were eager to check it out for ourselves. The resort opened in January of 2022, so it's still pretty new in the world of Florida campgrounds.
See our video from our stay at Camp Margaritaville HERE.
Located just a hop off of I-4 in Auburndale, Florida, it sits basically right between Tampa and Orlando. From here, you're looking at a 72 mile drive to the white sands of Clearwater Beach or a 31 mile drive to the parking lot at Disney's Magic Kingdom.
I've heard Camp Margaritaville referred to as "a cruise ship on land," meaning it has enough amenities to keep people at the resort and happily entertained... multiple eateries, tiki bars, pools, waterslides, waterparks, playgrounds, putt-putt, fitness center, dog parks, activities, live music and shows, etc.
It is the ultimate setting for outdoor enthusiasts to sit around a campfire while enjoying their favorite salt-rimmed beverages. Many campers seem to really enjoy the social setting provided by this resort. On Saturday night, the place was hopping as people gathered around the tiki bar to enjoy karaoke.
There is a full schedule of both kid friendly and adult only activities everyday. Kids enjoy organized sports, scavenger hunts and crafts, and the adults have fun at trivia night, karaoke, yoga, etc. We all enjoyed a live parrot show one afternoon in the resort's huge pavilion.
The design of the campground is laid out to be both visually pleasing and user friendly. The sites are on the larger side, and each has a paved patio, section of faux grass, landscaping, and seashell accents. There are several options for upgraded sites that include features like tiki huts and kitchenettes. We were in a standard back-in full hook up, and it worked more than great for our 43 foot rig and truck.
One section of the campground (a few campsites, as well as the second pool and bar) back up to a lake where there is a waterpark cable system for people wanting to practice their jumps on boards. There is a long pier full of Adirondack chairs to take in the free entertainment if desired. We saw just a few people out on their boards, but it was a fun place to walk down to and check out in the afternoons.
We really appreciate when we are somewhere where we can walk the dogs and ride our bikes in the mornings and evenings. This was a really fun place to bike ride!