If you spend your free time daydreaming about sunshine and sunny spots, look no further. Whether you’re dreaming or planning a getaway, here are our top picks for sunny spots to park your rig.
Ocean Mesa at El Capitan is a great place to enjoy a beautiful sunset in idyllic Santa Barbara, CA. With an average of 300 sunny days a year, this coastal community offers a great home base to explore all that Southern California has to offer.
This campground sits right on the waters of the spectacular Mission Bay, offering easy access to San Diego’s many attractions like Sea World and Coronado Island. Spend your afternoons kayaking, watching the surfers or just relaxing on the beach.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is located in the San Diego County desert, just 45 minutes west of the Salton Sea. While summer temperatures regularly exceed 100 degrees, in the winter months you'll find temps in the comfortable 70 degrees range. Hiking, biking, backpacking and bird watching are just a few of the things visitors can do in California’s largest state park.
Bonita Canyon Campground hosts a number of interesting rock formations for visitors to hike and explore, including nearby Chiricahua National Monument, “A Wonderland of Rocks”. Explore an old Swedish Settlement from the 1880s to learn about life in the wild, wild west, and enjoy modern wildlife, such as the coati mindi who have made their way north from Mexico’s Sierra Madres. The warm weather and beautiful scenery just add to the adventure.
City of Rocks State Park in Faywood, NM is centered around a large formation of volcanic rocks, or pinnacles. The rock formations, rising as high as 40 feet, were created 34.9 million years ago by a volcanic eruption. Great for star-watching at night, this park boasts warm temperatures and sunny skies during the day year-round. The park is home to at least 35 species of birds, including bald and golden eagles, hawks and horned owls.
The warm climate and beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico make South Padre Island an ideal place to warm up. Located on the tropical tip of Texas, South Padre is known for its beautiful beaches, warm gulf water and breathtaking sunsets. Just steer clear in April, when college students from near and far flock here.
Mandeville, Louisiana is located on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain, directly opposite New Orleans. The city was founded as a sugar plantation in the mid-1800s. Today, it is home to 2,800 acre Fountainbleu State Park, which boasts an old railroad track that now serves as a hiking and biking path running through the park. Visitors can relax on the white sand beaches of Mandeville and watch the sailboats on Lake Pontchartrain. With year-round temperate weather, a rich history and plenty to do and see, Mandeville makes a great sunny escape.
Located on the east coast of northern Florida, Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine, Florida is within easy walking or biking distance of gorgeous white sand beaches, enjoyable all year long. Activities include boating, fishing, hiking, biking and windsurfing. Tidal marshes make excellent spots for birding and watching wildlife.
With average February temperatures in the high 70s, Knights Key RV Resort and Marina in Marathon Key is a great place to warm up. The resort hosts many of its own activities and has beautiful sandy beaches, as well as a marina for boating. Key West, and all it has to offer, is a mere hour drive south on the equally scenic Highway 5.
RV Hawaii-style. Happy Campers Hawaii rents nostalgic VW vans on the Big Island. There are a number of parks to choose from, but our top pick is Punalu’u Black Sand Beach Park on the Kau coast. Be on the lookout for endangered Hawksbill and Green turtles, which can often be spotted basking on the black sand. Nearly twice as big as all of the other Hawaiian islands combined, you’ll find all but two of the world’s climactic zones on the island, and countless natural wonders to explore.