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If you're planning on motorhome camping near Tampa, you’ll need a place to call your temporary home, and you may appreciate what the Bay Bayou Resort has to offer. The resort has a heated pool with a tiki hut, fishing docks, exercise equipment, a clubhouse with billiards, computer workstations, a lending library, a fire pit, shuffleboard, horseshoes, bocce ball, dog parks with warm-water baths, and planned activities.The campsites at Bay Bayou Resort feature full hookups, cable hookups, patios, and picnic tables. Waterfront sites are available. Resort amenities include restrooms and showers, laundry facilities, and WiFi. The resort is family-friendly and pet-friendly.



Find the perfect RV for your campsite

Camping with an RV

Camping with an RV

Have you ever wanted to sleep at the foot of a mountain or wake up to the sound of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore? When on a road trip, do you like to stop at every weird and wonderful roadside attraction? Do you ever just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out into the great outdoors? Then renting an RV is definitely for you.

Camping in an RV allows you to adventure on your terms. Whether you’re looking to bond over an open fire with family and friends or you just want to get away for a while, there’s no better way to do it than from behind the wheel of an RV.

How Outdoorsy Works

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Find the perfect RV

Choose your location, dates, and send the owner a request to book.

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Delivery or Pickup

Arrange a pick up time with the owner or have it delivered to your driveway or destination.

Let us help

Most owners have the option to deliver and set up the RV right to your destination.

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Adventure awaits!

Enjoy the freedom of the open road nd the assurance of 24/7 roadside assistance.

After your trip, return the RV to the owner on the same condition you recieved it.

The Great Outdoors

You’ll be near the Hillsborough River State Park when you rent a camper near the Bay Bayou Resort. This state park features the restored Fort Foster State Historic Site with interpretive artifact displays, tours, reenactments, and living history events. The park also offers Class II river rapids, a swimming pool, seven miles of nature trails, picnic areas and pavilions, playgrounds, and a café and gift shop. Canoes and kayaks are available for rent. Campfire programs are led by park staff. Other recreational opportunities include biking, fishing, geocaching, and wildlife viewing.ZooTampa at Lowry Park has been repeatedly recognized with the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Visit with your Tampa camper rental to explore all that it has to offer, including its more than 1,300 animals, open-air narrated safari tours, rollercoaster and splashdown rides, a carousel, and more. There are several dining options and a beer and wine garden. Gift and souvenir shops are located throughout the zoo. Special events and programs include Zoo University, Zoo Brews, Yoga in the Wild, and holiday-themed celebrations.The Alafia River State Park is also easily accessible with your rental motorhome near Bay Bayou Resort. It is a reclaimed phosphate mine with significant elevation changes in an otherwise relatively flat area of the state as well as small lakes. There are over 20 miles of hilly trails, including International Mountain Bike Association trails. Other amenities include interpretive exhibits, picnic areas with pavilions, a playground, restrooms, and a full-service bike shop. Recreational opportunities include hiking, boating, fishing, geocaching, and bird and wildlife watching. Ranger-led programs include campfire circles and stargazing.

Exploring the Area

There is plenty to do and see right in Tampa when you are RV camping at the Bay Bayou Resort. Some of this city’s highlights include Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, the Florida Aquarium, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Tampa Bay History Center, and the Tampa Riverwalk. Guided and self-guided tours include the Historic Ybor City Food Tour, the Tampa Cigar Factory Tour, scavenger hunts, and the Tampa History Cruise. Ways to get around town include Pirate Water Taxis and free Downtowners. Special events that take place in and around this area every year include Tampa Bay Beer Week, the Busch Gardens Wine and Food Festival, the Sunset Music Festival, Tampa Riverfest, Pig Jig, and the Gasparilla Music Fest. Check out Visit Tampa Bay, City of Tampa Visitors, and the Tampa Bay Chamber for the latest in local news, happenings, and visitor guides.Orlando is perhaps America’s quintessential vacation destination and the Theme Park Capital of the World. You can make a day trip or two when you camp in an RV near Tampa. Some of the best-known and more little-known things to see and do here include the Walt Disney World Resort, the Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando, Discovery Cove, the Orlando Fire Museum, historic Eatonville, and the Orlando Museum of Art. Virtual tours of Orlando are available and include Restaurant Row, the International Drive area, downtown Orlando, and several theme parks. Annual events that you may want to consider when planning your trip include the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, Orlando Beer Week, the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities, and EDC Orlando. Make sure to check out Visit Orlando, the Orlando Tourist Information Bureau, and Visit Florida for up-to-date information on area attractions, events, and visitor guides.Because of the oceanside location of the RV campgrounds, you’ll be able to find authentic Caribbean and Cuban cuisine as well as fresh seafood, ethnic eateries, fine dining and family fare, and much more. You can also check out the Columbia Restaurant, which is Florida’s oldest restaurant and the largest Spanish restaurant in the world. And when it’s time to fill up your tank, you can get both diesel fuel and gasoline easily at any of the area’s truck stops, service stations, and convenience stores.


Ready to grab your gear and hit the trails? Before you hike, here are a few things you should check off your list. Learn more
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Find the perfect RV for Bay Bayou RV Resort

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All towables

Trailer

Trailers for all types of towing vehicles, including SUVs and pickups.

Folding Trailer

Trailers you can tow with passenger vehicles or SUVs. A great way to transform average cars into adventure cars.

Fifth-Wheel

Larger trailers that attach to towing vehicles with a gooseneck extension in the truck bed.

Toy Hauler

Living quarters in the front with dedicated space for hauling motorcycles or other “toys” in the back.

Utility Trailer

All other types of towable trailers.

All drivables

Class C

Popular with small families and first-time RV drivers who want a little more room than a van. Comparable to driving a truck.

Camper Van

The smallest and nimblest of fully enclosed RVs. Drives like a van. Loves posing for Instagram.

Class B

A formal-sounding name for camper van, but just as photogenic.

Class A

Drivers should be comfortable driving bus-sized vehicles and dealing with parking limitations. Great for delivery.

Truck Camper

If you can drive a truck, you can drive a truck camper. Makes roughing it significantly less rough.

Other

All other types of drivable vehicles.

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Questions about RVs?

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What type of RV should I choose?

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Start by determining how many people are planning to travel with you. Going on a solo-journey? Choose a camper van or a teardrop trailer. Bringing the whole family along for the ride? Consider a spacious Class A or five-wheel.

You’ll also want to consider amenities. For example, if you’re planning to cook on the road, you’ll want a kitchenette. If your campground doesn’t have public restrooms, you’ll want to search RVs with bathrooms. Check out full descriptions of our models to help you decide here.


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Do the RVs have bathrooms?

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Yes. Class A’s, Class B’s, and Class C’s and five-Wheels typically have bathrooms. Depending on where you plan on camping, you’ll want to double-check the availability of restrooms if selecting a rig without a bathroom. Nervous about renting an RV with a bathroom? Owners can help show you how to clean the tank or will offer to do it for you for a fee.


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How does check-in work?

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Once an Owner approves your RV reservation, you can coordinate a time to pick up your rig or have it delivered to your doorstep or campsite. At that point, the owner will do a key exchange with you and walk you through the RV and answer any questions you might have.