Flagler Beach is a gorgeous seaside community in northern Florida, just a short drive north of Daytona Beach. Flagler Beach is tiny in comparison to the larger Daytona Beach, making it a more laid back, pleasant, peaceful area for vacationing. Flagler Beach is also just an hour's drive south of Jacksonville, one of the larger cities in the Sunshine State. The town has miles of spectacular oceanfront with white sand beaches and world-class restaurants to dine at while looking out into the Atlantic Ocean.
Flagler Beach is named for an early oil tycoon by the name of Henry Flagler, who sought to turn the east coast of Florida into a year-round vacation destination where everyone could enjoy basking in the sun's rays or swimming in the turquoise waters of the Atlantic. Trendy seaside boutiques, gift shops, iconic fishing piers, and stunning views solidify Flagler Beach as an exceptional place to rent an RV. It could not be more different than the party atmosphere of Daytona Beach, and so it remains an underrated gem without all the hassles of being overrun by tourists.
The Great Outdoors
It wouldn’t make sense to book an RV in Flagler Beach, or anywhere in Florida for that matter, and not head to one of the many picturesque beaches that line the ocean. Florida is, after all, known for its iconic beaches. Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area is a beautiful memorial to the life of Gamble Rogers, a folk singer who died trying to save a drowning tourist back in 1991. The park is excellent for beachcombing, strolling along the water’s edge, building sand castles, sun tanning, or photographing sea turtles hatch and march into the ocean. There are several camping sites you can utilize if you bring your Flagler Beach RV rental to the beach and want to stay longer.
Bulow Creek State Park is just south of town and a great place to see some of the oldest trees in the state. There are several groves of southern live oaks in the park, some of which are centuries old. You can hike through the forest, canoe on the many waterways, and visit the historic sites at the park, but unfortunately, you cannot camp out in your Flagler Beach camper rental as there is only tent camping allowed. Tomoka State Park is adjacent to Bulow Creek State Park and easy to reach when you rent an RV in Flagler Beach. Tomoka State Park is home to Nocoroco, the ancient Timucuan indigenous village on the banks of Tomoka River. Canoeing, kayaking, swimming, and fishing in the Tomoka River is an absolute pleasure and there are lots of picnic areas and hiking trails weaving their way through the wooded areas. You can stay overnight in your Flagler Beach RV rental if you need accommodation.
If you want to check out inland Florida a bit, head towards Orlando to see Ocala National Forest, a mesmerizing collection of shrublands, pine forests, and desert, with lots of exceptional lakes and ponds. There are more than ten campgrounds so you can stay in the forest if you would like to take a few extra days to hike through the wilderness areas of one of the oldest national forests in the country. Just remember to keep your food safely locked up in your Flagler Beach camper rental because there are lots of mischievous black bears on the prowl trying to score a free lunch.
Florida is quite possibly the most RV-friendly state in the United States, with endless amounts of campgrounds and RV parks up and down its coasts. Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area is a suitable place to camp overnight, with breathtaking views and amazing recreation activities within the park.
Beverly Beach Camptown RV Resort is situated directly on the seawall along the ocean, with unbeatable views of the sunrise. There are restrooms, beach pavilions, and even cabins to stay in too. Bulow RV Resort has its own pool along with a mini golf course, a clubhouse, volleyball courts, and a banquet hall too.
Flagler-By-The-Sea Campgrounds is yet another option located in Flagler Beach, with both short-term and long-term stays. A two-minute walk from your RV will bring you to amazing coast.
Exploring the City
Most people visit the small community of Flagler Beach for its white sand beaches and warm weather, but there is more to the town than meets the eye. Along the beach road, there are a handful of restaurants, wineries, breweries, cafes, and shops to pique your curiosity while you walk through town. The Flagler Beach Municipal Pier is hard to miss, jutting out into the water from the beach. The pier is great for catching some epic sunrises, photographing the beach, fishing, or simply walking on and enjoying the views.
Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park is found on the peripheries of town, where the ruins of an old antebellum plantation and sugar mill can be seen. The house was razed to the ground during the Seminole War of 1836 and has since been reclaimed by the jungle vegetation.
Flagler Beach Historical Museum is a wonderful volunteer-run institution that collects and displays photographs, artifacts, and other memorabilia from the past. Although the beach will most likely occupy most of your time, the museum is fascinating and especially useful for rainy days.