Our month at the Daytona Beach RV Resort in Port Orange, Florida is up and it’s time to move on down the road. Or up the road, actually. And probably just in time, since it’s been getting warmer every week.
Today we will have an easy run of just 60 miles to the Elks lodge in St. Augustine. They have back in RV sites with 30 amp electric and water available for RVing Elks members. We stayed there a couple of years ago and enjoyed it because it’s close to the historic downtown area, a mile or so from the beach at Anastasia State Park, and a good place to hang out for a few days.
There is a chance of rain every day for the next week or so, but hopefully we will finally get a chance to fly our Revolution kites on the beach. And who knows? We may even go out to the pier at St. Augustine Beach and do some fishing!
As many of you know, we had a goal this winter of finding a place where we could hang out in the wintertime for a few months and rest and recharge our batteries before we hit the road again looking for new RV adventures. And while we have no immediate plans to hang up the keys, it happens to most of us sooner or later, and we were looking for where that place might be.
We had some pretty strict criteria in that we wanted to be no more than 30 minutes from a beach, we prefer a small town atmosphere, and need to be someplace where RV storage was available.
After ruling out pretty much everything on the Gulf Coast, and much of the Atlantic Coast, we finally narrowed it down to the area from New Smyrna Beach north to St. Augustine. One problem we quickly ran into is that while there are a zillion manufactured homes for sale, most of them are in parks with rented lots. And quite often those lot rents run anywhere from $500 a month to over $1100 a month. No thank you! I have no interest in forking out that much money every month and not even owning the dirt I’m living on.
But we have found two places, Terra Mar Village in Edgewater, just south of New Smyrna Beach, and Lighthouse Cove, but four miles further south. Both are on the Indian River, which is part of Mosquito Lagoon and the Intercoastal Waterway in this area. In both places, you can own the lot and the home. Both places also include rec halls, swimming pools, fishing docks, and boat launches for the residents’ use. And best of all, community fees to cover the cost of upkeep and access to those facilities is just $110 a month at Terra Mar, and $55 a month at Lighthouse Cove. Both also have RV/boat storage.
We looked at several units in both places, and while we didn’t find “the” one home that works for us, we do feel that either place does a pretty good job of meeting all of our needs. At least we’ve focused in on where we want to be, and when the time comes to pull the trigger, whenever that is, hopefully we will find the unit we want.
Thought For The Day – Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.