5 of the Best Luxury RV Resorts in the South
When you look for luxury RV resorts, you’ll find that they’re not all created equal. Some motorcoach resorts only permit Class A motorhomes, Class Cs, Super Cs, or fifth wheels. While they’re gorgeous destinations, they exclude those of us who don’t want to drive a 45-foot motorhome or tow a similarly sized fifth wheel. So, we’re bringing you some more of the most luxurious RV resorts that allow travel trailers like the Bowlus Terra Firma or Endless Highways.
We’ve found five amazing RV parks in the southern US that you’re going to want to check out. Many offer long term stays and some sell RV lots, so you have the flexibility to stay for the weekend, the week, or the season. Note that the costs to stay at these high end resorts are accurate as of this writing (for 2 guests in a travel trailer, when that makes a difference) but prices are subject to change. They may also vary by season.
Pelican RV Resort and Marina – Florida
We’ll start way down south in the Florida Keys. Located in Marathon, about an hour north of Key West, is Pelican RV Resort & Marina, a Sun RV Resort. Sun is one of the largest luxury RV resort chains in the US, and Pelican does not disappoint.
Pelican welcomes guests of all ages, as well as your pets. The RV resort has 300-feet of exclusive and secluded Gulf of Mexico waterfront and 16 boat slips in its private marina. Fishers can take advantage of the park’s boat ramp and prepare their fresh catch for dinner at the fish cleaning station. Resort amenities also include a clubhouse, Tiki hut picnic area, community fire pit, pet walk, heated swimming pool, lounging deck, and more.
Pelican RV Resort has three types of sites. Elite extra-large sites are for rigs up to 50-feet long and standard sites are for units up to 34 feet long. If you’re looking for a gorgeous view, a waterfront site would be perfect for trailers up to 34 feet long (with a Bowlus, you’d have room to spare!). The resort has a very limited number of waterfront sites available, so you’ll want to make reservations well in advance of your trip. All sites have pea rock pads, are back-in only, and have full hookups with 30- and 50-amp electric service, cable, and Wi-Fi. Your campsite will also have a picnic table for your portable grill. Sites range from around $80 to $130 a night.
If you’re looking for things to do while in the Keys, the Marathon area has a lot to offer. The Dolphin Research Center lets you experience the playfulness and acrobatics of the graceful marine mammal. The white sands of Sombrero Beach are a great place to soak up the sun. There are also snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities at Bahia Honda and Indian Key Historic State Parks, so you can introduce yourself to life under the surface of the Gulf.
Carolina Pines RV Resort – South Carolina
Carolina Pines is another spectacular Sun RV resort. Located near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, we think this luxury RV resort will become one of your favorite destinations.
All RV sites in the resort have concrete pads, full hookups, cable, and free Wi-Fi. They also have fire pits, a patio, and a picnic table. Premium RV pull-through sites start at $68 a night and can comfortably fit rigs up to 55-feet long. The standard back-in sites are slightly smaller and are limited to rigs no more than 50-feet. They start at $66.
It’s Carolina Pines’ 5-star amenities that really make it memorable for RVers. Guests of the resort have full access to the exclusive Carolina Pines Beach Club. This private club has miles of private beach access, away from the masses that flock to Myrtle Beach each summer. It also has a swimming pool, hot tub, and veranda. The Beach Club is just a short complimentary shuttle ride away from the resort.
On the resort property, you’ll find a mini bowling alley, miniature golf, a serenity pool, lap pool, heated indoor pool, hot tub, professional pickleball courts, and a fitness center. Mom can practice her warrior pose in the yoga studio while the kids are hanging out at the Red Fox Arcade (which is far superior to a typical campground “game room”).
The resort offers several dining options if you don’t feel like cooking. There are two restaurants and bars offering Low Country cuisine and drinks. You can even have your food delivered to your RV or pool cabana.
If you decide to venture outside the resort, you’re just a short drive from Myrtle Beach State Park, Myrtle Beach Safari, Ripley’s Aquarium, and a variety of short boat cruises that will take you into the Atlantic.
Crossing Creeks RV Resort & Spa, Georgia
Located in northern Georgia’s Blue Ridge mountains near the historic town of Blairsville is Crossing Creeks RV Resort & Spa. The 100-acre pet friendly resort welcomes motorhomes, 5th wheels and travel trailers.
Prices start at $122 per night for a standard back-in site. You can also reserve a premium creekside pull through ($147 per night) or back-in ($137 per night). If you’re traveling with friends that don’t have a luxury RV, Crossing Creeks has 1 bedroom creekside cabins with a space for your 25-29-foot RV (the perfect fit for a Bowlus!). All sites have full hookups and large concrete pads. Note that the resort doesn’t accept RVs longer than 45-feet long. RV sites and cabins are available to rent or buy.
Crossing Creeks has all the amenities you’d expect to find at any 5-star resort, including a pool, jacuzzi, clubhouse, hot tub, bathhouses, and fitness center. The resort’s spa offers massages and saunas. There’s also a dog park and you can fish in the area’s trout streams.
The resort is close to the Appalachian Trail, so there are plenty of hiking opportunities if you want to stretch your legs. There are also six golf courses in the area, waterfalls, white water rafting, kayaking, and canoeing. If you want to try your hand at a game of chance, the Cherokee Casino is located just a short drive away in North Carolina.
Santa Rosa Waterfront RV Resort, Florida
Located in Navarre Beach in Florida’s panhandle is the Santa Rosa Waterfront RV Resort. This award winning resort has a quarter of a mile of waterfront and is located between Destin and Pensacola Beach.
Santa Rosa has a heated waterfront pool with a shaded lounging area, a clubhouse, a 300-foot fishing pier, lush tropical landscaping, and a community fire pit. Your pets are welcome here (though certain breeds are prohibited), and they’ll love the fenced in dog park and the dog beach. Santa Rosa has also a new Wi-Fi system to ensure great coverage throughout the resort, as well as onsite laundry facilities.
With only 88 sites, this resort is on the smaller side, but that’s not a bad thing. It just means it’s less crowded on the private white sand beach. All the sites have full hook-ups and cable, and 24 are located right on the Gulf coast. Rates start at $78 per night and go up to $186 for a premium waterfront site.
Destin and Pensacola Beach both have amazing dining options with plenty of fresh seafood. There’s also a water park nearby, fishing charters, and 6 golf courses to keep campers busy.
Luxury RV Resort, Alabama
The aptly named Luxury RV Resort in Gulf Shores, Alabama offers monthly site rentals in addition to short term daily or weekly stays. Every site has full hookups and a picnic table. Gas fire pits are also available. Daily prices start at $79 and monthly rates start at $1,350.
Amenities include a swimming pool with deck and lounge seating, a clubhouse, a group fire pit, free Wi-Fi, and a variety of seasonal activities. The resort also has easy access to the Gulf’s white sand beaches.
Luxury RV Resort is a great place to call home while you’re exploring the exciting Gulf Shores region. The city of Gulf Shores features award winning restaurants and breweries. It’s also home to a 20-acre water and amusement park. If you’re into history, check out the Fort Mims Historic Site where you can learn about the Creek Indian War and Alabama’s history. If shopping is more your scene, you won’t want to miss The Wharf, the region’s premiere shopping, dining, and entertainment destination. Catch the latest blockbuster in the movie theater, or if you time your trip right, you can catch a top musician’s performance at The Wharf Amphitheater.