Blue Ridge Parkway – I-64 to the James River

Rock Point Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Blue Ridge Parkway – Interstate 64 to the James River

In this section we approach the Blue Ridge Parkway from Interstate 64 in Virginia and drive south to the James River Visitor Center.

Please study the map when planning your Blue Ridge Parkway journey and/or link to this website (and map) during your drive if you get lost, are looking for a specific destination or just want to see what’s coming up ahead!

The map below is completely interactive! Use the controls in the corners to navigate (zoom, move in different directions). Use the controls in the lower-left corner to change map type (default is satellite mode).

Press and hold your left button (on a normal mouse) to slide the map in any direction.

Zoom in for more details, change the background to a different map type, click on icons for links and photos. Note – you can zoom in further and see more details when the map is in satellite mode.

Tips:

1. Blue Ridge Parkway is the red road. Side roads are a pinkish color.
2. Hike trails are marked in bright green.
3. Parkway Overlooks have green panorama icons. Click to see a photo of the view!
4. Some restaurants have numbers indicating their Tripadvisor rankings!
5. Points of interests have different icons. Look for wineries, hotels, breweries, visitor centers, campgrounds, bed-and-breakfasts, cabins, resorts, nearby gas stations and parking areas.
6.  Camera icons show additional points of interests that are worth photographing.

Click to View BRP-Interstate 64 to James River in a larger map

Credits: Some map icons used courtesy of http://mapicons.nicolasmollet.com/

Blue Ridge Parkway – Virginia to Linville, NC

Blue Ridge Parkway - Tanawha Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway – Virginia to Linville

In this section we drive from the Virginia State Line along the Blue Ridge Parkway to Linville, NC.

Please study the map when planning your Blue Ridge Parkway journey and/or link to this website (and map) during your drive if you get lost, are looking for a specific destination or just want to see what’s coming up ahead!

The map below is completely interactive! Use the controls in the corners to navigate (zoom, move in different directions). Use the controls in the lower-left corner to change map type (default is satellite mode).

Press and hold your left button (on a normal mouse) to slide the map in any direction.

Zoom in for more details, change the background to a different map type, click on icons for links and photos. Note – you can zoom in further and see more details when the map is in satellite mode.

Tips:

1. Blue Ridge Parkway is the red road. Side roads are a pinkish color.
2. Hike trails are marked in bright green.
3. Parkway Overlooks have green panorama icons. Click to see a photo of the view!
4. Some restaurants have numbers indicating their Tripadvisor rankings!
5. Points of interests have different icons. Look for wineries, hotels, breweries, visitor centers, campgrounds, bed-and-breakfasts, cabins, resorts, nearby gas stations and parking areas.
6. Camera icons show additional points of interests that are worth photographing.

Click to View Virginia to Linville in a larger map

Credits: Some map icons used courtesy of http://mapicons.nicolasmollet.com/

Blue Ridge Parkway – Linville to Asheville

Blue Ridge Parkway - Graybeard Mtn Viewpoint
Blue Ridge Parkway – Linville to Asheville

In this section we drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway from Linville NC to Asheville.

Please study the map when planning your Blue Ridge Parkway journey and/or link to this website (and map) during your drive if you get lost, are looking for a specific destination or just want to see what’s coming up ahead!

The map below is completely interactive! Use the controls in the corners to navigate (zoom, move in different directions). Use the controls in the lower-left corner to change map type (default is satellite mode).

Press and hold your left button (on a normal mouse) to slide the map in any direction.

Zoom in for more details, change the background to a different map type, click on icons for links and photos. Note – you can zoom in further and see more details when the map is in satellite mode.

Tips:

1. Blue Ridge Parkway is the red road. Side roads are a pinkish color.
2. Hike trails are marked in bright green.
3. Parkway Overlooks have green panorama icons. Click to see a photo of the view!
4. Some restaurants have numbers indicating their Tripadvisor rankings!
5. Points of interests have different icons. Look for wineries, hotels, breweries, visitor centers, campgrounds, bed-and-breakfasts, cabins, resorts, nearby gas stations and parking areas.
6. Camera icons show additional points of interests that are worth photographing.

Click to view Linville to Asheville in a larger map

Credits: Some map icons used courtesy of http://mapicons.nicolasmollet.com/

Free Camping on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Land

BLM Land Camping

Understanding your options for free camping on BLM land is a key requirement for budget-minded and secluded travel across the Western States of America.

Unlike National Forests (another popular free camping option), BLM boundaries can be much more challenging to figure out! It is not uncommon to find “private – no entry” signs on land that appears to be public (depending on the map you’re looking at). There are even internet reports of harassment from local landowners when campers are clearly on BLM land!

It is really up to each camper to thoroughly research each BLM District in question. When in doubt, please visit or call the nearest BLM District office for clarification.

COVID-19 Challenges – Policies are different in every state. Please the BLM website for updated information. https://www.blm.gov/locations

In this article, I offer tips and ideas to help you navigate the basics of free camping on BLM lands!

What is the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)?

Simply put, it is an Agency within the Department of the Interior responsible for administering public lands as shown in the diagram below.

The diagram also shows the States where BLM operates (including all the Eastern States) as well as two websites – one for information and one for booking.

BLM Organization
BLM Organization

Where does BLM operate?

Nationwide as shown above but in terms of camping, most of the opportunities are west of the Mississippi River.

The image below illustrates the distribution of BLM land quite clearly.

Bureau of Land Management Map
Bureau of Land Management Map (Source – Department of the Interior)

How to find BLM Campgrounds and sites?

There are mainly three styles of camping on BLM land –

  1. Campgrounds – developed camping areas with amenities of some kind! Most are fee-based. Many (most?) are first-come-first-serve, meaning you choose an available campsite and pay a nightly fee. Some sites can be pre-booked online (link below).
  2. Dispersed – Mostly free and without amenities. You scout the BLM land and set up camp away from developed campgrounds. BUT, dispersed camping does not mean you can set up camp anywhere you want. There are basic rules for each particular land (you can generally stay free for 14 days per month).
  3. Managed Dispersed – In popular locations, the rangers may mark or number the dispersed sites in order to manage crowds and land erosion. You can only camp in those marked sites.

To find developed campgrounds, you have two options:

  1. Use the search box on the BLM website. Go Here to Search for BLM Camping.
  2. Use a third-party website (See my list of recommended sites for FREE camping.
BLM Camping Search
BLM Website Camping Search

To book a reservable site in a developed campground, Go Here to Book Using Recreation.gov

Recreationgov Booking
Recreation.gov Booking website

Experienced campers often go straight to Recreation.gov because they know what they are looking for and how to navigate this useful site! I will write a future article to share tips and tricks!

To find dispersed campsites you have several options:

1. Third-party websites (mentioned above) are your best friends. The dispersed campsites listed on their maps often have fire rings and you can expect those sites to comply with local rules (such as distance from water sources, etc). Unfortunately, when sites are easy to find and listed everywhere they tend to get busy!

Two notes of caution:

a) third-party websites are often inaccurate because they depend on input from the public. This works great in most cases but sometimes folks camp illegally (knowingly or not) and then share the locations! Or they mess up the GPS waypoints!

b) directions and road conditions may change! Study your GPS, know the off-road capabilities of your vehicle, and do not overestimate your driving skills.

Many full-time road warriors use free dispersed camping and their Youtube videos are fun and informative if you’re interested. I provide detailed information on this website and on my Youtube channel – Lets-See-America

2. To avoid the crowds, experienced gypsies do their own research using Google Maps and Google Earth to scout for new dispersed camp spots in advance. To avoid getting into trouble with rangers, they educate themselves with land boundaries and local rules. If you want to do the same, please adhere to “Leave-no-Trace” principles and do not unintentionally “develop” new campsites.

3. Visit or call local BLM District Offices and talk to the Rangers! They will explain the local rules and direct you to approved dispersed camping areas.

Arriving on BLM lands

Many areas have signs next to the highway indicating the start or end of Public Lands. Look for this signage:

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Logo
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Logo

Recreation areas may have information boards indicating allowed activities and camping rules.

BLM Information booth at Hurricane Cliffs in Utah

Here is what I do after arrival:

  1. I do my best to arrive before 4 pm in a new area. Searching for a site after dark is no fun.
  2. I study my paper and/or online maps to ensure I stay within the BLM boundaries.
  3. I look for information boards (see image above). Those are really helpful but rare!
  4. I pick an unoccupied site using basic common sense (away from other campers for example)
  5. I clean the site – broken glass, trash, etc. You do not want to ruin your tires or cut yourself during your stay.
  6. I walk the neighborhood just to see who is near and what escapes routes I have in case of emergencies or danger. I generally park my vehicle pointing towards the road for a faster getaway!

Finally, read or watch my BLM camping posts and become a Patreon!

I stay mostly on free Public Lands and write often about my experiences! These articles are sorted by State.

I provide clear directions with accurate GPS coordinates and post photos, video, and drone (aerial) video of each location.

If you want my personal tips and opinions, please become of Patreon of my work! For a small monthly contribution you help fund my research expenses and you gain access to exclusive information about travel destinations such as the best (or worst) sites in a particular BLM area!

Patreon Page – Lets-See-America

Blue Ridge Parkway – Roanoke to the North Carolina State Line

Blue Ridge Parkway - Mabry Mill
Blue Ridge Parkway – Roanoke to the North Carolina State Line

In this section we drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway from Roanoke to the North Carolina State Line.

Please study the map when planning your Blue Ridge Parkway journey and/or link to this website (and map) during your drive if you get lost, are looking for a specific destination or just want to see what’s coming up ahead!

The map below is completely interactive! Use the controls in the corners to navigate (zoom, move in different directions). Use the controls in the lower-left corner to change map type (default is satellite mode).

Press and hold your left button (on a normal mouse) to slide the map in any direction.

Zoom in for more details, change the background to a different map type, click on icons for links and photos. Note – you can zoom in further and see more details when the map is in satellite mode.

Tips:

1. Blue Ridge Parkway is the red road. Side roads are a pinkish color.
2. Hike trails are marked in bright green.
3. Parkway Overlooks have green panorama icons. Click to see a photo of the view!
4. Some restaurants have numbers indicating their Tripadvisor rankings!
5. Points of interests have different icons. Look for wineries, hotels, breweries, visitor centers, campgrounds, bed-and-breakfasts, cabins, resorts, nearby gas stations and parking areas.
6. Camera icons show additional points of interests that are worth photographing.

Click to View Roanoke to North Carolina State Line in a larger map

Credits: Some map icons used courtesy of http://mapicons.nicolasmollet.com/

Free Camping in Florida – The Ultimate Guide -National Parks Service – Part 4

Everglades NP Camping at Flamingo

The National Parks Service (NPS) needs no introduction! With over 130 camping areas to choose from nationwide, families can spend a lifetime exploring the great American outdoors in the NPS.

Unfortunately, there are only a handful of NPS camping opportunities available in Florida.

Florida Camping Map - National Parks
Florida Camping Map – National Parks – click to enlarge

In this article, I cover National Park Service camping in Florida. Please note – NPS camping is NOT FREE. In fact, it is NOT CHEAP either with rates up to $42 (electricity) per site! But National Parks campgrounds are very popular and for this reason, I decided to include them in this camping series.

(Feature Image – Flamingo Campground – Everglades National Park)

Organization of Public Camping in Florida

Organization of Camping in Florida
Organization of Public Camping in Florida – source: Eben Schoeman (click to enlarge image)

As described in the first article of this series and in the org chart above, there are three National Parks in Florida with drive-up camping facilities.

Dispersed drive-up camping is NOT ALLOWED. You must camp in developed campgrounds as listed below:

National Parks Service (NPS) Campgrounds in Florida (click to enlarge)

Everglades National Park – Information and Booking

I will soon post a video review of each campground. In the meantime, here are the two best sources of information:

  • Flamingo Adventures – the official booking site for the two drive-in locations Long Pine Key Campground and Flamingo Campground in Everglades National Park. Guest Services, Inc. is an authorized Concessioner of the National Park Service to provide retail, restaurant, lodging, campground, boat tours, boat rentals, kayak, and canoe rentals, and bike rentals.
  • Everglades National Park – official website with detailed background information about the Park.

Big Cypress National Preserve – Information and Booking

I will soon post a video review of each campground. In the meantime, here are the two best sources of information:

  • Recreation.gov – excellent website with detailed information about campgrounds in Big Cypress National Preserve including maps and photos. Official booking site for NPS campgrounds.
  • Big Cypress National Preserve – official website with detailed background information about the Park.

Gulf Islands National Seashore – Information and Booking

I will soon post a video review of each campground. In the meantime, here are the two best sources of information:

  • Recreation.gov – excellent website with detailed information about campgrounds in Gulf Islands National Seashore including maps and photos. Official booking site for NPS campgrounds.
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore – official website with detailed background information about the Park.

Recreation.gov

If you are unfamiliar with Recreation.gov, do spend some time exploring the site. It is the official portal for reservations, venue details, and descriptions of 12 Federal Participating Partners: Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Federal Highway Administration, National Archives & Records Administration, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, Tennessee Valley Authority, Fish and Wildlife Service, US Army Corps of Engineers and US Forest Service.

Free or Cheap Camping Map of Florida

This map shows each of the campgrounds or areas, grouped by color. For example, State Park Campgrounds (fee required) are shown as Orange, National Park Campgrounds (fee required) are shown in Red.

In Part 5, I write about National Forests in Florida and camping opportunities.

Return to Part 3 of this series

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The 10 Most Gorgeous Waterfalls in Virginia – Trail Maps and Photos

10 Most Gorgeous Waterfalls in Virginia

A reader bought my book and suggested I compile a list of the 10 most gorgeous waterfalls in Virginia! I should be qualified because over the last few years I hiked to 95+ publicly accessible waterfalls in the Commonwealth of Virginia; I’ve seen most of them if not all!

If you are unfamiliar with VIrginia waterfalls, here is a relaxing video showing about a dozen waterfalls for your inspiration to get out and explore!

The Task

At first, it sounded like an easy task. I sat down, looked at my photos and videos and wrote down my favorites. Unfortunately, I ended up with not 10, but 26 gorgeous waterfalls and unsure about a few more! I was in trouble! It became a much tougher project because there are so many stunning waterfalls to choose from.

Now, several weeks later after some serious internal turmoil, doubts and many changes, I am finally ready to reveal my Top 10 list! But first, let me start with a few disclaimers.

Waterfall Selection Criteria

Any compilation of “best” waterfalls should be read with some scepticism. I’ve see very popular but totally ridiculous lists. Were those written by writers in armchairs depending on Google Searches for their information?

You may disagree with my list, but rest assured I physically hiked to every qualified waterfall shown in my book and on this website! My selection is based on personal experience and not on Photoshopped images of waterfalls from the internet! Let me explain my selection process.

  • Publicly accessible – Virginia has a handful of beautiful waterfalls located on private properties. A few owners allow access when contacted but I decided to exclude those from my research for safety and privacy reasons.
  • Drop Falls versus Cascades – The geography of the Commonwealth (basically the lack of high mountains) is more suited for cascading waterfalls. Think of these as a series of giant steps with water crashing over it. Many are impossible to photograph in whole due to the rough terrain, thick vegetation, and sheer height of the cascade. For this reason, I prefer waterfalls with larger drop zones -think of these as water tumbling over a cliff.
  • Seasons matter – I compared the waterfalls based on their impact when in full flow. For example, in early Fall most waterfalls in Virginia run almost dry with a very weak flow. I suggest you explore my selection in late Winter/early Spring or after sustained periods of heavy rain.
  • Access trails – A few of the waterfalls on my list require serious bushwhacking. Others can be seen from your car as you drive by! I did not consider ease of access as a selection criterion!

Words of Caution

Virginia is a large State with long distances between waterfalls, often requiring driving over curvy backroads in mountainous terrain. It is challenging to photograph every waterfall in full flow especially after or during heavy rain. Do not rush and please drive safe!

When venturing off-trail to visit some of the waterfalls on my list, please prepare yourself using my “Bushwhacking Guide“. It’s rough out there!

Use My Book to Guide You

My book covers all the waterfalls on my list and many more – it is basically the complete guide to waterfalls in Virginia! You will find photos, maps, directions, and profile information of each trail.

The 10 Most Gorgeous Waterfalls in Virginia

Here is my list IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER! It is nearly impossible to rank them!

Just click on each to read more about the location, directions, trail, profile, etc.

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My particular choices along each creek are:

  • Falls of Big Creek #3
  • Falls of Naked Creek #2
  • Falls of Doyles River #1
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The Best Shared Shuttles from Orlando Airport to Port Canaveral – A Comparison

Cortrans Shuttle Van at Orlando Airport

You can join the crowds in large cruiseline buses to the cruise terminal and pay $35 per person or more one-way, or share a shuttle van (8 to 14 passengers) for as little as $14 per person!

In this article I compare a dozen or so companies who offer shared transportation to Port Canaveral. Most use smaller vans, but a few have standard buses thanks to their popularity (eg. GoPort).

If you prefer private transportation, please know most of these companies will happily accommodate you. Just call.

NOTE – The comparison is for a one-way trip for 2 adults between Orlando International Airport (MCO) and the cruise terminals at Port Canaveral. Other itineraries are available (eg. between airport hotels and the Port) but I will cover those in a different article.

Shared Shuttles versus Private Shuttles

A private shuttle is booked for your party ONLY at your convenience in terms of date and time. You will have the while van for yourself. Generally, expect to pay $120 upwards for a private one-way transfer. If you want to pay less, consider a rideshare such as Uber or Lyft.

A shared shuttle to/from Port Canaveral operates on a timetable (perhaps hourly as shown below) on CRUISE DAYS ONLY. If you arrive a day before your cruise just call the company and ask if they have a shared shuttle available to your hotel. They may say yes if there are othedr passengers! Shared shuttles accommodate 8-14 passengers per van. Sometimes more, sometimes less. It depends!

Shared shuttles offer no or little flexibility. For example, if you want to stop somewhere to buy wine you are out of luck unless all others in the van want to do the same! Do not expect special treatment!

Departure Locations

The out-of-town vans and buses depart from MCO parking areas A15 or B15 – generally when the vans are full. Always ask about wait-times before booking so you do not wait a long time. “Generally” loading begins at 9am or later with hourly departures until the last transfer at 1:30pm.

Orlando Airport - Easy Map
Orlando Airport – Make your way down to Level 1 for Shuttles (click to enlarge)

The Shuttle Companies

There are many transportation companies in Orlando and they come and go. The companies listed below are not immune to changes in the cruise industry and the current COVID situation may change the landscape once cruising return in late 2020.

NOTE – Some of these companies may not survive until September 2020 or whenever some normality return. Rates may change too. Please do your own research before booking.

TIP – I suggest to wait until the last moment to book a shuttle in case of cruise delays. The world is upside down right now and you may have a hard time with refunds from these smaller companies in the event of cruise changes.

I have seen all the companies listed below at Port Canaveral myself, so I know they are legit. Reviews are good and I know they try to deliver good service but as always – please do your own research!

Please know a 20% tip is expected for shuttle drivers; budget accordingly and have change available.

If you prefer to save this information, just “save as” the image below, or use the Links to each company’s website in the 2nd table below!

MCO to Port Canaveral Shared Shuttles
MCO to Port Canaveral Shared Shuttles (click to enlarge)
Shared Shuttle Rates (two adults one-way) Departure Times
     
Cortrans $40.00 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm
     
GoPort $36.00 10am to 1pm depending on bookings
     
Port Canaveral Connection $30.00 Booking dependent
     
Tryp $30.00 8am, 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm
     
First Choice Shuttle $50.00 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm
     
888-Transportation $50.00 Hourly – Booking dependent
     
Cocoa Beach Shuttle $58.00 Hourly – Booking dependent
     
Atlantic Transportation $60.00 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm
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Port Canaveral Quick Shuttle $30.00 Booking dependent
     
Florida Sunshine Shuttle $50.00 10:30am to 11am, 11:30am to noon
     
Orlando Express Shuttle $30.00 Booking dependent
     
LUX 2 Transfer $30.00 From 10am to 1pm
     
U Cruise Orlando Shuttle $40.00 Booking dependent
     
Cruise Control Transport $28.00  9:25am, 11:45am, 1:30pm
     
OPC Transportation $40.00  10am

Free Camping in Florida – The Ultimate Guide -US Army Corps of Engineers – Part 3

Ortana South Campground - Source Recreation.gov

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is a large federal provider of outdoor recreation with more than 400 lake and river projects in 43 states! Their campgrounds are extremely popular with campers. Unfortunately, there are only 3 recreation areas in Florida.

In this article, I cover the Army Corps of Engineers camping in Florida. Please note – USACE camping is NOT FREE. In fact, it is NOT CHEAP either with sites costing $30 and more for electricity and water. But as stated above these campgrounds are beautiful and much loved by campers nationwide. For this reason, I decided to include them in this camping series.

(Feature Image – Ortana South Campground – Courtesy Recreation.gov)

Organization of Public Camping in Florida

Organization of Camping in Florida
Organization of Public Camping in Florida – source: Eben Schoeman (click to enlarge image)

As described in the first article of this series and in the org chart above, there are three Army Corps of Engineers recreation areas in Florida. They are:

USACE Campgrounds in Florida
USACE Campgrounds in Florida (click to enlarge)

Information and Booking

I will soon post a video review of each campground. In the meantime, here are the three best sources of information:

  • USACE Lake Okeechobee – informative website describing the USACE Recreation opportunities at Lake Okeechobee. Here you will find directions and information about facilities and amenities.
  • USACE Lake Okeechobee – The USACE Lake Okeechobee Mission Pages. Detailed background information about the area.
  • Recreation.gov – excellent website with detailed information about the campgrounds including maps and photos. Official booking site for USACE campgrounds.

Recreation.gov

If you are unfamiliar with Recreation.gov, do spend some time exploring the site. It is the official portal for reservations, venue details, and descriptions of 12 Federal Participating Partners: Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Federal Highway Administration, National Archives & Records Administration, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, Tennessee Valley Authority, Fish and Wildlife Service, US Army Corps of Engineers and US Forest Service.

Free or Cheap Camping Map of Florida

This map shows each of the campgrounds or areas, grouped by color. For example, State Park Campgrounds (fee required) are shown as Orange, National Park Campgrounds (fee required) are shown in Red.

In Part 4, I write about National Parks in Florida and camping opportunities.

Return to Part 2 of this series

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Port Canaveral Hotels with Park and Cruise Packages

Port Canaveral Hotels Comparison

If you book a cruise from Port Canaveral it is best to fly in at least one day early and overnight near the Port. Fortunately, there are many Port Canaveral hotels with park and cruise packages to consider. You can choose from hotels in Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach and further out in Titusville, Cocoa or Merritt Island. Hotels near Orlando airport are also popular.

In this article I provide an easy-to-use snooze-and-cruise comparison table for local hotels near Port Canaveral. I also provide a link to a local travel agency with excellent cruise packages.

Most cruisers look for one or more of the following when booking a hotel:

  • Breakfast
  • Free and/or safe parking
  • Shuttles to/from the cruise terminals
  • Airport transportation to/from Orlando, Melbourne or Sanford

It is a time-consuming process to contact each hotel and ask about these requirements because their websites are confusing and often inaccurate. I hope the comparison table below will simplify your search!

How to use the Hotel Comparison Table

The table represents hotels in Cape Canaveral (home of Port Canaveral) and Cocoa Beach (next door).

  • Column 1 – Port Shuttle Service – Cost per person in a shared van, one way from hotel to port or back
  • Column 2 – Airport Shuttle – If available, cost per person in a shared van, one way from or to Orlando Airport
  • Column 3 – Hotel parking cost per vehicle per night during your hotel stay (not while cruising)
  • Column 4 – Hotel parking cost per vehicle per day while cruising (if available)
  • Column 5 – Breakfast cost per person (if available)

Blank entries – information is not provided (perhaps the hotel is new or the service is under review). Call the hotel direct to check!

NOTE – Due to Covid-19, hotel services are constantly changing. These tables show normal services. Please call the hotel to check!

Port Canaveral Cruise Hotel Amenities Comparison Table

Port Canaveral Hotel Comparison Table
Port Canaveral Hotel Amenities Comparison Table (click to enlarge)
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Port Canaveral Cruise Hotel Map

The location of each hotel can be found on my Port Canaveral Map. Go here to Open the Map

Hotel and Transfer Packages offer by a Travel Agency

If you prefer to have someone else take care of your pre-cruise snooze-and-cruise arrangements, look no further than GoPort! Go here to read more about GoPort.

TIP – I think GoPort offers good value for money and will review this company in an upcoming post. However, not all their packages are necessarily cheaper than booking direct with hotels and arranging your own transport. If you are looking to pay the least for your pre-cruise stay, I recommend you do some price research!