Camping: Camp Mars

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Camp Mars is a quiet, serene property. The forty acre park is alongside an endless pasture across which campers can enjoy spectacular Key West style sunsets. In years past sunset potluck dinners took place on the lawn in front of the office; the potluck dinner became so popular it is now an integral part of the Camp Mars culture happening every Saturday night.

Mars is mostly covered by enormous Life Oaks dripping with Spanish Moss. There are green pastures, lush tropical foliage, nature trails, ponds, creek, and oak hammock. Campsites are scattered hither and yon without apparent planning. New big rig sites have been added over the past few years.

A heated clothing optional pool is large with ample lounges, a shade area, music and unlimited sun. Mars is not a clothing optional property and caters to both men and women over the age of twenty one.

The recreation hall is the social center. The Saturday night potluck dinner is not to be missed. I never cease to be amazed at the food a gay man or lesbian can cook up in a camper.  Bingo is a mainstay of many gay campgrounds and each has its ‘rules’; beware erroneously calling Bingo at Camp Mars. After bingo on weekends the recreation hall dims the lights and turns up the music for disco or country depending on the weekend theme.

There is a strong community of permanent campers at Camp Mars. Though no one is allowed to live there, there are no hard and fast rules as to the time limit. Seems you just have to have another address. The sense of camaraderie has expanded into a second home community.

Mars focuses on their seasonal camper population offering day passes to the park, yet no night nor annual pass. Though not a member of Friends With Benefits, the gay campground industry’s half price membership program, annual memberships at Camp Mars are only ten dollars.

Located west of Lake Okeechobee, Camp Mars is easily accessible for much of the south half of Florida.

 

http://www.campmars.com/index.html 

326 Goff Rd. Venus, FL 33960

863-699-6277


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