We love Bay Bayou RV Resort in Tampa! It was one of the first RV places we stayed after we bought our RV last year and it made us love RV life. It is an easy place to stay with large trees, concrete pads, full hookups, good WiFi, nice dog parks (one for small dogs and one for large ones), nice clubhouse with mail service, and a great pool.
Now that we have discussed that, let’s talk about lovely Tampa Bay. Less than 1 mile from Bay Bayou RV Resort is the Upper Tampa Bay Regional County Park. I rode my bike there one day, it was that close. There are several picnic shelters and lots of space to spread out. There are several trails that connect to boardwalks, raised trails to protect the fragile environment and keep you dry and out of the mangroves and coastal bay water.
The boardwalks even have a couple of places with steps that lead down to the water. I do not know why the steps are there though……I don’t think you would want to swim in this water due to the probable presence of alligators. The trails also lead to inland pools with nice places to watch birds.
There is a very nice Nature Center in the park; they have tons of exhibits regarding the history of the area, both recent and geological, live exhibits of local fish, and some teaching centers for school trips. I spotted a giant tortoise on one of the side walking trails, but he vanished into the underbrush before I could get close enough to take a photo. The best part of the park trails was all the little fiddler crabs all along the trails.
Another great thing about the Tampa area near Bay Bayou RV Resort is Lobster Haven restaurant. This little place is a market that sells fresh lobster…….great big lobsters……all waiting in big water-filled tanks to go home with someone. There is a front seating area that looks just like a second thought for the market; just added to fill the space. On the other side of the market is a regular little eating spot. Decorated in New Orleans French Quarter style, there is a decent bar and several tables;most diners eat in here. They have The Best Lobster Rolls in Florida. Period. Don’t even ask me twice……it’s just that good. I meant to take some photos here each time we visited (twice in 5 days), but every time the food arrived, we just started eating it all! So sorry, you are just going to have to imagine how delicious those lobster rolls were!