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ago there were seven. All the occupied
RV sites are easy to back in with plenty of
space surrounding each.
Clothing is optional on the south loop.
No campfires are allowed at campsites and
designated fire pits are located here and
there. Community fire pits cause campers
to meet other campers around designated
The VS staff is friendly and helpful. A
beautiful dining room with large stone
fireplace is open even when the kitchen
isn’t. The restaurant and bar are open
Friday through Sunday.
Mountain bikes are handy for getting
around, VS is 260 acres and the south half
of the property is a quiet and secluded
stretch of Florida scrub. There is plenty
to do at VS, work out in the gym, walk the
two loops of solid packed sand roads, talk
with your neighbors, and get some sun at
the clothing optional pool in the clothing
Simply swimming is not the intent of
the beautiful pool area. The pool is sized
and of depth for socializing while cooling
off. In the immediate area is a deep sand
volleyball court including ball catching
mounds at each end. Also in the pool area
is a tether ball pit, ladder golf range, paved
paths, the mist room and an elaborate
shower house. There is no pool bar, and
food service is on weekends only.
The remote Everglades location means
VS is teaming with wildlife. On a recent
two night visit we saw hawks, a pair of
bald eagles, numerous deer, a possum
waddling around in the dark just outside
of the light ring, and of course mosquitoes.
Bring your insect repellant.
There is no swimming in the lake,
reserve that for the pool. The dock in
the lake has canoes for anyone to use.
Also at the lake is a screened shelter, a
good place to watch the sunset or enjoy a
few moments respite from the incessant
A clear night brings beautiful stargazing.
Also, on Friday and Saturday, Hanger 10,
an air-conditioned multiuse room, comes
alive with music you can dance to.
VS is a member of Friends With Benefits,
an association of gay campgrounds whose
members offer half price memberships
for holders of valid memberships at other
associated campgrounds. In addition, VS
offers half price memberships for non-
Dropping off US 27, a narrow two lane
county highway, CR835, heads south from
the east side of Clewiston along twenty
one miles of endless sugarcane fields to
Vitambi Springs. Watch for the entrance,
the sign is a horned V logo with no name.
Google maps tried to take me .8 miles
too far. Looking down the road there
appeared to be no good
place to turn around a big
rig if the entrance is missed.
The resort is a beautiful
with picturesque views,
gorgeous sunsets and wide-
open spaces. They must
do a great deal of mowing.
To the south of the two
main loops encompassing
eighty acres, are miles of mowed bike
trails through the back one hundred and
eighty acres. Be warned, the trails are not
marked well and it’s easy to get turned
around. Watch for the microwave tower
Accommodations include a wide
variety of private cabins, private rooms
with shared bath, bunkhouse, sunny
primitive tenting sites in large meadows,
deeply shaded tent camping around
the clothing optional pool, primitive
tenting sites in a military theme area
with outdoor showers, open air huts with
queen beds, several single family homes
and a limited number of
Solid roads are laid out
with good turning radius
for big rigs. Being off grid
can be refreshing and
with limited cell service
and Wi-Fi only at the
main lodge it is easy to
come by at VS, though is
accessible outside on the
furnished back deck during closed hours.
Sewer has been added at RV sites
recently. There appear to be additional
RV sites though Vitambi Springs owners
declined to comment for this piece so
there is no reportable data of how many
RV sites are available. A year and a half
Located twenty one miles south of Clewiston
on County Route 835, Evercane Rd
Photos: Steve McCloud, Vitambi.com.
28280 Etumakee Way
Clewiston, FL 33440
Located south of Lake Okeechobee, Vitambi Springs is an easy trip from South Florida.
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