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Old 04-21-2010, 09:03 AM   #1
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Boyd's Key West 2010

We've been down here at Boyd's campground for a week and a half with our 2 big dogs and our 32' 77 Excella 500. There's not much info on this campground so I thought I'd post my take on it. Hope this helps...

We like it but it's expensive. Since it's end of the season (April) it is a pretty mellow place to be. We were on a waterfront lot for the first week . The view was awesome but the wind was unseasonably horrible. As soon as we moved to an inland lot the wind died .
The bath houses are very clean, not fancy, and numerous enough to be nearby any site. Two of them have nice outdoor dishwashing stations. One with hot water and one without. The staff has been very friendly and keep the indoor and outdoor spaces nice and clean. The pool is a saltwater pool and is a nice size with the surrounding deck of coral-concrete. There are plenty of lounge chairs and a few tables with umbrellas as well as a covered tiki hut with big-screen tv. 'Elsie's Tiki Garden' is directly behind the hut and is a small palm-tree shady area for hanging out to cool off. It has a water fountain, benches, and two tiled tables with tall chairs. Very cute! The laundry facilities are beside the pool so you can pop in a load of clothes and hang by the pool while you wait. Washers and dryers were each $1.25 per load. The store carries basic grocery items and the usual campground stuff...flip flops, towels, etc. They also sell pretty decent jewelry and glass sculptures...stuff you would not expect.

Three little beaches have "no swimming" signs at them and since there seems to be alot of plant debris washed up at them I wouldn't really want to swim anyway. The dogs enjoyed them though. There are lots at each beach so they may not be accessible if those lots are occupied.
I read on TripAdvisor that the lots were close together and that is true enough.Even big rigs managed to park without difficulty though. In the high season when the place is full I'd bet it would feel pretty tight. But this time of year the majority of lots are vacant and it's quite pleasant. The entire campground is on a big bed of coral so the lots are ground coral with small plots of grass wherever it can get hold. Palm trees and some other larger type of trees shade each lot, but the many of the lots are mostly in the open sun. There's a row of lots that are currently full of big expensive rigs that are well shaded.The temps are in the high 70's and higher when the sun is high. We didn't need AC but it seemed like everyone else (with exception of the tent campers and the other old Airstream ) had their AC's blaring most of the time.
Worth mentioning is the air traffic noise from the Naval training base across the inlet. Navy jets take off all day during the day and the noise from the F-18's roars through the air and drowns out conversation (our neighbors didn't like this, but we didn't reall care) On the windy days at our waterfront site we smelled the jet fuel fumes wafting through the windows. Due to the wind direction, I imagine this would only be the case for about 10 of the waterfront lots situated along the shoreline directly. across from the airstrip. We were in lot 117.

Wireless internet is free and fast enough. We tried a Skype video call and it couldn't handle it, but a Skype voice call was fine. I ran streaming radio all day and never had a hiccup.

For the location I'd expect the price to be high like everything else, so I can't say much about that. With a 32' trailer we could only fit in the full-hookup lots so our options were limited. An inland lot at $70 a night it is still cheaper than a motel and a heck of a lot more relaxing. $120 a night for waterfront was a bit much and the lots inland are nicer. Actually, lookingout my window as I type, I have pretty much the same view from this inland lot as I did at the waterfront lot.

Boyd's is on Stock Island and is a 10-minute drive into downtown KW. Along the way there are plenty of reasonably priced stores to provision. Publix is kind of expensive but the WinDixie is cheaper. Kmart has everything except, souvenirs, ice (cheapest ice here). Walgreens has a fanstastic selection of souvenirs...forget paying Duval St. prices, get 'em here. Home Depot is next to Walgreens. The US Post Office is in the shopping center next to the WinDixie.

We'll be back to Boyd's. I'll post some pictures soon, but I see jet skis zooming by and think I may just need to go rent one for the day

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Old 04-21-2010, 09:37 AM   #2
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What a wonderful campground review!!! I have been wanting to try Boyd's if we make it down to the Keys before it is sold to a condo developer. Key Largo, some 90 miles or so away, is one of our favorite SCUBA diving locals. Not sure how Key West and vicinity would be for diving, but I hear it is good.

Hope the rest of your stay is nice and relaxing.

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Old 04-21-2010, 09:55 AM   #3
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last year while I was visiting KW they were just getting ready to sink a gutted ship a few miles out where all the divers go. I watched them gas axing big holes in the sides for diver access. There was big hype about it and what I would offer to the diving community. I think it got sunk the first week of June. KW is a great place.
now it's Key West gateway to Cuba, thing they are promoting.
And The SchoonerWharf Bar, best place for a cold one.
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Old 04-21-2010, 10:10 AM   #4
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Great photos.

My wife and I have dove on the Dwayne and the Eagle just off of the John Pennecamp Underwater State Park. The floor of the ocean where the Eagle rest is at 119 ft. I know, I've been there. Wasn't supposed to go below 100 Ft., but while I was in the neighborhood I thought, "Why not?"

We have been diving the Keys a number of times before we had kids. Now that our oldest is 13 we are looking at him taking SCUBA lessons so we can start back. Our youngest is 10 so he will just have to be a bubble watcher.
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