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Old 01-30-2011, 11:59 AM   #1
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Favorite campgrounds in the Florida Keys

We live in south florida and always seem to go north when we camp. I can count on one hand the number of times we've gone to the keys in the last 20 years. So, I'm wondering what all you keys experts suggest for private campgrounds, especially in the upper keys?
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Old 01-30-2011, 05:55 PM   #2
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Ok, don't all respond at once. :-)

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Old 01-30-2011, 06:32 PM   #3
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They're all out fishin', trying to catch the 'big one' for dinner...

Maybe you'll have better luck tonight when they all get back to their laptops...

Being a 'Left' coaster, I've always thought a trip down the keys would be a great trip, but, from what I've read, finding a place to park an AS in the busy winter season is a bit of a challenge, unless you've in the 'Big Bucks' category...
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Old 01-30-2011, 06:55 PM   #4
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Any walmarts close buy? that will save some bucks!
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Old 01-30-2011, 07:07 PM   #5
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Camping in the Keys

We were there over New Years and stayed at Boyds. There is a bus ($2) that runs to Key West. It was an OK adventure but not a place I would ever plan to return for a visit or camping. OK, but not to my liking as the locals told us, it's a carnival atmosphere. The Lower Keys or whatever they are called as you first enter the Keys may be better but we were in Key West.
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Old 01-30-2011, 07:47 PM   #6
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We camped in the Keys once, many years ago, I think the campground we stopped at was called Bryn Mar or something similar.

A couple of years ago, I thought we might return to the Keys, that was until I checked the campground rates!

Maybe I didn't look hard enough but everything I found seemed in excess of $100/night!

We changed our plans! I was told that the reason for the high rates was that many of the campgrounds had been sold out and converted to condos and so it was a question of supply and demand for those campgrounds still in business.

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Old 01-30-2011, 09:24 PM   #7
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we just got back from a trip to the Keys (not camping). I scouted some places for us next year, though. Two state parks that are very nice in the Middle Keys (very low key places) are Long Key (camping directly on the Atlantic Ocean) and Bahia Honda State Park. Both charge $36 per night with BH charging something extra for electric & water. There were other private campgrounds, but I didn't check them out. Good luck! I love the middle keys the most!

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I have never been there, but I hear that Bahia Honda State Park in Marathon is good, although hard to get a reservation for. 90% of the sites are reservable.

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We've spent a week in the keys for the last three winters. The state parks are the best in my opinion because of the privacy between campsites. Reservations are hard to get, but there are cancelations. We've stayed in all four. Long Key and Curry Hammock are our favorites. Bahia Honda is a little far from everything and somewhat loud. Pennecamp's campground is small and the beach is crowded. I would look at Fiesta Key as a private campground with availability and good prices - around $50. It was a KOA that was purchased to convert to condos and reopened as a private park when the market crashed. Jolly Roger is another private campground that offers a passport america rate and looks pretty good.
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Curry Hammock S.P. in Marathon. A more beautiful, pristine, well-tended state park you will not find. Highly recommended!

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Military or have access to a base? There are several options all along the Keys for great spots at a very reasonable rate at most of the Navy bases on the Keys. On Key West there are two military campgrounds that are OK with full hookups.

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All good stuff everyone. Thanks

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