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Old 08-02-2016, 02:15 PM   #1
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Hi folks. We will get our 2017 AS 27FB next week and are going to Ontario Canada in September and are planning to spend April 2017 in the Florida Keys. We will appreciate all recommendations. We like kayak fishing, hiking and bycicle rides. We do most of our cooking and also appreciate first class restaurant. We prefer to stay away from sharks and crocodile. Many thanks.
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Old 08-04-2016, 07:15 AM   #2
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Watching this tread as we will be taking the same trip in Oct/Nov this year.
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Old 08-04-2016, 08:05 AM   #3
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Hi folks. We will get our 2017 AS 27FB next week and are going to Ontario Canada in September and are planning to spend April 2017 in the Florida Keys. We will appreciate all recommendations. We like kayak fishing, hiking and bycicle rides. We do most of our cooking and also appreciate first class restaurant. We prefer to stay away from sharks and crocodile. Many thanks.
Daniel and Jacinthe
Bonjour Toutsi

If you want to stay away from sharks and crocodile maybe Florida is not the best place to spend your vacations😀
I will retire shortly and we have planned to spend next winter in Florida. There are three state parks in the keys : long key, curry hammock and Bahia Honda. If you want to reserve a site , it can be done 6 months before your arrival date and they do go fast. So better be on the reserveamerica site early on the day you can reserve and hope for the best. We saw days where there was 6 sites available and all were reserved in a matter of seconds. If you want to PM me we could continue the discussion in French if you prefer.
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Old 08-04-2016, 08:53 AM   #4
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My advice after 6 winters in FL:
Decide on your destination quickly and maker reservations NOW. The snowbird population of Florida starts increasing around the end of September and some stay as late as May. January through March the population is ~4 to 5 times the summer population.
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Old 08-04-2016, 09:15 AM   #5
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The reservation window for Florida State Parks is 11 months out not six. Bahia Honda looks to be booked already for April.
Look around and you will find something open but you may have to move around.
Sunshine Key Resort is a nice park around MM 43. Great kayaking and fishing.



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Old 08-04-2016, 12:14 PM   #6
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Head to the lower keys (Marathon on south...actually, west) to leave the crocs behind (Key Largo and some of the upper keys have them). Sorry...sharks are everywhere, so just uses common senses. Great restaurants throughout the keys, however, make up for loosing an arm or a leg.
But with the right attitude you'll find that there is truth to Jimmy B.'s line "Changes in latitude...changes in attitude" Safe travels. jon
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Watching this tread as we will be taking the same trip in Oct/Nov this year.
If you don't already have reservations... good luck. Snowbirds, as we refer to them, make their reservations before they head back north for the next winter.

April is generally the first month that you can find a place if you don't already have reservations.

Sunshine Key Resort is nice, small restaurant, pool, clean showers/restrooms. Stay away from the convenience store unless you have really deep pockets. We stayed for 10 days in April and some snowbirds were still there because the weather in the north was so bad.
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There are few crocs in Florida, alligators, bears, Sharks, large iguanas, rattlesnakes, water moccasins, boas, pythons, panthers, poisonous spiders, jelly fish, fire ants, scorpions, etc, and numerous confused tourists trying to find their way around. Have a good time, we need the tourist money.
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It is true we do need the tourist money so we can continue to not have to pay a state income tax.


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There are few crocs in Florida, alligators, bears, Sharks, large iguanas, rattlesnakes, water moccasins, boas, pythons, panthers, poisonous spiders, jelly fish, fire ants, scorpions, etc, and numerous confused tourists trying to find their way around. Have a good time, we need the tourist money.
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Old 08-04-2016, 01:29 PM   #10
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Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge is a great campground, and not as impacted as the state parks. The tiny key deer wander right up to your trailer! Wow are they cute! No Name Bar on Big Pine (hard to find) is worth the trek, and you know that you're in the heart of the Keys when you're there. King's Kamp in Key Largo is also good, and they usually have spaces. Right next to some good resorts.

The previous posters are quite correct about state park camping scarcity. I would hit the ReserveAmerica site ASAP and book a couple of weeks at some spots that you really want to hit, and fill in the rest at commercial camps when you get here.

As for Key West, there aren't any campgrounds there, and the ones close by are astronomical. Probably your best bet would be to stay at Geiger Key Marina, and maybe try for a taxi into town. Even flea-bag motels command hundreds of dollars per night! Taking your TV in can be problematic, as streets are REALLY narrow, and parking is non-existent or very expensive. If you're the partying type, definitely do a taxi- the police are ruthless and very watchful! Uber and other ride-share companies aren't allowed to operate in Key West. Be sure to hit The Hogfish on Stock Island for their signature sandwich.

http://www.floridarambler.com/ is a great resource for things to do all over the state. There's not much hiking in the Keys, so get your fill in the northern part of the state. BTW: it's alligators that you want to watch out for. There are few crocodiles, and they're much smaller and very shy. I still wouldn't want to provoke one!
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The little Lady and I are heading from our home on Siesta Key in Sept. to spend a week at Bluewater Key RV resort on Saddlebunch Key,mile marker 14. We've stayed there before with our MH. Its expensive but found out the price this time of the year is the same as Geiger Key marina. We've eaten at Geiger many times,good food and atmosphere. The two campgrounds just don't compare. Bluewater is the nicest place we've ever stayed but you wanna play you gotta pay. Its a short drive to Key West. If you brings your bikes,throw them in the TV and park in the pay garage. Its convenient and priced reasonably. Going to the Keys isn't cheap but well worth the good time you have there. Any other questions,you or any others,feel free to PM me.
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Don't forget to check out the Airstream only park at Mystic Springs FL. I spent about 2 weeks there last Jan I really liked it and at $11 per day very affordable it is right beside a river and there is plenty of area to spread out . I hope to spend more time there this coming winter !
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