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Old 02-23-2017, 12:57 PM   #1
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Planning my very first road trip. Just purchased 25 International and headed to Keys in December...Amy suggestions for top rated campsites? Super excited!

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Old 02-23-2017, 01:05 PM   #2
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I'm just going to follow along. I will camp there sometime. Three more years until I retire..

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Old 02-23-2017, 01:46 PM   #3
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Start looking for reservations now. Long Key is my favorite but the campground is scheduled to be closed next winter for an upgrade.

Lots of folks swear by Bahia Honda, although I prefer Curry Hammock. All of these are state parks and are relatively inexpensive compared to the commercial parks in the Keys but fill up fast.

Of the commercial campgrounds, I am only familiar with Fiesta Key. Pretty location, have a boat ramp and marina, also a nice restaurant/bar complex. Sites are pretty tight and it is pricey but that is par for the course in the Keys during winter.
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Other than the Navy Key West campground be prepared to spend $$$$$ for private commercial campgrounds. The state parks are the best deal. I have been lucky getting spots without prior reservations. It never hurts to stop and ask even if the web sites or the first person you talk too says "full".

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Old 02-23-2017, 04:20 PM   #5
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Everyone says the Florida State Parks are great. I stayed at Silver Springs in Ocala and it was. Also stayed at Larry and Peny Thompson SP in Miami. Only had room in dry camping but it was excellent anyway. Another state park recommended was Little Manatee River in Tampa Area. Reservations at State Parks are in high demand.

I stayed a couple of nights at a private park in Miami called Miami Everglades. Staff were very rude. Sites very tight. Clean though.

Checked out Florida City RV Park and turned right around.

Seems farther out in the keys you get the more expensive the sites are. Stayed at Sunshine Key but was close to US1 and had a lot of road noise.
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I love the keys. Keep in mind there aren't a lot of beaches. IMO, must see is John Pennekamp state park, take the glass bottom boat. Key Largo.
Then in the middle Keys, I like Bahia Honda state park. (real beach). Funny, once I flew over in a helicopter and saw swimmers having fun, and sharks 200' away. The swimmers couldn't see the sharks, but overhead, I could. No one had a problem.

Be sure to check out Big Pine Key and the key deer. Careful, they're not afraid of people and walk out in front of cars.

Key West is a must, but I'd stay 25 miles away and drive. Parking is a pain, but it's worth it. Scooters are popular in Key West.
If it's still there, you must go to "the Half Shell Raw Bar" and enjoy the best conch fritters anywhere. At the foot of Caroline st. Near the shrimp docks. Walk from downtown, if you feel like it. It defines "laid back".
Key West is a strange place. Bikers, tourists, drunks, gays, and they all get along famously. Impossible to not love it. Mallory park for sunset. It's a free show!

I tried to find rates at campgrounds for December, but it's top secret. (or scary). Call, research, google, go!

You might want to make sure there's no odd events when you're there. May not be for the faint of heart.
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Old 02-23-2017, 07:50 PM   #7
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The state parks are best campgrounds and best deal. All are good but Curry Hammock is my favorite. Jolly Rodger is a passport America park so a better commercial deal. There are many private parks. I like the middle key area best although key west is fun.
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In the middle keys, my favorite places to eat at Lazy Days on the Atlantic in Islamorado and Key Fisheries in Marathon. Visit Robbie's to feed the tarpon and they have some nice eco and sunset cruises. There are two good breweries in Islamorado as well. In key west, I like El Saboney for awesome Cuban.
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Old 02-24-2017, 08:21 AM   #9
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Just just purchased the Airstream? Go ahead and splurge and stay at Blue Water Key just outside Key West. Expensive but one of the nicest. I have a whole thread from last year where we went down the Atlantic side, check it out.
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Old 03-03-2019, 06:08 PM   #10
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I just checked on Reserve America at both Curry Hammock and Bahia Honda and every site is booked from now until March 2020. Only availability is single days.
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Find a place to park away from Duval Street/Mallory Square area and ride bikes. Easy to rent, go everywhere on one. Mostly bikes and scooters. Price to park is outrageous.
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I stayed at Fiesta key in Jan and going back next Jan. Its a little pricey but it does hav everything.
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Anyone stay at Jolly Roger Rv resort on Vaca Key? Allstay reviews are really positive.
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I haven’t stayed at Jolly Roger but have stayed many times at Curry Hammock which is nearby. It’s a great location because your close to both Marathon and Islamorada but can also make an easy day trip to key west. The SS Wreck near Jolly Roger is a good place to eat. Jolly Roger is still a passport America park which can get you a good discount if your not in high season.

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