I look forward to seeing all of you!
In regards to the vultures, they are in the park and can be quite destructive. However, as Letitia mentioned, they tend to congregate where the environment suits them, like the Royal Palm parking lot (day use area only). Also note, they are most destructive in the morning at Royal Palm, but seem to back off in the afternoon. They are not so bold when the parking lot is busy. Unfortunately, I just saw 2 cars getting victimized this morning in Royal Palm, however, they have not been an issue in Long Pine Key (LPK) area. The only thing I do in camp is cover my car’s side mirrors with plastic bags to protect the doors from the cardinals, otherwise the little poopers leave their mark as they are fascinated by their reflection.
LPK offers a dump station/potable tank water refill directly across from my site. There are no showers or hook ups here, only restrooms and a utility sink at each restroom building. Generators are allowed, but must be off between 8pm-8am. If you are staying for a few days or longer and plan to drive to Flamingo (34 miles away), you can use their showers and bathroom facilities with your LPK campsite pass.
LKP has tall pines and generally offers more shade than Flamingo. We’re not on the waterfront, but have a beautiful lake and plenty of trails. The mosquitoes are minimal this time of year—certainly a comfortable time to enjoy the area.
The campground is first-come, first-serve, and we are getting busier, but still not full. I’m told MLK weekend in January is the busiest weekend of the year, so you might want to pass on that one.
Flamingo does not offer full hookups, only electric 30/50Amp. Although there are showers in each bathroom facility, only two are heated (look for the solar
panels). Flamingo is usually busier, because sites can be reserved through Reserve America.
FLAMINGO, FL - Campground & Camping Details - ReserveAmerica - [NRSO]
The following pics are the vulture signs at Royal Palm Visitor Center, and a setting sun at LPK: