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Old 05-03-2017, 01:10 PM   #15
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Thank you so much for your response.
We definitely want to camp at John Pennekamp.

It doesn't have sewer right?
All of the Keys state parks have on-site dump stations.

Waste disposal is a thing in the Keys, as they are phasing out septic tanks due to pollution affecting the reefs.
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You asked....We definitely want to camp at John Pennekamp.

It doesn't have sewer right?
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Yes, each site has sewer available. We camped there 2 weeks ago. Be prepared for very close campsites, no privacy, and your neighbor's sewer hook up will be right next to your picnic table. The smell was awful. We did not even use our sewer connection because those neighbors had their lounge chairs right next to it. Our "view" was of the garbage dumpster....and the dump station, which is practically in the campground.

We tried this Park because we wanted to enjoy the 3+ miles of kayak trails. We found lots of kayaking college kids with beer coolers and loud radios also wanting to get out and explore the trails. Even openly smoking pot. Detracted from the quiet serenity most Kayakers seek.

Long Key State Park will be closing in October, for a year. They are doing beach reclamation.

Curry Hammock doesn't have sites right on the beach, most you can't even see the water because of the vegetation. That being said, sites do have privacy, and there is a boardwalk to the beach. Lots of kite boarders here...fun to watch.

Bahia Honda waterfront sites are beautiful when sea grass is not overwhelming. Nice to kayak there....hard to get reservations, but people do cancel so there's always a chance.
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Old 05-03-2017, 03:26 PM   #17
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You asked....We definitely want to camp at John Pennekamp.

It doesn't have sewer right?
Answer:
Yes, each site has sewer available. We camped there 2 weeks ago. Be prepared for very close campsites, no privacy, and your neighbor's sewer hook up will be right next to your picnic table. The smell was awful. We did not even use our sewer connection because those neighbors had their lounge chairs right next to it. Our "view" was of the garbage dumpster....and the dump station, which is practically in the campground.

We tried this Park because we wanted to enjoy the 3+ miles of kayak trails. We found lots of kayaking college kids with beer coolers and loud radios also wanting to get out and explore the trails. Even openly smoking pot. Detracted from the quiet serenity most Kayakers seek.

Long Key State Park will be closing in October, for a year. They are doing beach reclamation.

Curry Hammock doesn't have sites right on the beach, most you can't even see the water because of the vegetation. That being said, sites do have privacy, and there is a boardwalk to the beach. Lots of kite boarders here...fun to watch.

Bahia Honda waterfront sites are beautiful when sea grass is not overwhelming. Nice to kayak there....hard to get reservations, but people do cancel so there's always a chance.
Yep, like I said, Pennekamp can be a zoo... the farther north in the Keys, the more likely you are to be overrun with day-tripping Miamians (like us!)

We don't camp there but sometimes take our kayaks to paddle around Key Largo Sound when it's too windy at other locations. It's a large enough body of water that you can get far away from any crazies.

A really nice kayak day trip in the upper keys is to paddle out to Indian Key. You can rent from Robbie's Marina, or just pull off the causeway on one side of the cut or the other and put in your boat from there. You can walk around the abandoned settlement, we found it very interesting. Some decent snorkeling around rocks on the N side of the key.
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Old 05-03-2017, 05:30 PM   #18
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Wow thanks for all the info. Bummer on Pennekamp.
So everyone... where on Key Largo can we camp without being plastered next to our neighbors and have sewer hook up?
We would like to camp at Key Largo, 1/2 down and then at Key West. We are pretty stoked about Bluewater.
Biggest thing is if we stay at a state park most don't have sewer. Our Oliver needs dumped about every 3 days.
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Wow thanks for all the info. Bummer on Pennekamp.
So everyone... where on Key Largo can we camp without being plastered next to our neighbors and have sewer hook up?
We would like to camp at Key Largo, 1/2 down and then at Key West. We are pretty stoked about Bluewater.
Biggest thing is if we stay at a state park most don't have sewer. Our Oliver needs dumped about every 3 days.
A blue tote may be the answer for some trips.
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Loved our May visit to Topsail. We go there as much as possible. Need to book 11 mo. in advance. Got reservations for 10 days at Topsail and 5 at Grayton Beach and probably 2 nights going and coming.

Our next long adventure is to Topsail Hill and Florida Caverns State Park this August.

Still trying to schedule this Fall or early next Spring our east coast of FL, Keys, and back up west coast and probably stay in the Panhandle again.

Disappointed in the campground reviews on Pennekamp. Very tight spaces, the sewers of the neighbors at your front door, and smelly. Unfortunately the park is aging and need of repair and planning so the reviewers say. Can't beat the location however.

Going to look for an alternative Key Largo but do want to very much visit the Coral Reef and ride in a glass-bottom boat.

Anyone have any going down and up the coasts, and at least 1 week in the Keys?

Want to camp at least 2 locations at the Keys with one being close to the beginning of the Keys and then onto Key West for about 1 week the rest over another week going and coming.

>> Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park - Key Largo <<

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Old 07-01-2017, 11:14 AM   #21
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"Anyone have any going down and up the coasts?"
Recommend Myakka River State Park. Located a short distance off I-75, south of Sarasota. About a 3 hour drive North-west of Miami.
The "Palmetto Ridge campground" is recently renovated with improved sites & restrooms;water, sewer, electric at each site. Can accommodate large 40-45' rigs. Check it out on-line, it may meet your criteria.
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Old 07-01-2017, 02:16 PM   #22
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Myakka River State Park. - has sewers. Great!

Yes DH stayed there as a child. His sister was followed by wild pigs. The family used to pile into a tiny Cherokee tent camper and lived the life of luxury vs. those in tents sleeping on the ground.

DH suggests Fort Clinch for an east coast place. Has sugar white sands more typical of the west coast.

It is amazing just how popular the FL State Parks have become. One must reserve 11 mo. in advance. The best chance to be on the beach are the state parks. It seems the FL State Parks are phasing in with renovations sewer connections.

Looking forward to Grayton Beach this next spring and returning to Topsail. Also recommend St. Andrews State Park in Panama City.
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Old 07-01-2017, 02:35 PM   #23
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FL State Parks
https://www.campendium.com/florida/state-parks
Myakka River State Park

RV Parks Florida filtered by waterfront and full hookups along the coasts.

Holiday Campground
Red Coconut RV Resort
Grayton Beach State Park
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Santa Rosa Waterfront RV Resort
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Sugarloaf Key-Key West KOA

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