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Old 09-30-2019, 09:07 AM   #1
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Key Largo campground?

Thinking of visiting Key West around Christmas. Any recommendations for good campground around Key Largo? We have a 13ft Scamp.
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Old 09-30-2019, 09:56 AM   #2
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Long Key State Park gives the true Keys experience, because all the campsites are right on the ocean. However, they are usually booked up as soon as they are first available 11 months before the booking date. Bahia Honda State Park is nice but not with sites all on the water. Good fishing and snorkeling at both places. I have no personal experience with commercial campgrounds in the Keys.
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Old 09-30-2019, 10:19 AM   #3
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Avoid Riptide

AVOID Riptide RV Resort at ALL costs.

Horrible and very tiny spots.
The single-stall "restroom/shower combo" not useable. Very high priced and not worth 10% of what they charged.

We were stuck due to a commitment on that Key so had little choice. And we had no advanced planning time.

Advance planning should get you into a better place.

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Old 09-30-2019, 10:20 AM   #4
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in 2012, Feb, we camped at Big Pine Key Fishing
Lodge, a private RV park, on the left just as you come off the bridge (southbound). They cater to the boating/fishing folks, but had some short term sites, sandy ground. We left the Scamp there, and drove to Key West with the TV.
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Old 09-30-2019, 10:24 AM   #5
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The campgrounds at Long Key and Bahia Honda State Parks remain closed due to Hurricane damage from Hurricane Irma. For further information, check out the "Hurricane Recovery" page at the Florida State Parks website. Deb
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Old 09-30-2019, 10:50 AM   #6
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Sorry, I was afraid of that -- parks closed -- should have checked, but glad you caught it.
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Old 09-30-2019, 10:54 AM   #7
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Bahia Honda State Park campground is open....only the Sandspur campground area is closed.
You may find a last minute cancellation there, or at Curry Hammock State Park or at John Pennekamp.
Long Key State Park campground has been closed since Hurricane Irma, but it looks like they may start taking reservations after December 31st.
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Old 09-30-2019, 02:15 PM   #8
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We stayed at John Pennekamp State Park in Key Largo and we loved it. Great place for snorkeling as this is the first under waterpark in the US. They have a beach (man made) and boat ramp and storage. Campground is nice and facilities are clean. They also offer a glass bottom boat tour of the coral reef. We didn't get to do it when there the week before thanksgiving 2 years ago due to wind/water conditions but we were told it was a must see. Great area for bike riding also, the restaurants are a bit pricey but really good.
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Old 09-30-2019, 04:21 PM   #9
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We stayed at John Pennekamp State Park in Key Largo and we loved it. ...
And a quick check of the reservations website shows the ONLY availability for the entire month of December is site 31 for three days.. Dec 15, 16 and 17. And the next few months look about the same. You can't get a site at a place like Pennekamp on short notice. In fact places like this often fill up in hours or maybe a few days after the reservation window opens. Snowbirds are the most competitive birds around when it comes to prime campsites where it does not snow.

When trying to get a site in the summer for Kring Point I would open as many as 12 browser windows on a dual monitor PC and set up the reservation requests.. then when the clock ticked the moment the res window opens I would click them all as quick as the system would permit.

But dont worry.. the recession will reduce the demand somewhat
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Old 09-30-2019, 05:07 PM   #10
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I've pretty much given up on FL state parks, even the nicer county parks are booked far in advance. Private campground rates can be silly high, I was quoted something like $150 for one night at St Petersburg KOA....

RV Super Show in Tampa has dry camping at the show at a reasonable rate. I camped there several nights last year.
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Old 09-30-2019, 05:30 PM   #11
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Hi---we stayed for 2 weeks at Key Largo Kampground in a tent site with electric. T14, to be exact. The tent sites vary in size, depending on where in the park they are, but we found it great for our 13' camper. The only way to get a tent site, apparently, is to NOT have any AC ability, as that is not allowed. You must get an RV site, if you have AC.

The park has a nice pool, very friendly people and is well situated for day trips all along the keys.

We took a day trip to Key West, among many other destinations.

For us, it was a great spot. We'd actually stayed here over 30 years ago when it had a hot longer there, but the memories remain.

I have no idea whether or not you will be able to get a reservation but one thing---the "beach" there is NOT worth counting on. Instead, we explored the state park next door (Pennekamp), as well as the other county and state parks. Plus the free ones. caveat....we were last there before the last devastating hurricane, so cannot speak to how things have fared since then.
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Old 09-30-2019, 07:31 PM   #12
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They do book up fast in Florida, but I can tell you that we have camped regularly in Florida from the Georgia line to the Keys and we seem to luck up with finding cancellations about 2-4 weeks out of our destination time frame. The key seems to be checking every morning and night as those appear to be the most common times for someone to cancel an existing reservation. This has worked well for us for other destination as well besides Florida, many of them being state and/or federal campgrounds. YRMV
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Old 10-09-2019, 10:44 AM   #13
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A long ride

I also want to mention that it is a long ride from Key Largo to Key West.
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Old 10-09-2019, 11:20 AM   #14
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We stayed at Boyd's Key West Campground two years ago. It was lovely. We visited again last year after the hurricane and our original spot was completely gone. But much of the park weathered the storm well and management has done a good job of getting everything back to normal.
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