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If you’re reading this, you’re probably looking for free camping in the Florida Keys. Or, because someone shared this article with you.

Well, I’ve got good news and bad news for you, my new friend.

The bad news is that free camping in the Florida Keys essentially does not exist. It would be awesome, and we all wish it did, believe me.

The good news is that you can still visit the Florida Keys, and Key West, in an affordable way.

I’ve spent a lot of time camping in South Florida over the years, including the Florida Keys and Key West.

I wanted to share my experience, thoughts and commentary on the situation today. Hopefully it’ll help our fellow travelers.

My memories of camping in the Florida Keys– and really, all of Florida– are some of my favorite.

Some trips were spent in campgrounds. Others were spent stealth camping, boondocking and free camping, as come people call it. Hands down, my favorite trips were spent in fancy hotels (for free) while travel hacking.

Most of my boondocking and stealth camping experience was years ago.

Van life, boondocking and stealth camping were not very well known. Instagram didn’t exist. Life was easier for those of us who were doing it. The Keys were also slightly less crowded at that time.

Today, van life in the Florida Keys is much harder today than it was in the past.

Instagram and social media have glorified the lifestyle. Many, many more people are competing for a limited number of parking places. The supply of parking was already low, and it’s being reduced.

Have the Right Mindset

All of my trips to south Florida have been fun, and filled with great memories. But, they were also unnecessarily stressful. Looking back, I know I could have enjoyed myself more on those trips.

Why? Because I had the wrong mindset, and I was doing it wrong. Specifically, I was cheap, and unrealistic about my budget expectations.

Full-time travelers know that to stay on the road, it’s vital to maintain an efficient, low-cost lifestyle.

Frugality is a virtue. It’s an important value that most of us share. Travel’s biggest expense is lodging, which is why many of us prefer boondocking and free camping.

I also prefer boondocking over tightly-packed RV parks and campgrounds. So, when in South Florida and the Keys, I kept my same mentality.

Over the years I searched endlessly for boondocking spots and free camping in the Florida Keys. I’ve found some, and I’ve done it. But, I don’t recommend it today.

What I’d Do Differently

For south Florida, I don’t suggest that approach, or the spots I found. I guess this is part of getting older, but I definitely wouldn’t do it the same way today, as I did back then.

So, what was my mistake? Well, there were lots of them.

But, mostly, I was penny wise and pound foolish. I was determined to always find the lowest-cost option. I did, but it took away from the enjoyment. If I could go back in time, I wouldn’t obsess so much over the cost of every little thing.

If I could travel back in time, I’d definitely still go to the Keys. It’s one of the best spots to hide out from the winter.

I’d do some things the same way. I’d still try to do it in a responsible, affordable way. I’d still control my expenses.

But, I’d use other low-cost, budget travel methods that are better suited for Florida, especially south Florida and the Florida Keys.

Most importantly, I’d go in with the mindset that, at the end of the day, this is just an expensive place. I look at it as a vacation from my usual low-cost lifestyle.

I’d accept the fact that I’d spend more than I usually do. Mentally, I’d try to remind myself that, when averaged out over a year, everything is still fine in the big picture.

And, most importantly, I’d remember that the memories and experiences are worth it. You can always find more nickels and dimes, but you can’t get more time.

Boondocking

For context, I’m an experienced boondocker.

I’ve boondocked in many regions and countries. I’ve stealth camped and boondocked in national forests, state forests, BLM land and Florida’s WMDs (Water management districts).

I’ve stealth camped in major cities while overlanding around the world, and more.

I love spontaneous travel, “just going” and winging it.

I dislike reservations, expensive places and tight schedules. But, the Florida Keys aren’t the place for winging it. You shouldn’t come to the Florida Keys expecting to find easy or free camping opportunities.

In my opinion, South Florida and the Keys are one of the worst places I’ve found for “just going” and winging it.

Free camping, boondocking, tent camping, vanlife, or any sort of cheap camping experience, is non-existent here. Or, at least extremely difficult, risky and rare.

It’s like this for a variety of reasons.

  • Locals don’t support free camping
  • It’s illegal, and police actively look for illegal campers
  • There aren’t any public land options like out west
  • There are few, if any low-cost camping options
  • Reservations required and are booked a year in advance
  • This area has a very high population density
  • Land is in short supply. Real estate is very expensive here
  • This whole region of Florida has a very high cost of living
  • Most of the year is oppressively hot, humid and uncomfortable
  • Mosquitos, noseeums and biting insects are huge problems
  • There are high amounts of local crime and drug use

Stealth Camping

The sad truth is that there are very few good options for free camping in the Florida Keys. Or, anywhere along the Overseas Highway. The few spots that exist are literally in people’s yards. They aren’t open to the public.

I’ve done a lot of searching over the years and have found some obscure “stealth” spots.

In general, for most people, I absolutely don’t recommend trying to stealth camp or boondock in or around the Keys. Based on my experience, there’s no way to reliably use stealth, experience, or skill to avoid a negative outcome.

Possible negative outcomes include:

  • Being disturbed, arrested or harassed
  • Being forced to move
  • Getting a ticket or fine
  • Having your vehicle towed, vandalized or stolen
  • Having to give up and stay in an expensive hotel on short notice

I’m sad to say this, but especially in a big, conspicuous RV, you cannot boondock anywhere in, or near, the Florida Keys.

Throughout the Florida Keys, and especially in Key West, there are not any places where you can pitch a tent, or park a normal car to sleep, without being disturbed by the police. Formal campgrounds are the only places where you can legally camp.

There’s a reason why people literally line up and wait years to pay $100,000+ for a tiny lot of land in an RV resort. Or, pay insanely expensive nightly rates for private RV parks in the Keys.

Why? Because there aren’t any good alternatives!

This location is in high demand, and there’s a very short supply of land. If there were free options, they’d be used, believe me!

When this question gets asked in forums and online communities, it often turns ugly.

It’s a sign of how much of a problem this is, and how unwelcome it is among locals in the Keys.

Some folks may get away with it, especially if it’s just for one night. But, if it works, it would only be due to luck. You can’t do it without breaking at least one law. And, in my opinion, it isn’t a very enjoyable experience.

Many will do it anyway, though. Some are almost surely doing it right now. Some may come away with a good experience. Some will suffer bad consequences.

In my experience, there are not any “low risk” options today. Every attempt will succeed, or fail, purely by dumb chance. I don’t like to live that way. I might have taken those risks years ago, but I wouldn’t today.

Free Tent Camping

Many people dream of pitching a tent on a sandy beach and camping for free.

For some reason this dream is especially common among young Europeans. Sadly, it’s just not possible.

First off, there are not actually that many sandy beaches on Key West, or in the Florida Keys. Of those, there are absolutely no beaches where you could pitch a tent and sleep overnight without getting disturbed, hassled, or forced to move.

There are “No Camping” and “No Overnight Parking” signs everywhere you look.

A sign says "No Overnight Camping" in Key West, Florida

If there’s a spot that looks promising, it’s safe to assume that it gets tried a few times a week. Neighbors and the police know about it, and they’re tired of it.

This is a comment from a well-known boondocking site database:

Monroe county police monitor this place on the regular now for people sleeping in vehicles since it is illegal to overnight in the keys. We got a knock about 7am, guy was nice but we got asked to leave. If you risk it maybe just leave before sunrise.

Tent camping isn’t allowed unless you’re in a campground, or on someone’s private property, with their permission.

I don’t agree with this at all, but even with a homeowner’s permission on private property, tent camping would still probably be illegal.

If a neighbor were to complain to code enforcement, you and the homeowner would probably get a fine. That’s why there aren’t any camping spots on sites like AirBnB or HipCamp.com.

The only possible way to arrange this would be to find a willing host and discreetly camp on their private property, with their full permission. But again, even that would probably break zoning laws.

Sugarloaf Key

One spot on Sugarloaf Key gets a lot of discussion. It’s the northern bit of the old, abandoned Old State Road 4A, past the Sugarloaf Key KOA campground and Pirate’s Cove.

It’s possible this may have been a good free campsite long ago, I don’t know. In my opinion, it’s definitely not a good option today. I wouldn’t use it.

Unless it’s been removed by vandals, there’s a very clear sign which says “Road Closed: No Vehicles”.

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Image and Information Credit: Max Rockatansky via Flickr

I’m not sure if tent camping would be allowed if you walked or biked past the sign. But, I don’t think it would be.

Even if tent camping is allowed, I don’t think there are any safe or legal overnight parking areas nearby.

I wouldn’t feel comfortable parking an unattended car in this area. Here’s the listing on freecampsites.net.

A Commonly Mentioned Free Campsite

Here’s a video showing this area around Sugarloaf Key. There’s quite a bit of footage around the old abandoned road. At 5:06 in the video you can see the burned bridge.

This 360 panoramic shot on Google Street View shows the site on a map, and the site at the end of the road. A burned area shows that someone had a campfire here.

You can click and drag to move the view around.

Not Recommended

I don’t recommend trying to use this as a campsite.

In my opinion, even if it wasn’t prohibited, this area wouldn’t be a good camp site. It goes against everything I look for when camping on the beach.

The mangroves are a natural breeding ground for mosquitoes and other biting insects. Thick vegetation blocks the sea breeze, and there isn’t a good beach, or a nice water view.

The only place which might be a nice place to camp would be at the end of the road, at the burned Tarpon Creek Bridge. But, that spot would also be swarmed with noseeums because of the surrounding mangroves and water.

Road Condition

If one were to ignore the “No Vehicles” sign and drive down the road anyway, you might regret it. You may get stuck, or seriously damage your vehicle.

This video shows the road. These people are clearly past the “No Vehicles” sign, which stands at the beginning of the path.

This road isn’t maintained, and gets worse every time it rains. There are large potholes and deep washouts. Some are more than a foot deep.

I can tell you from many years of offroading and overlanding: mud holes always deeper than they seem!

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Image and Information Credit: Max Rockatansky via Flickr

This road may suddenly become wet, muddy and impassable. If you were to get stuck, recovery would be very difficult and expensive.

Even in dry conditions, it may be impassable due to the deep ruts left by others. This road could be catastrophic in the wrong vehicle.

The road is very narrow. Overgrown trees block the road from both sides. Sharp branches will scratch vehicle paint, if that matters to you.

Another serious threat is that if another vehicle becomes stuck, you may also get stuck. Why? You wouldn’t be able to get around them on the narrow road. I’ve been in that situation before, it isn’t pleasant.

Not Safe

I wouldn’t feel safe sleeping here.

A big problem with camping in illegal areas is that, by definition, the only people you’ll meet are other law-breakers.

You might meet young, fun, risk-taking adventurers. Or, you might find strung-out, unpredictable weirdos in the middle of nowhere.

Sadly, the Florida Keys are a magnet for riff raff. Drug use is rampant, and the Monroe County Sheriff says busy arresting scary looking people.

I’m not a fear monger, and I’m not saying that this location is necessarily dangerous. But, I’ve had negative experiences in places like this, and I wouldn’t choose to sleep here.

I don’t suggest camping in sketchy locations because you can never really relax.

Police

This might be controversial, but I think it’s true: another risk you might find comes from law enforcement.

Police and other government agencies, including Federal agencies, patrol this area. They look for law breakers.

There are some reports of dangerous encounters with law enforcement.

This is unconfirmed, but some people claim that while camping, a coast guard patrol pointed guns at them. They were allegedly told to leave immediately, or they’d be arrested.

Law enforcement are often “on edge”, especially in the middle of the night. Interactions can be dangerous for everybody. For everyone’s sake, it’s just better to avoid these interactions all together. I offer no further comment on this.

Groceries

Many folks say you should stock up with groceries, because everything is insanely expensive, or hard to find in the Keys. I don’t think that’s necessary.

The Keys are much different than they used to be. Today there are modern stores, restaurants and supermarkets throughout the Keys. There are Publix and Winn Dixie locations.

Unless you have specialized needs, or just can’t live without some hard-to-find item, in my experience you don’t need to go crazy by loading up on groceries.

Walmart

There isn’t a Walmart in Key West, or the Florida Keys. But, there are three K-Mart locations in Key West, Key Largo and Marathon.

The lack of a Walmart location is unfortunate, although some people are glad there are no Walmarts in the Keys.

I try to buy groceries from Walmart because of the online pickup and delivery options. I try to buy gas from Murphy gas stations because I trust that the tanks are clean, and because of the Walmart+ discount.

Gas Stations

Gas prices are moderately above average in the Florida Keys. But, they they aren’t absurd like they are in Alaska, or remote places in Canada. They’re generally a bit higher than the rest of Florida.

As always, gas tends to be more expensive when there are fewer gas stations around. I try to pay attention and fill my tank when I’m in areas with many options.

I do suggest keeping your tank more full than usual so you don’t need to desperately search for fuel. The bridges in the Keys feel much longer when you’re nervously staring at your fuel gauge!

I also try to buy gas from modern, well-maintained gas stations. Knock on wood, I’ve never had a bad experience with this. But, I still try to avoid getting water, or other contaminants in my tank from poorly maintained gas stations. Especially in a marine, subtropical climate, I try to be more careful.

Be Careful

Be extremely careful if you explore around the Keys by foot, bicycle or scooter.

Remain aware of your surroundings at all times. Florida drivers are notoriously bad, and disoriented tourists do amazingly stupid things.

Roads, highways and sidewalks are often poorly maintained. They have uneven surfaces and are often blocked by telephone poles, tree roots and other random hazards.

Sidewalks are always crowded with tourists. They’re generally clueless about their surroundings. They may be drunk, lost, or all of the above.

Be careful of traffic, and always be aware of your surroundings. Keep your children, pets and family members safe.

Parking

When parking, be extremely cautious about where you park.

Parking is in very short supply, and parking laws can be tricky. Tow truck drivers make their living by towing tourist cars. Parking in Key West can be expensive if you choose the wrong spot!

Saving Money

Especially for my fellow campers and RVers, I suggest that you make peace with the fact that South Florida will be expensive. Think of it as more of a vacation than usual. Just know this before you come, and your trip will be better for it.

Relax about saving money while you’re here. Choose to maximize your time and enjoyment, instead of trying to penny-pinch.

Money comes and goes, but you don’t get more time. You’re here for the experiences, and the memories.

That said, I highly recommend responsible, affordable travel. Use good, low-cost travel strategies.

Don’t blow your budget. If you’re open minded, there are many ways you can reduce the costs of your trip, while also maximizing your enjoyment and experience.

RV Parks in the Florida Keys

There are some amazing RV parks in the Florida Keys. Many are waterfront, and have amazing amenities. But, they’re expensive.

If you’re traveling by RV, be prepared for extremely high campground prices.

This might be heresy to many RVers, and it might not be the best choice for everyone. But, some might consider leaving your RV near Miami and traveling down in your TOAD (tow car), or even renting a car, and exploring without the RV.

New car-rental options like Turo — which is sort of like an AirBnB service for rental cars– can be a fantastic option. It might even come with a priceless fringe benefit, if your rental comes with a local Residential Parking Permit.

Especially if you practice good travel hacking skills, it may be cheaper overall. In my experience, it’s likely to be more enjoyable.

Even if you’re prepared to spend big-bucks to camp in Key West, you might not be able to find a spot at any price.

RVing in Florida can be a challenge. Campsites are reserved up to a year, or more, in advance during the most popular months. Although, it’s sometimes possible to find last-minute cancellations if you know the tricks and can work around strange availability dates.

Most RV parks in the Keys are dog friendly, but always be sure to check the specific policies.

Remember the Middle Keys

The Overseas Highway is an incredibly popular destination. Like all tourist destinations, most folks are in a hurry. They spend their time at either the north end near Miami, or at the South end, near Key west.

If you want to avoid crowds and find bargains, consider spending time exploring the middle Keys.

It may come at the cost of a longer drive to explore Key West, but you may find better bargains and lower prices in the middle Keys, away from the crowds.

Categories Beach Towns, Camping, Florida, Florida Beaches, Florida Keys, Florida Travel, Key WestTags Boondocking, Camping, Florida Keys, Free Camping, key west, RV Camping, RVingИсточник: https://www.florida-guidebook.com/free-camping-florida-keys/

Christmas in the Florida Keys. . .

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We spent December 19, 2015 to January 6, 2016 in the Florida Keys – nearly 20 days of hopping between state parks and playing in the sun, sand and surf. We even celebrated Christmas here – and it was unlike any Christmas holiday we’ve ever had before. Balmy temperatures, endless sunshine, a tiny Christmas tree, minimal decorations – it was honestly one of the most magical Christmas celebrations we’ve ever had. Let me tell you about it. . .

Because we waited until the last minute to book our Florida Key State Park reservations, we didn’t have any reservation longer than 6 days. This meant we did a lot of hopping from park to park . Our first stop was Curry Hammock State Park (read our blog post about it here) and we were there only a few days before heading to Bahia Honda State Park.

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Bahia Honda State Parkis one of the most popular of the Florida Key state parks and has some of the most amazing views and an incredible beach for swimming. We had three nights in spot 15 – and I declared it the best camping spot in the park and probably one of my favorite campsites since we hit the road.

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Located right on a corner of the campground it’s a large spot with breathtaking sunsets nearly every night. It’s crazy to me that this is a state park campsite for under $40/night. If you stay in a private campground in the Florida Keys you’re going to be crammed in with a bazillion other RVs and fork over $100 – $160/night. The state parks are the way to do the Florida Keys. . .

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On the morning of December 23, Jeremy took the kids to a Bahia Honda Nature Center program (making seashell necklaces!) while I wrapped Christmas presents. Hiding, wrapping and storing presents is a lot trickier in 180 square feet than it was in our house. There is no big garage or closet to store gifts – so this was a delicate dance we did. And I have to admit, I’ve never wrapped presents with a more beautiful view (usually it’s on the cold concrete garage floor!).

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The kids each wrapped the present they got for each other. . . .and we made seashell ornaments using a glitter thread and a hot glue gun. It was a really wonderful day of Christmas preparation.

 

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The night of December 23 we had three other full-time travel families over for a big taco feast at our campsite. Our friends from Currently Wandering, the Bareneckers and @UpInTheAirstream came over and we chowed down while swapping travel stories and tips. The kids all adore each other and had lots of fun playing while the parents visited until after the sun had gone down.

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The next morning (December 24, Christmas Eve) we packed up and headed to our next reservation at Long Key State Park. The great thing about Long Key State Parkis ALL the spots back-up to the water. It’s a small park and a lot of the spots aren’t very deep – but you really can’t beat the backdrop if you can find a spot large enough to fit your rig. The shrubs and bushes on either side make for a private setting.

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We had two back-to-back reservations at Long Key State Park – a 3-day and a 2-day reservation. Our first spot was in spot 23, it was a bit more slanted than we would have liked – but we made it work by pulling forward (I wanted to be angled in the back for maximum water view but the angle was too much). After getting leveled and settled in our new spot we set up for Christmas!

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Our tiny Ikea Christmas tree with battery-powered Christmas lights, homemade seashell ornaments, a $3 Merry Christmas sign from Target and our Elf on the Shelf – we were ready for Christmas! It looks like a lot of gifts – but part of that is our tiny tree dwarfed by the pile.  It also includes gifts for the kids from extended family.

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We had heard rumors that Long Key State Parkhas Santa come by on a fire truck and I was hoping this would happen this year. It wasn’t long after we got settled that we heard the horns of the fire truck, a loud, bellowing “HO, HO, HO. . .” and Christmas carols blaring from the sound system. I *might* have teared up a bit as my kids jumped for joy and waved to Santa as he drove right past our campsite. . . circling back and passing by again. . . tossing candy canes out as he passed. I loved it. . . my kids loved it. It was awesome.

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We generally open family Christmas presents on Christmas Eve. . . so we moved all the kids gifts out to the picnic table and they opened gifts as the sun started to set. My settings were off on my camera and all my photos turned out pixelated – I was crushed when I discovered it. But the memory of opening the gifts on the beach is forever imprinted on my heart – and that really is all that matters.

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The next morning Santa found our trailer and the kids were just giddy as they opened up their gifts. I think they were a little worried he wouldn’t find us on the road . . .and worried he wouldn’t be able to find a way in, without a chimney. But Santa is resourceful and he figured it out. . .the kids were relieved and so very excited for the gifts he left them.

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Liam had been asking for a fishing pole for months and Santa brought him one. . . with all the gear he’d need to get started.

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I’ve never seen him so excited on Christmas Day. (Santa doesn’t know much about fishing but we heard he went to a local fishing shop in Marathon, Florida and got the pole and gear from a local small business owner who knows all about fishing in Florida.) Gifts from both Santa and the parents were mostly experience gifts. Hadley got a camera (she her blog post here) and they got a lot of things to play outside with – like sports balls and swim gear.

For Christmas dinner we grilled up a tri-tip from Costco and served it up with some simple sides. It was delicious, easy and stress-free.

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After Christmas dinner we decided to take the new fishing pole for a ride. After buying a Florida fishing license online and getting some help (and fresh bait) from our camper neighbor who was out fishing, we tossed the line out to see what we could catch. . .

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And within 10 minutes Liam got his Christmas miracle – he caught a fish! You have never heard so much excitement as when we pulled this fish into shore as a family. We thought it might be a shark because of it’s rough, grey skin. . .but after further research it turned out to be a salt-water catfish. We let the fish back into the water . . . Liam ran inside to call his Grandpa in Alaska (his fishing hero) and tell him about his catch.

Then we added some bait and caught ANOTHER one – also a salt-water catfish – a few minutes later. That was enough excitement for one night. It was getting dark and these fish are a pain to take off the hook (they have sharp barbs), so we decided to wait until daylight before we went fishing again.

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I couldn’t have planned a better Christmas if I tried. Quality time together. Amazing views. Perfect weather. Catching fish under the moon and stars on Christmas night. The kids falling into bed EXHAUSTED after a fun-filled 24 hours. It really was something spectacular and my heart is so full when I think about it. Better than I could have ever expected. . .

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We would spend the next few days at Long Key State Parkfishing and playing in the water, enjoying the weather and each other.

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We moved to spot 23 for a couple nights. . . which was a bit more narrow but had more privacy.

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We took in more beautiful sunsets. . .

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And sunrises. . .

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and then we headed back to Bahia Honda State Park where we would spend the next six nights. We played at the Bahia Honda public beach with our friends from Currently Wandering. Bahia Honda had the BEST beach of any of the state park that we visited in the Florida Keys.

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We did a lot of other things while in the area – visiting the Turtle Hospital, taking a glass-bottom boat tour out of John Pennekamp State Park, feeding the tarpons at Robbie’sand swimming with dolphins. It was all unique and special – we made many wonderful memories in the Florida Keys in those short 20 days.

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Part of our homeschooling includes journaling about our adventures. . . .and looking back at the kid’s journal entries for this time shows just how much they loved this place. . .

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They both have detailed photos of the campgrounds and the places that we visited. The beaches, the water, the animals and creatures they saw in the water, the fishing, the dolphins . . . it was a wonderland for us all and one of the most magical Christmas times we’ve ever had. . . .

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Have you ever spent Christmas in the Florida Keys?  Do you have favorite places in the Florida Keys you’d like to share? 

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Bahia Honda Camping – The best camping in the Keys!

Bahia Honda is in our opinion the most beautiful part of the Florida Keys.

To have easy and 24 hour access to the best beaches in Bahia Honda we highly recommend camping in Bahia Honda State Park.

We made our way to Bahia Honda as part of a Miami to Key West road trip!

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Bahia Honda State Park really took our breath away – the beaches were soft white sand (quite unusual in the Florida Keys due to the coral reefs) and the water was turquoise colour and crystal clear.

Due to the beauty of the area, it is worthwhile to spend a bit of time at the State Park. The best way to do this is by camping.

If you are wondering whether to camp at the Bahia Honda State Park – if there is privacy, what the facilities are like etc keep reading.

Bahia Honda State Park Camping Reservations

Due to the beauty of the area, the camping at Bahia Honda State Park is some of the most popular in the Florida Keys.

It is particularly popular as it is the closest affordable camp site to Key West (the most iconic part of the Florida Keys).

Bahia Honda State Park is about a 1 hour drive from Key West so you could potentially do day trips to the end point of the Keys rather than camp there (where there is no State Parks and it costs upwards of $100 USD a night for a spot)

Another reason that it is particularly popular is due to the beauty of the area. If you would like to read about the beaches and all the facilities in Bahia Honda see our full guide here.

We visited in low season (September after school holidays had finished) and we able to drive into the State Park and find a camping spot still available.

We have read that this is not the case for the rest of the year. Provided you book at least 1 day in advance you can reserve a spot online.

On the day it is no longer possible to book a camping spot online and you will need to try your luck in person.

Bahia Honda Camping Fees

It costs $43 USD a night to camp at the State Park including tax.

This is regardless of whether you book a site with power or without.

In the camp sites, you are allowed up to 8 people but only 1 vehicle that requires electricity per site.

For a nights camping, we felt that $43 USD was a little pricey by world’s standards however, if you compare this price to the regular camping in the Florida Keys this is extremely cheap. Most camping in the Florida Keys costs $100 USD + a night.

One thing to note is that if you decide to camp at the State Park you do not have to pay the $4.50 State Park entry fee.

Camping Sites

If you book well in advance Bahia Honda State Park has some pretty sensational camping spots that literally back onto the water.

These spots have an absolutely amazing view of Caloosa Beach and Old Bahia Honda Bridge.

We weren’t lucky enough to snag one of these spots but we were happy with our camping spot nonetheless.

It was large, well shaded and included both an electric hook up, a BBQ and a picnic table.

We were not driving a car that required an electric hook up however, it still proved very handy to charge items like computers.

Note: There are unpowered tent spots that cost the same price. If possible, ask for a powered site if you would like to charge devices etc.

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Camp Facilities

Currently (as at September 2019) there is only pop up showers and toilet blocks due to Hurricane Irma who destroyed the previous facilities.

Construction was underway while we were there so we believe a permanent facility will be available in the near future.

For pop up showers and toilets, they were surprisingly good.

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There was little smell in the toilet block (and it was air conditioned!). 

The showers were clean with good pressure and hot water but being a demountable building it was a little small inside.

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Other camp facilities include a book borrowing station, a sink for washing up, BBQs and picnic tables.

Beaches

The best part about camping in the State Park is the close proximity to the 3 amazing beaches – Caloosa Beach, Loggerhead Beach and Sandspur Beach.

Only 2 of the beaches were available while we were there Caloosa Beach and Loggerhead Beach. Sandspur Beach was closed due to damage from Hurricane Irma (September 2019).

Caloosa Beach and Loggerhead Beach were some of the most beautiful beaches we had seen in the world.

Caloosa Beach provided perfect swimming in clean, turquoise water with a stunning backdrop of Old Bahia Honda Bridge.

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Loggerhead Beach was ideal for snorkeling. You can see amazing reef fish right off the beach at Loggerhead. We seldom find good beach snorkeling in our travels so we were pretty happy with this.

You can read more on the beaches and things to do in Bahia Honda here.

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Hotels in Bahia Honda?

If you would like a camping alternative there are lots of hotels located in close proximity to Bahia Honda.

It get hot and sticky in Florida and unless you have a Winnebago with air conditioning you may prefer a little  comfort on your vacation.

If that is the case, we would suggest the following options:

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CAMPGROUND AREA 2 PLAYGROUND

This playground will be closed starting October 18, 2021 and will be replaced with a new all-inclusive playground, which will include new
pour-in play surfaces.

 


The Parks and Conservation Resources administrative office is located at 12520 Ulmerton Road in Largo. Fort De Soto campsite reservations and all park shelter reservations can also be made online or at this office.

 

Fort De Soto Campground Information:

3500 Pinellas Bayway South, Tierra Verde, FL 33715
Information Line: (727) 582-2100

 

Preview Fort De Soto Camping Map, interact map on reservation siteA 236-site family camping area with facilities including picnic tables, grills, water, electricity, washers, dryers, sanitary disposal stations, modern restrooms, showers, play areas, and a campground store. Special camp sites for camping with pets.

  • Fort De Soto Park Camp Office hours:
    Friday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. / Saturday thru Thursday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. / Phone hours: Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • For other assistance: Contact the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number (727) 582-6200. For emergency dial 9-1-1.

Reservations

  • Campsite Reservations
    • Reservation Instructions:
    • In order to keep guests and staff safe, we have implemented a non-face to face check in procedure.
      • All reservations may be made up to six months in advance.
      • Pinellas County residents may make reservations up to seven months in advance. Verification of residency (a current Florida Driver’s license or valid Florida ID along with a current utility bill) will be required at the time of check-in, failure to provide will result in cancellation. The campsite must be occupied by the Pinellas County resident making the reservation. For further information, call (727) 582-2100, select Option #2.
      • A campsite may be reserved for a maximum of 14 nights.
      • Reservations are limited to a maximum of ONE per individual per day.
      • Payment by MasterCard, VISA, cash, money order or personal check for the full amount is required before a reservation can be recorded.
      • A reservation does not automatically imply an option to extend your stay.
      • From January through April, occupancy is limited to 14 nights in any 30-day period. From May through December occupancy may be extended for an additional 14 nights depending upon availability of campsites.
      • Please note designated pet area camping spots 86-164.
      • Fort DeSoto Campground Cancellation Policy:
        • All modifications and/or cancellations will be assessed either a $5 administrative fee or cancellation penalty equal to the cost of site reserved.
          • Modifications include site changes and rescheduling of reservations.
          • Cancellations subject to the $5 administrative fee must be received 2 days prior to the scheduled reservation date by 11:59 pm, this includes cancellation request to shorten a campground stay (early departure) after arrival.
          • Campground cancellations initiated within 2 days of the reservations date either online, email, in person or by phone representative will loose 1 (one) night stay equivalent to the cost of the reserved campground site and will not be assessed the $5 administrative fee.
        • Campground cancellation requests initiated by the account user will be issued "User Credit" which will be reviewed by Parks department prior to refunding original form of payment within 3-5 business days.
        • User credit can be applied to future reservations if the new reservation is initiated prior to conversion of user credit to the original payment method when possible or initiation of manual check request.
        • To cancel a reservation and receive a refund, visit the Campground Reservation System, submit a Contact Us form, or call (727) 582-2100.

 

 Sites 1-85Sites 86-236

Nightly Rate

$33.50$38.50

Tourist Development Tax 6%

2.012.31

State Tax 7%

2.352.70

TOTAL BASE RATES

$37.86$43.51

New Waterfront Camping rate increase starting January 20, 2021

Waterfront Rate

$37.50$42.50

Tourist Development Tax

2.252.55

State Tax

2.632.98

TOTAL BASE RATES

$42.38$48.03

 

    Facilities

    • Sites 1-85 have been designed for the tent, van, pop-up camper and trailers under 16’.
    • Sites 86-236 are designed and equipped to accommodate all camping units.
    • All sites have water and electrical hook-up (30-50 amp service), picnic table and charcoal grill.
    • Dump stations and modern restrooms with showers and laundry facilities are provided for your convenience.
    • Wi-Fi at camp store and office.
    • Pets are permitted in Area 2 only (sites 86-164).
    • Electric carts allowed on campground premises only.
    • Campground Store: Hours of operation are Sunday - Thursday 8am to 5pm and Friday - Saturday 8am to 7pm. They will be implementing social distancing practices. For more information, call (727) 866-9191.
    •  

Occupancy Limitations

Campsite occupancy is limited to ONE of the following groups of camping rigs:

  • One motor home and two vehicles
  • One travel trailer and two vehicles
  • One pop-up camper and two vehicles
  • Two tents and two vehicles
  • One pick-up truck with mounted camping rig
  • NOTE: There must be at least one adult at each site. In addition, one boat trailer is allowed on each site. There is a six-person limit, including children, per campsite at any time.

Additional Information

  • Keep all tents, boats, trailers, etc. on shelled area of your campsite.
  • Campers are advised to protect their personal property.
  • Check-in time is after 1 p.m. Check-out time is 11 a.m. Please be considerate of others by checking out on time.
  • Quiet time is at 10 p.m. All unregistered guests must leave the camp area at that time.
  • The front gate entrance is locked from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Please obtain the combination when you check in.

 

Alcoholic beverages

Swimming in camp area

Use of gasoline-powered generators

Ground fires (campfires must be in a container, with sides and a bottom)

Camping in other than approved sites

Removing, damaging or defacing trees, shrubs, or any other plants

Feeding wildlife (including birds, squirrels and raccoons)

Removing tables from sites

Organized group camping

Violators of the rules may be directed to vacate the campground without refund. In the event of a serious infraction, a citation may be issued.

 

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Camping Questions Email

 

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Primitive Youth Camping at Fort De Soto Park

 

We accept reservations and can accommodate up to 90 people, by phone, up to three months in advance. Reservations are $5 adults/$1 per child. You may call (727) 582-2100 between 9am to 3pm Monday – Friday, closed Saturday, Sunday, & holidays. The area is very popular and is usually booked exactly three months in advance. Call at 9am if you plan to reserve.

Rules

 


 

Primitive Camping at Shell Key Preserve:

 

Public Land Use / Designated cammping area, and Boat Navigation

All Shell Key campers are required to obtain a Shell Key Camping Permit. Permits will be available for $6 per day, with a limit of 6 guests for each permit. Campers must be listed on the permit. A vessel registration is required.

 

Camping permit does not include the Fort De Soto boat ramp / beach parking fee.

 

 

Please respect and appreciate the wonderful natural resource of Shell Key Preserve. Shell Key Preserve is a sensitive environmental area and good stewardship is required to ensure that the islands and waterways remain intact for future generations. It is really important to follow the Shell Key Rules, since through your actions, Shell Key Preserve can remain a welcoming place for generations to come.

 

A "leave no trace" camping ethic is expected at all times from visitors to the preserve. Access to Shell Key is by watercraft only. There are no facilities at Shell Key Preserve, and campers are required to bring, use and remove portable toilets. Camping is allowed only in the southernPublic Use Area. Within this designated area, there are no defined campsites so visitors are free to select a camping location of their choice. Alcohol, pets, littering, nudity, fireworks and excessive noise are prohibited at all times in the Preserve.

 

Obtaining a Permit:

All Shell Key campers are required to obtain a Shell Key Camping Permit. Permits will be available for $6 per day, with a limit of 6 guests for each permit. Campers must be listed on the permit. A vessel registration is required.

 

Shell Key Camping Permit does not include the Fort De Soto boat ramp & parking fee. Boat ramp fee is a separate permit. Overnight parking is allowed at the Fort De Soto boat ramp only. Any user parking at North Beach and Arrowhead Picnic areas are subject to a parking citation. Permittee must possess valid photo identification along with their valid, signed camping permit or electronic permit while camping.

 

To be considered valid, a permit must:

 

  • Include complete and accurate camper information that has been received by the Fort De Soto Campground Office.
  • Conform to restrictions regarding the maximum party size and maximum number of consecutive days.
  • Acknowledge that all members of the party will abide by the rules by checking the "I agree" box.
  • New camping rule! Campfires and other open fires are permitted in the designated camping area only, between October 1 through April 30. No campfires allowed from May 1 through September 30 due to turtle nesting. Violations will result in a $118 fine.

 

Apply for a Shell Key Camping Permit:

 

Print the confirmation email or the Printer Friendly receipt that appears in the web page once the Submit button is selected.

 

Take with you while camping:

  • The completed camping permit with the acknowledging agreement of the rules box checked; and,
  • Photo identification.

 

Camping Questions Email

 

 


 

Primitive Youth Camping at Wall Springs Park:

  • Wall Springs Park Youth Camping permit applicationpdf icon
    This permit application and reservation confirmation number should be in the possession of the person in charge of your group on the day of occupancy. It is your responsibility to see that all members of your group are informed and adhere to the campground rules.
  • Reservations are $5 adults/$1 per child.

 

Campground Rules:

 

  • Youth camp capacity is 30 people. A youth group is defined as a recognized non-profit organization of young people 17 years of age and under with adult chaperone at a ratio of one (1) adult for every 12 young people.
  • A qualified scoutmaster, leader or counselor over 21 years of age or older must be on site and is responsible for the actions and behavior of the group.
  • It is the responsibility of the leader to contact park staff to obtain the gate code.
  • Campers are restricted to the designated youth camping area between sundown and sun-up.
  • IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, CALL 911. Someone should proceed to the front gate to direct the rescue personnel. The address for the front entrance gate is 3725 DeSoto Blvd., Palm Harbor, FL 34683.
  • The department reserves the right to make inspections of the camping area at any time.
  • Campfires must be confined to the fire pit.
  • The camping area is designated for tent camping only.
  • All vehicles except equipment trailers must be parked outside of the camp area in spaces provided.
  • Pinellas County Code Chapter 90 prohibits consumption of alcoholic beverages in all Pinellas County parks. This is strictly enforced.
  • Wall Springs Park will provide a confirmation number prior to arrival.

 


 

Park Shelter Cancellations:

  • THERE ARE NO REFUNDS DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER.
  • All modifications and/or cancellations incur a $5 administrative fee.
    • Modifications include shelter and/or park location changes and rescheduling of reservation.
    • Cancellations subject to the $5 administrative fee must be received at least 3 days prior to your reservation date.
  • Shelter cancellations initiated 1-3 days prior to your scheduled reservation date will be subject to lose the cost of the reservation (taxes will be refunded).
    • (For example: If your shelter reservation is July 6, a request for cancellation must be received no later than 11:59 pm on July 2.)
  • To cancel a reservation and receive a refund, visit the Campground Reservation System, submit a Contact Us form, or call (727) 582-2100.

 

Cancellations initiated by the department due to mandatory evacuations or park closures will be refunded in full without penalty.

 

 

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Spend your days splashing in the water and your nights sleeping beneath the stars at these can’t-miss beach camping spots…

Spend your days splashing in the water and your nights sleeping beneath the stars at these can’t-miss beach camping spots across the country.

When summertime rolls around, travelers head outside in droves to immerse themselves in nature. But with so many stunning locales in the U.S. to choose from — including expansive national parks, pristine lakes and tropical islands — deciding how to spend your hard-earned vacation days can be a challenge. To help you make the most of your time off this summer, U.S. News rounded up a selection of beaches where you can camp directly on or right next to the sand. Read on to discover which destinations are ideal for combining a beach vacation with a camping getaway. (Note: Some of the destinations mentioned may be affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Check with the CDC, the U.S. Department of State and local tourism boards before traveling.)

Long Key State Park: Long Key, Florida

Camp like America’s elite did in the early 20th century at Long Key State Park. Located in the middle of the Florida Keys, this waterfront state park was one of many stops along Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway. Everyone from former President Herbert Hoover to American author Zane Grey frequented this tranquil spot to fish. Today, the park’s main oceanfront campground is closed due to damage caused by Hurricane Irma in 2017, but you can still camp by the shore year-round at the smaller primitive campground. Amenities in this campground, which is only accessible on foot from the 1.5-mile-long Golden Orb Trail, include restrooms in the parking area and designated campsites with picnic tables, grills and flat sections for tents. Most primitive campsites offer space for up to four people, though two sites can accommodate larger groups with up to 20 people. Reservation costs start at $22.50 per night and must be made in advance by phone or through the Reserve America website.

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore: Wisconsin

If you happen to live in the Midwest far from the country’s West Coast and East Coast beaches, fret not: Northern Wisconsin’s stretch of Lake Superior shoreline features 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland packed with small white sand beaches. Several of the lakeshore’s islands offer campsites on or near a beach, including Outer Island, York Island and Manitou Island. No matter which location you choose, you can expect to find amenities like fire rings and bear-proof food storage lockers. Some sites also offer picnic tables, tent pads and vault toilets or stump privies. Keep in mind, almost all of the lakeshore’s campsites are only accessible by boat. You must make advance reservations for camping permits, which are valid for up to 14 days. Anticipate paying $15 per night for an individual campsite that sleeps no more than seven people or $30 per night for a group campsite with space for up to 21 people.

Hunting Island State Park: Hunting Island, South Carolina

Venture 17 miles southeast of Beaufort to camp in South Carolina’s most popular state park. The area’s main draw is its 5 miles of pristine beaches, where loggerhead sea turtles and various shorebirds nest every summer. Hunting Island State Park is also home to a beachfront campground designed for novice campers thanks to amenities like paved roads and restrooms with hot showers. Plus, each campsite can accommodate recreational vehicles and features water and electrical hookups. A dump station can also be found on-site. Up to six people can stay at each campsite, and pets are welcome in all camping areas. Campsite fees range from $40 to $65 per night, depending on the day, season and site chosen. Most campsites require making reservations for a minimum stay of two nights. You can book a campsite by phone or through the South Carolina state parks website.

Sonoma Coast State Park: Bodega Bay, California

Travelers who want a dose of adventure while visiting Northern California should spend a few days camping at Sonoma Coast State Park. This 17-mile-long stretch of protected coastline sits less than 60 miles northwest of Sonoma and Napa, making it easy to tack some time at the beach onto a wine vacation. To wake up to phenomenal ocean vistas, camp at one of the park’s 27 Wright’s Beach campsites. On-site amenities are limited (think: picnic tables, fire rings and bathrooms with flush toilets), but registered campers also have access to nearby Bodega Dunes Campground, which features facilities like hot showers and a potable water fill station. All Wright’s Beach campsites, which cost $35 per night, offer space for up to eight people and two vehicles. Optional reservations can be made 48 hours to six months in advance by calling ReserveCalifornia. For visitors who do not make reservations, entry is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Padre Island National Seashore: Texas

Though you may be tempted to spend most of your Gulf Coast beach vacation on better known South Padre Island, consider traveling farther north to North Padre Island. Here, you’ll discover Padre Island National Seashore, which boasts more than 130,000 acres of beaches, trails and campsites. Multiple beach camping areas are available, including Bird Island Basin Campground, where you can enjoy Laguna Madre panoramas and activities like fishing, kayaking and windsurfing. The campground offers sections for both tents and RVs, but there are no on-site amenities other than covered picnic tables and chemical toilets, so plan on stocking up on supplies at the Malaquite Visitor Center before you arrive. Campsites are first-come, first-served and cost $8 per day for most campers. You can pay at the seashore’s entrance or one of the campground’s self-service kiosks. Should you desire a more primitive beach camping experience, stay at North Beach or South Beach.

Horseneck Beach State Reservation: Westport, Massachusetts

For easy access to a beach campground from New England cities like Boston and Providence, Rhode Island, head to Horseneck Beach State Reservation. Situated less than 70 miles south of Boston and about 35 miles southeast of Providence, this 2-mile-long stretch of sand boasts breathtaking Buzzards Bay vistas, plus excellent windsurfing, fishing and bird-watching opportunities. Beach wheelchairs are also available, meaning travelers with mobility issues will be able to enjoy the beach and its scenery as well. At the beach’s tent-, trailer- and RV-friendly campground, visitors will find 100 partially paved campsites and a variety of amenities, including basketball and volleyball courts, a playground, picnic tables, grills, a dump station and restrooms with flush toilets and hot showers. Each campsite can accommodate up to four adults, two tents and two vehicles. The beach permits camping annually from the first week of May until Columbus Day. All campsites cost $22 per night for Massachusetts residents and $70 per night for out-of-state visitors.

Olympic National Park: Washington

Enjoy both lush greenery and proximity to the beach at Olympic National Park. In this national park 75 miles northwest of Seattle, you will find trail-filled forests and 70-plus miles of coastline, which you can admire from one of two campgrounds with beach access: South Beach and Kalaloch. South Beach Campground, the smaller of the two, offers campsites for $15 per night that are available on a first-come, first-served basis from Memorial Day to late September. Meanwhile, Kalaloch Campground welcomes visitors year-round for $22 per night. Kalaloch’s larger size, prime location and on-site amenities — such as flush toilets, potable water and fire rings — make it one of the park’s more popular options, so plan on arriving early in the day (during the offseason) or reserving a space online months in advance (for stays between mid-May and mid-September). Pay extra attention to which Kalaloch campsite you choose, since some spaces do not overlook the Pacific Ocean.

Gulf Islands National Seashore: Florida and Mississippi

Gulf Islands National Seashore, which stretches 160 miles from Florida to Mississippi, is home to 12 areas featuring historical forts, hiking trails and white sand beaches. Although the shoreline’s main campgrounds do not sit directly on the sand, several sections allow backcountry camping, or camping in an undeveloped area with no facilities. In Florida, travelers can beach camp in the Perdido Key Area. On the Mississippi side, campers can choose from four islands: Petit Bois, West Petit Bois, Horn and Cat. To beach camp in any of these areas, visitors must arrive by boat. None of these areas require purchasing camping permits, but keep in mind that campsites must be at least 300 yards away from bird nests and can only be established on flat sections away from dunes and vegetation. Since there are no amenities available at these beaches, remember to pack adequate camping gear and plenty of food and water.

Napali Coast State Wilderness Park: Kapaa, Hawaii

Head to Kauai’s Napali Coast to camp in the shadow of multicolored sea cliffs. In Napali Coast State Wilderness Park on Kauai‘s north shore, most visitors choose to camp at Hanakoa or Kalalau, which boast proximity to the challenging Kalalau Trail. But if your main objective is to sink your toes in the sand while camping, opt for quieter Miloli’i. Only accessible by boat or kayak, this beach is a haven for monk seals and sea turtles. On-site amenities include covered picnic tables, fire rings and an outhouse. You can camp on any flat sections of the beach; however, you can only camp here from May 15 to Sept. 7. What’s more, a camping permit — which costs $15 per person, per night for Hawaiians and $20 per person, per night for out-of-state visitors — is required. These permits are valid for no more than three consecutive nights and are sold online and at Hawaii’s Division of State Parks offices.

Assateague Island National Seashore: Maryland

Whether you’re looking for a change of scenery from bustling Ocean City or a unique camping experience, Assateague Island National Seashore can’t be missed. Maryland’s section of the seashore offers countless opportunities for leisure activities like kayaking, fishing and swimming. Plus, you’ll find two herds of wild horses here, which you may spot roaming the beach from your oceanside campsite. Individuals and smaller groups can pick from drive-in spaces (which can accommodate trailers and RVs) and walk-in spaces (which only permit tents). Both options cost $30 per night and come with amenities like picnic tables and fire rings. The seashore’s campground also features shared facilities, such as dump stations and restrooms with chemical toilets and cold showers. Campsites are open year-round, though reservations are required between March 15 and Nov. 15. Spaces fill up fast in summer (especially on weekends), so consider booking your site a few months in advance.

Jalama Beach County Park: Lompoc, California

A quieter beach park than others found in and around nearby Santa Barbara, California, Jalama Beach County Park appeals to everyone from surfers to anglers to wildlife enthusiasts. Inside this West Coast sanctuary, visitors can catch a wave, cast a line or go whale watching and birding. The park also serves as a superb option for camping by the Pacific Ocean. All of Jalama Beach’s 107 campsites offer beach or ocean panoramas, as well as amenities like picnic tables and barbecue pits. Additionally, the park has restrooms with hot showers and a convenience store that sells grocery staples and fishing equipment. Each campsite can accommodate up to eight people and two vehicles. Camping fees vary depending on the site chosen and time of year (for select sites), but beachfront locations — which are considered premium sites — cost $50 per night year-round. Most spaces need to be booked online in advance, though 16 sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sandy Neck Beach Park: West Barnstable, Massachusetts

Put a new twist on a classic Cape Cod beach vacation by camping at one of the peninsula’s highly regarded beaches. At Sandy Neck Beach Park, which sits in the mid cape section of Cape Cod, you can extend your day at the beach by camping overnight in an off-road vehicle or tent. Camping in an off-road vehicle can get expensive, so consider staying in the primitive tent area. This sandy section of the park is located more than 3 miles away from the parking lot, so you’ll need to hike with your gear to your site. Keep in mind, Sandy Neck requires starting your hike before 7 p.m. Once you arrive, you’ll find amenities like a portable toilet and drinking water. Every campsite offers space for five people and two tents. Campsite permits cost $20 per night and are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the park’s gatehouse. You can stay no longer than two consecutive nights.

Bahia Honda State Park: Big Pine Key, Florida

The Florida Keys are home to several beaches that permit camping, but if enjoying phenomenal Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico vistas without straying too far from Key West is a priority, check out Bahia Honda State Park. Situated 35 miles northeast of Key West on a remote island, Bahia Honda provides a quintessential Florida backdrop (think: swaying palm trees, crystal-clear waters and stunning sunsets) for a beach camping vacation. Inside the park, travelers can rent snorkeling gear to explore offshore when they’re not bird-watching, fishing or biking onshore. Bahia Honda campgrounds that offer waterfront sites include Buttonwood and Bayside. Buttonwood is ideal for travelers with RVs, as its sites are gravel and come with electricity hookups and access to a bathhouse and a dump station. Meanwhile, Bayside appeals to campers who want to rough it, since its only on-site amenities are picnic tables, grills and water. Most campsites can accommodate up to eight people and cost $36 per night.

Siuslaw National Forest: Yachats, Oregon

Located within 50 miles of top Oregon vacation destinations like Newport and Florence, Siuslaw National Forest offers the unique opportunity to combine a trip to the beach with an outing in the woods. Within this dense forest’s 630,000-plus acres lies Tillicum Beach Campground, one of the area’s most popular spots to camp thanks to its location and array of activities, such as surfing, swimming and whale watching. Tillicum features 61 campsites, most of which overlook the beach. Campsites can accommodate up to eight people and offer basic amenities like picnic tables and fire rings, as well as access to flush toilets and drinking water. But remember, showers are not available on-site. The campground is open year-round but fills up fast, especially in summer, so plan on reserving your campsite online or by phone ahead of time. Waterfront campsites will set you back $26 per night.

Cape Lookout National Seashore: North Carolina

This collection of North Carolina beaches beckons to travelers eager to kick back and unwind. Because Cape Lookout National Seashore is only accessible by passenger or vehicular ferry, it provides a quieter atmosphere than other local beach havens in the Outer Banks. After arriving to the seashore, vacationers can climb the Cape Lookout Lighthouse, go birding or enjoy water sports activities like kayaking and windsurfing. Most of the seashore’s 56 miles of beaches allow visitors to camp directly on the sand without a permit, making this an excellent option for those sticking to a tight budget. However, all beach camping here is primitive, so campers will need to come prepared. It’s best to travel without an RV since there are no roads or hookups. Additionally, facilities like camp stores are not available, though travelers can access restrooms in some areas during the warmer months. Campsites must sit at least 100 feet away from structures and cannot be on top of dunes.

Grand Isle State Park: Grand Isle, Louisiana

Plan a camping trip to the barrier island town of Grand Isle — which is located about 110 miles south of New Orleans — if you’re craving campfire meals featuring fresh seafood, unobstructed views of the stars and endless hours staring at the Gulf of Mexico. The 140-acre Grand Isle State Park, at the eastern end of the island, is known for its sprawling beach and abundant wildlife. When you’re not surf fishing, birding or crabbing, grab your camping gear and head to the park’s main campground. Most of the 63 campsites are pull-through options with water and electricity hookups for RVs, but the best spots are those that sit directly on the beach. The 14 beach sites strictly for tents are without water or electricity, so plan accordingly. Up to six people can stay at a campsite for a maximum of 14 consecutive days. All beach sites cost $18 per night and are available year-round.

Homer Spit Campground: Homer, Alaska

Few states can rival Alaska’s rugged beauty, and one of its most awe-inspiring destinations is the Kenai Peninsula. Situated south of Anchorage, 90% of this outdoor oasis is composed of wildlife-filled wilderness, so you can look for critters like black bears and moose while hiking, dogsledding or sightseeing by plane. For some of the peninsula’s most jaw-dropping views, stay at the Homer Spit Campground. Overlooking Kachemak Bay, glaciers and snow-capped mountains, this campground boasts a prime location on the Homer Spit — a narrow strip of land with one of Alaska’s most highly regarded beaches. At the campground, you’ll find 115 campsites, as well as amenities like restrooms with hot showers, laundry facilities and a gift shop. All sites sit within 300 feet of the bay, but you’ll want to reserve a Beach Front space to be right on the sand. These sites lack electric, water and sewer hookups, but include Wi-Fi access and use of a dump station in the nightly $35 fee.

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Sugarloaf Key / Key West KOA Holiday

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KOA Holiday Campgrounds

Whether you’re exploring the local area or hanging out at the campground, KOA Holidays are an ideal place to relax and play. There’s plenty to do, with amenities and services to make your stay memorable. Plus, you’ll enjoy the outdoor experience with upgraded RV Sites with KOA Patio® and Deluxe Cabins with full baths for camping in comfort. Bring your family, bring your friends, or bring the whole group – there’s plenty of ways to stay and explore.

KOA Holidays Feature:

  • RV Sites with a KOA Patio®
  • Deluxe Cabins with full baths
  • Premium Tent Sites
  • Group meeting facilities
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Located at Mile Marker 20 on US-1 in the Florida Keys.
Left on Old State Rd 4a/State Road 939.

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Welcome to a Newly Rebuilt Sugarloaf Key/Key West KOA Holiday!

Be one of our first campers!  

We are in the final stages of construction at the Sugarloaf Key/Key West KOA! As many of you know, Hurricane Irma devastated our campground and the entire community. Rebuilding takes time, but we are now finishing all construction and looking forward to welcoming back our campers.  Some construction will still be happening on the property at this time and amenities may be limited, but our pool, hot tub, full service marina and pub will be open.  Follow us on Facebook for updates.  

Sugarloaf Key/Key West KOA is a completely brand new campground. Guests will enjoy amenitiesincluding a beautiful pool, poolside pub with the best cocktails, frozen drinks and ice cold beverages around, waterfront sites, a Kamp K9 for our four-legged campers, a fully stocked Marina store and so much more. Featuring pull-thru, back-in, tent and unique accommodations, we will have something for every kind of camper. All RV sites feature full hook up 50/30 amp service. While we encourage our guests to explore Key West, there will be plenty of activities, recreation and relaxation to be had at our campground. So if you want to spend a day "in" at KOA, you won't be disappointed. 

Coming in late 2022 are Vacation Suites! These unique accommodations will feature hotel style amenities with a variety of floor plans ideal for those looking to explore they Keys and camp in comfort.

We can't wait to welcome you back to Key West!

Campground Amenities

  • 50 Max Amp
  • 85' Max Length
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cable TV
  • Pool (Open Year-Round)
  • Hot Tub/Sauna
  • Snack Bar ($)
  • Propane ($)
  • Fishing
  • Firewood ($)
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What Others Are Saying

Beautiful water site. Absolutely loved the grounds & staff was super friendly. Can't wait to go back ! 11/30/2021

- A. Marie Bronson on Google

Every site was beautifully landscaped with tropical plants and so very well maintained. The pool area was magnificent with beautifully furnished fire pit areas... 11/27/2021

- Kelle Tucker on Google

The nicest k.o.a. on the east coast. 11/27/2021

- James B. on Google

5 days on site 1005 which backs up to the sand beach. All new facilities and welcoming hosts all around made this our top rated KOA! 12/2/2021

Beautiful facility, great staff, fantastic location….we enjoyed every minute here…look forward to returning… 12/2/2021

It was perfect. We enjoyed the pool, laundry room and snack bar. The owners gave us great information about the Keys which made our time there even better. 12/2/2021

Everything is beautiful, the staff are wonderful and we can’t wait to go back!!!! 12/2/2021

Super clean. Great staff. Pool/patio/bar was excellent!!! Will return for sure. 12/1/2021

Beautiful campground. Pool music too loud until 10:00 at night. Especially since the pool closes at dusk and bar closes at 9:00pm. 12/1/2021

Absolutely beautiful! Clean & friendly, loved staying on the water. 12/1/2021

They've done a great job of rebuilding. The landscaping is young but beautiful, and in 5 years or so will be awesome. Big pool and great bar & grill. Be ready for Key west prices!! You cannot beat the water views. And only 20 min from Key West. We will SO come back here!!! 11/30/2021

Very disappointed the hot tub was not in service. We were looking forward to relaxing after the long journey. Other than that this place is awesome. Already booked a return visit. Thanks 11/30/2021

Best Campground we've ever stayed at!!!!! Super clean and unbelievably nice. The staff were top notch, couldn't have had a better time! 11/30/2021

Beautiful updates to an always amazing location! Warm and caring staff is always around to help!! 11/30/2021

We’ll maintained park, friendly and helpful staff. Our #1 choice to stay when we return to the Keys 11/30/2021

Had a great time, cleanest rv park I have been to. GREAT STAY! 11/29/2021

Staff was absolutely fabulous. They were all friendly, helpful and courteous. They kept the place clean and tidy. Bath & shower facilities are excellent. Prices at store and bar were reasonable... 11/29/2021

Out of the 4 KOA's we have visited, this was by far the best. It is truly a resort campground. Staff is attentive and friendly. Grounds were clean and well maintained. We will most certainly return on our next trip to the Keys. 11/29/2021

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KOA Holiday Campgrounds

Whether you’re exploring the local area or hanging out at the campground, KOA Holidays are an ideal place to relax and play. There’s plenty to do, with amenities and services to make your stay memorable. Plus, you’ll enjoy the outdoor experience with upgraded RV Sites with KOA Patio® and Deluxe Cabins with full baths for camping in comfort. Bring your family, bring your friends, or bring the whole group – there’s plenty of ways to stay and explore.

KOA Holidays Feature:

  • RV Sites with a KOA Patio®
  • Deluxe Cabins with full baths
  • Premium Tent Sites
  • Group meeting facilities

Latest Hot Deal

KOA Rewards Appreciation Weekend

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WHEN: September 9-10, 2022

WHAT: KOA Rewards holders stay as a paying guest on Friday, September 9 at any participating KOA campground and get Saturday, September 10 for FREE*.

WHY: KOA Rewards Appreciation Weekend is designed exclusively for KOA Rewards holders to say thanks for your loyalty and for trusting your camping memories to us. On this late-summer weekend, we gather to celebrate friends, family and fun in the great outdoors we all adore.

*Only at participating KOA locations. Applies to one site per a KOA Rewards account, for two consecutive nights at the same KOA. Sites may be limited. Not valid with other discounts.

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Get up close and personal with marine life at the Key West Aquarium. Cited by some as the most intriguing aquarium in the world, this is a must visit destination in the Keys, especially for families. Learn about all sea life in their many exhibits, including the popular shark exhibit, touch tanks, jellyfish exhibit, alligator exhibit and stingray bay.  Exhibits aren't just educational, they are interactive too. Take part in the museums many tours, activities or conservation lectures while visiting the museum and leave with a better understanding of the natural world surrounding Key West.

Key West Aquarium

1 Whitehead St

Key West, FL 33040

888-544-5927

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The underwater adventure at Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary is only a short boat ride away from the campground. The sanctuary contains more than 5-miles of well-developed coral and is home to a diverse fish population. Divers on the northern side can see parrots and surgeonfish while barracudas and and jacks swim on top the reef.  

Because this is a Sanctuary Preservation Area some activities are prohibited at Looe Key including harvesting, removing or possing any marine life, and anchoring on living or dead coral. Bait fishing is allowed with a permit.

35 East Quay Road

Key West, FL 33040

305-809-4700

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Located about 70 miles west of Key West is a cluster of islands that make up the dry Tortugas National Park. Situated inside Fort Jefferson (one of the largest coastal forts ever built), this park is famous for its bird and marine life and legends of pirates and gold. Enjoy a continental breakfast aboard the Yankee Freedom ferry or get outfitted with snorkeling gear aboard the Sunny Days catamaran. The 100-square mile park is mostly beautiful blue open water which makes it an ideal location to visit for both adventurers and history buffs.

Dry Tortugas National Park

40001 SR-9336

Homestead, FL 33034

305-242-7700

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Visit the historic waterfront hub of Key West for nightly sunset celebrations or spend the day perusing shops, art galleries, the historic sculpture garden and the shipwreck museum. You'll be entertained with street jugglers, clowns, tightrope walkers and musicians. Find unique gifts and souvenirs from local artisans who set up shops in the square.

Mallory Square

400 Wall St

Key West, FL 33040

305-809-3700

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Sugarloaf Key / Key West KOA Holiday

KOA Holiday

KOA Holiday Campgrounds

Whether you’re exploring the local area or hanging out at the campground, KOA Holidays are an ideal place to relax and play. There’s plenty to do, with amenities and services to make your stay memorable. Plus, you’ll enjoy the outdoor experience with upgraded RV Sites with KOA Patio® and Deluxe Cabins with full baths for camping in comfort. Bring your family, bring your friends, or bring the whole group – there’s plenty of ways to stay and explore.

KOA Holidays Feature:

  • RV Sites with a KOA Patio®
  • Deluxe Cabins with full baths
  • Premium Tent Sites
  • Group meeting facilities
Locator Map

Located at Mile Marker 20 on US-1 in the Florida Keys.
Left on Old State Rd 4a/State Road 939.

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Welcome to a Newly Rebuilt Sugarloaf Key/Key West KOA Holiday!

Be one of our first campers!  

We are in the final stages of construction at the Sugarloaf Key/Key West KOA! As many of you know, Hurricane Irma devastated our campground and the entire community. Rebuilding takes time, but we are now finishing all construction and looking forward to welcoming back our campers.  Some construction will still be happening on the property at this time and amenities may be limited, but our pool, hot tub, full service marina and pub will be open.  Follow us on Facebook for updates.  

Sugarloaf Key/Key West KOA is a completely brand new campground. Guests will enjoy amenitiesincluding a beautiful pool, poolside pub with the best cocktails, frozen drinks and ice cold beverages around, waterfront sites, a Kamp K9 for our four-legged campers, a fully stocked Marina store and so much more. Featuring pull-thru, back-in, tent and unique accommodations, we will have something for every kind of camper. All RV sites feature full hook up 50/30 amp service. While we encourage our guests to explore Key West, there will be plenty of activities, recreation and relaxation to be had at our campground. So if you want to spend a day "in" at KOA, you won't be disappointed. 

Coming in late 2022 are Vacation Suites! These unique accommodations will feature hotel style amenities with a variety of floor plans ideal for those looking to explore they Keys and camp in comfort.

We can't wait to welcome you back to Key West!

Campground Amenities

  • 50 Max Amp
  • 85' Max Length
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cable TV
  • Pool (Open Year-Round)
  • Hot Tub/Sauna
  • Snack Bar ($)
  • Propane ($)
  • Fishing
  • Firewood ($)
More About Amenities

Ways to Stay

What Others Are Saying

Beautiful water site. Absolutely loved the grounds & staff was super friendly. Can't wait to go back ! 11/30/2021

- A. Marie Bronson on Google

Every site was beautifully landscaped with tropical plants and so very well maintained. The pool area was magnificent with beautifully furnished fire pit areas. 11/27/2021

- Kelle Tucker on Google

The nicest k.o.a. on the east coast. 11/27/2021

- James B. on Google

5 days on site 1005 which backs up to the sand beach. All new facilities and welcoming hosts all around made this our top rated KOA! 12/2/2021

Beautiful facility, great staff, fantastic location….we enjoyed every minute here…look forward to returning… 12/2/2021

It was perfect. We enjoyed the pool, laundry room and snack bar. The owners gave us great information about the Keys which made our time there even better. 12/2/2021

Everything is beautiful, the staff are wonderful and we can’t wait to go back!!!! 12/2/2021

Super clean. Great staff. Pool/patio/bar was excellent!!! Will return for sure. 12/1/2021

Beautiful campground. Pool music too loud until 10:00 at night. Especially since the pool closes at dusk and bar closes at 9:00pm. 12/1/2021

Absolutely beautiful! Clean & friendly, loved staying on the water. 12/1/2021

They've done a great job of rebuilding. The landscaping is young but beautiful, and in 5 years or so will be awesome. Big pool and great bar & grill. Be ready for Key west prices!! You cannot beat the water views. And only 20 min from Key West. We will SO come back here!!! 11/30/2021

Very disappointed the hot tub was not in service. We were looking forward to relaxing after the long journey. Other than that this place is awesome. Already booked a return visit. Thanks 11/30/2021

Best Campground we've ever stayed at!!!!! Super clean and unbelievably nice. The staff were top notch, couldn't have had a better time! 11/30/2021

Beautiful updates to an always amazing location! Warm and caring staff is always around to help!! 11/30/2021

We’ll maintained park, friendly and helpful staff. Our #1 choice to stay when we return to the Keys 11/30/2021

Had a great time, cleanest rv park I have been to. GREAT STAY! 11/29/2021

Staff was absolutely fabulous. They were all friendly, helpful and courteous. They kept the place clean and tidy. Bath & shower facilities are excellent. Prices at store and bar were reasonable. 11/29/2021

Out of the 4 KOA's we have visited, this was by far the best. It is truly a resort campground. Staff is attentive and friendly. Grounds were clean and well maintained. We will most certainly return on our next trip to the Keys. 11/29/2021

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KOA Holiday

KOA Holiday Campgrounds

Whether you’re exploring the local area or hanging out at the campground, KOA Holidays are an ideal place to relax and play. There’s plenty to do, with amenities and services to make your stay memorable. Plus, you’ll enjoy the outdoor experience with upgraded RV Sites with KOA Patio® and Deluxe Cabins with full baths for camping in comfort. Bring your family, bring your friends, or bring the whole group – there’s plenty of ways to stay and explore.

KOA Holidays Feature:

  • RV Sites with a KOA Patio®
  • Deluxe Cabins with full baths
  • Premium Tent Sites
  • Group meeting facilities

Latest Hot Deal

KOA Rewards Appreciation Weekend

KOA Rewards Appreciation Weekend Photo

WHEN: September 9-10, 2022

WHAT: KOA Rewards holders stay as a paying guest on Friday, September 9 at any participating KOA campground and get Saturday, September 10 for FREE*.

WHY: KOA Rewards Appreciation Weekend is designed exclusively for KOA Rewards holders to say thanks for your loyalty and for trusting your camping memories to us. On this late-summer weekend, we gather to celebrate friends, family and fun in the great outdoors we all adore.

*Only at participating KOA locations. Applies to one site per a KOA Rewards account, for two consecutive nights at the same KOA. Sites may be limited. Not valid with other discounts.

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Campground Events

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Local Area

Get up close and personal with marine life at the Key West Aquarium. Cited by some as the most intriguing aquarium in the world, this is a must visit destination in the Keys, especially for families. Learn about all sea life in their many exhibits, including the popular shark exhibit, touch tanks, jellyfish exhibit, alligator exhibit and stingray bay.  Exhibits aren't just educational, they are interactive too. Take part in the museums many tours, activities or conservation lectures while visiting the museum and leave with a better understanding of the natural world surrounding Key West.

Key West Aquarium

1 Whitehead St

Key West, FL 33040

888-544-5927

Website

More

The underwater adventure at Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary is only a short boat ride away from the campground. The sanctuary contains more than 5-miles of well-developed coral and is home to a diverse fish population. Divers on the northern side can see parrots and surgeonfish while barracudas and and jacks swim on top the reef.  

Because this is a Sanctuary Preservation Area some activities are prohibited at Looe Key including harvesting, removing or possing any marine life, and anchoring on living or dead coral. Bait fishing is allowed with a permit.

35 East Quay Road

Key West, FL 33040

305-809-4700

Website

More

Located about 70 miles west of Key West is a cluster of islands that make up the dry Tortugas National Park. Situated inside Fort Jefferson (one of the largest coastal forts ever built), this park is famous for its bird and marine life and legends of pirates and gold. Enjoy a continental breakfast aboard the Yankee Freedom ferry or get outfitted with snorkeling gear aboard the Sunny Days catamaran. The 100-square mile park is mostly beautiful blue open water which makes it an ideal location to visit for both adventurers and history buffs.

Dry Tortugas National Park

40001 SR-9336

Homestead, FL 33034

305-242-7700

More

Visit the historic waterfront hub of Key West for nightly sunset celebrations or spend the day perusing shops, art galleries, the historic sculpture garden and the shipwreck museum. You'll be entertained with street jugglers, clowns, tightrope walkers and musicians. Find unique gifts and souvenirs from local artisans who set up shops in the square.

Mallory Square

400 Wall St

Key West, FL 33040

305-809-3700

Website

More

More Local Area Information

Campground Blog

Campground Awards and Programs

  • Scout Program
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© 2021 Kampgrounds of America, Inc.

Источник: https://koa.com/campgrounds/sugarloaf-key/

Christmas in the Florida Keys. .

Christmas-In-Florida-Keys

We spent December 19, 2015 to January 6, 2016 in the Florida Keys – nearly 20 days of hopping between state parks and playing in the sun, sand and surf. We even celebrated Christmas here – and it was unlike any Christmas holiday we’ve ever had before. Balmy temperatures, endless sunshine, a tiny Christmas tree, minimal decorations – it was honestly one of the most magical Christmas celebrations we’ve ever had. Let me tell you about it. .

Because we waited until the last minute to book our Florida Key State Park reservations, we didn’t have any reservation longer than 6 days. This meant we did a lot of hopping from park to park. Our first stop was Curry Hammock State Park (read our blog post about it here) and we were there only a few days before heading to Bahia Honda State Park.

Bahia-Honda-Campground-blue-skies

Bahia Honda State Parkis one of the most popular of the Florida Key state parks and has some of the most amazing views and an incredible beach for swimming. We had three nights in spot 15 – and I declared it the best camping spot in the park and probably one of my favorite campsites since we hit the road.

Bahia-Honda-Sunset-campground

Located right on a corner of the campground it’s a large spot with breathtaking sunsets nearly every night. It’s crazy to me that this is a state park campsite for under $40/night. If you stay in a private campground in the Florida Keys you’re going to be crammed in with a bazillion other RVs and fork over $100 – $160/night. The state parks are the way to do the Florida Keys. .

Wrapping-Presents-view-Bahia-Honda

On the morning of December 23, Jeremy took the kids to a Bahia Honda Nature Center program (making seashell necklaces!) while I wrapped Christmas presents. Hiding, wrapping and storing presents is a lot trickier in 180 square feet than it was in our house. There is no big garage or closet to store gifts – so this was a delicate dance we did. And I have to admit, I’ve never wrapped presents with a more beautiful view (usually it’s on the beach camping in the florida keys concrete garage floor!).

Wrapping-Presents-Airstream-brother

The kids each wrapped the present they got for each other. . .and we made seashell ornaments using a glitter thread and a hot glue gun. It was a really wonderful day of Christmas preparation.

 

Family-Dinner-Bahia-Honda-Florida

The night of December 23 we had three other full-time travel families over for a big taco feast at our campsite. Our friends from Currently Wandering, the Bareneckers and @UpInTheAirstream came over and we chowed down while swapping travel stories and tips. The kids all adore each other and had lots of fun playing while the parents visited until after the sun had gone down.

Long-Key-campground-Christmas-view

The next morning (December 24, Christmas Eve) we packed up and headed to our next reservation at Long Key State Park. The great thing about Long Key State Parkis ALL the spots back-up to the water. It’s a small park and a lot of the spots aren’t very deep – but you really can’t beat the backdrop if you can find a spot large enough to fit your rig. The shrubs and bushes on either side make for a private setting.

Long-Key-State-Park-Airstream-camping

We had two back-to-back reservations at Long Key State Park – a 3-day and a 2-day reservation. Our first spot was in spot 23, it was a bit more slanted than we would have liked – but we made it work by pulling forward (I wanted to be angled in the back for maximum water view but the angle was too much). After getting leveled and settled in our new spot we set up for Christmas!

Merry-Christmas-presents-Airstream

Our tiny Ikea Christmas tree with battery-powered Christmas lights, homemade seashell ornaments, a $3 Merry Christmas sign from Target and our Elf on the Shelf – we were ready for Christmas! It looks like a lot of gifts – but part of that is our tiny tree dwarfed by the pile.  It also includes gifts for the kids from extended family.

Christmas-Fire-Truck-Santa-Long-Key-Florida

We had heard rumors that Long Key State Parkhas Santa come by on a fire truck and I was hoping this would happen this year. It wasn’t long after we got settled that we heard the horns of the fire truck, a loud, bellowing “HO, HO, HO. .” and Christmas carols blaring from the sound system. I *might* have teared up a bit as my kids jumped for joy and waved to Santa service credit union branches near me he drove right past our campsite. . circling back and passing by again. . tossing candy canes out as he passed. I loved it. . my kids loved it. It was awesome.

Christmas-Presents-Picnic-Table-Long-Key

We generally open family Christmas presents on Christmas Eve. . so we moved all the kids gifts out to the picnic table and they opened gifts as the sun started to set. My settings were off on my camera and all my photos turned out pixelated – I was crushed when I discovered it. But the memory of opening the gifts on the beach is forever imprinted on my heart – and that really is all that matters.

Opening-robo-dog-Christmas-am

The next morning Santa found our trailer and the kids were just giddy as they opened up their gifts. I think they were a little worried he wouldn’t find us on the road. . .and worried he wouldn’t be able to find a way in, without a chimney. Beach camping in the florida keys Santa is resourceful and he figured it out. .the kids were relieved and so very excited for the gifts he left them.

Christmas-am-opening-fishing-pole

Liam had been asking for a fishing pole for months and Santa brought him one. . with all the gear he’d need to get started.

Fishing-Pole-for-Christmas-Long-Key-Florida-770

I’ve never seen him so excited on Christmas Day. (Santa doesn’t know much about fishing but we heard he went to a local fishing shop in Marathon, Florida and got the pole and gear from a local small business owner who knows all about fishing in Florida.) Gifts from both Santa and the parents were mostly experience gifts. Hadley got a camera (she her blog post here) and they got a lot of things to play outside with – like sports balls and swim gear.

For Christmas dinner we grilled up a tri-tip from Costco and served it up with some simple sides. It was delicious, easy and stress-free.

Fishing-Long-Key-Florida-sunset

After Christmas dinner we decided to take the new fishing pole for a ride. After buying a Florida fishing license online and getting some help (and fresh bait) from our camper neighbor who was out fishing, we tossed the line out to see what we could catch. .

Fishing-Christmas-Night-Long-Key-Florida

And within 10 minutes Liam got his Christmas miracle – he caught a fish! You have never heard so much excitement as when we pulled this fish into shore as a family. We thought it might be a shark because of it’s rough, grey skin. .but after further research it turned out to be a salt-water catfish. We let the fish back into the water. . Liam ran inside to call his Grandpa in Alaska (his fishing hero) and tell him about his catch.

Then we added some bait and caught ANOTHER one – also a salt-water catfish – a few minutes later. That was enough excitement for one night. It was getting dark and these fish are a pain to take off the hook (they have sharp barbs), so we decided to wait until daylight before we went fishing again.

Sunset-Florida-Keys-Long-Key-Christmas

I couldn’t have planned a better Christmas if I tried. Quality time together. Amazing views. Perfect weather. Catching fish under the moon and stars on Christmas night. The kids falling beach camping in the florida keys bed EXHAUSTED after a fun-filled 24 hours. It really was something spectacular and my heart is so full when I think about it. Better than I could have ever expected. .

Fishing-Long-Key-State-Park-dad-son

We would spend the next few days at Long Key State Parkfishing and playing in the water, enjoying the weather and each other.

Long-Key-State-Park-Florida-Keys-camping

We moved to spot 23 for a couple nights. . which was a bit more narrow but had more privacy.

Florida-Keys-Long-Key-State-Park-Sunset

We took in more beautiful sunsets. .

Airstream-Long-Key-State-Park

And sunrises. .

Bahia-Honda-playing-with-Friends-beach

and then we headed back to Bahia Honda State Park where we would spend the next six nights. We played at the Bahia Honda public beach with our friends from Currently Wandering. Bahia Honda had the BEST beach of any of the state park that we visited in the Florida Keys.

Feeding-Tarpons-Robbies-Liam

We did a lot of other things while in the area – visiting the Turtle Hospital, taking a glass-bottom boat tour out of John Pennekamp State Park, feeding the tarpons at Robbie’sand swimming with dolphins. It was all unique and special – we made many wonderful memories in the Florida Keys in those short 20 days.

Bahia-Honda-campsite-journaling

Part of our homeschooling includes journaling about our adventures. . .and looking back at the kid’s journal entries for this time shows just how much they loved this place. .

Journal-Bahia-Honda-Liam

They both have detailed photos of the campgrounds and the places that we visited. The beaches, the water, the animals and creatures they saw in the water, the fishing, the dolphins. . it was a wonderland for us all and one of the most magical Christmas times we’ve ever had. . .

Playing-on-Rocks-Bahia-Honda-sunset

Have you ever spent Christmas in the Florida Keys?  Do you have favorite places in the Florida Keys you’d like to share? 

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CAMPGROUND AREA 2 PLAYGROUND

This playground will be closed starting October 18, 2021 and will be replaced with a new all-inclusive playground, which will include new
pour-in play surfaces.

 


The Parks and Conservation Resources administrative office is located at 12520 Ulmerton Road in Largo. Fort De Soto campsite reservations and all park shelter reservations can also be made online or at this office.

 

Fort De Soto Campground Information:

3500 Pinellas Bayway South, Tierra Verde, FL 33715
Information Line: (727) 582-2100

 

Preview Fort De Soto Camping Map, interact map on beach camping in the florida keys siteA 236-site family camping area with facilities including picnic tables, grills, water, electricity, washers, dryers, sanitary disposal stations, modern restrooms, showers, play areas, and a campground store. Special camp sites for camping with pets.

  • Fort De Soto Park Camp Office hours:
    Friday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. / Saturday thru Thursday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. / Phone hours: Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • For other assistance: Contact the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number (727) 582-6200. For emergency dial 9-1-1.

Reservations

  • Campsite Reservations
    • Reservation Instructions:
    • In order to beach camping in the florida keys guests and staff safe, we have implemented a non-face to face check in procedure.
      • All reservations may be made up to six months in advance.
      • Pinellas County residents may make reservations up to seven months in advance. Verification of residency (a current Florida Driver’s license or valid Florida ID along with a current utility bill) will be required at the time of check-in, failure to provide will result in cancellation. The campsite must be occupied by the Pinellas County resident making the reservation. For further information, call (727) 582-2100, select Option #2.
      • A campsite may be reserved for a maximum of 14 nights.
      • Reservations are limited to a maximum of ONE per individual beach camping in the florida keys day.
      • Payment by MasterCard, VISA, cash, money order or personal check for the full amount is required before a reservation can be recorded.
      • A reservation does not automatically imply an option to extend your stay.
      • From January through April, occupancy is limited to 14 nights in any 30-day period. From May through December occupancy may be extended for an additional 14 nights depending upon availability of campsites.
      • Please note designated pet area camping spots 86-164.
      • Fort DeSoto Campground Cancellation Policy:
        • All modifications and/or cancellations will be assessed either a $5 administrative fee or cancellation penalty equal to the cost of site reserved.
          • Modifications include site changes and rescheduling of reservations.
          • Cancellations subject to the $5 administrative fee must be received 2 days prior to the scheduled reservation date by 11:59 pm, this includes cancellation request to shorten a campground stay (early departure) after arrival.
          • Campground cancellations initiated within 2 days of the reservations date either online, email, in person or by phone representative will loose 1 (one) night stay equivalent to the cost of the reserved campground site and will not be assessed the $5 administrative fee.
        • Campground cancellation requests initiated by the account user will be issued "User Credit" which will be reviewed by Parks department prior to refunding original form of payment within 3-5 werder bremen vs fc bayern live stream days.
        • User credit can be applied to future reservations if the new reservation is initiated prior to conversion of user credit to the original payment method when possible or initiation of manual check request.
        • To cancel a reservation and receive a refund, visit the Campground Reservation System, submit a Contact Beach camping in the florida keys form, or call (727) 582-2100.

 

 Sites 1-85Sites 86-236

Nightly Rate

$33.50$38.50

Tourist Development Tax 6%

2.012.31

State Tax 7%

2.352.70

TOTAL BASE RATES

$37.86$43.51

New Waterfront Camping rate increase starting January 20, 2021

Waterfront Rate

$37.50$42.50

Tourist Development Tax

2.252.55

State Tax

2.632.98

TOTAL BASE RATES

$42.38$48.03

 

    Facilities

    • Sites 1-85 have been designed for the tent, van, pop-up camper and trailers under 16&rsquo.
    • Sites 86-236 are designed and equipped to accommodate all camping units.
    • All sites have water and electrical hook-up (30-50 amp service), picnic table and charcoal grill.
    • Dump stations and modern restrooms with showers and laundry facilities are provided for your convenience.
    • Wi-Fi at camp store and office.
    • Pets are permitted in Area 2 only (sites 86-164).
    • Electric carts allowed on campground premises only.
    • Campground Store: Hours of operation are Sunday - Thursday 8am to 5pm and Friday - Saturday 8am to 7pm. They will be implementing social distancing practices. For more information, call (727) 866-9191.
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Occupancy Limitations

Campsite occupancy is limited to ONE of the following groups of camping rigs:

  • One motor home and two vehicles
  • One travel trailer and two vehicles
  • One pop-up camper and two vehicles
  • Two tents and two vehicles
  • One pick-up truck with mounted camping rig
  • NOTE: There must be at least one adult at each site. In addition, one boat trailer is allowed on each site. There is a six-person limit, including children, per campsite at beach camping in the florida keys time.

Additional Information

  • Keep all tents, boats, trailers, etc. on shelled area of your campsite.
  • Campers are advised to protect their personal property.
  • Check-in time is after 1 p.m. Check-out time is 11 a.m. Please be considerate of others by checking out on time.
  • Quiet time is at 10 p.m. All unregistered guests must leave the camp area at that time.
  • The front gate entrance is locked from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Please obtain the combination when you check in.

 

Alcoholic beverages

Swimming in camp area

Use of gasoline-powered generators

Ground fires (campfires must be in a container, with sides and a bottom)

Camping in other than approved sites

Removing, damaging or defacing trees, shrubs, or any other plants

Feeding wildlife (including birds, squirrels and raccoons)

Removing tables from sites

Organized group camping

Violators of the rules may be directed to vacate the campground without refund. In the event of a serious infraction, a citation may be issued.

 

Parks and Preserves home page

Camping Questions Email

 

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Primitive Youth Camping at Fort De Soto Park

 

We accept reservations and can accommodate up to 90 people, by phone, up to three months in advance. Reservations are $5 adults/$1 per child. You may call (727) 582-2100 between 9am to 3pm Monday – Friday, closed Saturday, Sunday, & holidays. The area is very popular and is usually booked exactly three months in advance. Call at 9am if you plan to reserve.

Rules

 


 

Primitive Camping at Shell Key Preserve:

 

Public Land Use / Designated cammping area, and Boat Navigation

All Shell Key campers are required to obtain a Shell Key Camping Permit. Permits will be available for $6 per day, with a limit of 6 guests for each permit. Campers must be listed on the permit. A vessel registration is required.

 

Camping permit does not include the Fort De Soto boat ramp / beach parking fee.

 

 

Please respect and appreciate the wonderful natural resource of Shell Key Preserve. Shell Key Preserve is a sensitive environmental area and good stewardship is required to ensure that the islands and waterways remain intact for future generations. It is really important to follow the Shell Key Rules, since through your actions, Shell Key Preserve can remain a welcoming place for generations to come.

 

A "leave no trace" camping ethic is expected at all times from visitors to the preserve. Access to Shell Key is by watercraft only. There are no facilities at Shell Key Preserve, and campers are required to bring, use and remove portable toilets. Camping is allowed only in the southernPublic Use Area. Within this designated area, there are no defined campsites so visitors are free to select a camping location of their choice. Alcohol, pets, littering, nudity, fireworks and excessive noise are prohibited at all times in the Preserve.

 

Obtaining a Permit:

All Shell Key campers are required to obtain a Shell Key Camping Permit. Permits will be available for $6 per day, with a limit of 6 guests for each permit. Campers must be listed on the permit. A vessel registration is required.

 

Shell Key Camping Permit does not include the Fort De Soto boat ramp & parking fee. Boat ramp fee is a separate permit. Overnight parking is allowed at the Fort De Soto boat ramp only. Any user parking at North Beach and Arrowhead Picnic areas are subject to a parking citation. Permittee must possess valid photo identification along with their valid, signed camping permit or electronic permit while camping.

 

To be considered valid, a permit must:

 

  • Include complete and accurate camper information that has been received by the Fort De Soto Campground Office.
  • Conform to restrictions regarding the maximum party size and maximum number of consecutive days.
  • Acknowledge that all members of the party will abide by the rules by checking the "I agree" box.
  • New camping rule! Campfires and other open fires are permitted in the designated camping area only, between October 1 through April 30. No campfires allowed from May 1 through September 30 due to turtle nesting. Violations will result in a $118 fine.

 

Apply for a Shell Key Camping Permit:

 

Print the confirmation email or the Printer Friendly receipt that appears in the web page once the Submit button is selected.

 

Take with you while camping:

  • The completed camping permit with the acknowledging agreement of the rules box checked; and,
  • Photo identification.

 

Camping Questions Email

 

 


 

Primitive Youth Camping at Wall Springs Park:

  • Wall Springs Park Youth Camping permit applicationpdf icon
    This permit application and reservation confirmation number should be in the possession of the person in charge of your group on the day of occupancy. It is your responsibility to see that all members of your group are informed and adhere to the campground rules.
  • Reservations are $5 adults/$1 per child.

 

Campground Rules:

 

  • Youth camp capacity is 30 people. A youth group is defined as a recognized non-profit organization of young people 17 years of age and under with adult chaperone at a ratio of one (1) adult for every 12 young people.
  • A qualified scoutmaster, leader or counselor over 21 years of age or older must be on site and is responsible for the actions and behavior of the group.
  • It is the responsibility of the leader to contact park staff to obtain the gate code.
  • Campers are restricted to the designated youth camping area between sundown and sun-up.
  • IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, CALL 911. Someone should proceed to the front gate to direct the rescue personnel. The address for the front entrance gate is 3725 DeSoto Blvd., Palm Harbor, FL 34683.
  • The department reserves the right to make inspections of the camping area at any time.
  • Campfires must be confined to the fire pit.
  • The camping area is designated for tent camping only.
  • All vehicles except equipment trailers must be parked outside of the camp area in spaces provided.
  • Pinellas County Code Chapter 90 prohibits consumption of alcoholic beverages in all Pinellas County parks. This is strictly enforced.
  • Wall Springs Park will provide a confirmation number prior to arrival.

 


 

Park Shelter Cancellations:

  • THERE ARE NO REFUNDS DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER.
  • All modifications and/or cancellations incur a $5 administrative fee.
    • Modifications include shelter and/or park location changes and rescheduling of reservation.
    • Cancellations subject to the $5 administrative fee must be received at least 3 days prior to your reservation date.
  • Shelter cancellations initiated 1-3 days prior to your scheduled reservation date will be subject to lose the cost of the reservation (taxes will be refunded).
    • (For example: If your shelter reservation is July 6, a request for cancellation must be received no later than 11:59 pm on July 2.)
  • To cancel a reservation and receive a refund, visit the Campground Reservation System, submit a Contact Us form, or call (727) 582-2100.

 

Cancellations initiated by the department due to mandatory evacuations or park closures will be refunded in full without penalty.

 

 

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Источник: https://www.pinellascounty.org/park/camping.htm

Bahia Honda Camping – The best camping in the Keys!

Bahia Honda is in our opinion the most beautiful part of the Florida Keys.

To have easy and 24 hour access to the best beaches in Bahia Honda we highly recommend camping in Bahia Honda State Park.

We made our way to Bahia Honda as part of a Miami to Key West road trip!

Bahia Honda Camping

Bahia Honda State Park really took our breath away – the beaches were soft white sand (quite unusual in the Florida Keys due to the coral reefs) and the water was turquoise colour and crystal clear.

Due to the beauty of the area, it is worthwhile to spend a bit of time at the State Park. The best way to do this is by camping.

If you are wondering whether to camp at the Bahia Honda State Park – if there is privacy, what the facilities are like etc keep reading.

Bahia Honda State Park Camping Reservations

Due to the beauty of the area, the camping at Bahia Honda State Park is some of the most popular in the Florida Keys.

It is particularly popular as it is the closest affordable camp site to Key West (the most iconic part of the Florida Keys).

Bahia Honda State Park is about a 1 hour drive from Key West so you could potentially do day trips to the end point of the Keys rather than camp there (where there beach camping in the florida keys no State Parks and it costs upwards of $100 USD a night for a spot)

Another reason that it is particularly popular is due to the beauty of the area. If you would like to read about the beaches and all the facilities in Bahia Honda see our full guide here.

We visited in low season (September after school holidays had finished) and we able to drive into the State Park and find a camping spot still available.

We have read that this is not the case for the rest of the year. Provided you book at least 1 day in advance you can reserve a spot online.

On the day it is no beach camping in the florida keys possible to book a camping spot online and you will need to try your luck in person.

Bahia Honda Camping Fees

It costs $43 USD a night to camp at the State Park including tax.

This is regardless of whether you book beach camping in the florida keys site with power or without.

In the camp sites, you are allowed up to 8 people but only 1 vehicle that requires electricity per site.

For a nights camping, we felt that $43 USD was a little pricey by world’s standards however, if you compare this price to the regular camping in the Florida Keys this is extremely cheap. Most camping in the Florida Keys costs $100 USD + a night.

One thing to note is that if you decide to camp at the State Park you do not have to pay the $4.50 State Park entry fee.

Camping Sites

If you book well in advance Bahia Honda State Park has some pretty sensational camping spots that literally back onto the water.

These spots have an absolutely amazing view of Caloosa Beach and Old Bahia Honda Bridge.

We weren’t lucky enough to snag one of these spots but we were happy with our camping spot nonetheless.

It was large, well shaded and included both an electric hook up, a BBQ and a picnic table.

We were not driving a car that required an electric hook up however, it still proved very handy to charge items like computers.

Note: There are unpowered tent spots that cost the same price. If possible, ask for a powered site if you would like to charge devices etc.

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Camp Facilities

Currently (as at September 2019) there is only pop up showers and toilet blocks due to Hurricane Irma who destroyed the previous facilities.

Construction was underway while we were there so we believe a permanent facility will be available in the near future.

For pop up showers and toilets, they were surprisingly good.

bahia-honda-camp-facilities

There was little smell in the toilet block (and it was air conditioned!). 

The showers were clean with good pressure and hot water but being a demountable building it was a little small inside.

bahia-honda-camping-showers

Other camp facilities include a book borrowing station, a sink for washing up, BBQs and picnic tables.

Beaches

The best part about camping in the State Park is the close proximity to the 3 amazing beaches – Caloosa Beach, Loggerhead Beach and Sandspur Beach.

Only 2 of the beaches were available while we were there Caloosa Beach and Loggerhead Beach. Sandspur Beach was closed due to damage from Hurricane Irma (September 2019).

Caloosa Beach and Loggerhead Beach were some of the most beautiful beaches we had seen in the world.

Caloosa Beach provided perfect swimming in clean, turquoise water with a stunning backdrop of Old Bahia Honda Bridge.

Caloosa-Beach

Loggerhead Beach was ideal for snorkeling. You can see amazing reef fish right off the beach at Loggerhead. We seldom find good beach snorkeling in our travels so we were pretty happy with this.

You can read more on the beaches and things to do in Bahia Honda here.

Note: After you finish camping, you might like to use some camping quotes on your beautiful IG photos!

Hotels in Bahia Honda?

If you would like a camping alternative there are lots of hotels located in close proximity to Bahia Honda.

It get hot and sticky in Florida and unless you have a Winnebago with air conditioning you may prefer a little  comfort on your vacation.

If that is the case, we would suggest the following options:

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Florida Beach Camping

Florida Beach Camping; an unforgettable experience and something you’ll want to do again and again. Normal “camping” will never be the same once you’ve experienced beach camping in Florida!



So, why camp on Florida's fabulous beaches?

  • Soft sugary sand
  • Sparkling blue water
  • Balmy breezes
  • Sunrises – when the sun seems to rise up out of the ocean
  • Sunsets – watching as the sun quickly falls into the abyss of the ocean
  • Sleep peacefully under thousands of twinkling stars.
  • Drift off to sleep to the gentle music of waves sloshing up on the shore
  • Dream about the treasures, shells and gems the waves are bringing in from the bottom of the ocean
  • Wake up with a quick dip in warm ocean water
  • Take leisurely walks on the beach anytime
  • Best of all: you don’t have to get up and go to the beach; you are already there!

A lot of beaches and Florida State Parks with beaches provide camping amenities, many of them right alongside their beautiful beaches. There is a great variety from well-equipped cabins to as primitive as bring your own sleeping bag or tent.

A few suggestions?

For a stay right on the beach in the incredible Florida Keys, check out John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, a full facility camping site.

At Fort Clinch State Park on Amelia Island you can stay in a campground that overlooks the peaceful beach below or in a hardwood hammock near the Amelia River.

A fun addition to your camping experience is a horse back ride on Amelia Island State Park.

Cayo Costa State Park in Boca Grande offers a secluded escape with privacy (nude or topless sunning?) with a beach for swimming, fishing, snorkeling, kayaking and canoeing within walking distance of your campsite.

Don’t miss Shady Pines campground in (T.H. Stone Memorial) St. Joseph Peninsula State Park in Port St. Joe in the fabulous Florida panhandle.

Renown as a fabulous camping area with lots of camping room, check out Caledesi Island-State Park.

Fort De Soto Park in Tierra Verde offers lots of nature and water activities with its winding nature trails, fishing piers and even a canoe trail. This is a great beach to camp at for families because there are things to do for people with all types of interests.

Visit the “Treasure Coast” at Melbourne Beach’s Sebastian Inlet State Park to look for remnants from a Spanish shipwreck or kayak through Indian River Lagoon, and then enjoy a short nature walk to your campsite.

Other great parks with camping include Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine, Bahia Honda State Park in Big Pine Key, and Grayton Beach State Park in Santa Rosa Beach.

There are many more beaches that allow camping and have special campsites set up on or near the beach. No matter where in Florida you are, you’re sure to find some great beach camping nearby.

Check out our Florida State Parks for information on 50 state parks on coastal Florida.

Florida's official site has information on interior parks as well as coastal ones: www.visitflorida.com for more information. Join the throngs of happy Florida Beach Campers.


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Florida Keys Campgrounds, RV Parks, and Tent Camping – All the Best The Keys Have To Offer

Florida Keys camping locations are listed in order traveling south beginning with the northernmost Key Islands, just south of Miami, Florida, and continuing to Key West, Florida.

Important: We’ve only listed camping facilities that have either a working website or Facebook Page. You may be able to locate other camping with further research, but this resource was designed to make it easy and fast for you to research your camping options.

Boca Chita and Elliott Key Camping
Camping in Key Largo
Islamorada Camping
Long Key Camping
Marathon, Florida Campgrounds- Vaca Key, Fat Deer Key, and Grassy Key
Big Pine Key Camping
Sugarloaf Key Camping
Key West Campgrounds, RV Parks, chase bank name change kit Tent Camping

Biscayne National Park (Island Camping Accessible Only By Boat)

Boca Chita Key
Mailing Address:
9700 SW 328th Street
Sir Lancelot Jones Way
Homestead, FL 33033
Phone: (305) 230-1144
Website: https://www.nps.gov/bisc/planyourvisit/bocachita.htm

Only tent camping is available on this island.

•Waterfront views
•Grassy camping area
•Picnic tables
•Grills
•Toilets
•Pets not allowed

Note: There are no showers or drinking water at this campground. Trash must be packed out. There are camping and docking fees. You can book travel to Boca Chita Key through the Biscayne National Park Institute website at https://www.biscaynenationalparkinstitute.org.

Elliott Key
Mailing Address:
9700 SW 328th Street
Sir Lancelot Jones Way
Homestead, FL 33033
Phone: (305) 230-1144
Website: https://www.nps.gov/bisc/planyourvisit/elliottkey.htm

Only tent camping is available on this island.

•Restrooms with sinks
•Cold water showers
•Picnic tables
•Grills are available
•Drinking water is available – it’s advisable to bring water in case the generator isn’t working to pump water
•Pets are permitted in the campground – only on a leash and may not be left unattended
Note: There are camping and docking fees. You can book travel to Elliott Key through the Biscayne National Park Institute website at https://www.biscaynenationalparkinstitute.org

Camping in Key Largo

Pelican Cay RV Park
299 Morris Avenue
Key Largo, FL 33037
Phone: 305-451-5223
Website: https://www.pelicancayrvpark.com

•Marina – Accommodates all sizes of vessels
•RV site has electric, sewer, and water hookups

Keys Palms RV Resort
104200 Overseas Hwy
Key Largo, FL 33037
Phone: (305) 440-2832
Website: http://keyspalmsrvresort.com

•Full hookups
•30, 50, or 100 amp electric
•Water and sewer
•Cable
•Private patios
•Dog Walk area
•Privacy landscaping
•WiFi
•Club House
•Fitness Gym
•Washers & Dryers
•Showers

Captain Jax Trailer Resort and Marina Campground · RV Park
103568 Overseas Hwy
Key Largo, FL 33037
Phone: (305) 451-0010
Website: Captain Jax Trailer Resort and Marina Facebook Page

Kings Kamp RV Park, Marina, Hotel Rooms
103620 Overseas Hwy
Key Largo, FL 33037
Phone: (305) 451-0010
Website: http://www.kingskamp.com

•RV sites and Tent camping
•RV sites are on Florida Bay
•Pull up access sites
•Up to 40 feet RV length
•30 or 50 amp hookup
•Free wi-fi
•Pets allowed – restrictions apply
•Picnic tables
•Charcoal style grills located throughout the park
•Bathroom facilities
•Laundry facilities

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Mile Marker 102.5 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL 33037
Phone: (305) 451-1202
Website: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Pennekamp
Reservations are strongly advised through ReserveAmerica

•Tent and RV Camping
•47 campsites
•62 ft RV length limit
•Water, sewer hookup, and electricity
•30 amp, 50 amp, and 110 volt
•Primitive group camping (no pets)
•Picnic table
•Grill
•Dump station
•Restroom
•Showers
•Pets welcome in the campground – must be leashed
•Coin-operated washers and dryers
•Concession and Restaurant
•Hiking Nature Trail
•12 picnic pavilions
•Playground
•Boat Launch
•Canoe Kayak Launch
•Wildlife Viewing
•Cannon Beach
•Swimming
•Fishing
•Snorkeling
•Scuba Diving
•Pennekamp – Visitor Center

Campers Cove RV Park
101640 Overseas Hwy
Key Largo, Florida 33037
Phone: (305) 451-0561
Website: Campers Cove RV Park Facebook Page

•Waterfront – Boat dockage
•Overnight camping as available.
•Full Hook up
•50 amp 30 AMP
•Water
•Cable
•Wifi

Keys Ventures @ 101
101600 Overseas Hwy
Key Largo, FL 33037
Phone: (305) 451-2911
Website: http://keys.ventures

•RV lots for monthly rental
•RV and Mobile Home Lots with 50/30 Amp Hookups
•Sewer is included in the rent
•Water, electricity, cable, and Internet are provided through local utility companies
•Bay View
•Boat Slips for Rent
•Dock Access

Key Largo Kampground & Marina
101551 Overseas Hwy
Key Largo, FL 33037
Phone: (305) 451-1431
Website: http://www.keylargokampground.com

•RV and tent campsites available
•Full-hookup, partial hookup, and no-hookup campsites
•24-hour security gate
•Marina
•New boat ramp
•Ice
•Wi-fi hot spot
•Playground
•Laundry facilities
•2 bathhouses
•2 beaches
•Heated swimming pool
•Kiddie pool
•Horseshoe court
•Shuffleboard court
•Volleyball court
•Bocce ball
•Basketball court
•Picnic area with tv and large bbq grill for tenters
•Clubhouse
•General store
•Open air lounge
•Waterfront sites with own private dock

Calusa Campground Resort and Marina
325 Calusa St
Key Largo, FL 33037
Phone: (305) 451-0232
Website:http://www.calusacampground.com/index.html

•Daily, weekly, and monthly rates
•Park models for rent
•Water/electric and sewer on all RV sites
•Wi-fi
•Heated pool
•Maximum of 3 pets allowed

Riptide RV Resort & Marina
97680 Overseas Hwy
Key Largo, FL 33037
Phone: (888) 375-3712
Website: http://www.suncommunities.com/community/riptide-rv-resort-marina/

•39 full-hookup sites
•30 Amp Service
•50 Amp Service
•Waterfront Sites
•Tent camping
•Cement patios
•Cable TV
•Wi-Fi
•Picnic pavilion
•Pet Friendly
•Private Fishing Pier
•Laundry Facilities
•Restrooms
•Onsite Rentals
•Shuffleboard
•Planned activities
•Bingo
•Community Center

Blue Fin Rock Harbor RV Park & Marina
36 E 2nd St
Key Largo, FL 33037
Phone: (305) 394-1773
Website: http://www.rvkeylargo.biz

•Cottages for rent
•Full Hook-up
•30-50 AMP Service
•40 ft Maximum RV length
•12 Oceanfront Sites
•2 Semi-Oceanfront Sites
•22 Non-Waterfront Sites
•Cable Television
•Laundromat
•Showers
•Boat Ramp
•Night Security

Islamorada Camping

Sea Breeze RV Park
87425 Old Hwy 1
Islamorada, FL 33036
Phone: (844) 729-6733
Website: http://www.suncommunities.com/community/sea-breeze-resort/

•Full Hook-Up 30/20 amp
•Water Front Sites
•Pet Friendly – Pet Area
•Marina
•Fishing
•Boat Storage
•Shore-side fishing with fish cleaning facilities
•Tiki hut picnic areas
•Planned activities

Long Key Camping

Fiesta Key RV Resort & Marina
70001 Overseas Highway
Long Key, FL 33001
Website: https://rvonthego.com/florida/fiesta-key-rv-resort/

•324 sites
•RV and tent camping
•Swimming Pool
•Whirlpool/Spa/Hot Tub
•Fishing
•Near Beach
•Creek / Lake / Canal / River or Ocean Frontage
•Pets Welcome
•Restaurant
•Store
•Boat Docks/Marina
•Boat Ramp
•Volleyball
•Basketball
•Horseshoes
•WiFi Hotspot

Long Key State Park
67400 Overseas Highway
Layton, FL 33001
Phone: (305) 664-4815
Website: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Long-Key

•60 ocean-front campsites
•Picnic table
•Ground grill
•Electric and water hookups
•Three restrooms
•Dump station
•Pets are welcome in the campground
•Canoeing Kayaking
•Fishing
•Hiking nature trail
•Picnic areas
•Swimming
•Snorkelking
•Wildlife viewing
•Ranger programs available

Marathon, Florida Campgrounds – Vaca Key, Fat Deer Key, and Grassy Key

Jolly Roger RV Resort
59275 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Phone: (305) 289-0404
Website: http://www.jrtp.com

•More than 160 full hook up sites
•Pet friendly
•1 Bedroom efficiencies for rent (no pets)
•Free Cable
•Free Wi-Fi
•Restrooms & Laundry
•Swimming Pool
•Group Pavilion
•Boat Ramp
•Boat Docks
•Boat Harbor Sites
•Swimming & Snorkeling
•Picnic tables
•Horseshoe pit

Pelican RV Resort & Marina
59151 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Phone: (844) 729-6708
Website: Pelican RV Resort

•85 full-hookup sites
•30/20 Amp
•Concrete patio
•Picnic table
•Pet friendly
•Boat launch
•16 boat slips
•Fishing
•Fishing dock
•Fish cleaning station
•Heated swimming pool
•Shuffleboard court
•Laundry Facilities
•Restrooms
•Wifi Access
•Beach
•Snorkeling
•Planned activities
•Community Center
•Bayside Tiki Hut (Pavilion)
•Motel rooms

Grassy Key RV Park & Resort
58671 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Phone: (305) 289-1606
Website: http://www.grassykeyrvpark.com

•Full Hookup: W/S/E/C
•Waterfront, Premium & Standard Sites
•Accommodate Big Rigs
•Extended Stay Rates
•Free Wi-Fi in Clubhouse
•Surveillance Cameras
•Pets Welcome (restrictions)
•Laundry Facilities
•Picnic Tables
•Pool
•Boat Dockage
•Kayak Launch
•Beach
•Clubhouse & Activities

Curry Hammock State Park
56200 Overseas Hwy.
Marathon, FL 33050
Phone: (305) 289-2690
Website: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Curry-Hammock

•28 campsites
•70 ft maximum RV length
•Dump station
•Picnic table
•Charcoal grill
•20/30/50-amp electric
•Tent camping available
•Pets are welcome with restrictions
•Restroom – composting toilets
•Solar-powered showers
•1.5-mile nature trail
•1,200 ft sandy beach
•Playground
•4 Picnic Pavilions and picnic tables and grills
•Swimming
•Canoeing
•Kayaking
•Fishing
•Snorkeling
•Nature trail
•Wildlife viewing

Bonefishbay Motel & RV’s
12565 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Phone: (305) 289-0565
Website: http://www.bonefishbaymotel.com

•Motel rooms available
•RV Sites with full hookups
•Laundry
•RV Restroom – Ally financial address detroit •Pool
•Boat ramp
•Dockage

Marathon Marina Resort RV Park
1021 11th Street Ocean
Marathon, FL 33050
Telephone 305-743-6575
Website: https://www.marathonmarinaresort.com/rv-park/

Big Pine Key Camping

Sunshine Key RV Resort & Marina
38801 Overseas Hwy
Big Pine Key, FL 33043
Phone: (305) 872-2217
Website: https://rvonthego.com/florida/sunshine-key-rv-resort-marina/

•399 sites
•Clubhouse
•Swimming Pool
•Near Beach
•RV Storage
•Pets Welcome
•Store
•Restroom/Shower Facilities
•Laundry Facilities
•Boat Docks/Marina
•Volleyball
•Basketball
•Horseshoes
•Tennis Court
•Ballroom/Banquet Hall
•Pickleball Court
•Bocci Ball
• High-Speed Internet $$

Bahia Honda State Park
36850 Overseas Highway
Big Pine Key, FL 33043
Phone: (305) 872-2353
Website: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Bahia-Honda

•RV camping
•50 ft maximum RV length
•Tent camping
•Cabins
•Pets allowed with restrictions
•Water and electric sites
•Water only sites
•Dump station
•Picnic table and grill
•Bathhouse with restrooms
•Concession and Restaurant
•2 Picnic Pavilions – Picnic tables
•Canoeing
•Kayaking
•Fishing
•Scuba Diving
•Snorkeling
•Swimming
•Visitors Center
•Wildlife viewing

Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge
33000 Overseas Hwy
Big Pine Key, FL 33043
Phone: (305) 872-2351
Website: http://bpkfl.com/RVcampingRates.html

•No dogs allowed in the campground
•97 Full Hook-up RV/Camp Sites
•Canal Side, Full Hook-up RV/Camp Sites with boat slips
•Camping Rustic Camp Sites – no electric or water – spigots located conveniently throughout the camping area

Castaways Mobile Home / RV Park
70 Father Tony Way
Big Pine Key, FL 33043
Phone: (305) 872-9710
Website: Castaways Facebook Page

Royal Palm RV Park
163 Cunningham Lane
Big Pine Key, FL 33043
Phone: (305) 872-9856
Website: http://www.royalpalmrvpark.com

•34 full-hookup sites
•Up to 30 amp electric
•34 ft RV maximum length

Breezy Pines RV Estates
29859 Overseas Hwy
Big Pine Key, FL 33043
Phone: (305) 872-9041
Website: Breezy Pines RV Estates Facebook Page

Sugarloaf Key Camping

Sugarloaf Key / Key West KOA Holiday
251 State Road 939
Sugarloaf Key, FL 33042
Phone: (305) 745-3549
Website: https://koa.com/campgrounds/sugarloaf-key/

•Full Hookups
•50/30 Amps
•Tent Camping
•Rental Cabins
•Wi-Fi
•Cable TV
•Pool
•Snack Bar
•Propane
•Fishing
•Firewood
•Pavilion
•Bike Rentals

Lazy Lakes RV Resort
311 Johnson Rd
Summerland Key, FL 33042
Phone: (305) 745-1079
Website: http://lazylakesrvresort.com

•99 RV Camping Sites
•Premium Peninsula Sites
•Premium Pull-Thru Sites (50 AMP only)
•Lakefront Sites Available
•Full Hookups with 30-50 amp Service
•Water/Sewer
•Propane Tanks Available on site
•Ice Machine
•Soda Machines
•Direct TV Cable Service
•Wi-Fi
•3 Park Model Rentals – 6 Month Leases
•Pets Welcome
•Heated Pool
•Laundry Facilities
•Restroom Facilities
•Horseshoe Pits
•Clubhouse with Pool Table
•Fishing Dock
•7 Acre Saltwater Lake
•Bus Pickup / US 1

Key West Campgrounds, RV Parks, and Tent Camping

Bluewater Key RV Resort
2950 Overseas Hwy
Key West, FL 33040
Phone: (305) 745-2494
Website: http://www.bluewaterkey.com

•Full hook-ups with 30 & 50 amp service
•HD cable TV
•Large private lots with tiki huts
•Laundry facility
•Pool
•Dog Park
•Clubhouse
•Showers and restrooms
•Free basic WIFI
•Private docks on Canal and Bay Front Lots
•Community Dock w/ boat slips for rent
•Ice
•Propane Exchange

Geiger Key Marina RV Park
5 Geiger Rd
Key West, FL 33040
Phone: (305) 296-3553
Website: http://www.geigerkeymarina.com/rv-park/

•Waterfront hook-ups
•RVs for rent
•Boat slips
•Laundry
•Showers

El Mar RV Resort
6700 Maloney Ave
Key West, FL 33040
Phone: (305) 294-0857
Website: http://elmarrvresort.com

•Full hook-ups with 30/50 amps
•Six Waterfront sites
•Five Non-waterfront sites
•Big Rig Sites 26′ or larger
•Daily and monthly rates
•All sites are graveled 45′ x 85′ with patios
•Paved interior road
•Cable TV
•WiFi

Boyd’s Key West Campground
6401 Maloney Avenue
Key West, FL 33040
Phone: (305) 294-1465
Website: https://www.boydscampground.com

•Tent and RV campsites
•Full hook-up sites
•50 amp & 30 amp electric
•Oceanfront sites
•Cable TV
•Boat Ramp & Docks
•Swimming pool
•Gift & Convenience store
•4 bathhouses
•Laundry
•Free Wi-Fi
•Poolside Tiki Hut
•Picnic Pavilion with a grill
•24-hour security
•Dump station and pump-out service
•LP gas
•City bus service
•Dishwashing stations
•Picnic tables

Leo’s Campground and RV Park
5264 Suncrest Rd
Key West, FL 33040
Phone: (305) 296-5260
Website: http://leoscampground.com

•9 gravel tent sites – some with electric hook-up
•Daily tent rentals
•Pets not allowed in the tent area
•RV campsites up to 42’
•Pets under 30 lbs allowed in RVs – extra charge
•Back in gravel pad sites
•Picnic table
•Water, sewer, and electric hook-up
•50 amp at most sites
•Cable
•Wi-Fi spots throughout the park
•Bathhouse
•Laundry facilities

Florida Keys Campgrounds, RV Parks, and Tent Camping

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