7/15/2012 Update: The campground is now open for walkins. Now, for the first time in months, you can now make advance reservations for Nov. 1 and beyond. Now is the time to make plans to camp on the beach at Long Key in 2012 or 2013.
The resurfacing of the campground roadway has been completed and awaits inspections.
The big news, though, is that as of July 13, campers can book a site starting with November 1, up to 11 months in advance.
Campsites are $36 per night, plus tax, and include hookups for water and electricity. Florida residents who are 65 or older enjoy a 50% discount off that rate.
Long Key’s 60 campsites are all on the ocean, steps from the shallow beach, perfect for small children and wading. It is an ideal park for kayaking and fishing. If you bring a motorboat, you will have to launch outside the park and anchor offshore in deeper, unsheltered water. The beach and wading areas are not sheltered from on-shore winds and storms, so boaters should be watching weather forecasts closely.
Other state park camping options include Jonathan Dickinson State Park on Key Largo, Curry Hammock State Park in Marathon and Bahia Honda State Park in Big Pine.
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