Last updated on June 12th, 2021 at 04:25 pm
Most campgrounds in the Florida Keys cater to RV campers, and they are busy year around, not just in winter, and there are very few places to pitch a tent.
You’ll pay dearly for your place in the sun.
The best bargains are in state parks, where reservations are hard to get at any time of year but especially now with campgrounds at Long Key State Park and the Sandspur Campground at Bahia Honda State Park still out of commission from 2017’s Hurricane Irma.
But there are dozens of private campgrounds that will accommodate your rig, even a few that accept tents.
Book early, especially for the three remaining state park campgrounds, even in summer, when Floridians and vacationing international travelers flock here.
Floridians love the Keys in summer because the snowbirds are gone and it’s one of the few places in the state where you can get a breeze.
Avoid the madness of the Florida Spiny Lobster sport mini-season, July 28-29, 2021, and the start of the regular season, August 6. There will be plenty of lobster left after mid-August, and the season doesn’t end until March 31.
When you go, be sure to bring along Florida Rambler’s Mile-Marker Guide to the Florida Keys
UPPER KEYS and KEY LARGO — The snorkeling capitol
KINGS KAMP. (MM 103.4, Bayside) 60 RV and tent sites with water and electric, most seasonal. Motel rooms and cottaage. Boat ramp, dockage, jetty, small swimming beach. 103620 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo. 2019 RV Rates: $58-$73 (Summer) $84-$95 (Winter, May to October). Tents: $40 (Summer) $50 (Winter). For reservations, call (305) 451-0010. Web site: kingskamp.com
JOHN PENNEKAMP CORAL REEF STATE PARK (MM 102.5, Oceanside) 47 tent and RV campsites with water, sewer hookup, 30 amp, 50 amp, 110 volt electric, picnic table, grill. 3 ADA sites. Boat camping and primitive group camping. Dump station. Main restroom has toilets, hot showers. Beaches, hiking, snorkeling, diving, glass bottom boats, kayak-canoe launch, boat ramp. Pets OK. 102 Overseas Highway, Key Largo. 2019 RV/Tent Rates: $36 (All year). Park office: (305) 451-1202. For reservations, call (800) 326-3521.
KEY LARGO KAMPGROUND AND MARINA (MM 101.5 ,Oceanside)– 171 RV sites with full hookups, 50-amp electric, some drive-through; 32 primitive tent sites, many in the shade. Waterfront sites with private dockage. Restrooms, showers, picnic tables and fire grills available. Water access to fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, paddling, biking. Pets OK. 101551 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo. 2019 RV Rates: $85-$130. Tents: $50-$65. For reservations, call (305) 451-1431. Web site: keylargokampground.com
CALUSA CAMPGROUND RESORT AND MARINA, (MM 101.5, Bayside) Full hookups, 30-50 amp electric. Mostly seasonal and ownership. Park model rentals. Pool, dockage, boat ramp, trailer parking, playground, basketball and tennis courts. Pet fee. 325 Calusa St., Key Largo. 2019 RV Rates: $65 to $94. (All year rate.) No refunds. For reservations, call (305) 451-0232. Web site: calusacampground.com
MIDDLE KEYS and MARATHON — The fishing capitol
FIESTA KEY RV RESORT (MM 70, Bayside/Gulf) 300 RV sites, 200 with full hookups, and 50 tent sites. Motel rooms, rental cabins available. Picnic tables, grills, restrooms, showers, propane, campground store, two laundry rooms. Playground, game room, heated pool, hot tubs, beach, marina, boat ramp, boat rentals, bike rentals. Boat ramp and dockage available. 70001 Overseas Highway, Long Key. 2019 RV Rate: $103-$166 (Summer) $108-$173 (Winter). For reservations, call (305) 664-4922. Web site: rvonthego.com/florida/fiesta-key-rv-resort
GRASSY KEY RV PARK AND RESORT (MM 58.7, Gulfside) 38 RV sites with full hookups, 30-50-amp electric. Pool, Dockage, WIFI, cable TV, Laundry, Clubhouse. Views of Gulf of Mexico throughout the resort. 58671 Overseas, Marathon. Pets must be registered. 2019 RV Rates: $69-$144 (Summer) $118-$198 (Winter). For reservations, call 305-289-1606 Web site: grassykeyrvpark.com
JOLLY ROGER TRAVEL PARK (MM 59, Gulfside) 160 RV sites with full hookups and cable. The waterfront sites, with full hookups, were quite nice. Lots of trees in the old section offer plenty of shade. Tent sites on bayfront tiki island. Picnic tables, restrooms, showers, horseshoes and laundry. Boat ramps and dockage. Pets OK. Bark Park. 59275 Overseas Highway, Marathon. 2019 RV Rates: $73 (Summer) $94-$105 (Winter). Tents: $73. For reservations, call 305-289-0404. Web site: jrtp.com
CURRY HAMMOCK STATE PARK. (MM 56, Oceanside) I’ve visited this park many times. Same price ($36) as Pennekamp, and most sites are spacious, on concrete pads with sand pads for tents. Excellent access to the ocean, although only a few sites are directly on the beach. The vegetation has grown fast between sites since it was renovated a few years ago, it’ll still be a few years before it’s dense and shady. 56200 Overseas Highway, Marathon. 2019 RV/Tent Rates: $36 (All year). For reservations, call (800) 326-3521.
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LOWER KEYS and KEY WEST – Nature’s playground
SUNSHINE KEY RV RESORT AND MARINA (MM 38.8, Bayside). Sunshine Key is an island unto itself and one of the largest campgrounds in the Keys. The 75-acre island is surrounded by crystal-clear water, accessible to kayaks from your waterfront campsite or from the large marina. This is a small city with all the amenities, including a restaurant, laundry facilities, playgrounds and boat rentals on site. There are 409 campsites, including 54 beachfront sites, with full hookups and cable TV. Part of Encore/Thousand Trails Resorts. RV Rates: $124-$166 (Summer); $129-173 (Winter.) For reservations, call 800-852-0348. Web site: https://www.rvonthego.com/florida/sunshine-key-rv-resort-marina/
BAHIA HONDA STATE PARK (MM 36.8, Ocean and Bayside). This state park has it all: top-ranked beaches, snorkeling, scenic views, nature trails, boat launch, docks and kayak concession. Fishing is also a big draw. With the closure of the Sandspur Campground, there are only two camping areas left: the main campground for RV’s and a small camping area for tents and popups, accessible only by low-height vehicles. The park also features three duplex cabins overlooking the bay, and cabin rentals run $120 in summer and $160 in winter. 2019 RV/Tent Rates: $36 (All year). For reservations, call (800) 326-3521.
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BIG PINE FISHING LODGE and CAMPGROUND (MM 33, Oceanside). The beauty of this campground is access to nearby Looe Key Reef. Boat ramp and dockage available. There are 172 RV sites with water and 30-amp electric service and 75 “rustic” sites for tents and RVs with communal water spigots. (Generators are not allowed.) If snorkeling or fishing are your pleasures, and you have a boat, then this campground is for you. 33000 Overseas Hwy Big Pine Key, FL 33043. 2019 RV Rates (w/hookups): $79 to $86. Tent/RV (no hookups): $53-$56. For reservations, calls (305) 872-2351 Web site: bpkfl.com
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SUGARLOAF KEY/KEY WEST KOA (MM 20, Oceanside) Reopening in July 2021 after being rebuilt after 2017’s Hurricane Irma. From their website: “Sugarloaf Key/Key West KOA will be a completely brand new campground. Future guests will enjoy 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-end, tent and unique accommodations, we will have something for every kind of camper.” Details on the new layout not yet available. For reservations, call 800-562-7731. Web site: koa.com/campgrounds/sugarloaf-key
LAZY LAKES RV RESORT (MM 20). Convenient access to Key West, including bus transportation. 99 RV camping sites with full hookups and 30/50-amp electric, some pull-through. Lakefront sites available on 7-acre saltwater lake. DirecTV, Wi-Fi, heated pool, laundry, restrooms, horsehoe pits, clubhouse with pool table, fishing dock. Seasonal rates; electric extra. 2019 RV Rates: $47.50 + $3.50 for 30-amp electric, $4.50 for 50-amp (Summer special through Sept. 30); $90-$100 (Winter) For reservations, call (305) 745-1079. Web site: lazylakesrvresort.com
BLUEWATER KEY RV PARK (MM 14.5). Most of the sites in this upscale, scenic and well-landscaped park are privately owned, but sites are available for rentals by reservation when the owners aren’t there. Many are waterfront. Needless to say, with its proximity to Key West, the park stays full most of the winter. Still, it’s worth a call. 2019 RV Rates: $109 to $153 (Summer, 6/1-9/30) $155-$182 (Winter). For reservations, call 305-745-2494. Web site: bluewaterkey.com
GEIGER KEY MARINA RV PARK (MM 10.5, Oceanside). Going towards Key West, take a left at the Circle K on Boca Chica Road for 1.3 miles. This small RV park and marina are tucked away behind the mangroves, and boat slips are available to campers. There are only 37 sites at Geiger Key, all on a gravel base, with full hookups, laundry, rest rooms, a boat ramp and dockage. A great tiki bar is on site. Waterfront sites are $110-112, and interior sites are $100 ($80 off-season, May-Sept.) 2019 RV Rates: $111 to $136 (Summer, 5/1-9/30) $138-$161 (Winter). For reservations, call 305-296-3559. Web site: geigerkeymarina.com
BOYD’S KEY WEST CAMPGROUND (MM 5, Oceanside). This is the closest campground to Key West, and it can be a tight fit for RVers. Tenters have their own area. Despite its urban location, the camground manages to convey a tropical feel with coconut palms, a swimming beach and waterfront vistas. There are 150 RV sites. 2019 RV Rates: $77-$121 (Summer) $93-$143 (Winter). Tent rates: $61-$87. For reservations, call (305) 294-1465. Web site: boydscampground.com
EL MAR RV RESORT (MM 5). 11 RV sites, 45’x85′ for rigs 26′ or larger, including 6 waterfront sites. Full hook-ups with 30/50 amp electric, cable TV and WiFi. 6700 Maloney Ave, Key West. 2019 RV Rates: $80-$90 (Summer, 5/1-10/14); $105-$115 (Winter). Minimum stay 5 nights. For reservations, call 305.294.0857. Web site: elmarrvresort.com
LEO’s CAMPGROUND (MM 4.5) Leo’s is on Stock Island and is convenient to all that Key West has to offer, by bicycle, bus or even walking. Once featuring a handful of tent sites, Leo’s is now RV-only — no tents — and rates have increased. Back-in RV sites include a picnic table, water, sewer hook-up, cable and 30/50-amp electric. There is no longer a common bathhouse but laundry facilities are available. 5236 Suncrest Road, Key West. 2021 RV Rates: $79 and up (Summer, 5/1-9/30); $98 and up (Winter). Book online or call (305) 296-5260. Web site: leoscampground.com
SIGSBEE RV PARK, Naval Air Station Key West (MM 2). 93 RV sites with hookups (water, sewer and 30/50 amp electric), 10 sites for tents, and 300 sites without hookups in the overflow area. Small beach with tiki huts, kayak rentals. Dockage and boat rentals, Wi-Fi. Pets OK (up to 2). Key West Naval Air Station, Key West. 2019 RV Rates: $27-32 ($17-$21 for tents and overflow area). For campground reservations, call (305) 293-4432.Only active-duty can reserve sites. For retirees, it’s first-come, first-served. Web site: get.dodlodging.net/propertys/Key-West-Campground Sigsbee is Restricted to Active-Duty and Retired Military Only.
For information about tent camping in the Florida Keys, go to Best Tent Camping in the Florida Keys
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