Take a summer break with lower RV rates in the playful Florida Keys

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Florida’s balmy islands in the sun

Key Largo Kampground and Marina. (MM 101.5)

This is the beginning of the off-season in the Florida Keys, and campgrounds are not in as high demand as they are in winter.

Rates fall, giving campers opportunities not always available during the busy winter season.

Some campgrounds are still in recovery mode following the destructive 2017 hurricane season, and a handful of campgrounds remain closed.

By and large, though, the Keys are back in business.

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The Keys are popular with Floridians during the summer months, allowing an escape to ocean breezes as the rest of the state bakes in brutal heat and high humidity. The fishing in the Keys is great in summer, as well.

The 2018 lobster mini-season is July 25 and 26, and the regular season opens on August 6.

Rates quoted here do not including taxes, fees and add-ons such as dockage. Taxes add up to 12.5% in the Keys. Discounts are usually available for weekly, monthly and seasonal stays. (Here’s a separate guide to Best Tent Camping in the Florida Keys.)

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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. 2018 RV Rates: $55-$69 (Summer) $84-95 (Winter). Tents: $50. For reservations, call (305) 451-0010. Web site: kingskamp.com

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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. 2018 RV/Tent Rates: $36. Park office: (305) 451-1202. For reservations, call (800) 326-3521 or book online.  Web site: floridastateparks.org/park/Pennekamp

FloridaRambler article: Destination Key Largo: Pennekamp State Park

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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. 2018 RV Rates: $70-$110. Tents: $40-$50. For reservations, call (305) 451-1431. Web site: keylargokampground.com

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CALUSA CAMPGROUND RESORT AND MARINA, (MM 101.5, Bayside) xx sites with full hookups, 30-50 am 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. 2018 RV Rates: $55 to $78 (Summer) $58-$94 (Winter). No refunds. For reservations, call (305) 451-0232. Web site: calusacampground.com

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BLUE FIN ROCK HARBOR MARINA and RV RESORT, (MM 97.5, Oceanside) 36 RV sites, including 12 oceanfront with full hookups, 30-50-amp electric, cable TV, laundry, showers, boat ramp, marina, dockage. 36 E. 2nd Street, Key Largo. 2018 Rates Not Posted. For information and reservations, call 305-394-1773. Web site: rvkeylargo.biz

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RIPTIDE RV RESORT and MOTEL (MM 97.5, Bayside). 39 RV sites with full hookups, 20/30/50-amp electric, some waterfront. Tent sites, motel available. Cable TV, picnic tables, restrooms, showers, laundry, dockage, Wi-Fi. Boat launch and docks. No pets. 97680 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo. 2018 Rates Not Posted. For campground information and reservations, call (305) 289-0011 Web site: carefreecommunities.com/rv-parks/florida/riptide


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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. 2018 RV Rate: $99-$159 (Summer) $103-$166 (Winter).  For reservations, call (305) 664-4922. Web site: rvonthego.com/florida/fiesta-key-rv-resort

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LONG KEY STATE PARK. (MM 67.5), Oceanside) 51 RV and 10 tent-only oceanfront campsites. Water and 30-amp electric, dump station. Picnic tables, grills, restrooms with showers. Canoe and kayak rentals. Pets OK in campground but not beach. 67400 Overseas Highway, Long Key. 2018 Rates: Campground CLOSED! Web site: floridastateparks.org/park/Long-Key

Florida Rambler article: Coastal Keys camping: Long Key State Park

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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 http://www.carefreecommunities.com/rv-parks/florida/riptide/. Marathon. Pets must be registered. 2018 RV Rates: $61-$140 (Summer) $115-$193 (Winter). For reservations, call 305-289-1606  Web site: grassykeyrvpark.com


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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.  2018 RV Rates: $69 (Summer) $89-$100 (Winter). Tents: $69. For reservations, call 305-289-0404. Web site: jrtp.com

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PELICAN RV RESORT and MARINA (MM 59, Gulfside) 85 grassy RV sites; 9 motel rooms. All sites have full hookups with 30-amp electric, picnic tables, cable TV. Restrooms, showers, dump station, laundry, heated pool, shuffleboard, boat ramp, boat slips, fishing dock, clubhouse, dog-walk area. 59151 Overseas Highway, Marathon. 2018 RV and Tent Rates Not Posted. For information, call (844) 728-1737. Web site: carefreecommunities.com/rv-parks/florida/pelican

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CURRY HAMMOCK STATE PARK. (MM 56, Oceanside) I’ve visited this park many times. Same price ($36) as Long Key, 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. This is a fairly new campground, and while the vegetation has grown fast between sites, it’ll still be a few years before it’s dense and shady. 56200 Overseas Highway, Marathon. 2018 RV/Tent Rates: $36. For reservations, call (800) 326-3521 or book online. Web site: floridastateparks.org/park/Curry-Hammock

Florida Rambler article: Hidden Curry Hammock State Park has much to offer

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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. Campground Closed. For reservations, call 800-852-0348.  Web site: rvonthego.com/florida/sunshine-key-rv-resort-marina

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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. There are three campgrounds, one for RVs on the bay side and another for tents and popups on the ocean side, and a smaller, third campground 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. 2018 RV/Tent Rates: $36. Sandspur Tent Campground is closed. For reservations, call (800) 326-3521 or book online. Web site:  floridastateparks.org/park/bahia-honda 

Florida Rambler article: Bahia Honda State Park: Nice beaches, but historic bridge is the star

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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. 2018 RV Rates: $43 to $76. For reservations, calls (305) 872-2351 Web site: bpkfl.com

Related Florida Rambler articleNo Name Pub on Big Pine Key

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SUGARLOAF KEY KOA (MM 20). The southernmost KOA in the U.S., this resort-style campground has all the amenities, including a sandy beach, a full-service marina and pool area with a hot tub. There are 200 gravel-based sites with full hookups for RVs, and a shaded primitive camping area for tents. There are 15 waterfront sites. Campground closedFor reservations, call (800) 562-7731 Web site: koa.com/campgrounds/sugarloaf-key

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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. 2018 RV Rates: $30 (Summer) $100-$125 (Winter) $50-$80 (Shoulder season). For reservations, call (305) 745-1079. Web site: lazylakesrvresort.com

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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. 2018 RV Rates: $90 to $159 (Summer) $145-215 (Winter). For reservations, call 305-745-2494.  Web site: bluewaterkey.com

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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.) 2018 RV Rates: $105 to $130 (Summer) $132-$155 (Winter). For reservations, call 305-296-3559. Web site: geigerkeymarina.com

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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. 2018 RV Rates: $77-$121 (Summer) $93-$143 (Winter). Tent rates: $61-$87. For reservations, call (305) 294-1465. Web site: boydscampground.com

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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. 2018 RV Rates: $80-$90 (Summer) $105-$115 (Winter). Minimum stay 5 nights. For reservations, call 305.294.0857. Web site: elmarrvresort.com

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LEO’s CAMPGROUND (MM 4.5) Bills itself as the most affordable campground in the Florida Keys, and situated on Key West itself, Leo’s is convenient to all that Key West has to offer, by bicycle, bus or even walking. Back-in RV sites include a picnic table, water, sewer hook-up, cable and electric (most 50 amp). 9 gravel tent sites available. 5236 Suncrest Road, Key West. 2018 RV Rates: $62 (Summer) $85 (Winter) Tents: $49-$62. Phone: (305) 296-5260.Web site: leoscampground.com

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SIGSBEE RV PARK (MM 2). Active-duty and retired military only.  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. 2017 RV Rates: $21-23 ($13-$15 for overflow area). For campground reservations, call (305) 293-4432.Only active-duty can reserve sites. For retirees and others, it’s first come, first served. Web site: get.dodlodging.net/propertys/Key-West-Campground

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