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Old 04-13-2007, 08:30 PM   #1
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Planning an early vacation to the Florida Keyes.

Wondering what the best campgrounds are in the area of the lower Keyes, if any.

Is taking a fifth wheel even feasible for such a trip?

What should one be cautious about?
What should one be sure to see?

All advice and experiences welcome.

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Old 04-13-2007, 08:30 PM   #2
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Planning an early vacation to the Florida Keyes.

Wondering what the best campgrounds are in the area of the lower Keyes, if any.

Is taking a fifth wheel even feasible for such a trip?

What should one be cautious about?
What should one be sure to see?

All advice and experiences welcome.

Joe
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Old 04-14-2007, 06:42 AM   #3
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The following is jmo as I'm sure some will say the cost is prohibitive. Blue Water Key resort in Key West. We were there in March and it is a wonderful place. http://www.bluewaterkey.com/home.htm
The web site doesn't do it justice. We had our kayak with us and paddled the sound in front of our site. Fishing was a little slow, but our neighbor caught an 8 lb grouper from his dock. Plenty of places to ride bikes, a park to walk your dog in, the list goes on. It's at MM 14.5, so it's only a 20 minute ride to Old Town and Duval St. There are places around that are frequented by the locals, Geiger Key Marina is a folksy bar restaurant that has entertainment and great BBQ. Geiger Key Marina is also a small campground, I don't know about that end of their operation.
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Been going to the Keys for 20 years.Hondo is right on. Blue Water is the best but, pricey. The lots are actually owned and rented out by the property management.

Also, we stay just up the road from Geiger Key Bar & Grill. Have to go on Friday nights and listen to Yankee Jack play. You can also take small boats and moor right next the place.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by JavaJelly:
Been going to the Keys for 20 years.Hondo is right on. Blue Water is the best but, pricey. The lots are actually owned and rented out by the property management.

Also, we stay just up the road from Geiger Key Bar & Grill. Have to go on Friday nights and listen to Yankee Jack play. You can also take small boats and moor right next the place. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Went to see Yankee Jack our last night down. Bought one of his CDs' listened to it on the ride north. It brought plenty of smiles on the road.
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My daughter is 6 years old. Yankee Jack knows her and us well. My daughter can sing Manatee Woman to us from memory.

Her name is Celia. Every year on our first visit, Yankee Jack sings "Celia" to the tune of the song "Cecelia". Special place to us.
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Old 04-14-2007, 12:07 PM   #7
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Hi Joe; If you're retired military or DOD, Key West NAS has a large CG. Another small(4 spaces) at CG station Marathon island. They're about 2/3 cost of civilian.
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That's a lot of good info guys.
Gonna have to cash in the aluminum cans so I can go to Bluewater Keyes for a week
Thanks Loads,
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We visit the Keys every year as well. This year we stayed at the KOA mile marker 21. The sites were very good sized and the campground was very nice. We would do it again.

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We stayed, last year during our tenting days, at that KOA. May or may not be the same, I think this was MM30, but it's on sugarloaf key. It was awesome!!

And a few miles north, is a state park called Bahia Honda, with better prices, but not all the luxury hook-ups.

Bahia Honda was beautiful also.
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Consider Sunshine Key at mile marker 39. It is an ENCORE park. It is very nice and has all ammenities. The 5ver should be no problem. The only thing you need to be careful of is that when you leave the mainland, leave your mainland attitude and hurried lifestyle by the side of the road. It is a two lane road through the Keys. Just getting there will adjust your view of how to relax, or you will die trying. Laid back and having fun. That's how it is done in the Keys.
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More great info guys. Thanks and keep it coming
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Also consider Venture Out at MM23 on Cudjoe Key...they have canal sites so you can leave your boat in the water right behind your RV, if you like. They also have a pool and marina on the property. Their website is www.voresort.org We have stayed here twice for 7 days each time....it is awesome.
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The Venture Out Resort looks nice, but appears to be a members/owners only resort? Am I mistaken? Do they have RV space rentals? Not even listed in TL Directory.

More info needed.
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