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Old 11-04-2015, 05:42 PM   #1
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How about camping in the Keys in May? Is this considered off season? Hows the weather (wind, bugs?). we have a new to us 2005 Beaver Patriot 40' w/tag axle. Love to hike and bike, snorkel / kayak too. Suggested campgrounds? Public campgrounds preferred. I checked online and private RV parks are $100+night in season, a little rich for us.
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How about camping in the Keys in May? Is this considered off season? Hows the weather (wind, bugs?). we have a new to us 2005 Beaver Patriot 40' w/tag axle. Love to hike and bike, snorkel / kayak too. Suggested campgrounds? Public campgrounds preferred. I checked online and private RV parks are $100+night in season, a little rich for us.

We just left the Keys after spending Sept & Oct. May is a 'shoulder" season and there should be plenty of availability. Bahia Honda is a nice state park with snorkeling/beach/boating. Nice campground. There is a Equity Lifestyles/Encore park at mile post 39 on Big Pine Key where you might fish around and get a special of some type. These guys have a booth at the Tampa Super Shop & often have deals.


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May is the tail end of the High Season, but an absolutely beautiful time to experience the Keys. That's the good news . . .

The bad news is that there is very little (like no) boon docking allowed anywhere in the keys that I am aware of. For the state parks, you need to reserve like a year out in order to get a reservation.

Knights Key Resort in Marathon is also closing in April, or May, so there goes 150 plus affordable sites in the Keys as well. They will be building a $1,500.00 a night all inclusive high end resort there. (out of our price range, even if I didn't want to stay in my RV!)

We stayed at Sunshine Key Resort in September for two weeks . . . . Utility problems, water was off several times due to broken lines, they don't enforce their own rules regarding campsite cleanliness and permanent residents accumulations of junk, expensive, but is a possibility if you can't get into the state parks.
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We went to Blue Water Key in May. Great weather- bugs, yes. I don't think any month is low on bugs in south Florida! BWK is expensive, but worth every penny. IMO
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Blue water Key $150.00 per night in season +! May 1- $95.00 per night.
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Blue water Key $150.00 per night in season +! May 1- $95.00 per night.

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How about camping in the Keys in May? Is this considered off season? Hows the weather (wind, bugs?). we have a new to us 2005 Beaver Patriot 40' w/tag axle. Love to hike and bike, snorkel / kayak too. Suggested campgrounds? Public campgrounds preferred. I checked online and private RV parks are $100+night in season, a little rich for us.

You might be a little late to book a public campground. I just checked the Florida State Park website https://www.floridastateparks.org/activity-list/Camping after clicking on a campground it opens to a page that has park descriptions and a link to reserve america where you check availability of spaces. In checking the state parks in the keys using random dates for a week stay in May 2016 they appear to be all booked however if you bring up the campground map and start with your first date and a one day stay you can find those open spaces between longer stays. You may have to move after a few days but at least your in the keys at a reasonable rate under $40.00/day. As they accept reservations 11 months in advance you might have to book in June for the following year if you want the same space for a week. Not all parks are full I booked in a park in Central Florida and found four spaces open but they are filling up fast.
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We have been at Point of view RV Resort for a month..........we went through every RV park from Largo to Key West.........site #42 at Point of View is to die for.........our parrot...Otis, loved watching the sunset
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We have been at Point of view RV Resort for a month..........we went through every RV park from Largo to Key West.........site #42 at Point of View is to die for.........our parrot...Otis, loved watching the sunset


How's site #31 look ? We are there for a few nights in April on our way south
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May is the tail end of the High Season, but an absolutely beautiful time to experience the Keys. That's the good news . . .

The bad news is that there is very little (like no) boon docking allowed anywhere in the keys that I am aware of. For the state parks, you need to reserve like a year out in order to get a reservation.

Knights Key Resort in Marathon is also closing in April, or May, so there goes 150 plus affordable sites in the Keys as well. They will be building a $1,500.00 a night all inclusive high end resort there. (out of our price range, even if I didn't want to stay in my RV!)

We stayed at Sunshine Key Resort in September for two weeks . . . . Utility problems, water was off several times due to broken lines, they don't enforce their own rules regarding campsite cleanliness and permanent residents accumulations of junk, expensive, but is a possibility if you can't get into the state parks.
we have stayed at Knights Key a few times. How did you hear about the closing?
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How's site #31 look ? We are there for a few nights in April on our way south
We are on the road today..........I will see if I have a picture of that sire later today.
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As mentioned previously it is the shoulder season before school is out and after the snowbirds have left. I just made (2 weeks ago) reservations for 2 weeks at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park starting in late April. We may or may not go, but by the time we decide if we want to it will be too late to get reservations. During the Winter and Summer seasons the State Parks are full and reservations are filled each day the availability window opens!!
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we have stayed at Knights Key a few times. How did you hear about the closing?
We were there the last time in September. They had a community meeting in town to discuss it. Well, really to announce the decision. The sale went through, and at the time, the Knights Key Staff said they would be accepting reservations through either April or May. If you check their website under "News" they state now that the campground would remain open through Dec 31, 3016, but if you try to check availability in may, even for a tent spot, they show no availability in May for the random dates I selected. I've never seen the tent area full up, even in Jan/Feb. You could give them a call. Best to have it from the Horse's mouth, instead of from me, since I have occasionally been referred to as the Horse's . . . well, you get the idea! If you find out something different, please post it!
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We own a rv lot on Cudjoe Key, which is near Key West, and we spent most of last May there. What we liked about May was that the water was really warm and the winds had died down so we could take our boat out to the reefs. The bad thing is that it's getting pretty warm and it sure wasn't as much fun in Key West when it was so hot. Our goal is to spend December thru May in the Keys, but family issues have curtailed us this year.

The rates definitely go down in the summer and there is plenty of availability until lobster season. We aren't sure we'll be able to use our lot this winter do to my Mom's health issues. PM me if you're interested.
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