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Old 03-25-2016, 01:57 PM   #1
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Florida Keys for first time October/November 2016

First time for the Keys...........

We'd like to plan for our first visit to the Florida Keys and we're looking for an RV campground location somewhere along the Keys.

We're looking at fall 2016, for 1-2 weeks maximum stay. Like to set up base, and use the toad for whatever daytime travel for sightseeing and relatively close to grocery shopping. We like a place that's memorable but not because of the price to stay there

Stats..........35 foot motorhome, towing our car, and the cat owns the RV....we just get to travel with him.

Starting our continental travels recently, so we're on a fixed income to enjoy as much as we can within budget.

Anyone know what fits our requirements in the Keys?
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State parks like Bahia Honda and John Pennycamp are your best bargains, almost certainly full up already for fall 2016. You need to grab those places a year in advance on reserve America. We stayed at Pount of View in Key Largo last week. Only a couple of years old and very nice. Unfortunately they are closing in September, word is condos or hotels going up there. Currently, we're at Blue Water Key RV resort down by mile marker 14. Beautiful place, pretty pricy ($140-$180 per nite range). Hope you can find something that fits your schedule and budget.
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pretty pricy ($140-$180 per nite range).
That would be memorable.
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Look into Long Key State Park, I don't know the exact mile marker, but it's about 1/2 down the keys, so it could be a good staging area.
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Like another poster mentioned, it's very difficult to get into a Florida State Park during "snow bird" season. Most spots are taken as soon as they show up as available a year in advance. Sometimes you can get lucky and nail a cancellation if you check online daily. It would be VERY risky to show up hoping for a vacancy.
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I just checked Campgrounds and Camping Reservations - ReserveAmerica
they show a lot of open sites at John Pennekamp state park in Key Largo for early Oct.
You should try the other state parks, Curry Hammock, Long Key (many of their sites would be too small for you) and Bahia Honda but only in their bayside section, with some of them being too small also.
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Hi kenandterry,
The Keys and a budget are an oxy moron. Everything is expensive. Consider Sunshine Key RV Resort & Marina | Encore RV Resort in Florida Keys it at mile marker 39. It is a large resort. At MM 39 there are many things to do both north and south of the resort. Key West is 39 miles away. However, there is more to the Keys than Key West. Once you are sightseeing, in the toad, watch your speed. Monroe county police are quick to let you know if you have exceeded the limit.
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We like Sugarloaf KOA, but cheap it ain't. Close to Key West, Big Pine, and Marathon. Try Baia Honda, you might be able to get a site. Good luck
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If you want to spend most of your time towards key west sugarloaf Koa or Boyd's are a few a few bucks a night less vs blue water key.

They are all nice, I would stay at any of those again.
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It would be VERY risky to show up hoping for a vacancy.
Ditto on that. There is no place to boondock in the Keys.
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First time for the Keys...........



We'd like to plan for our first visit to the Florida Keys and we're looking for an RV campground location somewhere along the Keys.



We're looking at fall 2016, for 1-2 weeks maximum stay. Like to set up base, and use the toad for whatever daytime travel for sightseeing and relatively close to grocery shopping. We like a place that's memorable but not because of the price to stay there



Stats..........35 foot motorhome, towing our car, and the cat owns the RV....we just get to travel with him.



Starting our continental travels recently, so we're on a fixed income to enjoy as much as we can within budget.



Anyone know what fits our requirements in the Keys?

For budget considerations, you might consider postponing the Keys until Sept/Oct of '17 and attend the Tampa Super Show in Jan of '17. ELS/Encore runs specials at the show and we have made reservations for their Sunshine Key (mm 39) for 4 years now. They typically offer Sept and Oct for $399/mo plus electric. Their standard price for the month of Oct is just under $1000. Same site in Feb is $2400.
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Mich F is correct, Pennekamp still has sites available in October. However, all the SPs down the Keys are completely booked. Pennekamp is roughly 92 miles from KW.
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The key to getting a site at any of the State Parks in the keys is timing, luck, and that the rv gods are with you. I was able to get a site at John Pennekamp for 10 days beginning Feb. 1 by getting online at 7:45 in the morning on their site, picking out a site that looks good and is available and then start clicking your mouse at 7:59 and hope for the best. After doing that for a week every day, one morning I got lucky and had the fastest clicking and got through and got a site. You can reserve 11 mos out at the earliest. Pennekamp has lots of activities(snorkeling,beach,boat rides and rentals) and the only one I believe with full hook ups of the keys state parks. State parks are the cheapest in the keys. If you are retired military go to NAS Key West(Boca Chica). There is a campground there. Enjoy, can't wait to go back.
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