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Old 06-29-2016, 09:40 AM   #29
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If I remember correctly a single axle trailer doubles the toll, while a double axle trailer triples the cost.
I use the Jupiter exit rather than the Fort Pierce exit. It's very close (1/2 mile or so) to I 95. It's less travel (and tolls) on the turnpike.
We also get on at Jupiter. Usually coming from Stuart so it's the first turnpike entrance anyway. When you exit just stay in the exit lane and you are already in the entrance lane for the Tpk. The traffic isn't bad on 95 until after Jupiter anyway.

Seems to me our Sunpass bill from there to the last exit in Florida City is $36 with two axles on the MH towing a Wrangler.
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We also get on at Jupiter. Usually coming from Stuart so it's the first turnpike entrance anyway. When you exit just stay in the exit lane and you are already in the entrance lane for the Tpk. The traffic isn't bad on 95 until after Jupiter anyway.
Whenever I'm heading north (or heading south after being north) I use the Jupiter exit to or from the turnpike, to avoid driving through the West Palm Beach area. It can (but hasn't yet for me) be an issue with the section of the tpk. which is only two lanes. An accident could really mess things up, as well as always having to deal with the oh so many drivers that drive in the left lane deciding to be a pace car for traffic.
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May I suggest Geiger Key Campground, the water front sites are 8' from the bulkhead. put a halogen lite on the water and fish for Tarpon at night. Very laid back, friendly campers. We went to Blue water the first 3 years in Key West, the last 5 in Geiger Key love it Home - Geiger Key Marina
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May I suggest Geiger Key Campground, the water front sites are 8' from the bulkhead. put a halogen lite on the water and fish for Tarpon at night. Very laid back, friendly campers. We went to Blue water the first 3 years in Key West, the last 5 in Geiger Key love it Home - Geiger Key Marina
Love Geiger Key! We do Christmas every year there, except last one. It's like Gilligan's Island with cable, lol! No pool but not a pool person anyway.
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Howdy!

We stayed last summer at both Sunshine and Fesita Key last year for three weeks each using our RPI membership. We made day trips to Key West from both and enjoyed it. Come October the 1st we left the Keys our nightly rate went from less than $20.00 a night to over $150.00 a night. April to October is off season for the hole of Florida except maybe Orlando.

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Very good info here, thanks couple questions
1) which route is the best for seeing gators?
2) wife likes to get dressed up a couple times for dinner, are there any places in the keys for such? happy wife happy hubby?
3) We have a 5th wheel, will we be able to run our external generator if we spend a night at the casino? we carry one with us.

As i said alot of wonderful info here thanks again
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Very good info here, thanks couple questions
1) which route is the best for seeing gators?
If you had been in Jacksonville, NORTH CAROLINA the other day, you could have seen one.
NEW INFO: Young alligator removed from Jacksonville City Hall
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If you had been in Jacksonville, NORTH CAROLINA the other day, you could have seen one.
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Hey Mitch... maybe he was trying to find his buddy that decided to go to the beach!

Gator goes to the beach.
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Very good info here, thanks couple questions

1) which route is the best for seeing gators?

2) wife likes to get dressed up a couple times for dinner, are there any places in the keys for such? happy wife happy hubby?

3) We have a 5th wheel, will we be able to run our external generator if we spend a night at the casino? we carry one with us.



As i said alot of wonderful info here thanks again

1. You can go down I75 and cross to the east coast on US41. Also called the Tamiami Trail. That time of year gators are scattered and not gathered in water holes like they do in the winter. You can see them sunning on the banks of the canal along 41. You could take the tram ride into Shark Valley and see some gators. There are only a couple of gators in the Keys. They are in the "Blue Hole" on Big Pine Key. Also can see the Key Deer on Big Pine. Jan & Feb are the prime gator watching time in the Everglades. You can see hundreds on one short Boardwalk.

2. Most every place in the Keys is informal. However, there are places that you wouldn't feel out of place. Florida Keys Steak & Lobster and there is an Inn down in Key Colony who's name escapes me. There are others.
3. I can't imagine an issue with a generator powering your 5er. I would try to park along the outside perimeter of the lot and place the generator over on the curb side. Go in the main entrance and keep turning right. This is the area where over nighters park. We have never been there when it was crowded. After you park, go in the casino & register at the security desk. They will give you a parking pass. The restaurant on the main floor, raised a few steps out in the middle, always run a stray & lobster special for $9.95. We can't ever pass it up.
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Hey Mitch... maybe he was trying to find his buddy that decided to go to the beach!

Gator goes to the beach.
You never know.

I've been living in Florida since 1976 and realize where there's water there is the possibility or rather probability of gators. I honestly never knew they lived as far north as the Carolinas. I didn't think they could adapt to the colder winter temps.
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1) which route is the best for seeing gators?
2) wife likes to get dressed up a couple times for dinner, are there any places in the keys for such? happy wife happy hubby?
3) We have a 5th wheel, will we be able to run our external generator if we spend a night at the casino? we carry one with us.
1) "Gator Alley" AKA Tamiami Trail AKA route 41 between Everglade City and the 997 turnoff to get to US 1 into the Keys is your best route to see thousands of gators.

2) Plenty of places in Key West to dress up and dine out and then there are places to undress and parade up and down the streets.

3) The only time when dry camping that I don't run my generator is when there are posted rules against using the generator which has happened only less than 1% of the places where I have been. Check with the casino but my guess is you can use it, no problems.

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If it wasn't for the fact that I can stay relatively cheap at the military CG on Key West, I'd probably opt for one of the state parks. But, getting a state park reservation is very difficult. Downside to the military CG in season is waiting for a full hookup spot then rotating to dry camping for two weeks.

I do like visiting KW proper, if to do nothing else than people watch. We're not much into the partying and drinking, and forget Fantasy Fest. I can see my old flabby body in the mirror. Don't need to see many others in the flesh. We lock Bahia Honda, Islamorada and Marathon. Also, John Pennekamp.
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Florida Keys Steak & Lobster and there is an Inn down in Key Colony who's name escapes me.
Florida Key's Steak and Lobster has a pretty good happy hour. Almost all day. Can't say we find it too formal like most places in the Keys.

The inn in Key Colony Beach is the Key Colony Inn so you had it pretty close. Still not terribly formal but the Sunday brunch is great.

With the looming event of the closure of Knight's Key many of the keys CGs are playing games with the winter long term crowd. Geiger Key is one. Sure you can have a site next season but if someone comes in and rents for six months, you are out. Marathon Marina (they have about 9 campsites) is doing the same. They tossed friends of ours that only book for one month to get longer term. BTW most of these places are getting around $3,000 a month.

There will come a day when the Keys are gated off at Key Largo and only the wealthy and their servants may pass.
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Florida Key's Steak and Lobster has a pretty good happy hour. Almost all day. Can't say we find it too formal like most places in the Keys.

The inn in Key Colony Beach is the Key Colony Inn so you had it pretty close. Still not terribly formal but the Sunday brunch is great.

With the looming event of the closure of Knight's Key many of the keys CGs are playing games with the winter long term crowd. Geiger Key is one. Sure you can have a site next season but if someone comes in and rents for six months, you are out. Marathon Marina (they have about 9 campsites) is doing the same. They tossed friends of ours that only book for one month to get longer term. BTW most of these places are getting around $3,000 a month.

There will come a day when the Keys are gated off at Key Largo and only the wealthy and their servants may pass.

Thanks for helping me out on Key Colony Inn. Way too easy. Another good happy hour place is Sparky's Landing, also in Key Colony. Their happy hour specials of boiled shrimp or wings at .35 each is pretty good. The shrimp are nice size and not over boiled. Sit out by the canal and toss a plate of shrimp shells into the water. The fish are waiting.
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