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Old 12-01-2011, 06:10 AM   #15
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It is hard to beat Jolly Roger for the price on the Gulf in Grassy Key. It is nice and clean with good staff. Not perfect but pretty good for the area.
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Old 12-01-2011, 08:30 PM   #16
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Just curious...what is in Marathon Key?
Getting away from Indiana winter weather, fishing, relaxing and most important, our daughter, son-in-law and grandson will be vacationing too!!
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NOT MUCH!
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Old 12-02-2011, 10:41 AM   #18
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As much as I hate to do this, I have to recommend strongly Curry Hammock State Park.

Why do I hate this? Well, it is because once "the word gets out" then everyone wants to stay here, and then it will get even harder than it is now to get a site at this fantastic camp ground.

Should have kept this a secret

....and what is there to see? A lot of water which in itself can be spectacular if you are not used to this. I think it's the relaxed atmosphere that attracts us but if you want to see "something you can actually touch" then go to Key West on a day-trip. Rent a bike and tour the scenery.

We like it here.
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Old 12-04-2011, 06:51 PM   #19
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Unfortunately Curry Hammock State Park is booked up. I was checking this one out with Google maps. It is our kind of campground.
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Old 12-04-2011, 07:30 PM   #20
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We spent a couple weeks at Knights Key Rv....South end of Marathon. We biked/jogged the old bridge to Pigeon Key every day. Cheap snorkel trip....$29 across the street...its great.
Watch the sunset every day or do it at the tiki bar close by.
Eat at Fish Tales at North end of key....wifey likes the lobster burrito.
Drive to Key West ....stay till after midnight to see the real fruitcakes or just hit sun down at the square.Stop at Hogfish Bar on the way home.
Lots to do & see ... don't forget the bugspray lol.
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As to your routing from Indy. We are in IN also, and drive I 65 South in the winter to US 231 to avoid the mountains on I 75 in KY and TN. From Indy, it is about 100 miles longer to get to Ft. Myers than driving I 75. Of course then you would have to drive East to get to the Keys, which would be more miles. We always overnight just North of Dothan, AL (forget the RV park name) on US 231, since that is our 2nd day out (we only drive around 300 mi @ day).
I've read that you can overnight at the Kmart in Marathon, so you can get in your reserved RV parks site early the next day. Don't take my word though, call first. There are no legal boondocking places in the Keys or along the highway. The Keys are about 1 mile wide, and land is scarce.
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Unfortunately Curry Hammock State Park is booked up. I was checking this one out with Google maps. It is our kind of campground.
Don't give up! Keep checking occasionally because sites may open up. Here's the deal: Snowbirds book these state park campgrounds 11 months in advance and take the full two weeks allowed.

As the months progress, they refine their itineraries and start cancelling a few days here, a week there, etc.

The weekend openings get snapped up fast when this happens, but there are often "pockets" of two or three days you can grab.

When trying to find a state park campground in the Keys, you have to be prepared for a little work. Persistence pays. I live in South Florida, and I'm always ready to grab one of these "pockets" when I see one.

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Another place just south of Marathon is Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge. Great family operated campground .... no pets are allowed though as they have key dear that wander thru the park
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Old 12-10-2011, 08:18 AM   #24
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Marathon is a city actually. There are a bunch of Keys in it. The main ones are Grassy, Fat Deer and Vaca. Lots of places to fish, eat and have fun. Pick up brochures at the chamber of commerce Welcome to the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce Sombrero beach is very nice and no charge.

About boodocking. There is no overnight parking in Monroe County so there is a good chance you will be rousted out by the police.

We stay at Knight's Key most of the winter. There primitive sites, 30amp, 50amp, marina, Oceanfront and shaded sites. No sewer connection but there is a honey wagon for $10 if you would rather not unhook to go to the dump station. If your site is not near mangroves there are not so many mosquitoes. Our site rarely has any unless it is dead calm. Here is a link for rates Rates | | Knights Key RV Resort and MarinaKnights Key RV Resort and Marina

Never stayed at Sunshine but I understand it can get loud on weekends. They tell me Big Pine Fishing Lodge is booked most of the time. The state parks are great but you need to reserve way ahead of time to get a site for any length and the max is two weeks.

Feel free to PM me about Marathon, it is our winter home.
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Anything south of Tampa gets pretty busy.

You can get reservations pretty easily in north Florida.

State Parks are very difficult to get into unless you get lucky. You should try to make some reservations because it can be very difficult. I believe what the other post said about 11 million rv's coming into Florida in the winter. It's amazing the state doesn't sink into the water. Also, Floridians do most of their camping this time of the year.

We got a reservation at Sunshine Key Rv Resort just a few weeks ago. I was surprised we got a site for after Christmas.
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We stayed at the Jolly Roger CG on Marathon Key last Dec. for almost a week, and it was a nice campground. It's also a Passport America CG, and stayed there for 1/2 price. We were down there for a wedding in Key West, and spent most of our time driving back & forth. Don't get in a hurry while driving down there the speed limit is around 45, lower in some places, and strictly enforced.
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Don't get in a hurry while driving down there the speed limit is around 45, lower in some places, and strictly enforced.
Good advice. Be especially careful when entering Big Pine Key where it is marked Key Deer habitat. Key Deer are about the size of a large dog and they are very protective of them.

Plan ahead for extra time too. Much of the road is two lanes. An accident can stop traffic for hours. Been there. Scenery and weather is nice while you are stuck in traffic though
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Good advice. Be especially careful when entering Big Pine Key where it is marked Key Deer habitat. Key Deer are about the size of a large dog and they are very protective of them.

Plan ahead for extra time too. Much of the road is two lanes. An accident can stop traffic for hours. Been there. Scenery and weather is nice while you are stuck in traffic though
We were there for two weeks and never did see any key deer but I remember seeing the signs
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