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Old 12-01-2014, 10:00 PM   #1
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Trip to the Florida Keys

My wife and I just bought a 31-foot Jayco TT, both of us have just retired, and we have never been to the Keys; been to the FL gulf many times as we live in Alabama. We would like to make a "tour" of Florida - Gulf coast, Keys, Atlantic coast; preferable staying in state parks. I know that the winter-spring months may be a problem with getting reservations. How are other times of the year weather, bug, crowd-wise? We like kayaking, swimming, lazing around, snorkeling. How is mid-late summer; too hot/muggy? Any tips/advise would be much appreciated.
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Old 12-02-2014, 05:31 AM   #2
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The December FMCA magazine (Family Motor Coaching) has a complete article on the subject...
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Old 12-02-2014, 06:57 AM   #3
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I guess heat/humidity is relative. Figure anytime past April and until mid-October it will be about 90 everyday with showers likely . Regarding the state parks, you generally have to reserve 11 months to the day you want to be there and then it's sort of luck based on how fast you are on Reserve America. Of the parks there, we like Curry Hammock the best. Its campground is small (28 sites) , but the sites are reasonably sized. Good kayaking in the area too. We will be there at the beginning of April.
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Bahi Honda state park is nice. The closest campground to Key West is Boyds. Sunshine Key is okay. There is also a KOA in the lower keys.
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The Keys are great fun but crowded and expensive, so be prepared. You cannot go there this time of year without a campground reservation in advance. Land is very scarce. There is no place that you can boondock in the keys.
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I love the keys, speak of the devil, that's where I'm at right now. Curry Hammock for 13 more days than down to Boyd's for Christmas and New Years. Personally I find it to hot and humid in the summer months but it is cheaper and easier to find sites.
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Florida state parks in the keys are normally quite vacant during summer months, but winter reservations are full by March that spring, except for a day or two scattered about the park. Peruse this website to see what I mean: Find Campgrounds by Map, Browse - Florida Department of Environmental Protection
The closer to Key West you get the higher the CG fees. I would stay near Long Key state park use it as a base, and make the drive to the rest of the Keys.
One must-do in Key West is the NPS ferry to Dry Tortugas National Park. It is a full day experience, 70 miles West of Key West.
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If you're retired military, there is a Navy Campground on Key West.
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I just booked a week (April 12-18) at Curry Hammock SP. Someone must have cancelled; now I need to fill in a week or so both sides of that week. We will be coming from Alabama down the Gulf coast to the Keys and then up the Atlantic coast and back home. Any suggestions?
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I just booked a week (April 12-18) at Curry Hammock SP. Someone must have cancelled; now I need to fill in a week or so both sides of that week. We will be coming from Alabama down the Gulf coast to the Keys and then up the Atlantic coast and back home. Any suggestions?
That's great, you'll like it. We are at Boyd's on Stock Island the last week of March , then 2 weeks at Curry Hammock. Leaving on the 10th so we'll miss you. If you want good wings at Happy Hour, check out Sparky's Landing in Key Colony Beach... just a couple miles from Curry Hammock.

Another place on the west coast you might like is Turtle Beach CG in Sarasota. It's a small county park, but right on the beach and with your size unit, you'll fit in fine.
In the Key's, you can check into Big Pine Fishing Lodge.... it a great family run CG. Another place that usually has openings in in Marathon called Knight's Key
On your way home on the Atlantic coast you may enjoy St. Augustine. Lot's of stuff to do. We go there a few times a year and never tire of it. North Beach Resort is the CG we like the best over there.
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We're FL residents and have traveled the Keys for years. At the moment we're at Bluewater RV 14.5 miles north of Key West. In the winter you may find a few days here available and there, but the possibility of anything much more than a week is difficult. We move to Knights Key in Marathon this weekend and will be there 2 months. We made our reservations about 9 months ago. There are a few CG's in Marathon and more in the upper Keys, you will need to do some calling around to find a vacancy. During winter months you really need to plan well in advance. The summers are fine however hot, but the waters are typically very nice. There is plenty to do and some fun out of the way restaurants. Key West is not great for kids. If you've any specific questions send me a note.
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If you're headed down there via the Gulf Coast, swing by Cedar Key and the Low-Key Hideaway! It's right on the water and yes, you can kayak!
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