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Old 12-17-2012, 04:08 PM   #15
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DCGarcia is correct concerning the Navy base. At Sigsbee (NAS Key West) if you are retired military or DOD or active duty military you can dry camp for $13.00 per night there or over at Trumbo. Full hookups are $10.00 more but this is the high season and those sites are hard to get and you only can stay in them for 14 days then you must rotate to dry camping.
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Old 12-17-2012, 08:38 PM   #16
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DCGarcia is correct concerning the Navy base. At Sigsbee (NAS Key West) if you are retired military or DOD or active duty military you can dry camp for $13.00 per night there or over at Trumbo. Full hookups are $10.00 more but this is the high season and those sites are hard to get and you only can stay in them for 14 days then you must rotate to dry camping.
What does DOD stand for?

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Old 12-18-2012, 10:56 AM   #18
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If you are active or retired military, a current Department of Defense civilian or retired civilian DOD employee and a few other categories you can stay at most armed forces RV and lodging facilities. There are many facilities through out the country. Key search word "DOD Lodging"

If you are a retired DOD civilian you need to get an ID card (CAC) at a RAPIDS site. Key search word: RAPIDS

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Old 12-19-2012, 09:24 AM   #19
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Boondocking in the Keys

As a 20 year resident of the Keys, I am unaware of anywhere you can legally park an RV overnight and stay in it. While the Key West spot and the Islamorada library might work, it's only because campers were overlooked by the KWPD ( Key West Police Department ) or the MCSO ( Monroe County Sheriff's Office ). It's just as illegal in those spots, it's just more easily overlooked. The point is, AFAIK, there are no places in the keys were you can legally boondock like you can on some public lands.

Frankly, this is pretty understandable. In season, demand for camping spots is pretty high. For some events like Fantasy Fest or New Years Day, if you could camp in the Kmart and Sears parking lots in Key West there would be no room for shoppers. This is also understandable, considering that the in-season rate for a RV site with water and electricity at Boyd's campground is $80/night and during events some places require a 7 day stay.

There are no Wal-marts in the Keys ( the closest is in Homestead, just south of Miami ) and few big box stores. Those that are here keep an eye on their parking lots. You're welcome to chill in their lot if you're shopping in their store, but don't stay overnight.

When I first got here in '91, you could sleep in a vehicle in the bridge parking lots. Not legally, I'm sure, but it was tolerated to some limited extent. I did a lot of that in my '76 VW van, pulled up next to friends with larger RV's. By '92 that was essentially done, but I had moved down to Key West and was sleeping in my van on private property by then.

Some of the bridges in the upper keys are used for fishing and there are sometimes RV's parked there at night, so it might be possible to hang out for a night or two, but I can't say that I've done it ( I've got a shrimp net, perhaps I ought to give a try! ). I've got no suggestions for the lower keys, most of the bridges down here are different.

The practical upshot of this is: you're probably out of luck for boondocking in the Keys, so don't depend on it. There might be somewhere you can hide and get away with it, but the Keys are not Quartzsite. I'd suggest a reservation at a park. Bahia Honda is really nice, but book now because the next available dates for RV sites are in May 2013.

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Tough to boondock in the Keys. Most decent RV resorts are 85-125 a night. The rest are Ho-Bo villages that are too small for my rig. There are some nice places but expect to pay for them. Monroe County (Keys part) will ticket you if you just park anyplace you want. State parks are good but big sites are usually gone early. Upper Keys are easier to find a place..Good luck..
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We stayed at the wamart in Florida city 3 years ago for a break enroute to key west. There were big rigs there but there were also people there that looked like they were down to their last dime.. There was security there all night... I just looked with Google maps and it looked like signs on the parking lot... so i do not know if that is still an option...... Does anyone know if it is?
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DCGarcia: Is the Navy campground also for discharged personnel ? I am USNR discharged with dd214. Would I be eligible? Thanks
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in marathon after first light on ocean side 30$ a night dry camping. or stop by bridge throw out fishing pole tell them your fishing
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