Suggestions for camping in the Florida Keys.

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  1. Alien VFR

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    I've always wanted to ride to Key west and get a pic at the southern most point of the USA. Does anyone have any suggestions for nice places to camp in the Keys? Trying to keep it relatively cheap and I'd prefer more of a natural setting as opposed to busy RV parks. Water or beach front campsites would be ideal. I'm looking to spend about two nights just sitting around and relaxing.
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    I have zero to offer this thread:lol3 But would also like to know the answer:deal:freaky
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  3. sleazy rider

    sleazy rider Spudly Adventurer

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  4. Alien VFR

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    Any other suggestions?
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    RonkoRider Wrong Island, NY

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  6. Alien VFR

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    Naturally I have Googled it. I'm looking for suggestions from motorcyclists who have personal experience in this area. I appreciate the links though.
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  7. sleazy rider

    sleazy rider Spudly Adventurer

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    There are very few options to camp, much less motorcycle friendly. I know of one other called Leo's right in KW. It's also been 6 years since I've been that far south. Pack your sand stakes for the tent.

    http://leoscampground.com/wp/

    $49/night.

    For the record, I'm military retired, so I camp at KW NAS for $10/night. ;)
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  8. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    When are you planning on being there?

    Most of the suggestions are RV spots, and once you get there you find out that $39 a night really means $99 a night.

    Honda park is one of the only national parks there.

    There is a little cantena just over one of the bridges (yea, exact I know) that you can see from the bridge, you have to make two rights once you're on land to get to it. But a little further S from it and the beach is fairly secluded, I camped there for a couple nights and no one bothered me. The guy who owned the Cantena brought me coffee in the morning and gave me some free beers and a burger for lunch.

    Also, if you have cooking gear, stop by one of the roadside fish places, grab yourself some fish or crab and make yourself a gourmet meal for a fraction of what some of the seafood places down there charge.

    Conch fritters are good, even though I have no idea what a conch is....

    I should be in the neighborhood in the next couple weeks...
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  9. jeffrides

    jeffrides mid aged youngun

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    knights key campground. at the end of marathon. also the beginning of 7 mile bridge. big area campground ,tent space . about 39$ a night for a spot. butt, 4 tents fit a spot ,which if you take riding /camping buddies makes it $10 nite..
    36 miles from key west. once you hit the keys, prices go up!

    been several times. i like it !

    jeffrides
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  10. conchscooter

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    There is no camping in Key West city limits. The nearest is Boyds on Stock Island, Mile Marker 5 (MM 0 is downtown Key West in front of the court house. MM 4 is the bridge out of Key West to Stock Island for reference).
    Sugarloaf KOA MM20 has a few decent tent sites in an RV Park under trees and so forth but this time of year anywhere tends to be crowded. Bahia Honda State Park tends to have long waiting lists for the winter.

    Your best bet for waterfront rustic camping might be Big Pine Fishing Lodge at MM 31 on the south side of Highway One as you enter the Key Deer zone from the north.


    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Re..._Lodge-Big_Pine_Key_Florida_Keys_Florida.html

    It should take an hour to get to Key West from here.
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  11. Zrexrob

    Zrexrob Fla Mountains...yep!

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    I've camped at Boyds Campground, clean nice place and only about 5miles from downtown. Also camped at the KOA but its a half hour from downtown. Both coast about the same, so when I go back i'll return to Boyds. http://www.boydscampground.com/
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  12. brewmann

    brewmann Been here awhile

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    +1 on Bahia Honda....get a campsite on the water, it's incredible. Done it numerous times for bug season.

    Anything you could need while camping is just across Seven Mile Bridge in Marathon...food, booze...boobs...
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  13. mobeer

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    Knight's Key Campground is good and not super crowded right now. They allow 2 tents per site due to county regs. The Sunset Grille at the end of the road is a good place for a beer or two at the end of the day.

    The KOA is nice but pretty full of RVs and is expensive. Depending on when you go there might be a bunch of spring breakers camping there.

    Bahia usually requires a reservation made about a year in advance, but you might get lucky.

    RVs are the norm at most places.

    I'll be at Knight's Key Campground for 8 days soon with a group of friends.

    Have fun, it's a beautiful time of year to camp in the Keys.

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  14. 35xj

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    when are you headed down VFR? we are headed that way tomorow morning. camping in cedar key saturday night. then making our way south. we will be on a ktm 950 with yellow pelicans and a blue/white gs 800.
    dave
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  15. Alien VFR

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    I just made reservations for the 17th & 18th at Bahia Honda (waterfront site). I wanted to head down sooner but that was the first opening for a water front site at BH. In fact, my bike is fully loaded right now; just need an excuse to hit the road. Was thinking of heading to Daytona but funds are somewhat limited right now.
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    Nice, have fun. I used to live in the Keys (Islamorada and Summerland Key).

    If you like pizza, try to find No Name Pub. Get a Royal Pub Pizza and enjoy. One of my favorite places to eat in the Keys. Sorry I can't be more help with the camping, I usually stay at the state parks. I'll actually be down there around the end of March, but I'm camping at a state park.
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  17. brewmann

    brewmann Been here awhile

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    Awesome. It's addicting. Make your reservations for next year on the way out....you can always cancel them.....
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  18. tiredofpushinpedals

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    The wife and I have tent camped at the Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge, last year. The location is beautiful, some of the sites are right on the water and it's easy-on, easy-off of US 1, without the road noise really being a factor. The folks there are friendly, the washrooms are the best of any campsite I've ever stayed in and there's really Key Deer that roam around. Most of the sites are retired folks in RV's or Trailers, but you do get some families and such. Would definately recommend and am looking forward to getting back down there (we're in FTL) when we can.
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  19. danh600

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    I have never been to any of the private campgrounds. So I can't speak on those.

    There are 3 state parks that are decent. None of them are cheap by state park standards. I think all are about 39 a night.

    Bahia Honda, Long Key and Curry Hammock. The only problem is they stay full much of the season. You just have to go on the web site and hope you get lucky. You have better luck if you are only staying a day or two during the week. Weekends are really hard to find.
    http://floridastateparks.reserveamerica.com/campgroundSearch.do?mode=findOther

    I got lucky a few months ago and found a saturday night open at Long Key. Pretty nice campsite. Close to the water and nice soft sand to put the tent on. A little close to the neighbors and a bit of road noise, but I would go back. You are just feet from the water.


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    Edit - I will add. This is South Florida. Summer time camping is not much fun in a tent. Nights don't cool off a whole lot and the bugs are pretty bad. I would spring for a hotel if you come during the hot months. There are some affordable motels in the middle keys.
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  20. brewmann

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    Shaping up to be awesome to camp down there this weekend....
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