My husband and I are planning a trip to go to Everglades and visit the Keys. We would like to base our RV possibly in Key Largo. Wondering about driving it further down onto the other Keys or are we better to camp there and take day trips in our tow jeep? Please advise of some good clean reputable resorts that we could stay. It's our first trip to the Florida Keys. We have never ventured further south than Orlando area.
Trip to the Keys in October
Posted 03 September 2013 - 07:28 PM
Whatever you do, just don't stay at Pennekamp SP. It is called "mosquito land" and the beach is very shelly/rocky. I have not being to others, but have heard that Bahia Honda is beautiful, thou hard to get sites. From Key Largo to Key West, there are 100 miles and at most of them you have to drive at 35 MPH... maybe at some up to 50MPH.
The keys are beautiful....Safe travels!
Jocelynn W Power
Posted 03 September 2013 - 08:16 PM
Hi Ronnie and Cheryl
Thought I'd offer some info on the Florida Keys, since we live here. The chain is approximately 110 miles long. If the highway was an interstate, it would take about two hours to get from Key Largo to Key West. Unfortunately, most of it is two lanes and average speed is 45 mph or less. I mention this because even though day trips in your tow would be an option, I think you'll find that they would make for some really long days. Key Largo is at the upper end and Key West is at the lower end, with 100 miles between them.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is in Key Largo at approximately MM 102.5. It offers pull-in sites which were recently renovated. It also offers dive trips, glass-bottom boat rides and boat rentals. Tel. (305) 451-1202 http://www.floridast....org/pennekamp/
A second RV sight is located at MM 97, also in Key Largo. (305) 852-8481 http://www.carefreer...lorida/riptide/
There are several others in the area, but none that I'd recommend.
I'd offer this also. After your trip to the Everglades, spend a day or two in the upper keys, then relocate to the mid or lower keys, possibly spending some time in Marathon, at Knights Key Campground. From there you're only about one hour from Key West and one hour from Key Largo. (800) 348-2267 http://knightskeyrvr...tandmarina.com/
Another point, Fantasy Fest happens in Key West during the last week of October. The island population explodes during that week long event, and rooms and RV sites will be at a premium. The Saturday night parade is the highlight of the event, but it is not for the "faint-of-heart". It involves nudity and is adult oriented. I would not recommend taking children to the parade.
Kathy and I recently spent one night at Boyds Campground in Key West. One night at Boyds during "normal" times is $93.00. Fantasy Fest rates will be higher and usually requires a 3 or 4 day minimum stay. Boyds Campground is very nice, but very expensive. (305) 294-1465
I hope this was some help to you. If you need additional help or info please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have fun! Steve
Posted 04 September 2013 - 01:56 PM
Thanks for the replies. I may shoot you an email Steve. The info was very helpful! - Cheryl
Posted 04 September 2013 - 04:37 PM
Hi Ronnie and Cheryl
I have to agree with everything that Steve said. We have started snow birding in South Florida each winter. With us, money is a big issue and the prices on the keys are high. We stay on the mainland at the entrance to the Keys for less than half the price of the Keys. We have Everglades National Park to the west, Biscayne National Park to the east, and Miami an hour to the north. We tow our Saturn Ion and we frequently use it go to lunch in Key Largo and we take several -long- day trips to Key West (2 1/2 hours each way) during our stay. Steve's suggestion of spending some time in the upper keys and then relocating to the lower keys is excellent if you can do it. However, be careful to check lot size. Many of the parks I've seen on the keys have extremely tight sites. Good luck, enjoy!
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