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Camping in the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys is one of the rare places where you can camp right on the beach. From tents and cabins with AC to RV sites there is a place for you to enjoy camping in the Florida Keys.

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Bahia Honda Camping

Camping on the beach at Bahia Honda, Big Pine Key, FL

The beautiful water, sandy white beaches, and incredible sea life make the Florida Keys a great place to vacation.  A fun and inexpensive way to enjoy the Florida Keys is to camp or rent a cabin at a state park.

Beginning at Key Largo at Mile Marker 108 all the way down to Key West at Miler Marker 0 (the end of the road), you’ll find a great selection of campgrounds.  When driving through the Keys you will use Mile Markers to find your destination.

The campgrounds sit on the Atlantic ocean side or the Gulf of Mexico side each with their own unique qualities.

Upper Keys Camping

Key Largo begins your journey to the Keys.  Key Largo and Islamorada are popular destinations for scuba diving, snorkeling, and fishing.  The Upper Keys include Key Largo, Islamorada, Layton, Long Key, Lower Matecumbe Key, Plantation, and Tavernier. 

The Upper Keys begin at Mile Marker 108 in Key Largo and run down to Mile Marker 63 in Islamorada.

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, PO Box 487, Key Largo, Florida 33037.  Phone: 305-451-1202. Mile Marker 102.5

Online reservations at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.

At John Pennecamp you can snorkel, scuba dive or ride the glass bottom boat to enjoy the beautiful coral reef located at this state park.  The campground has full service amenities with campfire programs, kayak rentals, and café.  Pennekamp offers both RV sites and tent sites.

Pennekamp amenities: glass bottom boat tours, scuba and snorkeling trips, saltwater aquarium, canoe and kayak rentals, nature trails, playground, and pets allowed with some restrictions.

Long Key State Park

Long Key State Park, 67400 Overseas Highway, Long Key, Florida 33001. Phone: 305-664-4815.  Mile Marker 67.5

Kayak through a chain of lagoons, hike on some trails, or enjoy some great bonefishing at Long Key.  Long Key offers both RV sites and tent sites.

Long Key amenities:  observation tower, canoe and kayak rentals, pets allowed with rules,

Online reservations for Long Key State Park.

Middle Keys Camping

The middle keys is also called Marathon and is host to many year round festivals.  It’s also where the Dolphin Research Center and Turtle Hospital are located.  It begins at the south end of Long Key and runs down to the 7 mile bridge.

The Marathon area or Middle Keys begin at Mile Marker 63 and run down to Mile Marker 47.  The middle keys include Long Key, Conch Key, Duck Key, Deer Key, Coco Plum Beach, Grassy Key, Vaca Key, Boot Key, Marathon, and Pigeon Key.

Curry Hammock State Park

Curry Hammock State Park, 56200 Overseas Highway, Marathon, Florida 33050.  Phone: 305-289-2690. Mile Marker 56.2

Host to the annual Florida Keys Birding and Wildlife Festival in September, Curry Hammock spans across a group of islands in the Middle Keys.  It offers tent and RV sites with weekly and evening ranger programs.

Curry Hammock amenities include: playground, showers, grills, picnic tables, and pets allowed.

Camping reservations at Curry Hammock State Park.

Fiesta Key RV Resort

Fiesta Key RV Resort, Mile Marker 70 US Highway 1, Long Key, Florida 33001.  Phone: 305-664-4922.  Mile Marker 70

Located on its own private island, you can choose between motel rooms, tent sites, or RV sites.  This campground and resort has its own marina and boat ramp.  A close drive to Islamorada or a 70 mile drive south to Key West.

Fiesta Key RV Resort amenities: pool, full service marina with boat slips and boat ramp, waterfront pub, kayak rentals, and fishing.


Lower Keys Camping

The lower keys begin south of the 7 mile bridge at Mile Marker 39 in Big Pine and run down to Key West.  The lower keys are Bahia Honda Key, Big Coppitt, Big Pine Key, Boca Chica Key, Cudjoe Key, Little Duck Key, Little Torch Key, Ohio Key, Ram Rod Key, Saddlebunch Key, Sugar Loaf Key, Summerland Key, and West Summerland Key.

Bahia Honda State Park – beautiful sunsets, great snorkeling, and pristine beaches makes Bahia a great camping location.  You can reserve a tent site, RV site, rent a cabin, or rent a pavilion.  The duplex cabins offer air conditioning and heating with 2 bedrooms in each cabin. The concessions offer rentals for snorkeling excursions, kayaks, and snorkeling gear. 
Bahia Honda State Park, 36850 Overseas Highway, Big Pine Key, Florida 33043.  Phone: 305-872-2353. Mile Marker 37

Bahia amenities include:  snorkeling tours, marina with boat slips, charter fishing boats, pets are allowed with rules, concession with water sports rentals (kayaks and more.)

Click here for reservations at Bahia Honda State Park .

Sugarloaf Key / Key West Resort KOA

Sugar Loaf – Key West KOA, 251 County Road 939, Sugarloaf Key, Florida 33042-0469.  Phone: 305-745-3549. Mile Marker 20

Open all year round, this beachfront campground has both RV sites, tent sites, wireless internet access, swimming pool, and a pub that serves cocktails.  Just a 14 mile drive to Key West.

Sugar Loaf Key Information

Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park Camping, P. O. Box 6208, Key West, Florida 33041.  Phone: 305-242-7700.

You can arrive by ferry, private boat, or seaplane to Garden Key the location of Fort Jefferson, 70 miles from Key West. There are 13 primitive camp sites and are available on a first come, first serve basis.  The snorkeling is amazing with crystal clear water and colorful sea life.

If you visit the Keys you’ll want to visit again.  The coral reefs offer awesome snorkeling and scuba diving.  The abundance of fish on both the Atlantic side and Gulf side make the keys the “fishing capital of the world.”  With fresh seafood comes fabulous places to eat. 

The sunsets on the Gulf of Mexico side are some of the best you’ll ever see.  Warm air and ocean breezes leave you no choice but to relax.

Insider Tip - Great Deals on Scuba Gear
If you need snorkeling or scuba diving gear plan to stop at Divers Direct in Key Largo. It’s a huge store with top quality masks, fins, wet suits, tanks, and all kinds of cool water sports equipment. And the prices are excellent.

Divers Direct - (305) 451-0118
99621 Overseas Hwy (US1)
Key Largo, FL 33037


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