Florida Keys Camping: Top Campgrounds in the Keys

    From primitive plots to fully equipped RV lots, find the Florida Keys camping experience to fulfill your tropical wishlist.

    The Florida Keys is not a place that you need to persuade people to visit. The name conjures unbelievably blue waters, drinks served in coconuts and postcard-perfect sunsets. The best way to cross these classic scenes off your bucket list? Grab a tent – or jump in your RV – and go camping in the Florida Keys.

    Whether you’re looking for a rugged adventure or just want to save a few dollars, campgrounds in the Keys are as diverse as the islands themselves – from primitive and no frills to sites that can accommodate the largest recreational vehicles. Book your trip early, because these places fill up fast.

    Campgrounds are listed from northeast to southwest

     

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    Explore by kayak or boat at John Pennekamp State Park.

    Donna McLaughlin Arnold

     

    John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

    Snorkeling and diving at John Pennekamp state park is heavenly. Pennekamp is the gateway to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the only living coral reef in the continental United States. Hop aboard a glass-bottom boat, take a kayak trip through the mangroves or lounge on Cannon Beach. Tent, RV and group campsites are available.

    If you go: 
    U.S. 1 Mile Marker 102.5, Key Largo
    305-451-1202
    floridastateparks.org/pennekamp

    Long Key State Park

    If you want to explore the middle Keys, Long Key State Park is a perfect home base. It’s located between Islamorada and Marathon at mile marker 67.5, providing easy access to some of the best fishing in the Keys. Sixty full-facility sites are available, offering picnic tables, grills, water and electricity. For a spectacular view of Long Key, head out to the observation tower on the 1.2-mile Golden Orb hiking trail.

    If you go:
    67400 Overseas Highway, Long Key
    305-664-4815
    floridastateparks.org/longkey

    Knights Key RV Park and Marina

    Located in Marathon, this laid-back park has been a Florida Keys camping destination for over 50 years. It offers an old-time Florida vibe, easy access to both the Gulf and Atlantic, and is the home port for the Pigeon Key ferry boat, which offers numerous daily trips to historical Pigeon Key.

    If you go: Knights Key RV Park and Marina
    1 Knights Key Blvd, Marathon, FL 33050
    305-743-4343
    www.knightskeyrvresortandmarina.com

     

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    Coconut palms and clear blue waters surround the Old Bahia Honda Bridge at Bahia Honda State Park.

    Florida Department of Environmental Protection

     

    Bahia Honda State Park

    One of the most scenic places in all of the Keys. Get a lay of the land from a section of the Old Bahia Honda Bridge, part of Henry Flagler’s East Coast Railway. In addition to the excellent full-facility camping, you can take advantage of snorkeling, birding, swimming and fishing. Even trips to the coral reef are available.

    If you go:
    36850 Overseas Highway, Big Pine Key
    305-872-2353
    bahiahondapark.com

    Sugarloaf KOA

    A half-hour north of Key West, Sugarloaf KOA is a great base for camping in the Florida Keys with sites for both tents and RVs. This is a terrific location for those wanting to explore both Key West and spots in the middle Keys. It also offers a number of fun and convenient features, including an interactive dog park, bike rentals and a tour shuttle. Want to stay in an Airstream trailer? Sugarloaf KOA has several of these classic silver beauties fully outfitted and ready to rent.

    If you go:
    251 State Road 939, Sugarloaf Key
    Reservations: 800-562-7731
    Information: 305-745-3549
    koa.com/campgrounds/sugarloaf-key

    Boyd’s Key West Campground

    Just a few minutes from Duval Street, this is a prime location for experiencing all the excitement and activity of legendary Key West. Boyd’s Key West has been around since the 1960s and offers all the amenities you’d expect from one of the top campgrounds in the Keys. The lush, tropical grounds feature oceanfront campsites, free Wi-Fi, a boat ramp and docks. Need a lift? City bus service runs to Boyd’s, making travel around Key West a breeze.

    If you go:
    6401 Maloney Ave., Key West
    305-294-1465
    boydscampground.com

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