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Old 02-29-2016, 03:35 PM   #11
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Are there any No See'ems (very tiny bugs with very big bites) there?
You might run into sea lice that get on your skin, but no. Having lived in Florida my whole life I was never introduced to No seeums until I moved to NC!
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Old 02-29-2016, 03:50 PM   #12
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Or in May and Sept you get bombed out with those disgusting love bugs that splatter all over the front of your vehicle and even get into the house on the back of you shirt. And the odor they leave uggh.
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Old 02-29-2016, 04:19 PM   #13
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We've camped in the keys at least a dozen times, always jan-april. Our 1st trip was in 1972.

We prefer Long Key state park, but if we can't get in there, Jolley Roger is a nice, clean we'll run camp ground.

As for no-see-ums: they are there no doubt. But the thing about the keys is there is almost always a breeze, one side or the other (gulf/atlantic). Any breeze at all keeps them... somewhere other than on you.

The worst times are after a rain shower with a calm. But they don't keep us away.

We are headed down March 17th. Can't wait!
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Old 02-29-2016, 05:39 PM   #14
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We go spring and fall months. If you can rangle a few nights at Bahia Honda SP that would be a huge plus. It's usually booked up but you can try.
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Old 02-29-2016, 05:54 PM   #15
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After having lived in Central Florida since 1998, I can offer only two things to watch for in your trip window:

1. Someone else mentioned love bugs. Take heed! They are truly nasty. Make sure you gave plenty of bug wash type washer fluid and a good windshield scrubbing brus as you're very likely to need to pull over at rest areas and clean them off so you can see. Also remember to clean them off the coach ASAP! Their bodies contain an acid that will eat through the paint rather quickly, especially if baked on by the sun. When you do wash them off, best thing to scrub them with is a dryer sheet - just abrasive enough to remove them but won't scratch the paint. Also, spray the area down and let the soapy water soak them for a while.

2. Hurricane season is June 1 to November 30. Expect a shirt rainshower daily, but it won't bother your plans. DO NOT ignore thunderstorms! If you're outside and see lightning, get under cover quickly. Florida us No. 1 for lightning strike deaths for a reason. If a storm is developing, don't even head that way. You don't want to be there if a storm is coming in and the non-residents will be the first to get mandatory evacuation

Beautiful place, though. Try to make it out to Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas. Really cool place. Have fun!
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Old 02-29-2016, 06:07 PM   #16
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After having lived in Central Florida since 1998, I can offer only two things to watch for in your trip window:

1. Someone else mentioned love bugs. Take heed! They are truly nasty. Make sure you gave plenty of bug wash type washer fluid and a good windshield scrubbing brus as you're very likely to need to pull over at rest areas and clean them off so you can see. Also remember to clean them off the coach ASAP! Their bodies contain an acid that will eat through the paint rather quickly, especially if baked on by the sun. When you do wash them off, best thing to scrub them with is a dryer sheet - just abrasive enough to remove them but won't scratch the paint. Also, spray the area down and let the soapy water soak them for a while.

2. Hurricane season is June 1 to November 30. Expect a shirt rainshower daily, but it won't bother your plans. DO NOT ignore thunderstorms! If you're outside and see lightning, get under cover quickly. Florida us No. 1 for lightning strike deaths for a reason. If a storm is developing, don't even head that way. You don't want to be there if a storm is coming in and the non-residents will be the first to get mandatory evacuation

Beautiful place, though. Try to make it out to Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas. Really cool place. Have fun!
Sounds crazy but after living in Florida for 30+ years I've learned that during our infamous love bug season that I will spray the front of our Motorhome with a couple of cans of Pam, except the windshield of course. Looks ugly as hell but when the season is over a light brushing with lots of water and they all wash away.
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Keys.

Best time? ... Anytime. Just remember....you're in the keys...go slow. Look. Listen. Be quiet. Adjust to the rhythm of sea and sky. You'll have a great experience .
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