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Old 11-19-2017, 12:04 PM   #1
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Not anytime soon but one of these days, the wife and I wish to go further south than Disneyworld. I love Florida trips in the wintertime and doing the Keys seems only logical. But with that big of a commitment, I want it to be right.

We don't drink at all and have no desire to do the saloon scene. I've "heard" many places are just one constant "Jimmy Buffet" fest. Not our thing.

For those who have done it, is it worth it? Do you have to stay in something like that Bluewater Resort to be somewhere really nice? I just don't want to drive 1000 miles and end up being disappointed. Thanks.

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Old 11-19-2017, 12:18 PM   #2
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We're from the Tampa area, so Key West is close-ish, but we've only camped down there once. We stayed at Boyd's for a few days and then Pennekamp SP for a few.
If you're not into the beach or water-based activities it might be somewhat boring, but everyone is different. There's a fair amount of history type stuff to check out. We did one of the bus tours which was interesting. We were there in the summer so it was mostly beach, scuba, dolphin tour, etc.

Hopefully by the time you go, they'll be mostly recovered from Irma.

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Old 11-20-2017, 03:32 PM   #3
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If you're going to Key West, Bluewater is the place to stay. It's really that dang nice! Been there twice, they have buckets full of my money and I'd go back in a heartbeat if I could justify the cost.

Though, people stay all over and have been happy about it.

The state parks are supposed to be really nice. I just can't fit, for the most part, at 42'.
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Old 11-20-2017, 03:56 PM   #4
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Been going to the Keys for a week in the winter the last 20+ years...tent camping the first 17 or so and now a TT. Fiesta Key is at MM70, between Islamorada and Marathon. Swimming pool, 2 hot tubs, bar and grill on site.
Lots to do in the middle keys. We always take one day and do a Key West to take bikes to get around KW when you go.

Great places to eat...Blue Heaven and El Siboney in KW...Hungry Tarpon in Islamorada...and world famous conch chowder at Mrs. Mac's Kitchen in Key name a few.

The Keys got knocked around pretty hard this hurricane season. They are still recovering but will greatly appreciate all comers as they mend. We've had our annual trip (about 25 of us go) planned for the 1st week in Feb. for over 6 months now...looking forward to it again...

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Old 11-20-2017, 04:34 PM   #5
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As Doug said, Bluewater is super nice but have a thick wallet. It is expensive. (but worth it)
Keys Palms R/V Resort is nice too but also pricey (not quite as much as Bluewater) and not as many sites. Both are higher end resorts and don't allow PUPS, Tents or most hybrids.

Jolly Roger on Marathon is nice, we'd go back there.
We also stayed twice at Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge & R/V Resort but I believe it is still closed after Irma went through.

We drove through John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and thought it was nice but were never able to find an empty spot available when we wanted to go.
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Old 11-20-2017, 05:12 PM   #6
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These posts encourage me. I was really worried it would be one big party scene. But the things tony5oh mentioned in his post are perfect for us. Not to mention the restaurants listed by windsurfdog. Makes me hungry just reading it.

So its a definite but not sure how soon. I have read on several campground websites about the hurricane and it definitely sounds like they got banged up pretty good.

Thanks everyone. Hopefully one of these days, I'll be posting about our trip.
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Old 11-21-2017, 03:37 PM   #7
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Used to go down to Key West a couple of times a year when my brother owned a B&B down there, Artist House. Never camped, that's a long ride from Buffalo, NY, but dang it was great going down in late February/early March. To me its worth going to just for the weather and relaxation. Places to see and things to do like taking a snorking tour, highly recommended, sunset cruise on a restored of replica four mast schooner, parasailing, or fishing charters. Or, you can rent a nice 19 foot boat to do a little water side exploring of the area. The restaurants alone almost make the trip worth while guaranteed to satisfy any pallet out there. Shops, the people, museums and oh, did I mention the beautiful weather. First time down there just after New Year's my other brother and I laughed listening to the soft jazz radio station Conk FM weather's hi 76 low 72, tomorrow's hi 75 lo 73....long range forecast hi mid 70's low's in the low 70's. How can you beat that!
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Old 11-21-2017, 03:58 PM   #8
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We took the trip down to the keys from NC this summer. We stayed at the Blue Water Key resort. I knew if my husband was driving that far we better be staying some place worth it. It was worth it! Such a beautiful place. Once in a lifetime trip for us.
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Old 11-29-2017, 11:21 PM   #9
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We are heading down in January for a week at Boyd’s on Key West. DW and I have been there twice before, but not Camping. We plan to explore some other keys while there. Lots to do and see in the keys. Has anyone stayed at Boyd’s?

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