Thursday, October 19, 2017 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

Best Camping Spots in the Florida Keys

The state of Florida has long been known for its tropical weather and sunshine, which makes it a premium camping destination. Anyone who ventures to this southern state will find themselves being drawn to the Keys, where the camping is as diverse as the area itself.
 

Here are the best camping destinations in the Florida Keys:

1    John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

This state park has the only living coral reef in the continental United States, which makes it a fabulous camping destination for snorkelers and divers. Campers also have a choice of riding in a glass bottom boat, paddling a kayak through the warm blue waters, or spending time in the sun and the sand on Cannon Beach.
 
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
2    Long Key State Park

Smack dab in the middle of the Florida Keys is Long Key State Park. This is a perfect spot for those campers who wish to explore the Keys from top to bottom. While the fishing is excellent anywhere in the Keys, many people say it’s the best at this location. Visitors who want to see a phenomenal panoramic view of the Long Key area will want to venture out along the Golden Orb hiking trail to the observation tower.
 
Long Key State Park
3    Sugarloaf KOA

This amazing campground is only a half hour North of Key West, so it is wonderful for those people who want to explore both the middle Keys and Key West. There is a full-service marina where campers can launch their own boat or rent one for the day. Diving, fishing, and snorkeling are all popular water activities, as is kayaking and paddleboarding. The two most used sites at Sugarloaf include the Tiki Hut Pub, which serves delicious pizza, and the interactive dog park.
 
Sugarloaf KOA
4    Boyd’s Key West Campground

The oceanfront campsites in this tropical wonderland are only part of the fantastic sights that campers will see while they are staying at Boyd’s. This campground has been open for more than fifty years and they strive to make everyone’s getaway one to remember. Families with children will appreciate the free wireless internet that the campground offers.
 
Boyd’s Key West Campground
5    Jolly Roger Travel Park

The Jolly Roger has eleven acres filled with spacious sites with grass and no gravel. Everyone has easy access to the boat ramps and the docks, so that they can quickly get their boats out into the water. Anyone who wants to be out of the ocean, but still enjoy the water, can swim in one of the two on-site swimming pools.
 
Jolly Roger Travel Park
6    Grassy Key RV Park and Resort

Grassy Key is a wonderful place to set up camp, especially for those who want to explore the sights from Key Largo to Key West and everywhere in between. Campers can relax at the swimming pool, play in the white sand at the beach, participate in water sports, go sightseeing, and enjoy delicious cuisine at the numerous nearby restaurants. The one thing that many campers rave about at this campground is the magnificent sunsets over the Gulf that can be seen from numerous sites.
 
Grassy Key RV Park And Resort
7    Key Largo Kampground and Marina

While the forty acres of foliage and tropical paradise is beautiful at the Key Largo Kampground and Marina, many people travel there to take advantage of all the diving activities in the area. Key Largo is Florida’s Dive Capital and people can choose from more than twenty-five diving shops and charters. Of course, campers can also go fishing, scuba diving, or watch the marine life from the shoreline.
 
Key Largo Kampground And Marina
8    Dry Tortugas National Park

This national park is near the Keys, and not in the Keys; however, a person can only get there when they take a ferry from the Keys to the island. This is camping, plain and simple, and no one will find too many comforts of home on this island. Instead, campers will find tranquility, multiple bird watching opportunities, and lots of Civil War history at Fort Jefferson.
 
Dry Tortugas National Park

Camping means many different things to everyone. Some people enjoy camping in a tent, while others could only do it if they had all the amenities from home inside their own RV. The one thing that everyone can agree on though is the fact that camping allows people to spend more time together whether with family or friends. There are not as many interruptions from the real world at campgrounds and everyone has more time to relax and forget about everything else.

Anyone who has never been camping or if it has been a long time, may want to consider trying one of these campgrounds in the Florida Keys. There isn’t a more beautiful place to start.
 

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