Tent site in the Florida Keys in April?? Help!
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Jan 29, 2014 at 12:00 pm #1312613Jeffs ElevenBPL Member
My brother in law is getting married in Orlando and my wife and I are gonna make the most of it with a trip to the Keys for a few days!
We are looking for tent sites and there aren't many! Even fewer still available. I was wondering if anyone around here knows of a place to put a tent down for a night or two- it would be amazing!
Let me know if you know of a good spot! Thanks!Jan 29, 2014 at 12:02 pm #2067577Ben CBPL Member
I've camped at Pennecamp on Largo but it was a long time ago. I think Big Pine Key has better spots.Jan 29, 2014 at 8:34 pm #2067777Jeffs ElevenBPL Member
We area actually thinking of canceling our Key adventure because of the lack of camping sites that don't suck and/or aren't too expensive.Feb 21, 2014 at 10:01 am #2075726
Go native. Get a hammock. Pitch anywhere, even over water in mangroves. Mind the tide, though.
Do you think you could get to Dry Tortugas?
Taking the ferry is $170, so I doubt you'd call that cheap, but if you can get dropped off and picked up by a friend with a boat it might work for you.
Or there is good camping in Everglades NP, IIRC from researching the Wilderness Waterway. Most require access by boat, but not all.Feb 21, 2014 at 10:37 am #2075735Tim ZenSpectator
Tell us the rats are not an issue on the dry tortugas.Feb 21, 2014 at 1:05 pm #2075762
OK. The rats are not an issue on the Dry Tortugas.
Of course, I have no idea if that is actually true or not, but you said to tell you that… :)
I've never been there, but it is a place on my list. I'd prefer to hit the Wilderness Waterway first, though.Feb 21, 2014 at 3:48 pm #2075795Will WebsterMember
A few years ago we rented a canoe in Everglade City and spent 3 days paddle camping the 10,000 Islands. Had a great time. You really have to consider the tides if you do this.Feb 21, 2014 at 8:40 pm #2075876Tim ZenSpectator
I had my wife up for this because her sister lives in FL. Then she read about the rats. Also no fuel on the boat except for charcoal.
And no reservations. Sort of a free for all. Then the 24 generator at the coast guard station. Why would you ever leave CO? I can't get past the rats.
However. It does sound really amazing.Feb 22, 2014 at 9:31 am #2075997
What I read regarding the ferry said "no pressurized gas canisters", which leads me to believe that alcohol or even white gas might be acceptable. I'd ask first, though.
The 10,000 islands and Everglades City is the northern terminus of the Wilderness Waterway, which runs from there to Flamingo. Which, I would propose, sounds very interesting even if it is not in Colorado… :)
But more seriously, my parents tend to winter in Florida, so I'd have a built-in shuttle service to kayak the Waterway and I'd really like to take advantage of that at some point.Feb 24, 2014 at 6:20 am #2076503Nathan WattsBPL Member
Not in the Keys, but I camped here as a kid. I thought the island was amazing. You can get there by ferry.Feb 24, 2014 at 6:27 am #2076505Will WebsterMember
We spent a night at Cayo Costa a few years ago; you have to stay in the campground and it gets a lot of partyers but we enjoyed it. You can rent a kayak and paddle around the island.Apr 3, 2014 at 9:47 am #2089213J MagMember
Can you really overnight in the Tortugas?
I have been there a few times for snorkeling/ diving but it is a pretty small island and I would be surprised if there wasn't a law about it. Figured I would have seen tons of people doing it if not.
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