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deadticket8

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I am interested in spending a few nights tent camping in the keys this coming fall/winter and I suppose I better make ressies real soon. Any suggestions? I will be traveling with a dog so it has to be dog friendly and I lean towards state cgs for financial reasons but if is going to be hot maybe I should think about a tent site with electric? Any suggestions welcome.

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Jolly roger tent camp sites are right on the bay w/electric.

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Bahia Honda State Park has 30 tent only sites, but it is hard to get a site. Start now and check every few days.


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Long Key State Park is ideal for tent camping. Right on the water and not as busy as the others.


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Dog Folks wrote:

Bahia Honda State Park has 30 tent only sites, but it is hard to get a site. Start now and check every few days.


Love Bahia Honda .... been there a bunch of times. The Travel Channel says Bahia Honda is one of the top 10 beaches in Florida.


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I have to agree with the others on Bahia Honda. Just be careful if you take a nighttime walk on the old bridge. There's one step that is a doozy.





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NCWriter wrote:

I can honestly say no one at any FL ( or other such) state park has shown even the slightest interest in our evening glass of wine at the campsite.

Whenever I see those rules at state, provincial or NPs, I figure they are covering themselves when it's time to toss out the rowdy drunks.


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Keep in mind that all Florida State Parks forbid the posession or consumption of alcohol within the park. There are other fine private options both to the south, and to the north, of Bahia Honda. Good snorkelin' though!

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I can honestly say no one at any FL ( or other such) state park has shown even the slightest interest in our evening glass of wine at the campsite.

Whenever I see those rules at state, provincial or NPs, I figure they are covering themselves when it's time to toss out the rowdy drunks.


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If you are flexible for fall (not just winter), you may still be able to get state park Keys sites here and there on weekdays after school is back in session on up to a week before Christmas. The park manager at Bahia Honda told us recently that they do often have availability that time of year. You can tell fast by checking each park's web site.

Yes, Sept/Oct/early Nov is hurricane season and it may be hot, too. The other downside is that more activities are scheduled during winter months.

Right now, everything is full for RV sites in the Keys SPs for January and February 2014 up to February 9 which opens for bookings tomorrow. But tent-only sites may still be available.

Long Key is great, also Curry Hammock and John Pennekamp. If I were you, depending on length of time you have open, I would start at Pennekamp and work my way south to Bahia Honda, staying a few days (or longer) at each one. They have individual personalities but all are enjoyable stays.

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