Camping – The Keys

Dec 16-18.  Jolly Rogers and Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge.

From Upper Keys to the Lower Keys, the original plan was to camp in state parks (ie Curry Hammock and Bahia Honda state parks). However, these state parks were damaged by the hurricane and were just recovering. They just recently opened for day visits, but no overnight camping allowed yet. I was lucky enough to find some private RV camping sites where tent camping was also permitted. And the ones I found have good tent-only areas, partially away from the rest of the RV sites. The first was Jolly Rogers, and the second was Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge (which just recently opened after Irma). Although not the same as the state parks, I still enjoyed my stay in these campgrounds. I enjoyed a quiet sunset/twilight view at Jolly Rogers and a twilight/sunrise at Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge campsite. I even encountered some endangered Key deer, found only in the Florida Keys. And I got to visit the ever-popular No Name Pub in the Big Pine Key.

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Sunset @ Jolly Rogers
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Sunrise @ Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge

 

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