9 Parks near Long Key, Florida
Apr 2016 - $43.00
We spent a wonderful two weeks in an oceanside site (all sites in this park are oceanside). Our site was rather narrow, and if we had slides we would not have had room to fully deploy our awning. Since we don't have slides, the only problem the site presented was a tight squeeze to back the rig in. Other sites seemed to be wider, so it will be luck of the draw for you, since reservations are so difficult to procure. Once in place, we had a great time. The ocean is shallow and calm in this area, but the beach is covered with seaweed, which the park demands remain in place to preserve the natural ecosystem. We still managed to have room for chairs even at high tide. One discouraging note was the presence of rats after dark. One night we were sitting next to the picnic table after eating dinner, and watched as a bold rat climbed onto the table only five feet from our chairs and checked out our empty dinner plates. Other nights, the rats were seen running along the fence rails and in the trees. This is the only reason the park didn't get five stars for cleanliness, since the bath houses and rest of the areas were impeccably clean. - HabaneroMike
Mar 2016 - $38.00
This park is my least favorite state park in the Keys. The park manager needs some lessons in customer relations. The rangers here are the least helpful in all the parks we've stayed in. Most likely due to the poor management.
As far as the park goes there is not a lot to do here. The water level is so shallow you can walk out quite a ways and it doesn't get past your knees. Plus, although the bottom is sandy it is kind of mucky. If you where your flip flops in the water the mucky sand sucks them right off your feet. It feels like you're getting stuck. It is very weird being that everywhere else in the keys that we've been has a nice soft sandy bottom.
There is a lot of erosion going on so the availability of campsites that would fit our 30ft RV is becoming less every year. There are 60 sites in the campground. In the past there were at least 38 sites that would accommodate our RV. Now there are only 18.
The only reason I would camp here is because my husband likes to fish off the Long Key bridge. It is located only about a mile from the park. - misnowbird
Jan 2015 - $38.00
Another fantastic state park in the Florida Keys. The only down side is how hard it is to get reservations, especially if you have a large rig as less than half the sites can support something 35' or longer. All sites are right on the water, as in walk out of your door and 30 feet down a private path into the ocean. The water is very very shallow for a long way out making for fun casual wading. The facilities were clean and well managed. While we generally prefer Bahia Honda State Park to this one, both have their charms. I think the rate is $38, but all in after taxes its is $43. - ShellOnWheels
Jul 2016 - $90.00
We stay for two months in the winter, so we might have a different point of view from someone coming down for the first time. Yes the sites are very close to gether, but we don't come to Florida in the winter time for the size of the site. The weather is wonderful, the food is out of this world. And the vast majority of the people that work in Fiesta Key are very very nice. The people that you meet (Your neighbors) are also terrific. So, when you add up the beautiful weather, the terrific people and the incredible food. That's why we like Fiesta Key so much. Plus.... Location, location, location! - WMSmith
Apr 2016 - $42.00
Passport America use restricts site selection to the back-in section that doesn't have sewer connections. Absent PA, this place is too expensive. The sites in this area are very close together. 4 sites share a utility connection point so it is on the wrong side for two users and requires running long power cables and hose. It does have good cable TV. No WIFI, but AT&T data worked fine. The showers were clean but really need updating, and had no amenities at all: no soap dish, stool, even no clothes hooks.
The original site we were given was unusable because neighbors had encroached. Several sites were open so we moved. Management was certainly helpful, but the place really needs an escort service to insure that incoming campers set up correctly. Given how tight the spaces are, conflicts must be frequent.
The site was too narrow to get our big awning out, but it was so windy that we wouldn't have used it anyway. I had to trim a couple of limbs to clear the slides. Our mirrors hung over the end of the site which was supposed to accommodate 45'.
The park has three large tent camping sections that were very busy, a small marina where boats on trailers were coming and going and a small restaurant and bar. All together a very busy place on the weekend: lots of kids riding bikes, radios, grills going, family groups , etc.
That all said, the setting is spectacular, with panoramic views of the ocean complete with gorgeous sunsets. Our site was one row back from the waterfront sites and we had water views. - bobcovey
Jan 2016 - $100.00
Old run down park that needs lots of TLC. The spots are very close together - they have RVs back up next to each other so bedroom slides are sometimes just a few inches apart. It was very muddy and we witnessed several RV's have a difficult time getting out of their spots. There are two hot tubs but both are small and old. WiFi is offered in two spots and both are poor if there more than a few people using it. Make sure you have surge protectors on your electronics. - Wuzfuz1
Aug 2016 - $36.00
We camped at Jolly Roger for one week. They gave us the Passport America rate for four days and the regular rate for three days. The staff are very accommodating, polite, and work hard to maintain a clean, attractive park. There are a few permanent sites which are run down but on the whole it is an older, well maintained park.
There is a nice docking area for boats. There is an additional charge for docking your boat. I feel as if that should be included if you are camping here. The dog park is clean and mowed. If we camp down here again, it will be at Jolly Roger. - drewcher
May 2016 - $62.00
Great location Bay side with wonderful sunsets from the tiki hut island. Clean restrooms and showers updated recently. Good utilities/ electricity.
Very nice pool and patio. Available bike path nearby that will take you Marathon. Nice covered pavilion for groups right on the seawall next to the boat ramp. - ex777driver
May 2016 - $60.00
Our last stay here was 5 years ago. They gave since added a beautiful pool and more RV space. The staff continue to be very polite and helpful. We always stay in waterfront sites that allow you to pull in facing the water and sunsets. Sites are level with grass and cement patios. We need only gave a thirty footer and tow, however, these waterfront sites are very capable of harboring large tandem axle 40's with ease. Full service sites well marked and utilities in good locations on the site. Boat ramp out front next to the palapa park. We launched and kayaked to the mangroves from here. Spotless restrooms and laundry room with up to date digital washer and dryers. Great value here. - Ma and Pa
Marathon, Florida (map) | (305) 289-0011
Sites: 85 | Latest Rate: $60.00 | 3 Reviews
Mar 2015 - $60.00
Wish I'd read the earlier reviews about this place. It was almost impossible to get our 32ft fifth wheel into this space. Had it not been for 2 really helpful guys aiding me with the maneuvering, I would have given up and asked for my money back. It took almost 45 minutes of pulling and pushing and scuffing of tires to get the rig spotted, and at that point my truck was almost at 90 degrees to the camper. My two helpers said this happens all the time because the staff don't forewarn people that this is an old site that is mostly residential and the pitches are not big rig friendly.
Will definitely avoid this place in future. - Richard Bambridge
Feb 2013 - $42.00
Very nice park with access to Gulf of Mexico. Sites were small making it difficult to get into. However the staff was very helpful helping us. Very quiet park with friendly staff. Would stay here again and do hope to do just that. We were there for almost one month. The showers/bathrooms were always clean. - kayaker1
Feb 2009 - $55.00
We checked in to this place because it's by the keys. An affordable place, but we bet you can stay at much nicer places over there. The sites were pretty small and we barely could fit our 22 foot RV in. Imagine it with your bigger rigs. Lots of extended stays around. That didn't do the campground any good. They offered no wi-fi but we found some free connections anyway. The restrooms and showers were ok. We would not stay here again. - Barry & Diane
Jul 2016 - $100.00
This was our first time visiting the Keys and were not sure where to stay in our motorcoach. Going strictly off internet research we picked Grassy Key. Check in was fast and friendly. Sites are all gravel and we selected a waterfront site. They have a nice pool which felt refreshing in the warm July afternoons. - mummaiv
Feb 2016 - $30.00
Very friendly staff. Guided us to our site. Easily allowed us to change dates when schedule changed. Mainly full time park models with a few trailer/motor home sites. Good for one night stay traveling through. Site was large, gravel, with full hook ups. Picnic table was warped, peeling and assume not used. Not a destination campground. - NanciRV
Jan 2016 - $130.00
Small RV park with most sites close to each other, but not too close. Great gravel surface, level, with good hookups and cable (extra $), good WiFi. Laundry room was clean. Lots of people with pets, all were quite friendly. The park is right on the water but just like most of the Keys, no beach. There is a boat basin and small jetty. Iguana's in the mangroves. - RobtL
Sep 2015 - $38.00
We stayed here for a week. Very quiet small campground. All sites are easy to get into and very large. Bushes between the sites.I have an ATT hot spot and no problems getting service. The entire park is a small park with little traffic. Would stay here again. - Wandering
Apr 2015 - $17.00
Wonderful park in every way. Interesting reading negatives re: TV, Wi-Fi, full hookups, etc. Sewer not part of Florida SP with exception of ones that were previously private, e.g., Top Sail. The private parks on the Keys are expensive with close sites. Curry Hammock is a gem. - judy p
Mar 2015 - $26.00
We were lucky enough to be there when they had a star gazing group. We couldn't get enough of star gazing and were up at 3 am outside our trailer which was spectacular. The beach was long and great for kayaks. They have large Iguanas at the campground and on most of the keys so we had visitors to our campsite a couple of times. - Dog Lady
Jul 2016 - $62.00
The park was nice. We enjoyed our time here with our son. We had a site by the water and that was a treat at all times. We were able to walk into the water, although it was not sandy it was like clay. It was fun. There was a nice breeze. The men's restroom had a strong urine odor for the majority of the stay. And the toilet stalls were not big enough. My son was concerned of anyone walking in while he used it. This is when we asked that he not go there anymore unless there was an emergency. The showers were clean but the curtains were too narrow and there was no privacy to change in either restrooms (female or male). Another good point is that you can just bike or walk to the bridge and fish. My son enjoyed that a lot. There is a grill within walking distance. I did not go to it so have no recommendations on that. I guess that I would come back at some point. There is not much for kids to do here and there is no pool either. I did like that there is security at the entrance and the garbage gets picked up in the morning at your site if you do not want to go for a walk. The beach, well that was not very attractive, it was more like a jump into the ocean with no clarity as to what is underneath. Some people like that, I like to see what is there when I jump. Overall , it was nice. - AngelY
Jun 2016 - $60.00
My comments are not up to date and guessing on the rate as we paid by the month. We have been coming to this place a lot since 2001 when we got our RV. We have stayed on the water and in the infield section. We last were there February 2014 and really like this place. Sadly, it has been sold and will be developed into a resort so the park will be gone. We have reserved a site this coming winter. Thank goodness. It is not a fancy rv park and not a resort type facility, but the staff is great, the campers are almost like family and I cannot wait to return. Thank goodness they come and pump you out or we'd have to leave in 4 days. - LindaVA1
Dec 2015 - $110.00
The check in lady & twice a day garage pick up was the things that were good about this park. Paid for water front site that turned into a mud hole at low tide with the smell of dead fish. No one there to help find my site & the site required backing in on the blind side, site was level. Bath rooms always had water on the floor, showers didn't have an place to put clean clothes while showering. Bath room had a 25 foot extension cord nailed to the wall to run a window AC...would not stay there again. - TBrown
Sep 2016 - $15.00
We were so excited when we pulled into the campground. We had the entire campground to ourselves! And when we opened our truck doors, we found out why--NP Welcome Committee consisting of 10 million mosquitoes. So I'd advise not camping here in September. Only a few sites had been mowed, so tall grass was everywhere. We only stayed two days because it was impossible to avoid the mosquito swarms. If you could find out the mosquito level and camp when the level is low, this would be a great campground. - Traveling Warrior
Apr 2016 - $15.00
We arrived on the last day when you need to have reservations, and then stayed for 4 more days. There were about 10 other campers when we were there, so the place really cleared out at the beginning of April. The T (for Trailer) loop has electricity at the sites. You can fill up with water at the bath houses, and there is a dump station. This is NPS, so it is no frills camping. You are at the end of a 38 mile road in the Everglades. Fill up with gas and do your grocery shopping before you come. Flamingo is on the shores of beautiful Florida Bay. The Flamingo marina is just a mile or so away. Bring your bicycles, it helps to get around the Flamingo area. We kayaked in Florida Bay, and did a lot of bird and animal watching. The bugs were bad at dusk on the fringes of the campground near the trees. The campground ranger and camp host were very helpful and friendly. There are vultures everywhere in the Everglades. It was comical to see them sitting on the top of the bathhouse roof in the campground. - ShoreXplorers
Apr 2016 - $15.00
The large campsites offer little privacy but have extremely easy access. A site with electricity probably requires a reservation. There is no water at the campsite, so we filled our tank upon arrival. We also brought drinking water with us as we'd heard the water was not great. The bugs weren't too bad, but we were out toward the center of the T loop where the ranger said the problems were less. One downside is no phone, no wifi, and no TV. We enjoyed the kayaking and fishing very much, plus all the great bird and animal viewing. We took the boat trip out into Florida Bay which was nice. We had done the backcountry trip a few years back. The store has a few basics, plus lots of souvenir times. A small restaurant offers pizza, burgers, fries, and even beer. This is one of the very best values for camping in this part of Florida, for sure! I expect this campground might see more business as 2 of the large RV parks in the Keys are closing this year, so campsites in South Florida will be at a premium during the winter season. It's not for everyone, however, as it is quite remote to shopping and services. - Bernalillo_Girl