We have stayed in hundreds of campgrounds over the years, but I must say this was our worst experience ever. This is a county run campground. We arrived at this campground about dusk in the pouring rain. After checking in at the office, we proceeded to our assigned site. Upon arriving at said site, it was occupied by a large motorhome. We go back to the office to advise them of this only to be told that we had to be mistaken as their information had it being vacant. We were told to go back and make sure we were at the right site. We did and yes the motorhome was still there. We go back to the office only to be told agin that we had to be looking at the site numbers wrong. The man who was working in the office actually went outside to check as he did not believe us. He came back in and offered no opology, just assigned us another site. We go to that site only to find that the adjacent site had their boat and truck parked on it. We go back to the office, again to be assigned another site. We go to that site only to find it was standing six inches deep in water. It had been raining for thirty six hours and most of the campground was flooded. Keep in mind that this was the third camp site we had been assigned. We go back to the office for the fourth or fifth time as I had done lost count by this time to be assigned another site, our fourth site. It was now almost two hours since we first arrived and it was raining cats and dogs. The next morning the rain had stopped, but most of the campground had standing water everywhere. The bathrooms were dirty and the showers were unclean and one had a broken showerhead. Another issue I had. When you check in at this campground you have to have a drivers license or a picture ID of everyone over 16 of age who is in your party. They actually make a photocopy of your ID. I have been to other campgrounds where they will ask to see your ID, but have never had them make a copy. I told the gentleman in the office I was uncomfortable with them making copies of our drivers license. I was told that was their policy and if I had a problem with it, I could go on down the road to the state campground. We took his advice and left after only one night. I would not recommend this campground to anyone and we will never stay there again.
We love this campground. We have stayed at this campground for the last eight years. They have fourteen waterfront sites. They have no shade. Anything over thirty foot would have a hard time navigating these sites. Their pull thru sites are huge. You could easily put two forty foot rigs on one pull thru site. Some sites have some shade. Their parking lot is huge, so if you get there a little early, they will allow you to park in their parking lot until your site becomes available. Fishing is great. They have several fishing piers you can fish from. You can see manatees and dolphins playing in the water. No seeums are really bad here in the warmer weather. They do not spray for the no seeums nor mosquitos, so take your own spray and foggers. I have not been in any Florida State Parks where they sprayed for bugs. Camphosts do a great job in keeping the bathrooms and sites clean. There are two bath houses with washers and dryers. You are about fifteen miles from both Vero Beach and Sebastian.
This is an excellent campground in the Keys. All sites are beachfront. Beautiful views. The first 6-7 sites they do keep for tent campers, even though they are rv sites. Some sites have lots of shade and some sites have no shade what so ever. Bathrooms are kept very clean. Beaches were very dirty as most beaches in the Keys are. Sandspurs are really bad so if you take your dog be prepared to be picking sandspurs out of their fur. Camphosts here seem to assume they have more authority than the rangers. Take extra books as book exchanges are very popular here. Fishing is very good if you go out of the campground and fish off the bridge. We plan on going back to Long Key if we can ever get reservations again. Very hard to get into any of the state campgrounds in the Keys as they are so inexpensive. Even though this campground advertises as having a few drive in sites for one night only stays, they don't.
We have stayed at this campground several times. A really nice place. Everything is clean and the staff is very friendly. Just make sure when you turn in from Hwy 53, the main road of the interstate, don't make the mistake of stopping at that campground-go on around the road about a mile and Jelleystone will be down on the left. The first campground is not a place I would recommend. Lots of permanent house trailers and older run down campers.