Absolutely beautiful! We camped in site 15 Buttonwood on the water. That was the best snorkeling spot in the whole park! I would have given it a 10 if they had sewer hookups. Also, the dump station should be located on the road leaving the park, not in the middle of the campground in my opinion. The poor people camped next to it have to put up with the smell and engine noise of those using the facilities. I would not recommend using the campsites near the cabins. Those sites are extremely small and the bugs are horrible. The other campsites on the beach are nice and tucked into the shade which you will need in that heat. I can see why it is so hard to get a site here. We lucked out and booked a week when someone else cancelled. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Roads are very tight pulling a 30' trailer and backing into the sites. Sites are very close together, however, you hardly know that your neighbors are there due to dense vegetation between sites. Water service is at the front of the site and for every other space is on the wrong side of the campsite. Bathrooms showed their age, but were tolerable though the showers could use a good cleaning with bleach to get the old mold discoloration off. Beaches are very small compared to what I expected from the brochures. Of course the main attraction here is the location. It is 37 miles from Key West and all the activities along the way. I definitely recommend the snorkeling trip to Looe Key that you can take directly from the park. The staff at the park were all extremely friendly and helpful as well. If this park were located anywhere else I would probably give it a lower rating, but of course it is all about location in the Keys. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Tough to expect more from a state park. Although the sites were gravel, and a bit tight for a 39' RV with 5 slides, we were able to make it with room to spare. Each site is separated by a thick hedge on 3 sides, so you get a pretty private setting. There is a marina / snack shop. Because of the way the park is situated, you can swim/snorkel even if the wind is blowing 20 mph. If too windy, walk over to the other side of the island where it is calm. For the most part the campsites are protected. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We loved our stay here, love the location, close to Key West. Site 25 was large and has a nice waterfront area with beautiful sunsets. The water connection is located front left side (hose crossed site). The electric is located front right, we needed an extension cord. 50 amp power was good. The bath house was extremely clean and nice. We put Plexiglas panels in our screen door to keep the no-seeums out. Bug spray is a must. It's hard to get reservations but don't give up, it was worth the being denied every morning at 7:59:59 for a month plus to spend a week in paradise! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Bugs, bugs, bugw!!! especially the no see ums are terrible, we came away bit to death!!! Also the seaweed on the beaches was real bad. Other than that it was fantastic, a "must go" at least once in a lifetime. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Paid FL Senior rate which made for a great value in the keys. We had a nice wide and level 50 amp site with water. Sites vary in size quite a bit here and no sewer sites are available. Traffic noise is not as bad as some reviews indicate. It gets pretty quiet late at night and we could hear the ocean. No TV reception, but Verizon cell and broadband were both very good. For great happy hour prices and food specials try Springer's on Big Pine Key. It is the best bet around and they have the NFL package and great people there. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Of the four Florida State parks in the Keys, this is our least favorite, though it does have a nice beach. Waterfront sites are very tough to snag, and even though we had one which had to be reserved well in advance, you are looking at and hearing the Overseas highway bridge. Interior sites near the two big dumpsters, bathrooms, and dump station are smaller and the smell from the dumpster is overpowering when it is hot. Can't figure out why they would put the dump station and especially the dumpster in the middle of the campground. Extremely busy on the weekend, with a lot of day use people. We will stick to the other three parks from now on. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Only stayed here one night, but what a beautiful park! Wish I could have stayed longer, but was traveling & had reservation in northern FL. The people were so very nice. I plan to come back again if I can get reservations. I was lucky enough to get a cancellation. This is a must see state park & in the keys!! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This campground offers sites with water and electric hookups for RVs and dumping station in the Buttonwood area and primitive no-hookup tent campsites facing Sandspur Beach. All campsites offer far more space and privacy than any of the commercial ones that we saw on the main Route 1 highway. Charcoal grills and picnic tables are included. A few Buttonwood RV campsites face the sea, but they also face the busy Route 1 bridge. There is a small boat harbor and even boat slips for two or three campsites. Bathhouses are clean and reasonably modern. There is no coin-op laundry, but a washing sink is provided. The camp store sells gifts, no groceries or camping supplies but runs a snack bar. Free Wi-Fi is provided at the dive shop, adjacent to the store. Cellphone signals on Bahia Honda Key are poor. The Silver Palm Nature Trail is one the best I've seen. Natural beauty is everywhere. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park sits on a fantastic piece of waterfront real estate, that is a small undeveloped island aside from the park. Like most FL state parks it is on the rustic side and is meant for the outdoor lovers. If you are after perfect paved sites, planned activities, fancy bathrooms, and fully appointed clubhouses you will be disappointed. If you like beaches, boating, fishing, snorkeling, hiking and tropical settings this is for you. The bathrooms were clean and the electric worked fine. We made use of the onsite boat ramp and marina which is protected and calm. If you look at the map you see the bridge is very close by and since sound travels very well across water, you will hear traffic. It is a small price to pay for such a beautiful spot. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was our first visit to BHSP. If you are approaching the Keys from I-95, get onto the FL Turnpike as soon as possible. Miami traffic is busy. Be prepared for a unique geographical area. The campground is quite small and space is at a premium. Traffic noise from the bridge can be bothersome. Surprisingly we learned that the beaches on the Keys are quite small relative to those in most parts of Florida. However, swimming and kayaking are popular at the park. Marathon and Big Pine have tons of restaurants. Key West is less than an hour's drive. The tram ride there is the best way to get introduced to Key West. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Great campground. Stayed in site 43, a corner lot with a view of the water. Campground is near US 1, so some highway noise is heard. Seaweed was in, smell initially bad, but it grows on you. Fishing was good, but launching kayak on Atlantic side tough with the rotting seaweed. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We had a waterfront site but because water hookup is on one side of site at front and electrical is on the other side at the back, we were unable to drive in to put water view in right spot. The 50 amp electrical hookup was "compromised" and a visit to the ranger station brought a volunteer to fix it. Worked fine the rest of our visit. Showers were clean until the weekend when some slobs were camping. Highway noise was intrusive but didn't disturb sleep. Big rigs need to check size carefully, since there is no standard size. This is a wonderful park to use as a base for visiting Key West, about 30 miles south. Key deer can be seen around sunset on Big Pine Key. Even if sewer hookup was available this would not be a favorite park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice state park, and I actually got very lucky to get a site here. I kept checking daily until someone cancelled, and I snatched it up. The park itself is very nice, and the water around the island is beautiful. The site we had was a little small but adequate and level. There is no cable, and we couldn't get any local channels on our rooftop antenna. The bathhouses were clean but not air conditioned. Plenty of places to swim, hike, or kayak. The views from this island are spectacular! I would gladly stay here again if I ever get the chance to return to the keys. I would've given it a 10 if they had full hookups and cable (or at least local channels available). Didn't bother me much, but the kids are lost without TV. Overall, a very nice park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The location of this campground is awesome, but the sites themselves leave a little to be desired. We were lucky enough to get a waterfront site (for prime seasons you MUST reserve sites 11 months in advance - try working on two computers at the same time when the reservations open at 8 am). The sites are designed with the electric hookups in the right rear; therefore if you want to pull into the site to take advantage of the water view, you must have extra electric cable. The water hookup is in the front of the site near the road, so you must have extra water hose. Also the campground is right under the Bahia Honda bridge, so the traffic noise can be quite loud. The park staff was very friendly and helpful. I don't think we would stay here again - would try another campground closer to Key West. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The rating is for the CG and not the park (which is great and has lots of fun activities). Our site, #26, was short (maximum length ~28') and narrow; site was level and made of gravel/dirt. The electric was good but the water connection was in the front of the site, more on the road than the site, so a long hose was needed. CG feels cramped but you can walk out to the main road for more space. Some of the sites were double-wide while others were pretty narrow so you may want to check the information on Reserve America beforehand to make sure your slides will fit. No laundry facilities. For activities, we really enjoyed the water, the star talk and the kayaking but the CG was pretty so-so. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Great park! Fantastic beach, lots of activities, clean restrooms. Sites are nice and most are reasonably private. Water hookups are not necessarily conveniently located, so we had to park at a weird angle. Next time, we'll bring some extra hose. This is a popular park, so advance reservations are needed (we booked 11 months ahead). We will definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Another fine Florida State Park. We stayed in site #13. It is a large site (we are a 40' rig towing a vehicle) in a cul-de-sac that backs up to the water. Plenty to do right here in the park. Key West is just a short drive. The water spigots are located near the road, not in the traditional locations near the electrical panel. We used 50' of hose to get to the fresh water hookup. Not a big deal but be sure you have plenty of hose with you. We loved our stay here. We will definitely come back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We loved camping here. It is a clean, friendly park and we wish we were going again soon. Very nice beach and a short stores and restaurants. We went one day to Key West and another we went to Robbie's and rented a kayak for $40 for 4 hours. Then we shopped the vendors and also had an entertaining meal watching everyone feeding the tarpon. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a beautiful Florida park. Our site was right on the ocean so we could snorkel right in front of our RV. The water was amazingly clear and warm. Sandspur beach has miles of untouched sand beach. Calusa beach is groomed and better for family swimming. The rangers and volunteers are great and happy to answer questions especially about nature in the park. We did experience no-seeums but only a couple of times during our 14 day stay. The breeze kept them at bay the rest. As already stated, you may need an extra hose to reach the water hook up. In order for us to drive nose into our site, a power extension cord was needed. The ocean sites are close to the bridge so there is some traffic noise. The park is full the whole year, so make reservations as early as possible or take a chance at a cancellation. We camped here in a Motorhome.
A very special place. As noted, sites are close to the Overseas Highway, so road noise reminds that you are not alone. Sites are large and well screened for privacy. We were fortunate to get a waterfront site and pulled straight in so the front of the motorhome faced the water. Sublime. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Beautiful view from many camp sites. Great park. A couple of things to be aware of: there is a lot of road noise from the highway. Also, the water connection is a LONG way from the electric connection so you may need a longer hose. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I think this park gets rated so highly due to the location. It is an older park and not as nice as Curry State Park or Long Key. The sites are fine, look out for no see ums. There are 2 beaches but the shore line is not huge if you like walking on the beaches. Close 25 minutes to Key West. We like to kayak but found it quite windy when we were here. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This Florida State Park is terrific! Large sites with water and electric. Many sites are oceanfront. The sites are level and packed gravel/coral with vegetation walls between most of the sites. Larger motorhomes may have a problem fitting in some sites, but with creative positioning coaches up to 40' should be able to take advantage of this beautiful Keys park. Towns and stores are within 10 minutes both north and south on Route 1. The park's staff are friendly and very helpful with suggestions for restaurants and other needed facilities. Two minor problems. The first is, as everyone else has said, there are no sewer hookups. When your tanks are full you will have to raise the jacks and go to the dump station. The second problem is getting reservations. We made ours 11 months in advance using three computers. Only one computer got through. Make Bahia Honda State Park a stop when you are in the Keys. You won't regret it! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is an extremely nice state park. Most sites are double wide size and are surrounded by a ring of greenery. The showers are in excellent condition. Some sites are right on the ocean and have spectacular views. Like the previous poster said, the only thing that would make this park better would be sewer hook ups. I will stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is our first visit but won't be our last. We had a water site and parked facing the water. We enjoyed watching the sunset at night from our site. Lots of biking, walking, nice beaches, etc. Everyone from the check out to the store have been very friendly. I understand now why you have to make reservations 11 months in advance. The only item that could make this park better would be sewer hookups. We will return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We are here for 2 weeks. We booked this site in Jan 09. The previous reviewer stated he could get only one night but a walk up person got 2 weeks.That is the policy here. Walk ups can get available sites held back for this purpose. It's a crap shoot. If you come in without a reservation, you are taking your chances. Site just fit our 40ft motorhome with 50 amp and water. No sewer. We will enjoy seeing the Key's for these two weeks. Good luck on getting a site. Use Reserve America to see when sites are available. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I waited 2 years to get a site on a trip to the Keys. I was only able to book in advance for one night, but was discouraged by what happened when I was checking in. There was a gentleman from outside the states camping in a rental RV. He was able to book two weeks, just by walking up. Being a Florida resident, it's irritating that I could not get a site for more than one day on-line, booking more than six months in advance. I would rate this place a 10 if I could book more than One night with ease. The views here are excellent for sunset and sunrise. Kayaking was a 10. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a fabulous state park. So much to do inside the park that you don't really need to leave to have fun. Snorkel, swim, fish, bike ride etc. all great times. If you can get a reservation here, enjoy it! Be sure to bring sun and insect protection. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Although this park is very hard to get into (takes reservations up to a year in advance) we had a good time. The sites are small and in my case site #34 has to share the water hook-up with site #35, which means my water hose was too small and a trip into Marathon was made. Another down side is the dumpster is adjacent to the bath house and in the summer months those who dive for lobster and fish all day dump the remains in the dumpster and the summer heat can play cruel tricks on you during the day or night and the smell is bad. Other than that this is about the best overall camping area south of Marathon and north of Key West. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Very nice park but crowded most of the time. But if going to Key West about as close as you will get with out paying a lot more. The rangers are nice and the park is clean. The down side is that it is close to US one and the traffic noise is pretty loud. Other than that if there enduring the summer make sure to have mosquito spray and a good air conditioner. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Florida mile marker 37. This is a wonderful state park with over 80 campsites in three areas. Bayside without electricity (not for RV’s), Sandspur for tents, popups and vans with electricity and water and Buttonwood for everyone with electricity and water. Some sites face the gulf side and some of the tent sites face the ocean side. You can snorkel, bike, fish, swim, picnic, kayaking or hike up to the old bridge. There is a nature center with talks by the rangers. The water is like that beautiful carribean blue and in May it was enjoyable but still hot. We had site 12 where the little fishing dock was in back of and we could see both bridges (new and old) from our site. Very enjoyable three day stay. Checkout is at 1 and checkin at 3 but if you come in early you can enjoy the park until your site is cleared. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great location in Paradise! If you want a waterfront site directly on the water, this is the perfect spot. Fishing is great in the Bahia Honda Channel: grouper, tarpon, many reef fish. We were able to kayak directly from the site. There are 4 miles of road to bike on. There are 3 beaches with sand to chose from. You can snorkel from shore or sign up for an offshore tour. In addition, you are only 37 miles from Key West. If you are looking for a tent site avoid the Bayside Campground, it smelled like rotten eggs the entire week. Sandspur would be an excellent choice for tent or pop up campers. Buttonwood is for the RVs. Try to avoid the sites near the restroom since the dump station and garbage are also located there. I look forward to returning. You will probably need to reserve your spot 11 months in advance since this is a very popular and economical choice for the Keys. We camped here in a Motorhome.
One of the nicest Ocean side parks in the USA. Beautiful sites on the beach or very near the water. Great kayaking, fishing, boating, biking, sunsets. Nice beach. Very difficult to get in here; it is one of Florida's most sought after sites to camp not only because of its beauty but price. Sunshine Key RV park also on big Pine Key is $110 a night and it is a parking lot. We have camped on the beach here and if, like us, you always dreamed of camping on the beach, remember it can be windy here and the fine gulf sand that looks like sugar will drift around your tent like snow! We camped here in a Tent.
Nice paved interior roads & gravel camp pads. Dump site is easily accessible for big rigs. The beaches (3 of them ) are great as is the sunset from on top of the old bridge. Yes there is some road noise, but you are in the Key and almost everything is 'just off the hwy' . The only draw back to this park is that it is almost impossible to get a reservation for a site. Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance. We managed to get a site for 1 nite. (someone must have cancelled) Just for grins I checked the web site & discovered that this site is booked every nite for the next 11 months. So plan ahead if you want to stay here. FYI - if you are a tent camper - Sandspur sites 62-72 are RIGHT ON THE WATER and beautiful. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a beautiful campground. The sites a closer together than in some state parks, but had plenty of privacy because of the shrubs between the sites. The sites are quite level and clean but if you have a tent bring lots of spikes instead of stakes as the limestone is like cement. A great place to sit and enjoy a tropical paradise and sip a margarita! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Pros: Great winter weather. Friendly rangers with excellent ranger talks. Historic content preserved (Old railroad bridge). Nice Beach. Some spaces are right on the ocean! Boat launch ramp and place to park your small boat very close. Great fish restaurants nearby (Key Fisheries three times in a week). Fresh ocean breeze. Cool nights. Cons: Highway noise pretty severe in campground. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
After reading so many nice comments at Woodalls forums regarding Bahia, we weren't all that impressed. They had signs stating to conserve water and electricity, yet the mens bathroom had a missing shower head so the water would pour out. When this occured, the toilets wouldn't always flush properly. So to say the least, we had several occurences of plugged up toilets in both the mens and ladies bathroom, which weren't cleaned all that well. There are no doors or screens on the bathroom entry doors that made for some major bug problems with skeeters. Even the park staff said, they were the worst they had seen in years. They made sitting outside darn near impossible at times, especially in the evening's. As for the beach, if this is rated as one of the top beaches in the nation, they haven't seen some of the wonderful beaches along the Great Lakes, (of course the water is a little cooler). At high tide the beach was covered in seaweed, and had small bugs flying all around it. At low tide we could sit out in chairs in the water. The snorkeling was nice though. The ocean front sites have a great view of Hwy 1, with quite a bit of noise. We didn't realize how close the Hwy was going to be. We think we would have liked Long Key better since the view isn't wasted on a HWY. There is a dumpster in the area between sites 38 and 45 and the smell in this area was terrible. I wouldn't even consider a spot in this area as it was that bad. (Think rotting fish guts in 90 degree temperatures, and you'll have an idea). The camp store closes at 5 PM, doesn't carry any groceries, but ice is available. The kids liked getting ice cream, besides that the store was kind of worthless. We heard that there was a park ranger that patrolled the area. We only saw them on two occasions in 5 days, but there were no real problems with noise or rowdy's. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is our favorite place ever. Super clean. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Lots of events for all ages. Key Deer are amazing! Even if you don't have a boat there are rentals on the property. Lots of places to bike. Close to everything in the lower Keys. We can't say enough about how much we love it here. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This park has multi-generation returning guests who stay all season. We needed just a few nights but were able to get a reservation in the rustic section with no hookups which was fine and at a reasonable price for the Keys. After making a deposit, we noticed in the literature mailed to us that generators are not allowed at any time which made our stay a bit more challenging. Some campers return each year but use solar panels. No dogs are allowed, not a problem for us. Facilities are very nice, lots of winter activities, great for boaters. Management very well organized. We might return if we could ever get a site with electricity. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We very much enjoyed our stay here. The comments about tight maneuvering and parking are not exaggerated: it took a village to park our 34' motorhome. Motorhomes any larger are really not feasible, but longer trailers or 5th wheelers can be done because of the park's parking service. This means that you really can't count on day trips out in your motorhome. There is bus service around Big Pine and the keys, but no bus stop near the park. The park is right on the ocean, but not a beach per se. There is an excellent hiking trail with trails to the water, small fire pits on the water, and geocaching searches. The pool is nice, a bit on the small-side as is the playground. Recreation center includes pool table, ping pong table, a few arcade games, a large TV, and a rec room. The store is well stocked, with both food and supplies. There are boats that can be rented for days trips on the water. The Key Deer really do roam the park and are not afraid of the people, or campfires as we found out while roasting marshmallows on the water! We camped here in a Motorhome.
We spent six days camping here over Thanksgiving week. We loved it! Lots to do and see. Everything was spotless: the restrooms, rec room, pool area, etc. The camp store was very well stocked and the prices weren't highway robbery. Only 30 miles south to Key West and about two miles north to Bahia Honda State Park. The Key Deer were all over the place and very friendly. They often came walking through our campsite. No pets are allowed because of the deer. The RV sites were nice, but some areas are a little tight. The campsite offers a service where you pay them $15.00 and they place your camper in your spot using their tractor. If you have a long trailer like I do (30 ft), PAY THE MONEY! It was well worth it. Some of the sites are close to the Overseas Highway Bridge, so it's a little noisy for those sites; however, that wouldn't keep me from those sites as they are really nice. If you aren't into camping or have friends that want to vacation with you but who do not camp, Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge has very nice motel units and rental mobile homes. We'll definitely be going back. By the way, Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge does not have a website. It's all by word of mouth. It's a best kept secret! I give this place a 9 instead of a 10 because of the no-see-ums, the bridge noise and the sites being a little tight. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We have stayed many times and find it to be one of the most enjoyable trips we make. The owners are so very nice and the office staff is very helpful. The pool is upstairs above the game room and it's a gorgeous view from the pool. It is not part of the Encore chain and it is not run down in anyway. There are apartments you can rent, hint the name Lodge. I do not understand how anyone could mistake it for some of the others in the area. No pets because of the key deer that roam throughout the campground. Fabulous views of the ocean and the gulf when the seaplanes land. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I am really confused because I can not believe that the last reviewer actually stayed here. All I can say is that I have been familiar with this park for several years and stayed here a couple of times while in the Keys and I have never experienced anything like the last reviewer related except for the fact that most of the people who stay there are transients. They eventually move on and do not live there permanently. After all it is an RV park not an apartment building. This place is clean, friendly and in a great area. If you are towing a boat then this is the place to stay. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed at this park many years ago and it was private owned. It was very nice at this time. It was expensive but we didn't care because it was nice. We stayed there again this Oct. and it is owned by Encore. It has went down. The roads are full of pot holes, junk laying all over the place. Many of the sites look like they are occupied by refugees and transients. Latin music is playing loud all the time. The staff is very rude and most of the workers don't speak English. The pool was closed and so were many of the other areas such as the game room and canteen. I think the owners are using this place for a write off and don't care what it's like. It will be a long time before I go again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
If you tow a boat they will remove from motorhome with a small tractor, launch boat, park
trailer in storage lot and you can drive boat around to your camp site.Great service, marina and fuel on site. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here the entire month of January. People are very friendly and helpful. It's convenient to the Winn-Dixie and 2 drug stores. Key West is only 25 miles away. There are so many Key deer around, they are almost a nuisance. We enjoyed petting and feeding them. We had no problem parking our 40' rig on B-6. They have cable and Wi-Fi, and they both work great. The electric and cable is included in the price. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We weren't sure about this park when we arrived. We ended up in the back which is tight navigation. But once we got set up, we were happy. The pool is small and needs chairs but is clean and refreshing. The Key Deer come around every morning and evening and just hang out. The bus stop to Key West is just 1/2 block away. For the Keys, this is a reasonably priced campground. Sites are small but that's most sites in the Keys. The cable and Wi-Fi worked fine and the people are nice. We would camp here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Starting in May I had some business in Big Pine Key that required that I be there for a couple of months so I decided it would be more convenient and cheaper to bring my trailer. I happened upon Breezy Pines and because it was the beginning of the slow, summer season I was able to rent a nice, shady spot for $650.00 per month including water, electric, cable TV and wireless internet. The wireless is very strong and the connection has been great. I find it to be a bargain for the Keys. This is not a luxury park but the sites that are available are fairly large, generally clean and quiet. The bathroom facilities consist of one ladies and one men's and each has two showers. They are fairly clean and they are not used a great deal because most of the people that are here are permanent or semi-permanent. The park is oin the process of attempting to convert the sites to condominium and they are trying to sell each individual sites. However, there are some sites that are empty and available. I have been here for almost three weeks and have had no real complaints. There are laundry facilities, a large club house and the pool is very clean and nice. I was very hesitant about staying here because the park had never been reviewed, but I am very satisfied. The location is great and the price could not be better and the management is always around to make sure everything is OK. An extra benefit is the park is in the middle of the key deer habitat and the deer just walk all around the park and will approach you without fear. This is the off season and things could be quite different in the winter. I would be certain that the park is full in the winter and that the prices are much higher. For me this was a nice find and I would not hesitate to stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Without a doubt the noisiest RV park we have ever come across. Car noise, people noise and braking dog noise beginning before dawn. The park golf carts dragged garbage dumpsters through the park every day, and if you've ever heard that sound you know how obnoxious it is. The gravel sites were fairly level but tight. They call the sites pull throughs, but the gravel roads between rows were far too narrow for large rigs and we had to back out to leave. Utilities were strong. Bathrooms and showers were old but kept clean. The park is located only 1.5 miles from the beautiful Bahia Honda State Park, and 35 miles from Key West. The nearest grocery store is 8 miles south. Our rate was based on RPI membership. This park is far too noisy for us and we will not return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The best thing about this park is it's location on Ohio Key. Lots of good fishing, kayaking, snorkeling and water fun on the south side of the island. The sewer was being spilled onto the roads while we were there as they were backed up or plugged. This park is like a parking lot, so it doesn't have much of a tropical feel or park like setting. The mail room is open to anyone. There is no security when it comes to parcel or postal deliveries. anyone can help themselves to mail and packages. There seemed to be lots of issues with rules. The park is being allowed to rundown. Docks are sinking and the swimming dock on the channel is falling apart and closed. We have stayed here several times but do not plan to return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The only good thing about this campground is the location. Situated on a small key close to Bahia Honda State Park. This park is huge and has a unkept marina with boat launch. There are obviously many permanent residents who have constructed an assortment of structures, tents, with junk and tacky decorations everywhere. Sewer system was having major issues while we were there so it was difficult to spend time outdoors with the stench. RV sites are small sites with gravel, hardly any grass, vegetation around except for the pots purchased by the campers. The club house should be demolished. Bathrooms in the clubhouse by the pool were deplorable. Pool was the highlight of the park. It is pretty big with lots of chairs, tables. Sometimes it was so crowded that you needed to bring your own chairs. There is a cafe on site by the pool that offered very good food. Burgers, etc, and a few nights a week, they had prime rib, ribs, Service in the cafe was very good. Staff extremely friendly in the cafe as well. Would I go back? Probably not. Encore needs to clean this place up!!!!! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Unfortunately Sunshine Key has gone through a manager every year and the place, owned by Encore, really needs to be cleaned up. We have stayed here the past 4 years and this year it really took a dive. The sites were dirty, needing grass cut, trees trimmed, trash picked up, etc. Sewers backed up several times while we were here. The people in the office are very nice and helpful, but the grounds are a disaster. We picked up at least 150 zip lines and numerous bottle caps on our site, and had to request gravel as the site was muddy. Although they have a new clubhouse, their game room is disgusting. The bathrooms in the game room and off the pool are moldy and cruddy. Several activities, including line dancing, are held in the clubhouse and every time they had to call for someone to come and turn on the air conditioning. The classes are every Tuesday and Thursday, so one would think someone would be assigned the task without asking. They replaced the pool furniture but the heater on the pool doesn't always work and several woman complained. The laundry facility is antiquated and needs replacement. People come from outside the park and use the laundry facilities as there is no other one in the area. Security at the park is non-existent. Saw wind surfers come in several days, park their van in an unoccupied space while everyone else had to pay. There is no night security at all. Last year several people wrote letters to Encore documenting the problems to no avail. Encore is only interested in $$$. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Interior roads were somewhat tight. Overall a pretty good park. We were told that a manatee comes into the marina but we were never able to catch it. The park map show a dock that leads to a swimming area but it was blocked off as unsafe. Very nice staff. Rate reflects a great RPI rate. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Interior roads were somewhat tight and could have been a problem for a larger rig. Our site had good satellite access. Wifi was off and on. Overall a pretty good park.Very nice staff. Rate reflects a great RPI rate. Normally @ $75. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We are a member of Thousand Trails so we try to use encore when ever a TT preserve is not available, but we pulled into this park and pulled right back out. The Full Timers are so dug in that the whole park looks like a mobile home park with fences and junk everywhere on the sites. The sites were so close together that there was NO room for living space. Not our cup of tea. We went back to Marathon and stayed at another park.. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground has some very nice ocean view sites, but the sea grass that comes close to shore limits swimming. Plus the grass gives off an odor when it decays. There is a marina if you have a boat. The heated pool is great, and has a nice concrete deck with straw umbrella tables and lounge chairs. They advertise WiFi, but like most campgrounds, unless you go to the office it's not very good. We had a site on the water. The sunsets were beautiful. Not a bad campground, but there are better in the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice RV park to go to. Sites were a bit close together. However, that is expected in the Keys. Campground was clean and had very nice community areas. Also had a volleyball court but no playground for kids. Pet friendly, great staff, and beautiful views, especially if you can get a waterfront site. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park has tons of potential. But with that said, it is in the Keys. It has a great atmosphere. The campers are friendly enough; can't say that for the staff necessarily. Cable was good and Wi-fi was OK. They seem a little put off with simple questions. We stayed 2 weeks, and even so, the location is perfect, but we will definitely be a little choosy about our site next time. The park overall is cramped, but there are a few good sites that are pushed back and out of the way that would have made for a much nicer stay. The interior sites are close together and the roads are a little narrow. We didn't find much in the way of activities for the average short term camper, but if there for months at a time, there is plenty to do. We have a 40' that navigated alright, but drive was slow on the interior roads. We would recommend and most likely stay again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
When we got there the lady at the desk gave my wife directions to our site. Well I should have taken the toad off and went and checked myself. No way was this the right way to go. I made the corner after I put a scratch in my coach. Never the less going to the keys is just breath taking and a blast. Spaces are tight, but there is a lot of energy in this park with music and daily functions. The marina is fun especially if you go and throw chum in the water. Numerous tropical fish will show up. I went snorkeling from the park and saw dolphins, sting rays and fish. I even dragged in a large conch. If you go here I highly recommend going to the No Name Pub. Best fish and chips I have ever had. Plus seeing all the money hanging from the ceilings is something to see. We will be back; can't stay away from the blue water! We camped here in a Motorhome.
The best thing about this campground is the location. There are a few waterfront sites but mostly the sites are lined up inside like a storage lot. Only a few streets are paved. Most are crushed gravel, as are the sites. It rained very hard while we were staying here and there were many huge puddles of water standing in both the road and on some sites. There doesn't appear to be many rules. Some people have set up fences to make their site private; otherwise, there is no privacy. Nice marina. Helpful people. Lots of road noise. We would prefer to stay at the state parks for the ambiance. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
If you're looking for a site in the FL Keys in the winter this place should work well. The RV park pretty much accepts all types of campers and is big rig friendly. Pool area is quite nice and relaxing. Bath/shower house is very clean. Great little cafe on site. I'm told that during off winter times some folks from the Miami area come in and trash the place, so beware. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice staff. Couldn't be more Helpful. Pool area also very nice. Sites not large by any stretch.What's wrong? Activities. All we heard for the 2 weeks there was about some fire that had occurred months before and as a result they didn't have this or that,really had no organized activity except pickle ball (but only for the long termers) and possibly water aeobics (not daily). This fire business just got real old since there was no evidence of missing structures that would cause the lack of programs. The place was expensive, the restaurant fine but very limited hours and if you didn't fish you better enjoy the sun because that's all there is. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This campground has so many possibilities but it needs to be upgraded and some specific rules set up for sites. Although the sites are a good size, many of the sites are set up like compounds, with fencing and tents, multiple trailers and boats on one site. These sites are an eyesore and take away from a park that could be so much better. Although the roads are paved the sites are crushed stone but need replenishment. The pool is very nice but there are loose pavers and the furniture definitely needs replacement. We were told never to come in the summer as the tenants are noisy, unruly and garbage is strewn about. The people are very friendly in the winter months with lots of activities like water aerobics, line dancing, bingo, etc. The landscaping could use some cleaning up, like trimming and large holes filled in on the sites. The small beach area should be expanded and made more attractive. There is a large amount of sea weed on the shores but doubt if constant raking would solve the problem. The WiFi is practically non-existent even though they recently upgraded the system. As stated this could be a fantastic RV park if it had some conformity and the "compounds" were removed. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Beautiful place to stay. Not really much for sandy beaches though. Be sure your site has been confirmed and they give you a site number at the time of making your reservation. There is an adequately stocked store on site as well as propane, gas and diesel available. I will stay there again in the future. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
First, and foremost, the waterfront sites are gorgeous! A little pricey but that's to be expected given the area. The staff and other campers were super-friendly and the location was good. The cons were that although we had a waterfront site, you really couldn't get in the water with all of the seaweed that washes up (not the campgrounds problem). Also, the hookups for the waterfront sites were designed more for Motorhomes. We were in a travel trailer and the camper had to be as far up to the street as we could get just so our connections would reach. The sewage hose still didn't make it so we had to go to the Home Depot in Marathon to purchase an extension. They advertise Wi-Fi; however, it is limited to a certain number of users and with all of the seasonal campers, we were never able to connect. The dog walk area is at the front of the campground close to the highway which can be a problem for some dogs. On a positive note, some previous reviews mentioned loud partying and this was definitely not the case on our visit. Quiet time began at 11:00 PM so I would take our dog out for a walk around 10:00 PM so that if he decided to bark, we wouldn't be too annoying. The only thing we would hear were the cars driving by on the main road. New Years Eve was a little more lively but even then, everything was quiet soon after midnight. It was a very relaxing time and a beautiful campground. The only reason I didn't rate it a perfect 10 was because of the cost, the Wi-Fi and the pet walk area. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We spent two weeks here over Christmas and New Year's on site 247. The site was gravel with basically no grass, but our road was paved. We attended the catered Christmas dinner and the food was excellent and well worth the price. The food in the cafe was very good as well. The pool was a good temp and very nice. A free buffet dinner was held on New Year's Eve - we did not attend the music later. We had a special membership so for the 4 weeks we stayed there in 2012, it averaged just $7 a day. My only complaint was that we only had Wi-Fi for one day since it apparently was down and not fixed while we were there. Luckily I had my MiFi with me, but I talked with others who were very upset with the Wi-Fi situation. We would definitely stay there again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was like parking in a gravel pit. The sites were very close and difficult to get into or out of. We waited until the folks around us were gone. I'm not sure I could have gotten out with our rig (45 ft). The no-see-ums will eat you alive. They can make it through your screens so close your windows and use the A/C. The weekend we left after the rally the price went up to $90+. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here 14 days under our Encore Ready-Set-Go program through Thousand Trails and enjoyed our stay. Our first assigned site was very tight and a tree was blocking our rooftop satellite dish, so after two days I asked to move. The girl in the office gave me a list of available sites and we moved to one that was very roomy and had a nice view of the water. Power and water pressure were good, the pool area was very clean, and the staff were all very friendly. We never use campground bathrooms or showers because we are full timers and prefer the facilities in our motorhome. The entire Keys have a lot of sea grass washed up on every shore from Hurricane Sandy, so yes, there is an unpleasant smell in some areas. But that's not the park's fault, they have no control over Mother Nature. We would and will return here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We did not think this park was a good value. The showers are the smallest we've ever encountered in any RV park. My husband couldn't fit in them. The gravel campsites were nothing fancy and the smell from swampy ocean grass was unpleasant at times. I was told I would receive a AAA discount when I arrived if I showed my card, but was tired when I checked in and forgot until the next day. They would not give me the discount. We would not stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Not sure if recently posters are disgruntled customers, but their description of Sunshine (an obvious fictitious rate) is so negative it appears to me they are trying to ruin Sunshine's reputation, because they have been asked to leave. We have stayed here for 5 years and can only say it has improved each and every year. The new manager is trying his best to make it a great place to stay and eliminate the "riff raff" that comes down from the Miami area. The staff is friendly and helpful and grounds are clean. It is very pet friendly, and there are lots of activities. We have found it is the best place to stay in Keys. Spaces are roomy and people are very friendly. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Large pool & campsites, no beach area really; the majority of the campsites appeared to be for permanent residents. Almost every campsite had large auto canopies with everything from freezers, fridges, stereos, etc. outside. On Friday there was blaring music and you couldn't hardly drive through the streets for all of the young kids running around in golf carts. We were going to leave on Saturday, but it was getting so bad we packed up and left out before things got too rowdy. We didn't feel safe to stay there for the weekend, and at the price you have to pay to stay there, it should be better managed. We camped here in a Motorhome.
AVOID Sunshine Key RV Resort FL -(by Key West) We did complain to Encore and Sunshine Key but neither responded to our comments, disappointing ! By sharing our experience with fellow campers, we hope others benefit and avoid what we considered our worse camping experience in 6 years. Our site was blocked by a pick-up truck and large utility trailer, thoroughly packed with numerous outdoors items. After 15 minutes finally able to get into our site and set up. However, unbelievable chaos and commotion at the next site: dog incessantly barking; canopy erection right on the beach area along with another canvas cover; boat, trailer, car and, truck crammed onto front of site; site filled with chairs, beer, water, wash sinks, large coolers, two large stainless steel fish cleaning utilities etc, etc. So much clutter and noise that we finally decided that in spite of the very nice waterfront view—we had to move. Next site, while still waterfront, was very narrow; view was not as nice; and closer to the bridge traffic noise. Yet, this appeared better than the last situation. However about 10 pm at the site next to us a large family parked their pick up and boat then proceeded to have a meal while listening to extremely loud bass music. Early the next morning, we were awakened by the boisterous campers. Moreover during the night they had erected a large tent to our immediate right and about 4 feet onto our narrow site (their site was wider than ours). Yet not only was our site infringed upon but, these campers placed their boat onto an empty site on the opposite side. After feeding the seagulls, thankfully the group of 5 went boating, leaving us to contend with seagulls everywhere. Upon returning the campers’ proceeded to use the picnic table to filet about 12 fish- needless to say the seagulls and smell were offensive. Then early evening the music was blasting such that we finally broke the silence to request the music be turned down. However that was short lived as the camp site across the street began blasting their music (heard inside the RV over the TV). We politely requested this music be turned down. Next the neighboring campers placed a large nail into a palm tree and hung two very large florescent lights that hung down the palm tree. Yet the final insult was when the tent door was held up and one of the younger girls utilized the ground as a restroom. Unfortunately these were not the only negative experiences surrounding the Sunshine Key RV Resort. Overall there was no enforcement or adherence too many of the rules as noted below: • Numerous campers drinking while driving golf carts repeatedly around the park. We have no issue with drinking yet suggest that driving a golf cart and drinking can be dangerous with so many children around. • Many situations of boats, trailers along with jet skies crammed onto one site; or on occasion the trailer or boat spilling over onto neighboring site. Often three vehicles plus boats and trailers. • At least 30% of the sites had a refrigerator, or freezer, or sink or some combination of these items. While most were within covered cabanas, these appliances were still outside the camping unit and usually unsightly. And many kitchen appliances were not even within cabanas. • Many sites had large stereos and speakers blasting the music that was clearly audible 6 or 7 sites away. The noise level at some sites rivaled a night time bar strip. • The extreme clutter at the majority of sites was ludicrous. Many sites had no visible land to see – much less any natural beauty. A few sites even blocked the entire front of the sites with trailers, cabanas, or fences. This campground failed to meet any expectations as outlined within the brochures, web site or appearance standards. If we had known the real facts about this campground we would never had booked a stay here. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed at Sunshine Key in January, and again April 2012. January it was full of snowbirds. They were nice and quiet, lots of activities, beautiful weather and generally only 2 people per site. We LOVED it. We came back late March, 2012 and on April 6th, they started allowing the summer residents to "move in." This consists of family compounds/fortresses with many, many people per site. I've seen sites with 12-20 people per site. We are seeing sites with 4 tents, 4 vehicles, 3-4 golf carts and a utility trailer or two. We saw people moving in a full size stove, washing machine, and several large side by side refrigerators. Yes...I'm serious! Most of these appliances will be hidden from view behind their fortresses, but they are definitely "moving in." There is loud music playing at most of these "compounds", but in fairness I did see a park employee going around to some of the worst offenders...and the music was turned off. It stayed off all night long...surprisingly. These summer residents are only allowed here Friday-Saturday and Sunday, so Monday-Thursday the park will be quiet again. We have heard their is a new manager and he is trying to enforce some rules, but so far there are (in my opinion) too many people/vehicles/golf carts, per campsite. We were concerned that we would be blocked in once more summer residents moved in, so we had to change campsites. BUT...it is still a beautiful campground on a beautiful island. We will be back, but now during the "summer season" which is until mid October. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Clean park. Good location. Has spots on the ocean but really there isn't any "beach" to speak of. The keys are not known for their beaches. Beautiful pool area that has cute little tiki huts, band on the weekend and a cafe. I was impressed on the cleanliness and how beautiful it was there. Good electricity without an fluctuations in power. Our site was long enough for a 45 ft rig. It was family friendly also. Great pier nearby and a Park area within biking distance to a beach. We would Stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is the 5th year we have camped for the winter months. This year was by far the best as far as improvements in the park and over all maintenance. The new management was terrific and his staff was always friendly and helpful. The resort provides a recreational director over the fall/winter months. She arranges for a wide variety of activities for those staying in the park. Our main negative comment should be addressed to Encore (the parent company of SSK). We understand that the Keys is a very desirable area during the winter months, but as the resort is booked mainly by seniors in the winter, it would be extremely helpful to our finances if they could see fit to lower their long term rates. Also, the resort does not own the laundry facilities, but this is the one area we all complain about. Wish something could be done to improve the service of their equipment. Otherwise I would recommend this resort to anyone to stay at, for how ever long. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Large campground with a lot of sites. The sites are packed sand and rock. Most of the interior roads are paved. Wi-Fi was fairly fast but the cable channels were limited. If you have a boat they have nice dock area. The office staff was friendly and helpful. Planning to go back next year. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We were very pleased with our stay here. We spent two weeks at the resort. Most of the snowbirders who stay the whole winter have boats and are fishermen & it is a great place for that. We stayed in our Class C and we really enjoyed having delicious meals at the cafe right in the park. You definitely need a car, although there is bus service just outside the gate. It is 38 miles from Key West. Everyone was friendly and helpful. The laundromat was not good because all but two of the dryers were out of order on March 10. Someone outside the park runs it and apparently does not maintain it very well. The park is very pet friendly. We would recommend it during the winter months. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Our rate was due to a camping membership purchased at the Tampa RV show. Sites are tight from row to row, but not side by side. Lots of different activities, one of the most beautiful pools we have ever seen with tiki huts, marina next door. Tight turning in the park for big rigs but we did OK (40 ft.). Tight turns due to extra owners' tow vehicles outside their rigs. On-site cafe with decent food. Shuttle bus outside the park to get to Key West. Truly a vacation in paradise! No bugs to speak of, and just geckos running around. Visit Sunset Grille close by for great food and sunset watching! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is our second year visiting Sunshine Key RV Resort and we highly recommend it. The staff is so helpful and friendly. They try to accommodate special request and continue to help you until you are satisfied with your location or special request (i.e., close to the restrooms). We arrived just before Valentine's Day and wanted to attend the "sold out" dinner dance. We had several people work towards honoring the request and were offered tickets in time to attend. The Resort is perfectly located -- far enough away to not be in the Key West traffic, but close enough to go everyday if you want to. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The location of the park is approx 39 miles from Key West. It takes about an hour to drive down. The drive is easy. The park's pool is nice, but it closes at dark, just when we'd enjoy going. Since there is almost no shade in the park, and with fair children, it's nicer to go in the evening. However, they close it at dusk. The park does have some beachfront areas, but nothing that would keep the kids occupied, other than fishing, if that's your thing. We would enjoy it, but don't carry poles, etc., and renting the equipment would be expensive, and the waterfront they do have is not really that nice. We got the $399 per week deal for one week, and there's three days left of that week and we'd leave if it wasn't already paid for. In fact, we had two weeks planned and I cancelled the second week today. All in all, it's not a terrible park if you're older and just want to hang out, play bingo (we did this Thursday, and it was fun, but very hot: the a/c was broken). The people really were nice, though. However, for kids, it's boring, and I can't justify paying this price, when I could stay in another park much cheaper and have much more to do. I definitely wouldn't recommend this for families. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is our favorite RV Park in the Keys and always have a great time with all the friendly people that stay at the park. There are always many activities on the schedule and my hat goes off to the recreational director who is always 100% involved with the activities and the campers. She is very friendly and always helpful. I would also say that the Current manager, is also very helpful and available if any issues arise. He seems to be very involved with the Park and campers concerns if any. The poolside area is very attractive and there is usually "great" entertainment poolside weekly. Overall this is a very fun place to stay and my wife and I look forward to our stay here next January. Counting the days!!!! We camped here in a Motorhome.
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Great park and pet friendly. They even have a beach access for dogs so they can go for a swim. Sites are large. Park is quiet. People very friendly and the restaurant serves breakfast and lunch. Dinner on weekend. Small with picnic style eating outside. I am not sure if $55 is what we paid. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is our second trip to this park and although they have cleaned up the "shanty town" appearance in some areas, there remains quite a bit of unsightly sites. Wi-Fi is available, but it is $20 a month. We contacted Sunshine in August and confirmed two sites together, specific numbers. When we arrived someone was in our spaces. They did accommodate us with other sites, but had we decided not to accept those sites we would have had to been in sites not near each other. This was quite annoying considering we had written confirmation of those sites. The desk/reception area could use some customer relations and better knowledge of the park. We arrived late in the afternoon but were not given the boxes to hook into cable. We had to go back to desk next day and ask for the boxes. For one of us the box didn't work and we were told to call a telephone number to talk to cable company. Beach areas still unsightly with seaweed. Hopefully ENCORE will continue to upgrade the park itself and provide more knowledgeable help in the office. Overall it is a nice park, decent space between RVs. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Park was okay, but pricey, the only thing that justified the price was the location. Still has some compounds; one even had a full sized side by side refrigerator! Many empty sites. I guess it still has a reputation for noise. We left before the week-end crowd showed up. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We are back for our 3 month stay over the winter. The park is under new management and what a difference from other years ~ trees are trimmed, roads repaired, areas repainted all so much better. The laundry room is even cleaner, but some of the machines still need better care. It would be nice if they could rake the sea grass on the beach area. But all in all this is a great place to stay for the winter. Congrats to the new management on cleaning up the park and removing many of the Cuban "compounds" meaning much of the mess and noise is now gone, too. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The $15 dollar rate reflects a $10 per night rate plus $5 per day electricity, this was a special rate of $299 per month. The park is now under new management and seems to be "coming back" from where it was. Lots of work being done, trees trimmed, lots leveled, potholes filled etc. We stayed a month in a 40 footer and loved it. It is a little tight in some spots getting in and out with the rig. We WILL go back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park has a wonderful location. The staff was friendly and the pool was awesome. We only stayed 2 nights because we had a schedule. The scenery and location is worth the trip We camped here in a Motorhome.
If you've ever had the opportunity to park your RV in an ocean front site in the Florida Keys, you will understand how wonderful this was. Lot's of those who camp here are snowbirds who return year after year. The price can be a little steep during high season if you're on a budget but we considered this a worthwhile splurge. The only downside to having an oceanfront site here are the number of people who walk through your site to get to the ocean. We even had people use our lounge chairs and another camper who let their kids play in our site while the adults partied. Nothing like walking outside with an armload and tripping over a toy dump truck to remind you that you're not at home. That said, ocean watching in the Keys is pure heaven. In the course of one day, you can watch it go from tranquil turquoise to angry gray. Another kick driving to this park is seeing the sections of the old Seven Mile Bridge they blew up in the movie True Lies. The park is convenient to Key West or a great location on its own. If you make the trip to Key West and are looking for something a little different to do, take the time to visit the incredible Butterfly Conservatory. It was so beautiful, we went twice. Once on our own and once when our friends from Fort Myers drove down to see Sunshine Key and Key West after listening to our comments about the area. Many of those who come every year bring boats and it's easy to see why. Our neighbors went out almost daily in their small motorized raft to explore the smaller islands in the area. They had a gorgeous collection of Queen conch they had collected that season. Remember, it's illegal to take live conch so confine your collecting to dead specimens. Sunshine Key also honors Camp Club USA outside high season if you're looking for a budget Keys vacation. I'd return again in a heartbeat. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This park was overall very good but I have several complaints. The laundry was disgraceful, dirty and very run down. I went into Big Pine to use the laundry in the Winn Dixie Plaza. Also, they have no store first night I drove into Big Pine to get bread 15 miles round trip. I don't agree with the other posters about the noise on weekends. The only weekend I experienced increased noise was on Presidents weekend. And I really didn't think it was that bad. There were several compounds around where they had furniture and appliances outside behind tarps but it didn't bother me. Spoke with several people that said in April the Cubans start coming down and it gets really bad then. We would definitely go back and hopefully they clean up the laundry and open a store! We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here for two weeks and really like the central location to Key West and the areas north. The sites have plenty of room for your outside living. It is very pet-friendly which was important to us. People and staff were friendly and helpful. Pool is salt generated which doesn't require many chemicals. There is bay and ocean access and a marina/dock area for fishing. There are new Key West style parkside models for short or long term rental. Only downside was the beach areas were heavily covered with sea grass, which needs to be raked. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here for two weeks and enjoyed it very much. People and staff were extremely friendly and helpful. The park is situated between the ocean and bay and has a marina with docks available. The park is very pet-friendly which was important to us. Pool is salt generated so it does not use a lot of chemicals. There are cute 1-2 bedroom Key West colored park side models available for renting. The Wi-Fi is extra ($14 a week). The only downside was the beach areas needed the sea grass raked up. We will definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This has been a nice place for us to stay over the wintertime. But this is becoming a second home for all the Cubans that come for the weekends to their "shanty" style area. They not only set up their compound, but have outdoor sofas, large tents, bright lights, outdoor plumbing, kids racing all over the streets and the beach areas in their golf carts with no regard to anyone else and of course very loud music day and night. They are allowed to ruin what has been a wonderful campground. By not following any of the rules in the park, like no fishing in the marina. Not sure it is worth the stay anymore? On the weekend nail everything down or it will disappear and go home with the Cubans. Forget coming in the summer, it just keeps getting worse! Something truly needs to be done about this situation before Encore looses all their snowbirds that are currently paying top dollar to stay here in the winter. Encore lost about 100 RV people three years ago now after 2010-2011 they will lose a 100 more. We camped here in a Truck Camper.
This has been a wonderful place for us to stay for over the wintertime: lots to do. But this is becoming a second home for all the Cubans that come for the weekends to their "shanty" style area. They not only set up their trailer, but have outdoor sofas, large tents, bright lights, outdoor plumbing, kids racing all over the streets and the beach areas in their golf carts with no regard to anyone else and of course very loud music day and night. They are allowed to ruin what has been a wonderful campground. Not sure it is worth the stay any more?? Forget coming in the summer, it just keeps getting worse! Something truly needs to be done about this situation before Encore looses all their snowbirds that are currently paying top dollar to stay here in the winter. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This park is a nice park if you like coral. there is no grass in this park. They have a lot of activities during the winter. The only problem is on the weekends when the Cubans from Miami come down. They talk loud and turn their music up. I guess they think there the only ones here. They have setups with campers, golf carts, boats,Large covered areas with bar's and chairs and couches inside. It looks like tent city. They also bring other family's with, and park on other peoples sites. And also on empty sites. It ends up being nice and quiet Sunday evening when they leave. Then it starts again the next Friday night when they come back. Glad we don't stay during the summer. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a terrific casual park! The pool is spectacular (recently redone) of good size, heated and has plenty of tables, chairs and umbrellas. The fishing is definitely a major draw here. Although we didn't fish while here, we did taste some of the catch and it was wonderful! The sites are all gravel but the location to Marathon (15 min) and Key West (40 min) are a plus. The staff is friendly for the most part as are the guests. There is a cafe on site, which we didn't eat at, but the smells were very tempting. This is our second year here and we will continue to come back. Our fantastic rate is based on an Encore membership. We camped here in a Motorhome.
It is a very good and friendly park during the snowbird months. Stay away in the summer, read older comments. There is a clean heated pool and other activities are offered. The sites are wide and people have easy ups and tents on them and their cars and trucks encroach on the roads so leaving with your coach is tricky. We backed out of our pull through site because of a tree and a truck whose owner would have moved if we had asked but the tree had a very low limb. There is a cafe and marina on site. This park is on the bayside but that wasn't offered in this review form. Location is 35 miles from Key West. We enjoyed our week here and may return in the future.The people are very friendly and called us by name and asked us to return. Some of the buildings need to be refurbished and they need bathhouses poolside but we understand that is in future plans. Water pressure and electric is good even when it is hot and everyone is using their air. Our daily price indicates the Thousand Trails rate and daily may be higher. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We just returned from spending 3 nights at Encore Sunshine Key RV Resort & Marina. I'm not sure where to start, so I'll start with the name, this is by far NOT a resort! On check-in we found that the Sundry shop is actually a gas station next door that was under construction and would be closed during our stay. We were told that we would be on site 309, but the attendant recommended site 310 as being more "shaded". When we finally got to our site it turned out that a trailer could not fit on site 309 due to a tree growing over the site. In regards to site 310, I'm not sure what she meant by more shade as there was no real shade to speak of. It appears that the majority of the sites are for permanent resident trailers for the weekend Miami crowd. The campground in general along with the sites are poorly maintained. Trash was found on each site (beer bottles, empty food containers, left over bones from someone's dinner, plastic cups,etc). A good percentage of the sites power source/cable hook up/water are either tilting to the side, or broken open. On Friday and Saturday night the weekend residents return competing to see who can play the loudest Latin music. Young people could be found darting all over the campground in golf carts playing loud Latin music also. You can just imagine trying to sleep or take in a nice sunset while music is competing all over the campground. In speaking with other RV'ers at the campground as well as other campgrounds nearby all indicated that they also experienced this type of behavior and would not return to Encore Sunshine Key RV Resort & Marina. It appears that the "long term" residents treat this as their second home with refrigerators, freezers, boats, fences, kids toys all over their sites. I would not recommend this campground to anyone (including my enemies). We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I would like to list all the things we enjoyed about the park and then list the items that we felt need improvement. Pros: Good location to area entertainment/activities, nice spacious sites, good view of ocean, nice friendly staff, 50amp availability, speedy check-in. Cons: The major con is the lack of enforcablity of the parks rules. This created weekend campers to allow their dogs to roam freely, one dog (boxer) rushed towards a young child, then still loose, rushed towards a woman walking causing her to become shaken. The owners of the dog taunted her because she yelled at them about the dog. The weekenders constantly had loud music at all different campsites, more than 2 vehicles parked in one campsite, it looked like "shanty town" with all the canvas tents that were set up along the trailers, RVs. Multiple families at some sites with vehicles parked at empty sites. Weekenders not considerate of other campers, they would walk right through our patio area, even when we were outside. We could not let our small dogs outside in their pen for fear of the loose dogs in the park and the owners not caring for them. Loud music, bad language and very loud voices, not picking up after their pets. I had to scoop up because they would walk their dogs and then leave the waste. Nasty, bags of trash left at the site after they left: not taking them to the dumpster! There were several times on our walk in the evening that people would be walking with their dogs unleashed, inconsiderate! No fishing signs ignored and I saw staff just drive by and not say anything to them. We looked forward to the weekdays because we knew it would be a different story. We would come back but would probably request a different area to park, or come when it is not open to the public. If the staff would enforce their rules and make rounds to enforce them I think a lot of this would be eliminated. We camped under a Readycampgo card, the price was right but I would never paid regular price for what we got. We camped here in a Motorhome.
First of all the rate was $144 per night, but the form I filled in would only allow two digits so I put 99. Large number of permanent sites and most were very close together. Our site was large and direct waterfront but littered with beer caps and bits of junk. Not well maintained at all. Had to pay for Wi-fi, and it was terrible. The staff in the office were rude and unfriendly, not what you expect for that price. The beach was a mountain of sea weeds and dead fish and unusable. I don't know why they wouldn't clean them up. Nothing to do in the area other than driving to Key West. Good thing we only had to stay two nights. We will not return to this park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
My husband and I have spent the past few winters in Sunshine Key RV Resort from January through April. This has been a fabulous experience, not only for us but for many other snowbirds than spend the winters in this park. They have made many improvements to the park this past year and are continuing to make other changes over the spring and summer. They always have wonderful activities planned for all those staying in the park. The staff is always very accommodating to our needs. Our only complaint is the laundry facilities that is leased to a private party. They do not always maintain their equipment as well as they should. If you are thinking about staying at the resort during the winter, we are sure you will enjoy your stay as much as the rest of the retired guests do. There is always families coming and going, so not just seniors stay here in the winter. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This park was a slice of heaven. Location was the key feature here, with our site being one row from the water. The fact we could walk to the pier and snorkel from there was a huge plus. Our site was gorgeous and the widest we've ever encountered at a resort. The neighbors were some of the friendliest we've encountered too. They made a point to welcome us and were friendly the entire visit. Staff was good. The pool was beautiful. Everything about our visit was just wonderful! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I just finished hosting a large week long motor coach rally. The price paid represents the rack rate. The rally attendees paid less. This resort was in great shape. Trees trimed, restrooms and showers were very clean (several times a day). Recent improvements to the roads and pool are completed. The kamper klub house and associated facilities were all in great shape and worked as advertised. The staff was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. There were a few minor problems and resort staff was on site within 5 minutes to remedy the situation. The rally was held here because this is the only place we camp, when coming to the Keys. We have been coming here since 2005. There is plenty to do both North and South of the resort. I've even left the coach here for a couple of days as business matters needed to be taken care of at home base. We have never had any problems with other guests, staff or the facility. We received the same service as an individual as we did as a rally host. We will continue to return to this resort. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here about 8 years ago in the summer and it was wonderful, everything we had hoped for and more. But the last time we were back it was horrible. Believe all you've read about it being a filthy shanty town! Not a family place at all unless your idea of family time is music blaring till all hours of the night, kids and dogs running wild. The location is fantastic, but the lack of enforcing rules makes it an unsafe and unpleasant environment. They should raise the rates and fire the current staff to ensure the place is enjoyable We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is another Encore Resort Park and we were disappointed once again. We will never go to another Encore Park again. This is basically a Cuban tent city. Large families living permanently in this park in small travel trailers or multiple tents on one site. Loud music all the time. Partying all night day and night long. Lots of golf carts with kids driving them. We were driving our vehicle at 15 MPH (as posted in the park) and they were passing us, music blaring, talking on cell phones, etc. Tried to use the pool but there were so many full timers there we couldn't use as much as we wanted to. Lots of drinking and partying in the pool area and unsupervised children. Pool area updated but pool itself very old, cracked and unclean throughout. Sites are littered with garbage. Our site was the local dog walking site. No one picked up after their pets. Talked to Sheriff patrolling and he said they always have to do extra patrols in the campground. Lots of gang tagging and men with gang tatooes. Tent sites are actual RV sites so ground too hard to use stakes for tents. Would never go back to this or any other Encore Park again!!! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park reminded me of the refugee tent camps set up along Interstate 95 in Miami in 1980. To say it was a dump would be an understatement and being too nice. The permanent campers had every type of dumpy building add on, tacky awnings of every weird shape and color, and exposed sewers. The waterfront sites where primarily only occupied by Cubans associated with the park or their families having several dumpy looking tents set up where normally one family would camp. These full time residents sped through the park on golf carts ignoring safety and rules. The trash was plentiful, the staff rude, and the pool down right disgusting. No attention was given at all to any rules or safety. There was a huge Latin pool party where most all attendees were drinking beer from glass bottles inside the pool. Couples were making out and getting lewd in full view of children. The park was full of potholes, mud holes, and debris. For a whopping $75 a night this place was a tremendous dump. The only real thing this park has going for it was location. Past that, RUN! It’s only a matter of time before someone gets hurt here. I feel sorry for their insurance company, if there is one. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here in an RV on a last minute trip to the Keys for 4 days. The $75 a night was very expensive for this Cuban hobo camp. Yep, you heard me right: hobo camp doesn't describe it enough. Junk semi-perms, outdoor pluming and trashy camp sites abound. The staff (mostly Cuban) appeared to own, operate and occupy the choice water front sites. They were friendly, but oddly rude as they ran you down with their electric golf carts. They posted “NO TRESPASSING SIGNS” at the entrance to their sites even though the beach (no real beach exists) access ran between them. Each of these large choice water front sites contained a trailer and about 3-5 tents housing multiple families generating noise all night long. Our slip was directly across from a group of these characters, and I was in amazement at how these pseudo mob wannabes presented themselves and carried on as if they were the center of the universe. The pool needed a paint job and a good cleaning. There was trash everywhere. No attention was paid to cleanliness at all. Dogs were using the pool grounds as a bathroom which was disgusting. There was a huge Cuban pool party the weekend we were here (I expect every weekend) and most everyone was drinking beer from glass bottles in and around the pool. “NO GLASS” signs were posted which they all ignored. Loud music poured from the pool area and lewd and lascivious behavior was everywhere. To be honest I could go on and on for hours about how ridiculous this place is, but I will just say: if you are interested in a quality family camping experience, you may want to look elsewhere. Happy camping. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We were so elated to find such a jewel of a campground in the Keys! First of all, I have never been in cleaner restrooms in all of my camping experience! The campground is located on a beautiful island at the end of the 7 mile bridge. It has a very nice pool and is right on the ocean with a fabulous beach for swimming! They also have their own marina - which is perfect if you own a boat. There are a lot of sites at this campground and I was pleasantly surprised every night to find that Quiet Hours were strictly enforced! We will be planning yearly visits to this campground! We camped here in a Motorhome.
The location is superb although there is not a nice big beach at the campground. The campground was clean and well maintained except for the pool which looked like they forgot to paint and clean it. The staff was very helpful and friendly. Our biggest complaints is they allow more than one family per campsite. Because the waterfront (ocean) campsites are so large, tenter's tend to camp there and it was not unusual seeing 3-5 tents and several families on one campsite. For those of us who wanted an oceanfront and were in a big rig, this was somewhat bothersome. The other sites off the water were gravel and much smaller. There were several 'permanent' residents and if you want to camp but don't have the 'doings' the campground will rent trailers. The location is right off the main road so there is road noise, I guess to be expected in the Keys. We will probably find somewhere else to camp in the future. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Just a fabulous campground! We loved the gravel, clean RV sites. People are very friendly at office and gate. Restrooms clean, showers tiny though, only drawback that we found. We loved the small dock where you could just go sit and look out at water, or watch a sunset. Good biking for everyone around campground. This place is a gem. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We saw some pretty spectacular sunsets here. We did not stay on the ocean, but a couple of rows behind. We would stay here again. Friendly people and close to a lot of good restaurants. We had our motorcycles with us, so we drove to Key West a couple of times and had a great time. My husband went fishing for dolphin, and we grilled it at our campsite. Wonderful! The only complaint was they were working on the laundry room, and we had to come back and finish our laundry a couple of hours later. We camped here in a Motorhome.
A very nice park with all the amenities. The only reason I didn't give it a 10 is the gravel roads were a little rough. The staff were excellent and every thing we needed was there. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I agree that this park is very cliquey. It is also very junky appearing because there are no rules regarding tents, junk, maintenance on boats. Some people have really done nice jobs with there space, many others look like hobo camps. Down here in the Keys and at the rates they charge, we expected a resort campground and we paid a special rate through Encore. I'd say this was no more than a fish camp with some amenities added. There is no use able beach for swimming. General maintenance is needed badly as many of the power and phone/cable post have been knocked over. The park in general looks run down. The food at the on property restaurant was reasonable and good. We would probably look elsewhere if we were to come to the Keys again although it would do in a pinch. We have stayed at private parks at 60% of this special rate we got here and the park was twice as nice. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a large park with crowded campsites. Due to mechanical problems with our RV, we arrived late, intending to tent camp. We explained this to the attendant upon check-in, but only found out when trying to set up the tent that it would not be possible for us to drive stakes into the hard coral ground surface. We ultimately spent the night on the seats of our substitute Suburban. We returned to check-in to request advise on local restaurants, but were only able to get information on the nearest gas station from the attendant. The bathhouses had inadequately sized showers, but were clean. We did not use any other facilities. The rate charged was $112 per night, too high to fit into the Nightly Rate blank. We do not plan to visit this site again. We camped here in a Tent.
Dirtiest filthiest, most disgusting campground on the planet. The staff is the fakest, rudest, most criminal I have ever had the discomfort of dealing with. They should be ashamed of themselves. The staff parties all night. I paid one month in advance. Several nights I was kept up all night by people driving in and not paying. The staff said that there is noting they can do about that. The staff themselves are mostly Cuban (so they don't speak English). On several occasions we braved the water and the staff Seadooed right next to us and our children. It was SCARY! The staff had fishing expeditions just off shore with nets all night long. My family along with several other camping families were hospitalized with ailments linked with water contamination there. The campground refused to add an elbow and cap to the sewage, so we bought our own. We were overcharged $24.00. Really outrageous that they refused to give us back the over payment. They took it off of our credit card. They charged us more than the discounted rate we agreed to before we saw the place. They charged more than their full rate. There was no sign to find the place and no warning from the staff that there was no site. When we first arrived we faced a flooded campground. Our spot was completely under deep water. It was so terrible that most campers had left the campground. They did not offer a refund. They offered us a partially flooded spot instead, and that we would move several times during the month. It was the worst experience of our full timing lives. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Really beautiful. We had a great time. The place is a bit cliquey and newbies were snubbed by the regulars. They all think they are rich and better than anyone else. It was amusing. The staff was nice and we didn't care about the neighbors. We were there to enjoy the Keys and the ocean not to make friends with the neighbors. Key West was a 40 minute drive and there are many little shops and restaurants in the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice resort but need some work. Some of the roads had big pot holes that filled with water after a rain. The little building that housed the restaurant was almost rotted apart. The staff was very nice and eager to help. I would return for another stay. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We were terribly disappointed on our trip to this campground. We had been here before and loved it but this trip was a nightmare. Office was torn apart and unfinished (yes, I know they can't help that) but their attitude in the office seem to match the look. We had made reservations over the Internet and were given a price and confirmation. When we got here, we went in and the office woman told us our site number and that was it. I said can we have a map so we can find it? We were not given a receipt or any paperwork. Driving to our site, we were shocked to see all the golf carts with kids driving and adults driving around on golf carts with open beer bottles hooting and hollering. Our site would have been big enough but person next to us took 5 feet of our site for their motorhome, canopy, boat, and 2 trucks. Spanish music was blaring from 4 different sites so we were surrounded with noise. One man across the street called us over and told us that it is like this every weekend all summer. He said you missed the fireworks last night. More than half of the campground was filled with what appeared to be gypsies: large refrigerator, freezers, and dog houses in most of these sites. No dog waste pick up from any of them, no donuts on their sewer hook up, and the noise was unbearable. Another couple comes over and says they have been coming here for years but never again. Each "gypsy" style campsite has a canopy next to their coach or trailer with privacy mesh wrapped around it. They had their sofas outside and most sites had 10 to 20 people sitting around drinking. We went to the office to to get a receipt and complain, and the office woman said that these people come every summer and are guests just as we are. I told her that this will be our last trip to this "Resort" and her answer was: "Well, goodbye." When we looked at our receipt, we saw where they added $3 per day for "using the resort." As our one neighbor stated, none of us that play by the rules can use any of the resort facilities due to the misuse of their other "guests." We camped here in a Motorhome.
Not a lot of choices in the Keys for reasonably priced Campsites as the State Parks are booked months ahead of time. We arrived here on the first day of the 'low season' and paid 65.00 a night for a site that was 125.00 the previous night. The sites are not paved and the interior roads were full of potholes & flooded on the 2 days it rained. The restrooms are small and in need of some updating as is the very small pool. The laundry room was adequate but we were disappointed that the clubhouse & book exchange were already locked up. The good news is that this campground is located right on the water - Gulf on one side, Atlantic on the other. However there is no place to swim. They do have a Marina & docks where you can leave your boat for the season (for a fee). This campground is located right at the southern end of the famous 7 mile bridge ( out of Marathon ) and it took us about 1 hour to drive to Key West. If we ever return to the Keys I don't think we would stay here, we would try for the State Parks or a campground closer to Key West or Key Largo. We camped here in a Motorhome.