The park was very tight with mostly permanent residents. We were parked close to a construction project where they were building a vacation residence. The folks next to us had 3 dogs. They left them out and walked away. Two chihuahuas were nasty and went after a child who walked through the space. There was a German Shephard that was not friendly. After numerous calls to security, they first left a note on their trailer that they were in violation. A subsequent complaint brought animal control. After rounding up the two yappers, the animal control officer found a name and phone number on a dog tag and called them. They came and were told not to leave their dogs alone and not to leave them outside for the night. Animal control left and they let the dogs outside. Security told me they were leaving in the morning. I asked them and was told they would be there another week. We asked for a refund and was given it. We left. No, I would not go back again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is what I would call a "crappy" campground and not worth the money. Poorly run and maintained. Very old and not kept up. Bathrooms are shoddy as well as the laundry room. We were told by previous person on our site that it is extremely noisy and crowded on the weekends...we are leaving before that. Maintenance people do not speak English. I do not recommend this place. We camped here in a Motorhome.
A big rig does not mean 40ft but should be referred to as a 45ft RV. We tried to get inside the park and had to retreat for fear of risk VS reward. Campground rash was visible everywhere especially on the trees and buildings where RV’s had made contact trying to make the turns. We were forced to make two 3 points turns to make it around the park to get to the so called big rig sites. Once we arrived at the site assigned to us it was too narrow to open our slide outs. This is a very old mobile home travel trailer park thus the reason for it being so tight to get around. Would recommend 38ft or less RV for access however you’re still going to be faced with the problem of using your slide outs especially if your neighbors have their slides open. We camped here in a Motorhome.
After staying at another Key Largo Campground and leaving before our stay was up, we found Calusa to be a welcome surprise. Clean, well kept, with a gorgeous new salt water pool and marble showers and ample laundry. Sure the folks speak Spanish but where don't they in the Keys?? They're a fun loving and sometimes a little loud group, but we loved it so much, we are back again. Security is tight and shopping is close by. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The pool area and restrooms were very nice and location is great. It was nice during the week but Friday-Sunday were crowded and extremely loud. Lots of loud music and few English speaking patrons. We will probably look elsewhere next year. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Incredibly (potentially) gorgeous site, right on the bay, but almost impossible to get in it with a big rig. Peaceful and calm: at first. Then came the Labor Day invasion! Uncontrolled children running everywhere, boom boxes blaring incredibly loud, and no consideration of people who did not want to hear loud music till late at night, or even at noon. We left early. We will not return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We almost canceled our reservation when we saw the reviews here but we are glad we did not. We stayed on one of the waterfront lots (215 or 216) and we got here on a Sunday night. I think it is pretty busy on the weekends. There is a largely Hispanic long term residential population at the front of the park but I felt very safe. The pool is still under construction but I saw people working on it and estimate it being done within 60 days. Staff was very helpful. Have never had a site with a better sunset view and the kids could fish right off the back of the site. Would definitely stay here again during the week. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We knew before we arrived the pool was under repair. Not pet friendly: you must take dogs outside the park, then there is nothing there either. Internet $, does not work too well. Park is for park model/perm trailers. Entrance road very narrow with low hanging branches. Management is not surly but not happy with temporary MH, it's mostly transient people here, was not happy with that. Security people were not very friendly. All in all, the place is an overpriced poor facility. I would never stay here again, nor recommend to anyone else. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is in the midst of being a condominium and an RV Park. There is constant construction everyday, except the weekend,and there are NO organized activities. Most things are in a poor state of repair except for the rec bldg which appears to be new. We planned on making this our base of operations for a month and are very disappointed. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Rate was $102, but only two digit box, so $99. Great sunset views. Best spot is 322. Ours nice, 324. Most of this park is permanent park model homes, few RV travelers. From our location to the pool required a car, most residents use golf carts to get around. This place is not dog friendly at all. There are signs: "Do not walk dogs on this property", when we inquired in the office about a dog run. They said we must take go outside the front gate, there is no place to walk dogs on premises. We came back from glass bottom boat ride at John Pennecamp (well worth it), we came to site, got the dog and back out front, out of park to walk him. About 5-10 minutes later, my wife comes back to the entrance gate but it will not open. She goes to the office where staff accused her of handing the card through the fence to get a second car into the park. When she explained she took the dog for a walk, the employee told her you are only allowed to go through the gate once in fifteen minutes, but she would let her in this time only. Wow! So, if you have a dog, find another campground. This place may be pet tolerant, but certainly not pet friendly. There are no waves here and no beach. No swimming access that I found, other than the pool. Pool nice sized, but full of children in the afternoon. Bugs at dusk are horrible. Bite bad, during the day, bugs were not a problem. We will not stay at this park again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
These are privately owned sites that are rented. Mostly permanents. We requested oceanfront and paid $110 per night over Christmas holidays. Trust me the only sites to have are ocean front because the rest are small. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Our second stay at this camp ground. We came only 2 days after they re-opened the camp ground after a serious overhaul. Now the roads are paved, the sites have full hook-ups, and bathrooms have been re-done. It was again a real pleasure the stay here, only now even better. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is an excellent campground. There is a wonderful free aquarium here. The bathroom/showers are super clean and the campsites are very nice. We did not find them too narrow as some others have. We'd definitely stay here again. The rangers were nice too. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Pretty basic, no frills State Park that has been well used and not well maintained, after all the wonderful State Parks we have stayed in this was a big disappointment. Everywhere looked dirty and uncared for, the staff and hosts did a minimal job with little enthusiasm. Full hook ups, 50amp, paved road, access okay, gravel pad, back in, big rig access, some space around the RV but no privacy, a few shade tress, no view, picnic table, grill, no WiFi, Publix/Winn Dixie close by, lots of restaurants, security gate both day and night, noisy, bathrooms okay. We were here for the glass bottom boat tour and thought it would be convenient to stay close by in the Park, we were sorry we did, and would never stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a real nice FL State park. I would have rated it a 10 but the sites are just a little narrow. We are on site 4, and have a well placed fig tree that provides some great afternoon shade. Power and water are great, and sewer connections a real bonus. Dump station just outside campground gate. The park itself closes to the public at sunset and opens again at about 830 am...so you have the evening and early mornings to yourself at the beaches. Front gate locks overnight and campground has additional code operated gate. Good security. Price quoted was a guess from memory. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Never ever will we return to this campground. An extremely loud music plays all day long and barely stops at night. If you're planning a vacation to get a rest, that's definitely not the place. We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 9 / 10 ]
Probably the quietest campground in the Keys - far back from US1 and wooded. Sites 47-24 have shade in the PM, another rarity for the Keys. Only issue is not much screening between sites, otherwise a sublime experience! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great park if you can get in. I made my reservations 11 months in advance and it took me a week to get in. Lots to do in the park-snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, boating, biking and hiking. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
They have redone the campground so there is now full hook-up; wide, level sites; and a double wide access road which made it easy to back-in. Our site had some trees around it for privacy. Good laundry facilities. Close to the marina and glass bottom boat tours. Like all of the state parks on the Keys, the reservations for this campground fill-up a year ahead of time. We kept checking the Reserve America site until there were cancellations. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
All sites have E/W/S, a BBQ grill and picnic table. Sites are extremely narrow (average width = 16 feet) and not very deep. Laundry (wash and dry = $1.50 each), free Wi-Fi at the rear of concession store. There is a small beach, canoe and kayak rentals are available and there is an on-site dive shop and snorkeling tours are available. This is a small park so the biking and walking opportunities are limited. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed here for a nice boat tour. The site we got was tight as announced, but level. The access was ok. This park is quiet. The value for money is just ok. The price should include cable TV or Wi-Fi. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Rate is FL senior rate, the 9 is value, $23 with taxes included on Key Largo in December, that is a bargain. It is a great State Park. I can't add much to prior reviews other than to agree with most of them. Beware D'Hookers Seafood across and just down US-1. It is way over priced, fish and chips was potato chips right out of a bag. $13 bucks for 4 little pieces of fish and potato chips!!! Real fries could be ordered as an extra!!! Take a ride to Alabama Jacks for good seafood. It was worth the ride. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We were really excited about camping here and it was a bit of a let down. First, we were disappointed by the staff for the most part. Some were blatantly rude but for the most part, they just seemed indifferent. This includes those at the ranger station, the dive shop and the snorkel check in. We were on site 25 which offered zero privacy. There were no trees between our site and our neighbors. The bathrooms were well kept by the hosts who we got a chance to chat with. They were very nice people. Although there are activities available such as snorkeling, it's somewhat pricey. The beach leaves much to be desired. We had a hard time justifying the $38 a night considering the lack of privacy and lack of anything to do that didn't cost more money. The no see ems were horrible which we expected from seeing other reviews. The positive was it's very quiet. Overall, not horrible but nothing that will bring us back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
There is lots to see and do at this park. Swimming, bike riding, walking the trails and board walks. Snorkeling, diving from the beach or off boats. You can rent Kayaks to 20 something foot out boards. They also run dive and snorkeling boats and also have a glass bottom boat that goes out to the reef three times a day weather permitting. It is a good way to see the reef if not into diving or snorkeling. It is twenty five dollars and well worth the price for a two hour and fifteen minute trip. There is free Wi-Fi at the gift shop that also has snacks and sells the tickets for the boats. The dive shop has free Wi-Fi. There is also and aquarium that is free. The rangers here are the best and make you feel like they are glad you came to there park. They do keep a good eye on the campground and you will see the often riding through the campground. There is a code to drive in to campground day and night and that is good as there are a lot of day visitors to this park. The not so good is the Camp sites are smaller than most state parks but full hook ups and level. You may or may not have your water hook up on the wrong side of your RV as they are shared between camp sites. There is nothing that will block the view between your sight and the one next to you. We will go back. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Nice surprise was the free internet service at the marina. And we heard was also available at the convenience store area. Laundry available at the main rest room area for $1.50 a washer load. We had to pay 4 bucks a load at the only laundromat in Marathon while at Curry Hammock. Wish they had washer and dryers and Wi-Fi here. Yes, sites are tight and some you will have trouble with a choice of use of awning or slides. Weekends are full of loud tent campers, but during the week it is quiet. Rained the whole time we were here for the 3 nights, but had a nice time on the snorkel boat the first day. Make sure you let the desk clerk know you are campers, and will get a $3.00 a person discount. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The overall park is pretty nice. There is plenty to do if you are a sun lover and a water lover. The park has some marsh areas and there were a lot of mosquitoes, especially during the evening and early morning hours. The campsites are made of crushed rock and the sites are pretty tight. There are large limestone boulders guarding the entrance to each campsite. You will need to exercise much caution when backing into your site. The water spigot pedestals are shared. In some sites it will be on the normal (drivers side) and on others it will be on the passenger side. Make sure you have 50' of water hose. Electric service and sewer connections are on the normal (drivers side) of the sites. Satellite service is not possible for some sites. We stayed here 5 days. Verizon aircard service was very good, and we had no problems with cell phones. There is a picnic table and BBQ grill on each site. No campfires are permitted. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Our first camping trip in our new camper. We found this a very nice state park. We arrived mid-week so not very busy, but full by Saturday morning. The beach was not that great. It is okay for sunning, but not swimming. The glass bottom boat trip is amazing and worth the $25 per person fee. All in all, very nice place to camp other than no WiFi at campsites, which we were under the impression there was. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Wonderful diving and snorkeling, and a great park for the money. Ours did have 50A, but some were complaining about only 30A electricity. The sites were clean and well taken care of. The water access is the best and that is what we came for. Great State Park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground has just been significantly improved. A wide drive in, new showers, sewer hookups. It does however lack key elements for RVer's. Sites are narrow and sewer connection at the site is practically in the next site's front door. Avoid sites 32 and 33 which are only one car wide at the front. Sites are marked with large pieces of coral, some 3 ft high and four ft wide, which restrict maneuvering. Big rigs should look carefully at sites 34 and up, which are wider. The park itself offers so much in recreation and education about the reefs. Fishing snorkeling, glass bottom boats are within easy walking distance. Outside the park there are lots of restaurants and services. Inside the park we were unable to get any TV stations on the antenna, although phone and computer were satisfactory. We will try another park next time. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Beautiful park, lots of trees and trails to explore. We were here during the week. Sites turn over fast. Site 39 had a concrete pad and walkway: very nice. The rangers were very friendly. We rode bikes about a mile down route 1 to Kmart/Publix plaza. Several restaurants close by. NO local TV channels at all. Internet access at the dive shop or concession stand only. Fishing from shore only in designated areas: not too great. You can camp here without a car and enjoy. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is an excellent destination campground with plenty to do and see. Snorkeling, kayaking, boating, (boat rentals), swimming, bike riding to name a few. Some very good restaurants nearby within walking or biking distance. The sites have full hook-ups, although the State Park Web Site only mentions water and electric. Sites are level, gravel, some shaded, and I felt spacious for a four slide fifth wheel, plenty of maneuvering room getting in and out. New picnic tables are a nice touch. One thing of note, the sites have a dual water outlet positioned to serve two sites, so if you are on a site where the water hook up is on your curb side, you'll need more than a 25 foot hose. Sewer and electric are close together about mid way down the site like most places. We'll be back. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Wonderful State Park, with decent RV facilities fairly close to the water (but no waterviews). Lovely kayaking trails through the mangroves, and a terrific experience snorkeling off the only natural coral reef in the continental US. There's also beach snorkeling, where you can see a sunken Spanish ship and its cannons less than 50 feet offshore. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great park, reserve early! Beaches, boating, snorkeling, boat trips. Clean restrooms/showers. Would have liked to stay longer, but full. Convenient to stores and restaurants, 100 mile drive to Key West where you really don't want to be pulling a trailer. Would stay here again for more than 3 days. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Park was kept very clean. Camp sites are rather tight, If you have your slide outs out, you could not open your awning. Great place to go snorkeling. We were lucky to get in as they opened early after doing all the renovations. We would camp here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground has been upgraded to full hookup, new roads and nice roomy sites. The Aquarium just recently reopened, nice marina, boat ramp and rentals, glass bottom boat and snorkeling trips, hiking trails. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We lucked out! They just renovated the park and opened early so we got a site! They now have full hook up. The park is wonderful! The only challenge is getting a reservation. We are going back if we can get a site. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a decent state park in the Keys but does need some serious updating. Many of the sites are narrow due to plant overgrowth. The right side of the campground as you pull in has a marsh area that borders the sites. A perfect breeding ground for no-see-ums and mosquito's. The boating in the area is great. Many small channels in the "Mangrove" trees for kayaks. One disgusting element was the boat launch. The recent freezing weather caused several fish to die. Not the fault of the campground, but no effort was made to remove any of the dead rotting fish from the launch area. I nearly slipped and fell while pulling the boat out on half a dead rotting fish. There are 2 washers and dryers available. Another camper in the park told us that this location will not be available next year as it is scheduled to be updated, including sewer hook ups. I hope so, it needs it. I would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here for a night on the way south in the Keys. The campground is average, and the sites can be on the tight side, especially if you have slides on both sides of your rig. The sites are gravel and dirt. It is not as manicured as some of the state parks that we have stayed in the area. The visitor center is fantastic with several large aquariums displaying several kinds of local sea life. A boat launch and a rental dive boat is also available. Given the price for staying at most places in the Keys, this park was a steal. I would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
With all the accolades bestowed upon this park we were set up for a disappointment, but as it turns out this was a fantastic place to stay, even on a crowded New Years holiday week. The campground itself is good, but not great. It lacks a sewer connection (there is a dump station – but they have strict blue boy rules), as well as Wi-Fi, laundry, and privacy between sites. On the positive side, it is small at under 50 sites (and getting a spot here via reservations is difficult), being a state park it is a fraction of the cost of the private camps on the Keys, it does have shower facilities, and many sites have 50 amps as well as water. Sites are along one row, each site backing into dense tropical forest (though satellite worked fine for us). One of the rows has a small murky pond beyond the trees, which I don’t consider ‘waterfront’ as one of the campground guides described. After three days here, I am still not sure if pets are allowed. I’ve seen it written as both ways, and have not seen any pets. I don’t see why they wouldn’t be allowed, however, since there is a paucity of wildlife in this park. There were plenty of Ibis birds, who come begging for food, and are beautiful to watch, but that’s about it. This park is the main attraction on Key Largo, so staying here gives one an advantage because the park is so overrun with day use visitors from Miami that there are typically long lines to get in via the single entrance kiosk, and after lots fill, they close it off. If you are camping here you have to wait in the same long lines, so we only returned to the park in the late afternoons to avoid the lines. The coral reef that is the park’s main purpose is located about 7 miles offshore in open ocean, and without your own boat (there is a boat launch, $10) you must take either a snorkeling tour or a glass bottom boat tour to get there, each lasting about 2.5 hours and costing around $25. Private tour boats leave from other areas of Key Largo. We took the park’s glass bottom boat option, and thoroughly enjoyed the fully narrated tour. The boat meanders slowly through the shallow mangrove channels adjacent to the main park area, then zips across the open ocean to the same reef site where snorkelers and divers head to. The docent describes the abundant sea life display seen through the glass bottom for a good half hour, which is long enough that those with sensitive constitutions should take Dramamine before leaving. It is sold on board. Our boat was full and we had to squeeze in to see anything, although we were impressed with the show that included barracuda. Advance reservations are recommended. There are also canoe trails through the mangroves next to the main part of the park, and you can rent a kayak or canoe for $12/hour (plenty of time to do the whole trail). It was fun to canoe the winding trails, avoiding being entangled by mangroves in some areas, but we did not see any wildlife except for a few fish. The mangroves are not even preferred by alligators since there is no muddy bank; the highly protected mangroves have a unique above ground root system in the salt water environment. The only place to snorkel in the park without taking a boat is a small sandy beach near the visitors center, where there are smaller fish darting through the sea grass and a re-created shipwreck to gawk at 100 feet out. The beach (good for children/novice snorkelers) was completely packed when we were there, although the swimming area was more sparsely used, perhaps indicating chilly water. The small food concession had surprisingly good and reasonably priced breakfast and lunch items. There is a bike trail adjacent to Hwy 1, so you can ride to shopping centers and some restaurants within 1-2 miles. I would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Camped in the middle of July and it was extremely hot with no breezes because of all the trees. The mosquitoes were really really bad even with bug spray. The park was nice for a state park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Key Largo, Florida $26 plus taxes The last time we camped here was close to 18 years ago and it was raining, cold and windy. We stopped for an overnighter in May this time and there was a nice breeze, sun and clear skies. The camp sites are ok not as nice as some of the other ones in the keys and none on the ocean but the rest of the park is great. Mangrove trails, boating, scuba tours and snorkeling tours. A visitor center with all types of fish, information and movie. Three beaches and at Cannon Beach a Spanish ship was sunk for a coral reef. You can see tons of fish and old cannons there – we had a great day snorkeling. The last time we were there my oldest daughter about 10 at the time and I went out on the snorkeling tour and there was a storm – it was tough snorkeling and the boat swung around and almost hit us on the head so this time my husband and I stayed closer to shore and it was great. Beautiful weather and a great place to camp. What was interesting though we just spent a week in the Keys camping – Bahia Honda, Curry Hammock, Long Key and John Pennicamp is the only one that had a campground full sign out and it was full yet if you make reservations it is easier to get into this campground than the other three. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Location and price combine to make this an excellent choice for the Florida Keys. The sites we chose had enough room for 2 35ft motorhomes with slides on both sides to open and put out the awnings. We chose the campground because it is at the base of the Keys, and to enjoy the coral reef. It was incredibly convenient to walk to the snorkel tour and glass bottom boat tour. The coral reef tour is a must see. Since this is one of the few places to visit a Coral Reef in the continental US, please take advantage of it. The showers were clean and washers and dryers were located at the bath house. There were two young men using their computers while doing laundry. Besides the snorkel tours, you can boat,kayak, dive or swim at the park. So if you like watersports this is a great spot. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Pennekamp is a fantastic park if you enjoy water sports are aren't looking for a RV resort type place. This is a State Park not an resort. With that being said..what a great place with so many activities to keep you busy. We camped here for 4 days and are looking forward to returning. Sites are deep and not all that wide but still plenty of room. The park is close to all your needs. Pubs,places to eat and shopping/supplies. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 2 / 10 ]
Beautiful park and facilities except for the camping area. The campsites are on dirty dusty roads, everytime a vehicle goes by your in a cloud of dust. I was on the main road in the camping area. For such a nice park they should have planned the camping area better. I was booked for 5 nights and left after 1. Went next door to Key Largo Kampground and Marina which is my usual place to stay in Key Largo. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We like to camp at state parks and at up-scale RV resorts. And this state park is now one of our favorites. We have already made reservations for April of 08. The sites are not wide but some are very deep, and we had no problem backing our 30-foot Class A in and leaving my motorcycle trailer attached. For the price, this is the one of the best deals in a camp site the Florida Keys’ has to offer. Amenities include: Very clean bathrooms and shows, 50 amp hookups, good water pressure, space to leave a boat in the water, two nice beaches, bike paths, tour boats leaving the park for the reef. The only set back is there is no sewage hookup. And bring a couple DVD with ya… Not much TV reception. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We were very disappointed in this park. The sites were very close together and very short; there was no room for the table beside our trailer and barely room in the rear. It is a good location for visiting the Everglades, and if you are into boating and scuba diving you would probably be happy here. We would not come back. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Stayed here 3 times, 1 week each, over the past several years. Clean, quite, secure (there's a gate that is closed after hours, they give you the combo to get in). Nice visitor center with large aquarium containing various fish and sharks. Pet's were allowed in the park this year, which must be a new policy. Snorkeling and scuba diving tours are available right from the park, at a slightly lower rate than the private operators on Key Largo. However, I'm sure the boats are packed during peak periods. I dove 3 days with the on site scuba shop this past trip. Nice sized catamaran with head. Each trip was about half full, which was nice, would have been a nightmare if full. I recommend Quiesence if you want small boat diving with personal attention. Cons: bugs bugs bugs. Mosquito's and noseeums are so bad, you can't be outside, especially at dusk. I had ant infestations in the RV each time I've been there. Good luck getting in without a reservation during the busy seasons. Some sites can be pretty tight for big rigs. All that said, it's a great value in the keys. I'll be back for 3 weeks next year. We camped here in a Motorhome.
While this park is widely known for the coral reef, it could (with a bit of work) also be known for being a nice place to stay. At the present time, however, this is not the case. The sites are VERY small, the shore power is volatile (it dropped to almost 107v and we had to fire up the generator), the water pressure is low (gauged it at 37) and the "famous coral reef" was a disappointment (at $30 per person, a snorkeling excursion to the "famous reef" yielded little more than a view of brown rocks amid grass and sand). All in all, it's not a very good place to camp. Try Bahia Honda State Park or Curry Hammock State Park instead - both are nearby and a LOT less crowded (and you'll also save $30 on a lame snorkeling tour). We camped here in a Motorhome.
We enjoyed our stay here. The pool was nice and the restrooms clean. The reason for the mediocre rating is the park feels like a "trailer park". There are many older trailers here that are only marginally kept up. However, we would stay here again as the rates are fairly reasonable for the Keys in the winter. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Difficult to locate without GPS. No signs on 1A except for small road sign indicating a campground. Office staff was friendly and efficient. Cable service requires a channel box to receive stations and this is free. The problem is that all TV's will carry the same station in your RV unless you can find a way of getting behind each TV to connect a box. Close to Publix and restaurants. John Pennecamp State Park is a short ride away that take snorkeling and scuba trips out to the reef. The campground has a mix of permanent sites along with owner leased sites. Sites are wide, roads are narrow, and navigation is difficult since parking is allowed on both sides of the internal roadways. Site crews are diligent in leaf blowing. The start at eight in a morning using gas powered blowers. Pool is clean and tidy but the poolside furniture in need of replacing. Cycle rental and RV repair company are close by on Hwy 1. Everyone is friendly. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice, clean park, and quiet at night. Most sites are for mobile homes. Wi-Fi is available for free and working very well but only on the back of the office building or when you're close to it. Felt very comfortable at this park and would stay there again. We are traveling without GPS and had some difficulties finding that park since there is no sign at the street which is leading to it from highway one. We camped here in a Truck Camper.
A very old, decrepit park with miserable support staff at the front desk. Complaints were handled with resentment. It's wide open for what they call "Weekend Warriors" that is, those who come from Miami on the week end to run wild and make noise. Security? What a joke!! The rentals are not overseen, and ours was infested with bugs and mould. Unfriendly, unclean and smelly from a sewage plant. You can do much better! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Key Largo Kampgrounds is primarily for permanent/long term residents. There are some sites available to RVers and also tent sites. The overall atmosphere is pleasant and tropical. However, the outdated and unclean bathrooms detract from what could otherwise be a wonderful experience. The campground is also hard to find. It is at the end of a side road off of US 1, and there is no signage on the highway. The ladies bathroom smelled of urine, and after reporting it to the office there was a strong ammonia smell on top of the urine odor. YUCK! The showers were reasonably clean, but not at all inviting. The laundry room was also outdated and in need of remodeling. If the facilities were updated and kept clean I would rate this campground a 4 1/2 out of 5. As it is I would only recommend staying here if you have no need of the bathrooms or laundry facilities. Disappointing! We camped here in a Motorhome.
We had a campsite on the canal. This is a permanent home with campsite community. We found friendly people and a sense of security and peacefulness. If you like to fish or go to Pennecamp State Park nearby, this is the place to be. It is reasonably priced for the Keys in the winter. The spaces were a little tight to manage, but with patience it was doable. 40' motorhomes around us were in place. Many residents were snowbirds from northern USA and Canadians enjoying the warm Florida winters. Noseeums come out at evening and early AM so just wear some insect repellent. Within walking distance to department store and large grocery store and eating establishment, but yet it was very quiet in the campground. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is Not a RV campground. It is a trailer park with a few open spots they are renting as campsites. The kiddie pool was nice to have, but there were folks smoking and college kids drinking at the pool. I wouldn't call it family friendly. Most of the permanent residents were nice, but they are mostly senior citizens looking forward to the weekly bingo or shuffleboard game. This is not ocean front, but borders a canal that leads out to the bay area. Don't leave trash out. Some animal turned our trash can over and drug the whole bag under the motorhome and made a mess of it. The nightly rate was $60, but by the time you add on the additional fees, it was more like $70. I won't recommend this place for anything other than the pool. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a park of mostly permanent trailer homes. It is also fairly run down. Most importantly the owners are very rude and not accommodating at all. We left before checking in for this reason. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I agree with previous posters: a great RV park, neat, clean and secure. We have come here every other year for over 15 years. Our primary focus is boating, fishing, and diving so we always reserve a canal site, reserve early! These sites have dock/tiki hut on your site. We tow our boat with motorhome. The on site ramp and docks are excellent. Easy access via channels to open ocean. Nice snorkeling, kayak/canoeing in canal or wading/swimming at beach. Location of park is walk/bike distance to: a shopping center (food, K-mart, ice cream, radio shack, etc.,) AND several great restaurants (try the Fish Market, just north or Tower Pizza, just south). The on site marina, ramp, docks and waterfront sites and nearby stores/restaurants make this our destination in the northern keys. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground was a great find in the keys. It was close by to shopping and restaurants yet secluded enough to feel very peaceful. I camped here w/my family which includes 2 young children. We enjoyed the pool, playing shuffleboard, and they played at a small playground that was enough to keep them busy yet nothing to write home about. We had a beautiful site, right on the water with a tiki hut, picnic table, and lighting. People were friendly, though at the time of year we were here, it was rather quiet. They say there are "beaches" on site, but "beaches" in the keys are not really what we think of as beaches. There was access to the water with some sand but it was muddy and a little smelly. We were able to fish from our site for small bait fish, but it was enough to keep my kids entertained. You could enter the water right from your site as well. If you have a small boat you can dock it behind your site. Our neighbors were nice enough to take us out on their boat during our stay. This campground is a great place to visit in the summer when you want to relax by the pool or book a snorkeling, diving, or fishing adventure and I highly recommend it. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
If you camp here you must stay on a canal lot! We stayed on the canal near the beach. At the opening of the canal are 2 small beach areas. The canal lot had a tiki hut/dock. We could jump off the dock and swim in the canal right at our site. The water was very clean. The view of the mangroves was nice. The lot also had a paved/tiled patio area. If we were not on the canal I don't think we would have enjoyed this campground nearly as much. Pay the extra money and get a site with a view! Our family enjoyed the pool as well. The campground is gated and locked at night. A nice security feature. If we would ever return to Key Largo we would stay here again, but only on a canal lot near the beach. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
2010 marks our 7th consecutive year in this campground. We started with a tent site; four years ago upgraded to an RV site. Very clean, quiet, friendly, gated campground. Nice pool. We can wheel our kayak from our site to the water, then paddle in the mangrove trails or to John Pennekamp SP, etc. We ride our bikes everywhere: the fish market, the grocery, library, restaurants, etc. We stay 4 weeks each year. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Nice park to use as a base for exploring the Keys and Miami area. The sites and roads were kind of tight, especially with the permanent trailers everywhere and the sheds, etc. they were allowed to have on their sites. Very convenient to shopping/dining. Good security. Hard to find the entrance in the dark, because the park entrance is off of the main road and there is no sign to direct you from the highway. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great location but extremely tight quarters for big rigs. We were there in a 40' motorhome and could maneuver our way into only one site (#75). All other sites were impossible to get into because full-time residents have built their awnings and parking areas so close to the road, there is not enough room to turn. The sites (once in them) are spacious and as others have said, very tropical and comfortable. Wi-Fi was available only in the office building. Site #75 is located right on the water and at the bottom of a one-way, U-shaped access road. Everyone we saw went in AND out what is supposedly the "in-side" of the U. The reason? The "out-side" of the U is extremely narrow (crowded by stored boats, telephone poles, and assorted buildings) and overgrown by palm trees. Basically, a place I would NOT recommend for big rigs (40' or more). Otherwise, an okay place for a short visit and a nice stop-over on the way to Key West. The Fish House (out the main gate and to the right about 1/2 mile on US1) is terrific. The conch chowder is incredible as is the Key Lime Pie. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Stopped here on our way to Bluewater Key RV Resort. Would have stayed at Pennecamp, but they were doing renovations. Glad we stayed here, though. The folks were very nice. We got site 48, close to the water. Grocery store close by. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The extra money for a canal-side site is well worth it. With our own dock, finished patio, and "chickee hut" (thatched cover over picnic table and patio) right on the canal, we were in a tropical paradise! The campground is full of well-thought-out and designed activities: a playground, sand volleyball court, shuffleboard court, horseshoes, basketball court, covered picnic area with TV, and large BBQ grill for tenters. Great area for kayaking and boating. Add the typical clean laundry room and showers, and we couldn't ask for anything more than a spa! This is a terrific campground. Sites are spacious, staff helpful, and we wish we were here longer! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Campground is compact but accessible for good drivers. Primarily used by long term (i.e. 4+ months) semi-permanent rigs and room/apartment renters. No site privacy available here. Not suitable for families with children. Great fishing boat access available. Low rates are greatest asset. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We ended up liking this place more than we thought we would. A bit crowded, but nice pool and friendly people. Nice to be able to walk to stores and restaurants near by. Showers could use some work. Grounds were well kept. We would go back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We got site 51 which is a great location right on the water. I imagine if you had a more inland site, the mark would be less. No privacy at all, but not really a big deal for us. Sitting by the water is fantastic, watching the sun go down. Owners seem very friendly and the restrooms are the best so far. Great rate of $60 We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is mostly permanent Trailers. There were only a few sites for Transients like us. There were a couple of permanent older buildings with full-time residents. Most sites were in the trees and very small we could not fit in. The site we had was on the water and had a great view. There were 3 other sites the same as ours. The manager was very friendly and helpful to find the correct site for us, as we could not fit in our original site. The laundry was cleaned after we mentioned it needed attention. Most of the people were friendly except the ones who spoke French. We extend our stay since the view and location of our new site was good. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a brand new RV Resort and badly needed in the upper keys. Easily accessed from US 1, most of the sites are pull thrus and easily navigable. This park is situated on Florida Bay and offers spectacular sunsets. They have a launching ramp for boats and kayaks. We had the pleasure of spending 3 days at this resort while our house was being worked on. The pool and clubhouse are beautiful with two billiard tables and games for the kids. The staff was very friendly, helpful, and we had an escort to our site. There is a great restaurant within walking distance, (Mrs. Macs) and other restaurants and snorkel and dive boats just 5 minuets away. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The park is very tight, which includes both the roads and the sites. The park is old and funky with a noticeable lack of street appeal. Once inside the wall, you see that there is regular maintenance going on and there is nothing to fear. The pavilion on the water is nice; as are the residents, many whom are snowbirds. Note, because the spaces are small, you are subjected to your neighbor's habits. We were sited next to chain smokers and couldn't ever open our windows on the left side. Park management is very nice and they do a great job getting you in and out of the tight park. The internet service is surprisingly fantastic! We camped here in a Motorhome.
People here were the nicest we met on our trip this year, but getting into the campsite was the worst experience of the trip. The road around the camp ground is very narrow and backing the 5er into the site took almost 20 minutes because it was so tight. We loved the gazebo on the ocean where there were chairs & tables to sit at and enjoy the sunset. We loved Key Largo and the area, but I would never stay here again because it is so hard to get into. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Rate based on monthly rate which is going up for next year and will not include electricity. Great folks here, very old campground and extremely tight maneuvering with big rigs but they work to help you fit. New owners are Carefree RV Resorts and they are making changes gradually. We liked this park from the standpoint that it was probably the best value in the Keys. We would stay here again even with higher rates. Park sits right on Florida Bay and has great sunsets. Boat ramp, shuffleboard and a pavilion on the waterfront which is really nice. We have stayed here twice for 2 month periods. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Site C-16 is by far the best site and the only site directly on the water and its oversized. I was able to fit my 35' travel trailer, Ford Excursion, 30' boat trailer and a Ford F-150 with plenty of room left over for the kids to play. The bathrooms were clean but outdated, the other sites were very tight and I don't think I would come back unless I were to get C-16 again. C-16 is also right next to the boat ramp and directly on the docks. The people staying here and the park attendants were very accommodating and friendly. The water depth was 2.5-3' draft and about a 45 minute ride to the Atlantic and snorkel sites. The water on the docks and the beach area was crystal clear. Gave an 8 because of the outdated bathrooms and the primarily tight spots. C16 is a 9 only because the electrical box could use some updating and the sewer dump spot is on the opposite end for travel trailers. I had to buy 3 sewer extensions hoses to reach and the fuses on the electrical boxes tripped on several occasions when running the ac and lights. Saw manatees and two large 6' foot nurse sharks directly from the docks. Nice spot! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We spent 4 nights here right on the water [site A 14.] Beautiful sunsets, nice little sandy beach and friendly people. Not a big park but that's what we wanted. Very good WiFi and cable TV. Tight maneuvering for big rigs. Would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
A small friendly rv park. Very clean and shady. It is so nice to sit on the pavilion and watch the sunsets with everyone. There is a nice area to walk your dogs. There is a small sandy beach that is raked every day. I am so glad we found this hidden treasure! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This RV Park is small and I'm sure that I would not have been as happy in many of the other sites. We stayed in site C-16 for a month. C-16 is the only site directly on the ocean. You will need some extra sewer hose for this site. I kept my boat on the dock within 10 feet of my 5th wheel. The site was a little noisy on the weekends due to it location by the dock, beach and Pavilion. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This park is very small and the sites are extremely tight. There is no beach, just a boat launch with a covered patio over the water. No area to walk your dog, so you had to go out on the highway. People were friendly and helpful. Only one shower and one washer and dryer. OK for one night, but has no amenities. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a cozy little place away from the hustle and bustle of the bigger campgrounds. Has no pool but a nice little beach area, a nice shaded pavilion and there was always a nice breeze to keep you cool. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
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Excellent Park. Comfortable and Cozy. We had a great time. Sunsets were magnificent. We highly recommend staying there. We camped here in a Motorhome.