A cushion starfish we found during our stay
To be honest, I am a little apprehensive to publish a review on this park, for no reason other than the fact that I do not want to the world to find out about this little gem tucked away in the Florida Keys.
Long Key State Park offers some of the best waterfront camping available in the Florida Keys. Each camping spot is steps from the some of the clearest water you’ll ever see. There is nothing too over the top here, but the property is very clean, especially the bathrooms. I have to admit that I am not the biggest fan of public showers, but the bathrooms and showers here are spotless.
What I like about Long Key outside of the picture perfect water is the secluded feel of the property. Other state parks and RV resorts pack as many people in as possible with the almighty dollar clouding their vision. However, Long Key has a more private and spacious feel to it. All of the lots are on the water, and the property has a rustic feel that enables you to become one with nature. We encountered more wildlife during our stay at Long Key than we have ever seen on a camping trip before. On land, we saw tons of different types of crabs and several feral iguanas, which called our campsite home. In the water we found massive cushion starfish, stingrays, blue crabs, bonnet head sharks, and lots of tropical fish. During the low tide you are able to walk extremely far offshore in only two – three feet of water, which allows for some amazing exploration opportunities.
One downside to this park is that none of the camping spots have pavement or gravel, you’ll be right on the sand. While this adds to the tropical and rustic feel, it also makes a mess as you’ll be tracking in tons of sand into your tent or RV. We recommend bringing a small vacuum or handle dirt devil to easily clean up the mess.
The park is also known for it’s great kayaking and mangrove canals. With the water being so clear you’ll be sure to have a great view of some amazing wildlife below. The park offers kayak rentals for around twenty dollars.
The park is located right in the middle keys just north of Marathon and south of Islamorada. Marathon is home to major grocery chains and a Kmart, which is a nice convenience to have in the Keys where everything is a hike and a half to get to.
If you’re hoping to plan a trip to Long Key you’ll need to plan ahead as they book up fast, especially if you are looking for an RV spot. Visit ReserveAmerica to check availability at the park.