The Florida Keys are known for their warm, clear blue waters, colorful coral reefs and laid back atmosphere. If you enjoy camping, and you have never been to the Keys, this is one hundred percent bucket-list worthy. Add these five islands to your own. Whether you”re parking your RV, or pitching a tent, camping out is by far the best way to enjoy the beautiful wonders of the great outdoors. Here’s what you need to know about camping in the Florida Keys:

1) Key Largo:

Florida’s “Dive Capital”

Where to camp: Key Largo Kampground. This place is also a marina alongside the Atlantic Ocean on 40 acres of tropical flowers and foliage.

Cost: $38 per night in a tent, Waterfront RV $85 per night.

What to do: Pennekamp Mangrove Trails is just around the corner, one of the best kayaking spots on the island. Grab a snorkel or scuba tank and explore the gorgeous underwater wildlife. Eat at The Key Lime Cafe, and order the best conch fritters in the sea!

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2) Islamorada:

Made up of six islands including Plantation Key, Windley Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Lower Matecumbe Key and the offshore islands of Indian Key and Lignumvitae Key.

Where to camp: Long Key State Park.

Cost: $36 per night, for both tents and RVS.

What to do: Water sports are huge here. Grab a paddle board and venture out into the turquoise sea. Eat at Lazy Days, and be satisfied with any delicious thing listed on the menu, or just for $15.99 you can bring in your own catch, and the chef will cook if for you too!

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3) Marathon:

Where to Camp: Grassy Key RV Park.

Cost: $50 per night in an RV and $95 per night in the peak season.

What to do: Visit some cute little critters at The Turtle Hospital and learn about how you can help save the beautiful sea turtles that are now an endangered species. Grab a bite to eat at Sparky’s Landing, and order some fresh oysters.

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4) Big Pine Key (and the Lower Keys):

Where to camp: Sugarloaf Key Resort KOA Kampground.

Cost: ranges depending amount of guests and sizes of RVS and tents.

What to do:Enjoy one of the many dolphin encounters you can sign up for, or just hope to see them while divingEat at Santiago’s Bodega for some Spanish tapas.

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5) Key West:

Where to camp: Boyd’s Key West Campground.

Cost: $55 per night in the off season for a tent, and $63 in season.

What to do: Cruise around on a glass-bottom boat before jumping into the ocean yourself. Grab some romantic dessert at Better than Sex. The name of the food speaks for itself.

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Have you ever gone camping in the Keys?


Shane Autumn is currently a senior at The University of Tampa, pursuing a degree in Communication, a minor in Spanish, and a certificate in International Studies. When this travel-obsessed, adventure junkie isn't out exploring the world, she can be found feeding her unhealthy addiction to chocolate chip cookies. Shane Autumn is an avid human rights and animal activist, and plans on starting her own non-profit organization someday.

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