By Carlos Aguaron
Camping in Islamorada and the Florida Keys campgrounds in general is a wonderful experience that provides relaxation, and breathtaking views. Imagine setting up your tent or RV in one of the many campgrounds that offer waterfront sites and you will feel like you own a portion of this beautiful Caribbean place, enjoy snorkeling in the turquoise waters, take a short trip to the reef to see the most amazing marine life or relax at night watching the stars while the marshmallows melt off the sticks, camping in the Florida Keys is an experience of a lifetime.
Islamorada has two main campgrounds nearby, the beautiful Long Key State Park and Campgrounds Oceanside located at Mile Marker 67.5, 67400 Overseas Highway, this campground offers 60 full-facility campsites in the park, all overlooking the Atlantic ocean! Each campsite comes equipped with a picnic table, ground grill, water, and electricity. Three restrooms with hot showers, are centrally located. Also provided, is a dump station for gray and black water.
There is great snorkeling just off the shores and a short trip to the reef provides an amazing adventure for your family.
Pets must be confined, leashed (not to exceed six feet in length) or otherwise under the physical control of a person at all times. Tethered pets must not be left unattended for more than 30 minutes. Quiet hours must be observed from 11:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m. Pet owners must pick up after their pets and properly dispose of all pet droppings in trash receptacles. Florida law requires that pets be vaccinated against rabies. Any pet that is noisy, dangerous, intimidating or destructive will not be allowed to remain in the park.
Non-furbearing pets, such as reptiles, birds, or fish must be confined or under the physical control of the owner. Some animals may be prohibited on park property. Failure to abide by these rules may result in the camper being asked to board the pet outside the park or to leave the campground.
Pets are not allowed on beaches, along the natural shoreline, in picnic shelters, or in the bathhouses. In the areas where pets are allowed they must be on a six-foot hand held leash and be well behaved at all times.
The second campground is located in Mile Marker 70 and it belongs to KOA, Fiesta Key is targeted more towards Rv's and travel trailers, there are plenty of tent sites too.
As every KOA facility, there is a Bar-Grill, Arcade Room, Beach-Liquor Store and Swimming pool on site.
If you enjoy camping in a peaceful an quiet environment don't make reservations on holidays, it can be very crazy with the campground full.
You can choose from a motel room (several with full kitchens), pull thrus, tent sites or a variety of RV sites. Enjoy sea-and-sun fun in the Olympic-size pool and hot tubs. Take advantage of the full-service marina with boat ramp and slip rentals. Find just the right souvenir or grocery item in the Kampstore. Watch the sun set at the waterfront Beach House Pub. The Fiesta Key KOA offers special activities for campers during the holidays. Enchanting Key West lies 70 miles south, and Islamorada, the sportfishing capital, is even closer.
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