How to Camp in Long Key, Florida

How to Camp in Long Key, Florida
Long Key State Park is one of Florida's top destinations for beach camping. Long Key's unspoiled landscape is rich in native flora and fauna, like mangrove trees, white crowned pigeons, woodpeckers and egrets. Camping alongside the Atlantic Ocean is an unforgettable experience. You can walk a few feet from your campsite and you're in the water. There are several hiking trails that allow you to experience the tranquil beauty of the Florida Keys. Each of the sixty waterfront campsites has a picnic table and grill. There are also shared bathrooms and hot showers in the middle of the camping areas.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Instructions

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tent Sleeping bag Tarp Food Cooler Sunscreen First aid kit
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Tarp
  • Food
  • Cooler
  • Sunscreen
  • First aid kit
 
Step 1
Plan your Long Key camping trip. Purchase all the necessary equipment (tent, sleeping bag, tarp, cooler, sunscreen and first aid kit), if you haven't already. Be sure to purchase enough food for the duration of your camping trip. Long Key State Park is open 365 days a year, but certain times of the year may be more comfortable than others. Although there is an ocean breeze, the summer heat can be brutal and downright dangerous, so avoid camping between June and August. Be sure to check the weather before you go.
Step 2
Contact the Long Key State Park Service for general inquiries at (305) 664-4815. Reserve your campsite by either calling this number or by filling out a form on the Florida State Parks website.
Step 3
Pack up the car and drive to Long Key State Park. The park is located at mile marker 67.5, 67400 Overseas Highway in the Florida Keys. Make sure you have enough cash to pay the park fees. Long Key State Park charges $5 per vehicle and an additional $.50 per person as part of the Monroe County Surcharge. Camping fees are $36 per night plus tax. This includes water and electricity.
Step 4
Set up your tent and camping equipment at your designated campsite. Relax and enjoy your stay. Long Key offers a variety of activities, like canoeing (canoes available for rental), kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, bird watching and hiking. Long Key is also one of the premier bonefishing spots in the Florida Keys. Be respectful of others and the environment. Leave the campsite the way you found it.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
Apply sunscreen often and drink plenty of water. The Florida sun is extremely strong especially in the Keys.
 
Apply sunscreen often and drink plenty of water. The Florida sun is extremely strong especially in the Keys.
 
Things to watch out for include jelly fish, sharp shells, stingrays (especially in summer), sunburn, and dehydration.
 
Things to watch out for include jelly fish, sharp shells, stingrays (especially in summer), sunburn, and dehydration.

Article Written By Charlie Higgins

Charlie Higgins is a writer, translator, editor and social-media consultant based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Originally from Connecticut, Higgins holds bachelor's degrees in media studies and music from Oberlin College. He currently works for the financial inclusion and microenterprise news website Microdinero.

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