Monroe County, Florida Campgrounds

Monroe County, Florida Campgrounds
Monroe County is Florida's southernmost county incorporating much of Everglades National Park at the tip of the Florida Peninsula and the chain of islands known as the Florida Keys. A single highway connects the city of Key West with the mainland along which campgrounds can be found offering spectacular sunrises and sunsets each day. Birders and wildlife enthusiasts relish the backcountry campsites, many accessible only by water, of Everglades National Park in addition to the more accessible frontcountry campsites.

Bahia Honda State Park

Bahia Honda State Park is located on Big Pine Key at the southern end of Seven Mile Bridge and 12 miles south of Marathon. The shallow waters around the park provide excellent snorkeling, and boaters can find scuba and fishing opportunities further offshore. The park offers a number of waterfront campsites with sandy ground, picnic tables and grills. RV sites and cabin rentals also are available and at times, tent campers may find themselves on one of the gravel sites more appropriate for RVs. The park features a boat ramp, beaches, biking, hiking, showers, restrooms and kayaking with kayaks available for rent. Pets on a leash are permitted in the campgrounds but excluded from many other areas of the park.

Bahia Honda State Park
36850 Overseas Hwy.
Big Pine Key, FL 33043
(305) 872-2353
floridastateparks.org/bahiahonda

Curry Hammock State Park

On the north side of Marathon, Curry Hammock State Park offers 28 campsites, most with sandy ground for pitching a tent. Kayaking and canoeing are the popular means of water exploration with an easy launch from the shores of the park. Kayak fishing around the park is rewarded with permit, snook, snapper and other table fare. Campers are also provided with showers, restrooms, playground and picnic sites. Leashed pets are permitted but are not allowed on the beaches.

Curry Hammock State Park
56200 Overseas Hwy.
Marathon, FL 33050
(305) 289-2690
floridastateparks.org/curryhammock

Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park features several frontcountry campgrounds, but trekking or boating to the backcountry campsites are well-rewarded with a diversity of wildlife. While these backcountry sites are available throughout the year, campers often choose the cooler, dryer winter months to provide a more comfortable stay. Some backcountry campsites can be accessed on foot, but many are only accessible by water. Because of the remote nature of these campsites, families with young children and less-experienced campers might choose to confine their camping trip to the frontcountry campsites in Long Pine Key Campground or Flamingo Campground, which are accessible by car and have more amenities.

Everglades National Park
40001 SR 9336
Homestead, FL 33034-6733
(305) 242-7700
nps.gov/ever

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

North of Key Largo, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park offers travelers heading south from Homestead and Miami their first opportunity to camp in the Florida Keys. The majority of this park is actually underwater, 70 nautical square miles, with snorkeling and scuba diving the coral reef being among the park's most popular activities. Campsites at the park include a grill, picnic table, water and electricity and are accompanied by park amenities that includes a boat ramp, playground, restrooms with showers, beaches and a visitor center containing a number of saltwater aquariums.

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
P.O. Box 487
Key Largo, FL 33037
(305) 451-6300
floridastateparks.org/pennekamp

Long Key State Park

Campers at Long Key State Park located between Islamorada and Marathon, can rent a canoe or bring their own kayak to paddle the Long Key Lakes Canoe Trail. Sixty campsites with electricity, water, picnic table, grill, restrooms and showers are available for tent or RV camping. The park also offers two hiking trails, one of which leads to an observation tower providing a view of the islands habitat and wildlife.

Long Key State Park
P.O. Box 776
Long Key, FL 33001
(305) 664-4815
floridastateparks.org/longkey

Article Written By David Chandler

David Chandler has been a freelance writer since 2006 whose work has appeared in various print and online publications. A former reconnaissance Marine, he is an active hiker, diver, kayaker, sailor and angler. He has traveled extensively and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida where he was educated in international studies and microbiology.

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