Campgrounds Near Big Pine Key, Florida

Campgrounds Near Big Pine Key, Florida
Big Pine Key is the first of the larger keys comprising the outer, western end of Florida's famous chain of islands. A major attraction there is the Coupon Bight Aquatic Preserve, which has plenty of opportunities for fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving and marine bird watching. However, there are no tent-friendly campgrounds on Big Pine Key itself, with the closest being on nearby Sugarloaf Key and at Bahia Honda State Park.

Bahia Honda State Park

Don't be fooled by the postal address. Bahia Honda State Park is on an entirely separate island 16 miles from Big Pine, and it has that island almost entirely to itself. The park has three separate campgrounds. The first and largest is Buttonwood, which is primarily an RV campground, but also accepts tents. Sandspur Campground accepts tents, as well as small RVs and trailers (less than 14 feet). Finally, Bayside Campground has a 6 feet, 8 inches height restriction on vehicles entering the campground, so it is primarily for tents. All of Bahia Honda's campsites have their own picnic tables, barbecue grills and water taps, but the only bathhouse in the park is located at Buttonwood Campground.

The park offers campers a number of water sports opportunities and renowned white sand beaches. It has a boat ramp, so sailing and both shore and offshore saltwater fishing are possible. There are also designated snorkeling areas with enough depth to be considered shallow scuba diving sites right off the beach. The island also has three natural trails, and is a good place for marine bird watching.

Bahia Honda State Park
36850 Overseas Hwy.
Big Pine Key, Florida 33043
(305) 872-2353

Lazy Lakes RV Resort

Lazy Lakes RV Resort on Sugarloaf Key is a short, roughly 15 mile-drive to the west of Big Pine, right down the Overseas Highway. While primarily an RV park, it does accept tent-campers,with the good news that the site rates for tent campers are the same for the premium waterfront sites as at their inland sites. The campground encloses a 7-acre saltwater lake with a fishing dock and paddle boats. Its facilities and features include a clubhouse with game room, swimming pool, Wi-Fi access, coin laundry and courts for horseshoes and tennis. Lazy Lakes RV resort accepts pets.

Lazy Lakes RV Resort
311 Johnson Road
Sugarloaf Key, FL 33042
(305) 745-1079

Sugarloaf Key/Key West KOA

The Sugarloaf KOA offers tent campers four separate tents-only camping areas. The campground as a whole sits on the waterfront, and has its own beach and swimming area, as well as a marina, boat ramp, fishing bridge and fish cleaning station. The KOA's camping facilities include multiple shower houses, a coin laundry and a camp store with firewood and propane sales. Among the amenities are a camp pub, swimming pool, hot tub, playground, dog park, courts for volleyball and basketball and Wi-Fi Internet access for a fee. The campground also rents boats and snorkeling gear. Sugarloaf Key is a roughly 15 mile-drive from Big Pine Key.

Sugarloaf Key / Key West KOA
251 County Road 939
Sugarloaf Key, FL 33042-0469
(305) 745-3549

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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