Updated January 2022
RVing in the Florida Keys
RVing in the Florida Keys for an entire month gives ample opportunity to experience the Keys. The Keys are a 127-mile chain of islands off the southern tip of Florida. Once your leave mainland Florida and drive onto the Keys, it’s like you’re in another world.
I’ve been heading south from Maine for a couple of weeks and arrived in Port Saint Lucie, Florida on October 29 giving me a couple of days to take care of some things before heading to the Keys for the month of November. Murphy went to the groomer, we stocked up on groceries, got some cleaning and laundry done, and then we were ready to head south again.
On my way through Miami, I stopped and picked up my friend who rode along with me and helped me get set up when we arrived in Marathon at Grassy Key RV Resort. Having help with some of these tasks has been a real treat.
Plan Far In Advance
If you would like to plan your own trip RVing in the Florida Keys, to start a year in advance. Reservations are limited and hard to come by. Many people go each year and make their reservations for the next year before they leave in the spring. You should also know, everything in the Keys is very expensive. RV sites are exorbitant and you’ll likely be asked to pay in full before your arrival. If you rent by the month, you’ll also need to tack on electricity.
The Overseas Highway is a single two-way highway that stretches the entire 127-miles through the Keys. Locations in the Keys are measured by mile-marker. For example, if you’re looking for an RV park on the main highway, the address will appear along with the nearest mile marker. Key Largo, the northernmost key begins at MM127, and Key West, the southernmost island ends at MM0.
The drive is absolutely breathtaking with turquoise water on both sides much of the way. Bridges are abundant and connect one island to the next. When you head south out of Marathon, you’ll cross the 7-mile bridge which is the longest bridge in the chain.
When RVing in the Florida Keys, remember that traffic here can be a bit slow. This is partially due to those who are on “island time” and the fact that there is only one road and much of it has only one lane in each direction.
Each time I’ve been to the Keys, I have stayed at Grassy Key RV Resort in Marathon on Grassy Key. The resort is on the gulf side of the road. Grassy Key is a small resort with only 36 sites. It boasts a marina, a saltwater pool, clubhouse, laundry, a fish cleaning station, and waterfront seating. I’m not one to enjoy crowds so small is good in my eyes.
The only negative about the resort is the lack of a place to walk your dog. There are only two small grassy strips along the highway for them to take care of business. Fortunately there are two dog parks in Marathon so I just got used to loading Murphy into the truck twice a day for a trip to the dog park. It’s a really great way to meet some of the locals too.
Things To Do In The Keys
There are countless things to do in the Keys so I’ll just list a few of the things I’ve enjoyed while visiting there.
The Dolphin Research Center is just a few hundred feet north of the resort. I highly recommend a visit to the center.
Visit The Turtle Hospital in Marathon. Their goal is to rescue and rehabilitate, and release sea turtles. Reservations are recommended.
Consider a reef fishing trip on the Marathon Lady. I’ve been out with them twice and enjoyed every moment of those trips. On my last trip out, we came back with 15 fish which we had cleaned by the crew. During the winter they have morning and afternoon trips. You can also rend a rod and reel from them. They also have free parking including RV parking.
We took out catch to Sparky’s Landing in Marathon where they cooked them up into the most scrumptious dinner.
Try the deep fried key lime pie at Porky’s Bayside Restaurant and Marina. To die for! Their other food is great too but that pie! Remember, most of the restaurants with outdoor seating in the Keys are pet friendly.
Watch the sunset behind the 7 Mile Bridge, over a romantic dinner at Sunset Grille. They have great food and drinks too.
Some of my favorite day trips;;
Key West which is the southernmost point of the contenintal United States. Take a photo with the mile 0 bouy.
Islamorada which is just north of Marathon. Don’t forget to visit the giant lobster. You can’t miss it.
Bahia Honda State Park is a perfect place to spend a day at the beach. Bring a picnic lunch, some beach chairs and your snorkeling gear.
When the time comes to leave RVing in the Florida Keys behind, check out 3 Broward County RV Parks – My Honest Reviews.
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