My boyfriend and I stayed at this campground for two nights on our way down to Key West. When I made the reservations, we got the only tent site that was available for the nights we wanted. As others have noted, the tent sites in this particular area (we were on the bay) are extremely gravelly. If we had not had an air mattress, there would have been no way we could have slept there. The first night we were there, there was a pretty stiff breeze that kept the bugs at bay. However, that breeze subsided over night on the second night and the bugs - particularly the no-see-ums that are small enough to get through tent netting - showed up in full force and we had to utilize the bug spray in the middle of the night. Just something for everyone to be prepared for.
While we were quite close to a rest room, the only bath house is quite far from the tents sites in which we were located. It is a hike and there is no place to park your car if you wanted to drive (and not get all sweaty on the walk returning from the bath house). The bathhouse itself was fine and had plenty of hot water. The shower stall is open to the dressing area so you need to be careful not to get dry items wet.
The rangers were very helpful and the snack bar has a decent variety (although expensive).
The cabins look like they would be great. If I could rent a cabin or get a tent site near the beach, I may try camping here again (in a tent) but otherwise would not recommend it unless you are in an RV.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Three camping areas in the park provide space for tents and RVs. Some sites are available by advance booking; others are on a first-come, first-served basis. Three cabins are also available and usually are booked well in advance. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bahia Honda State Park Campgrounds Hotel Big Pine Key
- Bahia Honda State Park Campgrounds Big Pine Key, Florida Keys