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Diving/Camping in the Middle Keys

Discussion in 'Florida' started by mpen, Sep 27, 2012.

  1. mpen

    mpen Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Gainesville
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    Looking into doing a dive trip to the middle keys, something other than Largo and Key West, preferably Marathon or Looe Key. Any recommendations on places to camp/dive with and even comments on how the diving is down there would be awesome
     
  2. SC_Hoaty

    SC_Hoaty Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: SC
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    Interested in what you learn about camping. We camped/dived the WPB area a month ago. It was a trial run to see if the camper had enough space for all the gear.
     
  3. sportxlh

    sportxlh Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: formerly Palm Beach Gardens, FL: now Atlanta
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    I usually do at least one (tent) camping trip to the keys each year (and another two trips staying in hotels or condo rentals). My two favorite camping spots are Curry Hammock State Park and Bahia Honda. The problem with the state parks is that you have to make reservations well in advance. At some point I'd like to give Long Key State Park a shot as well.

    Can't really comment on the diving though, I generally drive up to Conch Republic in Tavinier each morning when I stay in either camp ground: it is a pleasant drive for me and I don't mind the 45-60 minute commute. I've also driven down to Key West to dive the Vandenberg. A buddy has dove Looe Key and enjoyed: my daughter has snorkeled it and also enjoyed it.
     
  4. mpen

    mpen Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Gainesville
    21
    3
    State parks seem to be pretty booked up for when I'd want to be going :/
    Plus bringing along a group of 20-30 people we need like 4-5 spots, which is even harder to get in state parks, so a non-state park camp ground would be ideal.
     
  5. VinceC

    VinceC Registered

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Palmetto, Florida, United States
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    Knights Key Campground is terrific. You have a harbor you can leave your boat in and their own boat ramp. Gas by water is close and the reefs are within 4 miles. You can go inside to snorkel and there are restaurants within walking distance. Good luck.
     
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2012

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