Sandspur is the place to camp!!! Although It is really a shame that sites that appeared booked in the reservation system, seat empty for 2-3 nights in a row. These sites are very popular and people book them way ahead of time but when the time comes, campers don't show up and the park staff don't follow up on the status of the reservation as they should.
Stay away from Bayshore and Buttonwood if you want to enjoy nature (vegetation is scarce), and not being surrounded by RV's and lots of people!
If you can't get into Sandspur, better drive 30 miles north as I did, and camp at Long Key State Park!!!! All campsites are waterfront and campfires are permitted. Actually, I wish I knew earlier!!! Because the Park is undergoing renovations, they are not in the Reserve America system (although they will be back soon) and only taking walk-ins. Out of over 60 sites, less than 20 were occupied. Wildlife is thriving since the park has been so quite. The beach is not as nice as Sandspur though.
Enjoy your trip!!!
- 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