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Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge
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Reviewed May 7, 2010

My boyfriend and I camped here for three nights in late April.
Check-in was easy. We were provided a map, a list of activities, and a key to the entrance and exit. (They keep a chain across both entrances that you have to unlock and re-lock each time. Some may say its a pain, but I appreciate that it keeps people from driving like maniacs into the area.) We were on site 28, one row back from the water. While we were surrounded by RVs, the site was still great. We were happy that the wind was steady, which kept any bugs away. We still had a shelter with bug tent set up, just in case.
The facilities were VERY clean, always had hot water in the showers. The pool area was also nice, although the water was already pretty warm - not completely refreshing. The Lodge's store was very well stocked - from camping supplies and grills to groceries and fishing gear - and reasonably priced. In case you need anything else, there's a Winn Dixie about 10 minutes away.
The location of the campsite and lodge is great, it's only a few minutes away from Bahia Honda State Park (a must see) and it's only about a 40 minute drive to Key West. You will see lots of Key Deer wandering around the grounds - more so than just driving around on Big Pine Key itself. That said, you must keep all of your food and garbage locked away. The deer are not afraid of anything, and they will walk right into your tent to rummage if you leave it open.
It was pretty quiet at the campgrounds, I don't know if it was because it being early in the season, or if it was because everyone was happily hanging out in their air conditioned RVs watching satellite tv. But, the people we did see and interact with were really nice and helpful.
A few tips for 1st time campers here - bring an air mattress or sleeping mat, the ground is VERY hard. Along the same lines, bring a hammer and strong metal stakes - to get through the ground when securing your tent. You'll also need a grill or stove, there are no fire rings due to Monroe County laws. It was also very helpful having a site with electric to power a fan for our tent at night, as it was quite warm - and that's only April!

All in all, a good place to camp out.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 27, 2010

Went down with four buddies for a fishing trip, We stayed in a rustic campsite with our boat in the water next to us. The ladies in the store were very nice. The bathrooms were really clean. We had a great trip.

Thank you to the staff at Big Pine Fishing Lodge,

Scott - Orlando, FL

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled with friends
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3  Thank ScottAlxSmith160
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Reviewed April 23, 2010

We camped in the rustic tentsite area and loved the Key Deer and Red Winged Black Birds. We thought they could use an outhouse in that area for convenience. Other than that the facilities were clean and the owner's key lime pie was to die for. Thank you for a wonderful vacation.

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4  Thank DanaKarl
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Reviewed February 21, 2010

We loved this place! We had a rustic site, which only had 2 tables and a space for the tent and the car. Check in was quick and painless. Gated entrance/exit made it secure. Facilities are convenient and immaculately clean. Nightly entertainment was great, although we used the game room to work on a computer, everyone there looked like they were having a great time. People are very friendly and social. Banana split night was the best! We cannot wait to go back!

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank nick1ir
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Reviewed December 6, 2009

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge. The rooms are comfortably large, able to accommodate the 3 of us that stayed there for the weekend. It was nice and clean, no mold or mildew anywhere, which is quite a challenge with the constant humidity down there. While the weather didn't allow us to take advantage of all the amenities, it has a great pool deck (no hot tub), fishing boats waiting to be rented and a place you can fish from land if you'd like to.There's a big screen TV in an open air room that has a small game room attached to it. Clean as could be in the common areas too. The highlight is seeing the key deer roaming the grounds. The hotel was able to accommodate our large van and truck we needed to travel in as well. It's got a nice gift shop with fresh coffee every morning. We're looking forward to our next stay in the lodge.

  • Stayed: November 2009
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1  Thank SNCLVC
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Reviewed August 12, 2009

We spent last Christmas at Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge and I kept meaning to write a review. The campground is great and the people are wonderful. The people at the front desk are informative and friendly. The showers and bathrooms were very clean. Our kids ages 13, 11 and 8 had a great time. We felt very comfortable letting them bike around. They meet some nice kids from Canada. The pool was great and they had a fun icecream sunde night. Free coffee every morning. Everyone was very, very nice.
It was very challenging to get a 30 foot trailer around the corners. We found out later that they have a tractor that will park it for you for $15, do it! It seemed like we were close together but I never saw or heard our neighbors unless you wanted to. We would go back tom. if we could.
Mary Manasquan NJ

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled with family
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1  Thank cafcafmom
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Reviewed July 15, 2009

We visited the Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge as an alternative to staying at a hotel in Key West. It's a relatively short distance away from Downtown Key West--about 30 minutes.

Location- Big Pine Key is well hidden. We missed it completely the first time around and had to turn back. It's nestled in and kept away from the traffic and main street. The actual lodge consists of RV sites, small motel like rooms, and campsites, both rustic and with hook ups. We showed up the same day and got a rustic campsite (the only one available), that was beachfront.

Amenities- the lodge covers all the basics--there are shared showers, laundry, a rec room, a pool, a well stocked and fairly priced grocery store, electric hook ups, etc. The rustic campsites are the bare minimum, but you only have to walk a short distance to use the facilities.

Staff- The staff was polite and helpful. A big thumbs up goes to the maintenance crew, who were extremely helpful and organized. They allowed us to use some of their tools to inflate our air mattress. They also take good care of the grounds.

Visitors- All visitors seemed to be repeat or frequent RV'ers, campers. Most people seemed to have extended stays. The overall atmosphere was very nice and relaxing. People are constantly out barbequeing, drinking, lounging, etc. There are lots of families and teenagers.

Cons- The only and primary con was the BUGS! It may have been largely due to the time of the year, but we realized very quickly that we were not properly prepared to handle the amount of gnats, no see ums, sand flies, etc.. that were lurking about. Our campsite seemed to have swarms of them! It wasn't so bad in the daytime, while we were setting up our tent, but once nighttime hit, we were severely bitten, despite having insecticide. At the end of our 1 night stay, we have been bitten all over our bodies. I would highly recommend packing Deep Woods OFF or bringing along a multitude of sprays and deterrents to handle this problem. Alternatively, you can also try going during the winter months or camping away from the waterfront. This problem only was almost enough to overshadow all the other wonderful pros!

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: 33000 Overseas Hwy, Big Pine Key, FL 33043-3519
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Big Pine Key
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Big Pine Key
Price Range: $60 - $100 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 174
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge (BPKFL) occupies ten pristine acres between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Perfectly positioned in the Middle Keys at MM33, the BPKFL offers a friendly home-base from which to enjoy all the Florida Keys has to offer. The BPKFL has several lodging options to choose from including rustic campsites, electric/water RV campsites, water-front campsites, plus efficiencies and motel rooms. With a boat ramp and canals, you can put your boat in the water (and leave it in the water) during your stay. This idea of "boat-side" camping gives you the freedom to jump in your boat and go whenever the mood strikes. Our camp store is stocked with everything you need to be comfortable at camp and out on the water. This includes food, beverages, and snacks, plus fishing/marine supplies like marine gas, bait and basic water sports equipment. Whether this is your first visit to BPKFL or your fiftieth, we look forward to sharing our little slice of paradise with you. ... more   less 
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