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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Big Pine Key Fishing Hotel Big Pine Key
- Big Pine Fishing Lodge Big Pine Key Fla
- Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge Florida Keys