Land is precious in the Florida Keys and campgrounds need a lot of it. Of the three or four RV parks in Marathon, Jolly Roger is the best and largest.
Marathon is about halfway between the southern tip of mainland Florida and Key West. From here it's roughly 50 miles to the fun & games on Duval Street in the southernmost point of the continental US.
RV spaces at the Jolly Roger are not paved but surfaces are level and dry and the results of an afternoon cloudburst will quickly drain.
50-amp electrical service at our site was excellent, the breaker box in good condition. Water pressure is very good and the taste is satisfactory.
The Jolly Roger fronts on the Gulf of Mexico and waterside sites are pricey. Sites closer to the noisy overseas highway are less expensive.
A salt water pool, boat ramp, docking space for your trailered boat and a fishing pier are among the amenities.
The men's shower and restroom visited on a Wednesday morning was sparkling clean.
There were many dogs brought along by other guests here and for them there is the "Bark Park," a leash-free fenced area. Because there are so many other dogs wanting to use this facility, care should be exercised in walking them. Nose-to-nose negotiations can be testy.
While the Jolly Roger CG is strict on pet behavior and demands a $30 refundable deposit, they have NO rules against pit bull breeds being on the property.
Wynn-Dixie, Publix (Grocery), CVS and various fast food restaurants are located a short distance south on US-1.
There is no real beach on the Atlantic side of Marathon although there is a small sandy area known to locals as a nude beach on Coco Plum Drive. Walk to the left from a small car park.(Note that nudity is illegal here).
Spaces at the Jolly Roger are very tight...about eight feet between us and our friendly next door neighbors. Our awnings were almost touching.
We were on site #11, billed as a pull thru for a 44-foot coach. However, it would not be possible to depart this site without backing out due to a palm tree location.
Turns are extremely tight and two very friendly and helpful staffers will guide you expertly to your site. If you have a large coach you absolutely will require assistance on turns due to parked cars and trees.
Like everything else in the keys, the Jolly Roger campground is expensive, but competitive.
There is storage available for trailers, boats and motorcycles and the tent crowd seems to be having a good time. (One tent site immediately adjacent to the "Bark Park" would not be my favorite as there is a lot of foot traffic, four-footed and otherwise.)
Motel style rooms are also available.
Originally, we had a six-month old, paid-in-full reservation at the Keys RV Park about five miles further south. Arriving there after a long drive from Clewiston we were told that a site would not be available and the place would more accurately be described as a trailer park.
Frantic phone calls to the other campgrounds in Marathon led us to the Jolly Roger and despite being Christmas week, they were able to shoehorn us in to a small site. Two days later we were moved to a larger location. Love these people!
- Also Known As:
- Jolly Roger Travel Park Hotel Marathon