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“Best Campground in Marathon, Florida”

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Jolly Roger RV Resort
Certificate of Excellence
Shermans Dale, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
“Best Campground in Marathon, Florida”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

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!

Room Tip: Sites close to US-1 (the Overseas Highway) are noisy. Sites on or close to the waterfront are much m...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

The Jolly Roger is a great place to stay but Marathon won't be my first choice to stay in the Keys again. Key Largo seems nicer or one of the lower Keys. The park itself is very nice. The pool is wonderful!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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1 Thank Cmccn
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Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile


Jolly Roger is a fantastic RV Park. Thank you for the awesome
hospitality. We came late at night due to a flat tire and our
registration with clear directions to our site was ready for us. The
next morning Mike was right there to help with a stuck sewer cap and a
worn out cable box. The staff was very helpful with access to the
brand new handicap bath facilities and we all felt at home. What a
great central spot for visiting the Keys. Thanks for a great time. The Hager's
Palm Harbor, Fl.

Stayed December 2013
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Thank Revg1987
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Port Orange, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed November 29, 2013

This is the second time we have stayed here and I can't imagine going anywhere else! The price of $54.00 per night for ANY site at certain times of the year, (including waterfront) is amazing, especially for the Keys. And they give a Good Sam discount on top of that!
We were here 2 years ago and the park has had many nice upgrades since our last visit. The pool is beautiful and our dogs appreciated the enlarged Bark Park. The view of the sunsets and snorkeling right in front of our camper is unbeatable.
And the staff is the nicest I have encountered at ANY campground we have stayed in. They go out of their way to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. We had to leave two days early due to personal reasons and they didn't hesitate to give us a refund.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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3 Thank Terry K
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Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed November 26, 2013

Just finished a week at this campground. Sites are a little tight, but location is fabulous. We had a site on the sea wall and really enjoyed watching the pelicans on the pier and the sunsets. Bathhouses were being refurbished. When the water is calm, you could look down in the water and see a multitude of fish just feet from your camper. Saw a huge stingray, a barracuda, a puffer fish, lots of blue, yellow, stripped, pink backed fish. And of course, there are lots of lobsters that live under the edge of the sea wall (this is a sanctuary for them so you can't catch them).
This was a good base to visit some wonderful state parks. About an hour drive to key west.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank mersiemoose
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Nashville, Tennessee
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed September 6, 2013

My husband and I stayed here (along with our dog) for Labor Day weekend. This was our first camping trip with our new trailer and figured for the price, this place was going to be ok. We arrived after hours and our information was set out, exactly where they said it would be (outside the office). We were on lot 177. The lots are not marked very well at all, so it proved to be semi-difficult to find in the dark. When we arrived to the site, there was a truck parked on it, so that posed a challenge to us - not only did we have to back the trailer in when it was pitch black, we also had to maneuver around the truck - not a pleasant experience at all. The saving grace to this was having an amazing neighbor who helped us out. The area we were in smelled of raw sewage, which was kind of a bummer. The sites are very small and not what we expected at all. The showers in the park are pull showers and were very clean. We had to pay an additional $30 cash deposit for our dog - not quite sure what that was all about, but they were very prompt to return it to us after we left (they sent it in the mail the same day we left). For the price (compared to the campsites in key west), it was ok - I really don't think that we will be going back.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank brandy s
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Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed July 20, 2013

Because we have had such great experiences at Jolly Roger in the past, this year we booked a MONTH at this RV park. We were again greeted warmly by Debbie and Mike, to the point that we feel like close family! Angie was awesome as always, and the new guys...Allen and Penny were nice as well.

The park has expanded, but the warm atmosphere has remained. There are nice grassy sites near the new pool that are quite spacious.

In addition to the staff making the experience great, one of the things I love is that you can snorkel right from the campground and see plenty of beautiful sealife, including lobster, parrotfish, file fish, needlefish, sargeant majors, barracuda, etc., etc.

You will NOT regret visiting the Jolly Roger. Our month felt like a week!! It ended to quickly, again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Connie S
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Additional Information about Jolly Roger RV Resort

Property: Jolly Roger RV Resort
Address: 59275 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050-6007
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Marathon
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Marathon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 188
Also Known As:
Jolly Roger Travel Park Hotel Marathon

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