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Sugarloaf Key / Key West KOA
Reviewed July 11, 2013

So I read the reviews and went, would never go back!!!! Staff was very pleasant, but that was it. They were not very busy and parked us so far away from everything else we felt secluded.Had we been closer we may have gone to the tiki bar for a beverage or 2.The mosquitos could carry you away and thanks for puting us right in front of the dumpster,like I said they had "no " other spots that would accomadate us.We made the most of it w/ low water prsseure and no working cable. I would not reccomend this place and we have stayed in many KOA's.

Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Let me start by saying that if you are used to camping in state/federal parks with large, private, spacious sites, this is a very different experience (this was the first privately owned campground that we stayed in). The campsites are close together and don't have any privacy like we were used to in the state parks. That being said, if you are ok with that, you can have a blast here. Also, there is a pool, bar with live entertainment, a small marina, and you are in the KEYS! :-)

We have stayed here several times, at two different times of year. We spend Thanksgiving here each year - this will be our third trip for Thanksgiving this upcoming November. Our most recent stay was over Spring Break from March 23 - 30, 2013. There are big differences during the two different times of year. Spring break was super crowded, and the bath house was incredibly crowded with a wait almost every time I was in there to shower. By the time the cleaning crew came in to service the bath house, it REALLY needed it with all the use it got. I chose to use the smaller bath house located near the office/pool area as it seemed not many knew about it, so it was a more pleasant experience. Also, during the Spring break week, there was a group of tenters that played loud latin music late into the night. I am talking BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM! It was very annoying, but I think management may have spoken to them because it wasn't as late the next night. This group was there for the weekend only - and due to the music - we were glad they left! While there were some things that weren't perfect, we still enjoyed ourselves during our stay.

Our previous stays over Thanksgiving were a completely different experience. LOVED it during this time. Not crowded at all, perfect weather the past two years, nice pool and hot tub experience. The on premise bar has live entertainment on the weekends.

I must speak about the staff here - they are SUPER FRIENDLY and very pleasant to deal with. All my interactions with anyone in a yellow shirt was great. The folks who work here are good people. The kids in our group enjoyed fishing off the bridge. Bait is available in the marina store right onsite.

There is a Winn Dixie Supermarket in Big Pine Key north of the campground. It's about 11 miles or 20 minutes away. The campground is located on mile marker 20 so you are just far enough away from the craziness of key west, but just close enough to go and enjoy all that key west offers. Don't miss the nightly sunset celebration at Mallory Square!

I hope you found my review helpful. If you have questions please feel free to ask. Also, I'd appreciate a helpful vote of yes if you feel it is deserved. Happy travels to all! :-)

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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24  Thank cooldoggie
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

I stayed here (tents) with a small group in spring of 2013. We had reservation and paid over 80 dollars for each of our "sites." When we got there the only place available for our sites and group was back in the woods. There were no sites like at real campgrounds. It was 300-400 yards to bathrooms and electricity. The road had four to six inch rocks sticking up and one of our cars got stuck in mud. There was NO insect control and many in our group left with dozens of red ant bites each as well as mosquito bites. When it rained the sites all flooded - no concept of drainage. You are better off sleeping in your car than staying at this place, especially if it is near full, and again, over 80 dollars per night per site. The people that worked there were nice enough, it was a corporate decision to rent primitive sites and call it a campground with all the nice pictures.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

This was an OK camp, not the best I have stayed in and certainly not the worst. The service was very friendly from reception all the way through to cafe staff. The bathroom facilities were good, not exceptional but good. and the camp had most facilities you could want. So all in all I would recommend it but you wont be blown away at all.

Room Tip: There is a fantastic Bar/restaurant right on the main road where you turn off, it has amazing food a...
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

The campground has a private beach (although a little rocky -water shoes a good idea), nice sunsets from the bridge by the campground. Pub, café, dog park, marina with boats and kayaks to rent, decent laundry room and bike rentals. Cable and wifi included. A lot of the rv sites are very close together and many don't have any trees. When you make the reservation you can request a larger site with trees. I don't think the sites on the beach are worth it. They cost more, people often walk through them to get to the beach and you can hear US 1 highway noise since US 1 across from the water. The campground location is great since only 20 minutes from Key West one way and only 15 minutes to Bahia Honda State park the other way. The staff at the campground are really nice.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank Gia H
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

The first trip in our new travel trailer was to Key West. We went to Florida March 2-9 2013 and wanted to be as close to Key West as possible. Sugarloaf KOA seemed like a good choice. We paid a lot extra for one of the two waterfront sites only to discover they didn't have sewage hook ups and we had to pay $15 for the "honey truck" to pump our tanks. The entire week we had to deal with random people in our site drawn in by the private pier. I had to ask folks not to fish off the pier, not to set up lunch at our picnic table etc. The heavy foot traffic in our "private" spot was exhausting. Our site was right beside the boat ramp and since they allow the public in to use the ramp I was concerned about leaving our stuff outside. There were always people right outside our door (5am etc.) dropping boats with their loud tow vehicles. This campground is basically a parking lot for large RVs. All the activities (all two of them) were geared toward the elderly snowbirds. Food at the cafe was really expensive. The drive to Key West was about 20 minutes. Restrooms were clean, weather channel on TV in larger shower facility. Very pricey but everything is in the Keys. Rented kayaks from a company on Big Pine Key and got a much better deal than the KOA offered.

Room Tip: Do not select the waterfront sites. Soooo not worth the hassle.
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

We booked a 3 night stay a few months before. I read most of the reviews that were left on here so i expected the worst and even was on the fence about cancelling, but my 11yr old was totally stoked to camp. Well we arrived on Good Friday and it was hopping. Lots of people walking around and riding bikes. We parked at the office and i was immediately greeted by a middle aged woman (cannot remember her name) with dark hair. She was very polite and helpful. She gave us a sheet with the events listed. She discussed how the tent camping was set up-we basically find a spot in the tent area where we felt most comfortable. She did say that they were booked and have been all month. So we ventured over to the tent area and it was really packed. Luckily, we spotted a site next to the dog park that was empty and had brush and woods surrounding it. We parked there and began to set up our tent. There were 3 portable toilets and a water spout against the dog park fence as well. The main bathhouse is located more toward the middle of the RV park toward the office. You can walk there, we drove every time. The bathhouse was tolerable, not the cleanest place, but it was a shower AND the water was warm everytime which was good. The bathroom does get crowded with 5 or more people and not all of the outlets work for hairdryers. It seems as if they cleaned only once a day. We showered nightly and in the morning. The pool area was well maintained, however the hot tub was overflowing the night we went in. The pool is open 24hrs and is heated, but was still chilly. Overall, it was primitive (no water/electric) camping and you really can't expect it to be Fort Wilderness at Disney. If that is the experience that you want don't camp at KOA. If you don't mind being rustic for a few days, it's worth staying here.

Room Tip: Spot next to dog park is secluded. Across from open tent area.
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank Heather S
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Address: 251 State Road 939, Mm 20, Sugarloaf, FL 33042-3806
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Sugarloaf
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Sugarloaf
Number of rooms: 210
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Open all year. Set between the crystal clear Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, Sugarloaf Key/Key West KOA is a true beachfront resort. You'll find amenities and activities designed to please everyone in the family, local fishing and beachside fun at the campground's own water haven. Dine under swaying palm trees and sip frozen margaritas on the waterfront veranda of the campground's pub. Even your family pet will have fun at the pet playground specifically designed for them. Ever-appealing Key West lies just 14 miles south. Hop on the campground's shuttle to this funky and historic end of the road, dubbed "the Conch Republic." Walk the narrow streets showcasing Conch architecture-breezy wood houses with lush tropical gardens-once home to pirates, treasure hunters, sailors, novelists like Hemingway and songwriters like Buffett. End the day with a sunset at Mallory Pier. ... more   less 
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