Tour of Middle and Upper FL Keys

Alicia is coming down with Jackson and Oliver to see us. We think it will be nice for them to spend part of the time on the RV and part-time on the boat.

We have found that getting campsite in state parks during winter is difficult. We spent two weeks reserving a site in Bahia Honda in February. We got the www.reserveamerica.com website ready and clicked the button at 8:00 sharp  until we finally had reservations for eleven months out.

They are coming after Memorial Day so the campsites should be less crowded. They are flying into Fort Lauderdale so we reserve a site in Key Largo for two nights and then in Long Key for a night. Afterwards we reserve a night at the Elks lodge in Tavernier the night before so have some time to get the RV ready.

Tavernier, FL

We get the RV out of storage and drive to Tavernier. We get gas and pull into the Elks Lodge. It is the Tuesday after Memorial day and everyone else has just left. What a beautiful facility. It is right on the gulf-side beach.

Elks Lodge in Tavernier
Elks Lodge in Tavernier

We have also driven the van. After we get the RV parked and pay for one night we drive the van to the grocery store for provisions. Later we go into the Elks or drinks. We have a brief rain shower and then we go back to the RV and watch the sunset.

Sunset in Tavernier
Sunset in Tavernier

Key Largo, FL

The next day we drive both vehicles to John Pennekamp State Park. We park the RV and take the van to Fort Lauderdale. We stop at Walmart on the way and buy a Coleman stove so can fry shrimp outside.

We get back from the airport later than we thought so we pick up pizza from Dominoes.

Oliver is Ready for the Beach in Key Largo
Oliver is Ready for the Beach in Key Largo

Pennekamp is a great place for kids and adults. There are calm beaches, hiking trails, playgrounds, gift/snack shops and a museum.

John Pennekamp State Park
John Pennekamp State Park

Long Key, FL

We go to Long Key State Park on day 3. It is Oliver’s 2nd birthday so we play with the kids on the beach while Alicia drives into town to get a Key Lime Birthday Pie. Long Key has less to do than Pennekamp, but the campsite is right on the ocean and it is very scenic.

We have a great time in the RV but now we will put the RV back in storage and go to the boat.