Paddling Around Key West Suggestions?
Posted by: old_user on Apr-06-11 2:43 PM (EST)
I'm thinking of paddling around Key West in the coming months and I was wondering if anyone had suggestions on how to go about it.
I would love to paddle from island to island and camp at primitive sites for a couple of days but I'm not able to find any information or locations for such camp sites. Can I just camp on any island or is that illegal?
My two biggest concerns are where to get water paddling from island to island when I run out and where to park and leave my car safely for a couple of days.
If anyone's ever done something similar or has any suggestions I would really appreciate to hear them.
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It is illigal to camp on any of the Keys|
Posted by: JackL on Apr-07-11 6:30 AM (EST)
around Key West - However there is such a thing as stealth camping! (which I wouldn't advise or do)
Posted by: tjalmy on Apr-07-11 9:57 PM (EST)
JackL knows the keys far better than I do but I do get down there.
Posted by: hal11 on Apr-13-11 3:38 PM (EST)
On our last trip to the keys we camped at a "campground" in key West and did several fantastic day trips. The best ones were on the gulf side. We also got our kayaks and gear ferried out to the Ft Jefferson on the Dry Tortugas. It was a wonderfully realaxing place to paddle, camp, and snorkle.
Spent a couple years there|
Posted by: beaverjack on Apr-15-11 8:38 PM (EST)
I spent my army years stationed on Boca Chica, just north of Key West. There was much more isolated areas back then. Sugarloaf Key was where a group of medics and corpsmen went to dirt bike and swim. Now, there's condos everywhere. The mangroves are also terrible to camp in or near. Take it from someone who spent more than a few nights on overnight adventures courtesy of Uncle Sam. There are very few real beaches in the Keys. That is due to the nature of mangrove islands. The ones that exist are at a premium. It might be smarter to plan on staying in hotels near the beaches. If you get around to the SE shore of Boca Chica, the beach and marina for the naval air station is now open to the public. You may be able to find camping accomodations there, and the area is sprayed for bugs, making it somewhat tolerable on hot nights.
Nope, see my post above|
Posted by: JackL on Apr-16-11 6:14 AM (EST)
You can launch your kayak at Boca Chica beach or at the public launch at Geiger Key, and than paddle south along the shore line to some places where the street people "stealth camp", but you will have to share your camp site with them and their beer bottles and trash that they leave behind
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Posted by: old_user on Apr-23-11 6:24 PM (EST)
camp at North Nest Key. One of the very few Keys with sandy beach. But is up north, gulf side off of Key Largo.
Posted by: old_user on Apr-29-11 1:14 PM (EST)
Thanks for all the suggestions. I've reserved a spot at the Bahia Honda State Park in the coming weeks and have some paddling trips planned.