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Old 05-08-2007, 09:02 PM   #21
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Re: where not to retire: key west
Old 05-09-2007, 12:41 AM   #22
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We developed a tradition of semi camping in the keys over Christmas break. Been doing it for ~6 years. What makes it worth it to us is really being out on the water a lot, so the boat and water toys always come with us. We stay in a waterfront trailer at a typical RV park on Ohio Key (just past 7 mile bridge). The park has a nice protected marina. Nothin fancy at all but always fun. Fish for snapper under the bridges, exploring by water around the middle keys, kite and windsurf in front of the camper, early dawn biking to Big Pine Key or over the bridge to Marathon and out to Pigeon Key. The park has little little things like Santa coming in by boat and ice cream nights. We usually spend one day being touristy in Key West out of a 9 day stay. Last time we took a jet ski tour around the island. Actually alot of fun.

No desire to live there but we luv going back to visit. It is a very different feel when you are not land locked.

Our spot in front of the trailer on the last trip (Gulf side)

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We developed a tradition of semi camping in the keys over Christmas break. Been doing it for ~6 years. What makes it worth it to us is really being out on the water a lot, so the boat and water toys always come with us. We stay in a waterfront trailer at a typical RV park on Ohio Key (just past 7 mile bridge).
Now their is a thought. I stayed on the water in an RV park around there (Sunshine Key I think) in 1972. It was a great week. Maybe DW and I should drive down and rent an RV for a month and stay on the water. What do those places charge TD? Can you reserve a waterfront spot way in advance? And most important are they dog friendly?
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I spent a week in Key West a few years back and loved it. I think it is crowded because there is a substantial set of tourist types (like me) who like lots of good restaurants, shops, beaches, quaint houses, bike friendly, etc. Key West has all of that. DW and I want to spend next February or March in someplace like that - but it needs to be drive too-able since we want to take the dogs. Key West is a possibility. Any other suggestions where we could walk or bike to restaurants, beaches, quaint s***, etc? Oh, and gays are fine too. In fact, the presence of a substantial gay population is almost a guarantee on the restaurant scene.


Have you visited St.Augustine ,Fl.. Bike friendly town with lots of shops and restaurants .Much more sedate than Key West but worth a visit.
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Now their is a thought. I stayed on the water in an RV park around there (Sunshine Key I think) in 1972. It was a great week. Maybe DW and I should drive down and rent an RV for a month and stay on the water. What do those places charge TD? Can you reserve a waterfront spot way in advance? And most important are they dog friendly?
Yeah, we stay at Sunshine Key. Our last stay was $1,100 per week for a waterfront 2 bedroom trailer. Longer stays would be pro rata. You can reserve just under a year in advance. I'm pretty sure they are now requesting full payment in advance to reserve. Very dog friendly (can't imagine an RV park that wouldn't be). One year we tented, two years with my brothers pop-up, and one renting an RV in Miami and driving down (most expensive). They have a small handful of waterfront trailers they rent that seem to work best for us.
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Back in the mid 90's, we went to the Cheeca Lodge on Islamorada for a week every February, for 5 years in a row. Each time, we took one day and drove down to Key West. I enjoyed it - we just stayed away from Duvall Street and Mallory Square. We always had dinner at Louie's Backyard and very much enjoyed watching the sunset as we were eating.
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