Sugarloaf Key / Key West KOA Campground Review

Check out my video review the the Sugarloaf Key / Key West KOA Campground.

If you prefer to read here’s the summary:

We stayed at the Sugarloaf Key/Key West KOA campground recently and I’d like to share with you some of our impressions of the place. First of all, don’t let the name mislead you. The campground is not located at Key West, it is at Sugarloaf Key, on mile marker 20, about 20 miles away from downtown Key West. That being said, it is the southernmost KOA and there are only a handful of campgrounds around that are actually closer to Key West so, location wise, it is pretty good. Sugarloaf Key is a beautiful place, relaxing, away from all the hustle and bustle, and partying of Key West. As far as activities go, there is a small beach, not particularly great for swimming, but nice to relax by the water. The have kayaks for rent so you can explore the surroundings. And they also have a bait and tackle shop and fishing equipment for rent. There’s a heated swimming pool which didn’t feel crowded at all considering the campground was almost completely full. There is also a small convenience store by the the office. As far as nightlife goes, the pool bar has live music nightly, or at least on weekends, when we were there. Mangrove Mama’s, the local watering whole and restaurant, is a mere 15-minute walk away. They also have live music, signature drinks and good food. Downtown Key West is a 30-minute drive away, but if you don’t feel like driving you can use public transportation. The lower keys shuttle passes by every hour or so but it takes one hour or more to the Duval Street stop, and another hour to return, so keep that in mind.
A full hookup inland site at this full service campground will set you back about $105 in the high season, which is pretty much average for the Florida Keys. Yes it is expensive down here!
As far as cons, as negatives, the only thing I can think of is that the sites are small and very tightly packed together and the sewer hook up can be located far from your rig, depending on what site you get, so you may need a longer sewer hose or an extension. Also the wifi is a joke, dont even bother with it. There is excellent 4G LTE cellular coverage.

The verdict: I recommend it, if you don’t mind being cozy with your neighborts. We had a great time at the Sugarloaf Key/Key West KOA, located on mile marker 20 of the Overseas Highway.

The Florida Keys

The Florida Keys is an island chain which begins in the southeastern coast of the Florida peninsula and curves to the southwest, ending just 90 miles north of Cuba. The Overseas Highway, a segment of US-1, goes through the Florida Keys from the southern tip of Florida until the last inhabited, and most populous island: Key West, the “Conch Republic”. This unique road was originally the Overseas Railroad, constructed by Henry Flagler in the 1910’s. After it was destroyed by the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, it was repurposed as a highway for motor vehicles.

It would be nearly impossible to summarize the whole keys experience in one blog post, let alone one video, so I’m just going to show you a few of the many things you could do on one long weekend as we drive the 127 miles from Florida City to Key West. Along the way there are numerous restaurants and bars, many of them offering excellent seafood and key lime pie. There are also many places, some of them kind of hidden, where you can go kayaking or snorkeling. You can even swim with manatees.

In this video we just focus on our first RV experience at the keys. We camp at the Sugarloaf Key/Key West KOA campground, 20 miles away from Key West.  At the campground we do some kayaking and relax at the heated pool. We also drive down to Key West for the sunset celebration at Mallory Square and some mojitos at the Meson de Pepe. And, no, this time we didn’t go to the “southernmost point in the continental USA”. It is just a lame piece of concrete, and fake anyways. The naval air station is further south, but if you still want to see it here’s a Southernmost Pointpicture of it from some years back.

There is so much to see in the keys that every time I go I discover something new. Check out the video I made of our most recent long weekend at this idyllic place.

Links:
We stayed at the Sugar Loaf Key / Key West KOA
We partied at Mangrove Mama’s
We ate at the Blue Haven
We drank at El Meson de Pepe

Related video:
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is another great place to spend a day at the keys. There is a glass bottom boat tour that goes out to Biscayne National Park and over the coral reef. You can also go kayaking and there are many other activities. Here’s one of my older videos of that experience below.