That is a mighty big area.
We are snow birds that come to the Keys for four months. Unless you are a boater, a paddler or a fishermen I would cross the Keys off, unless you just want to hang out in the sun with the no-seeums. the beaches here are almost non-existant, except small private ones at the motels.
Unless you are a nature lover, I would cross off from south of Naples to Homestead
That leaves just from Sarasota to Naples--Good luck
Been in Keys since December (still here now)staying totally at State Parks. Only problem with no-seeums was at Bahia Honda. Were there for 3 weeks, at separate times, waterfront, and still were able to enjoy the site, fabulous sunsets, biking, walking on beach and in water, swimming.
During last 4 months stayed at Long Key (all waterfront) and Curry Hammock, at various times, no no-seemum problems at all.
We are at Curry now and going to Long Key for a week again, then to John Pennekamp. No problems here.
Stayed at Homestead (Larry & Penny park) in Nov & part of Dec...are returning in April...but have stayed there in Jan.&Feb. before. The park has great biking and a pool and a few events held, as well as very friendly people, many who stay the whole winter.
IMO No-seeums are usually the worst at John Pennekamp, but the campground and location outweighs the bug problem.
Some great public beaches in Marathon and at Bahia Honda and the beaches at Pennekamp are not bad.
ps have also stayed at private campgrounds in the Keys and have not been impressed enough with their facilities in comparison to their price...just my opinion for what it is worth.
Been coming to Homestead and the Keys for 8 years and for us...there is no place like the Keys!
I have to cancel CH, site 21. It is VERY short notice, but
if anyone would like it, PM me asap and we can arrange
a time to do it.
Feb.17 to March 3
sorry i originally put Feb.16... it starts tomorrow Feb.17th for