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JoeH

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We've been there every month of the year for for many,many years. Every month has something different about it. You are right about the temps... figure upper 80's -> low 90's. You'll have a breeze so that tempers the heat.
We prefer the lower keys and Key West. Many good restaurants and places to listen to music. Being a tourist destination, there are lots of things to do.
Marathon also has a good number of things to do and several good restaurants. Islamorada is the self-claimed sport fishing capital of the world. Key Largo has Pennekamp State Park.
Places to stay--- we stay at Blue Water Key pretty much most of the time.
Also near Key West is Boyd's and El Mar. Geiger Key Marina also has several campsites.


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In 2017 we went to Key west for 3 days the first week of June. This was our first time. We thought it was nice at 90. But then that was cooler than it was at home in AZ...but humid.


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Thanks everyone. I should say that we are stopping at other places along the way. So it’s not 1300miles straight to spend 4 days. But I think I have heard what I need in that while the weather will be warm, it won’t be uncomfortable for the stay!

Maybe I’ll try destin!

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I drove to Key West once in August. The coolest temp in a week was 78 at o500. I really enjoyed my time there because it was quiet. The conchs were around and people from the South. Few tourists from New York.

I remember watching the tarpon on the incoming tide flashing and being lit up from the lightning. I stayed in an old motel made out of cypress. It was like being in an old movie.

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I've been to the Keys once, so I'm no expert. But that "once" was last month! Someone mentioned the difficulty with parking in Key West. Well, let me tell you what we did. They have those curbside pay kiosks. You buy a certain amount of time and get a slip to put on your dashboard. We parked in one spot, ate dinner at a nearby restaurant, and then moved and parked in two different locations in the city - using our timed slip on the dashboard to allow us to park in both new places. I thought it was great!

Sunsets at Mallory Square are... amazing. Because of people-watching mostly.

Dive charters from Marathon and from Big Pine Key were terrific.

We had such a good time (camped at Bahia Honda) that we've already made our reservations to go back next April.

Woo hoo!

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SpeakEasy wrote:

I've been to the Keys once, so I'm no expert. But that "once" was last month! Someone mentioned the difficulty with parking in Key West. Well, let me tell you what we did. They have those curbside pay kiosks. You buy a certain amount of time and get a slip to put on your dashboard. We parked in one spot, ate dinner at a nearby restaurant, and then moved and parked in two different locations in the city - using our timed slip on the dashboard to allow us to park in both new places. I thought it was great!

Sunsets at Mallory Square are... amazing. Because of people-watching mostly.

Dive charters from Marathon and from Big Pine Key were terrific.

We had such a good time (camped at Bahia Honda) that we've already made our reservations to go back next April.

Woo hoo!

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Good to hear. we definitely want to go. Most places require a 7 day stay during peak season. So we will probably do that sometime in the future when I have the time to stay that long!

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dodge guy wrote:

SpeakEasy wrote:

I've been to the Keys once, so I'm no expert. But that "once" was last month! Someone mentioned the difficulty with parking in Key West. Well, let me tell you what we did. They have those curbside pay kiosks. You buy a certain amount of time and get a slip to put on your dashboard. We parked in one spot, ate dinner at a nearby restaurant, and then moved and parked in two different locations in the city - using our timed slip on the dashboard to allow us to park in both new places. I thought it was great!

Sunsets at Mallory Square are... amazing. Because of people-watching mostly.

Dive charters from Marathon and from Big Pine Key were terrific.

We had such a good time (camped at Bahia Honda) that we've already made our reservations to go back next April.

Woo hoo!

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Good to hear. we definitely want to go. Most places require a 7 day stay during peak season. So we will probably do that sometime in the future when I have the time to stay that long!


You said early to mid-June-- that is not peak season. Peak season is the late fall to spring. We stay at Blue Water Key and if you make your reservation within 30 days of arrival, there is NO minimum stay requirement. Off season, it's 3 nights, in season, 7 nights.

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Yeah with the very brief mini-lobster season in July being the exception, this is as far away from the season as you can get. The "season' traditionally runs from Thanksgiving to sometime in Spring when the weather breaks up north which is usually March or April.

June-August is the dead season, some restaurants are closed along with some other tourist attractions. Prices are greatly reduced in campgrounds and so on.


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JoeH wrote:

dodge guy wrote:

SpeakEasy wrote:

I've been to the Keys once, so I'm no expert. But that "once" was last month! Someone mentioned the difficulty with parking in Key West. Well, let me tell you what we did. They have those curbside pay kiosks. You buy a certain amount of time and get a slip to put on your dashboard. We parked in one spot, ate dinner at a nearby restaurant, and then moved and parked in two different locations in the city - using our timed slip on the dashboard to allow us to park in both new places. I thought it was great!

Sunsets at Mallory Square are... amazing. Because of people-watching mostly.

Dive charters from Marathon and from Big Pine Key were terrific.

We had such a good time (camped at Bahia Honda) that we've already made our reservations to go back next April.

Woo hoo!

-Speak


Good to hear. we definitely want to go. Most places require a 7 day stay during peak season. So we will probably do that sometime in the future when I have the time to stay that long!


You said early to mid-June-- that is not peak season. Peak season is the late fall to spring. We stay at Blue Water Key and if you make your reservation within 30 days of arrival, there is NO minimum stay requirement. Off season, it's 3 nights, in season, 7 nights.


Yes definitely in season. And if I wait till 30 days before I may not get a spot. Not willing to risk that for a planned trip.

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dodge guy wrote:

JoeH wrote:

dodge guy wrote:

SpeakEasy wrote:

I've been to the Keys once, so I'm no expert. But that "once" was last month! Someone mentioned the difficulty with parking in Key West. Well, let me tell you what we did. They have those curbside pay kiosks. You buy a certain amount of time and get a slip to put on your dashboard. We parked in one spot, ate dinner at a nearby restaurant, and then moved and parked in two different locations in the city - using our timed slip on the dashboard to allow us to park in both new places. I thought it was great!

Sunsets at Mallory Square are... amazing. Because of people-watching mostly.

Dive charters from Marathon and from Big Pine Key were terrific.

We had such a good time (camped at Bahia Honda) that we've already made our reservations to go back next April.

Woo hoo!

-Speak


Good to hear. we definitely want to go. Most places require a 7 day stay during peak season. So we will probably do that sometime in the future when I have the time to stay that long!


You said early to mid-June-- that is not peak season. Peak season is the late fall to spring. We stay at Blue Water Key and if you make your reservation within 30 days of arrival, there is NO minimum stay requirement. Off season, it's 3 nights, in season, 7 nights.


Yes definitely in season. And if I wait till 30 days before I may not get a spot. Not willing to risk that for a planned trip.

You say JUne and in season... June is NOT in season. So, if you go in June, and say you go to Blue Water, it's a 3 night minimum even if you make reservations a year in advance. , not sure about Boyd's as I haven't been there in a few years.
Regardless, hope you get a chance to go !

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