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Old 03-09-2009, 07:57 AM
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I'm planing a little camping trip with the boat and family to the keys on April, and found the KOA Sugarloaf Key camping site on mile marker 20...

It seems pretty nice on pictures... has anybody been there??? opinions??
We plan to do some amateur fishing and some shallow diving... is this a good place for this type of activities???

Any other camping ground on the keys that you could recommend???

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Old 03-09-2009, 08:07 AM
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I spent a week there a couple years ago. Over all a very nice place. The ramp can be difficult at low tide and there's a pretty strong current. The docks are short so they limit them to under 20 feet if I remember correctly. I had to pull my boat everyday. The bathrooms are really nice with flat screen tv's and AC. It's within walking distance to Mangrove Mama's. They have a pretty nice bar set up by the pool and a coffee shop for breakfast.
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Hope that something changed, because I call them to reserve a space for a 30 footer, and they were ok up to 32....

was the area OK for shallow dives and snorkeling???
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I rent a house about 3/4 mile west of the KOA and usually buy fuel there. Looks real nice...

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Hope that something changed, because I call them to reserve a space for a 30 footer, and they were ok up to 32....

was the area OK for shallow dives and snorkeling???
Hmmm. Maybe they changed the set up around. If you look at the place on google earth the finger peirs are west of the little mangrove island. Those are short. maybe 15 feet long. I would have loved to leave my boat in the water all week but they wouldn't let me. Now that I think about it there may be one longer slip against the dock just south of the bait shop. Maybe that's where they'll put you.

Looe Key is probably the best snorkeling around.
http://floridakeys.noaa.gov/research.../looe_key.html
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yes... they mentioned that... they said they had only one space available on that length...!!!!
Hope the ramp is a little bit better than the one at fiesta key. that was kind of a short ramp and very hard to load or unload in low tide...
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... The bathrooms are really nice with flat screen tv's and AC.

I can kind of understand the air conditioning thing in the bathrooms, but help me understand the need for flat screen tv's in the crapper. I thought that's what boating magazines are for. ;?
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They had them tuned to ESPN and the weather channel which I thought was pretty spiffy for a campground. I'm used to state parks where the bathrooms are like an archological dig site.
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Yes... some are terrible to go with the family... on the other side... all the KOA campgrounds we have been in, they were so clean and cold that I was tempted to sleep in the bathroom floor.

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