Hoping to make a quick trip down to Key West in Jan and planned on staying at Key West NAS. DOD Civilian so know I can use it but without reservations. Understand that they also don't turn anyone away but odds are I won't get a site with hookups. Since I don't need hookups, no problem there and prefer no reservation.
Does this seem reasonable? Will call the famcamp before I leave just to confirm, but wanted to ask here first.
There are some Key West regulars that frequent this site, so I'm sure they'll give you good advice. Here's some you might want to verify. The military campgrounds in Key West experienced damage from Hurricane Irma. I think they are all still closed. I have heard that they are trying to open some area's this month. Keep your travel plans flexible and check with Key West periodically. Merry Christmas.
Starting 2 years ago, they have turned people away. Normally in February.
They are still closed to all but active duty stationed there and DOD working on Base.
An announcement regarding the opening adte and a RESERVATION policy to prevent a mass surge will also be coming.
Stay VERY flexible and contact the Office, probably after January 1st for definitive info.
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I'm gonna do you a solid & tell you to do yourself a favor and go to Patrick or panhandle bases this winter if you just gotta be in Florida 2017-2018, key worst and Macdill are almost offline this year...you don't wanna be there, really!
Key west totally need a reservation, it's all drycamp/boondocking and minimal services for an increased rate this year??? No thanks...I'm a key worst resident and I'm not coming home this winter, why???
Macdill is all pad now, no dry camp anymore much less overflow option anymore as they're building cabins where drycamp was so as to establish billeting that is kid friendly options for parents as new Macdill Inn/conference center is absolutely off limits to minors as its more business conferce center than Air Force inn which I absolutely love this place and it's policy as much as their bar! Greatest & classiest place on Macdill to use Internet, entertain or relax by far without dependents and their kids running screaming acting like spazzes on meth ruining the grown up atmosphere!
Kinda sad last year at macdill only option for parents with kids was rent a MWR pad setup rental trailer in campground (if one was available?) or buy a tent and tent camp or go to an offbase motel?
kinda funny how kiddo thing wasn't addressed/planned for when they planned and built the new Macdill inn/conference center but that place is more southern pentagon than Air Force in , I get the feeling the generals of centcom/general tony Thomas socom commander helped making this this way it's all so planned out well set up so well with top generals quarters just 2 blocks away all on water with views with other onbase generals quarters same distance to the Macdill inn/conference center...inside the bar at night is most top heavy brass filled place I've been aside from the pentagon/the dist.
Again, Patrick or panhandle is where I'd go this winter if I wanted to be in Florida...
The Fam Camp at Key West. Good.
We arrived early and spent the night at the DRY CAMP and the next day moved to the campground with full services. The Dry Camp was empty save for two other motor homes, one of which left shortly after we got there...perhaps moved to full services. The sites are tight. I did not use the facilities there but was pleased with the general upkeep of the campground. The campground is on the edge of the base housing area and is bordered by the sea. The campground was quiet. The exchange and commissary are nearby, a short walk or drive. The fitness center closes when the office is closed... bummer. The seaside bar/restaurant is just Okay.... the food selections are limited. Would I go there again, heck yes... the cost to stay there was consistent with all the other military campgrounds we stayed at during our 6 week MH trip, by which I mean, cheap but not free!
Reservations are hard to get..and can be hard to keep this year. The letter issued by the Base Commander is not the way NavyBeds is doing reservations. Base Commander says Retirees can reserve 180 days in advance whereas NavyBeds is using 6 months. Sounds simple but it is causing some havoc. Some people are calling Sigsbee office for help, others are calling back to NavyBeds daily. Busy season this year, too, as folks are trying to maneuver the reservation process ..patience required. I always go in January and February. Make sure you have quiet generators and or a way to funnel your main generator away from neighbors. Portable sewer contraptions are popular. Carrying water is too because dry camping can last longer than 2 weeks. Otherwise..you should relax and have fun there. Lots of things to see and do.