A key is a low offshore island or reef. There are 42 bridges connecting 126 miles of Florida keys here. Driving south on US Hwy 1 we crossed a big bridge that took us into Key Largo at mile marker #106. Mile marker #1 will be at the tip of Key West which will be our end destination. It was cloudy all day with peeks of sunshine and was a cool 68 degrees most of the day.
As I have mentioned before we usually do not make reservations, but this is an exception. Due to the popularity of this area and the large size of our rig we felt it was necessary. And it was a challenge but we did secure two nights at one resort here at the beginning and another two nights further down the line. There are no rest areas or places where we can just pull off and park for free.
For tonight and tomorrow night we are staying at Calusa Campground Resort and Marina at mile marker #101. After we got set up we just walked around the resort and took it easy for the rest of the day.
- Gasoline Expense: none
- Lodging Expense: $65
In Marathon you should go to Sombrero beach. It is on the ocean side. Turn left at stoplight at MM50 on Sombrero Beach road. The 7 mile bridge has a place to park and walk on the old bridge. It is 2 miles long to Pigeon Key. Henry Flagler that built the railroad thru the Keys had his workers stay on the island to keep away from the mosquitos. Bahia Honda State Park south of Marathon is also beautiful. Don’t miss the Key deer in Big PIne Key.