We Boondocked Key West

Posted in Our Travels, Van Camping on February 23, 2016 Last Updated on February 23, 2016

We couldn’t stay in Florida for a second winter and not go to the keys. Campgrounds in Key West are way more pricey than we pay, so we dropped the camper and took advantage of our van dwelling experience. We heard overnighting in Key West was difficult, and it’s true, but we managed to make it happen.

In a word, Key West is awesome. The people are super friendly, the environment is relaxed and fun, it’s beautiful, and we had a great, great time.

We first arrived in the evening, and parked in a parking area near the fishing pier.

We scootered around a bit, checked out Southernmost Point and, after a bit of magic, found a location to park for the night.

In the morning, we were awaken by the sounds of the Gypsy Chickens that inhabit the island, crowing and clucking about. A local told us chickens were originally fought on the island and, when the fighting stopped, the owners loved their chickens too much to put them down. Instead, the chickens were realeased and are now protected inhabitants of the island.

Key West Gypsy Chicken

Key West Gypsy Chicken

We spent the first couple of days checking out the standard tourist attractions, including Duval Street, the Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square, and two of the Botanical Gardens – one of which has never seen a frost.

Of course, we had to drive around and see if some of the Roadside America sites could be found. While the first few seemed no longer available, we did encounter a few neat things.

The rest of our days were spent trying to fit in some relaxing, walking along the docks, and enjoying the local culture.

When it was time to go, we made our way back through the Keys, making a few stops along the way.

We’re thinking of going back again next year; what’s your favorite spot – what did we miss that we really need to see?


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