RV Park Review – Jolly Roger RV Resort, Grassy Key, FL
A pricey but very relaxed and super friendly spot in a great location (mile-marker 59) to explore the Middle Keys, FL
- Site quality = 3.5/5
Sites are on the rustic side here and there is definitely some variation in quality & size. All sites are bare ground/grassy with decent “sitting areas” containing picnic table and full hook-ups plus cable TV. Sites are typical side-by-side arrangement with limited privacy, but dispersed vegetation plus trees provide a natural setting throughout. Cost and size vary by what type you chose:
- Interior Sites – These are the cheapest ($84/night in winter) and also the smallest although there is some variation in size/quality. The sites closest to the road (#112-130) get consistent road-noise while sites along the right-middle (#140-145) were too small/short. Both of these were not to my liking and would be my least preferred choice in the park. On the other hand, the sites in the middle (#17-38) were pretty decent in size, nicely quiet and an easy walk to both the dog park and the water. This is where we stayed (#27) and we liked it here and would chose the same again. Note that unless you get a corner/end site you do have rigs both to the side and behind you, but we didn’t find that to be a problem.
- Interior Plus – These are larger sites, some of which get slices of water-views. Sites #1-16 are super LONG sites with lots of space for any-sized rig and would be my second choice in the park. Sites nearest the seawall (#1, 5A-D -> nice and large, #172-182 -> smaller) get decent slices of water-view through the front, whereas the sites along the right back of the park (#146-#156) are shorter and my least favorite. They all cost $90/night. in winter.
- Premium – These are very long, large, spacious sites on the left-side of the park. Lots of space here to spread out, but no water-views. They cost $93/night in winter.
- Seawall – All these sites are right on the water and provide full, lovely water-views, but they do vary some in size. Sites #159-170 (Main Seawall) are somewhat short and close together and they are back-in only, so if you’re a Class A you can’t get a view out the front. The Harbor-side sites (#H1-H5) are much larger, set a little further back from the main seawall and have the ability for Class A’s to park in head-first. I would consider these latter sites “prime” and the very nicest in camp. All these cost $95/night in winter.
NOTE/ There is also a small motel on-site ($90/night) as well as a set of tent-camping sites ($65/night, 7 sites by the dog-park area which were OK, and 2 sites by the Tiki Island area which looked more interesting IMO). For ALL sites weekly/monthly and off-season discounts are available.
- Facilities = 4/5
On-site facilities were impeccably clean and nicely modern. Several flush toilets and 2 large, individual shower stalls with inside bench (for clothing etc.) and outside changing area. Only ding? Showers are push-button type to conserve water, so flow is time-limited.
- Amenities = 4/5
The amenities here were quite nice and pretty extensive for such a small RV park. There is a lovely on-site pool (water is kept warm!), on-site laundry room with plenty of machines (expensive at $4/wash, but very convenient), on-site book-swap, tiki huts by the water, sunset viewing area, small harbor & boat slips (free for campers). Plus there’s a fishing pier and small snorkeling area. The only ding? Free on-site WiFi, but it is strictly monitored (no video streaming) and did not work very well while we were here (too slow for any real use).
- Location = 4.5/5
This is a great location with just a minor ding. The park is at MM 59 on Grassy Key (just north of Marathon Key) which is a perfect location to explore the entire Middle Keys with lots of nearby shopping, grocery, eating & sightseeing. Plus you’re on the bay side of Hwy 1 which means you get a waterfront sunset every evening. Lastly you’re only ~1/2 mile down from the bike trail that goes into Marathon and through downtown to the 7-mile bridge. The only small ding is that the park is right off Hwy 1 which means the sites closest to the road do get some road noise -> further into camp and by the waterfront you don’t hear it.
- Pet friendliness = 4/5
This was a great place for dogs, with just a few small dings. There is decent space in camp, a spacious off-leash doggie park (very nice indeed) and plenty of space to walk doggie around the campground. Free poo bags on-site, lots of other doggies in camp (almost everyone seemed to have a dog and love dogs here) and everyone is very respectful when walking/playing with their dogs. It was a very pleasant dog experience! The only dings are that there is a strict 2-pet limit, plus you cannot take doggie onto the Tiki island area or into the water for a dip/swim. Nearest dog-friendly beaches are Coco Plum Beach (just ~5 miles away) and Sombrero Beach (~11 miles away) both of which are excellent places to take doggie for a dip. NOTE/ there is also a $30 per pet deposit.
Overall rating = 4
BONUS ALERT = A relaxed & friendly spot with easy access to all of Middle Keys, FL!
Video Overview: Want to see it in living color? Check out our short ~11 min overview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyOSR9Cla2g
Summary: We wanted to spend some time in the Middle Keys between State Park reservations and Jolly Roger RV Resort fit the bill perfectly. It’s a super relaxed little park on Grassy Key (just north of Marathon Key) and although it was pricey (all private parks are down here), it’s one of the cheaper options in the area plus the amenities are nice, the staff are super friendly and the vibe was lovely. The campsites are definitely not fancy. All sites are just grassy/bare-ground sites with full hookups (including cable TV) and somewhat varying size and quality. Pretty typical private park side-by-side arrangement although there’s decent vegetation/trees throughout to break up the monotony, plus each site has a nice “sitting area” with picnic table. Interior sites are the smallest (and cheapest) and many rows here have RVs both to the side and in the back of them. The sites closest to the road (#112-130) get quite a bit of road noise and would be my least favorite choice, but the sites in the middle are quiet, decently roomy and much nicer. Interior Plus and Premium sites are the longest/widest and almost all provide plenty of space for any-sized rig. Seawall sites have best water-views, but vary a bit in size -> sites #159-170 are somewhat short and close together whereas sites H1-H5 are “prime” with lots of space and some of the very nicest views in camp. We had an Interior site smack in the middle of the campground (#27) and really enjoyed it. We had trees/shade, a lovely “sitting area”, zero road noise and were close to both the dog park and the water. From the park we enjoyed easy sightseeing trips into Marathon & Big Pine and took a few longer day-trips into Key West. We also enjoyed daily dips in the heated pool and sunsets by the water (complete with traditional Conch Call). This is a seasonal park with folks who come back every year so it has a really nice community vibe. We loved how dog-friendly everything was (everyone seems to have a dog here, everyone loves dogs and everyone is very respectful while walking & playing in the off-leash dog area) and we thoroughly enjoyed the relaxed and very friendly atmosphere. Our neighbor played his guitar every evening, everyone gathered for sunset by the Tiki hut and there were regular events (dances, potlucks) for anyone who wanted to join in. We would certainly return!
Extra Info: Excellent cell signal (5 bars ATT LTE, 4 bars Verizon LTE and T-Mobile BingeOn worked great). Free on-site WiFi, but we did not find it usable. Sites are Full-hookup with cable TV and in high season (winter season) they cost $84/night for Interior sites, $90/night for Interior Plus, $93/night for Premium, $95/night for seawall. Weekly & monthly booking discounts available. Summer rate is $65/night (all sites), plus Passport America is accepted for 50% off Interior sites in the low season (5 nights only, April-July 14, Aug 16-end Nov).
Extra, Extra Info – OTHER CAMPING: There are several other camping options just a few miles down the road:
- Grassy Key RV Resort – A lovely-looking resort just a mile or so down from Jolly Roger with some of the most beautiful waterfront view camping in Marathon. Sites cost $110-$185/night in high-season, but there are significant discounts in the off-season. Click HERE for more info.
- Curry Hammock State Park – This is just a few miles down the road and it is IMO the nicest State Park in the Keys. Lovely, large, quiet sites with a beautiful nearby beach. Plus at $38/night the price can’t be beat. Only ~27 sites however and it is POPULAR so book well ahead (11 months ahead) if you want to get in. Click HERE for more info.