Rustic Camping in the Florida Keys

Are you looking for a way to get out of the hustle and bustle of everyday life and disconnect? Wishing you were somewhere where the sun always shines, and the views never disappoint? Then a camping trip in the Florida Keys may be just what you need to recharge and clear your mind! 

What is Rustic Camping? 

While full hookup RV camping and glamping have become very popular, rustic camping –also known as primitive or dry camping–takes the experience back to the basics. That typically means Sunsets behind bridge in the keyscamping on a site with no hookups to water and electricity, and where most people will choose to stay in a tent, a Class B RV equipped with solar, or even a van. But the true appeal of the experience comes from the destination. It provides campers with the opportunity to disconnect from modern life and connect with nature, and there’s no better place to enjoy this classic camping experience than at Big Pine Key Resort, located in the Florida Keys. Of course, just a few steps away from the rustic camping area, guests will find a roof top heated pool, general store, gas, bait, docks and a boat landing. Oh, did we mention a bath house and laundry facilities? 

Big Pine Key Resort offers rustic campsites with some of the most breathtaking scenery for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy. Guests find plenty of opportunities to disconnect from modern life and connect with nature by sleeping next to beautiful turquoise waters at night and exploring the pristine beaches, and lush tropical forests of the Florida Keys during the day. Campers may even get the chance to see some of the local wildlife like the Key Deer that call the resort home.Key Deer at Big Pine Key

Now, while all of this sounds peaceful and relaxing, we know the logistics of planning a primitive camping trip can get a little stressful. We  want to ensure that your experience goes as smoothly as possible, so we’ve gathered some tips and tricks to keep in mind during your next camping trip in the Florida Keys! 

Come prepared with a tent & other tools

Come Prepared!

  1. Choose the right camping gear: Invest in a high-quality tent, sleeping bag, and air mattress to ensure a comfortable and dry night’s sleep. 
  2. Find the perfect campsite: Consider the location and size of your campsite. Big Pine Key offers plenty of primitive camping options, from sites on the water to sites that are a little larger that can fit camper vans.
  3.  Pack for the weather: The Florida Keys can be hot and humid, so be sure to pack light and breathable clothing. It’s smart to pack a rainfly, tarps, and other gear to protect yourself from rain and wind. Don’t forget to bring some bug spray with you as well! 
  4. Plan your meals: When primitive camping, it’s important to plan your meals in advance to avoid running out of food or having to carry too much. Consider using a camping stove, fire pit, or charcoal grill to cook your meals. 

Campsite Cooking 

If you’re camping off the grid, you’ll have to figure out how to cook a warm meal without any electricity. Cooking without electricity can be a challenge, but it’s also a great opportunity to be creative and try new recipes. Here are some tips for your campsite cooking: 

  1. Use a camping stove: A camping stove is a portable stove that runs on propane, butane, or white gas. This is a great option for cooking simple meals such as boiled eggs, pancakes, or coffee. 
  2. Cook over an open fire: Using one of the community grills at Big Pine Key Resort is a great way to cook hot meals such as hot dogs, marshmallows, or even a full dinner. 
  3. Use a portable grill: If you prefer cooking with charcoal or wood, consider bringing a portable grill or Dutch oven for cooking burgers, steaks, or stews. 

  Make the most of your trip 

Primitive camping is a great way to connect with nature and escape the distractions of modern life, but while you’re camping in the resort, be sure to make the most of your experience:

  1. Get involved in local activities: Take advantage of the activities offered at Big Pine Key Resort and the surrounding areas, such as bingo, pool games, hiking, kayaking, fishing, or Couple fishes on a boat in the keysswimming in the heated pool.
  2. Unplug and relax:Leave your electronics at home and take time to relax and enjoy the sound of waves crashing on the beach.
  3. Connect with other campers: Meeting other campers is a great way to make new friends and share stories and experiences. You’re guaranteed to make life-long friends with our returning guests and staff.  
  4. Respect nature: When camping, it’s important to be mindful of the environment and to leave no trace behind. Be sure to pick up after yourself and don’t feed the key deer!


Group snorkeling at Big Pine KeyThere truly is no better place to experience rustic camping than in the Florida Keys.  And with all of our tips and tricks, we’re sure you’ll find plenty of opportunities to disconnect from modern life and connect with nature.

So pack your camping gear, grab your friends and family, and get ready for an unforgettable camping adventure! 

For Stays longer than 30 Days please call 855-964-COVE