Backpacking and walking the Florida Keys... where to sleep?
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Feb 25, 2013 10:46 PM Last Post By: taranaki_chick
Feb 23, 2013 4:07 PM
Backpacking and walking the Florida Keys... where to sleep?Hello,
Doing a Round he World trip, I am in Boston for few more days and then I want to experience the Keys in Florida. Miami being too expensive because of a music festival, I want to do something different: hiking/backpacking the Florida Keys!
Transportation is not a problem since I will mostly walk but where will I be able to sleep for very cheap, my budget cannot allow more than $20 for accommodation. What are the options or alternative since even camping is pricey, and hostels inexistant.
Can I ask locals to sleep in their yard for example?
I need a heavy help on this one,
Thanks a lot.
Feb 23, 2013 5:18 PM
If you think Miami is expensive, your going to amazed by the Keys. This happens to be "the season" there just now as well.
You can't get there from here. "Walking" is not an option in the Keys. It is more than 120 miles from Floria City to Key West. Pedestrians are not welcome on the longer bridges. Walking across 7-Mile Bridge or the Flagler Causeway is dangerous. All of the towns are yards wide and miles long.
Camping in one off the state parks IS the alternative.
You can... It is more likely to get you a "room" at the Monroe County Jail than a place to sleep under the stars. Besides, there are several little critters in the Keys that may make sleeping on the ground "un-appealing." You may try finding an "angel" before you go to the Keys. I hesitate to suggest Craig's List.
Yes you do. Sadly, I don't have any to offer.
Good luck to you.
Feb 23, 2013 5:48 PM
2The Keys are far more expensive than Miami, and a lot harder to access, on foot...
Feb 24, 2013 9:30 AM
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Feb 24, 2013 5:12 PM
4Wow! Lots of depressing comments. The key to travel like this is stealth. You need a hammock or tent that blends into the surroundings. Because of the insects and animals a hammock may be preferred. Learn what edible wild food is in the area before going and have reference photos on your laptop/tablet/phone for reference so you don't poison yourself. Get on to couchsurfing and other sharing accommodation websites (there are several).
Bring some simple fishing equipment if you like fish and don't mind eating it raw. If you don't have to make a fire you can eat it right away. That brings up sprouting. Start sprouting grains (wheat, barley, triticale, rye, quinoa, etc), lentils (green, french, brown), beans (garbanzos and others) and whole peas (split peas don't sprout obviously) so you don't have to bother with a stupid fire which are totally UN-stealth. You can sprout while traveling rather easily. Just soak overnight in a container (can be anything), then rinse a few times a day. They're usually perfect in 18-36 hours. Quuinoa and garbanzos can be eaten in as little as 8. The ideal time to eat sprouts is when they're just BEGINNING to sprout, not like the stores sell with long sprouts. Those rancid things should be banned. No thinking person buys them. Plus they're marked up about a gillion%.
Hope you have a good freediving mask. And can hide your valuables in the sand somewhere out of sight when you're in the water. That's when you're very vulnerable. The locals will probably take to you if you're not behaving like the hicks that come drinking their way south to Key West.
Check out hitchhiking laws so if bridges don't allow pedestrians you can HH over them without breaking a sweat.
Feb 24, 2013 5:15 PM
5Yikes...no edit function on Thorn Tree....Boo! :)
In Key West, there are some sailing adventurers that use Hobicats (small catamarans) that go to Cuba for the day. You might be able to get a ride with them. That might be a little adventurous. Just plan on how you're going to get back. There are flights to Cancun for about $150 or so but not to Florida of course.
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