Dates of Stay: December 15 – 20, 2016
Jolly Roger is a great park adjacent to Highway 1 in Marathon, in the middle of the Florida Keys. It’s not really within walking distance to anything, and the bike path starts farther up the highway closer to town, so be prepared to do some driving.
As it was the holidays and we stayed a short time, we splurged on the “Seawall” sites overlooking the Gulf of Mexico ($118 per night – yeowch!).
Someone at the park informed me it’s not good to back up a diesel pusher to the salt water for too long, which I did not know and hadn’t really thought about. The salty winds can quickly corrode metal. Diesel pusher owners can often be seen rinsing their engines off with a water hose in the Keys, the Texas Gulf Coast, etc. So, while I very much enjoyed listening to the sound of the water lapping right outside my rig each night, I would not want to stay that close to salt water for more than a few days.
The people in the office could not have been friendlier! They phoned to let us know when packages arrived, and one particularly heavy box of canned dog food was delivered to my campsite via golf cart.
We used the laundry facilities at Jolly Roger several times, and I loved their jumbo washers and dryers.
A cool feature at Jolly Roger is the hotel. I think it would be fun to meet friends who do not travel in motorhomes there.
I have read complaints on TripAdvisor and other sites about Jolly Roger’s pet policy. I think it’s pretty straightforward. You pay a $30 deposit, which is returned to you if all goes well. They had just completed a dog park when we arrived in December, which we used at least twice a day. I found the entire place to be very pet-friendly.