Curry Hammock State Park | Florida Keys Camping | Full Time RV
Articles,  Blog

Curry Hammock State Park | Florida Keys Camping | Full Time RV


(laughing) – Oh, oh, I gotta lay down. Chad, I don’t know how
you’re gonna get under that. – It’s like the Matrix. (laughing) (upbeat music) We’ve left Key West, boo. – Yes, it’s sad, but we’re
not leaving the Keys yet. – This is true. – So, it’s not as sad as it normally is when we leave Key West. So we’re just heading
on our, I guess, East? – [Chad] East, yeah. – [Tara] Sort of North-ish. – [Chad] Mostly East. – [Tara] Northeast-ish. We’re going to Curry Hammock State Park in Marathon, Florida. – [Chad] We’ve driven through
Marathon Key many a time. We’ve never stayed on Marathon Keys. This will be all new explorations for us. – If you saw our Miami Everglades video, you saw us take a ride to
Curry Hammock State Park, just to check it out to see
where we would be staying now. – Scouting. – It’s the future now. – Scouting report. – Yeah, and we’re looking
forward to our site because it’s right on the Atlantic, and hopefully we can put the patio down. It’s kind of a gross day, but at least it stopped raining for us. We’re a little tired because the neighbors that came in last night at
Boyd’s were very inconsiderate. You know those neighbors that show up and they’re loud and they
have no regard for rules? – They think everybody’s RV is soundproof so they can just talk out loud, hey, you want me to pick
up some Mountain Dew? – Yeah, they were yelling at
each other just to communicate. Yelling people at one A.M. – Yeah.
– No fun. – They made it at four this morning with screaming kids, which is awesome. (laughing) – Yeah. Since we spent a lot of money in Key West and at Boyd’s Campground, we lucked out and got a site at Curry
Hammock State Park. (soft music) – [Chad] How much room do I
have on the left-hand side? – [Tara] Four feet. ♪ Trying to wake up from a dream ♪ ♪ Is harder than it seems ♪ ♪ Birds are flying all around ♪ – Not easy to get a reservation there. – It’s not easy at all. I mean, we’ve been trying now for months to get something for this December, and I don’t think it’s gonna happen. – No. – So if you want to book that park, just beware that you
need to keep checking. ♪ Running careless down the line ♪ ♪ Beyond the brink of time ♪ ♪ I will love you ’til I die ♪ – [Tara] You can make reservations up to one year in advance,
and a lot of people do it, so it’s still very difficult
even a year in advance. ♪ The way I am is not what it seems ♪ ♪ Tangled up in dreams ♪ – [Tara] Curry Hammock State Park doesn’t have sewer connections, but we have water and 50 amp. – [Chad] Yeah, like a lot of state parks. – [Tara] We got a site on the water. – [Chad] Our site, number 19, was just smack dab on the water, put the patio down, and Atlantic Ocean. – [Tara] And it was $38 a night. It’s a small campground. There’s only 25 sites there, which is probably one of the reasons why it’s so difficult
to get a reservation. You can go there just for the day where they have kayaks you can rent, paddle boards too, I believe. – [Chad] A little park with
a playground on the beach. While you’re watching this video, be sure to click that subscribe button. If you want to get notified
when our videos come out, you gotta click the bell. (soft music) ♪ I will love you ’til I die ♪ ♪ The way I am is not what it seems ♪ ♪ Tangled up in dreams ♪ – [Tara] Hey, Daisy,
did you like your walk? Come on, let’s get in the truck. Good job. – I’m curious what that looks like. Ow! – [Tara] Oh no, I’m so, – Ow! – Oh, gee. I’m sorry, babe. – I was recording, too. We have a recording of that. (upbeat music) We did rent a kayak while we were there. – [Tara] Do they have small ones? – Medium slash large, let me see. – Sweet, youth. – [Chad] Perfect, you are very youthful. – Matches my outfit. (upbeat music) The one thing that you can do
at Curry Hammock State Park, whether you’re staying here or not, is to rent stand up
paddle boards or kayaks. – Single kayaks, double
kayaks, paddle boards, boom. – And we haven’t done any kind of kayaking or canoeing in a
while, so we thought wow. – What better place to do it? – Yeah, so we don’t know what to expect, but we rented it for two hours, no, two and a half hours,
but they kind of rounded up so we have it for almost three. – Yeah, 21 bucks for two
hours for a double kayak or for a paddle board. We can just kind of
canoe all the way around the little key that we’re
on, so let’s check it out. (upbeat music) ♪ I know as the daylight grows ♪ ♪ How I am supposed to feel ♪ – [Chad] This is one of our
little lunchtime getaways where we just broke away from work, go kayaking around the
Key for lunch, why not? – [Tara] It was a really cool thing. We weren’t quite sure what to expect, and you launch right there at
the boat launch in the park and you go through and you kind of meander through the mangroves, which was a really cool
yet creepy and weird thing. – [Chad] Yeah, it was really cool. ♪ Talk, suffer love I have to steal ♪ – [Tara] This is cool, I like this part. – [Chad] This is kind of cool, huh? A little mangrove cave. (upbeat music) Kind of creepy back here, huh? ♪ I remember you ♪ – [Tara] I can hear US-1. – Hello! This really narrows in here. – I don’t know if you can tell by, wow, how narrow this is, but
this is pretty cool. – [Chad] It almost looks
like a fake Disney boat ride. – [Tara] Yeah, it’s neat, though. – [Chad] It’s tight there. – We’re gonna have to duck. (upbeat music) – Here we go. Watch your face. – Oh, oh jeez, oh, how
do we get under here? (laughing) Oh, I gotta lay down. Chad, I don’t know how
you’re gonna get under that. – Like the Matrix. (laughing) (soft music) – It could be really peaceful back here if it wasn’t for all the
traffic noise from US-1. I don’t know, oh, what was that? What was that noise? – Watch your sticks there. – Do you think that there are gators this close to an ocean? How do you like paddling
a kayak versus a canoe? – I like the kayak motion, but every time I get
to the other direction, the water splashes on me. – This is interesting. Oh, man. – This is a nice lunch break. Been a while since we
had a good lunch break, paddle adventure. – That’s right. (soft music) We haven’t even seen even a single bird. – [Chad] There’s some birds. – [Tara] Where? (soft music) Just interrupted the bird party. (Chad laughing) – [Chad] Paddling around this key going through the mangroves up by US-1 and then back out to a little bay and then back out to the Atlantic again. (soft music) – [Tara] Do you think that
these little star-shaped things are the same thing? – [Chad] Oh yeah, I think you’re right. (soft music) – Gotta be very quiet. (birds calling) ♪ While we get back up ♪ ♪ Whatever you see in your heart line ♪ ♪ Blame it on me I don’t mind ♪ ♪ Whatever it is we’ll be fine ♪ ♪ Give it to me I don’t mind ♪ – [Tara] I didn’t realize we
were right under it’s butt. – [Chad] We’re in the poop zone. ♪ Whatever you see in your heart line ♪ ♪ Blame it on me, I don’t mind ♪ ♪ Whatever it is we’ll be fine ♪ ♪ Give it to me I don’t mind ♪ – [Tara] Oh, I can do it, I’ll get out. – [Chad] Guess I should have backed in. (laughing) That’s good, that’s good, babe. (soft music) – [Tara] Did you like it? – That was nice, it’s fun. It’s so pretty out here today. It’s 70, it’s sunny. – I liked the mangrove part the best. – Yeah, the little mangrove tunnel was pretty cool back there. – [Tara] We did have a few
days where it was super windy, which the kite surfers loved. – [Chad] Yeah, the kite
surfers were really digging it out there, because
they can launch right there at the state park. – [Tara] Yeah, and we got a free show. (upbeat music) So I think this is
gonna be the last chance that we get for a little while
to get on the motorcycle, because the next two days in Marathon Key are gonna be stormy and windy,
and then we hit the road. – We go North. We went on another ride, got
lots of beautiful footage all through a very smudged lens. – I failed, it is my fault. – [Chad] Booger right on the lens. – Yep, I wiped my nose on it. So we didn’t get a lot of great footage, so we’re just gonna leave here and we’re just gonna go
across Seven Mile Bridge. So we’re hitting the road. – Let’s hit it. (engine revving) (upbeat music) ♪ You tie me close ♪ ♪ To your heart ♪ ♪ You raise the giver ♪ ♪ In my head ♪ ♪ So keep me warm ♪ ♪ And your walls are melting ♪ ♪ Hallucinating ♪ ♪ I feel love ♪ ♪ And I’ll let you feed the fever ♪ ♪ Gotta feel ♪ ♪ And I let you burn a
hole right into the sun ♪ ♪ And call it home ♪ – We wanted to take you
guys over Seven Mile Bridge. We essentially did that
and then turned around, because we were hungry, of course. – Makes it a 14 mile bridge. – It does, it’s a 14 mile bridge. ♪ So I’ll let myself fall ♪ ♪ Into your arms ♪ ♪ Where I will simmer down to trust ♪ ♪ So I am waiting ♪ ♪ I am shaken like a little baby boy ♪ ♪ And I’ll wait for your majesty ♪ ♪ To come home ♪ – [Tara] We tried to get the bike into Bahia Honda State Park,
because we actually were really interested in
looking at the campground there. We wanted to check it out, but we didn’t want to pay 10
bucks just to drive through it. ♪ And I’ll let you be the fever ♪ ♪ That I feel ♪ – [Chad] How you doing? We’re staying over at Curry Hammock. We just wanted to take a
look around real quick, could we do that? – [Tara] We didn’t get to do that, so you’re not gonna get to
see the campground there, but maybe many of you
have been there before. So let us know if it’s any good. – [Chad] Yeah. (engine rumbling) (upbeat music) – [Chad] We did take a
ride over to a restaurant, a place called Berdines. – [Tara] Our friend Kelly said
you guys gotta check it out. She warned us that we kind
of have to drive through a neighborhood that
doesn’t really look like there’s gonna be a decent
restaurant back in it, which she was right, but we got there and it was a really cool spot. – [Chad] It’s right on
a canal that leads out to the Atlantic, but it faces West. We got a great view of the
sunset up on a high deck, which is really nice. (soft music) ♪ This is where I should belong ♪ ♪ Inside a simple song ♪ – This is our kind of place, a balcony and right on the water. – Yeah, and it’s not fancy. – Yeah. (soft music) – Stop it, why do you do that, why? I’m not expecting it. – [Chad] It’s recording. – I know. So what’s going on, you want to talk? – [Chad] I’m gonna start
the time lapse now. ♪ Tangled up in dreams ♪ – So, we’re headed to a pub with no name. – It’s called the No Name Pub. – Technically, it has a name. The name is No Name. It’s kind of a circular
reference, isn’t it? – Ohh. – Wasn’t me, wasn’t me. (laughing) – It smells, a low tide or
something, I don’t know. Sometimes US-1 down in the
Keys doesn’t smell so good. – I don’t smell anything,
but I have no sense of smell. – Trust me. – So we’re on the Seven Mile Bridge. – Yeah, it’s true. We were supposed to be
on a motorcycle ride doing this today. – [Chad] It’s too cold. – It’s kind of my fault. I wasn’t feeling the greatest. I think we were both feeling a little lazy and didn’t really feel like
bundling up, ’cause it’s 70. – Well, it’s 70 now, but
it’s gonna be in the 60s. – Yeah, and it feels a little colder, especially going over Seven
Mile Bridge and stuff. So we just decided to take the truck. We’ve been to the No Name
Pub a couple of times, – Think we’ve got a couple of dollars with the C-heart, T, – No, Chara. – That’s right. – [Tara] Chara, Chad plus Tara. It was either Chara or Tard,
and we went with Chara. – Yeah, so the common
theme behind this place, which we’ll show you, is
dollar bills everywhere. – There are dollar bills
hanging all over the place, and somewhere in there is our dollar bill. It’s on the Big Pine Key, it’s about 40 minutes or
so from Curry Hammock. – Yeah, it’s really in
the middle of nowhere. You have to be looking
for this place to find it, ’cause it’s not on US-1. In fact, it’s way off,
down weird side streets. And you have to watch
out for the Key deer. They’re little tiny deer. – Yes, we were gonna stop at
the National Key Deer Refuge on the way, but I guess
they closed at four, so we missed out on that too. No motorcycle ride, no
National Key Deer Refuge. I guess we’re gonna have pizza and beer. – Nothing wrong with that. (upbeat music) – [Chad] One of the
coolest places in the Keys. – [Tara] We think. – [Chad] It’s just one of those things that you don’t know about
unless somebody tells you. It’s off the beaten path. The entire place is
decorated with dollar bills. – [Tara] Everywhere. – [Chad] But we’ve been there a few times and we have a few dollars
on that ceiling somewhere. – [Tara] Yeah, but we couldn’t prove it ’cause there’s no way
we’d be able to find them. – [Chad] Oh, it’s impossible. – This is kind of like the truck. – [Chad] Gonna climb up on
your stool, little girl? Your little bar stool? – [Tara] Delicious pizza, delicious pizza. I broke my no gluten rule for this pizza, and it was worth it. (upbeat music) While you’re driving back there, be aware that the Key deer
are all over the place. – [Chad] Cute little deer. – [Tara] They’re tiny little deer. They’re maybe about the
size of a Great Dane. Oh, there’s another one up there. There’s two of ’em up here, three of ’em. Holy crap, oh, four. Look at that. One, two, three, four. Hi, guys. – [Chad] So cute, I want to pet ’em. – [Tara] This one’s
big, call him the daddy. – [Chad] Hey, buddy. He’s got the four antlers. – [Tara] You just chomping on some grass? You just hanging out? They’re out at night, street walkers. They just kind of hanging
out in the neighborhood. They’re just residents here. That’s a kind of fat one, you’re fat. (upbeat music) So after our amazing
few weeks in the Keys, we had some much needed
down time and family time. So the next time that
you see us in a location, it’s actually gonna be New Orleans. – Louisiana. – Yes, stay tuned for outtakes at the end. – Shout out to the
Dolphin Research Center. Thanks for not letting us film there. – We wanted to go for ourselves, but of course we were gonna
take you along with us, and we reached out to them, and they said we’re gonna have to pass. So we thought we’re
just gonna have to pass on coming to visit. It is there, if you’ve got kids and stuff. I’m sure it’s great,
and maybe they thought we were soliciting for something. I don’t know. We were told by our
friends, Randy and Brie, that it is an awesome experience. Unfortunately, we didn’t get
a chance to check it out. – [Chad] So, subscribe, click the bell, check out our website,
changinglanesrv.com. – [Tara] Follow us social media. – [Chad] Instagram,
Twitter, all those things, and click the like
button, that helps us out. We’ll see you next time. – [Tara] Bye, guys. – Now you’re like, right here, versus. – Okay, exaggeration much? Babe, come on, let’s get this done. You’re killin’ me, smalls. – You’re killin’ me, smalls. – You don’t like it, too bad. – That’s not gonna make the cut. (Chad laughing) Morning, ’cause I’m gonna just
start that whole thing over. – Oh, I gotta sneeze. (laughing) People comment, this is off topic, sorry. – You know I love off topic conversation. You kill me, smalls. I haven’t worn high heels in years. – Neither have I. (laughing) Screw you guys. – Screw you guys, I’m going home. – Hold on. (water running) – What’s the matter with you? – I just gotta wake up,
I can’t wake up today. – We’re almost done. – I know, but I want to
be awake for this part. – Don’t wipe your face on the hand towel. – It’s a dish towel. I’m not getting it dirty. – Living with a boy is hard. Stay tuned for outtakes at the end. – At the end. – No, Chad. – Sorry. – Chad, you’re really
being uncooperative today. – Here, do it again. – Dare I do it again? Are you gonna be as, – I won’t say anything, go.

53 Comments

  • Jason Bergeron

    Great episode we love the keys and will be in Key West for Lobster Fest and to dive the Vandenburg in August. Bahia Honda is pretty cool. Check out Traveling Robert's YouTube channel; he has a good episode from there. Make sure you try the Conch House in Marathon next time you're there. Good stuff guys!

  • Rick S.

    Hey folks …. THIS was soooo GOOD that I'm watching it for the second time !! LOL.. Lots of GREAT INFO, (as normal on your channel…), and we LOVE the "out-takes" at the end 🙂 🙂 🙂 Like XTRA POINTS … hee hee … "Thanks" for sharing it !!
    Rick S. (Massachusetts)

  • Allen S

    The Key Deer are great, but be super careful. They've lost fear of people so they walk out in front of cars and get hurt.

  • Rich T.

    Loved the bit where Chad morphs into Homer Simpson (just after 8 minutes) and exclaims “ Like The Matrix, HE HE HE 😆🤣😂 !”. My 2nd favourite bit is when Chad is told after a huge sigh, “Chad, you’re being, really uncooperative today”! 😳🥺😖🤦🏼‍♀️

    I clearly recognise that tone of voice because, I too am married (30 years in August, if I survive that long)🃏. Anyway always amusing, informative and entertaining on this side of the pond in sunny England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿, don’t change a thing guys love you to bits! 👍

  • Kelly Guinn

    Thanks for the Burdine’s credit! Still wish you would have had those hush puppies!!! Love you guys. You just made me home sick again 😜

  • CrescoLibertas1

    I've been going to the Keys my entire life. I was married in Key West. Go there every year for anniversary. I've never seen a Key Deer. Not once. And here you guys go and see half a dozen or more in one little outing.

  • Kriss Sto

    You guys are such a lovely couple. We absolutely love your videos. So fun and exciting! Keep up the good work👍❤️❤️❤️

  • peter otoole

    I live in Ft Lauderdale. Passed Marathon 100 times on way to KW. But the time I went, loved it. It gets you out of the bars and into nature…

  • Debra Rhymes

    I need to see the Atlantic Ocean! I live on the west coast and the ocean here is completely different. Thank you for the beautiful video. I always love your music too. Blessings

  • Luis Gonzalez

    Born and Raised here in Marathon! So glad to see you guys stop in. One of my friends dads use to be the park ranger at Curry Hammock and have spent MANY days out there.

  • Patrick Shea

    I have stayed at Bahia Honda State Park, November of a couple years ago. Nice Park, closest , I could get to Key West, without paying a large site fee. Stayed with a 43 foot Motorhome, sites have some seperation with trees and large bushes. Reserved a couple days ahead.

  • Gary Herlth

    Guys I just drove by there yesterday June 24th Monday. Are you guys still in the Keys? or is this just shot on a prior time?

  • Johnny Lightning

    The smell may have been conchs, don't know if they still harvest them but they used to stink to high heaven. Oh yea, 70 is not cold, ain't even close, but yes it is considered cold in the Keys. I was just wondering what kind of cover you have for your bike. I'm getting ready to full-time in the next few months and will need a cover for my bike. Any help will be appreciated. Nice videos, thanks.

  • Denise Barnes

    Your editing skills are on point! Also, we finally ordered our keyless entry from RV Lock and LOVE it! Thanks for the tip!

  • williamson25

    Can you do a video on your favorite campgrounds/park so far. Why did you like them? What extras did they have? How much to stay? Things like that 🙂

  • Florida Crypto R

    I just bought my RV this past month being new retired young. New sub to your channel. So currently I am doing upgrades for the next few months while waiting for my reservations. But I noticed in the State Parks that offer alot, the minimum amount of time it seems is 6 months ahead and if it's in the keys, up to a year easy. It for sure is not like it was a long time ago.

    How long did it take you to reserve in the keys? My parents had a summer home in little torch key (26 miles from key west) that I had my own boat and we went several times a year there. Unfortunately during Hurricane Irma, the whole island was hit by the eye and destroyed loads, I am gutted over it. But anyways , how long did it take to reserve? I want to get down there obviously as soon as possible.

  • Lauren B.

    Was the water nasty out there? My fiancé and I were just in Key West yesterday for the week and the water was absolutely disgusting!

  • Anthony Marron

    Burdines really is in an interesting spot, we drove one day and went on a friends boat because it’s right on the inter coastal another day

  • Sebastien Yanac

    Have you ever been to Connecticut!! If you do go go there I recommend Nelson's family campground in East Hampton ct where I have a seasonal site,or Odetah in Bozra Ct

  • Louise Kelly

    I enjoy your videos.  We lived in south Miami and enjoyed many weekends in the Keys.  Brings back great memories!!  🙂

  • l williams

    Really enjoying the videos, editing and music is damn good. Any info on why you chose Indian over Harley or other brands? To each his own, just wondering what helped in your decision. Thank you and keep em coming !

  • jackflak7056

    I noted the PO2 patch on your bike vest. And when you talked about going into a state park to check it out, but didn't want to pay the 10 dollar entry fee. If you have a VA card, show it to the ranger station and you can get a free park pass for Florida State parks. Works for entry fees. You can also get a National Park pass.

  • Jeremy Miles

    Hey guys! Love your videos. I don’t know how the captions work or who makes them (all I know is these are not auto generated, someone typed them up) but when Tara speaks it says “Dawn” in brackets. The name is correct for Chad. Not really sure how that confusion would’ve happened but I just thought I would point it out. 😁😁

    Update: “Dawn” changes to “Tara” when we see the door to the no name pub.

  • Jennifer Knibbs

    I think ( not sure) the thing at 9:55 is a jellyfish, based on the way it moved. Not sure tho! Loved this video!

  • Five Oaks Farm of Georgia

    Between Bahia Honda State Park and 7 mile bridge is Sunset Key RV resort. We just left there last weekend. It was great during the week, but on the weekend they get a LOT of assholes from Miami and Ft Lauderdale that are very inconsiderate and loud. Ruins the entire atmosphere, and for that reason we won't go back.

  • keith minnicks

    Hi guys. This question is about your video that gave you power for tv without generator. I was wondering if i could pick your brain on electrical having trouble finding a detail answer. I am converting a 20 ft enclosed into a toy hauler with 12 ft toy area for can am. Starting from scratch. I have a propane onan 4k generator, I am going to buy 2 6v batteries later 4, I order the 55 amp wfco power center that has ac/dc and multi stage converter built in, order a 30 amp plug (if ever shore hook up but mostly boon docking in desert) and was going to order a pure sine 2000w inverter. right now really struggling trying to figure out how to wire the inverter in so i can use tv and coffee without generator, without it activating the charger in the built in converter or loosing all of 12 volt (lights etc). the 4 different inverter method article gives me a little bit of info. Since I cannot seem to figure out method 1/4 i was going to just make dedicated outlets if i couldnt figure it out so method 3… I do plan to add 400 watt solar in future with mppt controller and 2 more 6 volt batteries. But for now I cannot figure this out. I know it requires a transfer switch or possibly manually doing something? Any help you can give would be great. Thanks Keith

  • William Mahaney

    U guys r awesome…. Love the videos, especially the bike rides. Nice bike Chad. Love to get an Indian motorcycle but for now I will settle with my Honda vtx 1300 or my Kawasaki vulcan. Keep up the great vlogs. I camp as well but as a vacation escape

  • Garret Lewis

    My wife and I have been thinking about a Keys camping trip. We would be bringing our motorcycle down (towing on a trailer) with us; however, we would be camping in a tent. We’ve looked at some camping options on the internet. Thanks for the video. It helps give an idea of what the campsites are like. Too bad you weren’t able to get into the other state park. It would have been nice to see what it was like. Maybe we’ll make it down one day for a camping & motorcycle adventure.

  • Becky Menke

    Im getting kind of addicted to your videos!! We are about to take off on our first Toyhauler Adventure this January/February! Taking Tinkerbell and Buster with us!??

  • Becky Menke

    We are heading to New Orleans and into Texas for a month then finishing up in Oklahoma before heading back home first of March!

  • Clint Johnson

    Used to be, if you paid for "parking" at one FL state park, that gained you access to any other the same day. I have a lifetime military pass. Very nice of my home state.

  • LivinRVision

    Once again, great video guys! We really enjoy watching your adventures. We hope to see you guys out there soon! Thanks for sharing and safe travels.

  • Jeeps & RVs

    At least my second time watching this video – excellent. We have a reservation at this park in a few weeks – our first time (after a week at Fort Wilderness – life is hard, LOL). Some of our RVing neighbors are telling us that it is hard to drive a big rig in the Keys – getting there and the the park itself. Your toy hauler fit, so I assume our 40' DP will fit as well? Also, did you have a lot of salt residue after? I plan to give it a good bath – including the underneath. Thanks and safe travels.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *