When thinking about the Florida Keys, most people think of the islands that extend from Miami to Key West. There are 1700 Keys in Florida, scattered all along the coast! Take a look at Cedar Key, located in the northwest area of Florida. It’s fun and funky!
Know as the small “Drinking Town with a Fishing Problem”, Cedar Key is the antithesis of the glitzy, artsy and touristy scene that you find in other locations around Florida. The town is so small it doesn’t even have a stoplight! Don’t expect fancy shopping centers or golf courses. If quaint, charming and laid back describes your ideal spot – you’ve found it!
If it sounds too laid back for you, don’t be fooled! There’s plenty of action packed things to do around Cedar Key and the Pure Water Wilderness area. Just the words “pure water” should bring several activities to mind! There’s miles of navigable waters and rivers, swimming at places like Manatee Springs and Crystal River, fishing, scuba diving and great bird watching. Make sure to bring a camera and binoculars!
Love fresh seafood? Cedar Key was/is a small fishing village and the town offers it all. However, Cedar Key is known as Clam Capitol of the United States due to the thriving Clam Farmers who call this area of the Gulf “Home”. We suggest you dine at Tony’s and enjoy a bowl of their 3X World Championship Clam Chowder! We guarantee the clams don’t get any fresher than this!
The perfect spot (if you can get one!) to base all of these activities from is Low Key Hideaway RV park. Budget Travel Magazine named Cedar Key one of the top 10 destinations in the U.S. and the Low Key Hideaway RV Resort has been recognized by Trip Advisor as the #9 travel destination in the nation. The 4 RV sites are all water front with full hook ups. Needless to say, reservations are a must! There are indoor showers and bathrooms available for campers.
If it’s time for some clean clothes, there is a laundromat a short distance from the resort and the town has a small general store if you need some basic stuff. If you need more than basic items, better stop in Chiefland before heading to Cedar Key. There’s also the Dakotah Winery in Chiefland if you’re interested in tasting and buying some local wines to enjoy along with the fabulous seafood you’re going to stuff yourself with!