Located in the middle keys at mile-marker 67.5, this island was once the site of Henry Flagler’s Long Key Fishing Camp. In the early 20th century, the fishing camp was a popular luxury destination for the rich and famous, as well as many of the world’s great salt water anglers of the time. The entire facility was destroyed during the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 and never reopened. Today, visitors can still spend the night via 60 ocean-front campsites. “Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with no nearby cities, this is a good dark place a night. The campsites back up directly to the ocean. Skies are often clear, especially in winter. Breezy but mild winter nights are the perfect time to sit outside and stargaze. Summer nights are usually good too. Bring insect repellent in summer. The island is very narrow at this point. Spectacular sunrises and sunsets are both over water. Sunset is visible by going to the 2nd floor platform on the rest room building.”
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