That's where Captain Cheapo comes in. Obviously, I can't tell transfer every bit of insider Florida Keys information from my brain into helpfully arranged pixels within the confines of this short article, so I thought I'd offer you one VERY cheap lodging option next time you go. No, I'm not sending you dumpster diving with Ramen Noodles or to try and catch some shut eye with a dozen illegal Cuban immigrants in the back of a van circling Little Havana all night.
There is a legitimate, comfortable, scenic, pleasant little operation called the Caribbean Village (1211 Overseas Highway, at Mile Marker 10.7, Big Coppitt Key, tel: 305-296-9542). In case you aren't aware, it is unusual to find any sort of lodging down here for less than $100 per night. And if you hit Key West? Forget it. You're mostly looking at $150 per night and up even during the off season (except for a few little gems and outright lunatic suggestions Captain Cheapo knows about).
But the Caribbean Village is located 10 miles outside of Key West and consists of three pastel-colored Caribbean-style (who would have thunk THAT) cottages, complete with the property's own tiny sunning beach and dock. The rooms are plain but clean and cheerful. What do you expect for $45 in low season, going up to only $95 in high? Spend ten more buckaroos and you get to stay at one of the two docked houseboats.
Now if the entire point of your travel to Florida Keys is to get falling down drunk on Duval Street in Key West, and have your hand run over by a trash truck while on all fours in the roadway barfing up the residue of alcohol poisoning in the gutter at 3 AM, I'd advise you find somewhere closer than Caribbean Village. Somewhere you don't have to drive, like maybe the dumpster behind Sloppy Joe's Bar.
Derek Dowell (AKA Captain Cheapo) is the dude to use if you're wishing you could afford a tropical Florida Keys vacation. Pick his brain to figure out how to save THOU$ANDS of buckaroos when you go. After 16 years of frequent trips and (FINALLY) moving down there altogether, he now spends his days moving very slowly in the heat, pausing frequently under a palm tree to simply. . . exist. . . and tapping away on his laptop to bring you the blog that explains it all about Florida Keys Travel. He calls it Captain Cheapo's Vacationism! Everyone is welcome. Click click click to visit at http://www.captaincheapo.com for even more Florida Keys travel saving information.