Sun Outdoors Sugarloaf Key: RV & Bungalow Glamping in the Florida Keys

Sun Outdoors Sugarloaf Key RV

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Hello RV and glamping enthusiasts! Are you craving an unforgettable LGBTQ+ friendly getaway to the Florida Keys but are looking for options outside of the hustle and bustle of downtown Key West? Then we recommend exploring the beautiful Sun Outdoors resort in Sugarloaf Key, Florida.

Nestled in the heart of the Florida Keys, this resort is not just about enjoying creature comforts in a tropical oasis, but it’s also about basking in a welcoming environment. 

Sun Outdoors is an LGBTQ+ friendly resort that welcomes travelers from all walks of life with open arms. This stunning waterfront property offers a perfect blend of relaxation, adventure, and a welcoming atmosphere for all travelers. It’s pet-friendly too! 

In this comprehensive travel guide, we’ll take you through everything you need to know to make the most of your stay at Sun Outdoors Sugarloaf Key.

Resort Layout and Accommodations

Sun Outdoors offers a variety of accommodation options to suit your preferences. Whether you’re looking for a furnished cozy cabin or a waterfront RV site, this resort has it all. Guests can enjoy modern comforts in a picturesque setting, surrounded by the beauty of the Florida Keys. 

RV Sites

The RV sites at Sun Outdoors Sugarloaf Key offer a premium outdoor experience. Each site is meticulously designed to accommodate RVs of various sizes, featuring full hookups including water, sewer, electricity, wifi and cable. 

While the RV lots are close in proximity to one another, the sites are thoughtfully integrated into the natural landscape, ensuring as much privacy and tranquility as possible. Most of the RV lots are parked waterside and offer picture perfect sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico or sunrises over the lake.

All of the RV sites have a picnic table and seating area while others have a tiki hut cabana for added shade and outdoor living space. We highly recommend getting a cabana spot if you’re visiting in the summer months. It’s the perfect place to sip coffee in the morning while catching up on the news or to savor the flavor of fine wine while watching the sunset. 

Just don’t forget the bug spray! While the views are serene, the mosquitoes and no-see-ums at night may ruin your enjoyable experience. So just come prepared.


If you aren’t an avid RVer and prefer to truly relax on vacation, check out the furnished bungalows. These colorful accommodations are cozy in size but comfortable in layout. With sleeping for up to four, each unit provides the basic necessities with an elevated luxury feel.

Sun Outdoors Sugarloaf Key

The pet-friendly glamping bungalows offer a comfortable escape with air-conditioning. They feature a living room with a sleeper sofa, a bathroom with a shower, and a king-size bed. Amenities include patio seating, a Smart TV, Wi-Fi, microwave, mini-fridge, and a Keurig coffee maker. Smoking is not allowed inside the bungalows, and bed and bath linens are provided. 

Our favorite unit is the corner lot with easy water access for kayaking and sunset views.

Amenities Galore

Prepare to be spoiled for choice with the impressive array of amenities at Sun Outdoors. 

Recreational Delights

Sun Outdoors Sugarloaf Key stands out for its array of recreational facilities. The heated swimming pool, AquaBanas, giant tiki bar with firepit, hammocks, and waterside tiki cabanas with cornhole games offer relaxed settings for guests to socialize with friends either in the sun or under shade. 

The dog park is a thoughtful addition for pet lovers, ensuring that furry companions also have a memorable time.

Surrounding the lake is a well-maintained walking trail, perfect for getting your steps in or exercising Fido.

Sun Outdoors Sugarloaf Key
Photo by Rachel Covello

Adventures on Water

One of the resort’s key attractions is its proximity to water. Kayak and paddleboard rentals are available, providing an exciting way to explore the natural beauty surrounding the resort. These activities are not only fun but also offer a chance to witness the unique marine life of the Keys.

Whether you’re into kayaking, fishing, or simply basking in the sun, the resort’s location offers it all.

Golf Cart Rentals

Sun Outdoors Sugarloaf Key is a large resort. We highly suggest renting a golf cart during your stay for easy access to all amenities and nearby activities.

Note: due to safety concerns, personal golf carts are not permitted.

Convenience at Your Fingertips

You can find all of your creature comforts here, too. The resort is equipped with a retail store, laundry facilities, bathroom with shower facilities, and an airstream bar. These amenities ensure that guests can enjoy the benefits of modern living while being nestled in the midst of nature.

Sun Outdoors Sugarloaf

Proximity to Key West

Sun Outdoors is conveniently located along US-1 and just a short drive north of Key West. Key West is celebrated for its inclusive and open atmosphere. This unique destination is internationally renowned as a gay mecca, embracing the “One Human Family” philosophy. Key West’s accepting attitude makes it a top LGBTQ+ vacation spot, attracting visitors from all walks of life.

Whether you’re interested in exploring its eclectic and often eccentric nightlife, boutique and souvenir shops, or iconic landmarks like the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, Key West is a must-visit destination that’s just a stone’s throw away from Sugarloaf Key.

Activities and Attractions in Key West

Key West is a treasure trove of activities and experiences. From exploring historical sites like the Tennessee Williams Museum to enjoying the buzzing nightlife, there’s something for everyone. The city is also known for its culinary scene, with a blend of seafood and Cuban influences, offering delightful dining experiences. 

Make sure to check out our LGBTQ+ travel guides to Key West.

Annual LGBTQ Events

Key West hosts several annual LGBTQ+ events, such as Key West Pride and Womenfest. These events celebrate diversity and inclusivity, making them a highlight for many visitors.

How to Get There

There are only two ways to get to Sun Outdoors Sugarloaf Key: by car and my plane. Well, we suppose you could also get there by boat but let’s stick with the basics for now.

By Car: If you’re driving to Sun Outdoors, take US-1 South from Miami. Sugarloaf Key is approximately a 3-hour drive from Miami. Once you arrive, you’ll find the resort easily accessible from the highway, making your journey hassle-free.

By Plane: If you prefer to fly, the nearest major airport is Key West International Airport, which is about a 30-minute south from Sun Outdoors. You can rent a car at the airport to reach the resort conveniently or hire an Uber driver if you prefer to settle in to escape the city once you arrive on property.

Nearby Shops and Restaurants

While there aren’t nearly as many places to eat and shop as there are in Key West, the Sugarloaf Key area offers a few popular options. Here are a few of our favorites.

5 Brothers Two Seafood Market, Cuban Café & Grocery – The sister spot to 5 Brothers in downtown Key West, this café and grocery is a one stop shop for coffee, groceries, seafood and some of the best cuban sandwiches and pastries you’ll find in Florida. Located on nearby Summerland Key, the short ride from Sugarloaf Key is worth it if only to enjoy the best tasting café con leche at only $2.50 per cup.

Mangrove Mama’s – Located directly across from Sun Outdoors Sugarloaf Key, Mangrove Mama’s is known for its fresh seafood and Key West flavors. Its tropical, laid-back setting encapsulates the quintessential Florida Keys dining experience, making it a favorite among both locals and tourists.

The Bent Prop Bar & Grill – Catering to a variety of tastes, guests can enjoy a range of dishes from brunch and lunch to dinner, complemented by a selection of drinks during their happy hour. The establishment is particularly known for its welcoming atmosphere and is a great place for gatherings, recommending reservations for parties of eight or more. 

Square Grouper Bar and Grill – Situated at MM 22.5 Oceanside on Cudjoe Key, Florida, is a popular destination renowned for its fresh and local seafood. The restaurant prides itself on consistency and quality, emphasizing environmentally friendly practices. The establishment offers an eclectic menu, accompanied by a commitment to being “green”, with all paper products and straws made from corn products. 

Square Grouper Bar and Grill
Photo by Rachel Covello

Broil – Fine dining meets the casual ambiance at this “small island steakhouse in Cudjoe Key. The restaurant menu features steak, seafood, and garden-fresh options, all prepared on a wood-fired grill. The atmosphere is described as beautiful, with an exceptional staff and remarkable food, making it a must-visit spot in the Keys. 

Mary Jane’s Closet – Make sure to visit this unique home goods store offering a diverse range of products including glassware, plateware, local art, ceramics, publications, fishing shirts, and Square Grouper swag. This store is particularly known for its collection of local art and one-of-a-kind gifts found only in the Florida Keys. Open daily from 8 am to 4:20 pm, it’s a must-visit for both locals and tourists seeking unique souvenirs, keepsakes, and island home décor. 

Mary Jane's Closet
Photo by Rachel Covello

Warm and Helpful Staff

One of the standout features of Sun Outdoors is the incredibly friendly and helpful staff. The resort takes pride in providing exceptional customer service and strives to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Whether you need assistance with your accommodations, recommendations for local attractions, or simply a friendly chat, the staff is always there to assist you.

Plan Your LGBTQ+ Friendly Escape to Sun Outdoors

So, are you ready to embark on an unforgettable LGBTQ+ friendly adventure at Sun Outdoors in Sugarloaf Key? With its inclusive atmosphere, stunning layout, proximity to Key West, pet-friendly policy, and exceptional staff, this resort promises a vacation that’s both relaxing and enriching.

Whether you’re a solo traveler, a couple seeking a romantic retreat, or a group of friends looking for a fun getaway, Sun Outdoors welcomes you with open arms. Don’t wait any longer; book your stay today and experience the beauty and hospitality of Sun Outdoors for yourself.

Pack your bags, soak up the sun, and make memories that will last a lifetime at this LGBTQ+ friendly haven in the Florida Keys. Your adventure awaits at Sun Outdoors in Sugarloaf Key!

**Disclaimer: There is a good chance that this post contains affiliate or sponsor links. If you make a purchase through them, we may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you (for which we are extremely grateful).

Also, while we do our best to highlight LGBTQ-friendly destinations and businesses, info provided is based solely on personal experience and recommendations by community partners. We hope that nobody experiences discrimination or homophobia while visiting Florida and beyond, but we make no guarantees. Please inform us if you experience discrimination or homophobia while visiting any destination so we can make updates to our recommendations.

Events are subject to change. Please check the events webpage for updates and schedules.

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