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Affordable Accommodation Alternatives for Key West Bear Weekend

Were you hoping to attend Key West Bear Weekend but finding travel and accommodation cost prohibitive? Well, we got you covered!

Listen, we know as well as anyone that the price of air travel and hotel stays have skyrocketed in the wake of the pandemic, and this is especially true of locations like Key West which have always sported a premium price tag. To help take the pressure off your wallet we present some more affordable alternatives that will allow you to enjoy Key West Bear Weekend without breaking the bank!


NYA Hotels

At NYAH (Not Your Average Hotel), they strive to make every group feel welcome. Tell them how big or how small your group is, and they will have a room for you. Private Rooms can accommodate groups of up to six people. Each of you will have your own bed, locker, and set of towels.

Traveling Solo? No problem. With their Shared Rooms, you just book your bed with your private locker. The Shared Rooms can accommodate up to four people.

NYAH is an only adult hotel. Guests must be 21 years of age to check-in and 18+ to stay.

Leo’s Campground

Leo’s allows you to either park your own RV at $95/ night or rent one of theirs which houses up to two people at $179/ night. With an 11-minute car ride from the Island House you will not be far from the center of all the action of Key West Bear Weekend and can save yourself a pretty penny by staying here.

Back-in gravel sites accommodate self-contained RV’s up to 42’ plus one personal vehicle. Full hookups are provided with water, electric, and sewage hookups and 30/50 amp power. Amenities include laundry facilities, wi-fi spots, tiki huts, dog park, and water access for dinghys, kayaks and paddleboards.

Boyd’s Campground

This campground has some additional options for rent including tiny homes that start at $300/ night, primitive ten sites at $75/ night, water & electric tent sites at $100/ night and full RV hookups starting at $160/ night. All prices are based on a two person occupancy and the price will go up if you want waterfront placement.

With a 13-minute car ride from Island House this is also an extremely viable, convenient and affordable alternative to staying in the main strip.

The pool at Boyd’s (Photo credit: Boyd’s Campground)
Travel Apps and Websites

Though many people use their travel app of choice when booking travel, a lot of folks do not do comp prices across platforms. You would be shocked at how much cheaper certain sites can be in comparison to others on account of the negotiating and deals we have no visibility to. So while it might be a drag to spend the extra time in the planning stage, it can be well worth it for your travel budget.

The Hopper app is one of our favorites and is renowned for finding consumers the best deals on both airfare and hotel accommodation. At the time of publication, we were able to see rates as low as $207 per night, at a property just 5 minutes from Duval Street.  This was by far the best deal we scouted though there was some competitive pricing on and Trivago.


Flying direct to Key West can be very expensive, however, if you can get a cheap airline ticket to the airline hub that is Miami Airport, there is a regular bus service between Miami and Key West that is a great option to save some money (it does take 5 hours though). Greyhound Lines offers this route with frequent daily departures, including pickups and drop-offs at Miami International Airport and, of course, Key West, for as little as $20 each way. A smaller bus experience can be enjoyed via Keys Shuttle, which offers frequent daily service between Miami and Key West – as well as regional airports – and most destinations in between.

So while there is no perfect option, there are several alternatives to help you have some furry fun in the sun at Key West Bear Weekend. And with everything going on in Florida right now, your queer siblings down there need us more than ever to support their businesses and show them that they are not alone.

To purchase your tickets to Key West Bear Weekend click HERE.

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