Fun in the Florida Keys: We’re Taking an Island-Style Trip Down South

posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 3:18:04 PM

Florida Keys Beach with Palm Tree

Swap the Mickey Mouse ears for a sun hat when you put the Florida Keys on the map for your next getaway. The cluster of islands offers an oasis built by plants and animals, making this a unique destination for more than just suntanned afternoons. Trickled with Palm Trees, the Florida Keys offer a splendid destination where you can kayak through mangrove caves, stroll through art galleries and find handmade treasures from local artisans. Whether your interests lie in scuba diving or enjoying a platter of the finest seafood, the Florida Keys present you with endless opportunity for seaside fun. Pack your scuba gear and anticipate a nautical twist on Southern hospitality when you swim through Key West, Key Largo and Marathon.

Key West

Head to Florida’s southernmost point when you plan your next family vacation or couple’s retreat in Key West. This quaint island is painted with pastel-colored houses and features epic corals reefs, making this a superior place for diving and snorkeling. The island also features the famed Duval Street, which is home to lively bars, historic sites, ghost tours, eclectic shops, cafés and more. For an astonishing view, you can find the rest of the island gathered at Mallory Square to witness a surreal sunset, incredible music and local entertainers. If you’re a literary bug, you can head to The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum to see where he wrote most of his life’s work. If you’re looking for a fulfilling getaway, Key West is ready to give you just that and so much more.

Where to stay?

Sheraton Suites Key West

Get your fill of water sports and relaxation. Nestled on Key West, this hotel offers access to water sports on Smathers Beach. The hotel also features high-speed Wi-Fi and spacious suites with pullout sofas, modern amenities and tropical comfort with palm trees for shade. Don’t miss a second in the beating heart of Key West when you take advantage of the complimentary shuttle, which drops guests off in downtown Key West. Complete with a lagoon-style pool featuring a waterfall, all-day dining at Coral Crab Café and refreshing cocktails from Cabana Bar – this hotel offers everything you desire during a stay in Key West.

Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel

Highly favored among most, this hotel sits pristine on seven lush acres complete with a beach made for tanning and a waterfront pool. This hotel puts you right in the center of all the exciting things Key West has to offer from unique art, entertainment and vibrant dining. Treat yourself in paradise with breakfast in bed, thanks to the room service menu. When you’re ready to bum it in the sun, Blue Bar invites you to enjoy poolside cocktails. From spa services to water activities, there’s no shortage of fun at this hotel in Key West.

Key Largo

Venture to Key Largo and experience the best of diving and the beautiful outdoors. Self-proclaimed as the Dive Capital of the World, Key Largo offers diving, snorkeling and glass-bottom boating so you can float along with marine life through clear-blue waters. If you want to stay above water, there’s ample opportunity for kayaking, fishing and relaxing beachside with your favorite cocktail or beer. If the beach has worn you out, you can head to the Everglades National Park or find your way to the world’s largest artificial reef – the 510-foot USS Spiegal Grove. Whether it’s for beach bumming or deep diving, Key Largo is the place to be.

Where to stay?

Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection

Slip into bliss at this spectacular resort. Enjoy a delectable menu of savory foods, refreshing cocktails and the perfect oasis during your vacation here. Each room is appointed with soft white sheets, private balconies and cozy furniture that gives you a sense of home. You can also surrender to the relaxing spa to recharge your body and mind before heading to the beach to do a little more of the same. Watch the sunset from a hammock and enjoy a much-needed getaway to this gorgeous resort in Key Largo.

Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort

Sophistication pairs well with a frozen drink and the beaming sun. You can find all of that at Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort. The resort sits tightly on the waterfront in Key Largo, giving you easy access to clear water and sandy beaches. What’s even better is that you can travel with your four-legged friend thanks to the pet-friendly accommodations featuring private balconies with astonishing views. Start your mornings at the spa before retreating to the outdoor pool, where you can stay all day and not feel guilty about it. And there’s no end to seaside fare. Head to Breezer’s Tiki Bar and Gus’ Grille for beyond flavorful dining. Relaxation is key at this luxurious hotel.

Marathon

Perfect for families, Marathon welcomes everyone to sit tight and swim freely in the middle of the Florida Keys. Dine with the best when you enjoy fresh fish, lobster and stone crab claws. Once you’re done grubbing on authentic foods, set sail to explore the clear water that surrounds the island. You can touch and feed stingrays, or bravely explore the purposely sunken wreck of the Thunderbolt. However, what really sets this island apart is the Dolphin Research Center. This not-for-profit facility extends education, research and rescue services that “promote peaceful coexistence, cooperation and communication between marine mammals, humans and the environment we all share.” Whether you’re bonding with the dolphins through an exciting dorsal pull or witness a fascinating presentation – these dolphins are ready to welcome you with open fins.

Where to stay?

Courtyard Marathon Florida Keys

What sets this hotel apart from all the rest is its convenient location off the Bayfront. Watch the sunset from your private balcony or spend the closing hours of the day catching rays at the infinity pool. This Florida Keys hotel offers deluxe comfort with stylish rooms featuring complimentary Wi-Fi, the softest sheets and modern amenities. The hotel puts you near the beautiful water at Sombrero Beach and the glorious nature of Bahia Honda State Park. Get ready for kayaking, water skiing and more because adventure is endless when you stay at this hotel in Marathon, Florida.

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