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The Florida Keys rival the tropical Caribbean islands in terms of weather and water activities to a point that we often refer to it as America’s Caribbean. And indeed, the more than 800 mangrove-lined islands, gleaming waters, and blossoming jungles are among many other reasons a lot of people prefer Florida Keys as their ultimate vacation destination. Add there abundant deepwater game fish, fantastic coral reefs, and diving opportunities, and you will get almost a complete picture. The islands have long drawn numerous divers, fisherman, and offbeat personalities, such as Jimmy Buffett and Ernest Hemingway. Anyone is welcome here, from countrymen to sophisticated city types – all that is required is a love for warm sea, an open mind and a taste for eccentric entertainment.

The 112-mile stretch of islands can be split into three areas: the Lower Keys, with the center at Key West (mostly quiet and green until you get to Key West); the Middle Keys with Marathon running the show (you’ll find the loveliest landscapes there); and finally,  The Upper Keys, stretching from Key Largo to Layton, with the area full of weekend resorts, condos, dive shops, and country clubs. The Upper Keys also include Islamorada that many Americans call the “sport-fishing capital of the world.” Most of the islands, or the Keys, are connected by just one road known as “Overseas Highway.”

 Most Frequently Booked Resorts in Florida Keys

Florida Keys Weather

Florida Keys boast gorgeous temperatures that average 88°F (31°C) throughout the summer months, with the hottest summer day on record at 96°F (35°C) that dates back to 1880. It’s always a bit cooler on the islands than on the Florida’s mainland thanks to cooling waters and absence of sprawling urban areas. Many Floridians escape to the islands for the weekend as temperatures are normally a couple degrees cooler at the Florida Keys. The water can reach mid-80 temperatures on very hot days, but it’s still refreshing for diving, snorkeling or just swimming. It rarely rains in summer, but the islands do get affected by the hurricanes, with most of them happening between mid-August to mid-October.

Top five reasons to visit the Florida Keys

1. Water Activities; a perfect place for kayaking, camping, diving, snorkeling, riding glass-bottom boat, and generally gazing at the beautiful coral reefs;

2. Beaches; award-winning beaches at  Bahia Honda State Park; watch sea turtle laying their eggs into the sand; watch numerous birds varieties; play beach volleyball on Key West’s Higgs Beach; fishing or kayaking at Long Key State Park beach; Sombrero Beach is ideal for families, windsurfers and boaters;

3. Take advantage of the numerous fish restaurants, where the fish is always cooked fresh;

4. Enjoy Margaritas – every club and bar serve those, either the classic version or numerous variations;

5.  Hemingway lived there; his house in Key West is the islands main tourist attraction.

When to Go to the Florida Keys

The official high season runs from mid-December to end of April, with Christmas and spring breaks being the busiest times. Crowds tend to be thinner from November to mid-December, but the weather is still gorgeous and resorts and hotels cut prices significantly. The summer months are quickly becoming another high season, particularly with the families looking for all-inclusive alternatives to the Caribbean islands, and Floridians themselves, who are looking to escape the mainland heat. There are also more European travelers during summer.  It might be a challenge to find an accommodation at the end of July and the first week of August as this is when the official lobster sport season begins.

Florida Keys Resorts and Hotels

The accommodation is plentiful in the Florida Keys. One can pick from campgrounds, condos, cottages, private homes, B&B, motels, hotels and huge full service resorts. Almost all of them are on the beach or pretty close to the water. Certain bigger properties may charge a $15 daily resort fee that normally covers fitness center, equipment rentals, and some other services. Also, expect resort/sales tax at 12.55%; kids may not be welcome at some inns or guesthouses; many properties are non-smoking.

Major Destinations in the Florida Keys and Recommended Resorts

Major Florida Keys Destinations

Bahia Honda Key great for outdoor activities; best for snorkeling and diving  
Big Pine Key authentic backcountry atmosphere: Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge and National Key Deer Refuge; activities include kayaking, boating, fishing and biking
Conch Key great for fishing; Duck Key is great for water sports
Dry Tortugas National Park great for camping; Fort Jefferson at Garden Key; Palmata Patch – great for diving and snorkeling; Bush Key – for bird watching
Duck Key home to the best marina resort – Hawks Cay; best for scuba diving and snorkeling
Grassy Key small fishing camps; some motels; dolphin encounters
Islamorada home to numerous resorts and hotels; great for water sports, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, boating; lots of attractions, including Anne’s Beach Park, Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park, History of Diving Museum, Theater of the Sea and many others
Key Largo the 1st of the Upper Keys; home to many great hotels and resorts, restaurants, and sightseeing attractions, including Dolphin Cove, Laura Quinn Wild Bird Center, Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park,John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Jacobs Aquatic Center
Key West this is the major tourist center with lots of big resorts and hotels, restaurants, sights to explore, great shopping and entertainment; activities include fishing, boating, biking, kayaking, golfing, walking tours, snorkeling,scuba diving and air tours
Little Torch Key stay there if you want to be a bit away from the bustling Key West but still close to the major tourist center; great for snorkeling, diving, boating and kayaking; it’s also home to the only All Inclusive resort in the Florida Keys – Little Palm Island Resort & Spa
Long Key great place to avoid the crowds
Marathon it doesn’t have a lot of great resorts or hotels, but does have a lot of historic attractions; there are some great restaurants there, so do stop for a bite there; main activities include boating , diving and fishing

Ocean Key Resort & Spa

Ocean Key Resort & Spa

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Ocean Key Resort’s Sunset Pier that you can see on the picture above is a place from which the guests like to watch the gorgeous sunset. Add an open-air bar full of energy and a lovely swimming pool and it already feels like a paradise. The resort offers spacious and stylishly decorated rooms that feel homey. The lavish whirlpool tubs, wooden chests, sleigh beds, hand-painted furnishings, and high ceilings give the rooms an exquisite look. Most rooms also have private balconies. The resort has excellent facilities such as a Thai spa with a Japanese tub on the terrace and a chic restaurant called Hot Tin Roof.

Rooms: 100 guestrooms, including 36 suites;In-rooms: mini bar, tea/coffee makers, flat-screen cable TV, free Wi-Fi, telephone; bathrooms: hair dryers, designer toiletries, jetted tubs; iron/iron board; turndown service; complimentary breakfast;Facilities: outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, bar, restaurant, fitness center, room service, business services, gift boutique; laundry/dry-cleaning;

Activities: sunset sails, kayaking, snorkeling, dolphin encounters; fishing: snapper, grouper, tuna, mahi, marlin, sailfish.

Parrot Key Resort

Parrot Key Resort

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This resort opened in 2008 but it feels like it’s been around for a long time with its rocking-chair porches and picket fences. It also boasts the largest guestrooms in Key West. The three-story townhouses offer well-equipped kitchens on the ground floor, and bedrooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors. The resort is located mere minutes from the Historic Old Town. This new waterfront property, featuring palm groves and award-winning landscaping, offers four spectacular, isolated swimming pools each set in its own beautiful lush garden. Guests can take advantage of the onsite water activities, enjoy stunning sunsets, and relax on white-sand sunbathing terraces. Don’t forget the bustling life of Key West.

  Rooms: 146 spacious rooms, including private porches, garden and waterfront views;In-rooms: a/c, queen and/or king-size beds, mini fridge, coffee maker, flat-panel cable TV, free Wi-Fi, telephone, DVD player, private bathroom, designer toiletries, hair dryer, opening windows, daily housekeeping, iron/iron boards;Facilities: 4 swimming pools, onsite water activities, fitness center, balcony, porch or patio, free Wi-Fi, tropical gardens, bar, restaurant, breakfast at Cafe Blue;

Activities: all day water adventures, paddle boats, diving, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, jet-skiing.

Southernmost on the Beach

Southernmost on the Beach

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If you want to be a bit away from the bustling Key West center and yet close enough to all the excitement it has to offer, then Southernmost on the Beach is the resort for you. Located in the historic Old Town, it occupies a quiet section of the island, offering its guests a private pier from which they can get unrestricted gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean along with the amazing sunsets and sunrises. Enjoy the endless sky and the sea, relaxing hammocks, lush gardens, oceanfront pool, and sandy beaches. All beautifully decorated rooms are inspired by the combination of ocean glamour and the tranquility of the tropical lifestyle; all guestrooms are offering full or partial ocean and beach views. Guests also like the resort’s Shores Bar, where they can enjoy a cocktail or light fare.  In 2010, the resort has been named top 10 resort for romance in the United States.

  Rooms: 124 guestrooms; modern style in shades of brown and blue;In-room: safe, a/c, mini fridge, telephone, free Wi-Fi, coffee maker, iPod doc, free bottled water, daily housekeeping, hair dryer, iron/iron board, premium bedding, full bathrooms, complimentary toiletries;Facilities: oceanfront pool, private pier, breakfast, 24-hour reception, concierge, cafe, fitness center, laundry/dry cleaning, business services, onsite wedding coordinator, free Wi-Fi, pool towels, beach chairs, beach/pool umbrellas, parking; spa services; no hidden resort fees;

Activities: beach fitness, pool games, snorkeling, water aerobics, arts and crafts, yoga on the beach, wine testing, live music, beer school, paddle board school, swimming, beach volleyball.

Florida Keys Beaches

Beach

Location

C.B. Harvey Rest Beach Key West; quiet beach with picnic areas
Dog Beach Key West; best for dog owners – the only beach that allows unleashed dogs
Fort Zachary Taylor Beach Key West; best for swimming, & families
Higgs Beach-Astro City Playground Key West; best for families; great for sunbathing
Smathers Beach Key West; best beach for partying
South Beach Key West; part of the Southernmost Hotel on the Beach resort; open for all
The Southernmost Point Key West; marks the southernmost point in the continental U.S. – most photographed site
Anne’s Beach Park Islamorada; popular with Miami day trippers
Bahia Honda State Park Bahia Honda Key; has 3 beaches; best for snorkeling;Sandspur Beach – is the best beach in Florida
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Key Largo; has best diving & snorkeling sites in Florida
Sombrero Beach Marathon; best for families
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Florida Keys All Inclusive Resorts

Many people are looking for all inclusive options in the Florida Keys; however, there are no conventional all-inclusive resorts there, at least not like in many popular Caribbean destinations. There is one resort we are aware of that offer an all-inclusive package – Little Palm Island Resort & Spa. Their All Inclusive Islander Package is geared towards couples though, not families, and includes: welcome bottle of champagne, breakfast, lunch and dinner for two, $100 spa credit, soft drinks in mini bar, and some water activities.

Families shouldn’t be disappointed as there are many resorts in the Florida Keys that offer great packages for families with many of them offering an option to include breakfast, and lunch or dinner. Also, many resorts have water activities included into their packages.

Here are some best family resorts in the Florida Keys:

 -Hawks Cay Resort, Duck Key  -Island Bay Resort, Tavernier
 -Venture Out Resort  -Ocean Pointe Suites at Key Largo
 -Village at Hawks Cay Villas by Keys Caribbean, Duck Key  -Cudjoe Key

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