Recent Florida Keys property reviews
"We have used VRBO the past few years and have always been happy with our choices. I read all the reviews on a property like a mad woman. It took me two weeks of research before I decided this house was the one. Everything about this house is true! It is in a great location and very well kept. We were a group of 7, ages 15 to 65 yrs. The upper deck view is amazing and that is where the over 40 crowd hung out. The lower deck has a room where my teenage son and his friend slept. Our two teenage girls hung out with them underneath the house most evenings. They snorkeled over to the big rock formation, played cards, listened to music, had fires and generally stayed away from the grown ups as much as possible. There is a hot tub also but that was not working correctly. I expected that based on other reviews I had read, but the week we were there it was in the 90's so who cares. The ocean is right out your back door and the kids swam out a 1/4 mile and stood up in 3 feet of water. It was the most peaceful ocean I have ever been on and I loved the fact that it was so shallow. Our kids love the water and could often be found in the ocean at 11 pm. The only downside was that the houses to each side of us had kayaks. We were envious of them, as they kayaked all day and all night. I would highly recommend calling ahead to one of the marinas and having kayaks delivered to the house for your stay. Favorite things to do: Snorkel tour with Cptn. Sam - Key Z charters two miles away. Kayaking eco tour with Bill from Big Pine Kayak Adventures about 40 minutes away, and if you have kids you really should visit National Key Deer Refuge (free), ask Bill the best place to see them. It is unlawful to feed them but they really like grapes, romaine lettuce and carrots. We also visited The Turtle Hospital in Marathon and all ages enjoyed that. Dolphins Plus with Jake as your trainer in Key Largo was the best dolphin - sea lion experience we have ever had. Worth every penny! We did not pay $80 for the proff. photos and we got plenty of our own. Save your money on that part. We did go to Key West one day and I was not impressed. I guess you have to go there though just to say you have been to Key West. I loved all the other keys but that one. It is very commercialized and crowded - beware. I would highly recommend any other key and can't wait to go back again some day. All 7 voted best vacation ever!"Guest: Tracy Date of Stay: July 2013 Review Submitted: August 2, 2013View listing
"We had an amazing time staying at this home. Its in a perfect location. The home has everything you need to live like it is your own home. 5 days of awesome fishing right off the dock, relax by the pool or in the jacuzzi and then cook up your fresh fish with there outdoor grilling area and watch the sunset. We couldnt ask for more. The owner is very accommodating and allowed us to stay longer because we just didn't want to leave."Guest: Florida Girl Date of Stay: April 2013 Review Submitted: April 23, 2013View listing
"Our extended family of 8 arrived full of expectations for a quiet and enjoyable holiday. We were not disappointed. The house was so comfortable with plenty of space for everyone to spread out. The gourmet kitchen was complete with everything we needed to cook for our large group. The commercial grade stove was an unexpected pleasure. Larry and Lori were wonderful hosts and made us feel welcomed. The house was clean and nicely decorated and the location was perfect. We were a short 30 minutes to Key West. If Key West is not where you want to go then hanging out by the pool, kayaking, or fishing on the dock are also options. We had a great time and hope to come back again."Guest: Yvonne M. Date of Stay: December 2013 Review Submitted: January 18, 2014View listing
"Everything you could need for the perfect vacation stay.The house is fully and comfortably equipped ,a true home from home.Sit on the screened porch ,steps away from a salt water creek ,and watch the wild life....birds in abundance,iguanas basking in the mid day sun or squirrels racing around the adjacent trees....its all there.Soak up the sun yourself by the lovely palm fringed very clean heated pool.In the evening take a short drive (half mile) up to the Pilot House Bar & Restaurant.An open water front chill out bar with reasonably priced food , many craft beers and glass panelled floor to watch the sea life swim by.We think this place has it all......cant wait to return"Guest: Susannah C. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: May 23, 2014View listing
Florida Keys Travel Tips
The Keys are an archipelago, or an island chain, which contains Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine Keys and the iconic Key West. Beginning 15 miles south of Miami, they cultivate an ideal tropical climate that more closely resembles the Caribbean than the rest of Florida. On these stunning islands, you can do everything a getaway under the sun entails: scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, sightseeing, or just simply relaxing and digging your toes into the sand.
Here’s a breakdown of each island and what they have to offer:
Crowned the “Diving Capital of the World” because of unbelievable coral reefs and underwater attractions, Key Largo is a must-see. It is the northernmost and largest island of the Florida Keys, and a prime destination for vacationers who love water sports. Snorkel and scuba-dive at Spiegel Grove, a U.S. Navy ship that was purposely sunk to develop thriving new coral. Dive to the ocean floor to find stunning formations in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, America’s first underwater preserve. If you want a little upper body workout, take a kayak through the Mangrove forests or swim with dolphins, if you can stand your kids raving about it the whole ride home. For the fishermen, be sure to rent a charter boat and set sail to reel in some bonefish. It truly is renowned spot for fly fishing, as it is overflowing with gamefish.
Named after the pretty purple flowers which cover the land (morada means purple in Spanish), the island is a haven for big game reels. It has spectacular sports fishing, so expect a fight with fish like mahi-mahi, sailfish and tuna fish. Daytime fishing is perfect for swordfish. If you want the sweet taste of victory after a long day, you can even bring your fish to the local restaurant to have it cooked to your liking. Bring the kids to the Islamorada Founders Park, which is a 40-acre area complete with an Olympic-sized pool, basketball and tennis courts and exercise centers. Paddle boarding and windsurfing are also two popular activities you won’t want to miss!
For a family-oriented destination, come enjoy white sandy beaches, snorkeling and kid-friendly resorts at Marathon. After traversing the famous Seven Mile Bridge, one of the longest segmental bridges on the planet, you can tee off on its 18-hole golf course and take in unparalleled vistas. At Crane Point, the kids will love the wild bird center where they can get up close and personal with a variety of creatures that rule the sky. Explore other educational centers and meander through a tropical hardwood grove that is one of the Key’s most important archaeological sites. Food buffs will have no trouble finding seafood delicacies, including mouth-watering snapper.
Big Pine and the Lower Keys
Big Pine and the Lower Keys are the quieter and more laid-back islands of the Keys. In between the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, they offer an unbeatable spot for taking a the edge off of a busy work life. Kayak in waters exploding with marine life or go nature watching at the blue hole, which is a freshwater pocket full of alligators, key deer, turtles and birds. The Lower Keys provide a backwater region where you can find quaint restaurants and food that’ll make you never want to leave.
Located closer to Cuba than Miami, Key West is the southernmost city in the continental U.S. It is famous for hosting legendary American author Ernest Hemingway, whose 1930s home still rings a bell as a tourist must-see. The watersports, fishing and golfing are no less captivating. There is a champion golf course located in Key West designed by Ree Jones. At night, explore the sidewalk cafes, bars and world-class restaurants. Key West is known for its inclusive personality, embracing "One Human Family" as the island’s motto. It is rich with Spanish estates, African culture and a hip Gay and Lesbian community. Come enjoy yourself with a slice of Key West’s heaven on earth.
Each island has a refreshingly unique feel to it, and regardless if you’re traveling with family or on a honeymoon, you’ll be able to find the perfect island for you. Fun under the sun, sandy beaches, a score of attractions - what more could you ask for? Visit the Florida Keys today to soak in this magnificent tropical getaway.