Recent Florida Keys reviews
"My boyfriend and I stayed in the Treetop Jasmine Suite for a week in April. We are dying to go back! The location of this property is AMAZING. And even better, AFFORDABLE! There are tons of places around the island to stay, but you get everything you need here for a great price. You can walk anywhere if you bring the right shoes! Up and down Duval to Sunset, to Fort Zachary (this was our favorite beach), and to tons of restaurants and bars. We flew into Miami Airport and drove down the length of the Keys to the cottage (about three hours). It's such a beautiful drive! When we arrived we realized we don't need a car so we returned it to the Key West Airport and rented bikes. Highly recommend renting a bike - it was an excellent way to explore the island and get around! Cabs are a quick phone call away to bring you elsewhere. Sidenote.. If you are doing the drive to/from Miami to Key West - definitely stop at Bahia Honda beach, it is truly beautiful (this was one of Dave the Inn Keeper's wonderful recommendations). There is a nice covered balcony/entryway to the cottage where you can sit at the end of the night and enjoy some drinks. There is also a kitchen with everything you need (though, why cook when there are TONS of wonderful places to go out and eat?). The sitting room was nice, and everything in the suite was well appointed in general. We experienced that nice "hotel" feel. We were also able to stock up on beach towels and other necessities like suntan lotion at the Inn. We loved it and can't wait to come back! Thanks Dave and Carolyn!"Guest: Katie N. Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: June 26, 2014View listing
"Best vacation ever! House is perfect!!! Deck is the best, dinner and drinks every night with the best view of sunset each night. Everything about this house is great -- clean, decorated beautifully, comfortable, owner couldn't be more helpful. Everything you will ever need, this house has. Can't wait to stay again!"Guest: Joyce V. Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: April 1, 2014View listing
"We spent a week at this house and it was winderful. Great location right in the middle of town. We brought our own boat and getting to the house from the water water was really easy. The boat ramp is right around the corner and the house had plenty of room for our trailer. We stopped at the Burdines marina almost every morning on the water which is on the way out of the channel. It has everything you need for a day on the water. We loved that it was only 10 minutes to the Sombrero Lighthouse to go snorkeling. The fishing around the reef was very good and the Mahi fishing offshore was even better. Overall a nice location and we'll equipped house. The boat dock is pretty nice too which had ladders to get into and out of the boat."Guest: matt w. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 22, 2014View listing
"I never write reviews but I definitely had to make time for this one. Location is absolutely beautiful. It's a gem m found in they Keys Home owners are on point when it comes to info for the house and are very quick to respond to any questions you may have. The house is well equipped and very spacious. From fishing rods to noodles for swimming, soaps, paper towels, toilet papers. Typical Florida decor and very well maintained. Linens are found in every room. So the low down on the resort. You are a part of the Villas so it's a grey area because you are technically not a part of the resort/hotel. However, we used all of the facilities with no problem! From Kids corner, lagoon, pools, exercise gym, etc. The main pool area and kids corner does have specific towels (3 different types) which you can easily find inside the house; The owners have provided that. I guess that is how they identify outsiders. The staff and employees at the resort are very informative and friendly. There are plenty of activities for the children throughout the day. Live music near the poolside various nights with full bar (which accepts your cash or credit) You are located about 15 minutes north from Marathon where you can find supermarkets, dollar store, pizza hut, liquor stores Take time to go see: Dolphin Discovery research found onsite (swim or interact with dauphins) make sure to secure a spot ahead of time, Turtle Hospital , Theater of the Sea (also dolphin, seal, shark encounters all day long) Dolphin research Center in Marathon. If you have time, make your way down to Key West (roughly 1 1/2 hours south) Plenty to do there as well, museums, shopping, sightseeing, bars, restaurants. So I think that's about it! Definitely visit this place"Guest: Gina C. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 26, 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.