Recent Florida Keys reviews
"This vacation home was beautiful and immaculately kept. There were more linens, towels, and dishes than my family of six needed. The kitchen was fully stocked with anything we could have wanted to use in meal preparation and enjoyment. There were dozens of vhs movies for my children to enjoy while we relaxed on the balcony porch, enjoying the ocean breeze. The gated community has everything you need to never have to leave but the surrounding keys are inviting enough to make for some tough should I stay or should I go decisions. The owners have ensured that you can simply step out of your current life right into the life of a keys resident, bringing only your clothes and some detergent to wash them with, using the provided modern washer and dryer set. This home was so easy to keep clean during our stay it made me wonder what I'm doing wrong at home. The resort staff were friendly and helpful. I had read some reviews from guests who have stayed in this community and weren't happy with the staff. Either they have changed over the staff or corrected the behavior of the offending staff because everyone was wonderful. Also, they take their duties as security very seriously. They ride through the community on golf carts making sure the place is secure and guests are following procedures to ensure an enjoyable time for all. I heard them offer a correction to a guest about improper parking after hours and they were very respectful about it. Well handled! Without a doubt, I would stay in this home again on my next keys adventure. Close to Key West but in a calm, peaceful location, owners that care, great facilities, and so many comforts of home! The Rountree Family"Guest: Anonymous Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 29, 2014View listing
"This house is fantastic! When you walk in the door you will be amazed at how clean the house is! Spotless! The beds are very comfortable and the linens and quilts, pillows, etc., all very high quality. The kitchen is modern and has everything you need for cooking. The pantry is huge and it was actually stocked with paper towels, toilet tissue, Kleenex, plastic forks, paper plates, plastic cups, popcorn, and some canned food. We rent frequently and we usually have to go out and buy all of that 'stuff'. There were plenty of spices, although I brought a bunch with me, I really didn’t need to. There are plenty of beach towels, and the bathroom towels are very nice and plush. Washer and dryer work well and there was detergent, softener, etc. The grounds are lovely. The little dock is adorable and perfect for sitting and chilling with a cocktail. The pool is super nice after being on the boat all day. The only (and I stress only) complaint I would have is the pool water was very, very warm. There aren't any trees or shade for the pool so it was a bit too warm for my liking. We brought our boat so docking right there was perfect too. We saw lots of manatee! The grill was broken but we bought a little hibachi to cook on, so no big deal and Ellen was genuinely upset about the gas grill now working. She is very nice to deal with. The AC works well and the house was nice and cool. You are nearby lots of restaurants the Trading Post is quite handy for groceries. Getting to the reefs is easy too! We would stay there again and recommend this to anyone looking to chill out in the keys."Guest: barbiezee Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 28, 2014View listing
"This is a great condo! Despite the construction, which is almost finished for this condo (though not for other areas of the building), the condo is very nice and convenient in Key Largo. Well-equipped, and Carol is super to work with. Much better than a hotel, and we would recommend it highly! Would stay there next time!"Guest: Diver girl Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 28, 2014View listing
"This is our second time to spend here in this unit and as always the owner is easy to work with and unit amazing. We were here last year in February and again this year and could not be happier. The unit is everything the description says and more. When arrived this year it was like coming home. And hoping to be back in 2015!"Guest: disappointed Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: February 15, 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.