Recent Florida Keys property reviews
"This house was perfect for our family of four including two teen age boys. The boys enjoyed the kayaks that were available for our use. They were able to see huge fish, small sharks and manatee. At the marina they were able to catch jelly fish and sea horses in their nets. We enjoyed daytrips to Key West and the Everglades for an airboat ride. The house was clean and well decorated and the kitchen was stocked well for cooking. We enjoyed all the outdoor living spaces. The lower level included great areas to relax and a large screen TV to enjoy in the evenings. The house is near grocery stores, movies, and resturants, but in a quiet neighborhood. You will need a car to get to area attractions. The owner was available for questions and provided directions and area attractions."Guest: Angelia T. Date of Stay: December 2012 Review Submitted: December 31, 2012View listing
"We stayed 5 wonderful nights at this property and it was all that was described and more. It has everything anyone needs for a great stay. The townhouse was very clean and very nicely decorated. The location was fantastic close to several restaurants and the Publix grocery store. We especially loved the full screened lanai to watch the fabulous sunsets. The property was all and more. Great drives to the lower Keys. We will recommend this property and when in the area again will stay here. Thank you we had a great time."Guest: Kathy K. Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: April 17, 2014View listing
"This was our first time staying in the keys and it was wonderful. The property was just as advertised with lots of indoor and outdoor areas to relax. We ate several meals and spent time relaxing on the screened in porch and the patio on the canal. We brought our boat and it was so handy to have it docked right at our door. We ate at several meals at the local restraunts and every meal was great. Staying in Tavernier was very handy to make day trips to the Lower Keys and Key West. The close proximity of grocery stores, CVS etc was also nice. It was so relaxing that we hated to leave. Plan returning next year !"Guest: Dave Date of Stay: January 2013 Review Submitted: February 8, 2013View listing
"We recently spent almost the entire month of May at Hogfish Hideout. Jayne and Bill were extremely helpful in answering questions and ensuring our stay went off with out a hitch. We have been to most of the Hawaiian islands, the Bahamas and several locations in Florida. We always rent houses for our vacations and thus we have stayed in many different ones. Hogfish Hideout was by far the best of the best we have visited. The house is a very well designed 3 bedroom 2 bath home. The open kitchen, dining area and living room is wonderful in that no one is removed from the action regardless of where they are. The house was extremely clean when we arrived and we had absolutely no problems during our stay. Everything worked flawlessly. We used the bikes, cooked on the grill, utilized the chest freezer, fished from the dock, ate breakfast outside downstairs and lounged around on the plentiful deck furniture. If I was to equip a house to my likings and needs, I feel that it would be exactly like Hogfish Hideout. The beds, including the sleeper sofa, were very comfortable with plenty of linens available. Jayne and Bill must have spent quite a bit of time with a label maker. Everything is labeled from light switches to cabinets and drawers. The best label we found was inside the sleeper sofa that that informed us as to which bedroom closet we would find the sheets. That just goes to show you how well thought out everything was. I met several of the neighbors and even took one out fishing with us one day. Everyone was very pleasant and helpful. We found the location to be ideal for what we planned to do. It is 25 miles from Key West which is close enough and far enough away depending on how you look at it. We spent most of our time within 5-6 miles North and South of the house. Either going North to Big Pine Key for shopping or a meal or South to Cudjoe Key to launch the boat. Everything was very convenient. I can not say enough great things about Hogfish Hideout. Absolutely the best! Although the canal was right behind the house, I decided to trailer the boat. We launched at Cudjoe Gardens Marina which is a full service marina with a very good ramp. We got to know the owner Alan and his right hand man, Dillion, very well. They were extremely nice and helpful. We enjoyed eating at The Square Grouper, Kiki's Sandbar, Boondocks and No Name Pub. We spent the days fishing, snorkeling Looe Key Reef and boating. Best time ever, it all started and ended with Hogfish Hideout"Guest: Texas Travelers Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 7, 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.