The Florida Keys and Key West Hotel and Accommodations Guide
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The Florida Keys and Key West are home to some of the finest and diverse hotels in the world. Hotels are part of a much larger category referred to as accommodations. Accommodations include resorts and spas, hotels, guest houses, private villa rentals, motels, cottages, camp grounds, and bed and breakfasts.
Once you have decided to vacation in the Florida Keys, the first and most important task is the selection of a place to stay. There are almost as many types of accommodations in the Florida Keys as there are types of visitors who travel here. Each group of this string of islands running from Key Largo through Islamorada, Marathon, and Big Pine to Key West, offers a particular type of activity and attracts visitors for a specific kind of vacation. And each has the perfect place for you.
Some visitors come for the fishing; others to view the many historical sites; some for the diving; others to enjoy the nightlife; some just to “get away from it all.” Many bring their children and want family-type accommodations; some even bring their pets and seek a pet-friendly place to stay.
From large high-end luxury hotels/resorts with amenities galore to less expensive hotels/motels to small cottages to bed and breakfasts to campgrounds – the Florida Keys have them all. Click the link to the location you prefer, click on Accommodations, then click on the type of accommodations you seek; you’re sure to find the information you need to make your stay in the Florida Keys as exciting or as relaxing as you want.
ACCOMMODATIONS IN KEY LARGO
Key Largo bills itself as “the diving capital of the world,” and many of the lodgings have the word “diver” in their names. The island boasts an underwater park, a popular attraction for vacationing divers, and there is even an underwater lodge in the lagoon just off the island. It takes an experienced diver to navigate the waters to the lodge, but it is a popular place to stay for qualified divers. The addition of the artificial reef Spiegel Grove just offshore has only enhanced Key Largo’s reputation as a diver’s heaven.
In addition to the small inns and motels catering to the scuba crowd, this long island has all types of hotels, high-end resorts, and cottages available to vacationers. Many major hotel and resort chains have properties here, featuring all the amenities luxury travelers could want. For those less affluent, there is a large number of less expensive smaller properties from which to choose.
Tennis courts are available at many resorts for a quick game. Kayaks provide viable alternative for those wishing to stay on top of the water and have a relaxing afternoon of paddling. Bicycles can take you on a journey through the area’s nature trails. Hikers can explore John Pennekamp State Park. And of course there is fishing, with charterboats available for daily trips.
For the undecided, there are several property management firms and rental agencies located in Key Largo and vicinity to help you in your selection. Just click on the type of accommodations to suit you best, and happy visiting!
ACCOMMODATIONS IN ISLAMORADA
Islamorada, a group of six islands in the Upper Florida Keys, is known as “the sportfishing capital of the world,” and the accommodations reflect that image.
Several of the inns even have the word “fishing” in their names.
Luxury resorts are not common in Islamorada, but one of them has attracted celebrities, including presidents, to its doors for a few days of relaxation and fishing. One of the largest and well-known marinas in the Keys is located in Islamorada, with transient dockage if you want to arrive by boat. Another marina offers resort-type facilities; bait, tackle and other necessities for the angler are readily available.
In addition, there is a wide variety of inns, motels and cottages available on the islands that make up Islamorada. Several rental agencies maintain offices here to help you find the accommodations of choice for your fishing vacation.
Much of the fishing in Islamorada waters is done in the flats – bonefishing is very popular among vacationers, and there is as large number of charterboat captains headquartering on the islands of Islamorada. Sailfishing is another favorite pastime here.
Other water sports, such as kayaking and parasailing are popular in Islamorada for those not exclusively interested in fishing, and many accommodations offer the use of kayaks or small boats. All in all, Islamorada is an all-around vacation destination. Just click on the type of accommodation you’re looking for, and make your choice.
ACCOMMODATIONS IN MARATHON
Marathon is comprised of a group of six islands midway between Key Largo and Key West and identifies itself as “the heart of the Keys.” Accommodations in the Marathon area reflect its family-oriented atmosphere.
Many of the small motels are family-owned and operated and cater especially to vacationers with children, offering suites as well as single rooms. The amenities include barbecue grills and picnic areas, and in some cases the use of boats. Kitchens are available in several motels, giving families the option of eating in or out.
The Key Colony Beach Golf & Tennis Club is open to the public for family outings, and some resorts feature tennis courts. There are city parks with courts as well just waiting to host a family tournament.
Many of the inns and motels have their own private beaches, giving visitors the opportunity for an early-morning swim before embarking on the day’s activities. Several offer kayaks for a relaxing paddle.
For vacationers seeking a more relaxed ambiance, Marathon offers luxury resorts, too, with spas, heated pools, and everything to give you that pampered feeling. Several national resort chains have properties in the Marathon area, and there are also independent resorts catering to the more affluent, with all the amenities you could desire.
For a more extended stay, renting a condominium or cottage is a viable option, and many property management firms and rental agents are available to help you find just what you need.
Just click on the type of accommodations you’re looking for, and you’re sure to find the perfect place for your vacation.
ACCOMMODATIONS IN BIG PINE AND THE LOWER KEYS
Visitors are attracted to the Key Deer Refuge and the nature walks of Big Pine Key, and the accommodations found on Big Pine Key and the other lower Keys reflect the interest in flats fishing, ecology and nature.
The laid-back atmosphere of this island is reflected in the small motels, bed and breakfasts, fishing lodges and cottages; there are no major hotels/resorts on the island. Several rental companies offer their services in finding you the perfect place to stay as you visit Big Pine and the Lower Keys. Camping is available at nearby Bahia Honda State Park—both tent and RV camping—and there are other RV campgrounds on the small keys surrounding Big Pine. A large RV campground is located on Cudjoe Key, about ten miles southwest of Big Pine Key. Another is on Sugarloaf Key, five miles farther west. Sugarloaf also has several small cottages and a KOA campground.
Looe Key, home to the underwater music festival, is a favorite diving location a few miles from Big Pine on Ramrod Key, and there is a resort on that island
where many divers choose to stay and a boat that will transport you to the site.
Offshore on the Atlantic side of U.S. 1 at Little Torch Key is a large high-end luxury resort on a private island only accessible by boat; the resort ferry will take you there from their dock on Little Torch. A smaller independent resort is located on the Gulf side of Little Torch.
To find the perfect place to stay during your Big Pine vacation, just select the type of accommodations you prefer and click.
ACCOMMODATIONS IN KEY WEST
Key West is literally “the end of the road,” the last in the chain of islands south of mainland Florida. As such, it reflects the aura of Caribbean islands.
Because it attracts visitors from around the world, many national hotel/resort chains have properties on the island, offering every possible amenity. There are also independently-owned luxury resorts catering to the more affluent visitor.
But not all is luxury. Although there is no such thing as a “cheap motel” in Key West, there are guest houses, bed and breakfasts, inns, and small motels scattered throughout the island, some on the beach, others on or near renowned Duval Street, scene of Key West’s raucous nightlife.
Taxi service or car rental is easily available at the airport, and most of the large resorts have limos to pick up registered guests. Because the easiest mode of transportation is the bicycle, many hotels and motels have bicycles on the premises for use by their guests.
For those wishing to come on their boats, Key West and Stock Island marinas offer dockage for private vessels, and many prefer to live aboard their yachts.
Home to Pridefest and Womenfest, festivals for gays and lesbians, Key West offers several guest houses restricted to them—some for men, some for women, many others for either sex.
Vacation rentals are restricted to 28 days or more; there are rental agents and property managers in Key West to help with a rental for an extended stay. Just click on the type of accommodation you need for information that will guide you to the perfect one for you.
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