UPDATE MARCH 2018: The Hilton we stayed at is currently closed due to repairs from hurricane damage. Check their website before trying to book a stay with them!
You're probably thinking, why Key Largo? Why not Key West?
Key Largo has a special place in my heart. A few friends and I wanted an easy, beach vacation that wouldn't break the bank! We'd contemplated visiting Key West from Virginia, but with limited budgets and work vacation time, Key Largo was just easier logistics-wise and seemed just as fun.
We flew in from DC to Miami, and then took a shuttle from Miami to our resort, The Hilton at Key Largo. Shuttle ride wasn't bad and the gentleman who handled our luggage was fantastic. If you're looking for vacation rentals in Key Largo, Florida I'd definitely say check the Hilton out. If you're looking to stay somewhere you can sink in and be a local, HomeAway offers great rates on vacation homes.
This place was beautiful! The resort featured a few restaurants and bars, our own private beach, as well as a large pool area with a swim up bar! There were tons of water sports available for an additional fee, as well as corn hole boards, hammocks set up in secluded sections of the beach, and live music at certain times!
Day 1: Beach Day!
Of course, our first day consisted with cracking a beer at 10am, hanging out in the ocean, playing corn hole in the sand, and relaxing out by the pool with a swim up bar. We ate at the resort for lunch, and enjoyed a fun, sunburned, first day of vacation.
The resort provided bicycles for guest use, since we didn't have a car, this was awesome! In the afternoon we took a few bikes for a stroll and found a fun restaurant on the water where we had a few drinks and appetizers and enjoyed the live music.
That night, our resort had a campfire going and served some amazing s'mores! It was awesome just hanging out by the beach at night at being so close to your room.
Day 2: John Pennekamp State Park
THIS WAS AN UNDERWATER STATE PARK! And by far my favorite part of the trip. We took cab out to John Pennekamp State Park, just about 20 minutes away from our hotel. Here we rented a boat for the day, and yours truly got to drive that boat out into the ocean using only longitude and latitude lines for direction!
We followed the directions of the helpful employee who rented us the boat, and made our way to the State Park. We were even able to rent some snorkeling gear for our excursion.
Once you arrive, you'll find buoys set up in a circle around the coral reef. You're able to drive around the circle, but driving through is NOT ALLOWED and will damage the beautiful reef below.
We found a spot to tie up and jumped in! The things you could see were just amazing, schools of fish, sea turtles, beautiful corals- but steer clear of the jellyfish! We went around to a few of the different buoys until we found one we liked. There also were not many other people there, or much boat traffic at all- which made the entire experience even more awesome!
Day 3: Beach & Visit Islemorada
This was another morning spent on the beach and by the pool! There was just so much for us to do at the resort, it didn't even make sense to leave. We did go out
In the afternoon, we went back to the room and cleaned up, and got ready to venture out to Islemorada.
Morada Bay hosts full moon parties (a huge celebration during the full moon!) on the regular with live entertainment, fireworks, drinks, food, and tons of dancing! We stayed here all night and it was only about a 20-30 minute cab ride from our resort. There were plenty of drink options, photo ops, and amazing food!
If you're looking for a fun night out in Key Largo, Morada Bay is the place to go.
Have you recently taken a trip to Key Largo? Share your experiences, I'd love to hear!
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