Thursday, March 13, 2014

Florida Keys Photo Essay Pt 1

As the "polar vortex" continued here in the Midwest, several family members suggested we join them on their vacation to the Florida Keys. 

The hubby and I had already made plans for a visit to the Bahama Family Islands (Cat Island & the Exumas), so an invitation to get away from this crazy winter weather sooner was quickly accepted.  

After several re-schedules due to weather and kids school schedules, we finally took off on a frigid night the last week of February. 

I've been to The Keys several times, and the vacation destination chosen by the family was somewhere I had not visited - Hawks Cay Resort in Duck Key. 

Our accommodations were located in the "adult section" of the resort, and we were quite pleased with the room, and the double deck patio. 

We enjoyed several lunches at the Beach Bar Grill. I quickly tired of the daily breakfast buffet selection offered at Oceans Restaurant. Fine dining at Alma Restaurant (which only serves dinner) was expensive, but exceptionally good.  

Overall I was disappointed with the daily food selection and variety. We ate the majority of our meals off-site in Marathon, Key Largo and Key West

The lagoon area at Hawks Cay is pictured above, and there is no formal beach at the resort. Guests can swim in the lagoon, along with kayaking and paddle boarding.   

Deep sea fishing trips are offered through the resort's marina, and there's easy access through the causeway. Other activities include SNUBA, kite-boarding, and there's also an onsite dolphin encounter facility. 

Sunset at Hawks Cay Marina

Overall, Hawks Cay Resort appeals to families as there were tons of kids there - and a lot of activities to keep the little ones busy. There were also a few weddings during our visit, and the setting was lovely.

The property is quite beautiful, and we certainly enjoyed the accommodations, sunny weather, and time spent with family - however the resort is over-priced for what it delivers in my opinion.  Also I have a distaste for daily resort fees added on to the bill - just include it all in the room rate!

We cut our eight day stay down to four, headed off to Key West for two days, then spent two days in Fort Lauderdale with friends.  

Next post includes photo's of Key West

Happy Travels,

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