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Attractions, Activities, and Accommodations in Key West and the Florida Keys

Resorts, Inn and Villa Lodging Accommodations in Florida Keys


This Florida Keys Best website promotes the Florida Keys and much that it has to offer. This index page provides links to helpful and essential information for vacation travelers and visitors. In addition to providing useful information on accommodations and lodging in Key West and the Greater Florida Keys you'll find suggestions on Attractions and Activities of interest to travelers and visiting families.

. KIDS IN THE KEYS GUIDE - information on Attractions, Activities, and Accommodations for Kids and Families visiting the Florida Keys and Key West. Information on Family friendly vacation resorts and attractions that appeal to both adults and children.

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All-inclusive family oriented resorts that are designed to provide fun and excitement for children as well as time for adult pursuits. CLICK the Kids in the Keys image above to learn more about kids' activities and places of interest for children in the Florida Keys and Key West. Information for families about Florida Keys beaches and parks, snorkeling, biking, golfing, fishing, water sports, tours, movies, nature walks, attractions, kayaking, children day programs, dolphins, and child health travel.


. RESERVATION PROCESS - Know what you want and just want to make a hotel, motel, or resort reservation

1. SELECT A DESTINATION - KEY LARGO. DUCK KEY, KEY WEST, ISLAMORADA,or MARATHON 2. FILL IN THE SEARCH FORM: Indicate your arrival date, departure date, the number of adults and children. Select "Get Rates"

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You will be provided with a list of available motels and hotels in the area for the dates you have specified. You may also be provided with choices in neighboring areas. Internet rates most often represent a savings over rates generally made available to the public by Hotels and Resorts. Internet rates usually offer the best value to customers, as they offer the best discounts. You'll be provided with information and prices on hotels motels, inns, resorts, bed and breakfast accommodations, guest houses and spas in Key West and the Greater Florida Keys: Key Largo, Islamorada, Duck Key, Marathon and Little Torch Key.



. HAWKS CAY RESORT - We receive many requests for information about Hawks Cay Resort through our sister site Duck Key Online. Hawk's Cay, a family friendly resort is located on Duck Key in the Middle Keys. About 80 miles south of Miami and 61 miles northeast of Key West..

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Pictured in the lower right hand quadrant of the image above is Hawks Cay, a premier resort in the Florida Keys. The Hawks Cay Inn , the resort's salt water lagoon and beach and Dolphin Connection facilities can be seen. Behind the Inn and throughout the resort's 60 acres are the White roofed vacation villas of Hawks Cay Village.The family friendly resort provides lodging at the Inn and also rents vacation villa accommodations at Hawk's Cay Village. The resort offers many nature related experiences on site. Kayaking, dolphin encounters, fishing experiences, trips to the reef for snorkeling and diving are available on site at Hawk's Cay.

A residential community separated by canals and accessible by bridges shares the island of Duck Key with the Resort Community and marina facilities of Hawks Cay.

What is a conch house? Learn about the unique Key West style vacation villas, and accommodations and lodging of Hawk's Cay Village. Fine restaurants, resort amenities, recreation activities, Spanish treasure discovered nearby, and use of the resort as a presidential retreat. Dolphin Encounter Program, Kids program, and Fishing Guides.

For information on the Inn at Hawks Cay Resort as well as its Vacation Villa Accommodations modeled after historic Conch Houses of the Florida Keys and Key West go to


Duck Key Online also provide information about the residential community of Duck Key, its organizations, Fishing Guides and fishing charter captains, real estate news, island events and people.



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Many travelers have visited Key West and a number have chosen to make Key West their home. Here are a few visitor descriptions and some links to more comments about Key West for those who are interested.

In 1891 Lucie Vannevar visited and wrote a description which appeared in The Key West Daily Equator-Democrat.

"In very truth Key West is the most charming, as it is the most quaint of American cities, and some day Fashion will set her seal upon it.

Like some fair woman, none know Key West but to love her. . . "

Many Jimmy Buffet fans believe that Key West is Margaritaville, a paradise with palm trees, ocean breezes, island music, beaches and thatch roof bars on the shore by a turquoise sea. "There also has to be lots of lies and stories and it all should blend together like tequila, salt and limes." For Jimmiy Buffett his Margaritaville is "less a place than a state of mind." When asked where Margaritaville is Buffett answers,

"When you are there, you will know it."

Visit Key West and decide for yourself. Whether visiting or residing in the Keys there is a lot to experience. In your planning include some activities which focus on nature. In addition to enjoying the warm weather and tropical waters, consider going on a snorkel trip to the only tropical reef in the Continental United States or perhaps a dolphin encounter, or a kayaking ecology tour of mangrove islands and marine life. Try fishing and sample local seafood offered by wayside restaurants. Enjoy a sunset celebration at a local watering hole. Among the many attractions be sure to visit Key West and take the Conch Train.



. MARGARITAVILLE - Key West, Margaritaville, and tequilla

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Fun web pages. Find out about types of tequila, how to read tequilla labels, and where you'll find Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville.

. SUNSET CELEBRATIONS AND RITUALS in the Florida Keys and Key West

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 The site provides several fun pages on the ritual locals and visitors call the "Sunset Celebration". One of the Florida Keys most popular natural attractions is its sunsets, and people in the Keys find the setting sun to be a spectacular event . CLICK the Florida Keys Sunset Celebration image for informationn about the sunset ritual and places residents and visitors go to to celebrate the setting of the sun. We provide Links to information and photographs on sunsets and green flashes on the Internet plus a sunset score card which can be used to rate each Florida Keys and Key West sunset during sunset celebrations. Be sure to print a copy of our sunset score card to add to your enjoyment of this ritual.



For travelers to the Caribbean we offer web pages on Caribbean Travel Health. Advice and Health information for families planning travel to the Caribbean in the form of a Don't Worry Vacation Guide. Focuses on health risks travelers may face when vacationing to offshore resorts in the Caribbean Islands and provides practical advice to make for a worry free vacation. Provides documentation and helpful tips for travelers going to the offshore Caribbean.

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. GUIDE TO JOHN AUDUBON'S TRAVEL throughout the Florida Keys and Key West

For bird watchers we have extensive information on the paintings and observations made by John Audubon's during the time he visited the Florida Keys and Key West. A guide to John Audubon, a brief history of his journey in the Florida Keys, to Indian Key, Sandy Key, the Duck Keys, Bahia-honda, Key West and the Dry Tortugas with descriptions, observations and paintings from Birds in America and Audubon's Ornithological Biography.  You don't have to be a bird lover to enjoy this site.

Audubon prints are available through the John Audubon site.

 Links to additional descriptions and sketches of Key West -

Key West from Audubon's time to 1869,
Key West from 1884 to recent time.



The family guide contains all the information in the Kids in the Keys website, but has a more extensive listing of services available and was created for resident families as well as families visiting the Keys. Filled with Enticing, Exciting and Essential Services for Families visiting and living in the Florida Keys and Key West.

Click on the Family Guide to the Florida Keys and Key West . Listings describe facilities and services available to children and parents in the Florida Keys. Describes family services Key Largo, Islamorada, Duck Key, Marathon, Big Pine, the Lower Keys and Key West .


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 Information on conch (pronounced conk) houses in Key West, Conch Life and Key West style conch houses in the Florida Keys.The site describes the classic architecture of Conch Houses and gives information on modern conch villas and accommodations. Meanings of the term "conch" are given and links to conch related sites and happenings in Key West are listed.




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