A few weeks ago we were here –
Key Largo, Florida. A quiet little piece of true paradise. It was exactly what we needed after a summer of bustling activities and late nights at the office. The peaceful sound of birds chirping overhead, the warm sand between our toes, and those sunsets…
See the group of people standing over to the right in the photo above? They’re gathered around a friendly mother manatee that likes to visit the guests as evening sets in. We never saw her baby but a few others were lucky enough to catch a glimpse one night. This was hands down the highlight of each day – heading outside to the private beach, which was just a few steps from our room, to watch the sun set and wait for the manatees to pay us a visit. Sophie was so close to this manatee she could have easily touched her, but I stayed on the shore with the camera in my hand. What a thrill this was for her. And me.
The atmosphere was island casual in every way. You can see in this photo that some of the guests would drag their lounge chairs into the water. This was a brilliant idea. The crystal clear water was the perfect temperature and the gentle movement could easily lull you right into dreamland. You can also see the gorgeous palm trees and other native plants that grow along the shore. The hotel is there in the background, literally steps away. There were kayaks, jet skis and sailboats for those who craved adventure. John and Sophie spent a morning in a kayak while I soaked up some sun and time alone with Max.
The hotel was a fantastic place for kids. Sophie loved the underwater treasure hunt and the Island Olympics (think Limbo and Hula Hoop contests). The ping pong table under the trees on the beach was a very nice touch too. Just wading out a few feet into the ocean was like visiting a full scale aquarium. Every few minutes someone would shout “Wow, come look at this fish!” Good goggles are a must for up close viewing. And both kids went a little nuts when the staff lit a camp fire on the beach and brought out all the makings for s’mores. Every parent knows that when on vacation, happy kids equals relaxed parents.
Aahhh. This was our view from our breakfast table each morning. What a way to start the day.
Our Key Largo vacation was full of happy memories, gorgeous views, and fun surprises. As soon as we arrived we felt as if we had left the worries of the real world far behind. And before we even left we were already planning a return trip.
So long Key Largo – we’ll be seeing you again soon.
Disclaimer: This was our family vacation. We picked the destination and the hotel, and I was not in any way compensated for this post. I just kinda fell in love with this place and thought I’d share a few photos.
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