Seafarer Resort and Beach
MM 97.6 BS, 97684 Overseas Hwy., Key Largo, Florida 33037, USA
It may not be fancy, but all your basic needs will be met and you’ll get a sense for what the Keys were like in a simpler time. Home-baked muffins and frittatas each morning, glorious sunset views… this is old school goodness directly on the Florida Bay.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There’s a two-night minimum stay on Saturdays and holidays, and their cancellation policy is strict.
Rooms vary greatly in size so choose wisely, especially if you’re claustrophobic. Did we mention they are basic? Most have tile floors, home improvement store blinds, pastel or paneled walls, and the kitchen units provide essentials. I mean, they're rooms--regular rooms, in a hotel. You do get outdoor seating and your own BBQ grill set under native gumbo limbos. A room air conditioner drowns out any road noise.
Go for a larger unit with a kitchen (units 3, 4, or 5). The extra money you’ll pay is worth it for the extra space.
The best thing about the bathroom is the towels, but everything else is standard, and small. Vintage lovers will get a kick out of the 1960s-style tile. Soap and shampoo items are provided but you’ll need to get a hairdryer from the office.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some smaller bathrooms don’t have an outlet.
The office is in a quaint building amid the cottages where you can get coffee, towels, and a stack of local brochures. That's right--brochures.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The office closes at 7p.m., so make sure you have what you need before then. Get your brochures before the office closes!
There is no pool onsite but you can swim right off their private beach--which, let's face it, is way better than a pool! Plus, they've got nice, bright beach towels available for you to use in the office.
No spa services on site. Did we mention they have a private beach, though?
No gym or fitness center on site. Go for a run on the beach, maybe? Eh?
Breakfast is served outside each morning on the picnic tables, beneath a sail cloth and the shady palms.
It's BYOB here, bring your own and keep it cold in your fridge.
You'll get a warm, tropical vibe as you make your way across their crafted bridge down to the bay. Lots of native trees and colorful bougainvillea provide ambiance and shade. Paddle boards and kayaks are available for rental. The double kayaks are free.
You will need a car to explore Key Largo and the surrounding area. You can also call for a taxi or an Uber but you won’t be able to walk around and sightsee.
At Snapper’s Oceanfront (5-minute drive), you can dine in or out and get fresh seafood for lunch or dinner. Sunday brunch features a Bloody Mary bar. Harriett’s (3-minute drive) is always crowded but their breakfast features homemade everything, including key lime muffins. They close at 3 p.m. Num Thai & Sushi (9-minute drive) is a casual, local favorite and their prices are good.
For fantastic craft cocktails, visit Las Olas (8-minute drive) inside the Playa Largo Resort. Their ceviche is amazing, too. Snook’s Bayside Grill & Grand Tiki (4-minute drive) has the same bay views are your resort but their Tiki really is grand and you can sit alongside the water. Hang out with the locals at Hobo’s (6-minute drive). It’s fun, the beer is cold and their bar menu has lots of tasty options.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Keys can be expensive, but a stay at the Seafarer Resort is affordable and genuinely relaxing. It is not a chain hotel with lots of amenities; it’s simplistic in every sense. The trick is to keep your expectations low and then you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Snorkel right off the shore. Lounge in the Adirondacks by the water's edge. Paddle the bay in a kayak. Whatever you do, be there for sunset. You will fall in love with Key Largo, and the Seafarer, just like we did.
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