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frenchtoile Jan 14th, 2020 10:40 AM

Resorts for Families (the one I want is booked solid)
I thought I had found the perfect resort in Key West. Sunset Key Cottages.

I am driving myself crazy looking for places in Florida. I want beautiful water, sand. Family friendly. I just don't know the keys that well.

Any suggestions?

Sassafrass Jan 14th, 2020 07:01 PM

When are you going?
Does it have to be the Keys?
Must it be a resort?
Ages of people going?

MmePerdu Jan 14th, 2020 08:59 PM

My 1st thought was also "when are you going?" Could it be they aren't taking reservations yet so it appears nothing's available? Have you called or only tried online? Maybe you should call if you haven't.

starrs Jan 15th, 2020 05:20 AM

Good questions above.

"I want beautiful water, sand. Family friendly. I just don't know the keys that well."

The keys aren't known for beaches. Sandy beaches are few and far between. Resorts can have manmade beaches and there's a gorgeous public beach mid keys. Just wondering what your expections are. There are plenty of places with gorgeous sugar sand beaches (the panhandle), wide beaches (Atlantic coast) and long beaches like St. Pete (west coast of FL) - but the beaches in the keys are very different.

You probably already know that, but just in case it's helpful. I know a very family friendly, very low key place in the keys with a tiny man made beach on the bay (with manatees coming up hoping for a drink of water from the hose whenever someone is hosing down a boat at the dock - not supposed to do it), but it's not fancy at all.

We need a better idea of what "resort" means to you.

MoBro Jan 15th, 2020 08:50 AM

Does it have to be Florida?
How about St Croix, a US Virgin Island? Our family loved The Buccaneer. Perfect for a family get-away. Easy to reach from Florida.

MiamiBeachMomma Jan 31st, 2020 04:36 AM

Try Hawks Cay

Not in Key Wedt - but still in the Keys with many different types of lodging. We rented a little house once and it was great!

you can also try Ocean Reef which also has many different types of rentals.

frenchtoile Aug 4th, 2020 09:25 AM

Thanks, everyone. We ended up going to Mexico. SO happy we did now given what has happened in the months since. I still would like to visit the one place in Key West that is new. It's own little cottages.

Gretchen Aug 4th, 2020 11:41 AM

Hawk's Cay is really nice. We also liked Islamorada. I can't remember the name of the great resort there.

HappyTrvlr Aug 9th, 2020 06:12 AM

My friends who live in The Keys evacuated from there at the beginning of the Pandemic. What are medical facilities there? I would be careful where you choose to visit.

sludick Aug 13th, 2020 08:37 AM

HappyTrvr, we have some family living in the Keys who share your concern. When son-in-law suffered a medical issue requiring hospitalization, he had to be airlifted to a Miami hospital. Facilities in the Keys just were inadequate. Now, with tourists coming in, they are very concerned about how the medical infrastructure there can handle it. He manages a boutique hotel, she owns a florist shop, the kids all work in hospitality, and all have encountered guests refusing to wear a mask as well as employees or coworkers who have contracted COVID. The tendency of visitors to drink and party just exacerbates the peril.

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