While Key West is one of those rare vacation places that really does offer something for everyone – there are two experiences, in particular, that every person venturing to the Keys ought to explore. In fact, near both of these two distinctly-different “must-see” spots on your “to do” list, are fantastic places to stay as well. So, unlike many vacations where you realize you have spent half of your time driving to your sightseeing destinations, making reservations at one of these two resorts promises to give you more time with your family and less time on the road.
#1 Sleep at a First-Class Resort and Swim With Dolphins
The first “must do” experience in the Keys is to swim with the dolphins at Florida’s Dolphin Research Center in Marathon. This not-for-profit corporation was created not only to provide the public with a unique education and research facility, but also to provide a safe haven for Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions. On a daily basis, this international tourist destination offers a variety of programs where you can interact with beautiful creatures of the sea! Some of the programs include: Trainer for a Day, Researcher for a Day, Dolphin Encounter, and Dolphin Dip; these experiences can be reserved in advance. For the facility’s Dolphin Explorer, Meet a Dolphin, Paint with a Dolphin, Play with a Dolphin, Sea Lion Splash, and Hug the Sea Lion experiences, no reservations are needed since these programs are offered daily on a walk-in basis.
Right near the Dolphin Research Center is a top-rated, pristine resort – the Casa Del Sol Beach Resort, also in Marathon. This relaxing, accommodating, and beautiful getaway features brand new suites (two and three-bedroom) with multi-jet Jacuzzi tubs, ocean-view balconies, state-of-the-art kitchens with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, large-screened TVs, broadband Wi-Fi, and washing machines and dryers! In addition, the resort offers a private beach and an outdoor, Olympic-sized pool.
#2 Read The Old Man and The Sea in the relaxing Garden Courtyard of a world-class resort and then visit the author’s Home and Museum!
Just minutes from where you’ll be feeling the cool ocean water on your sun-warmed face and enjoying the amenities at the Santa Maria Suites Resort – a 4-diamond rated resort – is the home of Illinois-native Ernest Hemingway! After you’ve celebrated and relaxed in your one or two-bedroom suite (replete with a full kitchen, washer and dryer, Wi-Fi, goosebump-inflicting ocean views, and a 24/7 concierge service), have the best sushi and Japanese dinner in the Keys at the resort’s famous Ambrosia Restaurant and then- stroll to Hemingway’s humble abode and see where the gifted writer got inspired to craft many of his masterpieces, including: For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and The Sea. Built in 1801, Hemingway lived in this home by the sea when he was in his 30s. The formal, guided tour takes about 30 minutes, then you’re free to stroll the rooms of this beautiful, brilliant man on your own.
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