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HoustonGumbeauxGuy
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Islamorada, Key Largo and the other Florida Keys
Plans for Cabo have been deferred until later this year but still want to get out of Houston in early June. Flights from Houston to Miami on Southwest are about $150 RT per person for June 6–13.

Does anybody on here have insight as to what all is open/closed in the Florida Keys? We’ve never been and this just seems like a great opportunity to go.

FWIW, it will be me and my wife (no pics), we are both in our mid 40s. We will be bringing our two sons with us, 11 and 14. So we don’t plan on painting the town red, more so relax in the sun and detach from work and school...and hopefully enjoy waterfront restaurants that are open.

Also open to any hidden gems on where to stay anywhere in the keys.

TIA.


This post was edited on 5/19 at 7:27 pm


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re: Islamorada, Key Largo and the other Florida Keys
Keys may have stricter guidelines than the rest of the state


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tickfawtiger
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re: Islamorada, Key Largo and the other Florida Keys
Better check on those $otel/motel rates..they are generally sky high !


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Shaun176
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re: Islamorada, Key Largo and the other Florida Keys
There is a Hampton Inn in Key Largo that is nice and usually reasonably priced. It is an hour from MIA. Key Largo is not much nicer than Galveston or the other barrier islands on the Texas coast. The water in Key Largo is not Brown, but it is not as blue as it is in the southern keys. You have to get further south in the Keys to get more of an Island feel.


bigpapamac
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re: Islamorada, Key Largo and the other Florida Keys
The Keys are closed to visitors right now. They might be open by early June though.
This post was edited on 5/15 at 10:43 am


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lsualum98
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re: Islamorada, Key Largo and the other Florida Keys
We stayed at the Banyan Resort in Key West with our two kids who were about the same ages as yours. It's a charming boutique hotel with historic but updated cottages. It was in a great location ... close enough to walk and ride bikes to everything but not in a loud area. But I see that it's closed indefinitely, per the mayor of Key West.


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jimlsu1
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re: Islamorada, Key Largo and the other Florida Keys
There’s a Marriott Resort on the gulf side. They do have a two bedroom suite but pretty pricey. Pretty nice. Snorkeling and a cocktail by the pool is all available.
I stayed here twice with family of 4. It helped that I had a ton of Marriott points. Good luck.


armsdealer
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re: Islamorada, Key Largo and the other Florida Keys
The Southern Keys are amazing. Wildly expensive but amazing. It is cheaper, with better amenities to go to Mexico.


HoustonGumbeauxGuy
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re: Islamorada, Key Largo and the other Florida Keys
Thanks, everybody




BooDreaux
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re: Islamorada, Key Largo and the other Florida Keys
Faro Blanco Resort is in Marathon & is a great place to stay.

Faro Blanco


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YumYum Sauce
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re: Islamorada, Key Largo and the other Florida Keys
We are looking at a plan B for honeymoon in mid July. Have a place at Breathless Riviera Maya but don't think we are going to take the risk of being the only people at the damn resort.

Key West is our second option if available Flights are like 200 RT from our area right now.

Do you guys recommend staying on the N or S side of KW?

thanks


bigpapamac
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re: Islamorada, Key Largo and the other Florida Keys
Stay in Old Town if you want to walk to restaurants, bars and Duval St.


skewbs
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re: Islamorada, Key Largo and the other Florida Keys
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Flights from Houston to Miami on Southwest are about $150 RT per person for June 6–13.


Looks like you're going to be at the forefront of tourists coming back. Check the below link. Key West is allowing hotels to re-open on June 1 at 50% capacity.

LINK


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YumYum Sauce
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re: Islamorada, Key Largo and the other Florida Keys
quote:

Stay in Old Town if you want to walk to restaurants, bars and Duval St.


Any resort recs? Or just airbnb it?


bigpapamac
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There aren’t too many large resorts in old town, a lot of smaller boutique hotels. Check out Simonton Court if you go that route.


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Mark Makers
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re: Islamorada, Key Largo and the other Florida Keys
My wife and I stayed at the Hidden Beach AirBnb last July and it was fantastic, I'd consider it a hidden gem. I doubt i'll stay anywhere else when we go back. We were able to walk all of Duval St. easily from here. It's waterfront with a private deck area right on the beach which we enjoyed in the evenings. Right next door is The Reach Resort and the AirBnb host provides an access card in the room so that you can use their pool and all the amenities. We also had access to the Casa Marina resort a few blocks over though we never ended up going there because we enjoyed the pool next door just fine.

LINK


YumYum Sauce
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re: Islamorada, Key Largo and the other Florida Keys
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Hidden Beach AirBnb


that place is perfect. it isn't available the whole week but may grab it a few nights.


Mark Makers
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re: Islamorada, Key Largo and the other Florida Keys
If you happen to be there for July 4th, we had a great view of the fireworks from the deck as well with no crowd!


YumYum Sauce
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If you happen to be there for July 4th, we had a great view of the fireworks from the deck as well with no crowd!


We are going the week after.

So, we have decided to stay at one of the fancy resorts for 3 nights and get pampered, then stay in a local bungalow/bed and breakfast type place the other 3 nights.


Mark Makers
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re: Islamorada, Key Largo and the other Florida Keys
Enjoy it! With a baby on the way I expect it to be awhile before we can get down there again, so eat some key lime pie for me.


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