Little Palm Island, Florida
Most Romantic Accommodations
Little Palm Island
Web site: www.littlepalmisland.com
Little Palm Island is a hidden treasure on a tiny private island accessible only by private boat or airplane. From the minute guests step foot on the island, it is clear that this resort is in a class entirely its own. Discreet accommodations can be found in 28 bungalows scattered across the island. The suites exude a rustic elegance with a rich Polynesian flair, and rooms feature special touches like a whirlpool tub and bamboo-fenced outdoor shower. Some things you won’t find in the rooms include telephones, televisions or alarm clocks, which adds to the feeling of total relaxation. There are plenty of activities to fill the day, but lounging on the white sand beach seems to be the most popular choice.
Best Bed & Breakfast
Web site: www.thebarnacle.net
With only four rooms for rent, this B&B is restful and inexpensive – a great combination for a Lower Keys getaway. Rooms are simple and provide all the necessities, such as air conditioning and private baths. The Ocean Room is aptly named for its panoramic view of the sea. The house sits on a private beach, which is the perfect place to cool off after taking out the free bicycles or kayaks for an adventure. Couples seeking total peace and quiet, with a price tag lower than that on Little Palm Island, will appreciate the isolated feeling and kid-free quiet – children under 16 are excluded from the fun.
Best Scuba Hangout
Looe Key Reef Resort
Web site: www.diveflakeys.com
The rooms may be plain and the appearance similar to the typical motel, but it’s the atmosphere and the organized dive trips that keep scuba aficionados coming back to this out-of-the-way spot. Guests can get up with the sun and head out to the motel’s boat ramp for a diving excursion to nearby Looe Key. Upon returning at night, divers convene at the Tiki Bar to compare stories of their underwater adventures.
Houseboat Vacations of the Florida Keys Inc.
Web site: thefloridakeys.com/houseboats
For travelers tired of look-alike hotels and beach getaways that seem to be stuck on repeat, there is a way to shake up a trip to the Keys. Instead of checking in to a hotel, try checking out a houseboat. Houseboat Vacations in the Upper Keys rents out a fleet of houseboats that can sleep between six to eight passengers. With a fully equipped kitchen, hot-water shower and rooftop sun deck complete with a gas grill, there is little missing from these floating accommodations. Boaters are limited in travel distance and must stay 20 miles from the Florida Bay shoreline, but the company also rents small motorboats for a speedy trip to a restaurant, state park or nearby beach.