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Stayed at a great place in January in Tavernier/Key Largo area 2 months ago in January. Want to go back 1st week of April solo this time. Holy crap, hotel prices have doubled and now that I am going solo, it is going to cost me 4 times as much as it did last time. I thought spring break was over by then since we are in April but I guess not.
This may be the deal breaker that I may just go elsewhere. Any ideas? Maybe the Fort Lauderdale area instead?
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[countdown=7/7/2020 12:00 PM]Count down:[/countdown]until my new dive buddy - grand daughter can take her OW class!.
Yep it's still spring break the first week of April. Easter isn't till April 24 when prices drop somewhat. The hotels around here are worse than OPEC in price fixing and knowing when the crowds want to come down.
We'll do our best to find you the cheapest we can, but during that time will be very hard.
The prices at the major hotels on the east coast will increase some during peak
season but nothing like the keys. I feel bad for the charters, their business is
affected by these many times unaffordable rates for lodging in the keys. I
personally would dive down there a lot more if it were not for the higher rates
for lodging. I always thought it would be great if a few of the charters went in on
a hotel and offered just the basic amenities and offered dive and lodging packages.
Its all about supply and demand: off season, I've paid as low at $80 at the Bayside Hotel in Key Largo but last April paid $169 per night: ouch!!! The Keys are really pleasant during March, April and May.
Florida City might be an option: its only a 20-30 minute drive to Key Largo. Also, you might look into camping although the tent spaces in the state parks get reserved months in advance. A couple of years ago in May, I lucked out and reserved a tent site at Bahia Honda the weekend before my trip when someone else cancelled and had a great time. I then drove north 45 mintues to dive with Conch Republic.
If it were me and I ended up having to stay in Fort Lauderdale (which is a bit of a haul to Key Largo with the terrible weekday traffic in the AM), I'd probably just dive in Fort Lauderdale, Pompano and Miami
Great Job!! Glad it worked out so well, b/c scoring a good deal in the Keys is difficult, especially during peak times!
Note to self - when you travel in season, expect to pay more - like bitching about hotel rates at Disney between Christmas and New Years, or having higher rates and minimum stay requirements during Mini Season in the Keys - go a different time, or go to a different place - or do what they did in olden times and pick up the phone and speak directly w/ the property - also be aware of time periods to avoid (like spring break and mini season and Disney Christmas - New Years!)