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resorts in southern florida

Discussion in 'Florida' started by striper, Aug 3, 2014.

  1. striper

    striper Registered

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: new england
    heading to Key West / Largo 2nd wk of Nov. this our 1st trip to southern Florida and would like to find a nice resort that would accommodate both scuba divers, beach play, and r+r any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Instructor_Tom

    Instructor_Tom DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: UpState SC
    Check out Duck Key. I toke the family there a couple years back. Its located between Key Largo and Islamorada. They also have a dive charter on site called dive duck key. They do mostly shallow reefs, but you can find an outfit in Islamorada or key largo to do some wrecks.

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  3. striper

    striper Registered

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: new england
    Okay thanks Tom this sounds to be a good fit for my group I'll check it.
    thanks again
  4. Alvida

    Alvida Registered

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: mid-Missouri
    While the Keys do have some beaches, they are not as abundant as you might find in many other areas of Florida, such as the Panhandle. However, there are many topnotch dive operators, many of whom are not attached to a resort. I would not necessarily link the two searches. I would recommend finding the resort that will suit the beach and R&R wishes of the non-divers. If there is an onsite dive shop, great, but I wouldn't worry about it if there isn't because there will surely be one within a 10-minute drive.
  5. wspalding

    wspalding Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Grafton, MA
    If you are in Key Largo, be sure to dive Pennekamp
  6. sportxlh

    sportxlh Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: formerly Palm Beach Gardens, FL: now Atlanta
    Tom, did you mean Hawk's Cay which is next to Marathon on Duck Key? Maybe Duck Key is technically part of Islamorada, but it feels more like Marathon after making the drive!! The scuba shop, Dive Duck Key, is located in Hawk's Cay's marina.

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    Anyway, I've dove with Dive Duck Key located in Hawk's Cay and it is a decent operator. I've never stayed in Hawk's Cay, but many friends have and they all give it high marks. It is one of the nicer resorts in the Keys that still can have decent room rates (but not cheap by any means). I'm not sure the beach is so great (which is common in the Keys). But Bahia Honda state park is only about 12 miles away and it has some of the nicest beaches in the Keys.

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