Key Largo is a charming touristy place and the first island in the upper Florida Keys. It is known for its spectacular diving on the biggest artificial reef in the world. Visitors mostly come to dive, snorkel, take boat trips, kayak, fish, swim with the dolphins, and explore the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Sipping tropical drinks while eating fresh seafood and watching another spectacular sunset are regular activities in Key Largo.
Where to Stay in Key Largo
Key Largo is a wonderful, relaxing, and easy-going island—perfect for a family holiday or a romantic trip with the love of your life. There are plenty of small and big hotels, historic B&Bs, villas and resorts. Key Largo has something for everyone, for every budget.
Coconut Palm Inn
Coconut Palm Inn is an upscale, large beachfront hotel on the coast of the Florida Bay. The inn is snuggled in a lush coconut grove and located a short walk to the Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center and about seven miles from Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park.
The rooms are spacious, airy, and colorful. All are air-conditioned, have free Wi-Fi, coffeemakers, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, free wifi, microwaves, and porches and/or balconies. Suites also have full kitchens with modern stainless steel appliances, living spaces, and dining rooms.
Guests have access to a pier, a marina, sport fishing, diving, snorkeling, and a fish-cleaning station. They can enjoy a pool, a patio, a private beach, hammocks, grills, and loaner bikes and kayaks.
On some mornings, guests are offered complimentary bagels and danishes, juice, and coffee.
This hotel is equally popular with families and couples who enjoy diverse activities and comfort.
Atlantic Bay Resort
Located in the town of Tavernier on its own private beach and lined by stately palm trees, Atlantic Bay Resort is just off Highway 1. From the resort, it's only 11 miles to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, 2 miles to Florida Keys Wild Bird Center, 8 miles to the Theater of the Sea, and 10 miles from the Dolphin Cove Research Center.
The resort's bright, spacious rooms have private patios, mini-fridges, microwaves, coffeemakers, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. Some suites have beach views, and all have dining tables, kitchenettes, and living rooms. Upgraded suites have full kitchens. Private cottages have charming tropical décor and furniture and tiki-hut porches.
Guests will enjoy a heated freshwater pool, a tiki bar on the waterfront, BBQ facilities, and a boat dock. Minimum-stay may apply.
Bay Harbor Lodge
Surrounded by a lush tropical garden near Highway 1 and Florida Bay, Bay Harbor Lodge is a budget waterfront hotel about five miles from John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, about ten miles from Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge, and two miles from Dolphins Plus.
The lodge has six laid-back, comfortable cottages with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges in some, microwaves, and decks with wonderful bay views. Upgraded cottages also have kitchens, BBQ grills, and living areas. Kids under the age of 12 stay free of charge.
Guests will enjoy an outdoor pool, a boat dock, thatched-roof patios, and a fishing pier. Kayaks are available for rent. Parking is free. There is a small library on site as well as concierge services.
Bay Harbor Lodge is very popular with families as well as couples vacationing on a budget.
Kawama Yacht Club Apartment
Kawama Yacht Club Apartment is one of 80 vacation units offered by the Kawama Yacht Club in Key Largo. Kawama Apartment is located only 3.7 mi from John Pennekamp State Park, about 4 miles from Dolphin Cove and 5 miles from Key Largo Undersea Park. It is located on its own private beach and has a pool, a lush tropical garden, and free parking.
The apartment has two bedrooms, a flat-screen TV, a fully-equipped modern kitchen with a microwave and a dishwasher, a washing machine, and two bathrooms with large showers.
There is a children's playground on the terrace in the garden.
Dolphin Point Villas
Dolphin Point Villas is a luxury resort in Key Largo, on Florida Bay. It includes six large, private villas near the Key Largo dolphin rescue and training facility. The guests have unique opportunity to enjoy close encounters with these intelligent local marine mammals. John Pennekamp State Park and Dolphin Cove are little over a mile away, Key Largo Undersea Park is two miles away, and Jimmy Johnson's Big Chill is 2.5 mi away.
The gated resort offers five-, three-, and one-bedroom villas, as well as a one-bedroom suite. All units have a balcony, air conditioning, a private bathroom, free wifi, fully equipped kitchens, washer and dryer, and all other modern conveniences. All are surrounded by a lush tropical garden. Guests enjoy a private pool, a beach, and barbecue facilities.
Families with children particularly enjoy this accommodation.
Kona Kai Resort and Gallery
Kona Kai Resort and Gallery is a quirky, secluded, adults-only beach hotel consisting of a group of quaint cottages surrounded by a tropical garden. It is located on Florida Bay, just off US-1, 11 miles from John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.
The charming cottage-style rooms have plantation shutters and island décor, sitting areas, mini-fridges, coffeemakers, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. Upgraded rooms also have dining tables, pull-out sofas, beach views, and patios. Studios have small kitchens and BBQs. Some units have direct beach access. Suites have lavish lounges. Guests can recieve an in-room massage upon request.
All guests can enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast, an art gallery, a botanical garden, tennis courts, a private beach, a pool and a hot tub. Guests have to be over 16. Minimum-stay may apply.
This place is very popular with couples.
Bungalows Key Largo
Bungalows Key Largo in Key Largo is an adult-only, all inclusive resort consisting of 135 luxurious bungalows spread over 12 lush tropical acres overlooking the sea. The resort has its own private beach. It is located only a short walk from the African Queen cruises, 3.7 miles from John Pennekamp State Park, and three miles from Dolphin Plus Bayside.
The elegant, wooden bungalows have lovely verandas with sea views, soaking tubs, private patios, Adirondack chairs, private bathrooms with rain showers, 60-inch Smart TVs, a microwave, Keurig® coffee-machine, and small refrigerator. Guests can enjoy free daily yoga classes, six restaurants and bars (including a Tiki Bar and a pool bar), a gym, two outdoor pools including an infinity pool with an ocean view, Jacuzzis, a steam room, and a full service spa.
Guests have unlimited breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with premium beverages, in this all-inclusive resort. Guests also have access to paddle boarding and kayaking.