Imagine watching the sun dip below the ocean after a day spent laying on the beach or snorkeling colorful reefs. If that’s your version of paradise, then the Florida Keys fit that bill perfectly. This chain of islands off the tip of mainland Florida could easily be mistaken as its own Caribbean country. Find world-renowned fishing, white sand, crystal-clear water and a fun laid-back vibe at these beach hotels in the Florida Keys, bookable with Culture Trip.
Located in Islamorada, Cheeca Lodge has long been known as one of the best beach hotels in the Florida Keys. The resort’s 214 rooms and suites all have access to a 1,200ft (365m) private beach, as well as 27 acres (11ha) of gardens and several pools. The resort is a favorite of anglers, who can charter boats through the resort or fish off the 525ft (160m) pier (the longest in the Keys). Guests all enjoy unlimited use of fishing gear, bikes, kayaks and other water sports equipment.
For a sleek stay, Baker’s Cay Resort in Key Largo is a modern, beachfront resort with plenty of spots for tranquility. Sip tropical cocktails from a poolside tiki bar, snag a spot on one of the comfy deck swings overlooking the ocean or relax on a hammock on the private beach. In addition to on-site restaurants, the hotel offers a “dock-to-dish” program where they’ll cook your day’s catch.
This beachfront Key Largo resort is nestled amidst lush tropical foliage and has nearly 15 acres (6ha) of shoreline. In addition to airy rooms and suites, the resort also offers 10 oceanfront bungalows and a three-bedroom beach house with a private pool. Save up your appetite because the resort restaurants are some of the best on the island. Choose between a casual beach shack restaurant, a Peruvian ceviche bar, a full-service Mediterranean restaurant and light bites at the Sand Bar.
You’ll feel like you’re on your own private island at Hawks Cay, located on the secluded Duck Key. The resort itself feels like a community, with villas, hotel rooms, tennis courts, shopping, restaurants and a marina spread across the island. One of the most unique aspects of Hawks Cay is the resort’s saltwater lagoon that’s home to a group of bottlenose dolphins. Guests can participate in the Dolphin Connection experience, where they can meet, play and swim with the friendly creatures.
At Tranquility Bay, you can customize your vacation to what you want. Book a two- or three-bedroom beach house through the resort for the ultimate privacy – no shared hallways or elevators. Or, opt for a tropical garden room amidst the lush landscaping. The oasis in Marathon includes three pools, a private beach and on-site water sports. Children receive a free plush turtle toy, due to the resort’s support of the neighboring Turtle Hospital, an organization that rehabs sea turtles.
You’ll know you’ve found Faro Blanco resort by its iconic red-and-white lighthouse. The historic landmark stands at the resort’s full-service marina, which means you can check in by boat or car. More than 100 rooms and suites can be found at this waterfront hotel. When you’re ready to adventure, book a fishing charter or rent a Jeep on site from the resort.
Casa Marina has been a thriving hot spot in Key West since the 1920s. The old Hollywood elite used to hide out at Key West’s largest private beach, two pools and a spa. Duval Street and Ernest Hemingway’s house are just 1mi (1.6km) from the resort. Take advantage of dining options on the property or at sister property, the Reach Key West. At Casa Marina, you can also arrange for a private, personalized dinner on the beach.
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Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.