As a Florida resident, I’ve been vacationing in the Florida Keys for many years. It’s the perfect spot for a quick weekend getaway or a full on vacation. Key Largo is one of the northern most keys and is only a little over 2 hours from where I live, how great is that?! Yes, I feel like I already live in a vacation destination but there’s something special about getting out of town and going further south. The weather is pretty similar to my area but the island-like laid back vibe really makes you feel like you’re in the middle of the Caribbean all while being close to home and not ever leaving the U.S! Here are some of my favorite relaxing things to do on your trip to Key Largo. Enjoy!
Have a Key Lime Colada
If you didn’t feel like you were on vacation yet, have a key lime colada and you’ll really get a sip of paradise. This mix of Pina Colada and lime liquour are sure to bring a smile on your face. Key Lime Pie is a staple in the Florida Key’s so you can call these the “adult” liquid version!
Skipper’s Dockside Restaurant has the most delicious Key Lime Colada’s.
Or if you want to make one at home, check out my recipe here!
Lay on a Hammock
I love me some quality hammock time. They’re great for naps, reading, or just simply enjoying an ocean breeze. What can be more relaxing than swaying between 2 palm trees over the water?!
Stay at a Classic Keys Hotel
I will be the first to admit that some of the hotels in the Keys are not your standard Marriott or chain hotel. But that is part of the charm! Most local hotels are family owned and have so much to offer – just don’t expect a fancy high end place. They look like nothing special from the main road but once you get onto the property, BOOM! … there’s a beach with Adirondack chairs and hammocks and tiki huts! Some of them even have a boat slip if you’re lucky enough to bring one of those with you. Check out The Seafarer or Rock Reef Resort on Booking Buddy – both have boat slips. The Rock Reef also has a boat ramp for easy access.
Watch An Epic Sunset
One of the best parts about the Florida Keys is that you get both the sunrise and the sunset. On the Atlantic / East side – the sunrise. On the Bay / West side – the sunset. And all right across the street from each other!
Most restaurants and hotels on the Bayside will get you a front row seat every night.
Snooks Bayside even has a countdown and rings a big horn when the sun is fully set every night!
The Playa Largo Marriott Key Largo is also one of my favorite places to watch the sunset. The restaurant there, Sol by the Sea, is not your average hotel spot. The decor is a nautical coastal chic theme – If I could steal all of their furnishing and wall hanging for my own house and backyard, I totally would!! You don’t need to be a hotel guest to enjoy this charming atmosphere. Get there a little early to secure a seat along the railing.
Kayaking is a great low-key way to get out on the water and explore. Kayak rentals are relatively cheap for a whole day and some hotels even provide them for free. There are so many different places to explore on a kayak – through the mangroves or paddle out to your own private “island”.
Take A Dolphin Sunset Cruise
Almost every time that I’ve been out on the water around sunset time, there are dolphins!! You can take a group boat ride and book online through Viator. The last time we took a small boat out of the Playa Largo Marriott. It was just us and a small family of 4. The captain went “dolphin speed” the whole time! We had a group of dolphins following us almost the whole time – it was pretty awesome!