Every part of the Keys is an adventure waiting. In the Upper Keys, spa and wellness- In the Middle Keys, golf and in the Lower Keys, ecotourism!
The Upper Keys:
In Key Largo and Islamorada, where KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts & Marinas has two exclusive locations, Mariners Resort Villas & Marina and the Historic Tavernier Inn
Pilates is a proven effective method of exercise and physical movement designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body. These exercises concurrently involve one’s body and mind to the purpose of improving posture, restoring muscular tone and correcting muscular imbalance. At Key Largo’s Pilates In Paradise take a holistic approach to overall wellness with private and public classes. 98840 Overseas Highway, #1, Key Largo (305) 453-0801.
In Islamorada, KPJ Yoga offers traditional Ashtanga yoga for beginners as well as advanced practitioners. One of the best ways to learn is through one of their Mysore or Guided Classes, normally scheduled every day except Tuesdays. All levels of yogis are welcome. Contact Stacey at 305-942-6624 or drop by for a class schedule and browse the boutique with yoga lifestyle attire. KPJ Yoga, 83230 Overseas Highway (MM 83.2), Islamorada (305) 664-9006.
Kiki’s Spa can treat visitors to a candlelit warm stone massage, a facial “under the sea” or sit with a gal pal and get a pedicure sitting in a comfy papasan chair. Other services include microdermabrasion, waxing, lash extensions, makeup artistry and tanning. Kiki’s Spa, 89240 Overseas Highway, Suite 2, Tavernier (305) 852-0011.
Blu Bamboo Salon & Day Spa caters to a girl’s most luxurious whims of hair and body cars. Best friends, brides to be and women eager for some pampering will enjoy the nail, hair facial and massage treatments Blu Bamboo offers. 82205 Overseas Highway, MM 82, Suite 6, Islamorada (305) 664-9342.
Ciao Bella Salon & Day Spa is a girl’s wonderland of combined salon services, Swedish, couples, deep tissue massage and reflexology. 82913 Overseas Highway, Islamorada (305) 664-45588.
Healing Waters Massage Therapy & Aquatic Bodywork offers massages reminiscent of the Florida Keys: ask for the 18 Mile Stretch, Gulf Stream Water Dance massage, the Matecumbe Relaxation massage, or perhaps Raindrop Therapy with essential oils is what is needed to awaken the body. Located near MM 90 in Tavernier, (305) 852-4867.
Island Body and Sol day spa at The Moorings, a beautiful serene resort, offers massage therapy, facials, reflexology, body treatments, manicures, pedicures, all natural botanical bath and skincare products from around the world. Beach yoga on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. and Sundays 9:30 a.m. 123 Beach Road (at the Moorings), Islamorada (305) 664-3264.
The Middle Keys:
In the Middle Keys, KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts & Marinas has the Village at Hawks Cay Villas on Duck Key, Indigo Reef Resort Villas & Marina and the Coral Lagoon Resort Villas & Marina vacation rentals in Marathon
Marathon Welcomes Golfers
Visitors to Marathon can enjoy golfing on the 9-hole, par 3 course at the Key Colony Beach Golf & Tennis Club.
Members of country clubs in the United States or abroad might also explore the possibility of playing at the 18-hole Sombrero Country Club, a private course that has reciprocal agreements with many clubs around the world. Sombrero also participates in the American Lung Association’s Lung Card program which raises money by allowing golfers to play at private courses. In addition, Sombrero participates in the South Florida Golf Pass program and offers specially-priced summer memberships.
|SOMBRERO GOLF AND TENNIS COUNTRY CLUB
4000 Sombrero Blvd.
(private club, limited reciprocal privileges)
Marathon , FL 33050
Key Colony Beach Golf & Tennis
(Par 3 public course)
Key Colony Beach , FL 33051
The Lower Keys:
In the Lower Keys, KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts & Marinas has the Coral Hammock Resort Villas and Kings Point Marina & Condominiums vacation rentals
Whether By Land or Sea, Take a Lower Keys Ecotour
When you cross the Seven-Mile-Bridge and approach the Lower Keys, the geography suddenly changes and so do the ecotourism opportunities.
The Upper and Middle Keys are oriented roughly on a north-south line along the Overseas Highway. There is much more sea than land there. But beyond the Seven-Mile-Bridge, the islands suddenly take a westerly turn toward the sunset. And starting at Big Pine Key, there is suddenly more land than sea.
For centuries, powerful tides have whipped back and forth between the islands of the Lower Keys. This action has formed a ring of tiny uninhabited mangrove islands and shallow grass flats to the north of the main islands.
Welcome to the fabled Lower Keys backcountry, home to the glistening waters of the Content Keys and Snipe Point.
At Big Pine Key or Sugarloaf Key, you can rent kayaks and explore portions of the backcountry on your own or sign up for a variety of guided tours. If you feel like taking a drive, you might head up the Keys to Bahia Honda State Park, where huge barracuda cruise through the sandy shallows.
Out in the Lower Keys backcountry, it’s not uncommon to spot a pod of dolphins feeding in water seemingly much too shallow for them.
Paddle along the edges of the uninhabited mangroves and you are almost sure to see blacktip, lemon, nurse or bonnethead sharks. They often cruise in inches of water looking for easy meals. Egrets, herons, kingfishers and white-crowned pigeons are typical of the bird life.On the Atlantic side, the mangrove-lined Coupon Bight is a popular kayaking destination at Big Pine Key. Experienced sea kayakers or those on guided tours can venture into the open ocean to snorkel over patch reefs at any of the Lower Keys.
But you don’t have to take to the water to have an ecotour in the Lower Keys. Big Pine Key is famous for its pines and the diminutive version of the white tail deer that has evolved among them. Park along one of the roads passing through the National Key Deer Refuge and you are almost certain to see one of these deer. Please don’t feed or pet them. Managers want to keep the Key Deer as wild as the Lower Keys bac
These are some of my favorite experiences this week in the Florida Keys. If you’re coming down to visit and stay with us at the KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts & Marinas in our vacation rentals, share your favorite experiences with us in the comments section of our blog…
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