You don’t have to travel far for a luxurious toes-in-the-sand getaway. Just gas up the car and hit the open road for one of these oceanfront resorts.
By Angela Caraway-Carlton
Parrot Key Hotel & Villas
Just minutes from historic Old Town and Duval Street, this newly renovated boutique hotel on 5 lush acres offers some of the largest villas on Key West.
PLAY: Take the complimentary shuttle to Smathers Beach, where chairs and towels are provided. The resort can also arrange for a number of water activities, including private boat rentals, sunset cruises and snorkeling/diving excursions.
ENRICH: Book a backcountry eco-tour to study the area’s unique flora and fauna, or head into town to learn about Key West’s most famous former resident at the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum.
UNWIND: Relax by one of four glimmering pools, each nestled in its own garden paradise, or settle into a cozy hammock and let your stresses drift away.
TASTE: Enjoy tropical flavors at The Grove Kitchen & Bar, where you’ll nosh on fresh fruit, ceviche and sandwiches paired with umbrella-adorned drinks.
2801 N. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West; 888.211.0348; parrotkeyhotel.com