One of 25 tennis destinations across the country, the Cliff Drysdale Tennis at Hawks Cay Resort lives up to the vision of its founder. The tennis club and fitness center sits on a lush resort in the Florida Keys, surrounded by turquoise waters and leafy palms. The newly renovated tennis facility features eight courts with new nets, windscreens, lights for night play, and resurfaced ground. The eight courts sit within a tennis garden, each concealed by foliage and access through outdoor paths.
Tennis pros Sam Keenan and Robert Menzies teach clinics and beginner's workshops to help player build their fundamentals into competitive abilities. Each new level will introduce more difficult shots and challenges to help students grow from beginners to advanced players. The beginner series and cardio tennis classes combine workouts with basic tennis techniques to provide a thorough understanding of the sport, while the clinics work on heightening individual skills with small groups of two or four. After their tennis workshops, patrons can enjoy the onsite restaurants, swimming pools, and spa facilities or go island hopping to see if they can eventually hit the South Pole.
Paired up with a Professional Association of Diving Instructors Divemaster, adventure-hungry divers and snorkelers board the Looe Key Reef Resort and Dive Center’s 45-foot catamaran boat to explore the sandy bottom abundant with sea creatures. Consisting of coral fingers and sand channels, the Looe Key Reef spans 5 square miles and carries a protected status thanks to its partially endangered sea dwellers. After a brief 5-mile boat ride, patrons can dive or snorkel up to 30 feet into the depths to witness angelfish, turtles, parrotfish, and nonbiting sharks go about their daily lives performing mundane chores and routine errands. Clear, 80-degree waters provide a comforting, almost-otherworldly experience as swimmers glide past ocean flora and extraterrestrial interlopers. Click here to check out pictures from past expeditions.
Ripley’s has enthralled audiences for more than nine decades with its dedication to revealing odd and unexplainable rarities from around the globe. But it all began with one man: Robert Ripley, a wildly successful and eccentric character who rose to fame during the first half of the 20th century. After selling his first cartoon to Life magazine at age 14, he set out on a quick-paced career of drawing sports cartoons for the New York Globe. During a slow day at the office, he sketched nine unusual sporting events and finished his work with a title: “Believe It or Not!” It became immensely popular, allowing Ripley to travel the world in search of more bizarre stories to put into his comic strips. While visiting relatively unknown areas in locales such as India, China, and the inside of his neighbor’s chimney, he picked up a slew of unbelievable souvenirs that later became fixtures in several of Ripley’s museums, or as they’re affectionately called today, Odditoriums. Ripley’s now encompasses publications, attractions, a television show, and a blog, all of which carry Ripley’s tradition of reporting on the world’s curiosities.
"Opulent and luxurious" or "a heavy drinker" are two ways the dictionary defines the term lush. But at Lush Bar, they've got their own definition: "One who becomes luxuriously intoxicated after a glass of wine and flirts with everyone to save the planet." However you define the term, luxury certainly comes to mind at Lush Bar. The airiness brought on by the beach-inspired decor and tall, white walls is offset by a menu of rich, decadent treats. But whether indulging in wine, beer, or chocolate, you can always feel good about your selection. That's because everything here is organic: from the wine all the way down to the coffee and Arbor teas. Lush Bar also hosts weekly pairings that explore the history of chocolate, which—contrary to popular belief—has nothing to do with singing men in matching overalls.
Featured in The New York Times as one of Key West's premiere hidden attractions, Yoga on the Beach's yogis swap beach towels for yoga mats and stretch their arms out toward the ocean horizon. Classes take place on the beach itself, and only the number of vacant sandcastle lots limits the size of each class at Southernmost on the Beach and Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, where instructors lead groups in soft, flowing moves grounded in the hatha yoga style. At both locations, Yoga on the Beach provides all necessary equipment—mats, blankets, and props—and classes at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park include day admission to the park.
The hum of an engine melds with the howling wind as the 34-foot powerboat slices through the waters around Key West like an orange and blue bullet. At the helm, the captain shares his knowledge of the island’s notable sights and history, skirting the shoreline around the scenic Southernmost Point, Sunset Key and Mallory Square. Riders often spot local sea life frolicking in the tropically teal waters of the Caribbean, such as dolphins jumping or clown fish squirting unsuspecting minnows in the face with jets of air from prank lapel flowers.