An island resort houses a dolphin research center along with plenty of beach activities to keep guests entertained in beautiful Duck Key
Hotel at a Glance: Hawks Cay Resort
In the continental United States, there is only one resort with an onsite dolphin-research facility where visitors are allowed to observe, feed, and swim with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. The facility, known as Dolphin Connection, is located at Hawks Cay Resort in Duck Key, Florida. Guests of the resort have the rare chance to get up close to the friendly, intelligent creatures while playing with them in the water or even learning to train them in a private saltwater lagoon. The report contains plenty of other amenities too, including some of the following:
Take a dip in one of their many pools on-site with different themes. The kid-friendly pool contains a pirate ship and a giant slide along with water cannons
Grab a bite at their restaurants, many that include a fresh catch of the day. Sixty-One prime has a fine dining menu while the Tiki Grill is for poolside snacks and lunches.
Book an activity with the hotel, such as hiking or kayaking.
Watch the sun set at the private lagoon or on the hotel’s many balconies.
Duck Key, Florida
A tiny island paradise located off the southernmost tip of the Florida coastline, Duck Key is a small island—less than 1 square mile—connected to the mainland by the Overseas Highway. Key West is about an hour away. Beach activities are abundant here, including standup paddling, deep-sea fishing, and kiteboarding. The only living coral reef in the continental U.S. lies just offshore and is a popular destination for diving trips. For a quick day trip check out The Turtle Hospital, a rescue-and-rehabilitation center for injured sea turtles located 13 miles away in Marathon. There’s also Bahia Honda State Park, a snorkeling-and-swimming haven on 500 protected acres with a historic rail bridge as its centerpiece.
What You Get
Stay for two in a Hawks Cay king room, four in a Hawks Cay double-queen room or Sunset Village two-bedroom villa, or five in a family room
$50.63 Daily Resort Fee Includes
Transportation throughout the resort
Daily access to Coral Cay Club and Calm Waters Fitness Center
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The Fine Print
Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
All reservations are non-refundable
No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate
Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
Must be 21 or older to check in
Credit card required at check-in
$50.63 daily resort fee paid at check-in.
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Hawks Cay King Room
One king bed
Standard occupancy: 2
Maximum occupancy: 2
Hawks Cay Double-Queen Room and Sunset Village Two-Bedroom Villa
Two queen beds
Standard occupancy: 4
Maximum occupancy: 4
One king bed and one set of bunk beds
Standard occupancy: 5
Maximum occupancy: 5
Check in: 4 p.m.
Check out: 11 a.m.
$50.63 resort fee includes: self-parking, WiFi, transportation throughout the resort, daily access to Coral Cay Club and Calm Waters Fitness Center, unlimited use of putting course, sports field, hard and clay court tennis facility, local and toll-free phone calls, kayaks and paddleboards in the saltwater lagoon, and additional seasonal discounts.
Parking: self parking included in resort fee.
Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property.
Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
Accessibility: please contact property for handicap-accessibility requests or options.
Room upgrades: upgrades may be available by calling the property or at check-in for an additional cost.
Nearest airport: Florida Keys/Marathon International Airport (MTH; 10 miles)