Oceanfront Resort with Mangrove Preserve and Private Marina
When Key Largo lost its once-thriving pineapple-farming industry in the mid-1900s, resorts such as Ocean Pointe Suites fostered a tourism boom that turned the area’s economy around. Word began to spread about Key Largo’s diving sites, pristine beaches, and gorgeous ocean scenery—not to mention its year-round warm temperatures.
Situated on 60 acres of a protected mangrove preserve, Ocean Pointe Suites overlooks a private marina on the Atlantic Ocean. Tie your boat up here between sailing trips to the area’s deep-sea and Everglades fishing spots. You can clean any tuna, red snapper, or swedish fish you catch at an onsite fish-cleaning station.
For more outdoor recreation, grab a complimentary racket to play tennis on lighted courts, join a game of bocce ball, or paddle a kayak around the lush mangroves. Those looking to simply relax can take a soothing dip in the resort’s outdoor pool.
Although no two suites are exactly alike, all one- and two-bedroom units contain fully equipped kitchens and private balconies with views of the island or ocean. You can take in the peaceful marina from the onsite Waterfront Café, which serves breakfast, lunch, and light dinner in a polished-wood dining room.
Highlights of Key Largo, Florida
- Excellent diving: The largest and northernmost key in the Florida Keys archipelago, Key Largo has underwater shipwrecks and coral formations. Charter boats will take you to the best sites.
- Moray eel and hawksbill turtles may be spotted at Elbow Reef, off the coast of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.
- Bird sanctuary: Herons, roseate spoonbills, and other local waterfowl live at Florida Keys Wild Bird Center, located in Tavernier.
- Harry Harris Park Beach: A large coral rock blocks big waves, so it’s calm enough for kids to play in the surf. There are also grills and picnic tables.
- Tropical hardwood forests line Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, where you can walk through a butterfly garden.