Oceanfront Resort with a Mangrove Preserve and Private Marina
The upper Florida Keys faced severe pineapple blights in the early 1900s, particularly in the northernmost Key Largo, a 90-minute drive from Miami. Merchants there eventually started importing the fruit from Cuba, ultimately ending Key Largo’s thriving pineapple-farming industry. While the area suffered for decades, a tourism boost from resorts such as Ocean Pointe Suites at Key Largo turned the area’s economy around, with visitors drawn to its diving sites, pristine beaches, and gorgeous ocean scenery.
Situated on 60 acres of a protected mangrove preserve, Ocean Pointe Suites overlooks a private marina on the Atlantic Ocean, where guests can tie up boats up to 28 feet long. The marina is close to several deep-sea and Everglades fishing spots. Clean any tuna, red snapper, or filet-o-fish you catch at an onsite fish-cleaning station. Back at the resort, you can play tennis on lighted courts, play beach volleyball or paddle your kayak around the lush mangroves (kayak rental included in this deal).
Although no two are exactly alike, all one-bedroom suites contain private balconies, fully equipped kitchens, and in-unit washers and dryers. In the morning, walk to the Waterfront Café to use your daily breakfast credit in its polished-wood dining room.
Key Largo, Florida: Diving Capital of the World near Everglades
The largest and northernmost key in the archipelago chain of the Florida Keys, Key Largo is called the diving capital of the world by the locals for its proximity to spectacular underwater shipwrecks and coral formations. Small diving charters will take you to many of these sites, including Elbow Reef, off the coast of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. While exploring the reef, you might come face-to-face with moray eel and hawksbill turtles.
If you’re hoping to stay on dry land, head to the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center, just a few minutes from the resort. Volunteers at the center rescue and rehabilitate birds that have been injured or displaced, including herons, roseate spoonbills, and other local waterfowl. Back on the mainland, Everglades National Park protects southern Florida’s subtropical wetlands, home to alligators, armadillos, tree frogs, and nearly 300 species of fish.
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