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Old 03-04-2004, 08:33 AM
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My daughter wants to have our vacation be somewhere that she can go snorkeling (she is a real water rat). Can anyone recommend a good snorkeling spot with a nice close to shore reef and any good hotels/resorts in the keys? I'd like to stay in CONUS instead of going to the Caribbean.

Of course, anyone I could bum a boat ride off of while down there wouldn't be refused either .

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Im not real sure on the snorkling, but Hawks Kay is real nice if you have a fat wallet and Holiday Isle where we just stayed for the Poker Run seemed to be a nice spot, The rooms there were a little run down, but the rest of the place was good

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Just about anywhere south of Miami.
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The Moorings in Islamorada, Holiday Isle, The Westin in Key Largo, call me 954-309-2222. If you want to boat the upper Keys the place, Key West is fun we stay at either two B&Bs rent scooters and bar hop. We will be there this Sat 3/6 for the Full Moon party at the Moorings and then for a week May 4 thru 9th with the boat. Mangroove Marine will rack store our boat for 150 a mnth outside thats OK for the old boat but when the new one gets here inside only
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Thanks, keep the ideas coming. I don't think I'll bring our boat down, but renting one to reef hop for the day sounds like fun.


I have to double check my daughters summer camps schedule (her schedule is much more booked than mine), but I think I'll be looking at mid-late August.


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No doubt about it Hawks Cay as mentioned above is my personal favorite. www.hawkscay.com boat or not that place is the cat's meow especially for families.
A couple of others that I have not seen mentioned yet that I have visited are the Westin Key Largo another destination resort with the "Heavenly Bed" that really is heavenly. And also the Marriott Key Largo. That too is also a destination resort with all the amenities that you could ask for. But at the end of the day it's all good. Just get out on the water and enjoy.
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Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada, great place! stayed there a few times.
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Westin Key Largo, and Marriott Key Largo have a nice layout and rentals, also can snorkel John Pennekamp State Park, Holiday Isle, famous Tiki Bar, but then you'll have to keep an eagle's eye on the daughter
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Cheeca Lodge looks nice as does Hawks Kay. Westin Key Largo may be a winner as ITT used to own Starwood and they still give employees preferred rates

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Take her to swim with the dolphins at Hawks Cay.
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