The Florida Keys & Key West's easygoing attitude, renegade spirit and vibrant coral reefs make them a favorite group destination. Key Largo leads this journey into island life, approximately 60 miles from Miami International Airport. Beginning here, addresses along Highway 1 are described in mile marker numbers and shorts and flip-flops are the official uniform. This is where the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary protects aquarium-clear waters, its reefs and marine life for the benefit READ MORE >>
The Florida Keys & Key West's easygoing attitude, renegade spirit and vibrant coral reefs make them a favorite group destination.
Key Largo leads this journey into island life, approximately 60 miles from Miami International Airport. Beginning here, addresses along Highway 1 are described in mile marker numbers and shorts and flip-flops are the official uniform. This is where the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary protects aquarium-clear waters, its reefs and marine life for the benefit of fishermen, snorkelers and divers. One of the most popular spots, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, runs charters to Christ of the Deep, a 4,000-pound bronze statue resting on the sea's bottom, and other natural coral formations.
Throughout the Florida Keys, group accommodations abound, such as the Hilton Key Largo, bordered by both Gulf and bay waters and boasting 17,000 square feet of meeting space, Marriott Key Largo Bay Beach Resort, featuring a waterfront conference center, Cheeca Lodge, known as "the Queen of the Keys" and the renowned Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, where group privacy is pivotal. The recently transformed Islander Resort, and Postcard Inn are a sampling of the collection of oceanfront properties that are found in the Florida Keys. Groups can enjoy events on the beach, watersports, championship fishing and diving as recreation and teambuilding activities.
Fishing is one of the Keys' greatest attractions. Cast for marlin, sailfish, tuna or dolphin on deepwater charters or learn to fish for the elusive bonefish, which haunts backwater flats. You'll find charters available on all the major keys, particularly Islamorada/Marathon and Big Pine Key. Other group watersport activities include jet skiing, snorkeling, diving, swimming with dolphins and sunset cruises aboard catamarans and historic schooners.
Marathon is home to museums, the Nature Center of Crane Point, and an abundance of resorts such as Hawks Cay Resort, which offers meeting space and is home to an onsite Dolphin encounter program. Marathon is the launching point for the Seven Mile Bridge, often known as the Eighth Wonder of the World. As part of the Overseas Highway that interconnects the chain of keys, it is consistently named among the nation's most scenic drives.
The bridge drops you onto Big Pine Key and Bahia Honda State Park, listed among America's best beaches. Most natural of the main keys, Big Pine Key is all about fishing and its leading population of tiny Key Deer.
At the end of the road is Key West, a walkable world of street performers, artists, sidewalk cafes, funky saloons, historic B&Bs and a sunset celebration second to none.
Historically one of Florida's oldest ports and metropolises, it is in many ways mired in the past. Attractions remember Ernest Hemingway's residence, visits by Harry Truman, and the island's shipwrecking era, cigar-making days and military importance. The Key West Aquarium was Florida's first of its kind. It sits along the waterfront among a sponge market, raw bars and resorts such as the Westin Key West Resort & Marina overlooking Sunset Pier, the Casa Marina Resort a Waldorf Astoria Resort and Southernmost Hotel Collection, featuring the Southernmost on the Beach. The most recent addition is the Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel, offering groups an upscale but authentic "Key West Conch" meeting.
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