By Lauren Kmec
Key Largo
Florida
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Often referred to as “the first of the Florida Keys” due to its prime location, Key Largo is the largest island in the Florida Keys chain. This stunningly beautiful tropical paradise is a very special vacation destination for beachgoers, adventure seekers, and everyone in between.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your next trip to Key Largo and experience some of the most breathtaking scenery in America. Key Largo is accessible via two major U.S. airports: (i) Miami International Airport (MIA), which is only an hour’s drive from Key Largo, and (ii) Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), located just over 90 minutes away. Click on this link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to make your flight arrangements using EscapeWizard.com. For hotel accommodations, consult our recommendations for the best places to stay in Key Largo. To book a hotel with EscapeWizard.com, simply follow this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

When vacationing in Key Largo, EscapeWizard.com recommends an excursion to Everglades National Park, which is just a short drive or boat ride away. Sprawling across roughly 2500 square miles, the Everglades are the largest subtropical wilderness area in the United States. Everglades National Park is home to a variety of rare and endangered plant and animal species. Some of the creatures dwelling here include crocodiles, manatees, turtles, and 300 species of birds, including the elusive bald eagle. EscapeWizard.com suggests a ranger-guided tour of the park or the narrated tram tour, both of which present an excellent opportunity to observe wildlife and to learn about the Everglades freshwater ecosystem. Visitors to the Everglades can also take a hike or bike ride along one of the many nature trails or explore the waters on a canoe or kayak. If you can’t soak in enough natural beauty in one day, there are designated camping sites available. Imagine the thrill of waking up in the Everglades!

EscapeWizard.com also points you to some other worthwhile attractions near Everglades National Park. Snorkel through the strikingly blue waters of the world’s third largest coral reef in Biscayne National Park, or get a taste of swamp life at the Big Cypress National Preserve, which harbors a colorful mixture of temperate and tropical plants. Choose from two scenic drives within the Preserve to see native animal and plant life. Be patient, and you may even catch a glimpse of a stealthy Florida panther!

Scuba diving and snorkeling are extremely popular activities for those vacationing in Key Largo. In fact, this area has been designated as a national marine sanctuary since 1975, making it one of the world’s best destinations for underwater photography. To discover Key Largo’s amazing underwater world, EscapeWizard.com encourages you visit John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, located a few miles to the east of Key Largo. Take a swim or snorkel in the park’s waters, and you will encounter the famous Statue of Christ of the Abyss, standing tall among the coral formations of the Dry Rocks reef. Not a great swimmer? Don’t despair—simply hop aboard a glass-bottom boat to get a unique look at the reef and surrounding areas. For other places to snorkel or dive, EscapeWizard.com suggests Molasses Reef, a lively coral structure full of marine life, and The Elbow, a reef area with several shipwrecks sites to explore. After all, who can resist the possibility of finding buried treasure?

Families with children of all ages will enjoy spending time at Key Largo’s Jacobs Aquatic Center, a three-pool complex that is easily accessible from most points on the island. Lap swimmers can take a dip in the 8-lane, 25-meter competition pool with a connected diving tank. Those looking for a different type of exercise will have a blast taking a water aerobics class in the second, multipurpose pool, and little ones will be content to play in the third pool, an interactive water park containing a pirate ship and a spray area.

As you can see, Key Largo is truly an underrated vacation spot. Why not get a head start on your next tropical adventure by making your travel plans with EscapeWizard.com?
Hotels in Key Largo
By D. Gregory Perrin
Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort
103800 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL
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While traveling to or through Key Largo, Florida, EscapeWizard.com highly recommends the Key Largo Bay MarriottĀ® Beach Resort. This resort, which is located on the Overseas Highway, has complimentary parking for those renting a car or just driving down. Check in at the hotel begins at 3 p.m. on the day of arrival. The staff will great you and give you your key to one of the 153 rooms of the hotel which include 20 suites.

The rooms come with a number of bedding options like one king, two queens or two double beds. The hotel has several suites for those who like this style of accommodation. Each hotel room comes with a flat screen television so you can stay up to date with your favorite programming. There is complimentary high speed Wi-Fi service in each room and the lobby so guests can stay up on emails and search for great attractions in the area. In the mornings, guests can use their in-room coffee maker to make a cup of java. The rooms of the hotel are non-smoking to help promote a healthy environment for guests.

One of the best amenities of the hotel is its private beach called Flipper's Sunning Beach. Here guests can layout in the sun, enjoy the water or build sand castles with their kids. There is an outdoor pool and whirlpool where guests can relax after a long day. Fitness gurus can enjoy the center that MarriottĀ® provides for its guests. In the mornings, guests can enjoy a breakfast buffet for a minimal fee.

EscapeWizard.com knows you will just love your stay at the Key Largo Bay MarriottĀ® Beach Resort. You can check out all morning long up until 12 p.m. on the day you depart from Key Largo. EscapeWizard.com can assist with booking your hotel reservations at this resort by clicking this link to start your search for great pricing (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).