Last month, I let you know that my older girls and I took a trip across the Florida Keys over Spring Break, stopping at the Turtle Hospital in Marathon and traipsing all over Key West. While on our road trip, we also had the chance to spend two days at Hawks Cay Resort on Duck Key.
Hawks Cay Resort is located about half-way down the Keys, so it was really easy to get to and it was a nice stop along the way to Key West. Plus, there was so much to do on-property that we never had a need to even leave the resort, so it was nice to just park and play.
At Hawks Cay Resort, there are six pools, including a Pirate Ship Pool for your littlest ones and a Saltwater Lagoon, which is ideal for snorkeling and paddling around in tiki boats. We spent most of our time at the Resort Pool where there were lots of kids to play with and great views. For those looking for some quiet time, they also have a Tranquility Pool for guests ages 21 and older.
As a family, there’s so much to do at Hawks Cay Resort. Like I said, you won’t need to get in your car to leave the resort during your stay. Look for tennis courts (even tennis lessons), bike rentals, a putting course, playgrounds and a sports field. You can even sign up for kiteboarding lessons, kayak tours, paddleboarding, snorkeling trips and parasailing that leave right from the on-site marina.
For school age kids, there’s a fabulous Island Adventure Camp. My girls spent a half-day at the camp swimming, making crafts, playing games and going on a scavenger hunt. There were lots of other kids there the same ages as my girls, so needless to say, they weren’t quite ready to leave when I came to pick them up at the end of the day. Hawks Cay Resort also offers evening camps complete with pizza, dance parties, science projects, sports, glow stick games and more.
Another bonus is the on-property Dolphin Connection program, which enables you to get up-close with dolphins, even get in the water with them as part of the Trainer for a Day program. While there, we had a chance to try out Dockside Dolphins. It was a great learning experience for me and the girls, and we even got to use signals to get the dolphins to do tricks and feed them fish as rewards.
There are also a variety of great restaurants at Hawks Cay Resort. We ate one night at Alma, a Latin-inspired restaurant, which was absolutely delicious. They had a fantastic buffet and fabulous margaritas. Another restaurant, Ocean, is located right next to the Resort Pool, making it easy to pop in for a bite, though I’d suggest making reservations just in case, especially for larger parties.
Need a pick-me-up during your stay? There’s a Starbucks in the lobby. Well, it’s kind of a mini-Starbucks, though it does offer many, many favorites you’d find in a stand-alone Starbucks. Once you pass Key Largo, this is the only Starbucks you’ll find in the Keys, and I definitely made a stop at this coffee-stand more than once during our stay.
As for our hotel room, it was fantastic. We had a great view of the pool and the ocean. The beds were comfortable and we loved sitting out on the balcony. But, I think my favorite part of the room was the row of hooks in the bathroom. Such a small touch, but perfect for hanging up wet towels and swimsuits. It was very relaxing and a great place to end each day. We would most certainly go back to Hawks Cay Resort, and when we do, I’ll be in their award-winning spa.
Photo Credit: Hawks Cay Resort (Resort Front & Hotel Room)
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary overnight stay and a second night at a media rate. I also received two free passes for the Dockside Dolphins program. However, all opinions expressed in this blog post are my own.