Hawk’s Cay Resort and Marina at Duck Key
61 Hawks Cay Boulevard, Duck Key, FL 33050
When we visited Hawk’s Cay Resort in 2006 we chose to fly into Miami, rent a car and drive the two hours to the resort. Even though the resort seemed a bit aged we had a great time. Since then the premises have undergone a major $35 million renovation.
Located on its own 60-acre island in the Middle Keys, this resort has a relaxed and casual atmosphere. The kids still remember the unique opportunity they had to interact directly with dolphins in the resort’s natural saltwater lagoon. Hawk’s Cay offers up activities from sailing and fishing to snorkeling and water-skiing – just a few of the many activities on property.
Hawk’s Cay has 177 large and newly renovated rooms with island-style furniture and most with private balconies overlooking the ocean and pools. All guest rooms and suites include large flat-panel LCD televisions and oversize tumbled marble showers and baths. Some have kitchens, all have refrigerators, Internet, and Wi-Fi . There are also 225 two- and three-bedroom villas-each with full kitchen, washer/dryer, and living room with water views. Great for big families and family reunions.
Indulge yourself with all-natural, island-inspired treatments at the 7,000-square-foot Calm Waters Spa. In addition to a lagoon and 5 outdoor pools for families, the resort boasts a secluded pool for adults only, nearby golf course (transportation available); and 8 tennis courts (6 hard, 2 clay, 2 lit). Organized children’s activities, including special marine- and ecology-inspired programs, will keep your little ones busy while you relax.
There are five restaurants at Hawks Cay: Alma, Tom’s Harbor House, Beach Grill, Terrace, and Indies Grill. You’ll find that there are a variety of foods and distinct menus, foods are prepared fresh and complimented with pleasant service. The pricing may put off some families. We ate at the breakfast buffet in the morning at the resort and ate out when we took in some off property excursions. But, dinner at Hawk’s Cay was great and the kids were able to find something they liked from the menu. Actually they’ll eat almost anything.
A few notes: It can get expensive eating on property (pool side drinks can run $12.) We’d make a run to Publix in Marathon where we bought snacks, drinks and extras for the room and on the beach. Within several miles you’ll also find some decent restaurants and pizza places.
There isn’t much of a traditional beach, but the salt water lagoon is great for the kids and besides, as I’ve noted, there are 5 pools here (including a Pirate Pool for the younger kids.)
A resort fee of $20 plus tax per unit per night will be collected at check-in. Resort fees are determined by the property and are subject to change.
While down there you need to take a run further south to Key West. It is beautiful, historic and fascinating. You will be at the southern most point in the United States and only miles from Cuba.
Ratings from online services:
Hotels.com (72 Guest Reviews) 92% recommended
TripAdvisor.com (349 reviews – 168 identified themselves as families) 71% rating
Yahoo Travel (27 reviews) 3.8 rating out of 5
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