There is a reason that so many families return year after year to Hawks Cay, a 61-acre resort on tiny Duck Key, an island at the center of the Florida Keys.
We've trekked from coast to coast seeking out the best views this country has to offer (tough work, but someone's got to do it).
For many East Coasters, a quick trip to Southern neighbors where the sands are still toasty and the waves still refreshing is dampened by the threat of Mother Nature's finest beast: The Hurricane.
What's the secret to a great family vacation? Finding a location that allows everyone to explore and have fun -- at their own pace. A spot where the kids (most likely bursting with energy) can have a blast while you enjoy a relaxing massage and a margarita... or several margaritas.
Summertime is often when families choose to get away as a group for some family togetherness and sibling bonding. But that doesn't mean Mom and Dad (or any other couples along for the family reunion) shouldn't be allowed some alone time of their own, as well.
When you leave the mainland and begin your journey down the Overseas Highway to the Florida Keys, it is as if you have entered another country, another time. The Keys have a bit of the Wild, Wild West about them and everyone seems ready to party. It is the 'come as you are' relaxed vibe that draws visitors here.
Let's be honest...at this point in winter, it's pretty obvious that the weather up here is the Number One reason to go. Of course there are dozens of other good reasons to head for the Florida Keys at any time of year. Here are six of them.
In a Florida that's come to be defined by coconut oil and Disney, it's a spectacular reminder of the awesome natural beauty and easygoing rhythm that made the sunshine state a hotspot in the first place.
Key West is so flat, so low, predictions have been made that Key West could one day disappear from the horizon line, to be covered by a mix of Atlantic Ocean waters and Gulf of Mexico rise. The problem now is rain water.
Before gleefully gliding south to the Florida Keys, I want to mention a few places of interest (to me!), scattered around the state, which you may miss if not informed (by me!) of their existence.
The cruise line industry not only wields extraordinary power over the local port's economy but also wreaks devastation on the delicate marine environments.
Everything was telling me -- and now I'm telling you -- stay anywhere but the Waldorf Casa Marina the next time you're in Key West, and you'll be sure to have a better time.
One and a half hours from the heart of Miami, there's a sign for Duck Key on Route 1, the Overseas Highway, before it hits the world-famous Seven Mile Bridge. Take the left turn. The road leads to a quiet but developed archipelago anchored by the family-friendly Hawks Cay Resort.
From the tip of Maine to the Florida Keys, America's Eastern region is a diverse area filled with just about every type of terrain an active traveler could want: mountains, marshes, lakes, cliffs, forests and so much more.
The Keys have a little something for everyone -- and fortunately, everything can be done under the Florida sun! Whether you want to hit the beach, set...
If you just need to take an island trip and leave your stress behind, but don't want to deal with customs and immigration, hop on over to Key West.