Finding Your Floridian Sandals—Florida Keys All-Inclusive Resorts

In Search of Sandals: An Exploration of All inclusve Resorts in the Florida Keys.

As I sat in my New York City apartment, the city's continuous hum and the incandescent glare of my laptop screen my only company, a sudden longing struck me. I yearned for the calm lull of the ocean, the taste of salty air on my lips, and the comfort of white sand between my toes. And thus, began my quest to discover an all-inclusive paradise reminiscent of the famed Sandals resorts but nestled in the jewel-toned waters of the Florida Keys.

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Hitting the road, I embarked on a journey that many of us North Easterners relish - the famed East Coast road trip. Through quaint hamlets and bustling cities, past iconic landmarks, and endless stretches of coastal beauty, I found myself tracing a path towards the southernmost point of the continental United States.

Finding Your Floridian Sandals - Top All-Inclusive Resorts in the Florida Keys


The allure of all-inclusive resorts is undeniable - a stress-free vacation where you're pampered from the moment you step onto the property. Sandals Resorts are synonymous with this all-inclusive luxury, known for their romantic Caribbean beachfront settings. For those seeking a similar experience closer to home, the Florida Keys, with their sparkling waters and vibrant sunsets, offer some exquisite all-inclusive options.

Hawks Cay Resort

Hawks Cay Resort: All-inclusive Packages with an Adults only Pool Area

Hawks Cay All Inclusive Florida Keys Resort

My first stop was the enchanting Hawks Cay Resort on Duck Key. Its luxurious rooms, exquisite dining options, and indulgent spa treatments bore a striking resemblance to the legendary Sandals. But it was the resort's lagoon, filled with bottlenose dolphins playfully spinning in the water, which added a touch of magic. This was a place that catered to both the love-struck couples seeking a romantic getaway and the adventure-seekers eager to explore the underwater world.

Hawks Cay Resort, located on Duck Key, blends luxury with adventure. Although not entirely all-inclusive, the resort offers a selection of vacation packages, encompassing meals, drinks, and a host of activities like fishing, snorkeling, and dolphin encounters. The resort boasts a lagoon-style pool, five restaurants, and a full-service marina, providing an array of experiences that Sandals guests would be familiar with.

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Vlogger Review of Hawks Key Resort

An Enchanting Sister's Retreat at Hawks Cay Resort: An Unforgettable Florida Keys Adventure

Setting off on a girls' weekend getaway to the captivating Hawks Cay Resort nestled in Duck Key, Florida, my sister and I were armed with an unquenchable thirst for adventure and a craving for relaxation. Just a scenic two-hour drive from Miami International Airport, Hawks Cay Resort effortlessly transported us from the hubbub of city life to an alluring paradise, cocooned amidst the idyllic surroundings of the Florida Keys. From the moment we set foot inside its welcoming doors, we were embraced by a sense of tranquillity.

Our temporary abode was a Water View King Junior Suite, lavished with luxurious amenities and soft, plush linens. The room's cozy bed and serene ambiance were like a silent invitation to relax, but the crown jewel of the room was the breathtaking view of the resort's pool and the crystalline waters beyond. The picturesque vista from our balcony was nothing short of a visual treat.

As we delved deeper into the resort, we discovered that Hawks Cay spans over 60 acres on the small island of Duck Key. The resort's landscape was dotted with hotel rooms and charming villa vacation rentals that catered to various family sizes. Each nook of the resort offered a gorgeous waterfront view. The resort also featured a marina, a fitness center, and a full-service spa, leaving us spoilt for choice when it came to amenities.

However, what truly sets Hawks Cay apart is the wide array of activities it offers. The bustling main pool area and the saltwater lagoon were the hubs of energy and activity, offering everything from a leisurely swim to the thrill of paddleboarding. The resort also offered free bike rentals, a perfect way to explore the island's picturesque water views and beautiful homes. The highlight, though, was the Dolphin Connection area where we could swim with the friendly dolphins!

Our adventure at Hawks Cay was not limited to exhilarating water sports. We also indulged ourselves with a delightful cabana rental at the Oasis Cay adults-only area, providing us with a tranquil space to unwind and sip on delicious cocktails, while being entertained by the occasional visit of friendly iguanas.

A mention of Hawks Cay Resort would be incomplete without lauding its delectable dining options. From the fresh seafood and succulent steaks at 61 Prime to the poolside delicacies served at Tiki Grill, every meal was an exploration of taste. Angler and Ale, with its laid-back vibe, served up Florida Keys favorites including mouth-watering fish tacos and scrumptious coconut shrimp. To top it all off, the taste of their divine key lime pie still lingers on our taste buds.

Our stay at Hawks Cay was enhanced by the resort's Keys to Country concert series. The intimate acoustic sets performed by various country artists were truly an unforgettable experience. We were particularly thrilled to see Cassidy Pope, the headliner of the concert series, perform live!

Hawks Cay Resort, with its family-friendly ethos, made us wish we had our families along with us. Its beautiful surroundings, relaxing ambiance, and the array of activities on offer made it the ideal location for a slow-paced vacation. From boating and fishing to sampling great food and simply basking in the stunning views, Hawks Cay offers an unparalleled travel experience for those seeking relaxation and adventure alike. If you're planning a trip to the Florida Keys, we highly recommend adding Hawks Cay to your itinerary!

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Cheeca Lodge and Spa in Islamorada

Driving further down the scenic Overseas Highway, I came across the renowned Cheeca Lodge and Spa in Islamorada. Its West Indies styled cottages, draped by lush palm trees, immediately caught my eye. Yet, it was the wide range of outdoor activities - from world-class fishing to golf - that truly echoed the energy of a Sandals resort. But Cheeca offered a more serene and refined atmosphere, making it a perfect match for those seeking a quiet retreat to unwind and reconnect.

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Bungalows Key Largo

Bungalows Key Largo: top adults-only all-inclusive resort in the Florida Keys


The first and only adults-only all-inclusive resort in the Florida Keys, Bungalows Key Largo exudes luxury and tranquility. Inspired by the elegant beach houses of old Key West, the resort's private bungalows create an intimate, serene atmosphere. Your all-inclusive package will include dining at multiple onsite restaurants, premium beverages, a plethora of water sports, and yoga classes. It's a perfect sanctuary for couples seeking a romantic retreat reminiscent of Sandals Resorts.

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Bungalows Key Largo Vlog Review

In this vlog, the Babs & Boujee Lifestyle takes us on their journey to the Bungalows Key Largo, a resort in Florida. The vlogger, being a lifestyle enthusiast, appreciates the well-decorated rooms and the beautiful resort surroundings. The journey begins with an early morning flight, arriving at the resort for a relaxing shower and dinner. There are plenty of activities to engage in throughout their stay, such as hatha yoga, a tiki cruise, and a birthday celebration. While the resort's all-inclusive nature is appreciated, the vlogger critiques that gratuity isn't included, which adds an unexpected cost. However, the video concludes on a positive note, recommending the resort for various occasions such as a vacation, honeymoon, or family reunion. The Babs & Boujee Lifestyle concludes by saying they'd love to revisit but are also open to exploring other resorts

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa: Most like Sandals

Accessible only by seaplane or boat, the exclusivity of Little Palm Island Resort & Spa rivals any Sandals location. This private island oasis offers a secluded tropical paradise similar to a Caribbean getaway.

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While it's not technically all-inclusive, the resort offers a package that includes meals at the award-winning onsite dining room, motor yacht transfers, and a welcome bottle of champagne. The enchanting environment, with its private suites and thatched-roof bungalows, mimics the romance of a Sandals Resort.

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Casa Marina Key West, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Casa Marina Key West, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Casa Marina, a historic luxury resort dating back to 1920, promises an all-encompassing vacation package that includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and select water sports. The resort's private beach, the largest in Key West, along with its oceanfront pools, provide the perfect setting for relaxation and water fun. While not traditionally all-inclusive, the resort's packages cater to those seeking the ease and convenience synonymous with a Sandals vacation.

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Southernmost Beach Resort In Key West

Southernmost Beach Resort In Key West: Most Southern Point on the Mainland

Southernmost Beach Resort In Key West

My journey ended at the Southernmost Beach Resort in Key West, an intimate boutique resort that mirrored the intimate, exclusive feel of the Sandals brand. Here, days melted into each other as I languished by the oceanfront pool, indulged in beachside dining, and watched the sun sink below the horizon in a riot of oranges and purples.

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None of these places were an exact replica of the Sandals resorts; each had its unique allure. Yet, they all provided the familiar blend of luxury, adventure, romance, and relaxation that makes an all-inclusive resort a true paradise.

Florida All-Inclusive Resorts

While each of these resorts offers unique charms, all evoke the relaxed luxury, beachfront beauty, and exceptional service that one associates with Sandals Resorts. Though the Florida Keys might lack the tropical rainforests and vibrant reefs of the Caribbean, they offer a blend of sun-soaked relaxation and adventurous marine activities that make them a worthy alternative.

In retrospect, my quest wasn't just about finding a Sandals-like resort. It was about the joy of discovering new places, the thrill of the journey, and the serendipitous moments that come when you allow yourself to step out of the familiar. And if there's one thing I can recommend, it is to embark on such a journey, be it to the Florida Keys or beyond, to uncover your very own slice of paradise.

And for those with a different taste in vacation, perhaps craving a bustling metropolitan vibe rather than laid-back beach serenity? Don't fret. A lively city escape awaits you in the vibrant streets of Miami, just a drive away, with resorts like Fontainebleau or The Miami Beach EDITION offering a stark contrast and variety to cater to your unique preferences.

Sandals Resorts in the Florida Keys FAQ

Are there Sandals Resorts in the Florida Keys?

There are no literal Sandals Resorts in the Florida Keys. Sandals Resorts predominantly operates in the Caribbean. There are some very good all-inclusive and adult only resorts in the Florida Keys. 

2. Where can I find all-inclusive resorts in the Florida Keys?

There are a few all-inclusive resorts in the Florida Keys. Bungalows Key Largo is one of the most famous ones, offering a variety of amenities and activities for its guests.

3. What kind of amenities can I expect at the resorts in the Florida Keys?

Typically, resorts in the Florida Keys offer a range of amenities including private beaches, swimming pools, spas, fitness centers, restaurants and bars, water sport activities, and sometimes even unique offerings like yoga classes and tiki cruises.

4. Is the Florida Keys a good destination for a honeymoon or romantic getaway?

Yes, the Florida Keys are known for their stunning beaches, clear waters, and romantic sunset views making it a popular destination for honeymoons and romantic getaways. Many resorts offer special packages for couples.

5. What activities are there to do in the Florida Keys?

The Florida Keys offer a wide variety of activities including snorkeling, diving, fishing, kayaking, sailing, and visiting local attractions like the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. Also, the nightlife in the Keys can be vibrant with live music and events.

6. When is the best time to visit the Florida Keys?

The best time to visit the Florida Keys is typically between March and May, when the weather is pleasant and before the arrival of the summer hurricane season. However, the Keys have a warm climate year-round, so there really isn't a bad time to visit.

8. How do I get to the Florida Keys?

The Florida Keys can be reached by car via the scenic Overseas Highway, which connects the Keys to mainland Florida. Alternatively, you can fly into Key West International Airport or Miami International Airport and then drive or take a shuttle to the Keys.

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