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5 Reasons Why Key Largo is the Perfect Summer Destination for Families

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With the end of the school year right around the corner, it is time to start planning your next family vacation. While the list of possible vacation spots might seem nearly endless, Florida is a classic summer destination for families, and with good reason. Close to home with plenty of activities to thrill even the toughest crowd, the Sunshine State welcomes millions of visitors every year. The Florida Keys are especially appealing. The Keys are a coral cay archipelago comprising about 1,700 islands spreading across the southern coast, and Key Largo is among the northernmost islands. Known as the Dive Capital of the World, Key Largo has everything you could desire for your perfect family summer getaway. Here are five reasons to choose a Key Largo vacation this summer

Why Choose Key Largo as Your Summer Destination for Families

5. Fun in the sun

Key Largo sees about 3,150 hours of sun every year, which translates to about 220 days of sun-soaked fun in the sun. If you are ready to shake the winter gray away, Key Largo has got you covered! Our warm sandy beaches are clean and beckoning, and you and your family can explore them to your hearts’ content by diving, snorkeling, kayaking, glass-bottom boating, and swimming. See how many sea creatures you can spot, from fish and sea stars to sea turtles and dolphins. Take a charter to the backcountry or deeper seas and try your hand at fishing for a little more adventure.

4. Walking on the wild side

Key Largo is a natural wonderland, and while it might be known for its expansive beaches and extraordinary water sports, the parks offer just as many opportunities for exploration and maybe a little learning, too. At Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, you and your family can explore the nearly 2,500 acres of paved walking and bike trails crisscrossing the habitats of Mangrove Cuckoos, Black-whiskered vireo, and other diverse wildlife.

3. Diving for treasure

If you enjoy diving, you will love checking out the Spiegel Grove Wreck. This retired Navy ship was scuttled to act as the backbone of a new coral reef a few miles offshore in 2002, and it has since formed an expansive ecosystem covering nearly two football fields. While it is not necessarily for the faint of heart or inexperienced divers, it does offer breathtaking views for those experienced enough to take a peek.

Less experienced divers and non-divers alike might prefer John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, where you can explore brilliant marine life through diving, snorkeling, or from the security of a glass-bottom boat.

2. Getting up-close-and-personal

Make your family’s getaway one they’ll remember forever with wildlife encounters like none they have ever experienced before. At Dolphin Plus, you can meet dolphins, swim with them, and paint with them. When you are done, you can learn more about them and other marine wildlife.

1. Making yourself at home

When you visit Key Largo, you will want to settle in and stay awhile, and at Mangrove Marina, we make it easy to do just that. Our houseboats are well-appointed, and spacious with one to four bedrooms, sleeping your whole family comfortably. Each houseboat rental contains everything you need, including kitchenettes, dining tables, flat-screen cable, complimentary high-speed WiFi, a full bathroom, and patios. They can easily sleep four or more with spacious beds, loft bunks, and more to keep everyone in your family comfortable and cozy during your stay with us.

You can enjoy the pleasures and amenities of a luxury resort with all the fun of living right on the water. Our full-service marina includes wet slips, rack, trailer storage, freshwater heated pool, bathhouses, laundry facilities, Tiki Huts, barbecue facilities, and more.

Visit Mangrove Marina today to learn more about our houseboat rental options or to begin planning your next Key Largo vacation.

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