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The Perfect Family Weekend Vacation From Miami to the Keys

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Planning your family weekend in the Florida Keys should be as breezy and relaxing as the getaway itself. Enter Mangrove Marina. It’s the perfect place to spend a weekend with your family, and it has everything you need, making planning where to stay in Tavernier simple and fast.

Imagine: You have just left work on a Friday afternoon. Tavernier is just a little over an hour roadtrip from Miami to the Keys. It’s the perfect scenic drive to roll down your windows and soak up some of that late summer sun. You arrive just in time to watch the sun setting over the harbor.

There is no need for cramped hotel rooms. Here at Mangrove Marina, you and your family can stretch out and get comfortable in your own private houseboat. Our houseboats have all the comforts of home in a luxurious waterfront package. Once you settle in, you can prepare a meal in your own fully equipped kitchenette and enjoy it on your houseboat’s deck or patio. About that patio, it’s the ideal spot for after-dinner drinks as you watch the moon rise over the water and plan what things to do in Key Largo the next few days.

It’s day two of your family weekend in the Florida Keys, and you are ready to go bright and early. You get your caffeine fix on at Cafe Moka, a locally-owned coffee shop with the best hand-crafted treats, from espresso and cocoa to smoothies and teas, for delivery. With a few pastries, you can make a meal of it.

After breakfast, it’s time to start your weekend adventure. Whatever things to do in Key Largo that you have planned, we have plenty of activities to keep the whole family busy, including diving, fishing, eco-tours, and more.

Some of our favorite dive spots include:

The same features that make the Keys so appealing to both amateur and pro anglers also make it appealing to divers. Our location attracts some of the most diverse aquatic life in the world, and our reefs have corals that are both rare and beautiful. You can easily access a variety of dive sites regardless of your experience level. Spend the morning exploring the underwater world, and before you know it, it will be time to refuel your tank.

May we recommend Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen for your lunch? Named in honor of the founder’s mother, Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen still features many of her most beloved recipes. Load up on Caribbean crab cakes and Southwest snapper while your kids enjoy fresh fish or shrimp baskets. Mrs. Mac’s offers outdoor seating.

After lunch, the adventure continues with an eco-tour where your children can get up-close-and-personal with some of Florida’s most incredible creatures and you can learn more about everything that makes the Keys special.
Before dinner, head back out on the water for some wet-and-wild fun with Jet Ski rentals.

Casual dinner is on the menu at the 24-hour Pinecrest Bakery in Key Largo. At Pinecrest, you can order online from their Cuban fusion menu and pick it up to eat back at the marina, which is just a quick drive away. Relax with your dinner at one of our Tiki Huts and then grab drinks at our famous Fin & Juice Bar.

By Sunday, you might be pretty worn out, so spend the morning lounging. Enjoy your morning coffee from your deck while dipping your toes in the ocean. You and your kids can also enjoy some time splashing in our freshwater pool. After breakfast, rent a cycle to bike around and see the area from a whole new vantage point.

There is so much to do here in Mangrove Marina, from John Pennekamp State Park and Theatre of the Sea to Key Largo Dolphin Habitat and Islamorada Dive Center. If you’re ready to schedule your getaway or learn about where to stay in Tavernier, we’re here to help. Call us today to learn more about planning your roadtrip from Miami to the Keys or to make reservations.


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