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Ten Reasons to Stay at Duck Key

It’s hard to narrow down all the reasons to stay at Duck Key. Some come for the year-round tropical temperatures; others for the world-class fishing and diving; and some just to relax, get away, and enjoy their own private piece of paradise.

For us, Duck Key is all of those things and so much more. It’s a place where you can unwind, feel at home, and experience the very best of the Florida Keys within a few steps of your door. Below are just ten of the many reasons why we love Duck Key, and why we think you will love it here too.

10. The fish are always biting!
Duck Key is located at the center of some of the world’s best fishing grounds. Just minutes from the dock you can catch bonefish, tarpon, permit, sailfish, mahi mahi, and grouper, just to name a few species. Duck Key Vacation Rentals offer boat dockage, with direct access to the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. And nearby Hawks Cay Marina is home to a full fleet of charter fishing boats and rental boats to help you land the big ones. Read more about Duck Key fishing.

9. The best beaches in the Keys
Two of the Florida Keys’ largest and most pristine beaches are located just a few minutes down the road in the town of Marathon. Take a quiet evening stroll along the shoreline at Coco Plum Beach, or go for a swim with the kids at Sombrero Beach, known for its palm-lined beach and immaculate facilities. See our beaches!

8. Water, water everywhere!
Surrounded by clear turquoise waters, Duck Key is home to stunning views and spectacular water sports. Dive Duck Key offers daily scuba and SNUBAsupTM/sup trips to the coral reef, where you’ll encounter thousands of colorful fish and marine species. Sundance Waterports offers Jet Ski tours, kayaking, kite boarding, and parasailing. And all Duck Key Vacation Rental guests have access to Hawks Cay Resort’s five swimming pools and natural saltwater lagoon.

7. The freshest seafood you will ever eat!
Fresh-off-the-boat seafood is delivered daily to Duck Key restaurants. Try the savory swordfish Frito at Alma, or join the locals for happy hour at Tom’s Harbor House and indulge in a Keys favorite – fish tacos. You can also bring your catch to Tom’s and they’ll serve it up for your group while you relax by the water. Read more about Duck Key restaurants.

6. Dolphins!
Duck Key is home to the Dolphin Connection, a dolphin research facility that allows you to interact with Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins! Jump in the water for a hands-on experience, or stand on the dock and witness soaring flips and fantastic tricks.Learn more about the Dolphin Connection.

5. The weather is here!
Did you know the Florida Keys are the only frost-free place in Florida? That means there’s always plenty of sunshine, and rarely any days when it’s too cold to wear shorts and flip flops. Even during the coldest months the average temperatures are still in the 70s.

4. Total Relaxation
The pace of life is a little slower here in the Keys, and it’s perfectly acceptable to spend the several afternoons lying by the pool or listening to island tunes while you enjoy a few cool libations with friends. And for total relaxation, take in a massage or facial at Duck Key’s Calm Waters Spa, voted in the top 25 hotel spas in the US by Travel & Leisure magazine. Learn more about Calm Waters Spa and Fitness Center.

3. Your Home Away from Home
Duck Key two and three-bedroom vacation rentals are spread throughout the island, most offering stunning water views, and furnished with island-style décor. All villas feature full kitchens, ample living and dining space, and private porches or lanais where you can enjoy a barefoot breakfast or romantic glass of wine. Click here to select your villa.

2. Access to Everything!
Duck Key has everything you need for the perfect Florida Keys vacation. Duck Key Vacation Rentals are within walking distance to restaurants, water sports, Hawks Cay Marina and Dockside Store, swimming pools, tennis courts, kids club, spa, and everything else you might need during your stay. You’ll never have to leave the island, and we know you won’t want to.

1. Value
Rarely can you get so much for so little. Duck Key Vacation Rentals offer first-class accommodations in the heart of the Florida Keys, plus access to Hawks Cay Resort’s award-winning attractions and services.