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You don’t have to travel far for a luxurious toes-in-the-sand getaway. Just gas up the car and hit the open road for one of these oceanfront resorts.

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1 Parrot Key Hotel Villas Credit James Baigrie
Parrot Key Hotel & Villas – Photo by James Baigrie

Parrot Key Hotel & Villas
2801 N. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West; 888.211.0348; parrotkeyhotel.com

Just minutes from historic Old Town and Duval Street, this newly renovated boutique hotel on 5 lush acres offers some of the largest villas on Key West.

PLAY: Take the complimentary shuttle to Smathers Beach, where chairs and towels are provided. The resort can also arrange for a number of water activities, including private boat rentals, sunset cruises and snorkeling/diving excursions.

ENRICH: Book a backcountry eco-tour to study the area’s unique flora and fauna, or head into town to learn about Key West’s most famous former resident at the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum.

UNWIND: Relax by one of four glimmering pools, each nestled in its own garden paradise, or settle into a cozy hammock and let your stresses drift away.

TASTE: Enjoy tropical flavors at The Grove Kitchen & Bar, where you’ll nosh on fresh fruit, ceviche and sandwiches paired with umbrella-adorned drinks.

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Cheeca Lodge & Spa – Photo by Carmel Brantley

Cheeca Lodge & Spa
81801 Overseas Highway, Islamorada; 305.664.4651; cheeca.com

After a $25 million refresh, this 27-acre resort in laid-back Islamorada has reopened with redesigned guest rooms, a picturesque pier and stunning palm-fringed grounds.

PLAY: Choose from water sports such as kayaking and paddleboarding, or embark from the pier on a fishing excursion or sunset cruise.

ENRICH: Kids will have fun at the environmentally themed Camp Cheeca, which focuses on Florida Keys wildlife; adults can browse a cluster of nearby art galleries.

UNWIND: Escape to the intimate Spa at Cheeca Lodge for a treatment, or hop on a complimentary bike to explore the property.

TASTE: Savor unique sushi rolls at Nikai Sushi Bar & Restaurant, fresh seafood dishes at flagship restaurant Atlantic’s Edge and Neapolitan pizzas from Mia Cucina.

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