Hotels Near Dolphin Cove in Key Largo, Florida

by Laura Latzko

Key Largo offers visitors a great supply of activities. You can swim with dolphins at Dolphin Cove marine park, go snorkeling or scuba diving in nearby Florida Bay, and take a short drive to Everglades National Park, where you can enjoy an airboat tour. Many hotels near the marine park are on or close to beaches, offering easy access to water sports such as boating, swimming, jet skiing, water skiing and parasailing.

Holiday Inn Key Largo

Holiday Inn Key Largo sits about 2.2 miles from Dolphin Cove and provides guests with a tropical swimming experience in its swimming pool with cascading waterfall. From the hotel’s marina, you can take charter fishing trips or rent a boat, and a poolside tiki bar set in a private tropical garden serves exotic drinks and hosts live musical acts on weekends. An on-site seafood restaurant offers an outdoor terrace overlooking the garden, and some guest rooms and suites feature balconies with views of the garden or the pool. Suites come with work desks with rolling office chairs.

Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort

Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort is on a private beach, about 2.6 miles from the marine park and close to hiking and biking trails. A diving shop offers snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing equipment, and also rents boats and sets up charter fishing trips. The hotel allows you to dock your boat at an on-site marina. A day spa has body scrub and foot bath treatments, and on-site bars, including a tiki bar, offer tropical cocktails, wine, sandwiches with fresh fish and calamari. A fine-dining restaurant serves eggs Florentine, jerk chicken and linguini with clams and shrimp. Suite bathrooms feature products from Bath and Body Works, and kitchens come equipped with stoves, ovens, pans, utensils and dishes.

Kona Kai Resort and Gallery

Located on Florida Bay, Kona Kai Resort and Gallery sits about four miles from the marine park. The hotel offers an art gallery that displays pieces from Florida artists and has a botanical garden with walking paths. The hotel’s private beach features beach chairs and hammocks, and hotel staff members serve free fruit and bottled water by the beachside swimming pool. The hotel rents paddle boats and kayaks for use on Florida Bay, and offers tennis and shuffleboard courts and beachside ping pong tables. From the hotel, you can set up and leave on tours of Everglades National Park. Guest rooms and suites are equipped with CD players with a library of Florida musicians, artwork from local artists and beds with quilts. Certain suites come with barbecue grills.

Key Largo Grande Resort and Beach Club

The Key Largo Grande Resort and Beach Club is 4.8 miles from the marine park, directly inside Everglades National Park. John Pennekamp Marine Sanctuary, a facility with coral reef spots for snorkeling, sits within a short drive of the hotel. Staff members at the hotel will assist you in setting up snorkeling or deep-sea fishing trips, and guests can get access to a marina with 21 spots for boats. The hotel offers a restaurant by the pool and a grill restaurant with an outdoor terrace overlooking Florida Bay. Some suites come with furnished balconies, dining room tables with chairs for four people and hot tubs. Hotel packages can include breakfast for two at the hotel’s restaurant, a tour of Everglades National Park, and use of a hotel jet ski or sailboat or a snorkeling tour.

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