Alright, let’s be honest… there are very few things better than a girls trip. Girl talk, great wine, delicious food and relaxation are the main ingredients for a great time with your girlfriends, and were all key factors in making my weekend in the Florida Keys last month one of the best ever.
I headed to the Keys with some of my best blogger friends – Aggie (@travel_inhershoes), Lisa (@lisahomsy), Ashley (@travellushes) and Dianna (@followdee). There, we had an incredible four days full of sunshine, relaxation, good food and even better conversation.
If you want to re-create a girls trip like mine, here’s everything you need to know about our weekend…
Where We Stayed
We spent the weekend at Hawks Cay Resort, a luxurious property located in Duck Key in the Florida Keys. Though the entire length of the Keys stretches 113 miles, the island of Duck Key is located about halfway to Key West at mile marker 61.
(can I say “Key” one more time?)
The resort has absolutely everything you could need for a relaxing weekend – a spa, multiple restaurants, pools, and gorgeous beaches. It’s the perfect place for a family vacation, a couple’s getaway or a trip with friends.
My oceanview room was spacious with a king size bed, living room and sprawling outdoor patio:
Hawks Cay also has numerous dining options that cater to all tastes and budgets. Alma is wonderful for a more high-end gourmet experience, while Angler & Ale is great for casual dining by the docks and The Beach Grill is a perfect option for poolside snacking.
What We Did
Hawks Cay has absolutely everything you could ask for when it comes to water sports. Jet skiing, banana boating, parasailing – you name it, they’ve got it.
Relax by the water
You’re in a tropical destination, after all! The Florida Keys are such a unique American destination because you get the feeling of vacationing in the Caribbean without actually having to leave the states. The temperature is as warm and the water is as turquoise as if you were in the Dominican Republic or Cuba. Therefore, you absolutely need to spend some time relaxing at Hawks Cay‘s pools and beaches.
Order some drinks and food with your friends at a pool cabana! I recommend the tuna poké that comes served with cucumber slices and pita bread.
dress: Tiare Hawaii
Enjoy the spa
Hawks Cay has a gorgeous spa that absolutely warrants an afternoon. I had a Custom Aromatherapy Massage, meaning I was able to select the oils and lotions used during my treatment. Go for the guava scent 😉
Take a mixology class
The mixology class in Hawks Cay’s Alma restaurant was one of the highlights of our weekend. We learned how to make all kinds of martinis, but the Raspberry Lemon Drop Martini was my absolute favorite!
Dylan supervising my obvious lack of expertise 😉
Explore outside of the resort
Hawks Cay Resort is the perfect place for your next girls trip not only because of the sheer amount of activities the hotel itself has to offer, but because there is also so much to do in the area around it.
These are my best suggestions:
Miami: Miami is about two hours away, making it the perfect day trip from Duck Key. Or you could tack on a night or two to your Florida trip and spend the extra time in Miami enjoying the day & night clubs. You have to fly in and out of Miami-Dade International Airport anyway, so might as well!
Key West: Only an hour and a half drive in the opposite direction, Key West is world renowned for its daily sunset celebrations and (of course!) delicious key lime pie. It would also make for a great day trip and photo opportunity by the “Southernmost Point in the Continental U.S.” landmark.
Seven-Mile Bridge: The Seven-Mile bridge is one of the most well-known aspects of the Florida Keys and can’t be missed. To get to it, turn West out of Hawks Cay Resort and head toward Key West. You’ll hit the bridge is about 25 minutes and know immediately when you’re there! As the name suggests, it’s a seven-mile long bridge that is surrounded on both sides by some of the most turquoise blue water you’ve ever seen.
Marathon Turtle Hospital: Located only 20 minutes away in Marathon, The Marathon Turtle Hospital is the perfect place to spend half a day! Learn all about the non-profit’s efforts to save sea turtles and even get the chance to feed some of the animals.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park: This park has the only living coral reef in the continental United States, meaning that if you’re an avid snorkeler or diver, you need to spend a day here! It’s located in Key Largo, which is about 50 minutes toward mainland Florida.
Here’s a map so you can better conceptualize where all of these places are:
Who would you bring to the Florida Keys with you? Tell me where your favorite girls trip was to!
(Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Hawks Cay Resort. As always, all opinions remain my own).
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