Posted August 21, 2009 by Nicki Krawczyk
I’ve never been to the Florida Keys. Not one key in the whole island chain. But I have been to chain hotels. Yes, many; from the crummy to the swanky and a whole lump of them in between. So, I can tell you that if I were, in fact, to visit the Florida Keys — oh, let’s go big and say Key Largo — I’d do my best to stay out of been-there-done-that hotels.
Luckily, Key Largo, the “World’s Diving Capital” seems to have at least a few lodging accommodations to satisfy my yen for the unusual. And, being said Diving Capital, these options have much to do with the Keys’ sensational surf. I will, then, present these options to you in land-to-sea order.
The Floating Inn: I will admit that I’m simultaneously intrigued and perplexed by this property. Intrigued because this nnn purports to be floating “on top of water about 3 feet deep.” Cool! But I find myself perplexed after a visit to the site’s photo page seems to show it resting on…grass. Hmm. Reviews on our sister site, TripAdvisor, indicate that at least one or two people think it’s floating. Dunno. I may just have to see for myself.
Key Largo House Boatel: Okay, if this one isn’t floating, there’s a major problem. Available for rental by night or by week, these houseboats offer a little slice of Amsterdam right in southern Florida. (You know, because they’re houseboats.) I will say that the hand-painted sign skews a little to the too-casual-for-comfort-side (see the video on their site), but I’m willing to give them a chance. They’re houses. And they’re boats. What’s not to love?
Jules’ Undersea Lodge: Aaaaaaand this one’s the winner for oddity, fun and potential for a reenactment of Jim Cameron’s The Abyss. Just to get to the lodge, you’ve got to scuba dive 21 feet beneath the ocean surface! With hot showers, a kitchen and DVDs (who’s going to watch a DVD down there?) you won’t lack for creature comforts as you view creatures out of the portholes. Also, by the way, with 600 hundred feet of living space, this place is way bigger than my first apartment. (Which was, technically, on land.)
Chain hotels, I think you’ve met your match in Key Largo.(Photo www.jul.com)
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