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10 Top-Rated Resorts in Key Largo, FL

Written by Bryan Dearsley
May 4, 2020

Widely considered to be the diving capital of Florida, thanks to its endless unspoiled coral reefs and relatively shallow waters, Key Largo offers a great deal of choice when it comes time to book somewhere nice to stay in the "Sunshine State."

In addition to its superlative diving adventures, as well as snorkeling, swimming, and fishing experiences, this area of the Keys is filled with attractions and is just a short hop from Miami. Its position makes it a great short-break getaway destination for couples and families who enjoy year-round outdoor activities and want a break from the busier beaches to the north.

Those seeking a little luxury and indulgence should consider the upscale Playa Largo Resort & Spa, part of Marriott's Autograph Collection, or MB at Key Largo. Prefer something more spacious? Consider one of the stand-alone cottages at the popular Atlantic Bay Resort. Couples looking for something a little more romantic would do well to check into the delightful lodgings on offer at the beachfront Coconut Palm Inn.

Whatever your needs, you'll certainly not be disappointed with the many accommodation choices we've included in this list of the best resorts in Key Largo.

1. Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection

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Set on a tranquil 14-acre tropical paradise in Key Largo, Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection, gives guests many great excuses to stay on the property. For starters, there's the large waterfront with its private beach and swimming pool (cabanas are available for rent); a spa and hair salon; a fitness center; watercraft, including kayaks and paddleboards; a marina with a boat launch; as well as great diving and snorkeling. On-court activities include basketball, tennis, and volleyball.

Off-site adventures include boat tours of the keys and fishing expeditions. A variety of dining options are available at the resort, a favorite being Sol by the Sea, a waterside restaurant serving fresh local seafood.

The resort consists of 177 luxury accommodations, ranging from cozy king rooms for couples to a beautiful beach house with its own swimming pool - perfect for larger groups wanting a home-away-from-home experience. A popular option for those wanting a little more room are the lovely king corner suites, boasting great views over the resort and bay from their private balconies. A number of quaint and fully-self-contained oceanfront bungalows are also available.

Address: 97450 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, Florida

Accommodation: Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection

2. Atlantic Bay Resort

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Located on three beautiful acres in Tavernier, mid-way between Key Largo and Islamorada, Atlantic Bay Resort is the perfect location for those looking for somewhere peaceful to lay their heads.

The resort consists of just 19 units, and guests can choose from cozy efficiency units to larger suites or private standalone cottages. Each of the one-bedroom cottages includes a private tiki hut porch, kitchen and living area, plus a double futon bed (these units sleep four guests comfortably).

Another popular option for larger groups (and wedding parties) are the tastefully decorated one- and two-bedroom suites. These come with kitchenettes or kitchens and private decks and are just steps away from the beach.

In addition to the private beach, guests have access to a barbecue, a waterfront tiki hut, plus a dock and boat ramp. The hammocks located around the property are a nice touch (some overlooking the water), as well as a heated swimming pool. There's also much to do in the vicinity. Highlights include snorkeling and diving on the nearby coral reefs, fishing excursions, and great dining.

Address: 160 Sterling Road, Tavernier, Florida

Accommodation: Atlantic Bay Resort

3. Coconut Palm Inn

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When you think of a typical Florida Keys inn, you'll likely conjure up an image that's pretty close to what you'll find at the delightful Coconut Palm Inn.

Located on a private stretch of beach overlooking a small, secluded bay with crystal-clear waters, this charming inn offers the quintessential tropical vacation experience. Everything that's needed to ensure a relaxing, fun-filled time is here, including a heated outdoor swimming pool, hammocks, and complimentary fresh breakfasts.

When it's time to venture out onto the lagoon, your stay includes the use of kayaks and paddleboards. If you prefer something motorized, bring or rent a boat or Jet Ski of your own and keep it at the full-service marina, which has everything needed to ensure a memorable boating vacation. Also available for use are complimentary bikes, perfect for easy trips into nearby Tavernier.

Adding to the cozy, intimate feel of this popular destination is the fact that the inn only has 19 suites, ensuring you never feel lost in a crowd. Standard features include screened porches or balconies, microwaves, and mini-fridges, while some larger units come with additional seating areas, spacious bathrooms, and kitchenettes.

For those traveling with friends or family, a lovely two-bedroom suite is also available that comes with a full-kitchen plus a beachfront patio - the perfect setting for a cozy honeymoon after your Florida wedding.

Address: 198 Harborview Drive, Tavernier, Florida

Accommodation: Coconut Palm Inn

4. Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort

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One of the larger vacation properties in the northern part of the Florida Keys, Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort sits on a 17-acre property overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and offers guests a variety of quality accommodations. Popular options include well-appointed, one-bedroom suites that come with a choice of king or twin queen beds, kitchens, separate living and dining areas, and pullout sofas.

An upgraded penthouse version of these one-bedroom suites is also available and comes with a balcony and separate dining area. A number of mobility accessible rooms are also available. The resort welcomes pets for an additional charge (maximum weight, 25 pounds).

Amenities available to guests include a swimming pool, fitness center, volleyball court, beauty salon, games room, a full-service spa offering a variety of massages and treatments, and concierge services (there's also a laundry facility).

Guests also have access to a variety of other activities including bike and Jet Ski rentals, kayaking, and scuba diving. The on-site Gus' Grille restaurant is popular with locals and guests alike and offers al fresco dining overlooking the water.

Address: 103800 Overseas Highway, MM 103.8, Key Largo, Florida

Accommodation: Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort

5. MB at Key Largo

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Another excellent accommodation choice offering an intimate Keys' vacation, MB at Key Largo is situated adjacent to John Pennekamp State Park, the country's first undersea park and one of the world's most popular diving spots. This quaint boutique hotel offers a choice of 23 distinctive guest rooms, many with superb ocean views.

In addition to its deluxe studios, which are perfect for intimate getaways for couples, there are also larger one- and two-bedroom suites available, too. Brightly decorated and airy lodge rooms can also be booked.

There's plenty to do both on the property and nearby. Highlights include the use of sturdy sea kayaks, plus an on-site docking and boat launch (boat rentals can be organized). Guided scuba diving experiences are also available. There's also a heated swimming pool plus a hot tub, both of which look over the water, as well as a pool table, barbecue, and a handy fish cleaning station.

A nice touch is the continental breakfast included with your stay.

Address: 147 Seaside Ave, Key Largo, Florida

Accommodation: MB at Key Largo

6. Ocean Pointe Suites at Key Largo

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As its name suggests, Ocean Pointe Suites at Key Largo consists of larger-than-usual accommodations, most with Atlantic Ocean views.

Comprising 170 spacious, condo-style suites capable of sleeping from four-to-six guests, each unit features separate bedrooms, full kitchens with modern appliances, dining areas, and living rooms, along with balconies with either mangrove or ocean views. Weekly housekeeping is included, as are towels, bedding, and bathroom supplies.

Set amid 60 acres of the beautiful Florida Keys, guests have more than enough great reasons to spend time exploring the area. In addition to kayaking through the resort's protected mangrove forests, diving, sailing, and fishing adventures can be arranged with assistance from the resort's knowledgeable staff. Other popular activities include on-site dining, floodlit tennis courts, a basketball court, beach volleyball, and a marina.

Swimming is available at the resort's large, heated outdoor pool, or at its private beach. It's also fun just strolling along the vast property's boardwalk or fishing from the dedicated fishing dock, complete with fish cleaning stations.

Address: 500 Burton Drive, Tavernier, Florida

Accommodation: Ocean Pointe Suites at Key Largo

7. Kona Kai Resort, Gallery & Botanic Garden

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Comprising just 13 tastefully decorated rooms and suites, Kona Kai Resort, Gallery & Botanic Garden offers a relaxing getaway in a tranquil corner of Key Largo. Guests can sunbathe on the resort's lovely beach, lounge by the swimming pool and hot tub, or simply relax in their spacious accommodations.

All guest rooms feature elegant furnishings and décor, and also come with plush bathroom supplies and towels, as well as tea and coffee supplies. Some of the larger one- and two-bedroom units come with a glass block shower, full kitchens, living and dining areas, as well as pullout couches. There is also a DVD library to use with your in-room HD TVs and sound systems.

Other fun things to do at Kona Kai include kayaking and paddleboarding, tennis, shuffleboard, and beachfront table tennis. There's also a selection of reading material available in a small library area. A highlight of any stay, however, is taking the time to explore the resort's beautiful, lush tropical garden. While you're free to wander the gardens yourself, it's recommended you take the free 90-minute guided tour to help familiarize yourself with the many varieties of native plants that grow here.

Other perks include waterside hammocks, barbecues, spa services, yoga classes, along with free fresh fruit and bottled water.

Address: 97802 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, Florida

Accommodation: Kona Kai Resort, Gallery & Botanic Garden

8. Bay Harbor Lodge

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One of the more intimate vacation destinations in Key Largo, Bay Harbor Lodge actually consists of two resort properties, as the owners also own the neighbouring Coconut Bay property. As a result, guests can have their choice of 21 unique accommodations, including quaint cottages and lodge guest rooms set on a picture-perfect tropical shoreline.

The resort also offers guests exclusive use of a good-sized private beach, a heated swimming pool, kayaks, water toys, plus nearly three acres of beautiful landscapes. A nice added touch: the owner's provide delicious fresh-baked scones and coffee every morning.

One of the most popular accommodations is Manatee Cottage. Located just steps away from the resort's beach and dock, this lovely one-bedroom cottage includes an en-suite bathroom with a bathtub and separate shower, a full kitchen, a spacious living room with a pullout couch, and a separate dining area. Also fun is the private, cute tiki hut with a barbecue.

A number of larger units are also available, including the Honeymoon Suite, which comes with a kitchen and en-suite bathroom.

Address: 97702 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, Florida

Accommodation: Bay Harbor Lodge

9. Island Bay Resort

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Owned and operated by a family of diving enthusiasts (they're also certified instructors), Island Bay Resort is the perfect base from which to enjoy the many underwater experiences available in and around this part of the Florida Keys. It's also an extremely snug, intimate environment thanks to the fact the resort can host no more than 20 guests at a time.

Accommodations include spacious one- and two-bedroom cottages with king beds, kitchenettes with fridges, bathrooms with walk-in showers, magnificent waterfront views, large wraparound decks, and barbecues.

When not chatting with the owners about their vast knowledge of the Keys (they've explored the region extensively), guests can also enjoy relaxing or snorkeling at the beach.

Other fun things to do include enjoying a beachside massage, taking in an alfresco waterside meal, taking out a kayak or paddleboard, or simply kicking back and relaxing in one of the many hammocks scattered around the property. The resort's knowledgeable staff can also make arrangements for fishing and eco adventures, as well as diving expeditions.

Address: 92530 Overseas Hwy, Tavernier, Florida

Accommodation: Island Bay Resort

10. Mariner's Club Key Largo

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Located next to Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, one of Florida's top diving areas, Mariner's Club Key Largo offers guests an unforgettable Upper Keys vacation experience. In addition to having easy access to this divers' paradise, guests can enjoy other activities, such as boating and fishing, along with land-based activities including shopping and sightseeing.

The resort itself features a fine-dining restaurant, two swimming pools, hot tubs, and a large clubhouse with a fitness center. Other amenities include a full-service marina, sports rentals (including diving and fishing gear), a tennis court, and barbecues.

When it comes time to unwind at the end of the day, one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom units are available and include such features as well-equipped kitchens (or kitchenettes), laundry facilities, large Jacuzzi tubs, plus walk-in showers in the bathrooms.

Address: 97501 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, Florida

Accommodation: Mariner's Resort Villas & Marina

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