Key Biscayne, an island city in Florida, is considered a hidden gem among Florida travelers. The town, located south of Miami Beach, was once a village with origins dating back to 1947. The island is low and located between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay— therefore, it is often the first to be forewarned and evacuated in cases of natural disasters, such as severe tropical storms and hurricanes. However, on other days, Key Biscayne is bright, sunny, and beautiful, with clear blue-green oceans as far as your eyes can see. And there are loads of amazing attractions, aside from the pure white beaches, in close proximity to the town.
Beach Park is a favorite in Key Biscayne, with palm trees everywhere, pavilions for concerts and festivals, and concessions for summertime. The seaside here is protected and trash-free, so you can stroll alongside the oceans, wriggle your toes in the sands, and watch the sunrise. Typically, the average traveler to the park spends 3 hours here. Plus, the family-friendly seashore has a gentle drop-off, so younger children can skip and play in smaller, safer wading pools.
Another great place for families and children is the Miami Seaquarium—a vast oceanarium where you can swim with dolphins, watch whales splash in giant aquariums, and learn interesting information about local sea life.
We at TravNow have done our research, pinpointing the best hotels in Key Biscayne. Thanks to TripAdvisor’s expansive resort database, you can view information about the following hotels below—The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Silver Sands Beach Resort, Key Colony, and Hotel Urbano.
The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne
The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, an oceanfront hotel on Grand Bay Drive, is top-ranked as the number one hotel in the area, by online reviewers. The same hotel boasts the Certificate of Excellence, thanks to thousands of positive reviews and good experiences. Some travelers have gone as far as to call The Ritz the go-to stay for a dream vacation, while others have ranked the hotel as 4-star accommodations.
Ideal for travelers from every walk of life, be it families, business professionals, couples, or singles, this elegant hotel provides luxurious features. Enjoy ocean views from private balconies, turn-down service and wake-up calls, and an adults-only pool with a rum bar.
An on-call concierge makes it easy for you to book reservations, keep an agenda for attractions, and offers the best in restaurant and shopping recommendations. Other features include family and kiddie swimming pools, children’s activities for entertainment throughout the summer, an on-site restaurant, room service, a small spa, and hot tubs. If you want a change in beachy views, walk the shorelines for a mile to see the Cape Florida Lighthouse.
Silver Sands Beach Resort
One of the most popular beachy accommodations in Key Biscayne is the Silver Sands Beach Resort located on Ocean Drive. This hotel is super family-friendly, with ocean views, well-kept gardens with small nature paths, and a sparkling swimming pool.
Guests receive homey amenities in-room, such as a superior air conditioning set-up, a mini fridge, microwave, flat-screen televisions with cable access, cushy queen-size beds, and high-speed internet access. You can also expect clean, fluffed towels and fresh linens upon request.
Price-wise, this resort is one of the more affordable, budget-friendly options if you desire oceanfront lodging. Their prices vary, and often become a little steeper in the summertime. If you love the Tiki vibe of a tropical restaurant, walk the shoreline to Dune Burgers On the Beach and watch the sunset while you sip mojitos. Sit back, relax, and enjoy grilled turkey burgers as you listen to the steel drums of a live band.
The Key Colony
The Key Colony, close to Crandon Park, provides an upscale stay within individual condominiums. These condos are privately owned but shared throughout the year, so be sure to be respectful of the décor and items that you find in each apartment.
Reminiscent of a beach community, the colony provides you with everything you need for a pleasant stay next to the seashore. Each condo has a wonderful view of the ocean, while there are separate buildings that house an on-site fitness center, small supermarket, self-serve laundry equipment, and outdoor exercise classes, like aerobics and yoga.
Crandon Beach is the most obvious attraction near the Key Colony. Rent a private cabana, wade in the ocean waves, and watch the sunset over the Atlantic. Be sure to bring a good book to read while you soak up the sunshine and work on your tan. For dinner, take a chance on Spanish cuisine at Kebo Restaurant, less than a mile from the condos. Their fare is both sophisticated and delicious, with favorites like Mediterranean Sea Bass over black rice, an appetizer of fried artichokes, and homemade chocolate cake for dessert.
The Hotel Urbano, on the outskirts of Key Biscayne (closer to Miami), is the epitome of luxury for guests who appreciate indulgence. Online reviewers love the outdoor lounge area with poolside lounge chairs, a fire pit, and comfy outdoor couches.
Grab a drink from the on-site restaurant and bar, then sit poolside to watch the skies change colors with the sunset. Or, take your celebration to the indoor lounge to mingle with other guests, munch on scrumptious appetizers, and soak up the ambiance from the relaxing atmosphere.
The Urbano is located within minutes of Key Biscayne restaurants and shops, so dining and shopping adventures are a short drive away. Or, take a stroll on the sidewalks that line both sides of the avenues. To make your travels all the more memorable, visit the Viscaya Museum and Gardens, located less than a mile from the Hotel Urbano. Tour the luxurious villa that pays tribute to the artworks and architecture of the Italian Renaissance. Then explore the well-kept gardens to walk, or sit, among the beautiful year-round blooms.
Come to south Florida and allow yourself to become completely relaxed, pampered, and bathed in warm sunshine!
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