Paradise Found… A Hidden Gem
Better Off Wet Magazine featured us on their March 2014 issue. We would like to thank Joe and Leah Sweat for the excellent write up and nice photo shoot. You can find the original article here with the rest of the pictures.
Tucked away, behind the hustle of the Overseas Highway, in the midst of the daily routines of the locals, lies a hidden gem. Without specific plans, or GPS navigations, the common traveler would miss Key Largo’s sweet spot. From the highway, the property seems to only house a hodgepodge of water sport equipment; however by following the gravel drive west toward the Gulf, just beyond the seagrape tree line, you’ll discover Key Lime Sailing Club.
Retreating to the cottages felt like a personal vacation home; complete with all necessary kitchen wares and linens. Each separate hideaway is adorned with tropical flair, both inside and out; picnic tables repurposed from pilings, channel markers and buoys define the outdoor spaces. Luckily, we checked the side table drawers, as we were able to peruse the brief diary entries of previous guests and their adventures while visiting KLSC. Up before sunrise, to be sure and capitalize on every moment, breakfast at the Conch House, just north of KLSC ocean side, included coconut macadamia nut pancakes and cracked conch benedict, an ideal way to begin the day paradise. Small tour of the islands, including stops at fresh coconut stands, sandal outlets, local artisan galleries, and a multitude of photo ops, just far enough to travel the seven mile bridge, is always an option. However, guests find that Key Lime Sailing Club will meet every need, whether it be relaxing by the water, or exploring in the water.
Upon arrival, we were greeted with a warm welcome from Gloria, beginning with a property tour, including individualized rooms, making sure all details were covered to ensure comfort and familiarity with the accommodations. Theresa was able to answer any and all questions our party presented, including best dining and shopping nearby and for the questions we had not yet conjured, a comprehensive welcome packet with literature and maps, complete with island mix CD. As the sun was setting and temperatures cooled from the coastal breezes, the tiki torches throughout the property lit the path to the waterfront fire pit, where friends from across the states gathered to enjoy a cool beverage. The options were endless… hammocks, Adirondack chairs, under the tiki hut, front porch swing, curled up inside… all overlooking the bay. At this point, it was clear… vacation had begun.
For the sailors, novice to expert, KLSC offers free 22’ sail boat with each stay; with unlimited water time, guests are free to explore the nearby islands sun rise to sun set. Expert guidance, from Capt Sheldon, regarding tides, wind, wildlife and their habitats, temperatures, predictions, and safety, can be obtained via a morning briefing session, or during private sailing lessons. Those looking for the sailboat experience without the work of being your own captain, guests are able to mingle with an ever changing picturesque backdrop.The latter part of our day was spent paddling the bay’s waters on the available kayaks, canoes and stand up paddle boards; spotting creatures below and above. The first mates are on hand for life vest fitting, an extra set of hands for equipment prep, tips on best routes, mini how to session, or a personal bon voyage. The glassy water allows for frequent sea life spotting, and the protection of the bay aids in smooth paddling. A short paddle in any direction mangroves abound, and bring your poles along for an afternoon of fishing. If the water’s just right, hop in for some snorkeling around the docks, or ask the captain about diving options to explore the WWII ships. Or, just follow the live music to the local Bayside Grill for a recharge and refreshing beverage.
Key Lime Sailing Club and staff provide the perfect base for a get away to Key Largo; with everything required to not leave the sea grape tree line. Paradise found…A hidden gem.