Book This Year’s Family Reunion in Key West

Book This Year’s Family Reunion in Key West

Whether you choose to organize a family reunion annually or only every few years, Key West is a perfect idea because there’s so much to do here. No matter which age groups your family includes, there are plenty of restaurants, activities, parks, museums, and shopping. And as a bonus, Key West is super easy to get to–just a plane ride away from most major airports across the U.S. Here are some tips for making the most of your next family reunion. 

Make Reservations for Margaritaville Beach House Resort

Relax in comfortable, well-appointed guest rooms with balconies that overlook the courtyard pool. There are rooms that include tiny kitchenettes for those who need to prepare light meals for kids or need to store medication in a refrigerator while away from home. There are casual and elegant dining options which gives everyone the freedom to eat together or dine separately depending on your plans for the day. And amenities include a pool, beach access, and family-friendly activities, as well as beach chairs and coolers for rental, plus shuttle service around Key West.

Water Fun for All

Depending on ages, abilities, and the interests of your group, you have several options for the water fun Key West is known for, from swimming to snorkeling and even lounging on a sandbar! For starters, there are four public beaches here, and tourists are welcome to enjoy them, too. They may appear rather smaller than what you’re used to, but they make up for it in charm and activities. Higgs Beach is even dog-friendly! Check out the snorkeling gear rentals, spacious sand beaches lined with palm trees, and refreshing gentle waves. 

For family members who are older teens or adults, Dry Tortugas National Park is the way to go. You’ll need to book tickets for the ferry to get you the 75 miles out to the park, but it’s well worth it. This location is world-famous for the clarity of the water and access to sunken ships and coral reefs that make snorkeling fun, even for novices. In addition, there’s a small beach and campground here, and lots of people also enjoy kayaking around the smaller islands here and birdwatching. 

Casual Dining

The Southernmost Mansion hosts the Seaside Cafe and Bar, with plenty of outdoor seating for guests. You don’t need to have a room at the Southernmost House to get a table at the Seaside Cafe. Tables are practically seaside–literally, and the views are one-of-a-kind. The restaurant is well-known for its drink menu and pizzas, and of course there are multiple seafood options here as well. Among the top dishes are Island Poke Cups, the Wood-Fired Caprese Sandwich, and the restaurant’s showcase pizza, lobster Bianca-style. 

For some of the freshest seafood available in Old Key West, you can’t do better than Eaton Street Seafood Market and Restaurant. They are committed to buying from local fishermen and making house-prepared sauces to accompany their dishes. There is outdoor seating available but for large groups, take-out may be more efficient. From grilled lobster roll to conch chowder and fish tacos, you’ll be amazed at the care with which your meal is prepared. 

And if your family is like most, pizza is perennially popular. At Duetto’s, the pizza and gelato are out of this world. Both are homemade on the premises, and offer customers a wide range of flavors, from the traditional to the exciting and new. There are more than two dozen kinds of specialty pizza alone!

Group Activities

A big part of family reunions is the expectation that you’ll do things together, and while it may seem challenging to come up with ideas, you can’t go wrong with a fishing charter. All In Fishing Charters delivers a top-tier experience with a comfortable vessel and attentive service so you’ll feel well cared for during your trip. Whether you want deep water, flats or wreck fishing, the experienced captain and friendly crew are committed to ensuring you have a good time. Your gear is provided, so there’s no need to worry about packing your own. And even if you’ve never been fishing before, you’ll get reliable advice. 

Other great ideas for large groups are sandbar charters where you can all be taken to a secluded sandbar for a private party or eco tours through mangrove forests by kayak, an exciting way to find out more about the natural world in Key West by getting up close to it. 

As a family reunion spot, Key West has it all, from great weather to comfortable accommodations and plenty to do. Overcome the challenges of accommodating everyone’s needs, across ages and abilities, and gather with your relatives in Key West for a trip to remember for a lifetime.

Will Smith

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