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"Truly Tranquil and Comfortable Family Accommodation - right in the heart of the Keys…"
We wanted comfortable, spacious accommodation, the option to eat in or out, a pool and a beach. Not as easy as it sounds to find but we found it all here. Our town house was bigger than our first family home with a fully fitted kitchen, (including envy-inducing fridge with ice dispenser) three double bedrooms (with actually comfy beds - a rare find), two bathrooms, big lounge, several TVs and a washing machine that I (rather tragically) loved. There were lots of thoughtful touches like enough washing up liquid and laundry powder for the week and a thorough maid service every day.
There's no breakfast provided but you can eat lunch at the "tiki" bar on the beach and dinner in the lovely Butterfly Cafe - which is not a Cafe at all but an award winning restaurant that gets v booked up so worth reserving as you arrive or even before. The food at the Butterfly Cafe is excellent though not cheap.
Lots of people seemed to eat in and we did get some provisions from the local supermarket (size of small village) but mostly wandered up the main road for breakfast at the Stuffed Pig - open from 5am (useful for jet lag) delicious and HUGE breakfasts from friendly staff in a slightly scrubby, but somehow comfortable "garden" area at the back away from the road - with an eclectic mix of "pig" figures and endless puns on pigs and bacon.
The resort has the biggest swimming pool on the Keys and it was indeed large and IMHO the perfect temperature for kids and adults (warm - no shivering- you could stay in all day and this was Easter time) with plenty of beds and shade. The beach was quiet and calm - again plenty of beds and a small swimming area. The water was fine but the coral and snorkelling that the Keys are famous for is on the opposite side of the peninsula so there's not much to see.
About a 7 min drive away is Sombrero beach - another long sandy stretch that we visited a few times. No cafes but lovely toilets and showers and fun window shopping for the retirement homes we could never afford
Tranquility Bay makes a great base to explore the Keys. You're within easy reach of the Seven Mile Bridge and lovely national parks (for beach and snorkelling) next door to a Turtle Sanctuary, about an hour or so (I think) from Key West (we didn't go) and around 2 - 2 and a half hours from Miami - so just about easy enough to drive down straight from the airport.
There are lots of snorkelling and diving trips setting off about 10 mins away, but the resort is so lovely and relaxing it was hard to tear ourselves away. There's nothing "organised" for children - so not the place to go if you're looking for kids' clubs and nannies and lots of entertainment but if you're happy with beach cricket, swimming, and mooching with excursions for more excitement it's perfect.
The only downside of the Keys is that you are never far away from the one road that runs all the way down from Miami to Key West, which means wandering up to breakfast there are lots of cars and lorries going by - but on the positive side we didn't hear any traffic noise at all in Tranquility Bay (I'm sure you would at some of other resorts) and the drive up and down to Miami passes through amazing scenery - water lapping the road on either side at one point. It also means getting around is quite easy - everything is close to this one road.
Overall I would highly recommend Tranquility Bay for families looking for a spacious, comfortable and -yes- tranquil place to rest and explore from. We will definitely go back.Read moreLess
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