What We Recommend

  •  A Fresh Take On Florida Key’s Cuisine

    A Fresh Take On Florida Key’s Cuisine

    December 04, 2017

    Calling all foodies! While staying at The Drift Hotel, treat yourself to mouth-watering local dishes that will make you feel heavenly. Key Largo is a epicurean paradise--check out our roundup of the top three quintessential can’t miss meals.

    Key West Pink Shrimp

    Yummy, juicy, and you guessed it, pink! These wild-caught sweet shrimp are served ocean-to-table and perfectly seasoned for a night of peeling and eating. Get into the laid-back spirit and tie on a bib. No trip to the Florida Keys is complete without a taste of these succulent shellfish.

    Florida Spiny Lobster

    We are giving Maine a run for it’s money with our local and succulent lobster. Recognizable by it’s spiny exterior, the interior is safely protected and ready to be dipped, sautéed, and cracked right open.

    Key Lime Pie

    A good enough reason to travel down south. Others may try, but you can only have true Key Lime Pie in the Keys. End any meal with this sublimely balanced tart and savory dessert for a meal to remember.

    Say bye-bye to the warm hearty stews of winter and hello to the sunshine. The vacation of your future awaits you.

  • Key Tips for Relaxing on the Beach Like a True Floridian

    Key Tips for Relaxing on the Beach Like a True Floridian

    November 06, 2017

    Escape the winter blues with a much needed trip to Key Largo, Florida. The Drift Hotel has the secret recipe for peace and relaxation. Follow these key tips and we’ll have you melting into oblivion in no time.

    Listen to the Ocean

    The ocean knows and that’s why it’s important to listen. The sound of the ocean has the ability to activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which quite literally relaxes the body. Extra brownie points if you are able to squeeze in ten minutes of meditation while sprawling beachside, lounge chair below.

    Disconnect to Reconnect

    Tuck your smart phone away and connect with nature and the people around you. Nothing says vacation like focusing on the moment and truly enjoying yourself with others.

    Feel the Sand Under Your Toes

    Go for a walk along the shore, letting the ocean nip at your feet. Tap into your unbridled inner child as you collect shells, contemplate seaweed, and breath that fresh ocean air.

    Your dream vacation is just a reservation away. Come stay with us and leave your worries at the door!

  • A Brief History of The Florida Keys

    A Brief History of The Florida Keys

    October 02, 2017

    The Florida Keys are a rich oasis of picture-perfect beaches, turquoise waters, and fresh nautical cuisine ready to be devoured. Imagine you are driving from the Miami airport, the windows are open, the music is pumping, and the salty Florida breeze is blowing in your hair. You may wonder--how did this stunning coral cay archipelago come to be? Here are some interesting facts about The Keys that you may not know.

    Calusa and Tequesta Indians were the first inhabitants, but Juan Ponce de León joined them in 1512 on his search for the Fountain of Youth. He never found “The Fountain” but discovered what is now known as The Florida Keys.

    The word “Key” came from the Spanish word cayo, meaning small island. The word experienced a metamorphosis due to bad translations and now is the name of our beloved islands.

    The earlier settlers set up key lime, tamarind, and breadfruit groves. So next time you order a sweet and tangy Key Lime Pie, remember you are tasting an age-old fruit that played a large roll in the agricultural colonization of these islands.

    Now that you have this bountiful information, get cozy on one of our patio lounge chairs and soak in the warm Florida sun.

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