Resort Review: Margaritaville Key West Resort and Marina

Good morning everyone! If you’ve been following along with my adventures and blog posts then you know that I finally took a spring break vacation, which was long overdue. A lot of you have been asking about my stay in Key West this past week and I wanted to provide you all with a review of the resort we stayed in…which was PERFECT.

The Margaritaville Key West Resort and Marina is one of the newest additions to the popular line of Margaritaville resorts and restaurants. It is your complete destination for paradise and great for any occasion. With a waterfront location, great restaurants, and plenty of water sport activities at the marina, the resort is truly the place to stay in Key West.

**Please note that the resort is still being transformed from the previous Westin to the Margaritaville Resort and Marina.

Atmosphere: When we arrived at the resort we were greeted by smiling faces, a tropical aesthetic, and a salt water breeze. I could hear myself singing the popular, Changes in Latitudes in my head. One of my favorite parts of the checking in process was our drive through Key West to get to the resort. It’s located on Front Street right near the northern ends of Duval and Whitehead Street, which if you know Key West, you know that these streets are the places to be! Driving in from the entire scenic route of the Overseas Highway, it was nice to experience the city, people, and buildings that make Key West so magical for the last 20 minutes of our trip. The resort sits right on the Gulf of Mexico too, and you can immediately see it’s turquoise waters just beyond the buildings and docks upon arrival. We were given our room keys and a map of the property, which was helpful because the resort and marina is their own little town within Key West. So we took ourselves and our belongings across the waterfront courtyard, and made our way up to the room through Jimmy Buffett lyric inspired hallways and lobbies.

Rooms: Aside from the resort being quaint, eclectic, and unique, the room was fabulous too, and the bright views surely contributed to it. We stayed in a partial ocean view one bedroom suite! Not only did the furniture and decor fit right in with my everyday Margaritaville mindset, but the private balcony and floor to ceiling windows played a major role in turning my daydreams into reality as well! Although there were only two of us, the room actually sleeps 5 and has a king size bed and sleeper sofa. We had our own little kitchen and breakfast nook, and the bathrooms were spacious and stocked with plush towels and robes:) I think my favorite part had to be the view though…it was GORGEOUS. I still can’t believe how blue the water was, and let’s be honest, we all know I can watch the boats all day long!

Amenities and Food: I don’t know what it is, but I fall in love with hotels, homes, etc. when they have multiple buildings to them, and this is how the resort is laid out, with the main building hosting several shops, ice cream parlors and water sport rental offices, and the second building hosting two beautiful restaurants, a gorgeous pool, and all the amenities you could ever imagine. The sparking resort pool is really the place to go if you ever get overwhelmed with the craziness of Key West (in a good way!). It lies between rows of palm trees and the cabana style looking resort. Off of the pool deck is a fitness center, hot tub, and perfect restaurants. Bistro 245 is great for breakfast and pretty much every meal for that matter. We loved eating there for breakfast though, because of the colorful dishes complimented by the turquoise Gulf. They have indoor and outdoor dining which is right on the water and adjacent to Mallory Square (great for watching the sunset celebration every night)! Above Bistro 245 is the lovely Sunset Deck which is only open in the evening and until after the sun goes down. They offer great drinks, fun apps, and amazing sunsets! It was beautiful and so much fun to relax after long and busy days! In addition to the direct amenities and food, there is also another creative way to get a piece of paradise while staying at Margaritaville. Through the concierge desk, you can grab tickets to the beach at Sunset Key. Its a private island and home to their sister resort, but the best part is that you get to take a boat to the beach or dinner! The beach is full of white sand and tiki looking umbrellas…and chairs!!! They have a gorgeous restaurant on Sunset Key too, its called Latitudes and is delicious ~ just remember, reservations to Latitudes or beach passes are completely mandatory in order to take a trip to Sunset Key ~ you can get these through the concierge desk at the resort! The best part was probably that, aside from all of the other conveniences of the resort, the boat to Sunset Key leaves right from the docks outside of your room!

Things to do and Convenience: I kid you not when I say the Margaritaville Resort and Marina is located in the heart of Key West. While you are within walking distance to historic homes and museums, nightlife, and many places to eat key lime pie, the accessibility to the water is really what drew me to this resort. Living in Charleston, I know how easy it is for tourists or visiting family members to get caught up in the typical tourist attractions of a historic city. When I decided to go to Key West for my vacation, and knowing that the two cities are similar in terms of walkability and having so many things to do, I knew I needed to stay focused on those crystal clear waters the Keys are known for. Staying at Margaritaville makes it SO EASY to enjoy paradise. Along the waterfront, they host a variety of surf shops and water excursion companies. We were able to walk downstairs on a daily basis, walk into the local water sport shop, learn about their activities and prices, and book something for later that afternoon. Through Fury Water Adventures we took a two hour jet ski tour (ps – I now have a FL boater’s license!) that went for 28 miles around the lower keys! We also took a Reggae and Rum catamaran sail and snorkel trip that lasted 3 hours and featured a breath-taking sunset and view of life under the sea. And although these two tours were extremely adventurous and fun,  I think our favorite water activity was Danger Charter’s Wind and Wine Sunset Sail. The boat was a 3 sail beauty, and was the perfect amount of rustic to make you feel like a son of a son of a sailor. We were taught to stay out of the sail’s way, have a great time, and try 8 different wines! All of the passengers went from not knowing each other to leaning on each other (the waves’ fault) and making jokes…but it was all possible because of the amazing crew and Captain Bosco.

Overall, this was truly an amazing trip and I have some great memories that will last a lifetime! The Margaritaville Key West Resort and Marina is perfect for anyone on vacation and offers amazing views, rooms, and hospitality.  If y’all have any questions about it, please let me know in the comments!! And stay tuned for a 5 day itinerary to Key West that I’ll be posting in the next week!

xoxo, Victoria

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