The drive from Miami to Key Largo was as smooth as the second movement of a Mozart symphony. As we drove on the peaceful almost traffic-less Highway 1 at midnight, I could imagine what a beautiful place this would look like during the day. For now, I had to be content with a velvety black horizon, my imagination, as well as a cup of late night Starbucks coffee.
At Bay Harbor Key Largo, where we were booked for two nights, our waterfront cottage had its own entrance, wicker chairs, summery prints and a cozy bed. The cottage is perhaps the best type to book if you’re traveling with a family because it has a sitting area, a glass coffee table, as well as a separate bedroom as well as kitchen area for those who want to prepare fresh foods and salads.
In the morning, we woke up to a soothing view of our own private wooden pier and a shady Coconut Grove, complete with vacant deck chairs. It seemed as though we were the only ones in the off-season, and we hogged the beach that morning as though were sand Czars.
One of the highlights here would be the fresh-baked scones, in various varieties from the chocolate chip to banana walnut, as well as fresh coffee. While it is not a typical bed and breakfast (there’s no seated dining area), it’s remarkably close.
Additional perks are the kayaks and paddleboats available to residents, absolutely gratis. Cottage rates from $95.