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Old 08-29-2016, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant, SC
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While we'd like to visit Key West, we're really not about night life & the bar scene. That said, any suggestions for the island to stay on for 3-5 nights for active retirees? We hope to be exploring by bike & relaxing on the sand ... but which Key? Thanks
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Old 08-29-2016, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Davie, FL
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Your question doesn't make any sense. Do you want to go to the Florida Keys or Key West?
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Old 08-30-2016, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant, SC
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Sorry ... we want to day trip to Key West, not stay overnight there. So we'd like to be relatively close, on another island.
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Old 08-30-2016, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Herndon, VA
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I stayed at this restore in Key Largo 10 years ago:

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/trav...5-54ba596febe2

Largo is much different than Key West, but it's close enough that a day trip is no big deal at all at around 2 hours each way depending on traffic with some amazing scenery during the drive. I've also stayed at the Marriott resort in Key West and enjoyed it as well, but if you're set on not staying in Key West the Largo resort is a good alternative if you enjoy resort benefits.
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Old 09-01-2016, 04:53 PM
 
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PLEASE, people, stop calling Key Largo "Largo" - nobody on the islands calls it that, and that is not its name. There is a Largo, FL further upstate, and there is no reason to call Key Largo by the wrong name. I have never heard of this until I came on this forum, but it is growing into a pet peeve of mine that more and more people here choose to refer to it this way.

Largo, FL is in Pinellas County.

KEY Largo, FL is in Monroe County.

You are going to confuse visitors, and locals, by referring to the place to are traveling to by the name of a town some 200 miles away! Nobody in the Keys will know what the hell you're talking about if you call it 'Largo.' That's like saying "Hey, I'd like to see Ernest Hemingway's place in West. Anybody tell me how to get to West?"

While you're at it, tell people in Santa Fe they must really enjoy living in Mexico. Because it's all the same, right? And get on I-95 and ask people which way to go to York... because everybody of course will think that makes sense that you meant New York, but just didn't feel like bothering to use the right name.

Largo is an inland mainland town. KEY Largo is on a KEY - an island - hence why it's called KEY Largo. That's how you know the difference. It's in the name. It's a LONG island, hence KEY Largo.

I don't know why this keeps popping up here when people ask about the Keys. I've never heard anyone else confuse the two except for here.
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Old 09-01-2016, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Davie, FL
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PLEASE, people, stop calling Key Largo "Largo" - nobody on the islands calls it that, and that is not its name. There is a Largo, FL further upstate, and there is no reason to call Key Largo by the wrong name. I have never heard of this until I came on this forum, but it is growing into a pet peeve of mine that more and more people here choose to refer to it this way.

Largo, FL is in Pinellas County.

KEY Largo, FL is in Monroe County.

You are going to confuse visitors, and locals, by referring to the place to are traveling to by the name of a town some 200 miles away! Nobody in the Keys will know what the hell you're talking about if you call it 'Largo.' That's like saying "Hey, I'd like to see Ernest Hemingway's place in West. Anybody tell me how to get to West?"

While you're at it, tell people in Santa Fe they must really enjoy living in Mexico. Because it's all the same, right? And get on I-95 and ask people which way to go to York... because everybody of course will think that makes sense that you meant New York, but just didn't feel like bothering to use the right name.

Largo is an inland mainland town. KEY Largo is on a KEY - an island - hence why it's called KEY Largo. That's how you know the difference. It's in the name. It's a LONG island, hence KEY Largo.

I don't know why this keeps popping up here when people ask about the Keys. I've never heard anyone else confuse the two except for here.
Get off the bottle, sweetie.
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Old 09-02-2016, 01:57 PM
 
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You might look in the Marathon area. There are several new resorts (Hyatt, Marriott) Nice bicycling, Sombrero Beach, Bahia Honda Park. It is about 40-50 miles north of Key West. Decent restaurants.
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Old 09-05-2016, 08:20 PM
 
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Also consider that in Key West the beaches are small strips, nice but not to the scale of other keys, like the Sombrero Beach mentioned above. There is also another one in Long Key, very few people, a bit of the feeling of an isolated private beach.
Last time we stayed at the Royal Hawaiian in Marathon (can we mention commercial names here?) and it worked really well, for day trips, not only to Key West. The drive on the 7 mile bridge with a full moon was amazing.
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Old 09-06-2016, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Herndon, VA
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I stayed at this restore in Key Largo 10 years ago:

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/trav...5-54ba596febe2

Largo is much different than Key West, but it's close enough that a day trip is no big deal at all at around 2 hours each way depending on traffic with some amazing scenery during the drive. I've also stayed at the Marriott resort in Key West and enjoyed it as well, but if you're set on not staying in Key West the Largo resort is a good alternative if you enjoy resort benefits.
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Originally Posted by StarfishKey View Post
PLEASE, people, stop calling Key Largo "Largo" - nobody on the islands calls it that, and that is not its name. There is a Largo, FL further upstate, and there is no reason to call Key Largo by the wrong name. I have never heard of this until I came on this forum, but it is growing into a pet peeve of mine that more and more people here choose to refer to it this way.

Largo, FL is in Pinellas County.

KEY Largo, FL is in Monroe County.

You are going to confuse visitors, and locals, by referring to the place to are traveling to by the name of a town some 200 miles away! Nobody in the Keys will know what the hell you're talking about if you call it 'Largo.' That's like saying "Hey, I'd like to see Ernest Hemingway's place in West. Anybody tell me how to get to West?"

While you're at it, tell people in Santa Fe they must really enjoy living in Mexico. Because it's all the same, right? And get on I-95 and ask people which way to go to York... because everybody of course will think that makes sense that you meant New York, but just didn't feel like bothering to use the right name.

Largo is an inland mainland town. KEY Largo is on a KEY - an island - hence why it's called KEY Largo. That's how you know the difference. It's in the name. It's a LONG island, hence KEY Largo.

I don't know why this keeps popping up here when people ask about the Keys. I've never heard anyone else confuse the two except for here.
Are you talking to me? Seriously, you need to calm down if so. I did indeed call it Key Largo and then simply referred to it as Largo further down my post. I don't think there's any doubt to which I was referring to in my message. I can't believe you created a post that long to freak out about that. Wow...and by the way, nice contribution to the thread and OP's query.

Last edited by Robert20170; 09-06-2016 at 11:06 AM..
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Old 09-06-2016, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Sugarmill Woods , FL
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While we'd like to visit Key West, we're really not about night life & the bar scene. That said, any suggestions for the island to stay on for 3-5 nights for active retirees? We hope to be exploring by bike & relaxing on the sand ... but which Key? Thanks
Key West IS night life & the bar scene!
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