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12 days in the Keys - how many hotels?

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We are planning a 12 day trip to the Keys next spring. First time there. We are spending the first and last nights in Key Largo with friends, and now we just need to fill the time in between! We would consider finding one central place (condo in Marathon?) and just doing day trips. But we want to spend some time in Key West, so a condo might not be worth it. Originally we were thinking of 5 nights at the Lime Tree Bay resort in Lawton, then 3 nights in KW, then 2 nights at the Cheecah Lodge. Is this just too much moving around?

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The 3 nights at Cheeca and then a few steps up to KL seems redundant. Kind of, depends on what you plan on doing once back at your friend's place.

Cheeca + Spring = lots of children, fyi if you are traveling without.

Lime Tree is a nice laid back spot in Layton. Good place to chill and enjoy the water.

A condo in Marathon - most are Saturday to Saturday, just another FYI.

Spring is busy so day trips will take longer than other times of the year.

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Depends on what might your interests be in the various keys. If it's your first time in Key West I suggest six nights there. Look thru Key West places, Things To Do, Restaurants, etc & see if there's enough to keep your interest.

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At least a week in KW ...

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What are your interests? It’s hard to make recommendations on where to stay without knowing what you like to do.

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We would be coming after Easter vacation, hoping to miss all the kids. We are retired and looking to relax, but not just sit by a pool all day. We plan to do a couple of fishing charters, a kayaking excursion, take the seaplane to Dry Tortugas. And we love good food! In fact, that's a concern at the Lime Tree Bay Resort. Are we too far from everything? We love to relax on the beach but are aware that people don't go to the Keys for the beaches. That's OK. We live in Maine. This trip was actually planned two years ago and then you know what came along! In KW, we had reservations at the Speakeasy Inn. (We prefer to not stay at hotel chains.) Will we go crazy if we don't have a pool to sit by at the end of the day?

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Lime tree bay is chill but you will need a car for good food, there’s one place nearby and it’s not exactly gourmet. Cheeca will always have children, whenever you’re come. I think speakeasy is a great place to stay, not necessarily quiet though and I don’t think you’ll go crazy without a pool, our chill place is fort Zach. The area away from the beach is our comfort Zone.

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That time of year there is no escaping the children.

Lime Tree is a little drive to other restaurants besides Florida Boy. But not too bad. About 10 miles either way you go.

Great spot for kayaking and the like. Long Key State Park is nearby too.

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We absolutely love Lime Tree Bay. It is a bit remote, but you can get to Islamorada or Marathon in about 10 minutes. Both places have plenty of great restaurants. If it were myself and husband, we would do more time in Layton, but definitely at least 3 nights in Key West . . . We just prefer the middle keys. If walkability is really important to you, more time in Old Town Key West might suit you, though (we don't mind driving when needed).

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I suggest you split your time between Key West and another area of The Keys. Key West has the largest concentration of good restaurants and most historic sites and attractions. You also give up a full day here to go to the Dry Tortugas. Speakeasy Inn is a good spot, but I would prefer a pool if you can get one. Angelina Guest House is a budget option with a pool and good Old Town location you might want to look at.

For good restaurants, you might want to look at staying in Islamorada. It is located between Key Largo and Marathon and is a good base to explore the area. It also has some excellent restaurants. If you can manage it in your budget, Casa Morada is a nice spot and is adults only, so you avoid all the kids that time of year.

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