My visiting friends(husband & wife) and I rented Oceanview DeLux Suite 1 at the Deauville Resort thru OMG Travel for 5 nights in November 2010. At midnight we was searching internet for rentals, and by early morning we had reservation confirmation! Exellent service.
In 7 hours to drive (from Tampa Bay area to Miami) + half hour on paperwork at OMG I was given a key to our appartment. $69/night, +$20 a day car parking. Big room & walk-in-clozet, 2 king size beds, huge balcony with table & chairs and gorgeous view of Ocean. We moved one mattrass to the balcony and my friends slept under the stary sky and sounds of the ocean, they love it!
The Resort has nice pool area with hot jacusi, tiki bar; walk trough the gate and you are on the beach. Parallel to the beach - walkway, people walking, jogging, riding a bycicles. 3-4 restaurants & pizzeria near by, nightlife is 3-5 miles away.
Cafe "Azul" @ Haulover Marine Center is the best, fresh salads, fish, chicken, meet dishes, host(owner?) Alex is couteous and provide the outstanding service, great relaxed atmospher, you must go there (9am-6 pm), from Resort 5- 10 min by car or bus.
From Marina we went on fishing trip, 4 hours is fun, but full day - be aware of the choppy sea:)
From Resort we take a day trip on bus to Key West, $75/pp, 6:15 am departure, arrive to K-W @ 11-12 noon,
snorckel on Caribean Corall Rifs for 2 hours(under $50/pp) from Sailboat, (wine @ beer serving), wearing a diving suit or t-shert is good idea;
saw hundreds of different colorful fish, green, purple, yellow, seaweeds like a beautiful flower arrangements, 2 barracudas, and 6 ft. shark -10 ft away from me and it wasn't trugh the glass in acvarium! my heart start pumping. I recal to reading about sharks and they tell you to stay calm and don't move at all, but I though that I rather die trying then wait and be bitten by shark, so I sweem fast, very fast to the corals. The captain sayd after that there was no shark attacks on people since 1975 :)
@ 6:15 pm bus takes us back and we erived at Deauville around 11 pm. I think is better if you stay over night at the K-West and next day return to Resort, there is so much to see in Key West and 6 hours it is not enough.
What we like best - procsimity to the beach, the view, weather and water warm enough to sweam, snorkel,
the least, dripping shower, some peeling paint, low beds - mattrass 3 inches from the floor, the good thing is - we spend very little time in the appartment.
Overall, we love it, important that you are with a good friends and having a great time.
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