The latest resort updates from the Florida Keys post-Irma

The latest resort updates from the Florida Keys post-Irma

FLORIDA KEYS — The Florida Keys and Key West report that about 80% of accommodation is now back in shape.

The island chain has been open to visitors since Oct. 1, 2017, just three weeks after Hurricane Irma passed through.

In Key West and nearby Stock Island, 92% of all properties are open. Elsewhere in the island chain, 76% are open in Key Largo, 63% in Marathon, 53% in Islamorada and 48% between the west end of the Seven Mile Bridge and Big Coppitt Key.

“Lodging properties and other tourism facilities in the Keys have made an amazing rebound since last fall,” says Jim DeKeyrel, Director of Sales for the Florida Keys & Key West. “We’re seeing demand return, helped by cold temperatures in the north.”

Here are the latest updates from the tourism boards:


Ocean Pointe Suites is scheduled to reopen March 30 with a newly restored private beach and a new over-the-water gazebo.

The Keys’ first adults-only, all-inclusive resort is to be unveiled this spring. The new Bungalows Key Largo is targeting a May opening with 135 units, two pools and several restaurants and bars.

The former Hilton Key Largo is undergoing renovations to become the new 200-room Baker’s Cay Resort, a Curio Collection by Hilton, to open in the fall with 17,000 square feet of meeting space.


In Key West, all properties except three are open. Havana Cabana Key West Hotel, the former Inn at Key West, is scheduled to open April 1. Parrot Key Resort is to reopen by June 1. Key West Bayside Inn & Suites is scheduled to open in the fall.


Islamorada Resort Co.’s 63-unit Pelican Cove Resort is partially reopened with 42 units. Its 6-acre 54-unit La Siesta Resort & Marina also is open, although its five-bedroom house remains under renovation.

Islamorada Resort Co.’s 150-unit Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina is scheduled to reopen in phases, beginning mid-April with 14 new cottages.

The 27-acre, 214-unit oceanfront Cheeca Lodge Resort & Spa is to reopen March 30 for the Easter holiday weekend. Cheeca Lodge has undergone a US$20 million renovation.

Chesapeake Resort has reopened 20 garden-view units and one pool. Its remaining 45 units and resort amenities, including beach accessibility, are to reopen by spring 2019.

Islander Bayside Resort is open with 25 two-storey townhomes. Its 25-acre oceanside Islander Resort is to reopen this fall.


On Duck Key, the 60-acre Hawks Cay Resort, a AAA Four Diamond Award–rated and Preferred Hotel Group Lifestyle Collection member, is to partially reopen March 16 with 100 villas and its Calm Waters Spa, Sunset Pool, Coral Cay kids’ activities center and Angler and Ale restaurant with breakfast, lunch and dinner. The main hotel, with 177 guestrooms, will reopen this summer.

In Key Colony Beach, the Glunz Ocean Beach Hotel & Resort has reopened with 51 units.

In Marathon, a new 80-room, full-service Hampton Inn Marathon is set to open in mid-May. Another property, being built oceanside near the Seven Mile Bridge, is to begin opening in 2019 with 199 rooms.


Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge is open. On Little Torch Key, Parmer’s Resort has 43 (including 14 waterfront) units open, with only one remaining under reconstruction.

The four-unit Deer Run Bed & Breakfast plans to reopen by summer. Off Little Torch Key, Little Palm Island is to remain closed until 2019.


All major Florida Keys attractions are open. In Islamorada, Theater of the Sea, launched in 1946 and one of the world’s oldest marine mammal facilities, is open with a restored beach and gift shops. Ferry tours to the historic 5-acre Pigeon Key are operating, departing from the Hyatt Place’s marina at the Faro Blanco Lighthouse. On Pigeon Key, visitors can tour a former section gang quarters, former foreman’s dorm and historical museum. Fishing, snorkeling and diving charters are also operating.

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