Key Largo Grande Resort

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I really shouldn’t complain about my day job.

Sure, it can be stressful and annoying sometimes but they treat me well and send me to some pretty fabulous places.

My most recent work trip involved a drive along the east Florida coast stopping at various points along the way.  It meant a week missing the kids, long quiet drives in the car, and seemingly never-ending meetings.

It culminated in a final meeting in Key Largo, Florida….the first key in the long chain of islands known as the Florida Keys.  I have been looking forward to this part of the trip for weeks now.  Not only would I get to check out the Key Largo Grande Resort—but I would be able to have a few hours off to relax.  And, believe me, I needed it.

The Key Largo Grande Resort is a Hilton property which has recently undergone a $12 million dollar renovation.  It is located in Key Largo directly off the Overseas Highway (the only route in and out of the Keys).  As we drove through Key Largo, I started to get worried.  It didn’t look like the type of place a nice resort would be located.  It seemed kind of barren and run-down.  But, out of the trees popped the Hilton sign and we turned off the main road down a beautifully tree-covered road  into the property.

Things started to look good.  The property was beautiful, along the Gulf Coast (the Atlantic side is across the Overseas Highway)—and I was granted a room upgrade (Thanks Hilton!) upon check-in.  (I would really like to know why they do that.  I would have loved that the previous night at a different Hilton when I was given a room with this view.)

After a week of road travel, this bed was so great to curl up in.

Hanging out on the lanai was nice too–although I didn’t have much of a view.

This resort has everything you need to relax……


fishing pier (with manatees and dolphins),

a glorious swimming pool complex with two pools (one for grown ups only) and a hot tub,

bikes for rent,

and other fun things like ping pong, bean bags toss(?), nature trails, massages, water sports, tours (snorkeling, fishing etc).

I didn’t take photos of my room service meal–but I wish I would have.  I ordered a wedge salad (which was nothing special) with a side of grilled, FRESH, LOCAL, mahimahi.  So, so good.  I would make a special trip back just for that.

The whole place was perfect for a family trip (I plan to take my kids there for a long weekend get-away)–

Perfect for a romantic weekend and an especially perfect way to end a stressful work trip.

If you are planning a trip to Key Largo, this is a great place to stop.  Here is their website.

Disclaimer:  By the way, I reserved and paid for my hotel rooms  and all opinions are my own.



  1. jennie pollard

    Key Largo looks wonderful! We may need a trip there next time we visit Florida.
    I gave your blog address to Bon, so she can see what you’re doing too.

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